Features • 1. New gTLDs Failing, 2. ICANN58 ends, 3. Important Skills for ICANN Board Members, 4. ICANN CEO Goran Marby re: ICANN data, 5. More ICANN Dysfunction & Incompetence, 6. New gTLDs .CORP, .HOME and .MAIL, 7. LAC DNS Marketplace Study, 8. Amazon.com in Spanish, 9. ICANN in La La Land, 10. Internet Domain News Quick Takes, 11. Three most popular posts, 12. One Last Thing.
1. New gTLDs Failing (new generic top-level domains)--nTLD extensions are already failing | reddit.com--one comment out of many: "nTLD extensions are already failing ... Everyone said the new TLDs were nothing but a money grabbing scheme by the ICANN ... It seems now, some nTLDs seem to be already failing with less than 5,000 active domains and dropping, barely to keep the costs active and they are increasing renewal prices to keep the boat afloat"--For background see last week's 4. Uniregistry plans to hike prices up to 3000% for some new gTLDs.
ICANN's "Grand" Millstone
|Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.--Mike Tyson|
- GoDaddy drops Uniregistry domain names due to price hike | DomainNameWire.com--excerpt from one comment--"They [new gTLDs] will now all join .mobi in the big TLD cesspool in the cloud ... The internet will be a better place without them." (emphasis added)
- GoDaddy New gTLD Registration Number is Telling | DomainInvesting.com "... the number of daily new gTLD registrations at GoDaddy [the world's largest domain name registrar] is not growing ..."
- Hint: new gTLDs don't have a "lack of awareness" problem--if anything, registrants are increasingly only too aware of the rip-off that most new gTLDs are--from "universal acceptance" problems to unpredictable and predatory new gTLD domain names' pricing--giving new gTLD registry operators carte blanche authority to "rape and pillage" the global domain name marketplace and domain name registrants worldwide, may be ICANN's sicko idea of the way to operate in the global public interest and "to promote global innovation, competition and consumer choice," but ICANN is dead wrong.
- WIPO: Cybersquatting Cases Hit Record in 2016, Driven by New Top-Level Domain Names | wipo.int--ICANN must be so proud!
- As a domain name industry prophet once said, "Mistakes ALWAYS happen before you even set sail." The mistakes ICANN made in its new gTLDS program, were fundamental and foundational, long before the first new gTLDs came into general availability in early 2014. Yes, Frank Schilling and many others, "drank the Kool-Aid" that ICANN was offering, but it is ICANN that is most responsible for this mess. ICANN was warned, repeatedly, by many, including Esther Dyson (ICANN's founding Board Chair), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (see this 2011 letter to ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker and ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom) (pdf), as well as FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, and this 2008 U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division letter attached to the Commerce Department Letter (pdf) to then ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate-Thrush, excerpt:
|Excerpt from 2008 Letter from U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division|
See also: News Review: ICANN Used 'Junk Science' Firm to Justify New gTLDs
2. ICANN58--something is rotten in the state of Denmark--ended Thursday in Copenhagen:
a. The failing new gTLD Registry Operators are now seeking financial support from ICANN in the form of reduced fees, and a marketing "awareness" program (which would likely violate ICANN's 501(c)(3) status and other legal prohibitions)--"only 63 new gTLDs have registered in excess of 50,000 names ... literally many hundreds with fewer than 10,000 registrations" (highlighting added):
b. ICANN Dysfunction is Alive and Well: ICANN CEO Goran Marby and ICANN GDD President Akram Atallah blow off ICANN stakeholder Denise Michel's comments and questions about dysfunctional processes of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD), ICANN staff ignoring and bypassing ICANN Community and others' objections to amendments to the new gTLD base Registry Agreement:
Source of above: ICANN Copenhagen GNSO Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG) Meeting Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 9:00 CET transcript (pdf) pp,18-20.
c. New gTLD .WEB:
d. GAC: CENTR Report on ICANN58 (updated pdf download at link)(excerpt below):#ICANN58 GAC/Board, J Jeffrey: US DoJ sent civil investigation demand, re Verisign role in .web, to ICANN & other parties in community.— Samantha Dickinson (@sgdickinson) March 15, 2017
|CENTR Report on ICANN58 p. 4|
The ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has 171 members, and 35 observers but only 59 GAC members (35% participation rate with half or more of those receiving ICANN "travel support" (airfare, hotel, per diem stipend) based on ICANN57 data) and only 9 observers (26% participation rate) attended ICANN58--source: GAC Communique (pdf). Accordingly, it appears most governments are not actively participating in the GAC, and, not surprisingly, the GAC secretariat lacks sufficient financial funding. Wither ICANN?#ICANN58 GAC: as temporary solution to independent secretariat funding gap, GAC members are agreeing to limit work that ACIG does this year— Samantha Dickinson (@sgdickinson) March 15, 2017
e. Best Quote of ICANN58: ICANN is a prison--
More ICANN58 info, including the GAC Communique, here.#ICANN58 Glen de Saint Géry: People say that #ICANN is like a life sentence. But I've never felt imprisoned at all.— Samantha Dickinson (@sgdickinson) March 16, 2017
3. Important Skills for ICANN Board Members--guidance from the ICANN Board to the Nominating Committee (highlighting added)--apparently past and present ICANN Board members lack some or all of these skills. Surprised?
