February, 2019

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Sometimes resigning from a job is the best you can do

2 weeks ago I resigned from the Greek basketball team I had been working for the past 14 months. Yesterday was my last day (it was a Sunday game) and I already know I made the right decision. It was time to move on. One of the 2 owners of the team didn’t understand what …

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In Business, you have to Play Offense as well as Defense!

Morning Folks!! So how can you tell a company is going to go out of business when they are barely in business? Pretty simple for me. It’s football. And in football you have an offense and a defense. You need both to win games. In business, your offense is sales and marketing. Companies that minimize […]

Chair’s Blog: A Preview of the Kobe Board Workshop

Prior to the start of ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan, the ICANN Board will be meeting from 8-10 March for its second Board workshop of 2019. As I’ve noted before, workshops held before ICANN’s Public Meetings provide us with a chance to take a closer look at the issues the community will be working on during its time together.

In the workshop, we will hold three public sessions, including a public Board meeting, which I hope you’ll be able to join. Information on how to dial-in to these listen-only sessions is available here.

Friday, 8 March, we will begin the day with a dialogue with ICANN President and CEO, Göran Marby, where he will outline his priorities for the ICANN org. Following that, Chris Disspain and León Sanchez will host a session regarding the Generic Name Supporting Organization’s final report for the Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Data Phase 1.

After lunch, Göran, Chris and I will meet with leaders of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees at a roundtable that Göran will host. In addition, the rest of the day will be spent in Board committee meetings, including meetings of the Finance Committee, Accountability Mechanisms Committee, Technical Committee and Governance Committee.

Saturday, 9 March, will begin with a session on the status of the .Amazon applications and a review of the next steps.  Following that session, a significant amount of the day will be dedicated to prep work for ICANN64 Constituency Day, with Avri Doria hosting two consecutive sessions aimed at getting the Board up to speed on major issues we must be prepared to discuss during the week. The first session will be a policy briefing on the key topics that will be discussed by stakeholders during ICANN64. The second will be a review of the Board’s answers to questions submitted by the constituencies. I will then host a session dedicated to reflecting on the topics submitted by the Board to the community for discussion regarding how the next Strategic, Operating & Financial, and Governance plans can be successfully implemented.

Göran will then lead a session where he will share an overview of the preparatory work needed for the possible launch of a subsequent round of new gTLDs. The Board requested this session at its last workshop in Los Angeles.

On Sunday, 10 March, I’ll start the day by leading our review of the Board’s various resolutions, which will be followed by our public Board meeting. Afterward, we will prepare for Public Forums 1 and 2. Maarten Botterman will then provide a status update on the progress made toward the Board’s FY19 priorities during a public session. Mathew Shears will then join Maarten in updating the Board on the comments received during the public comment period for the FY21-25 Strategic Plan and next steps.

Next, Ron De Silva will lead a session with an update on the approach being taken to develop the FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan. He will also lead a related session where we look at the financial implications of implementing the recommendations from, WS2, CCT and other reviews. Akinori Maemura will then host a public session where the Internationalized Domain Name Universal Acceptance Working Group will present its final recommendations to the Board. Khaled Koubaa will lead our final session of the workshop, where the Board’s Operational Effectiveness Committee will present short- and long-term options for adjusting the timing of reviews.

As always, this Board workshop is packed with a range of topics and discussions, yet I’m confident it will be a productive three days. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who plan to join us in Kobe.

Next Steps with the RDAP Service for gTLD Registries and Registrars

Last August, a draft of the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) profile underwent Public Comment in an effort to give the entire ICANN community a chance to provide feedback on this important document. The ICANN organization worked with a discussion group of gTLD registries and registrars to create this proposal. We've published the profile and invite you to review it at the RDAP webpage. The RDAP implementation process has now started, and we have updated our implementation timeline accordingly.

RDAP enables users to access current registration data and has several advantages over the current protocol (WHOIS) including: support for internationalization, more secure access to data, and the ability to provide differentiated access to registration data. The profile, which follows the requirements of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, aims to provide technical instructions to gTLD registries and registrars on how to implement the RDAP service in a consistent way.

The input gathered via Public Comment was provided to the discussion group of gTLD registries and registrars. They submitted the finalized profile this week to the ICANN organization.

