Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-02-24) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) ICANN EPDP Chair Quits After Vote on Final Report Delayed, 2) Other ICANN news: a. Namazi New GDD Sr. VP, b. New gTLD .AMAZON, and more, 3) a. Google's Extortionate Domaining, b. Booking.com Trademark Case, 4) ICYMI: Personal Data, Data Protection, Data Privacy, Access to Data, and more, 5) Most Read.
1) ICANN EPDP Chair Quits After Vote on EPDP Final Report (Phase 1) Delayed
"For a set of personal and professional reasons, I am writing to resign my post as Chair of the EPDP for Registration Data. I was honored to be selected by the GNSO Council leadership for the post and attempted to live up to the position expectations and requirements at every moment since I began in July. I will stay on for as long as it takes to find a replacement Chair and smoothly transition the responsibilities ..."--resignation email from Kurt Pritz to GNSO Council Chair Keith Drazek, February 21, 2019, after deferral of the GNSO Council vote on the EPDP Final Report (Phase 1) (pdf) until March 4, 2019, as requested by the Business Constituency (BC) and supported by the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC).
Response from GNSO Council Chair Keith Drazek: Hi Kurt, Thanks for your email, and more importantly for your commitment, sacrifice and service over the last seven months. I will follow up with another email soon, but I wanted to acknowledge receipt of your message and express my gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the GNSO Council. I also appreciate and welcome your willingness to continue as Chair during the transition to Phase 2 and the next Chair. Best regards, Keith.
Feb. 20, 2019, below,
from EPDP team member Dr. Milton Mueller
(NCSG - Georgia Tech), responding to an earlier email
from EPDP Chair Kurt Pritz
wherein Pritz stated: "I chose not to conflate the number of groups with the voting scheme of the GNSO Council. I think that is the province of the Council, i.e., discussion at the Council level and the voting scheme will come into play there as items with “Strong Support" are considered."
"Sorry Kurt, but that’s not your call. As chair you can designate consensus levels but you do not have the authority to redefine the groups upon which consensus determinations are based. The CSG [Commercial Stakeholder Group] and the NCSG [Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group] both have 6 members on this EPDP team because they are both equivalent stakeholder groups in the chartering process. This was a point of considerable discussion in the formation of the EPDP and the result is not something you can toy with. Doing so leaves you and the whole process subject to legitimacy and bias challenges. The fact that CSG’s 3 constituencies [IPC, BC, ISPCP] insist on independent representation is a choice they have made and can make but it does not change their status as a single SG, a single group for the purposes of consensus determinations. I am sure you don’t want our painstaking work product to be further delayed by procedural and legitimacy challenges, including an independent review process [IRP], but I assure you that is what will happen if you try to disenfranchise an SG by double or triple counting the constituents of another SG." (emphasis and link added)
(as of Feb 24, 89 days
until the Temporary Specification expires
25 May 2019):
Analysis & Opinion Editor's note: Kurt Pritz
has a long history with ICANN
according to his outdated bio on the ICANNwiki
, having been appointed as a Vice President of ICANN in 2003. He was heavily involved in ICANN's controversial new gTLDs program
as ICANN's Chief Strategy Officer, but suddenly resigned on November 15, 2012, due to an undisclosed conflict of interest
. After he left ICANN he became Executive Director of the Domain Name Association
, a domain name industry group principally representing the interests
of new gTLD registry operators
. He resigned from that position in 2015, and thereafter has been involved with various domain name industry firms, including Allegravita
, and Architelos
(which filed for bankruptcy
after being hit with a judgment in a lawsuit brought by registry services provider Afilias), and most recently has been involved with the new gTLD .ART.
I have no idea why Pritz
wanted to be EPDP Chair
, nor why the GNSO Council
appointed him in July, 2018, but I think Pritz saw the handwriting on the wall,
and had the good judgment
to realize he had already had enough
, a task for which he seemed ill-suited
from the start. Pritz readily admitted he was far out of his depth
, and as Chair, he failed to develop and follow a cogent work plan for Phase 1, apparently relying instead, on ICANN support staff
who were as ignorant about the intricacies of the GDPR
as he was. Last year, wasting weeks trying to "redline" the Temp Spec
per Pritz's directions, EPDP team members repeatedly
tried to steer the group back to functionality, with Thomas Rickert
finally stating the obvious
: "We are trying to fix a document (Temp Spec) that can hardly be fixed."
It is actually painful
to go back and read those transcripts
from last year's EPDP meetings. Almost every meeting reeks of dysfunction and lack of direction, and many EPDP members knew it at the time, and often expressed their frustrations on the record. But that is all water under the bridge
now. The EPDP Phase 2
will deal with difficult "access issues" and unfortunately, Phase 1 failed
to fix or adequately address many core issues, such as controllership, upon which access policy decisions may be dependent. Ideally, the EPDP team
needs a Chair who is both knowledgeable about the GDPR
, as well as experienced in GNSO PDP consensus processes
. Perhaps Co-Chairs
, with one who is knowledgeable about GDPR, and the other experienced in GNSO PDP consensus processes and procedures.
2) Other ICANN News
a. Cyrus Namazi
promoted to Senior Vice President of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD)
, succeeding his crony,
at Conexant and ICANN
, former GDD President Akram Atallah,
who resigned last year to become CEO of new gTLDs registry operator Donuts, Inc.
