Indonesia's Startup Boom, Venture Capitalists Go For Go-Jek & More

Indonesia's Startup Boom

Southeast Asia's largest economy has seen a flurry of homegrown tech successes, led by $5 billion ride-hailing firm Go-Jek (domain: go-jek.com). Willson Cuaca of East Ventures (domain: east.vc) and Donald Wihardja of Convergence Ventures (domain: convergencevc.com) explain why, and how, Jakarta can keep the hits coming. Reuters release date: 11 May 2018.

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News Review | ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck 25 May 2018 & Beyond

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-05-20) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck 25 May 2018 & Beyond, 2)Other ICANN news: ICANN IRS Form 990 for FYE June 30, 2017, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks, 4) ICYMI, 5) Most Read.

1) ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck 25 May 2018 & Beyond
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a. Apparently, it finally dawned on the ICANN Board of Directorslast weekend, how incompetent the ICANN management team has been for the last two years in preparing for the EU's GDPR which becomes enforceable May 25, 2018. In a flurry of activity beginning with the Board's workshop May 11-13, in Vancouver, Canada, through Thursday's (May 17, 2018) Special Board Meeting, the Board managed to adopt and publish (see embedded pdf here) a "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data" good for 90 days, beginning May 25, 2018 (renewable by the Board every 90 days thereafter, for not more than a year).
In a self-congratulatory blog post, the ICANN Board Chairman Cherine Chalaby tried  to put the best "spin" possible on the situation, while somewhat acknowledging how incomplete and deficient the Temporary Specification really is, "there are important elements remaining to be finalized." That may be the understatement of the year.

But even on the surface all may not be well at ICANN re: GDPR, no word yet on what the following Special Board Meeting 21 May 2018 agenda notice published Friday by ICANN.org pertains to:
What litigation? ICANN is not saying, at least not yet.

Who's definitely not happy? The U.S. government (Trump administration), trademark lawyers, corporate lobbyists, and a slew of others, including internet security professionals, as well as most domain name registrars and registry operators who will have to carefully implement new GDPR data requirements by May 25th in regard to domain name WHOIS data (see letters below) or face stiff penalties from the European Union's GDPR DPAs (data protection authorities).

Editor's note: I would be remiss if I did not note that one irony of this whole situation is that all of this could have been avoided had ICANN and the Obama administration (US gov) not been in such a hurry to finish the IANA transition by October 1, 2016 (implementing a US gov decision made in 2014 in response to the global reaction to the "Snowden revelations") or had allowed an intergovernmental successor to the U.S. government's stewardship of the internet and oversight of ICANN and the "IANA functions" via the IANA functions contract. The EU's GDPR was already known and published in May, 2016, and ICANN CEO Goran Marby said (in answer to my question at a Quarterly stakeholder call) that he became aware of the "ramifications of the GDPR for ICANN" shortly after he came aboard as ICANN President and CEO (in May 2016). But neither Larry Strickling, then NTIA administrator, nor ICANN, nor any of the "experts" retained then by the U.S. government or ICANN, raised the GDPR as a concern before the IANA transition was completed  October 1, 2016.  But for the IANA transition, the U.S. government could simply assert its sovereign authority, and immunity, to collect, process, and publish all of the gTLD domain names WHOIS data it wished, to whomever it thought was an appropriate recipient, at internic.net or elsewhere. Now we, the global internet community, are left watching a dysfunctional "ICANN community," dominated by special interests (it costs about $20,000-30,000 a year, per person, just in travel costs and related expenses, to fully participate in ICANN meetings), trying to hammer out a complete GDPR-compliant WHOIS policy over the next twelve months.

