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LOS ANGELES – 29 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has been extended until Tuesday, 11 December 23:59 UTC.
This Public Comment proceeding is aimed at gathering community input on the CCT Review Team's Final Report and Recommendations.
The CCT Review Team was formed in January 2016 to assess the New Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Program in three areas: competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The review also assesses safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from both the introduction of new gTLDs, and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process. The review, required by Section 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws, examines to what degree the process of implementing the New gTLD Program was successful in producing desired results and achieving the stated objectives. The CCT Review Team analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data to produce recommendations for the ICANN Board to consider and adopt.
On 8 September 2018, the CCT Review Team submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. The Report was then issued for Public Comment to inform ICANN Board action on the CCT Review Team's final recommendations.
Per the Bylaws, the ICANN Board shall consider the report and public comments to determine whether to approve the recommendations within six months of receipt of the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and Recommendations [PDF, 562 KB]. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that are approved and provide written rationale for the decision if any recommendations are not approved.
- Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB]
- Executive Summary [PDF, 773 KB]
- Recommendations [PDF, 562 KB]
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.
Up until now webpages on WordPress.com get a unique *.wordpress.com address. WordPress announced you can now get free .blog subdomains on 28 .blog domain names the company reserved in the .blog New gTLD launch. In February 2018 the company announced this was coming but now it is live. WordPress added 2 more domains in the …
Namecheap announced the launch its new two-factor authentication TOTP 2FA (Time-based One-Time Password algorithm two-factor authentication). Two-factor authentication is done by verifying your identity through another device, such as a smartphone. Most often, a code is sent to this secondary device and then used on the primary device. TOTP 2FA differs from other types of …
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LOS ANGELES – 28 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN63 By the Numbers Report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics for the most recent ICANN Public Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The report summarizes the findings from ICANN's third Annual General Meeting of the current meeting strategy. The report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency and support for its multistakeholder model.
ICANN63 By the Numbers Report highlights include:
- 2,639 checked-in participants, with 1,440 listing their region as Europe.
- 41% of attendees participated for the first time.
- 338 sessions were held for a total of 596.5 hours.
- 1,073 attendees logged into the schedule website and mobile platform.
- 13,665 gigabytes of data as network traffic.
- 10% of network traffic was IPv6 (1% increase from ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama).
ICANN is committed to being responsive to the community's needs. Information from the data collected gives the ICANN organization greater insight into how to maximize attendee satisfaction and identify opportunities for improvement.
Click here to download the full ICANN63 By the Numbers Report [PDF, 6.73 MB].
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Two-Week Extension for the Public Comment Period on the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group
LOS ANGELES – 27 November 2018 – In order to ensure the community has sufficient time to respond, the public comment period for the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group has been extended to 11 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
Los Angeles – 27 November 2018 – Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published a survey for community input.
Click here to take the survey now.
The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute's research and interviews conducted to date.
Following the close of the survey on 21 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with input received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019.
As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment.
The purpose of the Bylaws-mandated ccNSO review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. Meridian Institute was selected to conduct the second ccNSO review in August 2018.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.