We look forward to the next steps of the RDAP deployment. As you may recall, the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data requires all gTLD registries and registrars to deploy an RDAP service after notification from ICANN. Additional resources and information about the RDAP profile development can be found at the RDAP webpage. We thank the discussion group of gTLD registries and registrars for their contributions, and the community for their participation to achieve this critical milestone.

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN65 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 28 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 34 individuals from 32 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24-27 June 2019.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

The ICANN organization received 57 applications for the ICANN65 Fellowship Program.

Click this link to see the list of selected candidates. To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click here.

About ICANN

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.

ICANN Submits Application to International Telecommunications Union for ITU-D Sector membership

LOS ANGELES – 28 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has applied for sector membership to the Telecommunication Development Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-D).

"In order to effectively fulfill ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems, ICANN must participate in discussions where its mission may be impacted," said Göran Marby, President & CEO, ICANN. "After many years of successful collaboration and engagement with the ITU, we look forward to sector membership, as it could allow ICANN to help meet our responsibility and desire to lend our technical expertise to help ensure any deliberations are considered and informed with a full technical understanding of the consequences that they may have for the future of the Internet."

The ITU-D fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication equipment and networks in developing countries. As it relates to ICANN, the ITU-D spends significant efforts on matters regarding Internet development, with special attention to international public policy matters and capacity building efforts.

Since ICANN's formation in 1998, it has operated within a specific remit as a technical coordination body designed to ensure the security and stability of the Internet's unique identifier systems. ICANN has always worked closely with technical partners around the world to fulfill its mission, and now must work more closely with governments and intergovernmental organizations as they tackle potential legislative and regulatory efforts that may impact ICANN's mission or operations.

About ICANN

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.

Google announces “domain properties” in Search Console

Google recommends verifying all versions of a website — http, https, www, and non-www — in order to get the most comprehensive view of your site in Google Search Console. Unfortunately, many separate listings can make it hard for webmasters to understand the full picture of how Google “sees” their domain as a whole. To …

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We are Much More than Just “Domain Name Investors” We are Investors!

Morning Folks!! For some, investing in domains was are is their first investment. For others it is another investment you stumbled on. Either way, if you found success in one arena there is a high likelihood that you will invest in other instruments. It’s a casino with unlimited places to make a bet. But when […]

Need, Want, Desire, Value, Demand, Timing & Location

Morning Folks! Sales need several elements. Without those elements there are no sales. If there is no sales there is no profit, there is no business, there is nothing. Sales don’t happen on their own. You have to have the proper ingredients to make a sale. To make a spark. To ignite the will of […]

Fabulous and Directnic Step up as Lead Sponsor for 1st Annual Asheville Domain Investor Meetup!

Morning Folks!! Well, it’s been an incredible 17 days. Who says you can’t move mountains? In less than 24 hours we have already surpassed anything I expected. Signups have been pouring in. If this continues we will expand the program. I did not anticipate sponsorships for a show where I am discouraging sponsors. However, we […]

Cloudflare registrar is now open to all but still without domain registrations!

The Cloudflare domain name registrar was announced in September. They launched the registrar by making it available in waves to its existing customers. So now the Cloudflare Registrar is available to all customers. The Cloudflare registrar charges you at wholesale prices. The problem is that still after 3 months there is no way to register …

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ICANN org publishes Charter on Government Engagement Approach

Increasingly, governments and intergovernmental forums are holding discussions and developing policies, legislations, and regulations that impact the Internet. In some cases, the results of these discussions may impact ICANN's ability to develop policies, run its operations, and fulfill its mission. As governments attempt to regulate the global nature of the Internet and its content it is becoming increasingly important for ICANN to expand our engagement surrounding potential legislative and regulatory efforts that may impact ICANN's mission or operations.

In April of 2018, we began to identify and regularly report on legislative developments around the world that could have an impact on ICANN. After discussions with the ICANN community, and during the process of developing ICANN's next Strategic Plan, the org began to formalize the next steps in its approach to engagement, after identifying and reporting.

Today, we are publishing a charter titled, "ICANN Organization Engagement with Governments and Standards Bodies." Our approach will be limited to providing technical information on issues, regulations, and legislative efforts that impact ICANN's Mission or Articles of Incorporation. We simply want to identify issues that could impact our ability to work in service of our mission, provide information and education to governments on those issues, and help ensure that lawmakers around the world have the full benefit of our technical expertise.