b. Redline of Changes - Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data | ICANN.org: 17 May 2018 redline-changes-gtld-registration-data-17may18-en.pdf [356 KB] embed below, differences between the published May 14 and finally adopted May 17 versions:

c. What Goes Around Comes Around--Domain Name Registrars Want Six-Month Moratorium (minimum) from ICANN's Temporary WHOIS-GDPR Specification: Letter 16 May 2018 (pdf), to Göran Marby, Chief Executive Officer, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):
Dear Göran:
This letter follows ICANN’s intention to create a “Temporary Specification” for registry and registrar compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Contracted party registrars have been working on our own technical implementations for many months, as there was no guidance from ICANN regarding proposed or actual new policies. Any temporary specification adopted now that significantly deviates from previously held expectations and models will be far too late for us to accommodate for a May 25, 2018 implementation date.
For this reason, we ask that any temporary specification include a formal ICANN compliance moratorium, not shorter than six (6) months, providing us an opportunity to conform, to the extent possible, our GDPR implementation with the GDPR-compliant aspects of any ICANN temporary specification. We note that the six month timeline for implementation is a minimum and an estimate. Depending upon the scope and scale of changes, many registrars will need a longer period to implement any temporary specification imposed by the Board upon the community, and there should be an option for registrars to apply for an extension.
Very truly yours,
Graeme Bunton, on behalf of the following Registrars: Endurance, GoDaddy, Tucows, Blacknight, 1&1, United Domains, NetEarth One, Cloudflare
Cc: Cherine Chalaby, Chair, ICANN Board of Directors, and Jamie Hedlund, SVP, Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguard
d. Christian Dawson, i2Coalition & Thomas Rickert, eco - Association of the Internet Industry to ICANN Board of Directors, 17 May 2018--ICANN.orggdpr-comments-i2coalition-eco-icann-proposed-temporary-specification-gtld-registration-data-17may18-en.pdf [87.5 KB] (reformatted and highlighting added):

e. Other Related:
• Deferral of transition to Thick WHOIS Policy Implementation for .COM and .NET--Approved Board Resolutions | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board 13 May 2018 | ICANN.org: "... Whereas, the deferred enforcement period will allow the ICANN organization to continue to engage with the relevant European authorities including the European Union Article 29 Working Party, data protection agencies, contracted parties, and other pertinent stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the relevant aspects of GDPR and how it relates to ICANN's work and the organization's policies and contracts with registries and registrars, including the Thick WHOIS Consensus Policy.  Resolved (2018.05.13.06), the President and CEO, or his designee(s), is authorized to defer compliance enforcement of the Thick WHOIS Consensus Policy for six months to 30 November 2018, 30 April 2019 and 31 January 2020, respectively, to allow additional time for the registrars and Verisign to reach agreement on amendments needed to applicable registry-registrar agreements to implement the Policy."

• URS & UDRP Provisions relating to WHOIS/Personal Data (pdf)

• GDPR Models/Analyses | Comments | RiskIQ | ICANN-Proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data | ICANN.org: 17 May 2018 gdpr-comments-riskiq-icann-proposed-temporary-specification-gtld-registration-data-17may18-en.pdf [121 KB]

• Letter from Manal Ismail to Cherine Chalaby | ICANN.org: GAC response letter to the ICANN Board regarding the revised scorecard on the ICANN61 GAC GDPR Advice ismail-to-chalaby-17may18-en.pdf  [525 KB]

• Letter from Constantinos Georgiades to Göran Marby | ICANN.org
Issue: Request for Guidance: GDPR Impact on the Domain Name System and WHOIS
georgiades-to-marby-16may18-en.pdf [220 KB]

2) Other ICANN news
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ICANN IRS Form 990 for FYE June 30, 2017 (period July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017): 

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. ICYMI CENTRstats Global TLD Report end of Q1 2018 | centr.org excerpt:
 CENTRstats Q1 2018

b. Sales Pitch Press Release .SUCKS Launches http://www.trademarkinfringement.sucks With Intent of Providing Intellectual Property Protection Online: "not claiming [registering] a .SUCKS domain can negatively impact a brand or trademark." Editor's note: I am sure Vox Populi's (.SUCKS registry operator) intentions are as pure as the "driven snow."

c. UDRP complainants beware: careless attitude doesn't pay off  | WorldTrademarkReview.com

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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a.  GDPR & Google Nightmare: Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering | TheVerge.com"... The video, shared internally within Google, imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations ..."

b. Gambling operators scoff as Norway approves DNS-blocking | CalvinAyre.com: "blocking the domains of internationally licensed online gambling sites."

c. How reasonable are the EU’s digital taxation plans? | aei.org

d. Oracle to Launch Internet ‘Weather Map’ - CIO Journal. | WSJ.com: "Service combines data points on paths and routing with AI to gauge internet performance worldwide."

e. The Senate Voted to Stand Up for Net Neutrality, Now Tell the House to Do the Same | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org

5) Most read posts this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review | Tesla $TSLA May Need A Takeover, Will Apple $AAPL Bite?

