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11|15|2013 10:27 am EDT

Buenos Aires Airport closure leaves many ICANN 48 attendees stranded

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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As the 48th ICANN meeting is set to start in Buenos Aires, many of the attendees were stranded today in Montevideo, Uruguay  and other South American airports due to an airport closure in Buenos Aires. An Austral Embraer ERJ-190 on behalf of Air Austral/Aerolineas Argentina coming from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), overrun the runway and only came to a halt after the nose of the machine had hit the localizer antenna about 220 meters/730 feet past the runway end at 5:45 local time this morning (UTC-3). None of the 96 passengers was injured and they were all taken to the terminal. According to reporting of the airport there was a cold front passing through the area at the time. The airline reports that the incident occurred due to a sudden change in wind direction and speed.

Flight  AU-2255/AR-2255 in the Localizer Radar, posted by @JuanMCornejo

Flights into the aiport resumed again after about three hours, but some attendees will now only arrive tomorrow. DNN was not able to confirm if any ICANN 48 attendees were on the flight itself.

 

[via AVHerald and the ICANN Social Group on Facebook, picture posted on twitter by @JuanMCornejo]

 

07|11|2013 11:44 am EDT

The Internet Architecture Board considers Dotless Domains Harmful

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which is a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a statement today that it considers Dotless domains, such as the proposed “SEARCH” by Google harmful and will not work together with currently used procedures. As the statement explains:

Unfortunately, dotless domains will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases. As recommended by IETF standards track RFCs, existing deployed systems apply a search list to single-label names prior to attempting to resolve them. As a result, the resolution of dotless domains depends on local configuration such as the search list. For example, in a location where “example.com” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “printer1.example.com”, whereas in a location where “example.net” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “printer1.example.net”.

Aside from the Google proposal for its application for ‘SEARCH’, apparently this practice currently is already used by some existing Top Level Domains according to the statement.

With this background the IAB issues the following recommendations:

  1. The IAB strongly recommends against considering, implementing, or deploying dotless domains.
  2. The IAB believes that dotless domains are inherently harmful to Internet security.
  3. Applications and platforms that apply a suffix search list to a single-label name are in conformance with IETF standards track RFCs. Furthermore, applications and platforms that do not query DNS for a TLD are in conformance with IETF standards track recommendations intended to minimize security vulnerabilities and reduce load on the root servers.

[Hat tip to Michele Neylon of Blacknight, IAB Statement]

11|15|2012 12:09 pm EDT

gTLD specialist Kurt Pritz resigns as ICANN’s CSO over conflict of Interest

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy, People

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As per an announcement from ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, Kurt Pritz, former Chief Strategy Officer at ICANN and gTLD specialist has resigned from ICANN. Until Pritz became Chief Strategy officer in October he was Vice President for Stakeholder Relations. During the new gTLD program he was the key person presenting many of the facts of the program to various stakeholders.

To the ICANN Community,

Regretfully, I have accepted the resignation of Kurt Pritz, who has served most recently as ICANN’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Kurt has submitted his resignation because of a recently identified conflict of interest, which he immediately communicated to ICANN. After analyzing this conflict of interest, we decided that a change in Kurt’s role within ICANN would be appropriate. Kurt decided to resign his position and role as an officer of ICANN, to best serve the interests of the organization. Kurt will be engaged as a subject matter expert where needed, but will have no access to new gTLD applicant information nor will he play a role in the new gTLD program.

I have already put in place a plan for the reassignment of all of Kurt’s management responsibilities.

I would like to thank Kurt for his many years of service and commitment to ICANN and our community.

Respectfully,
Fadi

Further details about the nature of the conflict of interest have not been released.

[via DomainIncite]

11|14|2012 03:23 pm EDT

ICANN new gTLD Draw to Take Place on Dec 17th

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy, Up to the Minute

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A Christmas gift from ICANN to new gTLD applicants? Information from today’s ICANN teleconference for new gTLD applicants.

  • The new gTLD draw will take place on December 17th, 2012 (afternoon)
  • Tickets for the draw have to be purchased before that date. Tickets will be for sale from December 12th to the morning of December 17th at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles.
  • The draw will take place at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles as well and will be open to the public.
  • Draw details to be published on November 16th, 2012.
  • ICANN has obtained a license to hold a lottery in California.
  • Applicants can purchase the tickets or name a proxy to purchase them for them. Applicants do not have to be present for the draw.
  • Evaluation results to be expected in August 2013 (originally June 2013)
  • Background screening results will be published at the same time as Initial Evaluation results.
  • 6 Application withdrawals (AND, ARE, EST, CHATR, CIALIS, KSB) have been withdrawn, 7 additional withdrawals are in progress
  • 0 objections have been files so far
  • 169 change requests have been submitted, 29 of them were approved, 130 are in review and 10 require follow-ups
  • TLD Application System (TAS) will reopen on November 26th, 2012. Applicants will have to reset their passwords.
  • The first Clarifying Questions from the Geo Panel for applicants for Geographic TLDs will be issued on November 26h, 2012 via the CSC portal. Applicants will be able to respond until the end of initial evaluation.
  • Other clarifying questions will be issued through TAS in January. Applicants will have four weeks to answer.
  • First initial evaluation results will be released in priority order starting March 23, 2013
  • Apparently it has not yet been decided that IDNs will go first.

