Tag: GAC

DCA Trust sends a warning Letter to ICANN Board on GAC consultation over .Africa

Domains, Governance
. Days just before the ICANN Dublin meeting, DCA Trust has sent a warning to ICANN Board, through a letter posted on 14th October 2015. This letter responds to the Chair of ICANN Board, who wrote a letter to Chair of ICANN GAC “to request the GAC to clarify, or refine the earlier GAC Objection Advice that had been previously issued in April 2013 against DCA Trust’s .Africa application.” DCA Trust which has been embroiled in a battle over .africa for nearly 4 years and another 2 years in a legal battle with ICANN, won in an independent review panel decision to its favor on July 12015,  has asked ICANN not to shift blame to GAC for its own errors and omissions in making decisions over the .africa gTLD, noting that the IRP was against ICANN’s actions and not against the GAC. “Your lett
Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Domains, Internet
DCA has called for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN, following the final IRP ruling.  Here is DCA Trust's response   after the ICANN board's resolution and interpretation of the IRP report. The DCA response contained most of the points that would have addressed some of the recent developments on ICANN' reaction to the IRP ruling and public comments. Immediately after the IRP Ruling ICANN was found to have redacted most of the incriminating details, the contents of ICANN’s role in failing DCA before the Initiation evaluation. The report in summary is well detailed in this 3 series blog. John Jeffrey,  ICANN’s Counsel wrote a  Blog titled “.AFRICA IRP Declaration – Clearing Up Some Facts” , which was was meant to explain the reasons behind the redactions and reaction of public opi

The McFadden Files: How Geo Panel contractor bungled .Africa evaluation to favour ICANN’s preferred candidate

Domains, Governance, Internet
ICANN’s new gTLD guidebook clearly specified how its contractors were supposed to act with competence, and also independently to assure best quality performance in the evaluation of the 1930 new gTLD applications that were submitted under the new gTLD program. The outcome of an  Independent Review Panel however indicates otherwise in one of the most controversial applications under the ICANN new gTLD program. The discovery process of the .Africa IRP which pitted DCA Trust against ICANN showed a wide array of underhand dealings between InterConnnect Communications, the independent firm that was contracted to review geographic names and ICANN staff that were guided to ensure that ICANN’s choice, ZACR got the string and not DCA Trust. Here is an excerpt from the new gTLD Applicant Guideb
Did ZACR and Africa Union ignore the warning to be wary of wrong doing over .Africa?

Did ZACR and Africa Union ignore the warning to be wary of wrong doing over .Africa?

Governance, Internet
  July 9 2015 saw the much awaited IRP ruling over the .Africa domain after DCA Trust took ICANN to task over discriminatory Board decisions and actions taken with regard to DCA Trust's application for the DotAfrica. The resultant win is a culmination of wins that started with the IRP declaring  that ICANN immediately refrain from any further processing of any application for .africa until this Panel has heard the merits of DCA’s Trust Notice of Independent Review Process and issued its final decision regarding the same. The final decision also sustained the suspension of the .Africa registry contract the ZACR and ICANN signed in dire disregard of the IRP. The trouble with the .Africa domain though did not start with DCA taking ICANN to the IRP, the delay has been progressing fro
Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Domains, Governance, Internet
In a landmark ruling announced on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Independent Review Process (IRP) facilitated by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) declared that DotConnectAfrica Trust was the prevailing party in the two year case was commenced after a suit that was filed by DCA Trust in October 2013 to challenge an ICANN Board decision. The international IRP Panel comprised of Arbitration experts, Mr. Babak Barin (President of Panel), a leading Commercial Arbitration Expert from Canada and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Prof. (Dr.) Catherine Kessedjian, an International Dispute Resolution Specialist and Professor of Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France; and the Honorable Judge William J. Cahill, a retired San Francisco Supe

ICANN e-mail accounts, zone database breached in spearphishing attack

Cyber Security, Internet
Password data, other personal information of account holders exposed Unknown attackers used a spearphishing campaign to compromise sensitive systems operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a coup that allowed them to take control of employee e-mail accounts and access personal information of people doing business with the group. Reported by Arstechnica. ICANN, which oversees the Internet's address system, said in a release published Tuesday that the breach also gave attackers administrative access to all files stored in its centralized zone data system, as well as the names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, fax and phone numbers, user names, and cryptographically hashed passwords of account holders who used the system. Domain registries use the data...

US Surrender of Internet Governance Leads to Turbulence & Risks Says former CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom

Governance, Internet
In an email to subscribers of his newsletter, the former CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom says the US surrender of Internet governance role will leadsto new turbulence and risks Here is his statement: “During my tenure as CEO of ICANN, I signed both the 2009 Affirmation of Commitments and the 2012 IANA contract that governs changes to the global Internet’s root zone – the authoritative database of top-level Internet domain names and addresses. These are the definitive agreements that codify the relationship between the U.S. government and ICANN. Last Friday the U.S. government effectively surrendered its historic authority over the Internet with its surprise announcement of its intention to pass this responsibility to the global multistakeholder community. From its inception, ICANN was desig

Have the core Internet institutions abandoned the US Government Post Snowden?

Governance
In Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the Directors of all the major Internet organizations – ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society, all five of the regional Internet address registries – turned their back on the US government. With striking unanimity, the organizations that actually develop and administer Internet standards and resources initiated a break with 3 decades of U.S. dominance of Internet governance. A statement released by this group called for “accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing.” That part of the statement constituted an explicit rejection of the US Comme
.amazon and .africa gTLD applicants fight for their rights at ICANN

.amazon and .africa gTLD applicants fight for their rights at ICANN

Domains
Both Refuse to Withdraw: In what is to be the next online real estate grab, gTLD applicants at ICANN objected by GAC continue to fight for their rights. ICANN has released the latest NGPC  Action on GAC Durban Advice on New gTLDs, according to that report, the NGPC indicated it would take action on the advice concerning the .amazon string at a future meeting. Meanwhile, Amazon is not backing down from ICANN or the GAC . DotConnectAfrica has also been reported to proceed with its bid to have .africa.   In a summary analysis, The Reporter Daily provided an up to date investigative report on the status of the dotafrica (.africa) project and the complicated issues that DCA has been subjected to in its application regarding Governmental Support saying:  “A delayed evaluation “pass” score f

DotConnectAfrica’s Government Objection sponsored by ICANN – Towards a failure of the New gTLD program

Domains
As a matter of routine to be open the internet community ICANN surprised many by the revelations of its FY14 Operating Plan and Budget . Mind boggling figures are intended to stretch ICANN through its 2014 fiscal year. ICANN indicates that the Projects are also inclusive of funded project activities based on ICANN's strategic priorities as documented in the adopted three year 2013-2015 Strategic Plan. ICANN also expects to cater for an increasing staff capacity perhaps to match the increasing global coverage as ICANN attempts to get a global image. ICANN also posted the relevant budgeting for the meetings that it organizes three times every year. The most critical and visible within the budget allocations were the GAC Spending for the two latest ICANN meetings. ICANN sponsored 17 undi...