The Week Ahead (Oct 14-18, 2019):
- Tuesday: Google Event 10am EDT (New Pixel Phones, Chromebook & more); and Democratic Presidential Primary Debate 8pm EDT;
- Wednesday: Congressional Hearing 10am EDT "Fostering a Healthier Internet to Protect Consumers;" and Q3 Earnings IBM, Netflix;
- Friday: Congressional Hearing 9:30am EDT "AI and the Evolution of Cloud Computing: Evaluating How Financial Data is Stored, Protected, and Maintained by Cloud Providers;".and Leading Economic Indicators (US);
- Markets & Stocks 2019 Oct 14: US Stocks Edge Lower;
- Brexit Updates: Brexit October 31, 2019;
- 2019 Hurricane Season LIVE: Satellite Images, Radar, Forecasts, Information.
News Review Postscript: Most Read (week ending July 6, 2019), on DomainMondo.com:
#1 News Review | ICANN65 Recap, Regulatory Capture at ICANN: "ICANN65 was a rather more dreadful ICANN meeting than usual, perhaps due to a confluence of factors demonstrating how incompetent, corrupt, and unfit ICANN is ..."
#2 Tech Review 1) Why Jony Ive Chose To Leave Apple, 2) Big Tech & Profits
#3 Android or iOS, Why Smartphones Aren't Exciting Anymore (video)
Signing off for now, thank you.
-- John Poole, Editor • Domain Mondo
feedback & comments via twitter @DomainMondo
Oct 9, 2019, email from a reader: "John, I've been following your comments on the CCT review team – and I’m shocked more people are not paying attention. Your words are spot on and its extremely troubling. I also spent hours and hours going through DomainMondo.com – wow!! You are right on so many different areas. Are you planning on making a comment here as well? As a follow up?"
Thank you for your email and kind comments. As you may know, I have already commented at various times during the CCT process, see this (pdf). Accordingly, I see no point in commenting further on either the ICANN Board's decision, or ICANN org's "path" concerning the Board's decision re: the CCT recommendations.
I have pretty much 'given up' on ICANN and its "commenting process" which appears to be as much a public charade as ICANN's claims concerning "competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice." ICANN has failed the global internet community and does not operate in the global public interest. Because of the IANA transition, we, the global internet community, have no effective remedy, at present, to reform or replace ICANN, or its misguided policies and practices.
However, I encourage you, and others so inclined, to submit your own comments to ICANN on this and any other matter. If DomainMondo.com aids in providing reference sources which you find helpful, so much the better.
References:Attn: Startups & VCs - Caveat Emptor gTLD Domain Names (except .COM) https://t.co/gyC0MMV3Ul #business #venturecapital #VC #investors #domain #domainname #TLD #ICANN #gTLDs #startup #startups #invest https://t.co/FQbm5oDZYW— Red Sky Fund (@RedSkyFund) October 6, 2019
- Domain Mondo Archive below (on mobile go to "web version");
- Editor's Comment to NTIA 17 July 2018 (pdf);
Also note: "... there are some very disturbing things about the new .ORG Registry Agreement contract. The problems relate to the role of community policy development vs. bilateral contract in the governance of the domain name system. It appears that ICANN’s contracting process provides ICANN and its contracting parties a way to completely bypass ICANN’s policy development process. As such, it undermines the whole purpose of having ICANN in the first place .... It gives the lie to ICANN’s continued claim that it fosters bottom up multistakeholder consensus policies. It provides for an end run around fundamental bylaw constraints, such as the one prohibiting ICANN from regulating content. This is a troublesome loophole in ICANN’s contractual model of governance, and board members and GNSO representatives need to do something about it. As for the community, we need to put Verisign on notice. We will not allow the same thing to happen to the .COM contract ... a coalition with antitrust agencies concerned about market power and monopoly pricing and civil society free speech advocates would be powerful, and litigation inevitable if they try the same trick again."--Dr. Milton Mueller, The real problem with the new .ORG contract | internetgovernance.org (emphasis added);
and Namecheap, Inc. 12 Jul 2019 Reconsideration Request (pdf) re: ICANN’s decision to renew the registry agreement for .ORG and .INFO without the historic price caps. Follow the proceeding here;
Read also How the battle over domain prices could drastically change the web | mashable.com: "... [ICANN] just opened the door to monopolies charging whatever they want for registering a web address. Ironically, the U.S. government formed ICANN in 1998 to prevent a monopoly ..."
and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 30 July 2019 Reconsideration Request (pdf) re: .ORG registry agreement renewal, including incorporation of the URS and "explicit permission from ICANN for PIR to 'at its election, implement additional protections of the legal rights of third parties' unilaterally and without further consultation with existing .org registrants or the ICANN community." Follow the proceeding here, including this letter from EFF (pdf), excerpt:
"... The Ombudsman’s Evaluation misstates EFF’s positions and reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the issues. The Committee should disregard the Ombudsman’s Evaluation and recommend to the Board that EFF’s Request for Reconsideration be granted ..."
