More Proof That ICANN Is A 2-Face Organization

icannYesterday I made a post about hundreds of 2-letter .berlin domain names that were registered by a .berlin registry partner against ICANN rules. It turns out that the problem was much deeper than I thought.

Several ICANN "affiliates", friends and partners and some registries tried to justify these registration by providing the ICANN authorization: Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels. But that only made this worse.

This is a letter from ICANN authorizing the use of Continue reading

.Ping Was Auctioned Today For $1,501,000 & .SRL For $400,000 (Google lost again)

newgtldToday, 25 March 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN's authorized auction service provider, conducted a New gTLD Program Auction to resolve string contention for two new generic top-level domain (gTLD) strings: .PING and .SRL. Continue reading

What You Need To Know About IANA (video)

icannICANN just published a new video on YouTube.com called "What you need to know about IANA". This seems to be an old video from a couple of months back that was republished.

The video was created by LACNIC (Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre) and ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

Please watch the video here: Continue reading

Google Paid $25 Million For The .APP Extension (good luck getting that money back)

newgtldGoogle won today the auction for the .APP extension. Google paid $25 million dollars for the right to sell the .APP new domains.

I wish Google good luck on getting their money back ($25,001,000 was the exact amount) from selling .app domain names only. Because that is not happening any time soon. Continue reading

ICANN Updates Process for Release of 2-Character ASCII Domain Names

icannToday, ICANN is announcing updates to the "Authorization Process for the Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels" to take into account additional direction from the ICANN Board. This applies to New gTLD registries wishing to lift the ICANN registration ban on 2-character domain names.

On 12 February 2015, the Board took action to accept advice from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) on this subject issued in the GAC's 11 February 2015 Communiqué – Singapore [PDF, 113 KB], and directed the President and CEO, or his designee, to proceed immediately to implement the following changes to the process: Continue reading

ICANN 52 Welcome Ceremony & Press Conference (videos)

icannICANN 52 conference is underway in Singapore.

Watch here the "Welcome Ceremony" from ICANN 52 in Singapore on Monday, February 9, 2015 and the ICANN 52 press conference where President and CEO Fadi Chehadé, Board Chair Dr. Steve Crocker and President of the Global Domains Division Akram Atallah answer journalists questions.

Welcome Ceremony (video): Continue reading

ICANN Strategic Plan 2016-2020 (video)

icannICANN published a video featuring its strategic plan for the years 2016 to 2020.

This is an animated look at ICANN's 5-year Strategic Plan which sets forth five Strategic Objectives and sixteen Strategic Goals, each with Key Success Factors and Strategic Risks.

Watch the video here: Continue reading

Everything You Need To Know About IANA & Its Functions (video)

icannICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, published a video that describes IANA, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, and its various functions.

The video is mainly targeted to the novice user. See below the video that was prepared by LACNIC (Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre) and ICANN: Continue reading

ICANN: “IANA Systems Not Compromised By Hackers”

icannAs ICANN reported on 16 December 2014, it was recently the target of a so-called "spear phishing" attack. During this attack the email credentials of some ICANN staff were compromised by hackers.

"As mentioned in our original announcement, we have confirmed that the attack has not impacted any Continue reading

ICANN Targeted in Spear Phishing Attack

icannICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into their systems.

We believe a "spear phishing" attack was initiated in late November 2014. It involved email messages that were crafted to appear to come from our own domain being sent to members of our staff. The attack resulted in the compromise of the email credentials of several ICANN staff members.

In early December 2014 ICANN also discovered that the compromised credentials were used to access other ICANN systems besides email: Continue reading