Internet governance

Explanation and history of the GAC advice

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) holds a unique and powerful role within ICANN.

Although it is only advisory, the GAC represents the views of the world's governments and so its formal "advice" is taken extremely seriously: to the extent that if the ICANN Board does not agree with GAC advice, it is obliged to try to reach agreement or provide a clear explanation for why it does not intend to follow the advice.

Helping the Internet to deliver economic value

I am a believer in the power of open markets to bring about positive change in the world, drive economic growth and create jobs. Based on an open principles, the Internet has become an indispensable part of the world trade landscape, but I wonder if we have begun to take its impact for granted, expecting it to continue to deliver new opportunity without reminding ourselves that it in fact needs to be protected by robust mechanisms that will safeguard its continuity and influence for the next generation?

What controls are needed for the next generation of domain names?

ICANN opens comment period on government recommendations

Do we need greater controls on the companies that will be providing the next generation of Internet addresses?

That's the question that DNS oversight organization ICANN would like to hear you answer in a public comment period open now until 4 June.

Internet Governance Forum appeals for workshop newcomers

Advisory group responds to insider nature of annual meeting

Photo credit: Veni Markovski

A deadline for workshop proposals at this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been extended to 7 May.

The extension is an annual ritual but this time it will be limited to those that have not previously run a workshop - a decision taken "to encourage newcomers to submit workshop proposals", according to a message on the IGF website.

Cybersquatters hit with $375 price tag

New suspension rules tip balance in favor of trademark holders

Cybersquatters are going to find it much harder to profit from domain names with new suspension rules and financial penalties coming into effect later this year.

Under new rules, trademark holders will pay just $375 for up to 15 domains to be suspended pending a review of the domain's use. If an independent panelist finds that a domain name is being misused, the domain will then be suspended and redirected to an information page.

Donuts passes background check

Decision by new gTLD panel sparks flurry of letters

The largest applicant for new Internet extensions, Donuts, has successfully passed a background check, removing a question over its eligibility.

In the latest release of initial evaluations from the new gTLD program's evaluators, five applications from Donuts (out of 307) and one from United TLD have passed, seemingly putting an end to claims they should be disqualified under cybersquatting rules.

New gTLD program waiting on the world's governments

"GAC advice" will ask for new policies for certain applications

The five-year process for adding over 1,000 new extensions to the Internet is currently waiting on a final set of recommendations from the world's governments.

At ICANN's meeting taking place in Beijing, a range of last-minute issues covering the new gTLD process from contract changes to the protection of names and trademarks are being discussed.

The biggest impact on the process however will be "advice" from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) that will require certain groups of applicants to introduce additional "safeguards" before they are approved to run a new extension.

ICANN Beijing: Update on the ATRT

It's only the most important ICANN process you've never heard of

"ICANN is reviewing itself to death. So it would be nice to know why the current review process doesn't work."

There is a certain irony in the fact that ICANN Board member Chris Disspain was asking this of the organization's lead review team - the Accountability and Transparency Review Team, or ATRT.

Disspain is right though, as he often is when it comes to identifying the problems, many self-inflicted, that ICANN faces. He went on to identify a number of other structural and cultural issues, as well as spot where the organization had actually improved in the past year.

Questions continue over legality of new gTLD private auctions

Right of the Dot posts legal opinion decrying anti-trust suggestions

A fight over private auctions is disrupting efforts to resolve a large number of conflicting applications for new Internet extensions.

The latest missive in a battle over rights to dozens of new names on the Internet is a legal opinion commissioned by one of the main companies hoping to profit from such auctions.

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