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Tech Review (TR 2018-05-19)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news with commentary, analysis and opinion, separating signal from the noise: Features • 1)Tesla $TSLA May Need A Takeover, Will Apple $AAPL Bite? 2) America's IT Strongholds 2018, 3) Investing: The Week, Investing Notes, 4) ICYMI Tech News.

1)  Tesla May Need A Takeover (tesla.com) $TSLA, Will Apple Bite? (apple.com) $AAPL
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Editor's note: If you think about it, for many consumers there's a synergy in having a premium-priced innovative smartphone matched with a premium-priced innovative "smartcar"--increasingly into the future, together, they may be the essence of having the "best" in mobile devices.

Tesla 2018 (video published by Tesla on May 9, 2018): 

Apple cannot outcompete Android/Google/Waymo, or Asia, for the future mass market smartphone or "smartcar," but it can produce, at a handsome profit, with Tim Cook's supply chain expertise, an aspirational and innovative, premium-priced, Jony Ive-designed, Elon Musk-engineered, auto-mobile. A Tesla takeover also provides Apple additional opportunities in solar energy and battery innovations, for a global market crying for clean energy and distributed electrical grid solutions. Steve Jobs always thought of Apple as an innovative engineering company producing technology devices exhibiting superlative design. Tesla could be the next step in Apple's evolution.

Tesla Powerpacks Balancing the Grid in Terhills, Belgium (published by Tesla on May 14, 2018):

Apple has the cash and cachet to make this happen, both as an attractive deal for long-term Apple shareholders as well as $TSLA stockholders and bondholders. A Tesla deal with Apple is far better than a Tesla chapter 11 any way you look at it. Musk appears to have a persistent, unsolved "execution problem" at Tesla (Model 3 reservations reportedly exceed 450,000), and talented engineers and managers have been heading for the exits. He needs to remember that Steve Jobs was fired by Apple (only years later did Jobs return to reinvent Apple via iPod, iPhone, and iPad). Another option would be for Apple to opt-in via convertible preferred shares or bonds. Time will tell, but as the lawyers say, "Time is of the essence." See also: Apple buying Tesla doesn't sound like a crazy idea anymore — here's why | BusinessInsider.com 27 January 2018: "Tesla needs to be saved from its delusional idea about the company's future growth — and Apple needs to be saved from the disaster of its car project."


2) America's IT Strongholds 2018 | Statista.com:
"Computing workforce" includes developers, software engineers, systems managers and teachers.

See also: Miami’s growing tech scene tries to level up | Curbed.com: "... Last year, area startups received $1.3 billion in venture capital funding, placing Miami eighth on the list of U.S. cities in terms of VC activity."

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite -0.66% | S&P 500 Index -0.54% | DJIA -0.47%
"Going forward, we expect US large cap tech to outperform & #FixedIncome to be under more duress."--DataTrekResearch.com 16 May 2018
Wall Street's Charging Bull
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Investing Notes:

a. US: Don’t Poke The (Volatility) Bear | DatatrekResearch.com"... we see outsized moves in the S&P particularly to the downside as an opportunity to buy the market at more attractive entry points if your investment mandate allows for it."

b. Europe:
c. Emerging Markets: Who’s Most Afraid of a Latin American Debt Crisis (Apart from Latin America)? | WolfStreet.com.

d. Global Growth? "Forget the noise, the outlook is better than you think, but mind complexity. 'Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Geniuses remove it.'"--Blain's Morning Porridge May 17, 2018.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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a. NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) Q1 FY2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript | SeekingAlpha.com: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang: "Okay. We had another great quarter, record revenue, record margins, record earnings, growth across every platform. Datacenter achieved another record with strong demand for Volta and AI inference. Gaming was strong. We are delighted to see prices normalizing and we can better serve pent-up gamer demand. At the heart of our opportunity is the incredible growth of computing demand of AI just as traditional computing has slowed. The GPU computing approach that we've pioneered is ideal for filling this vacuum. And our invention of the Tensor Core GPU has further enhanced our strong position to power the AI era. I look forward to giving you another update next quarter. Thank you."

