Two Congressional Hearings Wednesday on ICANN and IANA Transition

On Wednesday, May 13th, the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, is holding two subcommittee hearings on ICANN, ICANN Accountability, and the IANA Stewardship Transition:

Hearing #1: The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (Time Converter) in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. The hearing is entitled: Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation. The hearing will be webcast at:

The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet hearing will examine stakeholders perspectives on the operation of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit California corporation, charged with managing the Internet’s domain name and addressing system. The hearing will focus on the rollout of the new .sucks domain name and the Obama Administration’s proposal to transition oversight of the Domain Name System (DNS) away from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Hearing #2: The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on WednesdayMay 13, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. EDT (Time Converter) in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.  The hearing is entitled: “Stakeholder Perspectives on the IANA Transition.” The hearing webcast: http://www.domainmondo.com/2015/05/us-congressional-hearing-live-2-pm.html

For more information on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing:

See alsoCongress keeps pressing ICANN - POLITICO: "The Judiciary hearing will focus on trust and accountability of ICANN, and the hearing title calls out one current issue in particular: the “.sucks” top-level domain name. In April, ICANN asked American and Canadian trade regulators to investigate Vox Populi, a Canadian company that holds the rights to sell domain names ending in “.sucks,” to see if it is exploiting brands and celebrities by charging them high rates for domain names.... [The Communications and Technology] hearing will feature stakeholders talking about the government’s plans to transition away from a formal oversight role. Panel members will also review the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act, a plan by Rep. John Shimkus to put the transition on hold for a year while the Government Accountability Office reviews potential consequences."

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