Karn Saroya, Co-founder & CEO at Cover, explained how his company decided to purchase the domain name cover.com for $825,000. The blog post he made had the title “You should never spend $825K on a domain — but here’s why I’m glad I did”. According to DomainTools.com the domain name was bought from DIGIMEDIA.COM sometime in the 2nd …
The NamesCon 2019 domain name auction is switching to GoDaddy as its auction platform. It makes sense that the GoDaddy auction platform is replacing Namejet as GoDaddy is the owner of NamesCon. Auction submissions are now OPEN for the NamesCon / RightOfTheDot live and online auctions January 28 – February 7, 2019. The live/online auction …
|Open Date:||26 November 2018||Close Date:||10 January 2019|
|Originating Organization:||Global Domains Division|
|Brief Overview:||ICANN is releasing for public comment version 4 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-4: HTML, XML). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-3 and adds three code points to the repertoire of Latin script and twelve code points to the repertoire of Myanmar script. Under the Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels, the MSR is the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) proposals for relevant scripts. The contents of MSR-4 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-4 Overview and Rationale document.|
Proposed Consensus Policy Concerning the Names of the Red Cross International Movement and Red Cross National Societies
|Open Date:||21 November 2018||Close Date:||14 December 2018|
|Categories/Tags:||Policy Development; Contracted Party Agreements|
|Brief Overview:||In accordance with the ICANN Bylaws, this public comment proceeding is intended to provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to comment on a proposed Consensus Policy concerning certain names associated with the International Red Cross Movement and all Red Cross National Societies, prior to consideration by the ICANN Board. The GNSO Council approved the proposed Consensus Policy in September 2018 and recommends its adoption by the ICANN Board. Following the close of this public comment proceeding, which is being opened for a minimum 21-day period as required by the ICANN Bylaws for this purpose, the proposed Consensus Policy and all relevant input received will be forwarded to the ICANN Board for its consideration and action.|
Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team
|Open Date:||21 November 2018||Close Date:||21 December 2018|
This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team. The EPDP Team is tasked with evaluating the Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data (Temp Spec) and deciding whether it should become an ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or with modifications, while complying with the GDPR and other relevant privacy and data protection laws and regulations.
The EPDP Team will hold a webinar on Thursday, 29 November at 14:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of the Initial Report as well as more information on how to submit public comments. If you would like to sign up for the webinar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team considering the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, we are pleased to announce the publication of the team's Initial Report and opening of the Public Comment period.
As noted in previous ICANN blogs, the Temporary Specification approved by ICANN Board on 25 May 2018, expires one year from that date. The EPDP Team is working in a short period of time to provide a replacement policy for ICANN Board approval before the expiration date. The publication of this Initial Report maintains the feasibility of the plan for a timely replacement of the Temporary Specification.
The Initial Report responds to the call on the EPDP Team, mandated by the charter, to answer a set of questions and determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or one with modifications.
To develop a firm understanding of GDPR requirements and of the data processing that occurs in the Domain Name System's ecosystem, the EPDP Team documented each of the data processing steps, purpose, and lawful basis for each. This documentation was necessary for the EPDP Team to develop GDPR-compliant solutions that can be found in the Report's Appendix workbooks.
This work has been accompanied by several innovations: the creation of a parallel Adobe Connect meeting room for alternates and observers, the use of mediation techniques to build consensus, and the development of a new comment forum, described below.
This Initial Report provides preliminary recommendations and questions for the public to consider. The EPDP Team reached tentative agreement on many of these but there was no call for consensus. The EPDP Team members did not reach agreement on many other areas of discussion. The Initial Report describes areas of disagreement and provides specific questions on which the public may consider and provide comments with the purpose of guiding the EPDP Team's deliberations.
While it is customary for the chair of a policy working group to laud the team's hard work, this team of 31 members and 19 alternates held 29 fully-attended, multi-hour meetings in the 13 weeks available to it and also held 45+ hours of face-to-face meetings in Barcelona (at the ICANN meeting) and in Los Angeles. Small team meetings punctuated the brief intervals in between.
The Initial Report is now open for public comment until 21 December 2018. The EPDP Team will read and consider the comments submit while continuing its work.
A new format for collecting public comment was implemented for the purpose of this EPDP. This online, web-based format seeks to:
- Link comments to specific sections of the Initial Report.
- Encourage commenters to provide reasoning or rationale for their answers.
- Enable the sorting of comments so that the EPDP Team can more easily read all the comments on any topic.
The online comment tool's functionality enables comments to be categorized to the specific sections of the Initial Report for which the EPDP Team is seeking community input. This will facilitate an efficient and in-depth review of the comments received – the thinking and rationale of the commenters, as opposed to whether they simply agree or disagree with a position. In addition to answering the specific questions noted in the Initial Report, participants will have the opportunity to provide comments on the general content of the Initial Report.