b. Why women are more likely to get funded on Kickstarter | moneyish.com

d.  Zuckerberg agrees to face EU Parliament over Facebook data use | sky.com: "as early as next week" and with GDPR imminent, investigation finds Facebook lacks privacy controls for information inferred about users, including sensitive details used in ad targeting--TheGuardian.com. AlsoChina is Facebook's second-largest source of ad revenue, after the U.S.--qz.com

e. Supreme Court allows states to legalize sports betting, opening floodgates for online gambling profits | TechCrunch.com: DraftKings.com and FanDuel.com may be early winners, but there’s a market for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and perhaps major networks that hold sports broadcasting rights to open up new sources of revenue. See also British bookmakers odds on to unlock U.S. sports after legal ruling | Reuters.com: GVC already has state licenses in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware; and European online gaming firm Paddy Power Betfair says it's in talks to buy FanDuel, reportedly for $600M-700M, day after SCOTUS killed U.S. ban on sports gambling--Axios.com.

g. Online Advertising vs TV--ad revenue report (pdf) by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)--internet advertising revenues in the US rose 21.4% in 2017 from the year earlier to a record of $88 billion, while TV ad revenues declined 2.6% to $70.1 billion. See alsoWhy Traditional TV Is in Trouble | The New York Times | NYTimes.com.

h. Amazon Stops Buying Prized Shopping Ads on Google | Bloomberg.com"Abrupt drop in activity hints at Amazon’s own ad ambitions ... Two tech giants are increasingly competing on multiple fronts ..."  

i. Amazon AWS: Amazon is moving into blockchain with a new partnership | CNBC.com: AWS partnering with start-up Kaleido--"Introducing Kaleido to AWS customers is going to help customers move faster and not worry about managing blockchain themselves"--Amazon Web Services (AWS). Register now for the seventh annual AWS re:Invent conference Nov 26-30, 2018, Las Vegas--"deeper technical content, more hands-on learning opportunities, keynote announcements, expanded Expo hours, exciting after-hours events, and the best party in technology."

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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Streamsong Resort: A Spent Mosaic Mine Turned Into A Gold Mine

Streamsong Resort - The Mosaic Story

Streamsong, a new kind of resort that takes the everyday ordinary to the absolutely extraordinary. A resort where golf is both a quest for perfection and an art form. A retreat that is the ultimate escape for relaxation, enrichment and rejuvenation. A place where the surrounding ecosystems are deeply valued.

From old mine to gold mine:

The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) (domain: mosaicco.com) is a major global company in the decidedly unglamorous business of digging potash and phosphate, but has turned a spent mine in central Florida into The Streamsong Resort (domain: streamsongresort.com) a modern golf development with sustainable twists. Reuters release date: 3 May 2018.

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European Union's GDPR: How Europe's Data Protection Law Works (video)

GDPR: how Europe's data law works

Financial Times (ft.com) video above published May 15, 2018, about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Are Privacy Notices Filling Your Inbox? Here's Why

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable May 25, 2018-- so what is it, and does it have a chance of inspiring similar data privacy legislature in the United States? Bloomberg QuickTake takes a look at the GDPR in the video above (Bloomberg.com video above published May 9, 2018). See edps.europa.eu and on twitter: @Buttarelli_G and @EU_EDPS.

See also:
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Allcargo Logistics Wants To Go The Uber Way In Shipping (video)

Allcargo Logistics Wants To Go The Uber Way

The biggest Indian cargo company, All Cargo Logistics (domain: allcargologistics.com) wants to build an Uber for shipping. BloombergQuint video above published Apr 30, 2018.

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Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference May 15-17

46th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference May 15-17
Note: to register and listen to the audio webcasts online, click on the link above.

Schedule highlights presenting companies include (for complete listing go to link above) the following:

Tuesday: AT&T, NVIDIA, Intel, Visa, T-Mobile, American Tower, Keynote: Oracle (Mark Hurd), Keynote: Square (Jack Dorsey), Twitter, GoDaddy (see below).

