1. Esther Dyson Interview, ICANN Founding Board Chair (video):
Interview of Esther Dyson, ICANN Board Chair (1998-2000), by Brad White of ICANN. The video above was published Sep 29, 2017, by ICANN. Excerpts:
02:37 Q. It sounds like, Esther, you're challenging the very concept of an internet community? "Yes I am, I mean the community definitely exists but it's not actively engaged the way corporations or registries and registrars and lawyers [are]."
05:30 "... how many TLDs there were and that's where ultimately I changed my mind from yeah, you know, there should be a free market as many as you want, but the reality is that reduces, it just, it creates a mess, then you might as well not have the DNS and that's something of course we're facing right now ..."
06:00 "the problem is not the shortage of domain names"
06:17 "the reality is the more stuff [TLDs] there is the less useful the domain name system is"
08:36 "One of the biggest fights that was emblematic of a lot of other stuff and here I had fierce disagreements with Joe Sims, our Board meetings were closed. 08:49 Q. And you basically thought that the board meetings should not be closed? "Yeah I thought they should be open" ... 09:03 "the internet culture is based on transparency" ... 09:40 "you should have the the fundamental policy of we hold our discussions and we set policy within the board meeting and we do that in the open so that people can see the disagreements and can see how the decisions were arrived at so that was really unfortunate ..."
14:30 "the the whole thing with the At-Large [ALAC] not really functioning very well was really disappointing because I really do feel that the users were kind of being ignored ... there was just a lot of people pretending to represent the at large"
17:26 "... it's [domain name industry] become a very lucrative business that at the same time is extremely competitive and there's lots of you know shady domain name practices ... I mean I would have liked to see ICANN regulating fraud and sleazy business more effectively. It's mostly, thank God, kept out of the censorship business."
- Esther Dyson on the Internet, ICANN and Doing Business Abroad | Knowledge@Wharton | knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu Apr 10, 2002: “'ICANN has become a real cesspool,' said Dyson."
- Esther Dyson Told ICANN new gTLDs were a mistake in 2011 (video) | DomainMondo.com--"The thing is, we are not running out of domains. This is a “way for registries and registrars to make money,” says Dyson. She also points out that “there are huge trademark issues. I just think it is offensive. If I own a trademark, now I have to go register it on 2,800 domains. It will create a lot of litigation.”
- Testimony of Esther Dyson (pdf)--Hearing on ICANN's Expansion of Top Level Domains, 8 December 2011, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation.
- ICANN's Boondoggle | MIT Technology Review, August 21, 2012: ".... a financial conflict of interest that continues to this day: ICANN subsists on the very industry it purports to govern. [Esther] Dyson says she “lost any faith, over time,” in ICANN’s ability to regulate the domain-name business."
- August 10, 2016, Letter (pdf) signed by Esther Dyson (and others) opposing the IANA transition.
NASDAQ: VRSN) Stops ICANN From Breaking the Internet--KSK Rollover Postponed | ICANN.org 27 Sep 2017: "... The changing or "rolling" of the KSK Key was originally scheduled to occur on 11 October, but it is being delayed because some recently obtained data [Verisign data via RFC 8145] shows that a significant number of resolvers used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Network Operators are not yet ready for the Key Rollover ... ICANN will provide additional information as it becomes available and the new Key Roll date will be announced as appropriate ..."--ICANN.org: "an estimated one-in-four global Internet users, or 750 million people, could be affected by the KSK rollover." (emphasis added).
b. ICANN UASG report (pdf): new gTLDs FAIL at Email
new gTLDs FAIL at email in 2017 just like in 2003. No wonder some have accused ICANN of consumer fraud and gross negligence in delegating over 1200 new gTLDs into the internet root--without any warnings to consumers--knowing registrants and end users would find the new gTLDs' domain names were "failing to work as expected on the Internet."
|New generic top-level domains (new gTLDs) FAIL to work as expected on the internet|
graphic source: ICANN UASG report (pdf) p.5
"Those that cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
c. The ICANN community is failing its customers [Domain Name Registrants] | OpenSRS.com 26 September 2017: ".... This example doesn’t just illustrate how the ICANN organization is failing in its duty to reasonably enforce policy; it makes clear the fact that the entire ICANN community, as the body responsible for creating policy, is failing domain name registrants – the very group of people that ICANN, and all of us in this industry, are intended to serve. ICANN’s policy development process is obviously broken. It’s equally obvious that the ICANN community’s approach to fixing it must be grounded in a solid understanding of their customers’ needs and a commitment to better registrant-experience. We need to refocus our efforts on creating policy that protects registrants, without creating unintended loopholes and dead-ends. Until then, all we can do is wish best of luck to our customers in India and elsewhere in the world."
d. ICANN Webinar: Data Protection/Privacy Activities | ICANN.org: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) webinar to discuss data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
Date & Time: 4 October 2017, 1400 – 1500 UTC (time convert) 10am EDT.
Join via Adobe Connect.
Send dial-in requests to gdpr-questions@ icann.org; Dial-in Information here.
