Tag: gTLDs

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
Africa Union Commission infringing on Internet Rights

Africa Union Commission infringing on Internet Rights

Governance, Internet
Just this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce gave an update that it would postpone plans to Africa transition oversight of an ICANN till September 2016. The government body also said it plans to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for one year. The main reason is that some US lawmakers have raised concerns about the plan to hand over the stewardship of the ICANN to a global multi-stakeholder body, as they fear it could allow foreign governments that do not adhere to principles of free speech to influence the body. The proposed model could also be facing implementation problems and as such "It has become increasingly apparent over the last few months that the community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by ...
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

Stats: Two-thirds of internet users don’t know about cybersquatting

Cyber Security, Domains
Research published by ICANN has pointed to a growing awareness of new gTLDs, although such strings lag significantly behind legacy TLDs in terms of familiarity. Arguably more of a surprise is the finding that just over one in three internet users are aware of cybersquatting. Extract: Just 40% of all respondents were aware of cybersquatting. One positive is that in Africa (50% awareness) and Asia (45%) this figure was higher but, on the flipside, the levels drop to 31% amongst South American and 29% amongst European respondents. In the US awareness reached 37% We have previously reported on studies that have examined awareness of the online expansion amongst consumers worldwide, those conducted to date suggesting there is some way to go before gTLDs go mainstream. The latest contribution ...

.Africa is a SHE, says CEO of ICANN

Domains, Governance
During the ICANN 50 Press Conference in London the ICANN president was fielding questions from Journalists, and in a demonstration of ICANN accountability process, Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN used .africa as an example that the ICANN process must be followed.    Reports Domainingafrica  The  .africa string was also a subject that has been mentioned quite severally during the ICANN 50 meeting that started from 22-26 June 2014, by the AUC and the competition losing patience over the ICANN process.   The ICANN president noted DotConnectAfrica's  "right" to file for IRP stating that: "Similarly the Africa where single applicant has filed an IRP she decided that this is her right and it her right and we should let her pursue her right even if the whole African Union has a different view her

ICANN’s capacity to clamp down on budget-busting sunrise fees put on radar

Domains, Governance
It was inevitable that the issue of gTLD registries charging trademark owners excessive sunrise fees to register names in gTLD sunrise periods would be high on the agenda of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC). At today’s ICANN meeting in Singapore, however, ICANN’s ability to clamp down and prevent brand owners from being held to ransom was in doubt. Read more as writen by Trevor Little for worldtrademarkreview.com

Amazon triumphs over ICANN’s gTLD objector

Domains
Amazon has overcome an objection to its controversial .amazon generic top-level domain (gTLD) after exposing doubts about the objector’s independence. ICANN’s independent objector (IO), Alain Pellet, had complained about the .amazon gTLD based on “substantial opposition” from the Amazon region in South America. He filed three separate objections against .amazon and its Chinese and Japanese-language equivalents in March 2013. The applications are still pending, with ICANN yet to decide whether to accept government recommendations to reject them. In a ruling at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on January 27, panellist Luca Radicati di Brozolo rejected Pellet’s objections in a consolidated ruling, saying that there are “justifiable doubts” about his independence. Amazon clai

Fadi Chehadé: shift away from US ‘is the way forward’

Domains
The internet's main governing body for the control of domain names has indicated a further shift away from its US roots as it gears up for a London meeting in December to discuss internet governance. In a press conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) Fadi Chehadé publicly stated that the internet governance debate, while brought to public attention by the Snowden revelations, is nothing new and has been going on for years within Icann. Chehadé said that “it has always been envisaged, including written into the founding agreements, that the special relationship between Icann and US government will become more global in the future, and less focused on one government. So there’s nothing new here.” 'Th
Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion

Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion

Domains
Starting this fall, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or , will begin rolling out 20 new suffixes, or top-level domains, every week. This will create new entrepreneurial opportunities, says ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade. "Diversity to the domain name system is coming," he says. On the Internet today, there are just 22 Web suffixes, including .org, .biz, and, of course, .com. But for years, regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission in the United States warned ICANN against forging ahead, citing concerns about the increased possibility of scams, fraud and trademark infringement with a vast and rapid expansion. read more
New gTLD Applicant Responses to ICANN GAC Advice published

New gTLD Applicant Responses to ICANN GAC Advice published

Domains, Internet
22 May 2013, ICANN  has posted the GAC advice responses from the concerned applicants. In the Beijing Communiqué [PDF, 156 KB], the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) issued advice to the ICANN Board of Directors regarding New gTLD applications. "Beginning 18 April 2013, applicants were afforded a 21-day period in which to respond to GAC advice, as outlined in the Applicant Guidebook. The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee will consider the applicant responses in formulating its response to the GAC advice." Learn more about GAC Advice [PDF, 261 KB] in Module 3 of the Applicant Guidebook.