[news release] Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the Phase 2A EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team. Phase 2A Team was tasked to address the following two topics: 1) the differentiation of legal vs. natural persons’ registration data and 2) the feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address.
[news release] The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) welcomes anyone to join as a participant or an observer.
ICANN Tuesday announced the ICANN71 Prep Week schedule of ten sessions to prepare the ICANN community for the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum taking place from 14 to 17 June.
Russia’s campaign to control the Internet isn’t just a secret intelligence gambit any longer. It’s an explicit goal, proclaimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a key element of the Kremlin’s foreign policy.
[news release] ICANN org’s Planning and Finance teams will be hosting a webinar on 27 April 2021 at 15:00 UTC to discuss prioritizing ICANN’s work and the proposed Supplemental Fund for Implementation of Community Recommendations.
[news release] ICANN Monday announced that applications for the NextGen@ICANN program at ICANN72 are now being accepted.
Ethos Capital announced Thursday it has completed an investment to acquire a controlling interest of Donuts Inc. from Abry Partners. Based in Seattle, Washington, Donuts holds the world’s largest portfolio of top-level domains with 260 new gTLDs as well as providing registry services for a number of other top-level domains (both gTLDs and ccTLDs) through both its Donuts and Afilias brands.
China’s top diplomat had an interesting rejoinder to Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call in Anchorage this month to “strengthen the rules-based international order.” Such an order already exists, answered Politburo member Yang Jiechi. It’s called the United Nations.
Nominations are open for the ICANN Community Excellence Award and are closing soon. ICANN reminded the community this week the nomination period will close on 29 March 2021. Winner(s) will be announced at the ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum, scheduled for 14-17 June 2021.
Another in-person ICANN meeting has bitten the dust with the coordinator of the internet’s naming system announcing last week ICANN71 will be held as a Virtual Public Meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICANN71 Policy Forum was scheduled to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, from 14-17 June 2021 and will be the fifth ICANN meeting in a row to be held virtually.