The ICANN announcement
indicates that Atallah's former title
of "GDD President," (given to him by his crony, long-time friend and ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehade, in June, 2013) has been abolished
. ICANN didn't disclose whether Namazi is receiving the same extravagant compensation package
as Atallah did.
b. New gTLD .AMAZON UPDATE
21 Feb 2019 Letter from Achilles Zaluar* to ICANNBoard
(pdf)--*Achilles Zaluar is Director, Department of Technological Promotion, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil--excerpt:
"We regret that our invitation to the ICANN CEO and his team to join Brazil and several other Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member states in a video conference on 19 February on the “.Amazon” issue was not accepted. Our common goal is still to find a mutually acceptable solution for the “.Amazon” applications .... despite our best efforts, time seems to have ran out to work on a mutually
acceptable solution before ICANN 64 in Kobe. We remain committed to do it in
the coming months, with a view to develop a solution that fulfills GAC´s request
to the ICANN Board.
We therefore kindly request that the ICANN Board postpone a final decision on
the .Amazon applications to ICANN 65, with a view to allow the eight Amazon
countries and Amazon Inc. to find a mutually acceptable solution ..."
(pdf) from ICANN CEO Göran Marby to Secretary General PS/ACTO Alexandra Moreira:
See also 13 Feb 2019 Letter from Alexandra Moreira to Göran Marby
c. IDNs: Letter from ICANN GDD Cyrus Namazi to Wang Wei et al.
15 Feb 2019, re: Root Zone LGR Generation Panels
".... The CJK GPs correctly note that visual similarity of strings causing confusability should be resolved by String Similarity Panels during TLD string evaluation, String Confusion Objection and String Contention Mechanisms ... an important part of the Procedure and helps ensure that the RZ-LGR satisfies the
“Contextual Safety Principle” which asks to minimize the risk of malicious use of IDN labels. As
well noted in your communication, the visually similar strings, which are not deemed identical,
will continue to be evaluated by the String Similarity Review processes.
Due to the independent nature of the working of the IP [Integration Panel], as stipulated by the Procedure, ICANN
org suggests that the CJK GPs continue discussions with the IP in order to find a mutually
agreeable solution based on the Procedure. ICANN org will organize a face to face meeting of
the GPs and IP at the ICANN64 meeting in Kobe, Japan to continue to support this dialogue."
d. ICANN Notice of Breach to Registrar
e. 13 February 2019 Letter to ICANN
excerpt below, and ICANN response
"... despite several attempts of communication with the reseller and registrar neither parties are responding to my requests. I act for Mr Khan as his IT consultant. I am unable to access the domain so I cannot prevent it from expiring and I cannot access my account or update nameservers or WHOIS information. This is causing me to suffer an immense loss of business. Please, can you get involved and somehow shake these rogue traders up so that they comply and cooperate?" (emphasis added)
f. Public Comments Close
5 Mar 2019 23:59 UTC on First Consultation on a 2-Year Planning Process | ICANN.org
g. Technical Study Group (TSG) Advances Draft Model--icann.org
: The Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data
is developing a detailed draft of the Technical Model
for Non-Public Registration Data. "... In the coming weeks, the team members, working together with ICANN org representatives, will further develop the draft Technical Model in order to share it with the community before heading to Kobe. During our face-to-face meeting, we also discussed how to present our work outside of the ICANN community, including to the European Commission
. When we finish our work on the Technical Model after Kobe, we will send our report to ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby. We look forward to sharing these discussions with you in more detail at ICANN64
and invite you to a community engagement session we are planning ..."
3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
a. Google Does Domaining Like Big Time Extortion | i-programmer.info
: "Google Domains has the rights to the .dev Top Level Domain and intends to make as much money from it as possible - $11,500 just for early access to the scramble to register the most desirable names."
case of Booking.com v. USPTO
(pdf) embed below,
decided Feb 4, 2019 (45 days
for En Banc Rehearing). See also Unprotectable Generic Trademarks + Top-Level Domains = Protectable Trademarks
Fourth Circuit Confirms Booking.com is Protectable But Company Must Pay the USPTO’s Fees on Appeal--jdsupra.com
4) ICYMI Internet Domain News
Personal Data, Data Protection, Data Privacy, Access to Data:
- OpenSRS’ Tiered Access Directory: a look at the numbers--opensrs.com: "We have received more than 2100 data access requests since our Tiered Access system started last May, and of these requests ... 65% of all requests came on behalf of a single requestor; only 21% of these requests resulted in the provision of data, as the majority did not provide sufficient legitimate purpose, nor did the requestor respond to our request for more information. Perhaps surprisingly, 70% of data access requests are not fulfilled because the requestor did not respond to Tucows’ requests for additional information ..."
- Patients, health data experts accuse Facebook of exposing personal info--thehill.com.
Copyright Law Versus Internet Culture
- Access to Data: What’s the Emergency? Keeping International Requests for Law Enforcement Access Secure and Safe for Internet Users--eff.org.
Not just porn, Indian users
to many websites.
Most of the complaints have come from Indians using Jio
connections, followed by Airtel
. See also India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship
organisations urge Nigeria
to keep internet
on during election period
5) Most Read
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