Participant Codes: English – Participant Code: 9001; Français – Participant Code: 9002; Español – Participant Code: 9003; 中文 – Participant Code: 9004; Pусский – Participant Code: 9005; العربية – Participant Code: 9006; Português – Participant Code: 9007.
e. New gTLD .AMAZON battle rejoined--Adopted Board Resolutions | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board | ICANN.org: "...Resolved (2017.09.23.17), further consideration is needed regarding the Panel's non-binding recommendation that the Board "promptly re-evaluate Amazon's applications" and "make an objective and independent judgment regarding whether there are, in fact, well-founded, merits-based public policy reasons for denying Amazon's applications. Resolved (2017.09.23.18), the Board asks the Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) to review and consider the Panel's recommendation that the Board "promptly re-evaluate Amazon's applications" and "make an objective and independent judgment regarding whether there are, in fact, well-founded, merits-based public policy reasons for denying Amazon's applications," and to provide options for the Board to consider in addressing the Panel's recommendation." (emphasis added)
f. Creating Content Governance and Rebuilding the Infrastructure of ICANN’s Public Sites | ICANN.org: "It probably comes as no surprise to many of you who use www.icann.org that our content can be difficult to find. It's an issue we have grappled with for a long time that needs a permanent fix. On 23 September 2017, at the ICANN Board meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Board approved the Information Transparency Initiative to address this and other problems ... One of the primary objectives of this initiative is to improve the findability of ICANN's public content in all six U.N. languages"--see also Adopted Board Resolutions | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board | ICANN.org: "... Resolutions 2017.09.23.10 –2017.09.23.11 Valuable ICANN information has accumulated in thousands of pieces of unstructured public content spread across 38 different public ICANN and SO/AC sites. This content continues to grow at rates of 25-30% per year. The ICANN organization currently surfaces this content through multiple, unconnected platforms with differing foundational technologies that are non-scalable, may be vulnerable, and are no longer fit for purpose."
g. This Is No Joke: Request for Proposal: gTLD Marketplace Health Index Assessment | ICANN.org: "Indications of interest are to be received by emailing gTLDMktHealthIndexAssessment-rfp @ icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 30 October 2017 using ICANN's sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above." More information at the link above.
h. Internet Service Provider and Connectivity Providers Constituency (ISPCP) Comments on the ICANN Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs (SADAG) Report (pdf): "... While the SADAG report is a robust and ambitious analysis of abuse within the DNS, and the constituents of the ISPCP appreciate the time and effort put into the study, it is evident that the study requires either a second phase, additional source material, or a revised analysis, specifically: • It is mentioned only in passing that abuse and price are correlated, for example. Prices from 50 cents to 1 dollar (U.S.) are tied to abusive registrations. However, this ignores mentioning that the .top [new] gTLD is offered at 10 cents per domain for multiple registrars. Given the evidence that price and abuse are tied together, this would require further exploration. • As speculation and defensive registrations dominate the growth of registrations in the DNS and there are new gTLDs and registrars where there are greater than 50% abusive registrations, including one registrar where 90% of the domains are reported as abusive, then an analysis of this registrar’s attraction is required ... is this a deliberate business strategy? ..."(emphasis added)--read the other comments here.
i. Cherine Chalaby will be the next Chair of the ICANN Board and Chris Disspain the next Vice-Chair--Chairman’s Blog: The Montevideo Workshop Wrap-Up | ICANN.org 26 Sep 2017.
j. Registry Resources | ICANN.org--Naming Services portal--"The Naming Services portal replaces the Global Domain [sic] Division (GDD) and New gTLD Applicant portals. This portal will streamline the way registry operators conduct business with the ICANN organization." [Editor's note: anything that "replaces the Global Domain [sic] Division (GDD)" has to be an improvement.]
k. ICANN Public Comment Periods Closing in October | ICANN.org:
- Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023 closes 2 Oct 2017 23:59 UTC
- Proposed Renewal of .MUSEUM Sponsored Registry Agreement closes 3 Oct 2017 23:59 UTC
- Proposed Changes to the NCUC Charter closes 3 Oct 2017 23:59 UTC
3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
- Was the $41.5 million price tag for .Shop domains worth it? | OnlineDomain.com--New gTLD Buyer's Remorse.
- US Court Orders Dozens of "Pirate" Site Domain Seizures | TorrentFreak.com: "The order was signed exactly one day after the complaint was filed, in what appears to be a streamlined process."
- US DOJ Antitrust Division: U.S. Senate confirmed Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, who previously worked in Trump’s White House counsel’s office, by a wide margin, 73-21 vote on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.--TheHill.com
- China’s New Domain Name Rules: The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT“) issued the final version of the Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names on 24 Aug 2017. The new Rules become effective 1 Nov 2017. The final rules delete the controversial Article 37 which required any domain name whose website is hosted in China must be registered with a Chinese domain name registrar.--Lexology.com
- New .ie domain liberalisation proposal | IrishTechNews.ie: The proposal would "drop the need to prove a valid claim to the name. If the policy change is approved, any individual or business with a provable connection to Ireland will be able to register a .ie domain name on a first-come, first-served basis."
• China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship | NYTimes.com (this follows China's mid-July crackdown on WhatsApp video chats, multimedia messages).
• Wireless phone market in U.S. competitive with just 3 or 4 providers--The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a report on Tuesday that says there is effective competition in the mobile wireless industry, though the number of major service providers may drop from four to three (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile-Sprint)--TheHill.com.
• EU wants tech firms to police the Internet | euobserver.com: "the move - a non-binding recommendation issued on Thursday (28 September) - has attracted criticism from pro-free speech defenders, who question the role of companies in policing online content given the diverging laws throughout member states ... [but] the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights clarifies free speech to include the right to offend, to shock, to disturb the state or any part of the population."
• Turkey Opens a New Page for Monitoring E-Commerce Activities by Introducing the Electronic Commerce Information System | Lexology.com
• Tech giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce pledged $50 million each to U.S. President Trump's STEM education initiative--TheHill.com
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