To preview all questions in this online form, you are welcome to download the Word version here. If you are unable to access the online form, you may submit your feedback directly using the Word form, only if you are unable to access the form online. However, use of the online form is strongly encouraged. It is important that you read the instructions on the first page and learn how to navigate through the form and save your progress.
For transparency purposes, all comments submitted to the Public Comment forum will be PUBLICLY displayed via an automatically-generated Google Spreadsheet. All comments, the name of the sender, and the organization listed will be displayed publicly. Email addresses will be redacted. If you wish to comment anonymously, type "anonymous" into the appropriate place on the form.
During the Public Comment period, the EPDP Team will seek advice on legal issues from the European Data Protection Board and others, as it deliberating on outstanding issues.
We look forward to hearing your feedback on the EPDP Initial Report. Thank you in advance for contributing to the public comment.
LOS ANGELES – 20 November 2018 – The inaugural Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report from ICANN63 is now available here [PDF, 391 KB]. The post-meeting report is written by fellows and provides details on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved.
The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is a part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative to increase program transparency and provide the community with more data and information on the activities of ICANN fellows. The report will continue to be published after every ICANN Public Meeting.
To learn more, visit the Fellowship Program webpage.
The ICANN organization welcomes suggestions on how to improve future post-meeting reports. To share your suggestions, please email email@example.com.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.
Mike Mann sells 15 domains in October for $203,104 (VideoArchives[.]com, OffCampusLiving[.]com, etc.)
Mike Mann reported selling 15 domain names in October for a total of $203,104. Prices started at $2,888 and went up to $49,888. Mike Mann sold 14 .com domains and 1 .org. The average reported domain sales price was $13,540. Here is a look at some of Mike Mann’s domain sales and acquisitions from October …
BRUSSELS – 19 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the third Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 4-5 December 2018, in Moscow, Russia, following the success of the first edition in Kiev, Ukraine (2016), and the second one in Minsk, Belarus (2017). The event is jointly organized by ICANN and the Coordination Center for National Domains .RU/.РФ (cctld.ru).
This event is part of ICANN's regional outreach efforts to raise awareness on issues related to the Domain Name System (DNS), and collaborate with stakeholders on key areas. It comes as a continuation of the earlier engagement efforts to bring global discussions on the DNS to the regional level, and uncover the contexts surrounding the regional perspectives.
Sessions on the first day will cover technical topics. The second day will be devoted to policy-related discussions. The Forum's topics include:
- The current state and evolution of the Root Server System
- Universal Acceptance
- Internationalized Domain Names
- Artificial Intelligence and the DNS
- DNS abuse
- Transborder legislative issues affecting the DNS
ICANN's Chief Technology Officer David Conrad, and Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer John Crain will be at the event participating in discussions related to the evolution and security of the DNS, and the current challenges faced. Other regional and global actors of the DNS industry will also attend the forum, contributing to the sessions with their experiences and areas of expertise.
Remote participation will be available for those interested in participating, but unable to attend in-person.
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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.
Sally and Akinori with Chinese Academy of Information Communication Technology (CAICT) President Liu Duo (left) and Liu Yue, Director, Center of Internet Governance Research (right)
After wrapping up our work for ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, I visited Shanghai and Wuzhen for what has become my yearly China engagement trip. From 5-9 November, I met with a wide range of community members in both locations, and also attended the fifth World Internet Conference, which was held in Wuzhen.
With over 800 million Internet users, China is home to the most significant new generic top-level domain (gTLDs) and Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) market in the world. Over the past few years, participation by Chinese community members in ICANN has grown, and we are also seeing them take up leadership positions in the ICANN community.
During my trip to Shanghai, I was accompanied by Jian-Chuan Zhang, ICANN’s Head of China. I met with a registry operator, two registrars, as well as the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, which is a leading think tank based there. I learned quite a bit about China's domain name market, which has a lot of potential, particularly in the area of IDNs. The Chinese TLD market is one that could drive innovation, which is one of the goals of the new gTLD Program.
