ICANN has announced that 24 more New gTLDs have been delegated for a total of 370 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the latest 24 new gTLDs:
.diet, .hosting, .property, .gifts, .restaurant, .wales, .healthcare and .realtor.
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 15 August 2014:
For the Week Ending: 15 August 2014
Number of Applications Invited to Contracting: 3
Number of Responses to Contracting Invite Received: 39
Number of Registry Agreements Sent to Applicants: 6
Number of Registry Agreements Executed: 2
Number of Requests for Exemption to the Code of Conduct Posted for 30-day Comment: 0
Number of Code of Conduct Exemptions Granted: 0
Number of Applications for Specification 13 Posted for 30-day Comment: 3
Number of Specification 13 Granted: 0
Here are the 370 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:
As described in the 14 August 2014 posting of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps, four respected individuals with backgrounds in academia, governmental relations, global insight, and the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), will form the Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group.
Selected by ICANN‘s President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, members of the Public Experts Group will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisors to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisors will contribute research and advice, as well as bring perspectives on global best practices to enrich the discussion, all while engaging with a broader network of accountability experts from around the world.
The members of the Public Experts Group are: Continue reading
ICANN is posting for public comment proposed Bylaws revisions that would incorporate a higher voting threshold for the Board to determine not act consistently with the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee. Currently, the Bylaws require a simple majority of the Board (50% + 1) to vote to act consistently a piece of advice from the GAC. The proposed amendments to the Bylaws would require 2/3 of the voting members of the Board to vote to not act consistently with a piece of GAC advice. Continue reading
The New gTLD Auction Schedule is updated as of 11 August 2014. This version is updated to reflect the 2015 Auction Dates for January, February, and March. Also reflected is the finalization of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework as it pertains to the Auction Schedule. Because the Framework is now finalized, postponement requests on this basis will no longer be accommodated.
ICANN released a new IANA Functions Infographic which explains how the core IANA functions allow users like you to access the Internet. The revised infographic incorporates feedback from the community. Continue reading
ICANN granted data retention waiver to 4 European registrars:
- MAILCLUB SAS
- 1API GmbH
- ingenit GmbH & Co. KG
- Registry Gate GmbH
The 4 registrars submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN‘s request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.
ICANN announced that the current President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, will continue as CEO for at least two years beyond the initial term of his current Agreement.
The full Board discussed and agreed, following a recommendation from the Compensation Committee, to extend Mr. Chehadé’s Employment Agreement through 30 June 2017. In addition, the Board determined to increase Mr. Chehadé’s base and at-risk compensation components to the following: (i) annual base salary of US$630,000.00; and (ii) at-risk compensation component of up to US$270,000.00 per year for a total of $900,000.
That equals to 5,000,000 domain names worth of ICANN fees that is currently set at $0.18 per domain for every year.