Wednesday: Verizon, Mastercard, IBM, Keynote: Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Keynote: Lori Beer Chief Information Officer JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Thursday: Adobe Systems, Web.com, Mobile Payments Panel, Wireless Infrastructure / DAS & Small Cell Panel, Data Center Panel, Emerging Markets Tower Panel.

GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner: Adoption And Evolution Of Online Presence Is Driving Our Business

CNBC.com video above published on May 9, 2018: Scott Wagner, GoDaddy CEO, discusses his company’s quarterly earnings, how the business is growing and his thoughts on tax cuts. See also GoDaddy $GDDY Q1 2018 Earnings LIVE Webcast May 8.
GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), Ray Winborne, Chief Financial Officer, and Mike McLaughlin, Chief Customer Officer, will present at the 46th Annual J.P Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. A live audio webcast of the event will be available on GoDaddy's investor relations website at https://investors.godaddy.net. Following the presentation an audio replay will be available on the investor relations website. See also GoDaddy at 46th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference.

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Sara Blakely, Self-Made Billionaire, Founder and CEO of Spanx (video)

Sara Blakely, Founder and CEO, Spanx

Stanford Graduate School of Business video above published Apr 17, 2018: Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx (domain: spanx.com), discusses her journey from inventing Spanx to becoming the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

She talks about having the right mindset for starting a company, running a business with feminine principles, and how to successfully grow your company:
“I’m of the belief-system that you should start small, think big, and scale fast. A lot of entrepreneurs want to start big and think big, but oftentimes get ahead of themselves.”

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News Review: As GDPR Deadline Looms, Is ICANN Lost in La-La Land?

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-05-13) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) As GDPR Deadline Looms, Is ICANN Lost in La-La Land? 2) Other ICANN news: a. .APP & Failing New gTLDs, b. Afilias vs ICANN re .WEB, c. ALAC At Large Review, d. RSSAC,  e. Adobe Connect, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks, $GDDY, $TCX4) ICYMI, 5) Most Read.

WHOIS GDPR Update 17 May 2018: ICANN Board Approves Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data | ICANN.org: Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Approved 17 May 2018; Effective as of 25 May 2018) PDF [735 KB] embed below:

Additional Resources
  • The ICANN Board of Directors' resolution, available here, was unanimously adopted, and may be reaffirmed every 90 days for no more than one year.
Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair said: "While there are elements remaining to be finalized, the adoption of this Temporary Specification sets us on the right path to maintaining WHOIS in the public interest, while complying with GDPR before its 25 May enforcement deadline."

To ensure compliance with the GDPR, access to personal data will be restricted to layered/tiered access, where only users with a legitimate purpose can request access to non-public data through registrars and registry operators. Until a unified access model is in place, registries and registrars will have to determine which requests are permissible under the law. Alternatively, users may contact either the registrant or listed administrative and technical contacts through an anonymized email or web form available via the registered name's registrar. Registrants may opt to have their full contact information made publicly available. (source: ICANN.org)

15 May 2018 ICANN Webinar: Proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
Adobe Connect Replay. Reference Materials:
13 May 2018 Approved Board Resolutions | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board | ICANN.org: "Consideration of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Implementation of GDPR Interim Compliance Model)--"Resolved (2018.05.13.11), the Board intends to move to a decision on the adoption of a proposed Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data (pursuant to the procedures in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement concerning the establishment of temporary policies) on or about 17 May 2018. The Board intends to use this additional time to confirm that appropriate modifications are incorporated into a proposed Temporary Specification prior to considering adoption. Upon adoption, a proposed Temporary Specification would be effective for a 90-day period beginning 25 May 2018, and the Board would reaffirm its temporary adoption every 90 calendar days for a total period not to exceed one year."

Revised proposed Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data (redline):

Original Post:
1) As GDPR Deadline Looms, Is ICANN Lost in La-La Land? 
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ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck: How Many Days Until May 25?