Anytime we talk about government engagement, we get questions about lobbying, or if we are seeking to influence legislation, a politician or public official on a specific issue. We will not influence  or impact the development of any legislation. That is not within our remit. We will comply with local laws and local definitions of lobbying, which vary greatly, so our approach to engagement may also vary depending on the region we are in, and we will not be lobbying.

This isn't something the org will be successful in if we try to do it alone. We're interested in your views on new legislative and regulatory efforts that you hear about, and in hearing your thoughts on how those efforts might impact ICANN and its mission. Please review the draft charter, and if you have feedback, please leave it here in comments or share with your regional Global Stakeholder Engagement representative.

This effort is critical to ensuring that we're prepared for any impacts that legislative or regulatory efforts may have on issues within ICANN's remit, and that lawmakers are prepared for the impacts their policies and regulations may have on their constituents.

David Conrad to Oversee IANA Services and Public Technical Identifiers

LOS ANGELES – 25 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that David Conrad has been appointed to oversee Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) Services and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). David will maintain his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ICANN, as well as a member of the ICANN Executive Team.

"As CTO, David and his team play a critical role in executing ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifiers," said Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN. "Delivering IANA services is an important part of what keeps the Internet running smoothly. David is a natural fit to oversee these synergistic functions, particularly given his current CTO role and having previously served as the General Manager of IANA Services."

"I've had the pleasure of working with David for many years and have always been rewarded by his perspective and support," said Kim Davies, Vice President, IANA Services, and President, PTI. "Moving the oversight of the IANA functions under David is a logical choice and allows us to align more closely with other technical activities his team undertakes."

"I'm delighted to rejoin the team that provides IANA services and PTI, as well as continue my role as CTO at ICANN," said Conrad. "I look forward to the opportunity to deepen the collaborative efforts of the Office of the CTO and the IANA Services teams in accomplishing our mission."

The IANA functions predate ICANN. In 1998, ICANN was established to be the home for the IANA functions. These functions coordinate the top-most level of the Internet's globally unique identifiers, and are provided by PTI, an affiliate of ICANN. The IANA team is responsible for the implementation of the IANA services and for maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible, and effective manner. Conrad first joined ICANN in 2005 and returned as the CTO in 2014. As the CTO, Conrad is at the heart of ICANN's mission to help maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. His role at ICANN has progressed into that of CTO.

Prior to joining ICANN, Conrad helped found a number of Internet startups, including Nominum, a firm focused on Internet name and address management products and services. He was also involved in the creation of the second Regional Internet Registry (RIR), Asia Pacific Network Information Center, which is the Internet address allocator for the Asia and Pacific Rim region. In 2011, Conrad provided senior-level advice and technical input for CloudFlare. Prior to that, Conrad was the Executive Director of the Internet Software Consortium during the development of the "BIND version 9" domain name server. He was also the seventh employee at the Internet Initiative Japan Corporation in Tokyo, and has held a number of software and infrastructure research and development positions throughout his career.

About ICANN

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.

Weekly Domain Name Sales Summary Feb 13 – 19, 2019

This is the weekly domain sales report (using NameBio listed data) for the 7 day period from Feb 13–19, 2019. The daily summaries section below summarizes  each day in the format date, number of sales, average  price, median price, number of sales at or above $1000, and the total sales volume. It is followed by […]

Asheville Professional Domain Investors Meetup; A Celebration of Domaining! Registration NOW OPEN!! BOOM!

Morning Folks!! I look at things differently, and therefore I have different paths and different results. We all do. Less than 3 weeks ago the thought of this event for THIS YEAR was not even born. But when it was, I do what I do best, make things happen. Two sticks for some, a raging […]

The .HorseSh*t Era of Domaining is over! Are you Ready to Stop $wallowing 5 years of .HorseSh*t and Reclaim YOUR Industry?

Morning Folks!! This is simple. Have you had enough? Have you lost enough? Every penny that went to .HorseSh*t would have gone to domain investors Your time, well you can’t reclaim that but you sure as hell can learn from it. I don’t even know why I care. It’s really not going to change my […]

ICANN Calls for Full DNSSEC Deployment, Promotes Community Collaboration to Protect the Internet

LOS ANGELES – 21 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) believes that there is an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure.

In the context of increasing reports of malicious activity targeting the DNS infrastructure, ICANN is calling for full deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across all unsecured domain names. The organization also reaffirms its commitment to engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems.