While at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, we exchanged views about Internet governance, and agreed that academia plays a critical role in educating the public and policymakers about how the Internet really works. There is a strong academic community in China, and our APAC regional office will continue to explore new ways to ensure that academia is more aware of and involved in ICANN discussions.
In Wuzhen, we were joined by Akinori Maemura, an ICANN Board member from the Asia Pacific region. We spoke at different sessions, highlighting key messages such as the strength of ICANN's multistakeholder model; the importance of maintaining a single, secure, and stable Internet; and why it’s critical that we continue to advance and promote both IDNs and Universal Acceptance (UA), as they will be key to bringing the next billion Internet users online.
We also took the opportunity to meet with some of our key stakeholders and partners in China, such as the Chinese government, the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT), the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), and Wuhan University. We are working on strengthening our collaboration in technical areas and contributing to a more stable, secure, and resilient unique identifier ecosystem in China – an objective led by ICANN Chief Technology Officer (CTO) David Conrad during his visit to China earlier this year.
Overall, I learned a lot during my trip, and also received a lot of constructive feedback, which will help us further evolve our engagement strategy both for China and the APAC region as a whole. I hope to have more opportunities to be in the region, and to have more deep, meaningful interactions with APAC community members in the near future.
Domain industry blogger DomainIncite broke a story on November 16 that revealed efforts by the Werte Initiative in Germany to compel ICANN to initiate a takedown request for a website. The notion of a takedown request directed to the CEO of ICANN is perhaps not novel. However, in the wake of the coordinated takedown of Gab.com in the exact same week as this letter was apparently transmitted is worth of note by the domain industry.
By way of orientation, here is the original letter dated 10/23/18:
The site in question, Judas.Watch, does not seem to have incitement to violence but rather catalogs information about various individuals organizations. The content itself looks like “Free Speech”, a topic which is generating considerable controversy in the Digital Age. Whether or not ICANN advised the complainant informally, we now know that the formal response came nearly 3 weeks later, on November 13, from Göran Marby, CEO of ICANN:
- There is apparently a continuing, coordinated and perhaps accelerating theme of censorship that extends beyond content that is of a potentially threatening nature as has been alleged in the context of Gab. Moreover, this effort is now global, not just the U.S., and it includes active lobbying of ICANN for takedown of specific domains.
- For now, ICANN is continuing to hold the position that they are not adjudicating about acceptable use of domains but are instead continuing to defer to registries and registrars as governed by their Terms of Service or as they may sovereignly rule by exception should they wish to do so.
- The website referenced in Werte’s letter remains online pending decisions from registry operator (Donuts), and registrar NameCheap (now part of Tucows) as to whether to comply with the take-down request. Given the recent November 13 response date from ICANN, we could expect to see governance action as soon as next week.
In the meantime, where does this recent news leave registrants in terms of reasonable expectations for Due Process? Well, we have some very recent case history for both Registries and Registrars.
Key Lesson #1: Registries can banish a domain without Due Process
On October 15, 2018, the domain name Incels.me was set to the inoperable state of Server Hold by the .ME registry, the country code TLD of Montenegro. The operators of the site reported in a press release without warning and also without given the registrant an opportunity to cure. This effectively means that anyone who buys a .ME from now on should put an asterisk next to their domain to footnote the risk that while they own the domain, it can be arbitrarily taken out of use as and when the registry chooses to do so. This also adds registrar counter-party risk as the .ME registry does not explicitly require that a .ME registrant enter into an Acceptable Use agreement with the registry as part of the checkout process. By contrast, when any registrant purchases an ICANN-governed domain, they are required to explicitly accept the ICANN terms, such as you can see in this example for a .COM:
Looking ahead, it remains to be seen whether Donuts takes action, particularly if they are pressed sufficiently either by lobbying groups or by social media. From my reading, the case for a takedown seems weak given the absence of incitement to violence on this particular website as was alleged in the case of Gab. For such a weak case as this one, I would expect that a takedown action by Donuts would cause widespread action by registrants to steer clear of Donuts registries on a going forward basis, just as the price increases of up to 3000% in March 2017 by Uniregistry raised important questions about whether Uniregistry has sufficient governance in place to protect stakeholder rights.
