3 more new GTLD NGPC denials and an Amazon ‘no resolution’

The New gTLD Program Committee denies reconsideration requests for .hotel, .direct and .merck but is yet to make any decision for .amazon. Will this be made in Argentina? Reconsideration Request 13-6, Hotel Top Level Domain S.a.r.l. Whereas, Hotel Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l's ("dotHotel") Reconsideration Request, Request 13-6, sought reconsideration of the 8 August 2013 Expert Determination from a dispute resolution panel established by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution dismissing dotHotel's objection to the new gTLD application for .HOTELS. Whereas, the Board Governance Committee ("BGC") considered the issues raised in Request 13-6. Whereas, the BGC recommended that Request 13-6 be denied because dotHotel has not stated proper grounds for reconsideration and the New gTLD Pro...

Why has ICANN not released Initial Evaluation results for Uniforum’s .africa application?

Domains, Governance
Soon ICANN activities and management of the new gTLD program, much as it’s mostly an unchartered destiny is going to reveal just how hard it is to stay neutral in processing different applications. So far some applications have  received their evaluation results earlier than those whose priority numbers come first. Durban South Africa is the latest destination for ICANN international meeting, and conveniently it is in Africa, the home of the most contested gTLD. .Africa was once a very attractive domain that has turned quite unpopular after a sustained and mostly unfair fight between the two principal applicants of the domain name string: DotConnectAfrica Trust from Kenya and Uniforum ZACR from South Africa. What will make this all controversial is not that one applicant is weaker or stron

DotConnectAfrica Confident of Win Despite New gTLD Program Committee resolutions on .africa

Domains, Governance
Two new gTLD applicants face a similar type of response from both the GAC that gave a controversial GAC Objection Advice which claimed to have reached consensus on .africa application and .gcc. Both applicants responded ICANN concerning their applications.   DotConnectAfrica particularly addressed several important issues that ought to have been considered before the most recent report by the New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC).  In their initial response, DCA said: We totally disagree with it, and would like to repudiate and reject it in the strongest possible terms. From the outset, we would like to urge the esteemed Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers not to accept this iniquitous, tendentious and inequitable GAC Objection Advice, and to complet