News Review | ICANN62 Panama City, Policy Forum, 25-28 Jun 2018

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-06-24) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) ICANN62 Panama City, Policy Forum, 25-28 Jun 2018, 2)Other ICANN news: a. UPDATE ICANN v. EPAG (Tucows), b.ICANN Handbook for Registry Operators, c. ICANN FY17 Revenue Sources, and more, 3) Names, Domains & TMs: MMX + XXX et al, and more, 4) ICYMI, 5) Most Read.

1) ICANN62 | Panama City | Policy Forum 25-28 Jun 2018
Twitter hashtag #ICANN62  | Time in Panama
ICANN62 schedule (subject to change), schedule times are local Panama (24-hour clock)--highlighted sessions below mostly about GDPR / WHOIS and the upcoming EPDP (Expedited Policy Development Process):



     See graphic below from the GNSO pre-ICANN62 webinar on June 18:
    For more background info see last week's News Review 2)c. ICANN WHOIS & GDPR: EPDP (Expedited Policy Development Process).

    See also:
    ICANN Meeting & Media Resources:

    2) Other ICANN news
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    a. UPDATE: ICANN v. EPAG Domainservices, GmbH (Tucows)--18 June 2018 Letter from Regional Court of Bonn asking EPAG to comment on ICANN's Immediate Appeal (attaching ICANN's Immediate Appeal papers) (in German) [PDF, 444 KB]--English translation:
    Above: English Translation of Letter from Regional Court of Bonn asking EPAG to comment on ICANN's Immediate Appeal (attaching ICANN's Immediate Appeal papers) [PDF, 93 KB] (Unofficial; provided for information purposes only--personal identifiable information has been redacted by ICANN).  ICANN published the above on its website June 22 (UTC) and announced:
    "On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court's initial decision to reject ICANN's application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought a court order requiring EPAG to reinstate collection of administrative and technical contact data for new domain name registrations. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Regional Court has the option to re-evaluate its decision that is being appealed, or affirm its decision and immediately forward the matter to the Higher Regional Court for consideration of the appeal. In this instance, the Regional Court has decided to revisit its initial decision and has asked EPAG to comment on ICANN's appellate papers within two weeks."
    More background information at News Review | GDPR Effect: ICANN Sues German Domain Name Registrar.

    b. ICANN Global Domains Division (GDD) General Operations Handbook for Registry Operators 01 Jun 2018 | ICANN.org (pdf) [540 KB] Version 1.0:
    Full embed below:
    See also Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) Request (pdf).

    c. ICANN FY17 Revenue Sources--didp-20180326-1-bopanna-response-01jun18-en.pdf [602 KB] embed below [Editor's note: almost half comes from Verisign + GoDaddy]:

    d. SSAC [Security and Stability Advisory Committee] Bios and Disclosures of Interest 15 June 2018 | ICANN.org.

    e. ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews | ICANN.org 19 June 2018.

    f. CEP and IRP Status Update 20 June 2018 irp-cep-status-20jun18-en.pdf [122 KB].

    3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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    a. Minds + Machines Group Limited ("MMX") (AIM: MMX) (domain: mmx.co), registry operator  of new generic Top-Level Domains ("new gTLDs"), announced approval from ICANN allowing the acquisition of ICM Registry LLC (domain: icmregistry.com) which operates 4 gTLDs: .XXX, .SEX, .PORN, .ADULT, which will be added to the MMX portfolio. More info here.

    b. Domain name registrar Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WEB), including its affiliate registrars Network Solutions and Register.com, announced a pending all cash sale of itself for $1.24B to a private-equity affiliate of Siris Capital (siris.com), shortly after activist investor Starboard Value LP reported a 9.4% stake in Web.com. Under the terms of the pending deal, the Siris affiliate will acquire all of Web.com’s outstanding common stock for $25 per share in cash. More information here.

    c.  GDPR & WHOIS: OpenSRS’ Tiered Access Directory (Gated Whois) | OpenSRS.com.

    d. Domain Name Registrars Scam: The Federal Court in Australia has ordered that domain name registrars Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd (also trading as Domain Name Register) pay combined penalties of $1.95 million for breaching the Australian Consumer Law--accc.gov.au, 15 June 2018.

    eDomain Registry Operators and Registrars: Notices of Breach, Suspension, Termination and Non-Renewal | ICANN.org (2013-2018).

    4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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    Must-Read: The Failure of Internet Freedom by Jack Goldsmith (pdf) and The De-Americanization of Internet Freedom | Lawfareblog.com.

    GDPR emails going unopened | cnbc.com: "The GDPR requires companies to send emails to people on their mailing list who have never bought anything, asking permission to keep emailing them. Most Americans are not opening those emails, and some are using them to unsubscribe. As a result, some email marketers stand to lose 80 percent of their marketing lists -- or face huge fines from the EU if they keep trying to email these people without permission."

    5) Four Most Read Posts this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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    -- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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