After a week of meetings, ICANN is still as complicated and ineffective as it was before, except the bad news is they’re getting ready for a huge expansion — feared to spell the end of the internet as we know it ::
* ICANN: Government representatives take a critical look at DNS blocking
* .XXX was just the beginning – get ready for 1934 new top level domains
* Lawsuits against ICANN and new TLDs start to roll in
* RAA negotiation updates and how it affects domainers
* SPECIAL: VIDEOS from the ICANN Meetings in Toronto
* ICANN 45 Toronto: Reg Levy of Minds + Machines
* ICANN’s Noah: Chehade’s 40-Day Report Card
* Alt root user suing ICANN over dot-Web
… and more
Lawsuits against ICANN and new TLDs start to roll in
As plans for a 2013 rollout of new top level domains marches forward, two companies have sued ICANN to stop it from issuing certain top level domain names.
Both lawsuits come courtesy of companies that applied in the “proof of concept” round back in 2000.
Full story : Domain Name Wire
RAA negotiation updates and how it affects domainers
Huge changes might be coming to the way you register a domain name, and domain investors need to pay attention.
Negotiations for a new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), the agreement between registrars and ICANN, are ongoing. Meetings are taking place at ICANN’s meeting in Toronto this week.
Full story : Domain Name Wire
ICANN 45 Toronto: Reg Levy of Minds + Machines
As part of the ongoing ICANN 45 team coverage from Dyn, CircleID and ICANNWiki, Ray King of ICANN Wiki speaks with Reg Levy, Director of Legal Affairs at Minds + Machines, about take aways from the end tag meeting, thoughts on trademark clearing house, .
Full story : YouTube
SPECIAL: VIDEOS from the ICANN Meetings in Toronto
PAGE OF VIDEOS … CircleID in collaboration with the team from Dyn Inc. and ICANN Wiki bring you video blogs and updates from the 45th ICANN meeting in Toronto, Canada (14-18 October 2012).
Update / Oct 18, 2012 – Ray King of ICANN Wiki speaks with Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry, about what they are doing at ICM, how they will be handling new gTLDs along with .xxx … Ray King of ICANN Wiki speaks with Sandeep Ramchandani, Director of Strategic Partnership at Directi, about who Directi is, what he does there, his involvement in Professional Web and what it is. … Ray King of ICANN Wiki speaks with Matthew Zook, CEO of ZookNic, about who Zooknic is, his dual career as a professor, and how the cloud is really on the ground.
Full story : CircleID
Alt root user suing ICANN over dot-Web
A company called Image Online Design is suing ICANN over rights to the .Web gTLD, to try and prevent the Internet names administrator from giving the domain to anybody else.
According to DomainIncite, the basis of its complaint is that IOD has had an application for the domain rights in front of ICANN since its first “proof of concept” round, when it first began looking at broadening TLD availability in 2000. The company also claims ownership of .Web as a trademark, and offers .Web over alternate DNSs.
Full story : Register
.XXX was just the beginning – get ready for 1934 new top level domains
Microsoft wants .docs, .windows, and .xbox. Amazon – and 12 other applicants – wants .app. Seven different companies want .love.
These companies, and plenty more, are asking ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, for no less than 1934 different top level domains – a huge expansion of the 280 currently in use, which mainly consist of the familiar .com, .net, .org, and the various country domains.
Full story : VentureBeat
ICANN’s Noah: Chehade’s 40-Day Report Card
In Bill Crosby’s famous take on the Noah story, Noah asks god what happens if he gets it wrong. God’s response: “How long can you tread water?”
Forty days. That’s how long Fadi Chehade has had to get a handle on the most complex, diverse and important non-profit corporation the world has ever known. The last guy to face such an unforgiving timeline was measuring timber in cubits.
So if Cheade is Noah, I guess that makes ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker God, telling Fadi to wrangle all these diverse (and often diverging) constituencies and march them two-by-two into the boat, ahead of the coming storm.
Full story : CircleID
ICANN: Government representatives take a critical look at DNS blocking
At the 45th ICANN meeting, UK and Dutch representatives have proposed developing an ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) recommendation on the poor cost effectiveness of Domain Name System (DNS) blocking. In response to a report on content blocking via DNSPDF by an ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) working group, UK representative Mark Carvell said that his “general deduction from this [is] that the harms outweigh the benefits”. He adding that “it is an ineffective tool, so don’t do it”.
The chair of the SSAC, Patrik F�lstr�m, presented the report that had been requested by the government representatives. Among the unwanted side effects, F�lstr�m listed typographical errors, overblocking, the loss of optimised access times through Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and difficulties with the DNSSEC security technology. Governments must be aware of these side effects when regulating the implementation of the DNS filter technology, he said. The chair added that, although there is very little reliable information on DNS blocking — for example, the SSAC was unable to find out about the announced blocking of .xxx porn domains — it’s clear that many governments already use, or are considering the use of DNS blocking.
Full story : The H
Of course that’s not all the news, by any stretch of the imagination — but it’s the top stories buzzing the mill, and affecting discussions at last week’s Toronto meetings.