News Review 1) ICANN64 Kobe, March 9-14, 2) .AFRICA Litigation Update

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-03-10) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) ICANN64, Kobe, Japan, March 9-14, 2) Other ICANN news: a. .AFRICA Litigation UPDATE, b. ICANN's 'BIG Money Grab' UPDATE, and more, 3) a. ccTLD .IO, b. New gTLDs + 5 Years, 4) ICYMI: VPNs, Data Brokers, Identity Theft, Internet Tax, 5) Most Read.

1) ICANN64, Kobe, Japan, March 9-14

UPDATE: LIVE ICANN64 videos embed below and here starting 13 March 2019, 7:30 pm EDT (US) which is 8:30 am March 14 in Kobe.

EPDP Team Meeting (4 of 4) 8:30 - 10:15, Thu, Mar 14, 2019 / 7:30pm EDT, March 13 (US).
 EPDP meeting (4of4)
 Agenda: Review of draft work plan and approach coming out of Saturday’s session. Consider further input that may have been gathered throughout the week, including Council input from weekend sessions as well as engagement session with TSG. Confirm next steps and next meeting Adobe Connect link, slides (pdf), mind map (pdf), wiki, and mail list.

LIVE (and replay) ICANN64 videos from Kobe, Japan:

ICANN Board Session on Governance

Q&A with ICANN Organization Executive Team

ICANN Public Forum 2

ICANN Board Meeting

Replay ICANN64 videos:
ICANN64 9-14 March 2019, Kobe, Japan: ICANN64 Schedule.
Date and time in Kobe, Japan:
Schedule Highlights (Sunday-Thursday) all times JST:
More info: last week's News ReviewEPDP at Kobe (chart), agenda, chart of EPDP meetings 2, 3, 4, at ICANN64.
Meeting resources:

2) Other ICANN News
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a. New gTLD .AFRICA Litigation UPDATE
Future Hearings:
  • 04/04/2019 at 08:30 AM in Department 53 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Trial Setting Conference
  • 04/04/2019 at 08:30 AM in Department 53 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Non-Jury Trial

b. ICANN's 'BIG Money Grab' UPDATE: Legal and Fiduciary Constraints Related Materials including Updated Memo (pdf) embed below, from: Xavier Calvez, Chief Financial Officer and Samantha Eisner, Associate General Counsel, ICANN, re: Proceeds from ICANN's 'Last Resort' Auctions of new gTLDs:

Background: News Review | Greed is Good? ICANN Auctions & The Big 'Money Grab'

c. ICANN Correspondence:

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. ccTLD .IO re: ICJ Advisory Opinion (pdf)
b. New gTLDs + 5 Years
  • New TLDs five years in | DomainNameWire.com--"Registration numbers for new TLDs have not met expectations for just about anyone who put money into it. That includes the many registries that spent millions acquiring strings as well as ICANN."--Andrew Allemann. Editor's note: don't miss the comments, e.g., "5 years of orchestrated hype and fake demand are coming to an end. Result: enormous damage to the industry as a whole, and a confused consumer base."
  • BREAKING: .Boston Has Dropped into the Sea! Biggest nGTLD Collapse!​ | ricksblog.com--The real collapse has yet to come. Stay tuned as the black hole of domaining continues to dominate [new] GTLDs--Rick Schwartz. 

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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Do You Trust Your VPN? Are You Sure?--slate.com: "Many VPNs appear to be outright scams ... they can see what you’re up to whenever you’re using the internet." 

The Data Brokers who are quietly buying and selling your personal information--fastcompany.com. See also: Warning: Your Identity Will Be Stolen--zerohedge.com

French tax on internet giants could yield 500 million euros per year--reuters.comGoogle, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (“GAFA”) but also Uber, Airbnb, Booking and even French online advertising specialist Criteo are targets.

5) Most Read this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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