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Guy wants to be ICANN CEO and turn off 1.5 million Iranian domains

With the role of ICANN CEO opening up for applicants following the resignation of Göran Marby in December, the CEO of VPN.com appears to have thrown his hat in the ring. In an unusual and ambiguous press release, “VPN.com CEO Reviews ICANN CEO Opening”, Michael Gargiulo strongly suggests he’s thinking about applying for the gig, […]

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ICANN kicks the can on .org price cap defeat

ICANN has deferred action on its recent Independent Review Process defeat over price caps on .org and .info, instead referring the decision to one of its committees. The IRP panel ruled in late December that ICANN broke its own bylaws when it approved the removal of price caps from the .org and .info registry contracts […]

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No masks required at ICANN Cancun

ICANN is considerably loosening up its Covid-19 restrictions for its next meeting, due to take place in Cancun, Mexico, in March. The Org said last night that face masks will no longer be compulsory inside the venue, though they will still be provided for free and are “strongly recommended”. Testing kits will also be handed […]

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ICANN to be told to stop pussyfooting on new gTLDs

The GNSO Council is expected to tell ICANN’s board of directors that it needs to stop lollygagging and set the wheels in motion for the next round of new gTLDs. The Council plans to send a letter to the board ahead of its retreat this weekend, urging it to approve the GNSO’s new gTLD policy […]

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New ICANN boss makes encouraging noises on new gTLDs

ICANN’s new interim CEO Sally Costerton addressed the community in her new role for what I believe was the first time last Thursday, in a call with the GNSO Council. The hour-long call was meant to discuss the outcomes of the Council’s Strategic Planning Session a month ago, but it also served as a Q&A […]

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Wanted: a gTLD to ban

ICANN may have failed so far to deliver a way for the world to create any more gTLDs, but it’s about to pick a string that it will resolve to never, ever delegate. It’s going to designate an official “private use” string, designed for organizations to use behind their own firewalls, and promise that the […]

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UDRPs up in 2022, firm says

The World Intellectual Property Organization saw an increase in cybersquatting disputes this year, according to WIPO data compiled by VPN maker AtlasVPN. There were 5,616 UDRP complaints filed with WIPO, up almost 10% from 2021, the company said. The report does not appear to include data from the several other UDRP providers, so may not […]

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More details on ICANN’s CEO handover

ICANN has published more information on its change of CEO, which saw Göran Marby’s shock resignation last week. Interim CEO Sally Costerton has been employed on an automatically renewing six-month contract that will only end if she quits, is fired, or a permanent replacement is found. The ICANN board of directors has approved a “monthly […]

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Merry Christmas! Marby finally out as ICANN CEO

Göran Marby has “resigned” as the CEO of ICANN. Chair Tripti Sinha informed staff of his departure last night, saying Marby had been working with the board “over the past few days” to ensure a “smooth transition” that will see him stay on the payroll as a consultant until May 23, 2024. That’s the date […]

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Abuse crackdown likely in next gTLD registrar contract

ICANN and its accredited registries and registrars have formally kicked off contract renegotiations designed to better tackle DNS abuse. The aim is to create a “baseline obligation” for contracted parties to “take reasonable and appropriate action to mitigate or disrupt malicious registrations engaged in DNS Abuse”, according to recent correspondence. This may close the loophole […]

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