2019-05-19

News Review | Afilias vs ICANN, IRP UPDATE re: new gTLD .WEB

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-05-19) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) Afilias vs ICANN, IRP UPDATE re: new gTLD .WEB,  2) a. Dying Domains - CENTRstats, b. Type-in Traffic? c.Domain Parking?  d..AMAZON, 3) ICYMI: ANTITRUST; 4) Other ICANN News: a. SSAC on WHOIS; b. ICANN GNSO EPDP meeting May 23, 14:00 UTC c. New Reg Data Policy; 5)Most Read.

1) Afilias vs ICANN, IRP UPDATE re: new gTLD .WEB 
Afilias Domains No. 3 Limited vs ICANN re: new gTLD .WEB -- Editor's note: another 'document dump' (with redactions) posted by ICANN.org:

Declaration of Procedures Officer 28 February 2019:

Request for New Procedures Officer  8 March – 9 April 2019:

Amended Request for Independent Review Process 21 March 2019--Editor's note: "DAA" refers to NDC’s Domain Acquisition Agreement with VeriSign. 

Relief requested (p.25):
Editor's note: short on time? Read the Amended IRP Request, Zittrain and Sadowsky, skip the rest.

See also:

2) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q1/2019: Download here; interactive online version of the report here. Highlights from the report:
  • The global TLD market is estimated at around 351 million domains [domain name registrations] across 1486 recorded TLDs. Total gTLD domain name registrations are 194 million of which 71% are under .COM.
  • The median domain growth of all TLDs has hit a record low of 3.4% year over year;
  • Only .COM is growing among the top 4 gTLDs -- the annual rates of +growth or -decline are as follows:  .com +5.2%.net -4.5%.org -1.9%.info - 24.2%.
  • As noted above, 71% of all gTLDs' domain name registrations are under .COM, which is also the world's largest TLD, with a 40% market share among all top-level domains (TLDs = ccTLDs + gTLDs);
  • 267 ccTLDs have a combined market share of 45% among all TLDs.
  • New gTLDs, "which include well over 1000 TLDs, have a little under 10% of the market and show no immediate sign of increasing that"... "gTLDs will face challenges in the coming months given other registration trends such as a declining create ratio, an increasing delete ratio and a relatively low renewal rate median of 64%."
Editor's note: the data and statistics compiled and reported by CENTR, an association of European ccTLD registries, is vastly superior to anything ever produced by incompetent ICANN.  Unlike ICANN, CENTR properly defines "registrant" [not "Registered Name Holder"]:
Registrant – "The individual or organisation that registers a specific domain name. A registrant holds the right to use that domain name for a specified period of time."
One possible future option for the global internet community is to have the world's ccTLDs run the IANA functions in view of the dysfunction at ICANN and its continuing debasement of the world's gTLDs.

b. Type-in Traffic? Chrome browser users who type characters into the address bar may notice the Google Chrome Browser prioritizes Google's search page over the intended destination (URL or  domain name)--ghacks.net. Example below:
Note: top line above is the user's entry into the Chrome address bar
c. Domain Parking? Multi-Million Dollar Domain Portfolio Owner says “Don’t Bother”--strategicrevenue.com. Editor's note: the Google & Facebook duopoly killed the advertising model.

d. .BRAND new gTLD .AMAZON:
On 15 May 2019,  the ICANN Board took action in accordance with the process established in the ICANN Board resolution adopted 10 March 2019, and in recognition of all input received, directing ICANN org to continue processing the .AMAZON applications toward delegation. The next step in the process is publication of the Public Interest Commitments (PICs), proposed by the the applicant, for a 30-day public comment period, per the established procedures of the New gTLD program. See 17 May 2019 Letter from ICANN CEO Göran Marby to Amb. Alexandra Moreira Lopez re: new gTLD .AMAZON.

3) ICYMI Internet Domain News: Antitrust
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ANTITRUST: U.S. Supreme Court dealt Apple major setback in App Store antitrust case--the iPhone users argued that Apple’s 30% commission on sales through the App Store is an unfair use of monopoly power resulting in inflated prices passed on to consumers. Apple unsuccessfully argued that only app developers, not users, should be able to bring such a lawsuit. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the 5-4 majority opinion, joined in by the high court’s liberal justices. See also:
  • A New Google Antitrust Probe Could Spell Trouble for Its Auto Domination Plans--fortune.com.
  • ISP Antitrust: "Don’t Let California’s Legislature Extend Broadband Monopolies for Comcast and AT&T"--eff.org.
Editor's note: ICANN and its gTLD Registry Operators Next?

4) Other ICANN News
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a.  ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
SSAC 3 May 2019 letter to ICANN (pdf) excerpt: "WHOIS query statistics provided to ICANN by [gTLD] registry operators as part of their monthly reporting obligations are generally not reliable." (emphasis added).

b. ICANN GNSO EPDP Next Meeting May 23, 14:00 UTC (agenda, etc. at the link).
UPDATE: for the May 23rd meeting, see: Revised Draft Approach (pdf); RySG members feedback on proposed approach; comment of Alan Woods on access vs disclosure; comment of Milton Mueller on collaborating with ICANN Org, and his access/disclosure comment.

See also:
EPDP meeting recordings and transcripts (when available) are posted on the GNSO calendar. EPDP Links: wikipublic mail listGNSO mail list. See last week's News Review for more info, including the ICANN Board's rejection of two EPDP Phase 1 recommendations.

c. ICANN gTLD Registries and Registrars Required to Implement New Interim Registration Data Policy by 20 May 2019--ICANN.org.

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