4. Letter from ICANN CEO Goran Marby re: ICANN data (highlighting added):
5. More ICANN Dysfunction & Incompetence:
- Letter from Patrick Baumann to Chris Disspain | ICANN.org New gTLD .SPORT--Issue: Final Declaration regarding dot Sport Limited v. ICANN Independent Review Process--baumann-to-disspain-01mar17-en.pdf[467 KB].
- Letter from Mario Paez to ICANN | ICANN.org: New gTLD Application for .GAY--paez-to-icann-08mar17-en.pdf [472 KB].
6. New gTLDs .CORP, .HOME and .MAIL--comment excerpt on circleid.com: I don't see why marking those domains as "toxic, reserved forever" isn't a valid response. Dumping the contaminated material into a shipping container and tossing it down a black hole's an efficient way of cleaning up the [new gTLDs] mess (emphasis added).--Background: 6 March 2017 Letter to the New gTLD Applicants for .HOME, .CORP, and .MAIL from Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division ICANN re: new gTLD applications for .HOME, .CORP, and .MAIL, in response to Letter from .HOME Registry Inc. et al. to the ICANN Board [Published 26 August 2016].
7. Publication of the LAC (Latin America & Caribbean) DNS Marketplace Study | ICANN.org: A consortium led by Oxford Information Labs, LACTLD, EURid and InterConnect Communications conducted the final "LAC DNS Study" (pdf, 3.9 MB), study for ICANN. The report identifies seven key drivers of domain name growth for the region:
- Defining and refining the sales channel and reversing the trend of falling numbers of ICANN accredited registrars since 2013;
- Building user awareness of domain names;
- Making registration policies open and simple;
- Providing online payment facilities;
- Ensuring fast activation of new registrations;
- Reasonable and competitive fees; and
- Promotions, marketing, and campaigns.
8. Amazon.com adding Spanish--the first new language on Amazon.com since the website's creation over 20 years ago--"Customers will be able to shop, browse and search for millions of products, view their shopping cart, and place orders in Spanish on Amazon.com and through the Amazon Mobile Shopping app," an Amazon.com Inc. spokeswoman told CNET.com. The U.S. now has more than 40 million native Spanish speakers and over 10 million bilingual Spanish speakers, making it the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, after Mexico. Amazon, the world's largest e-retailer, is seeking to not only attract the growing Spanish-speaking population in the U.S., but also Mexico, where Amazon recently launched its Prime subscription service for about $46 a year.
9. If you're returning to, or visiting, ‘La La Land’ a/k/a ICANN headquarters anytime soon--
|La La Land: gold marker pin shows ICANN headquarters location (click on map or link for larger map)|
10. Other Internet Domain News Quick Takes:
- If the U.S. Government Can't Get Domain Seizures Right, Why Would Big Pharma Do Better? | Electronic Frontier Foundation | EFF.org
- Puzzling Question of ICANN Formation Jurisdiction Persists | Lexology.com
- Trump's proposed budget (pdf) re: NTIA of the Commerce Dept: "Continues to support the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in representing the United States interest at multi-stakeholder forums on internet governance and digital commerce. The Budget supports the commercial sector’s development of next generation wireless services by funding NTIA’s mission of evaluating and ensuring the efficient use of spectrum by Government users." (p.14)
- India Not Eager to Hop On to China’s Cyber Sovereignty Bandwagon | sputniknews.com March 7, 2017: “As BRICS host this year, China stands ready to work together with Russia and other BRICS partners,” Long Zhou, Coordinator, Cyber Affairs Division of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters in Beijing.
- Delhi-based Digital Empowerment Foundation has tied up with Google and the Tata Trust to teach e-trading and e-banking to women across select districts of 27 Indian states.--HindustanTimes.com.
- GoDaddy Launches Business Hosting for Fast-Growing Small Businesses | MarketWatch.com
- Dark Web Reported to Have Shrunk by 85% | mascherari.press
- What Is Ransomware? | ICANN.org
- CIA hacking upside? "It appears US spies are using targeted hacking tools in their investigations. The surprise: That could mean your data is safer."--CNET.com
- ITIF: 92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Security, Speed, Accessibility Standards | executivegov.com: "A new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says 92 percent of the U.S. federal government’s most popular websites do not meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness or accessibility."
- FCC battle over online privacy: Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona has introduced a resolution that would kill rules the FCC passed in October to regulate consumer privacy for internet service providers.--CNET.com
- The World Wide Web's inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, warns it's in peril on 28th anniversary | usatoday.com
- Now That You Have Accessed Digital Assets, Don’t Forget to Value Them | The National Law Review | natlawreview.com: "an increasing number of digital assets have an economic value, for example logos, libraries of digital music, Internet domain names."
11. Three most popular posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com:
- News Review: 1. Trademark Squatters; 2. ICANN "Highly Political, Toxic"
- TechReview | WikiLeaks Takes A Big Dump On The CIA (video)
- LIVE Video Replay: March 15 Federal Reserve FOMC Press Conference
"The changing face of the Internet is no longer a matter of public communications, but a matter of public services. And with this observation, we are back to a more basic theme. The essential topic of the conversation is how to strike a sustainable balance between a rapacious private sector that has amassed overarching control of the digital service and content space, and the needs of the larger society in which we all would like some equity of opportunity to thrive and benefit from the outcomes of this new digital age."--Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC (emphasis added)