News Review: US Gov NTIA Rebukes ICANN Board; IGF 2017 Dec 17-21

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-12-17) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) a. US Gov NTIA Rebukes ICANN Board, 1) b. Internet Governance Forum IGF 2017 Dec 17-21, 2) ICANN news: a. VeriSign o.com cleared for auction, b. ICANN Board Conflicts of Interest, c. Self-Serving CPE Review, and more, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: .com, ccTLD .au, GoDaddy, China, 4) ICYMI: Censorship, Net Neutrality, 5) Most Read.
1) a. US Gov NTIA Rebukes ICANN Board of Directors over its interference with SSR2:
There's no way to sugarcoat this--Larry Strickling is gone, Trump's pick, David Redl, is in charge--his letter to Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chairman (pdf) embed below (highlighting added):

For background read on Domain Mondo:
Present status of SSR2 Review Team work? Still SUSPENDED (another team member just quit) (source: SSR2 mail list).

[Editor's note: I don't think the ICANN Board actually intended to sabotage the Security and Stability Review (SSR2) by taking the unilateral (and unprecedented) action of  suspending the SSR2 Review Team's (SSR2-RT) work, but the effect may have been the same, with the suspension now approaching two months in duration (since Oct 28). Nor is it clear what, if anything, the acquiescing AC/SOs' "leadership" is doing to re-start the review. I wouldn't be surprised if more members of the Review Team resign before the end of the month. They were clearly trying to do a thorough, conscientious job, for the global internet community, before being undercut by the ICANN Board and AC/SOs leadership. I, like many others, still do not really understand why anyone was feeling so threatened by the SSR2 Review Team work plan, particularly compared to all of the obviously dysfunctional and incompetent ICANN Working Groups and Review Teams whose work ICANN regularly funds, accepts, and implements.]

1) b. Internet Governance Forum, IGF 2017, Geneva, Dec 17-21
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IGF 2017 | Geneva 17-21 Dec 2017 | Internet Governance Forum

(2) IGF 2017 day 2 session: “ICANN – Looking ahead: Challenges and Opportunities”

Internet Governance Forum 2017 (IGF 2017) video above streamed LIVE on Dec 19, 2017 (session starts at 12:42).

Domain: intgovforum.org  | Host: igf2017.swiss |  @intgovforum |  #IGF2017 | youtube.com
Local Time Geneva 
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a global multistakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet.

Full Schedule: https://igf2017.intgovforum.org/  (note: 'day zero' is Dec 17);
ICANN to Participate at the 12th Internet Governance Forum 2017 in Switzerland | ICANN.org: Below are the main ICANN sessions at the IGF 2017 (Date Time Title):
  • 19 December 16:10–17:10 [10:10-11:10 ET] ICANN Open Forum “ICANN – Looking ahead: - Challenges and Opportunities” (OF50): "This Open and Interactive Session will consider a range of areas ICANN is addressing including ongoing accountability work; the work of the Community in preparing for a potential new application process for gTLDs; the on-going work with respect to emerging Data Protection (DP) and privacy developments including the implementation of new DP legislation in Europe (GDPR) ..." Scheduled speakers include ICANN President & CEO Goran Marby and the ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby.
For background on IGF, read from Samantha G. Dickinson's LinguaSynaptica.com:
[Editor's note: "nobody" except Fadi Chehade, who wasted much of his (and ICANN staff) time, and ICANN's money, on this out-of-scope, not-within-ICANN's-remit project that the inept ICANN Board of Directors should have never funded.]

2) ICANN news
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a. VeriSign o.com proposal (pdf) cleared for auction:

For more information see Proposal 2017038 from Verisign on this "buried" ICANN.org webpage.

b. ICANN Board Members' Conflicts of Interest ICANN.org: ICANN Officers and Board Members Statements of Interest Summary relating to ICANN matters Dec 13, 2017. [Editor's note: for background read News Review Nov 26, 2017 | ICANN Board Executive Committee, Conflicts of Interest | DomainMondo.com]

c. Self-Serving:
 ICANN Organization Publishes Reports on the Review of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Process | ICANN.org: "The findings will be considered by the Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) when the BAMC reviews the remaining pending Reconsideration Requests as part of the Reconsideration process."

d. Almost Totally Useless: ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index | ICANN.org: "statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs)." [Editor's note: the word "robust" should be banned from use by anyone at ICANN.]

e. GDPR Data Protection & Privacy Update: ICANN org published info on how to submit a proposed model for providing registration directory services and meeting other data retention requirements while remaining compliant with EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

f. Overstaffed & Overpaid: ICANN Management Organization Chart | ICANN.org: 01 Dec 2017 management-org-01dec17-en.pdf (pdf 1.92MB)

g. ICANN.org announced that Kim Davies, Director of Technical Services, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has been appointed to the position of Vice President, IANA Services and President, PTI.

h. is for holiday--ICANN Holiday Closure Schedule | ICANN.org--"... all ICANN offices will be closed as of 20:00 UTC on Friday 22 December, and will re-open on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. During this time, the processing of New gTLD Applications and service requests for gTLD Registries and Registrars will be suspended ..."

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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• Domain Names: 
"Always prefer .com, unless you are going for a country-specific site like selling products only in India (.in) ... So, if you cannot find .com and you are being offered a different extension .org, .in, .net, etc., then change the name and start the search again."--techfactslive.com.
• ccTLD .auReview of Australia’s .au domain management | gov.au: consultation period ends December 18, 2017 17:00 AEDT.

• GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY): Capital International Investors disclosed on December 8, 2017 a 10.9% stake in the world's largest domain name registrar GoDaddy.

China Watch: Impact Of Amended Anti-Unfair Competition Law On Advertising And Marketing In China | Mondaq.com

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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• Censorship, Internet Freedom:
• Net Neutrality:

5) Five Most Read Posts this past week (page views Sun-Sat) on DomainMondo.com: 
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