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ICANN improves public comment system

Finally, it’s up to 2005 standards. ICANN has improved its public commenting system. Rather than sending an email to a comment address similar to an old bulletin board system, you can now comment kind of like you do on a blog. The downside is that submitters will need to create an ICANN account. This might […]

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OnlineNIC says it’s shutting down because of Facebook lawsuit

Registrar tells court it is ceasing business next week. ICANN-accredited domain name registrar OnlineNIC says it’s shutting down on July 26 after throwing in the towel in a lawsuit. Facebook sued the registrar and its privacy service in October 2019, alleging that either OnlineNIC or its customers used domains such as www-facebook-login(.)com and login-lnstargram(.)com. The […]

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ICANN nixes in-person Seattle meeting, will be virtual event

Board decides to wait until next year for in-person meetings. ICANN’s Board of Directors has decided against having in-person attendance for its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It will be a virtual event instead. This paragraph of its resolution seems to sum up its decision: Whereas, at this time, while conventions are […]

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.org domains could come in seven new languages

Public Interest Registry is planning support for seven more languages in the .org gTLD. The company has asked ICANN for permission to support seven additional internationalized domain name scripts: Croatian, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Montenegrin, Portug...
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MMX gets nod to sell 22 gTLDs to GoDaddy

New gTLD registry MMX expects to shortly offload most of its portfolio of strings to GoDaddy Registry after receiving ICANN approvals. The company said today that its transfer requests for four of its gTLD contracts have received full ICANN approval. A...
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ICANN’s board should go forward with in-person Seattle meeting

ICANN should allow anyone who can attend in person to do so. ICANN’s Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow to consider the fate of its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It should move forward with in-person attendance for any community member who wishes to attend. Come October, it will have been two […]

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Will you use SSAD for Whois queries?

ICANN is pinging the community for feedback on proposed Whois reforms that would change how people request access to private registrant data. The fundamental question is: given everything you know about the proposed System for Standardized Access and D...
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“Diversity” warning over ICANN Seattle

ICANN has been told that it risks disenfranchising community members from outside the US if it goes ahead with a return to in-person meetings at ICANN 72 in Seattle this October. APAC Space, a group comprising participants from the Asia-Pacific region,...
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