With the May 25th GDPR deadline looming, has ICANN moved from its previous delusional fantasy world to confronting the harsh reality that ICANN is nowhere ready to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 25, less than two weeks away, or is ICANN still lost in La-La Land? ICANN leadership and management essentially wasted most of the last two years instead of properly preparing for the GDPR:
See: UPDATE May 10, 2018: ICANN CEO's Desperate 6-page Letter to WP29 Chair.
"A day late and a dollar short," ICANN is now grasping for straws--see May 5, 2018 Letter from ICANN Board Chairman Cherine Chalaby (pdf), to the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Chair Manal Ismail re: "ICANN Board Board comment on GAC Advice regarding GDPR" excerpt below:
"... The Board’s current thinking and approach on the proposed Interim Model (May 25) is inconsistent or could be viewed as inconsistent with certain items of the GAC’s advice, and as a result the Board would find great benefit in having an exchange with the GAC on these matters ...  the Board proposes to discuss these matters via a conference call with the GAC during the week of 7-13 May 2018. The Board acknowledges the short notice of this request but given the fast-approaching effective date of the GDPR [May 25] realizes the need to move as quickly as possible to address the GAC advice prior to the Board taking action on an Interim Model (May 25) ..." (emphasis added)
The results from the ICANN Board's confab with the GAC? "... the Board has made a preliminary determination that its current approach on the proposed Interim Model (May 25), to be implemented in a Temporary Specification, is inconsistent or could be viewed as inconsistent with certain items of GAC advice."--11 May 2018 Letter from Cherine Chalaby to Manal Ismail (pdf).

And then late Friday, May 11, ICANN announced its Proposed Temporary Specification Now Available | ICANN.org: available here [PDF, 625 KB] (Registrants pay particular attention to page 29--Appendix I: Supplemental Procedures to the Transfer Policy) --[Editor's note: see revised redline version above.]

Meanwhile the wreckage from ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck keeps piling up--

UPDATE: All ICANN GDD Summit 2018 Session Recordings here.
GDD Industry Summit | 14-17 May 2018 | ICANN.org--agenda (pdf) excerpt:

1 May 2018 Letter from Tobias Sattler [CPH] to Akram Atallah [ICANN org] [Published 4 May 2018] Contract Party House TechOps (CPH TechOps) on GDPR Impact on Domain Name Transfers and Registrant Contact Changes.

7 May 2018 Letter from Tobias Sattler to Akram Atallah [Published 10 May 2018] Contracted Party House (CPH) TechOps on GDPR Impact on Domain NameTransfers and Registrant Contact Changes: "Unfortunately, the alternative proposal put forth by ICANN is not feasible for implementation in advance of 25 May 2018." 

10 May 2018 Letter from Dean Marks & Steve Metalitz [COA] to Akram Atallah & Cyrus Namazi [ICANN] [Published 11 May 2018] Coalition for Online Accountability (COA) opposes the RrSG (Registrar Stakeholder Group) request to halt implementation of privacy/proxy accreditation.

Accred-Model Version 1.5 May 11, 2018: version 1.5 [pdf] Accreditation and Access Model.--"A few skeptical thoughts in a tweet thread. https://twitter.com/qirtaiba/status/995071967572062214 These may not qualify as "constructive", but I wouldn't want to have silence interpreted as assent." -- Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation eff.org.

Editor's note: ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby said this week that accreditation guidance from the EU will not come until late summer, seemingly dashing the hopes of the lawyers and lobbyists pushing their "version 1.5" above. It's just one more aspect of ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck. Send your 'Thank You' notes to ICANN CEO Goran Marby & the ICANN Management Team.

2) Other ICANN news
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a.  Google's (purchase price $25,001,000) new gTLD .APP launched (General Availability) this past week, achieving a total of  191,447 registrations by Friday May 11, 2018, according to  ntldstats.com, but even .APP was unable to stanch the overall hemorrhaging of new gTLDs' domain name registrations:
New gTLDs domain name registrations, including .APP, Apr 30 - May 11, 2018, source: ntldstats.com
This is what happens when you design and implement a new gTLDs program founded on consumer fraud, .BRAND extortion racket, exploitative pricing power and greed, and ICANN incompetence:
New gTLDs domain name registrations, April 2017 - May 11, 2018, source: ntldstats.com
ICANN's failing new gTLDs are also impacting ICANN's finances--ICANN FY18 Q3 Presentation (pdf)--excerpt:
See also: ICANN's new gTLDs increase online child sexual abuse imagery--"New gTLDs being used for the distribution of child sexual abuse imagery continues to be a rising trend in 2017"--IWF.org.ukInternet Watch Foundation: Annual Report 2017 (pdf) (The IWF Annual Report is a record of its actions against online child sexual abuse imagery during 2017).

