Archive for the ‘GNSO’ Category

What ICANN is doing wrong

A couple of recent articles have caught my attention because they offer scathing criticism of ICANN.
The first is a long and convoluted article by Kieren McCarthy on the .JOBS debacle. Kieren has basically written a feature that only a seasoned I…

ICANN’s final preparations for new gTLDs

I think it’s fair to say that ICANN is in a state of near meltdown at the moment. With less than a week to go before the new gTLD program’s first application window is opened, on Thursday January 12, 2012, the amount of work being done is mind-ben…

US government shows perfect understanding of Internet governance

Laurence Strickling, US Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and the NTIA’s (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) Administrator has sent a letter to ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker on the new gTLD program.
Th…

Pressure mounts on new gTLDs

Yesterday evening, the GNSO held its last teleconference of the year. We had invited ICANN’s new gTLD supremo Kurt Pritz to give an update on the recent US Congress hearings.
Kurt was ICANN’s spokesperson in both hearings, and felt that the first …

New ICANN CEO candidate profile

ICANN’s search for a replacement for current CEO Rod Beckstrom, who’s contract ends in July 2011, continues. The organization has published a profile for potential candidates.
So if you’re interested, read the candidate profile here, and learn mor…

Needy applicants to pay USD 47,000 for new gTLDs

As part of its drive to open up its new gTLD program to potential applicants that do not have the financial resources to fulfil the full program requirements, ICANN is reducing the fees from USD 185,000 to USD 47,000. A 76% rebate!
But before appl…

ICANN playing ostrich

Does ICANN have its head stuck in the sand on new gTLDs? The campaign against the Internet governance organisation has been building up in the past few months, with public protests from entities like the American national advertisers’ association …