Progress Toward New gTLDs Continues - ICANN has published its proposed final Applicant Guidebook describing the process of applying for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). If the guidebook is approved at the next Board meeting in Cartagena, Columbia in December, ICANN could be in a position to begin receiving new TLD applications by the end of May, 2011. Notable in this version of the guidebook is the decision to remove most restrictions on cross-ownership between registrars and registries, allowing registrars to apply for and operate new gTLD registries.
CIRA Undertakes Cross-Canada Internet Consultations - CIRA has begun "a series of consultations across Canada on how Canadians view the role of the Internet in their lives and the economy." The consultations are being held in Winnipeg, Halifax, Iqaluit, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver and are being coordinated with the help of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Media Awareness Network (MNet). A national event will take place in Ottawa in early 2011.
Picks To Click
- The new Cyrillic domain name for Russia .рф has more than 200,000 registrations after being open to the general public for one day.
- Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA, comments in the Globe and Mail on the bottom-up approach to governing the Internet.
- DNSSEC has been enabled for the .asia domain.
- CBC's Spark has an episode about IPv4 address depletion and IPv6, featuring CIRA Board chairman and ARIN Trustee Paul Andersen.
- Down to the Wire tells the story of New Zealand Internet.