Is this the ‘Beginning of the End’ of .Com domains? Welcome to the new Web domains rush

The Internet’s long-restricted virtual real estate market is open for business.   Hundreds of new so-called top-level domains (TLDs) like .photography, .expert and .pizza are available now that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the domain name system, has expanded access to suffixes.   A handful of companies that prepared …

The Register U.K: ICANN Board members ordered to appear at .africa hearing

ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe   Source: By Kieren McCarthy on theregister.co.uk   ICANN broke its own bylaws – and acted in a way “fundamentally inconsistent” with its role as the world’s DNS overlord – while restricting efforts to make itself more accountable to netizens.That …

.Africa IRP Panel rules against ICANN: Says opportunistically sought to revisit agreed procedural framework

  The DCA vs. ICANN Independent Review Process (IRP) Panel, has made yet another interim declaration that has gone against the express wishes of ICANN.   It appears that the Panel saw through the ploy of ICANN, and agreed with DCA Trust’s argument that the IRP defendant wanted to “opportunistically” take advantage of the reconstitution …

CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs Statement | Istanbul, 25 March 2015

  Thomas Rickert, León Sánchez, Mathieu Weill   Members and participants of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) met in Istanbul, Turkey, on 23-24 March 2015.   The meeting was attended in-person by 42 members and participants. A number of participants and observers joined the meeting remotely using the virtual meeting …

MPAA, RIAA urge more action by ICANN on copyright infringement

In their continued fight against copyright infringement, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are now turning their attention to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).   Last month, MPAA sent a letter to ICANN in which they urged the organization to take strong …

Russia Disputed Against Removal of Crimean Domains in ICANN

Singapore, February 11, 2015. — Julia Elanskaya, Deputy Director of Department on International Collaboration of Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, made an official statement on 52nd meeting of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), opened at the beginning of the week in Singapore. She paid attention to recent decision of American registrar, …

500+ New gTLDs Introduced to the Internet

  A milestone has been reached in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ controversial and ambitious generic top-level domain program.   On February 6, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that more than 500 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries are now operational and offering domain name registrations. This …