b. Afilias vs ICANN et al re: new gTLD .WEB: see latest correspondence between counsel for Afilias and counsel for ICANN.

c. ALAC--At-Large Advisory Committee--ICANN's perennial "problem child":
"... all the recommendations have been either flatly rejected or modified. Furthermore, if the proposal is adopted by the OEC and ICANN Board without ALAC first properly dealing with the concerns from the wider ICANN community, this would set an alarming precedent for any future ICANN Review. If critical opinions and recommendations, particularly those that are broadly supported within the ICANN community, are perceived as ultimately being ignorable, ICANN Reviews will lose credibility"--CPH to ICANN Board, infra
Letter from Graeme Bunton [Contracted Party House (CPH)] to ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby | ICANN.org: Statement of concern for At-Large Review Implementation Overview Proposal, excerpt:
".... The CPH believes the Organizational Effectiveness Committee of the ICANN Board should not consider ALAC’s proposal until such time as a detailed response is provided by ALAC that addresses criticism raised by the At-Large Review report, and the questions helpfully put together by ICANN staff. This response should be presented to the whole ICANN community, so that any further input from, or discussion with, the community can be arranged, to see the Review through to an appropriate end."--bunton-to-chalaby-07may18-en.pdf [59.5 KB]

d. RSSAC034 | Report from the RSSAC May 2018 Workshop | ICANN.org: "The purpose of this workshop was to finalize the proposed governance model (the Model) for the DNS Root Server System (RSS). At the workshop, the RSSAC reviewed the Model, discussed scenarios and implementation, and planned next steps." More info: 09 May 2018 rssac-034-09may18-en.pdf [63.5 KB]

e. Adobe Connect Update | ICANN.org: "Based on your overwhelming sentiment, over 75% of you asked in one way or another for Adobe Connect, we are carefully moving ahead with attempting to restore Adobe Connect"--Editor's note: my input via email to ICANN April 20, 2018 (cc EU antitrust & WP29, David Redl (NTIA), ICANN CEO, Board Chair & Ombudsman):
"This is a "no-brainer"--restore the Adobe Connect ASAP (until you find a better or equal solution for less cost)--Adobe Connect should have NEVER been taken offline, particularly in the middle of ICANN61, as you report the only known exploit of the vulnerability was by the same "researcher" who "discovered" and reported the vulnerability. By that same logic, the entire DNS, with all of its KNOWN and UNKNOWN vulnerabilities, including the Public WHOIS, should be taken offline immediately. But since ICANN org has no respect nor regard for the vast majority of the world's domain name registrants, we all know where ICANN org stands on that issue. As members of the global internet community, none of us have a choice, we are continuously assaulted and burdened by the poor decisions made by overpaid and incompetent ICANN org management and the dysfunctional, self-selected "ICANN community" dominated by "special interests"--trademark lawyers, corporate lobbyists, and contracted parties--registrars and registry operators. Maybe the European Union can help us with the "privatized" ICANN global monopoly, since the U.S. government abandoned its "stewardship" role in 2016."

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. Trademarks: Flood of Trademark Applications From China Alarms U.S. Officials | WSJ.com"... applications that officials say appear to be rife with false information. .."

b. $GDDY: GoDaddy's Ray Winborne, Chief Financial Officer, and Mike McLaughlin, Chief Customer Officer, will present at the 46th Annual J.P Morgan Technology, Media and Communicaitons Conference in Boston on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. A live audio webcast of the event will be available on GoDaddy's investor relations website. Following the presentation an audio replay will be available at investors.godaddy.net. See alsoQ1 2018 results reported this past week by GoDaddy $GDDY  and Tucows $TCX.

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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a. Victory! Georgia Governor Vetoes Short-Sighted Computer Crime Bill | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org

b. How to Trace an Email Message | SecurityBoulevard.com

c. In a Desperate Move to Squash Internet Freedom, Iran Blocks Telegram | Center for Human Rights in Iran | .iranhumanrights.org

5) Three Most Read Posts & Readership Stats this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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