Financial Support for IGF Announced – A number of ccTLD registry operators have announced financial support for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multi-stakeholder forum for dialogue on Internet governance. A minimum total of USD $100,000 annually has been committed for several years. Support is coming initially from .AU (Australia), .BR (Brazil), .CA (Canada), .CN (China), .DK (Denmark), .MX (Mexico), and .UK (United Kingdom).
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- According to nTLDStats, new gTLD registrations have passed 740,000, with the new .club domain, launched into general availability on May 7, climbing rapidly into third place. The top two new gTLDs are .guru and .berlin.
- In “ICANN’s Accountability in the Wake of the IANA Functions Stewardship Transition”, ICANN Board Chair Steve Crocker calls for community input on the proposed process to enhance ICANN’s accountability, announced on May 6.
- CIRA CEO Byron Holland comments on supporting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
- ICANN is seeking feedback on its draft FY2015 operating plan and budget. ICANN’s fiscal year begins on July 1.
- Nominet, registry operator of the .UK domain, has announced that longtime CEO Lesley Cowley will be leaving as of July 9.
- ICANN has posted New gTLD contracting statistics. As of May 9, 410 new gTLD Registry Agreements have been signed, an increase of 24 since April 18. A total of 1120 applicants have been invited to Contracting.
- The CRTC has released a collection of Frequently Asked Questions related to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation. The majority of the legislation comes into force on July 1.
- Sun, Jun 22 – Thu, Jun 26: ICANN meetings in London