1) China hosts 4th World Internet Conference (WIC) December 3-5, 2017, Wuzhen, China
- Hosts: Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and Zhejiang Provincial People's Government.
- Domain: wuzhenwic.org
Those attending include Apple CEO Tim Cook. China's President Xi will appear via video.
AGENDA (detailed agenda here)
3 Dec: Opening Ceremony; Plenary Session; Release Ceremony
4 Dec: Forums (17 forums) 1. Global Digital Economy; 2. Artificial Intelligence; ....
5 Dec: Forum: Business Leaders Dialogue; Forum: Finding the Better Way to Drive the Real Economy; Forum: Closed Meeting on Cybersecurity; Closing Ceremony
December 2015 Flashback (first tweet below was from Fadi Chehade, predecessor to current ICANN President & CEO Goran Marby):
See: After Wuzhen, Should ICANN President & CEO Fadi Chehade Be Fired? | DomainMondo.com (2015-12-28).. @icann_president If it's in your personal capacity, you should find some other account to post from. #ICANN— Andrew Sullivan (@anvilwalrusden) December 19, 2015
- ICANN in Wuzhen, China - Fourth World Internet Conference ... | ICANN.org 29 Nov 2017, by Sally Costerton, Sr. Advisor to the President and SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement.
2) ICANN news
"During the GNSO Council meeting in Abu Dhabi, ICANN’s Chief Financial Officer stated that ICANN’s funding is “stabilizing” – that is to say, income has stopped growing. The registrar community appears to feel it is trending downwards, judging from the discussion in the GNSO Council meeting. We feel very strongly that the time is now for the organisation to reconsider unnecessary expenditure and to work to build a strong Reserve Fund that can support the organisation should income begin to decline. Given ICANN has lost 15% of its fee-paying registrars this quarter alone, we think this is a very real possibility." (emphasis added)--excerpt: Statement of the Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) on the ICANN Reserve Fund Rationale and Target Level (pdf) embedded below (highlighting added):
Editor's note: read the other comments submitted, including mine, here.
See also: ICANN Budget Freeze, Uncertainty in Revenues, US Politics, IANA Transition, Volunteer Fatigue (2014-09-18).
DefenseOne.com:"More precisely, Moscow intends to create an alternative to the global Domain Name System, or DNS ... If you’ve got a backup internet running that connects you to key nation-state trading partners, you can hack your opponent at less risk of disrupting your own state" (emphasis added). [Editor's note: prepare for more severe cyberattacks against DNS internet infrastructure after August 1, 2018.]
c. Geographic Names and 2 character country codes (ccTLDs) at the second level--speaking of BRICS--Letter from India (pdf) to ICANN (Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India, to ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby, Nov 22, 2017):
d. SSR2 Status: SSR2 Review Team Work still SUSPENDED (since October 28, pursuant to directive of ICANN Board of Directors 28 Oct 2017, accepted by ICANN AC/SOs (pdf), restart date TBD). Source: SSR2 Review Team mailing list.
e. ICANN FY18 Q1 Stakeholder Update: On 30 Nov 2017 ICANN published its report for the quarter ending 30 September 2017, and an Executive Summary recording from Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the ICANN Board of Directors, reviewable here. The public is invited to attend a question and answer (Q&A) call on 7 December at 17:00 UTC to ask any questions about the report. More information, including how to register for the call, here.
3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
|source: ntldstats.com Nov 28, 2017|
Here's another source of data: DomainWire Global TLD Report Q3/2017 | CENTR.org excerpt:
*Legacy gTLDs are defined by CENTR.org as all gTLDs not part of the 2012 new gTLD application round. These TLDs include: .aero, .asia, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel, .travel and .xxx.Editor's note: ICANN and the "ICANN community" should learn to listen to consumers (registrants) before assuming to know what registrants want and need. Hint: consumers do not want or need hundreds of new gTLDs that fail to work as expected on the internet (technical feasibility #fail), nor gTLDs with unpredictable predatory registry pricing (anti-consumer monopolistic pricing power) and excessive overreaching RPMs (anti-registrant, anti-free speech). Registrants do not want or need a pack of lying hucksters pushing their defective, worthless new gTLD domain names, using as many lies as they think they can get away with. Add to all of that the new gTLDs 'private auctions' which drove up costs that can only be recovered from registrants, and you have a picture of a real new gTLDs program #FAIL. ICANN never listens to registrants and that is why this new gTLDs program is failing. Most knowledgeable registrants are neither as gullible, nor incompetent, as ICANN.
4) ICYMI Internet Domain News
Among Trump supporters there is a rebellion brewing over net neutrality:
"This is as anti consumer as it gets. All will pay more for less [while] simultaneously enriching corporations as they increasingly control who sees what when and how. This is NOT MAGA. It’s a heist and a hijacking"--Trump supporter in TheIntercept.com.• Internet Freedom and Business and Human Rights Section | state.gov: "The [U.S.] State Department’s Internet Freedom and Business & Human Rights (IFBHR) Section within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor leads U.S. government policy to promote and protect human rights online as well as with business, globally. We strive to ensure that the same rights people have offline are also protected online. This means promoting a global Internet that is open, interoperable, reliable, and secure. We work with other U.S. government agencies, governments, civil society, companies, and multi-stakeholder partners to protect Internet freedom." November 27, 2017, Fact Sheet (pdf).
• EU Internet Censorship: European Law Claims to Protect Consumers… By Blocking the Web | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org Nov 22, 2017: "... the European Parliament passed a new Consumer Protection Regulation [PDF] that allows national consumer authorities to order ISPs, web hosts and domain registries to block or delete websites... all without a court order. The websites targeted are those that allegedly infringe European consumer law ... the range of websites that could be censored is both vast and uncertain ..."
5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: