2018-03-11

News Review | ICANN61, ICANN's FY19 Budget, Extortion Racket, Fraud

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-03-11) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) ICANN61, March 10-15, San Juan, Puerto Rico,  2)Other ICANN news a. .WEB & Afilias, b. ICANN's FY19 Budget, Reserve Fund, Extortion Racket & Consumer Fraudand more, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks, 4) ICYMI Internet Domain News: Censorship, Privacy, 5) Most Read.

UPDATE March 15: ICANN61 San Juan, Puerto Rico: GAC Communique & ICANN61 Tweets

UPDATE from ICANN March 14, 2018:
 Adobe Notice
* ALERT: ADOBE CONNECT SERVICE *
"Yesterday we were notified by a member of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee of what appears to be a potentially serious security issue affecting our use of Adobe Connect. In order to protect the members of the multistakeholder community, and out of an abundance of caution, we have suspended our Adobe Connect services. This means that Adobe Connect services will not be available for the rest of ICANN61. Some remote participation will continue to be available this week including Livestream video [see below], multilingual audio, and live scribe feeds will be available in the main meeting rooms. Other rooms will be limited to listen-only audio streams ... Questions and comments from remote participants will also be accommodated via email as best as possible." (emphasis added)

1)  ICANN61 | San Juan | Community Forum 10-15 Mar 2018 San Juan, Puerto Rico
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    ICANN61 Meeting & Media Resources:
    Highlighted sessions Thursday March 15:

    Q&A with ICANN Organization Executive Team 9:00 - 10:15 am EDT, Thu, Mar 15, 2018 


    ICANN GDD: Registry & Registrar GDPR Compliance Model Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm EDT


    Public Forum 2  13:30 - 16:45, Thu, Mar 15, 2018 1:30 - 4:45 pm EDT


    ICANN Board Meeting  17:00 - 18:00 Thu, Mar 15, 2018 5:00-6:00 pm EDT


    Public Forum 1 17:00 - 18:30, Monday, Mar 12, 2018


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    2) Other ICANN news
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    a. New gTLD .WEB: Afilias vs ICANN, Verisign $VRSN & Nu Dot Co? | DomainMondo.com: New gTLD .WEB Applicant (and second-highest bidder) Afilias (domain: afilias.info) Requests Update on ICANN’s Investigation of .WEB Contention Set, and Further, Requests Documents under ICANN’s Documentary Information Disclosure Policy.

    b. ICANN's FY19 Budget, Reserve Fund, Extortion Racket & Consumer Fraud--Read the Comments submitted on ICANN Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update | ICANN.org (Close Date 8 Mar 2018) and ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy | ICANN.org: (Close Date 25 Apr 2018 23:59 UTC). Editor's note: my comments are here (pdf) and here (pdf), and embedded below.

    ICANN FY19 Budget -- ICANN's Extortion Racket & Consumer Fraud:

    Editor's note: re ICANN's "extortion racket" .BRAND new gTLDs -- see testimony of Dawn Grove (pdf), Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing (.PING), September 14, 2016 hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts.

    ICANN Reserve Fund:

    c. GDPR & WHOIS | ICANN.org updates here and here. See alsoInterim Model for Compliance with ICANN Agreements and Policies in Relation to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation–Working Draft for Continued Discussion--ICANN.org: 08 Mar 2018 gdpr-compliance-interim-model-08mar18-en.pdf [922 KB]

    d. ICANN Correspondence | ICANN.org:
    "We find it shocking that the FTI Consulting investigation has ignored these inconsistencies and incoherencies, in spite of ICANN’s responsibility as an organization to adhere to its nondiscriminatory commitments in carrying out CPE and to ensure that all community applicants are treated equally and fairly. We hope that the ICANN Board will achieve enough clarity to set aside the FTI reports when addressing the case of DOT.gay."
    • 7 March 2018 Letter from Arif Ali to Kate Wallace[Published 9 March 2018] Dechert LLP counsel for new gTLD .GAY applicant re CPE Review and .MUSIC applicant letter embedded below, replying to Kate Wallace's (lawyer with Jones Day) previous letters [here (pdf) and here (pdf)] sent on behalf of ICANN Board:


    e. Internet Root Name Servers: RSSAC FAQ | ICANN.org excerpt: 7. "In 2016 there was a large attack on Dyn. Could the same thing happen to all the root server Anycast instances?" Answer: "Yes, at least in theory. That is one of the reasons that the Root Server System (RSS) has many operators and many root server instances. The large number of Anycast instances increases the capacity of the RSS and certainly helps in attack situations." ....14. "Can DNSSEC protect us from fast flux and super fast flux attacks?" Answer: "No, not really. DNSSEC is designed to protect against data tampering, but not fast-flux attacks."

    f. ICANN Complaints Office Semi-Annual Report--ICANN.org: 07 Mar 2018 complaints-office-semi-annual-report-07mar18-en.pdf [317 KB].

    3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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    a. Move Your Domain Day - Transfer Issues With GoDaddy | Namecheap.com: "... GoDaddy appears to be returning incomplete WHOIS information to Namecheap, delaying the transfer process. This is not the first time something like this has happened. First and foremost this practice is against ICANN rules and regulations. Secondly, we believe it violates “unfair competition” laws."..."

    b. Evidence of Decreasing Internet Entropy: The Lack of Redundancy in DNS Resolution by Major Websites and Services | Harvard Business School | hbs.edu: "Stabilizing the domain name resolution (DNS) infrastructure is critical to the operation of the internet. Single points of failure become more consequential as a larger proportion of the internet's biggest sites are managed by a small number of externally hosted DNS providers. Providers could encourage diversification by requiring domain owners to select a secondary DNS provider."

    c. What’s In a Name? | Burns & Levinson LLP | JDSupra.com

    4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
    graphic "ICYMI Internet Domain News" ©2017 DomainMondo.comCensorship:
    China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe | NYTimes.com
    What’s Going Down in China is Very Dangerous – Part 1 | washingtonsblog.com
    China’s Internet Underground Fights for Its Life | Bloomberg.com: "The government wants to shut down private operators that offer access to Facebook, YouTube, and other services." 
    Conservatives to Facebook, Google and Twitter: Stop censoring our posts | tennessean.com 
    New Foils for the Right: Google and Facebook | NYTimes.com: journalist Peter Schweizer plans to release a documentary on tech companies' role in filtering the news, casting them as censorious and oppressive. See also: Should Facebook, Google and Twitter Be Public Utilities? | blogspot.com .
    Privacy: Your Location Data Is Being Sold—Often Without Your Knowledge | WSJ.com"Location-based ads are growing, which means the industry has more ways than ever to track you"

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