Key Lesson #2: Registrars can banish a domain without Due Process
Whether or not the registrar, in this case, Tucows, takes action on this domain name remains to be seen. As of today, just a few days after the ICANN letter, the site is up. However, we know from the high profile takedown of Gab.com by Godaddy covered intensively by the media, that registrars can sovereignly take down any domain without warning, and can do so without giving the registrant an opportunity to cure as was the case with Gab. Epik is very familiar with this case having taken the position that Gab.com should have been eligible for Due Process, and opted to step in as registrar, as explained in this important blog post on why Epik accepted Gab.com. In addition to stating Epik’s position through the blog, Epik also took the rather unusual step of indeed setting an expectation among the Gab user with regards to ongoing self-governance as a precondition for sustainable use of Free Speech.
The Future of the Domain Name Industry is being determined now!
Whether or not there is a viable domain industry 10-20 years from now, or whether it is supplanted by an alternate addressing system is being determined by the actions the industry takes now. In the specific case of Gab.com, a $300,000 domain was being held in escrow on behalf of a registrant while Gab made payments on a domain. The de-platforming action taken by Godaddy on October 29 placed a high value domain at risk of permanent impairment, leaving the domain in limbo, registered in the name of the escrow agent. At the time of the take-down action, there were 4 counter-parties with claims on the domain: (1) the registrant, (2) the user of the domain who was making payments, (3) the escrow agent, and (4) the registrar. Talk about a messy takedown with collateral damage!
For now, I applaud ICANN for deflecting this latest request for censorship without Due Process. The drumbeat is getting louder for a global framework for governance and adjudication, similar to the UDRP process administered by WIPO. For adjudication of takedown requests, I believe the “high court” will need to be comprised of persons elected through a transparent democratic process rather than staffing the judiciary with appointees. Given ICANN’s ample $454 million in funds under management, it is not unreasonable to think that ICANN could easily fund a salaried high court comprised of democratically elected persons responsible for establishing and managing a global judiciary for governing takedown requests. This would protect registries and registrars from being crucified by public opinion for simply doing their jobs!
In the meantime, Registries and Registrars that choose to play fast and loose with Intellectual Property Rights can expect to see l brand damage as individuals, organizations, and business owners begin to amplify a counterbalancing message relating to the impact of unilateral takedown operations. In the absence of incontrovertible demonstration of bad faith (e.g. blatant phishing operations where time-sensitive action may be imperative), it is reasonable for any domain registrant to expect (1) appropriate due process, (2) reasonable opportunity to remediate, and (3) orderly transition planning to another registrar in the event of continuing non-compliance with Terms of Service.
Application for New Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) Dispute-Resolution Service Provider
|Open Date:||16 November 2018||Close Date:||4 January 2019|
|Originating Organization:||Global Domains Division|
|Brief Overview:||The ICANN organization requests community feedback on an application from an organization seeking approval as a new Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) dispute-resolution service provider.|
Have you ever thought of trying a service AFTER you heard about an outage it had? Well this is what happened to me after I read a post by Namecheap explaining, in detail, how the outage they had happened on November 13 and the steps they plan to take to ensure this does not happen …
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GGRG Brokerage Consulting and Giuseppe Graziano published the 3rd quarter of 2018 Liquid Domains Market Overview partnering with Escrow.com and Estibot’s parent company Intelium and ShortNames.com. This report is focused on 2018 Q3 and presents key statistics of the domains that are considered liquid in the domain name aftermarket. There are separate sections for each liquid domain name category: LL.com, LLL.com, LLLL.com …
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