Author: Alex Reece

GAC draft gTLD Beijing: advice on controversial or sensitive strings and applications

GAC draft gTLD Beijing: advice on controversial or sensitive strings and applications

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GAC draft gTLD agenda for Beijing and advice to the ICANN Board on controversial or sensitive strings and applications As the New gTLD Program moves forward, the GAC is making preparations for delivering further advice on new gTLDs.  This advice constitutes a key element of the overall process as outlined in the Applicant Guidebook (AG). As anticipated, GAC Member Early Warnings were issued on November 20, 2012, and applicants and GAC Members have been exchanging information with the aim of reaching an understanding or agreement on concerns raised, wherever possible. In terms of the next phase, described in module 3.1 of the AG, the GAC as a whole will be discussing its advice on new gTLDs.  These sessions are organized into two parts: Part I  Safeguard advice on the basis of c

Spamhaus DDoS grows to Internet-threatening size

Business, Cyber Security
Last week, anti-spam organization Spamhaus became the victim of a large denial of service attack, intended to knock it offline and put an end to its spam-blocking service. By using the services of CloudFlare, a company that provides protection and acceleration of any website, Spamhaus was able to weather the stormand stay online with a minimum of service disruptions. Since then, the attacks have grown to more than 300 Gb/s of flood traffic: a scale that's threatening to clog up the Internet's core infrastructure and make access to the rest of the Internet slow or impossible. It now seems that the attack is being orchestrated by a Dutch hosting company called CyberBunker. CyberBunker specializes in "anything goes" hosting, using servers in a former nuclear bunker (hence the name). As ...

ALAC Submits Three New gTLD Objections for .health

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The ALAC has completed its first "operations" activity as requested by the Board. The members of the At-Large New gTLD Review Group (RG) created a process, approved by the ALAC, to vet objections and draft the objection statements. This process sought input from the At-Large community, at the Regional At-Large Organization and ALAC levels, in accordance with requirements set out in the Applicant Guidebook. On 13 March, the ALAC filed three objections regarding applications for .health. The objections were filed according to the New gTLD Dispute Resolution Procedure from ICANN administered by the ICC International Centre for Expertise. There are four grounds for filing objections to New gTLD Applications, but the ALAC has standing to object on only two grounds: Limited Public Inter...

UNIFORUM ‘s Objections against DotConnectAfrica’s .africa Application reported Unsuccessful

Domains, Governance
In his response to the .africa, a gTLD that we have been following closely, the ICANN IO concluded he would not object to DCA’s application and we note some of the key exchanges between the IO and applicant below. The IO noted as a “preliminary point, the applicant, DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust), argued that the IO can lodge objections in cases where no other objection has been filed.” and concluded that “Therefore (the IO’s) intention to also file an objection against DCA’s application on community grounds is clearly unwarranted and would be considered superfluous against the backdrop that (he has) already noted in (his) initial assessment “that 17 early warnings have been issued by representatives of the ICANN’s governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)”. A case of impartialiy and ind
Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure Introduced

Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure Introduced

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MARINA DEL REY, CA - A third Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (PDDRP) – along with the already approved Trademark PDDRP and Registration Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP) – has been drafted to address the Public Interest Commitment specification. According to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) was drafted to track the RRDRP. Like the RRDRP, an Expert Panel will determine whether a Registry Operator is in violation of the PIC(s) at issue in the proceeding and recommend remedies to ICANN. Prior to filing a formal PICDRP proceeding, parties will be required to engage in a mandatory online complaint system (in development) similar to the current Whois Data Proble