ICANN Meeting in Buenos Aires – ICANN’s 48th public meeting wrapped up last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two of the main themes were the New gTLD Program and Internet governance.
New gTLD Program progress was outlined in a report dated November 18 covering
application processing, rights protection mechanisms, name collision, and
other topics. The report indicates that 24 new gTLDs have been delegated.
However, that …Continue Reading →
New Generic Top-Level Domains Delegated – The first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in ICANN’s New gTLD Program have been delegated, or entered into the root zone of the Internet. The operators of these domains can now make the final arrangements required to offer domain names under the new TLDs available for registration. The new TLDs are in Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic scripts. They are:
- شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network”
Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
- онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”
Registry: CORE Association
- сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”
Registry: CORE Association
- 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”
Registry: Spring Fields, LLC
The first of these domains, …Continue Reading →
Sunrise For Some New gTLDs May Start On October 29 – The Donuts domain name registry has reportedly announced that the Sunrise period for nine of the new gTLDs it has applied for may start on October 29. The domains are: .camera, .clothing, .equipment, .guru, .holdings, .lighting, .singles, .ventures and .voyage. The launch date is an estimate depending on the IANA root server delegation process. The Sunrise periods, intended for trademark and …Continue Reading →
CIRA Announces 2013 Board of Directors Election Results – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced that Rowena Liang, Louise Macdonald, Kevin McArthur, and Rob Villeneuve have been elected to its Board of Directors. A total of 2236 votes were cast, and a complete list of candidates and vote counts has been posted. Long time Director Paul Andersen stepped down this year. Mr. Andersen first joined the CIRA Board in 2001, and …Continue Reading →
CIRA Election Slate Finalized; Campaign Forum Under Way – With shows of support now complete for Members’ nominees for the CIRA Board of Directors election, the final slate of candidates has been published. The online campaign forum has commenced and will run until noon ET on September 16. Online voting takes place from September 16 until September 23.
Picks To …Continue Reading →
Member Nominees Seek Shows Of Support For CIRA Election – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has published the names and statements of Member Nominees in the forthcoming CIRA Board of Directors election. To be included on the ballot, a nominee must receive the support of at least 20 CIRA Members. This year, a CIRA Member may show support for one nominee. …Continue Reading →
Canadian Internet Forum And CIRA Annual General Meeting To Be Held In Montreal – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), registry operator for Canada’s .CA domain, is combining the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) and CIRA’s 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. The combined event will be held in Montreal on Monday, September 16. A number of industry leaders and experts are scheduled to participate, …Continue Reading →
ICANN Releases Reports On Name Collisions And Dotless Domains – ICANN has released two reports which will are likely to affect aspects of the New gTLD Program. One report is on “name collisions” within the Domain Name System, i.e. situations in which names used in some private networks are the same as names applied for as new gTLDs. The report finds that the possibility of confusion is low …Continue Reading →
CIRA 2013 Election: Nomination Committee Slate Announced, Member Applications Open – In the 2013 Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Board of Directors election, three Directors will be elected from the Nomination Committee slate, and one Director will be elected from the Members’ slate.
The …Continue Reading →
ICANN Board Approves New Registry Agreement – The ICANN Board, through its New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC), has approved a new Registry Agreement [PDF]. The agreement will be used as the basis for all new gTLD registry contracts. As noted in the press release [PDF], agreement provisions include: a Trademark Clearinghouse where trademark holders can protect their rights, an efficient process to …Continue Reading →
ICANN Board Approves Revised Registrar Agreement – ICANN’s Board of Directors has approved [PDF] a new version [PDF] of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), a standard contract to be executed between ICANN and each accredited registrar. Some of the notable changes from the previous contract are: registrar points-of-contact for reporting abuse, verification …Continue Reading →
Private Auctions for gTLD Applications Commence – The first private auction has taken place to resolve contention among multiple applicants for six gTLDs: .club, .college, .luxury, .photography, .red, and .vote. Also Antony van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, has written an article on why he prefers a private auction to one run by …Continue Reading →
Applications To CIRA’s Nomination Committee Close Soon – The CIRA Nomination Committee is seeking qualified individuals to apply to be candidates for this year’s CIRA Board of Directors election. Applications close this Thursday, June 6. The Committee will review applications and select a Nomination Committee Slate to be voted on in September by .CA Members. …Continue Reading →
CIRA’s Nomination Committee To Seek Applications – Starting on Wednesday, May 8, the CIRA Nomination Committee will be calling for qualified individuals to be put forward as possible candidates for this year’s CIRA Board of Directors election. The Committee will select a slate of candidates from which the Members will elect three Directors this September. The deadline …Continue Reading →
Proposed New ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement Posted – ICANN has posted for public comment a proposed new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). The document is the result of more than 18 months of negotiations between ICANN and the registrar community. The agreement is “a cornerstone of ICANN’s efforts …Continue Reading →