As one of many entities engaged in the decentralized management of the Internet, ICANN is specifically responsible for coordinating the top-most level of the DNS to ensure its stable and secure operation and universal resolvability.

On 15 February 2019, in response to reports of attacks against key parts of the DNS infrastructure, ICANN offered a checklist of recommended security precautions for members of the domain name industry, registries, registrars, resellers, and related others, to proactively take to protect their systems, their customers’ systems and information reachable via the DNS.

Public reports indicate that there is a pattern of multifaceted attacks utilizing different methodologies. Some of the attacks target the DNS, in which unauthorized changes to the delegation structure of domain names are made, replacing the addresses of intended servers with addresses of machines controlled by the attackers. This particular type of attack, which targets the DNS, only works when DNSSEC is not in use. DNSSEC is a technology developed to protect against such changes by digitally 'signing' data to assure its validity. Although DNSSEC cannot solve all forms of attack against the DNS, when it is used, unauthorized modification to DNS information can be detected, and users are blocked from being misdirected.

ICANN has long recognized the importance of DNSSEC and is calling for full deployment of the technology across all domains. Although this will not solve the security problems of the Internet, it aims to assure that Internet users reach their desired online destination by helping to prevent so-called “man in the middle” attacks where a user is unknowingly re-directed to a potentially malicious site. DNSSEC complements other technologies, such as Transport Layer Security (most typically used in HTTPS) that protect the end user/domain communication.

As the coordinator of the top-most level of the DNS, ICANN is in the position to help mitigate and detect DNS-related risks, and to facilitate key discussions together with its partners. The organization believes that all members of the domain name system ecosystem must work together to produce better tools and policies to secure the DNS and other critical operations of the Internet. To facilitate these efforts, ICANN is planning an event for the Internet community to address DNS protection: The first is an open session during the upcoming ICANN64 public meeting on 9-14 March 2019, in Kobe, Japan.  

As we learn more information, updates may be provided. For information about ICANN64, visit https://meetings.icann.org/kobe64.

About ICANN

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.

Uniregistry makes WHOIS hidden by default but you can opt-out

Uniregistry announced today to make domain name WHOIS hidden/redacted by default. The good news is that you can opt-out of the default redacted whois and keep WHOIS of your domains public. WHOIS changes will take effect on February 27th. This seems like a short notice. From this date, your data will be automatically updated to …

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Google Rolls Out .dev Extension

There is another ngTLD in town as Google has started rolling out the .dev extension. The extension is intended for developers and those who produce products or services for the developer community. It is also an option for those who blog or consult about the development community. It will be interesting to see if it […]

Cyrus Namazi Appointed to Senior Vice President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division

LOS ANGELES – 21 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Cyrus Namazi has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), and a member of the Executive Team. Namazi reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.

"I have seen first-hand that Cyrus has the knowledge, leadership, and management skills required to effectively lead the Global Domains Division, particularly as the domain name industry continues to grow and mature," said Marby. "I also look forward to his continued contributions as a member of the ICANN Executive Team."

Marby went on to note that with the appointment of Namazi to this new position, ICANN is discontinuing the search for a President of GDD.

"I'm pleased to lead such a strong team, and I am personally committed to delivering outstanding levels of service to our global stakeholders," said Namazi. "We will do this by being responsive, collaborative, and proactively looking for ways to improve our service delivery and address new challenges that may arise in the ever-changing domain name landscape."

The Global Domains Division was initially established in 2013 to handle the increase in scale resulting from the New gTLD Program and to ensure ICANN's operational excellence. Since joining ICANN in 2013, Namazi has served as Vice President of the group's Domain Name Services & Industry Engagement activities, responsible for managing ICANN's relationships with contracted parties; implementing and supporting the lifecycle of policies, services and contracts; and providing subject matter expertise across the ICANN organization and community. He has served as second in command of GDD since 2016, and most recently as interim head of GDD.

Prior to joining ICANN, Namazi served in a number of executive and management roles in the technology sector, providing consulting services and guidance to bring products from concept, design, and manufacturing to market as Principal and Co-founder at Claro Concepts. Previously, he also managed global marketing and application engineering teams at Conexant Systems, Inc. and held leadership positions at AMD, Broadcom, Infineon Technologies, and Solarflare Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the University of Southern California, both with honors.

About ICANN

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.

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