Read also: Opening the Door for Censorship: New Trademark Enforcement Mechanisms Added for Top-Level Domains | eff.org.
and "... it is troubling to see ICANN dismissing comments because they were collected via an organized campaign, since it essentially closes off the comment space to anyone other than ICANN insiders. This defeats the purpose of having public comments ... If ICANN does not take this duty seriously, people will naturally start to question why it should be entrusted with this role."--Michael Karanicolas, Wikimedia Fellow at Yale Law School, Sep 14, 2019 (emphasis added).
and letter to ICANN Ombudsman (pdf) from Internet Commerce Association, Sep 12, 2019. [Editor's note: even the ICANN Ombudsman is incompetent, an Inept Apologist for a 'Corrupt' & 'Captured' ICANN.]
- EPDP Phase 1 Final Report (pdf);
- CCT Review (pdf);
- ICANN Jurisdiction (pdf);
- Registry renewal of .NET (pdf);
- UDRP (pdf).
"ICANN fatally flawed"News Review 1) Cyber Sovereignty Rising, 2) ICANN Fatally Flawed https://t.co/HwNGGgMMYw #domains #DomainNames #trademarks #NetGov #IGF2019 #DataPrivacy #GDPR #antitrust #ICANN65 #ICANN pic.twitter.com/CzjQH7YkPk— Domain Mondo (@DomainMondo) June 15, 2019
ICANN65, EPDP, AMAZON, New gTLDs, Regulatory Capture at ICANNNR: 1) ICANN65 Recap - EPDP, GAC, AMAZON, ICANN Org & Next Round gTLDs, 2) Regulatory Capture at ICANN? https://t.co/gQrQOIt86N $AMZN #Amazon #Brazil #Brasil #domain #Domains #trademark #NetGov #IGF2019 #GDPR #ICANN65 #ICANN pic.twitter.com/41b4WozrG5— DrivingTheDay (@DrivingTheDay) June 30, 2019
Trademarks (.BRAND) gTLDs were a MISTAKE (read 2)b. at that link),
an extortion racket, see .PING testimony. Follow .AMAZON reconsideration here and here.
"Let’s face it, the Internet is a utility and so are the corporations who control it .... Technology needs to be regulated"--Alan Patricof.Greycroft's Alan Patricof on Big Tech & Antitrust Concerns (video) https://t.co/7lCaOVz29J $FB $AAPL $GOOGL $GOOG $AMZN #BigTech #antitrust pic.twitter.com/P9d5vNTCUe— Domain Mondo (@DomainMondo) June 16, 2019
Ill-Conceived & Corrupt New gTLDs: Win $50 Million By Losing New gTLD Auctions2)a. .WEB IRP & @ICANN corrupt new gTLDs - IT PAYS TO LOSE - ICANN Expert Witness says one bidder "received over $50 million from losing private auctions" https://t.co/uf68qJ0dCK #domains #DomainNames #NetGov #IGF2019 #ICANN65 #ICANN pic.twitter.com/Cul4yecBHl— DrivingTheDay (@DrivingTheDay) June 18, 2019
"Signing off for now ..."News Review Postscript - Signing off for now, thank you. https://t.co/4kcxjlOKgq #domains #DomainNames #trademark #NetGov #Domain #IGF2019 #ICANN pic.twitter.com/LJZgIgJ070— Domain Mondo (@DomainMondo) July 6, 2019
"To create something that's genuinely new, you have to start again and I think with great intent, you disconnect from the past."--Jony IveTech Review 1) Why Jony Ive Chose To Leave Apple, 2) Big Tech & Profits https://t.co/3fzUd0kph8 #StockMarket #JonyIve #LoveFrom #design $AAPL #Apple #BigTech #technology #investing pic.twitter.com/JwiebxyK5B— Domain Mondo (@DomainMondo) July 5, 2019
More People Speak English Than Any Other Language in the World Today - The English Language & Americanisms (video) https://t.co/R8PJ0kagX4 #IndependenceDay #AmericanIndependence #EnglishLanguage #English #July4th pic.twitter.com/dvyWnwM4ux— Domain Mondo (@DomainMondo) July 3, 2019