John: April 2012 Archives
New gTLD Application System Still Down - ICANN has announced that it is unable to provide a specific date for reopening the TLD Application System (TAS). They have indicated that an update will be provided no later than April 27, and that when the system is reopened it will be kept open for at least five business days. The system was taken down due to a technical problem on April 12, less than a day before the application period for new gTLDs was scheduled to close. An FAQ has been posted.
CIRA 2012 Nomination Committee Announced - CIRA has announced its Nomination Committee members for 2012. The Nomination Committee "plays a critical role in soliciting and selecting qualified Candidates for the Nomination Committee Slate of CIRA's Board of Directors Election." New and re-appointed members are Tim Denton, Michael Hrybyk, Colleen Arnold, Rochelle Grayson, and Stuart MacDonald. Continuing members are Bill Graham, Michel Lamontagne, Len St-Aubin, Debi Rosati, Andrew Sullivan, and Heather Dryden (ex-officio member appointed by the Government of Canada).
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- Germany's .DE domain has surpassed 15 million registrations.
- The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is meeting in Vancouver on April 22-25. Remote participation will be available for several sessions.
- Wed, May 2: last day for feekback on proposed CIRA governance changes
- Mon, May 14: 25th anniversary of the delegation of the .CA domain
- Sun, Jun 24 - Fri, Jun 29: ICANN meetings in Prague, Czech Republic
ICANN Interrupts gTLD Application Process - On April 12, shortly before the application period for new gTLDs was scheduled to end, ICANN unexpectedly took the application system offline. It was later announced that a technical issue "allowed a limited number of users to view some other users' file names and user names in certain scenarios". An update page has been set up. It is not yet been announced when the application system will be reopened.
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- CIRA is seeking input on proposed goverance changes until May 2.
- ICM registry, operator of the .xxx domain, has announced that it is applying for three additional TLDs: .sex, .porn, and .adult.
Proposed .COM Registry Renewal Agreement Published - ICANN has posted the proposed agreement to renew the .com Registry Agreement between ICANN and Verisign. The existing contract was entered into in 2006 and expires on November 30, 2012. In addition to a number of changes to modernize the agreement and to align it with other large registry agreements, the proposed agreement permits Verisign to increase the price it charges to registrars four times during the six-year contract term, with each increase being no more than 7%. Public comment on the proposed agreement is being sought through April 26.
User Registration Closes For gTLD Applications - The March 29 deadline to become a registered user in ICANN's TLD Application System has passed. ICANN has not announced the final number of registered users; as of March 25 there were 839. Each registered user is allowed to apply for up to 50 gTLDs by the application deadline of April 12.
ICANN Adopts "Digital Archery" To Determine gTLD Batching - If substantially more than 500 gTLD applications are received by ICANN, it will process them in batches of approximately 500. If batching is required, a secondary timestamp process dubbed "digital archery" will be employed, as recently approved by the ICANN Board. The process, outlined in a "Batching Basics" article, involves each applicant selecting a future date and time target and then returning to the online system to "hit" that target as close as possible to the selected date and time.
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- "New gTLDs Represent Internet Security Gains", by Ram Mohan.