ICANN Legal Rights Objections: What’s Past Is Prologue

As of today, panelists at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center have decided 12 trademark-based legal rights objections to a proposed top-level domain under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ new gTLD initiative. They rejected every one, almost categorically so.   With 53 legal rights objections remaining to be decided, …

DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA) response on “.africa” (dotAfrica) Reserve Name Policy Discussions on KICTANET

On Monday July 1, Barrack Otieno introduced a discussion topic on Kictanet titled “dot Africa Reserve Name Policy Discussions (Introduction)” which tended to give the impression that the “.Africa” (DotAfrica) gTLD had already been delegated by ICANN to South Africa’s UniForum.   Soon after Barrack’s post, listers started seeking enquiries, with Michael Bullut asking for …

Govt releases National Cyber Security Policy 2013

NEW DELHI: With an aim to protect information and build capabilities to prevent cyberattacks, the government released the National Cyber Security Policy 2013 to safeguard both physical and business assets of the country.   “…policy is a framework document and it gives you a broad outline of what our vision is…the real task or the …

ICANN suspends closed generic top level domain bids

Temporarily freezes move that could have led to global corporates monopolising the WWW by privatising domains like .beauty or .book   The Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names (ICANN) has put on hold a controversial decision to allot closed generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) to applicants. Governments and activists had feared that allotting such …

ICANN working group seeks to kill WHOIS

An ICANN working group is seeking input on a replacement for the current WHOIS system for retrieving details of domain name registrations   An Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) working group is seeking public input on a successor to the current WHOIS system used to retrieve domain name information.   The Expert …