The presentation slides have been published on the ICANN site.

10|15|2012 10:25 am EDT

ICANN launches first version of myicann.org

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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As just announced by ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé at the ICANN 45 in Toronto today, ICANN launched a first version of MyICANN.org created to aggregate, organize and personalize all of the available information from ICANN.

Explore the latest news from across the ICANN community.
Pick out what’s important to you and have it delivered directly to your Inbox.
Browse the portal to see upcoming events and subscribe to get updates on your calendar.

The organization did not set up my.icann.org (which is what I first tried when I heard about the site.

06|22|2012 12:09 am EDT

ICANN’s new gTLD Program Director Resigns

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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As announced by ICANN today, the new gTLD Program Director Michael Salazar has resigned. Kurt Pritz has been appointed to take on direct oversight of the entire New Generic Top-level Domain Program in an interim capacity. He will assume the responsibilities of New gTLD Program Director in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President for Stakeholder Relations. Pritz will remain in the interim role until a new Program Director is appointed.

The announcement goes on to say that “He is authorized to bring the full resources available to ICANN to bear on the application evaluation process to improve customer support, applicant communications, security and reporting.” Some applicants had pointed out that it takes ICANN more than five working days to respond to questions in the new gTLD program.

Kurt Pritz will be reporting to COO, Akram Attalah, in his new role in addition to his current responsibilities for which he reports to the CEO. In the announcement, ICANN also promises the introduction of “several new tools” that will “help applicants with any issues or questions about the evaluation process“.

05|08|2012 02:05 pm EDT

ICANN Offers new gTLD Applicants Refunds

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy, Up to the Minute

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As per an update sent out by ICANN earlier today the California not-for-profit is now offering applicants refunds of all paid fees (about $350M USD in total) if they would like to withdraw their application prior to the publication of the list of all new TLDs that received applications. The TLD Application System (TAS) exposed some of the filenames of applications to other applicants. The board authorized refunds with a resolution during their workshop in Amsterdam on May  6th.

See the full email update from ICANN after the jump.

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05|05|2012 04:58 am EDT

$350 Million USD received by ICANN for 2,091 Applications

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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While ICANN latest update on the security loophole in the TLD Application System (TAS) doesn’t really hold any new information regarding the actual fixing of the problem and the updated new gTLD timeline, ICANN has decided to release more information from the time the system was taken offline:

  • 2,091 applications were either submitted or in progress, which is well beyond the budgeted 500 applications (even though of course there will be several applications for the same strings)
  • 214 potential applications were registered prior to the March 29th payment cut-off, but payments have not yet been received
  • Approximately USD $350 million in fees for applications for new gTLDs have been received by the not-for-profit organization

ICANN expects to complete the notification process on or before Tuesday, May 8th, 2012.

See the full updated as emailed by ICANN below.

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04|25|2012 02:35 pm EDT

ICANN Public Comment Period for .com Registry Agreement with Verisign ends Tomorrow

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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The ICANN public comment period for the .com Registry Agreement renewal with VeriSign ends tomorrow on Thursday April 26th at 23:59 UTC.

You can submit comments via to com-renewal@icann.org. In the second “reply” phase replies to the comments can be submitted limited to those who commented in the first phase – this phase will end on May 17th 2012.

The 14 comments submitted to date can be read on the site here.

The proposed agreement suggests to keep the .COM contract with VeriSign without opening it to competitive bidding, a process that when done with the .NET registry in 2005 resulted in lower .NET registry pricing ($5.89 per Domain Name Year). The proposed extension would allow VeriSign to increase registrations fees by 7% in four of the next six years, potentially bringing up the price from the current $7.85 to $10.29 by 2016.

In case some of you feel strongly about the anti-competitive nature of the .com renewal, you may also want to consider a submission to the US Department of Justice.

[Hat tip to George Kirikos]

04|18|2012 10:20 am EDT

IANA contract opened again for re-bid by the US government

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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After the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had canceled the first RFP for a new IANA contractor because they “received no proposals that met the requirements“, the RFP was opened again for bids two days ago. ICANN had submitted a bid, which was not accepted by  NITA. The deadline for bids to the new RFP, which doesn’t seem to deviate from the previous one by much, is May 31st, 2012.

The current contract was to expire on March 31st of this year, but was extended by six months just before ICANN’s 43rd meeting.

As reported by DomainIncite, ICANN is to report on a debriefing as to why their previous bid was not accepted:

Over a month ago, at an ICANN press conference in Costa Rica, CEO Rod Beckstrom said: “We were invited to have a debriefing with [the NTIA] to learn more about this. Following that discussion we will share any information we are allowed to share.”