WHOIS Accuracy Rates Improving Under 2013 RAA But At What Cost?

icannWHOIS Accuracy Rates are slowly improving, as reflected in the latest Preliminary Findings paper [PDF, 668 KB] published by the National Opinion Research Council (NORC) at the University of Chicago.

These findings suggest that there is still more work to be done to bring up accuracy rates. After examining nearly 100,000 WHOIS records, NORC’s Preliminary Findings highlight important observations regarding the Pilot Study: Continue reading

ICANN Will Release 2-Character New gTLD Domain Names

icannDuring ICANN 51 in Los Angeles on the 16th of October the ICANN Board decided the introduction of 2-character domain names in the New gTLD namespace.

ICANN decided that the proposed registry service for the release of two-character domains in the gTLD namespace does not create a reasonable risk of a Continue reading

Reports On ICANN 51 In Los Angeles

icannCENTR, the association of Internet Country Code Top Level Domain Registries, has released its full report on the ICANN 51 Meeting held last week in Los Angeles.

The report covers in detail the sessions held by the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC. The IANA stewardship transition and ICANN Accountability were the meta themes which crossed many of the discussions during the week. Continue reading

ICANN: 36,732 Complaints Filed Against Registrars & 853 Complaints Against Registries

icannICANN announced the appointment of Allen Grogan as Chief Contract Compliance Officer, overseeing Contract Compliance and Safeguards. But some really important numbers were revealed in the press release.

“The workload of ICANN’s contractual compliance team has increased markedly. From August 2013 to August 2014, 36,732 informal complaints were filed against registrars, while 853 informal complaints were filed against registries. During the same period, 72 formal complaints were filed.”

The number of complaints is staggering but it is not that surprising. A few registrars have been running scams Continue reading

IoN Magazine: New Magazine Dedicated To The Domain Name Industry

IoN-Magazine-Issue-2IoN Magazine (Standing for ‘Internet of Names’) is a new magazine dedicated to the domain name system industry. It provides the latest news, views, reviews, a quintessential guide to ICANN conferences – and occasionally hopes to amuse.

The first issue was distributed at ICANN 50 in London. The latest, 2nd issue, is available for free at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles or you can read the online Continue reading

ICANN 51 Tuesday Recap (videos) And Main Sessions On Wednesday

icann Day three of ICANN51 witnessed the 2186th participant check-in to the Los Angeles meeting. This makes ICANN51 the third most attended event in the past two years. Yesterday’s sessions included ICANN Board meetings with various stakeholders, the Public Safety workshop and the Language Services Focus Group.

On Monday, participants were Continue reading

U.S. Commerce Secretary Pledges to Protect a Free and Open Internet

icannCommerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, addressing attendees at the opening ceremony of ICANN’s 51st public meeting in Los Angeles, declared unwavering support for the United States government’s decision to transfer stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community and not to any one single organization.

“Let me be clear about this. The United States will not allow the global Internet to be co-opted by any person, entity or nation seeking Continue reading

ICANN 51 Monday Recap (videos) And Main Sessions On Tuesday

icannOn Monday, ICANN 51 participants packed the Los Angeles Room to hear U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s speech regarding the IANA Transition. Board Chair Steve Crocker and President and CEO Fadi Chehade took to the stage to share their visions for the future of ICANN. Jonathan Robinson also was presented with the ICANN Leadership Award. Videos of these speeches are available below.

United States Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker addresses attendees at the Opening Ceremony Continue reading

ICANN 51 Starts Today In Los Angeles (What To Watch For)

icannICANN 51 (12-16 October) starts today in Los Angeles and will last until Thursday. Up until Friday 1900 people had registered for ICANN 51. 3115 people participated in ICANN 50 in London.

The official venue for ICANN 51 is the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. It is situated on the West Side of Los Angeles, California, adjacent to Beverly Hills.

On Monday, 13 October, following the welcoming ceremony, there will be a special session in which the leaders Continue reading

INOC to Sponsor ICANN 51 Happy Hour

icannINOC today announced its sponsorship of ICANN 51, taking place October 12-16, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. INOC is the proud sponsor and host of a happy hour at X bar located inside the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The INOC happy hour is open to all registered ICANN attendees.

INOC is a Continue reading