ICANN Publishes 1st Global Registrant Survey By Nielsen

icannThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the findings of its first Global Registrant Survey, which was conducted on its behalf by Nielsen.

The study demonstrates, among other things, that domain name registrants are more familiar with new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) than general Internet users who have not registered a domain.

Survey participants were questioned about their Continue reading

ICANN: There are no underlying infrastructure obstacles to the accessibility of any TLDs

newgtldICANN, in conjunction with the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) announced the availability of a new report: An Analysis of New gTLD Universal Acceptance. Universal Acceptance (UA) is the concept of removing all technical barriers that might hinder a user from accessing any name in any top-level domain (TLD) from any web browser, email client, or other Internet application on any computer or electronic device. The report, sponsored by ICANN, is available here [PDF, 1.63 MB].

APNIC Labs, the research arm of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), conducted the tests and analysis, which Continue reading

.Music Applicant Sends Over 100 New Letters To ICANN To Support Its Community Application

dotmusic-logoConstantine Roussos, founder of DotMusic Limited that is one of eight .music applicants, send out a letter to ICANN and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The letter intents to support the .music community application-based application at the .MUSIC Community Priority Evaluation (“CPE”) process.

The letter (dated August 12, 2015) includes, as an additional attachment to the community application, over 100 new letters Continue reading

Fadi Chehadé Presents The Keynote Address At The ICANN 53 (video)

icannICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé presents the keynote address at the ICANN53.

This was during the Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session.

Watch the video here: Continue reading

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