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ICANN Board Appoints New GNSO Council Members

ICANN logoAt its 30 September Board meeting, the ICANN Board of Directors appointed three individuals to serve as Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) representatives on the new Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council:

  • Mohammed Rafik Dammak – Tunisia
  • Rosemary Sinclair – Australia
  • Debra Hughes – United States

The Board’s Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) considered applications from a talented and diverse group of volunteers, conducted extensive due diligence, carefully reviewed the applicants, and recommended to the full Board the slate of three candidates to serve on the GNSO Council for the next two years. Under the terms of the NCSG transitional charter approved by the Board on 30 July 2009, three of the six NCSG representatives on the new GNSO Council were to be selected/appointed by the Board of Directors.  The newly structured GNSO Council will hold its first meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 28 October 2009.

The three individuals were recommended by the SIC based on the combination of their skills, experience, background, knowledge, passion and ability to help build non-commercial participation and contribute to the work of the GNSO. The committee paid particular attention to the candidates’ ability to contribute to diversity of geographic representation on the Council.

Collectively, the appointees bring a wide range of skills and experience to the new Council. Mr. Dammak is a research student in Interdisciplinary Information Studies at Sakamura Laboratory, University of Tokyo where he is conducting research on ubiquitous computing. He is an active participant in IETF, IGF, the Creative Commons community and several ICANN projects that have served to focus his attention on technology, IDNs and community participation matters. His work in the IGF has been directed towards issues involving public participation capabilities and he has many productive relationships throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Ms. Hughes is currently Senior Counsel for the American Red Cross (ARC), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, where she advises the organization on various matters related to consumer privacy and consumer protection. She also works closely with the ARC’s information technology and information security teams to manage on-line matters and other Internet issues and she has broad career experience serving non-profit organizations.

Ms. Sinclair is the Chair of the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG) and Managing Director of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG). She is a member of the group responsible for recently creating the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and has committed much of her recent efforts to high-speed broadband deployment in Australia and in other parts of the Asia/Pacific region.

The ICANN Board has approved a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve the structure and operations of the GNSO. At its core, the objective of the GNSO review process has been to identify ways to improve the inclusiveness and representativeness of the GNSO’s work while increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the policy development process. The restructuring of the GNSO Council is only one of several major components of the independent review/restructuring effort.

This improvement effort is part of ICANN’s own ongoing commitment to evolve and improve all of its activities, and follows extensive independent review efforts and extensive public consultation.

A preliminary report from the 30 September Board meeting can be found here –icann.org/en/minutes/.

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ICANN: Expressions of Interest Sought for Bulk Transfer of Registrations

ICANN logoAs the result of the Notice of Non-Renewal issued on October 9, 2009 to registrar Mouzz Interactive, Inc. (IANA ID 827), ICANN is seeking expressions of interest from ICANN-accredited registrars that might wish to assume sponsorship of the gTLD names that were previously managed by this registrar. This request for expressions of interest is made pursuant to the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure posted at icann.org/processes/registrars/de-accredited-registrar-transition-procedure-01oct08.pdf [PDF, 119K].

The registrar subject to non-renewal of accreditation managed approximately 800 to 1,000 registrations in com, info, org and net. Escrowed registration data is available in the form of csv files.

ICANN-accredited registrars who wish to be considered as potential recipients of the bulk transfer should be in good standing with regard to all ICANN-obligations and submit an Expression of Interest, using the form available at icann.org/en/processes/registrars/eoi-bulk-transfer-mouzz-12oct09-en.doc [DOC, 37K], by no later than 23:00 UTC on Monday, 19 October 2009.

ICANN reserves the right to entertain any or none of the statements of interest submitted in response to this request and to select or approve a bulk-transfer recipient outside this process.

Registrar questions and submissions should be submitted by email to RegTransition@icann.org Customers of the de-accredited registrars should refer to ICANN’s posted registrant FAQs.

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ICANN: Bulk Transfer of Red Register Domains to DirectNIC

ICANN logoICANN has authorized a bulk transfer of registrar Red Register Inc.’s domain names to DirectNIC Ltd., due to the de-accreditation of Red Register Inc.

The affected gTLD registries have taken steps to effect bulk transfers of Red Register’s names.

Former registrant-customers of Red Register should soon receive notices of the transfer from DirectNIC. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to DirectNIC at:

Telephone: +1-504-679-5170

Email: redregister@directnic.com

Web: www.directnic.com/

Additional information about this bulk transfer of Red Register’s domain names is provided below.


Q.Why was this transfer authorized by ICANN?

A.Red Register’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) was terminated by ICANN because of Red Register’s failure to comply with the requirements of the RAA. (The notice of termination is posted at icann.org/correspondence/burnette-to-sundin-11sep09-en.pdf.) As a result, Red Register is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations.

Q.How was the gaining registrar selected?

A.In accordance with ICANN’s De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see icann.org/en/processes/registrars/de-accredited-registrar-transition-procedure-01oct08.pdf), on 16 September 2009, ICANN initiated a Request for Expressions of Interest to identify an ICANN-accredited registrar to manage the registrations formerly managed by Red Register. ICANN received 15 statements of interest from registrars in response to the RFI. Through the procedure, ICANN selected DirectNIC Ltd. to receive the bulk transfer from Red Register.

Q.Will DirectNIC attempt to contact the affected registrants? What should current/former Red Register customers do?

A.Former customers of Red Register should receive a notice of the transfer and instructions for continued management of their names from DirectNIC. Affected customers who do not receive notices from DirectNIC should contact DirectNIC directly, at:

Telephone: +1-504-679-5170

Email: redregister@directnic.com

Web: www.directnic.com/

Q.Do registrants have to pay a fee for the bulk transfer?

A.No, there is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer. Unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, the registration terms will not be extended by a year. Accordingly, it is important to contact DirectNIC if your registration will expire soon in order to maintain your registration.

Q.Why do former Red Register customers need to contact DirectNIC?

A.Red Register did not forward billing information to DirectNIC. Accordingly, all registrants must provide updated billing information or transfer their names to other registrars.

Q.What if former DirectNIC customers want to use a different registrar?

A.Registrants will continue to be able to transfer their registrations to other registrars under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (see icann.org/en/transfers/). Note that DirectNIC may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer, at DirectNIC’s discretion. This 60-day period is permissible under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, and is intended to help protect registrants. Names that will expire during the first 60 days following the transfer to DirectNIC should be renewed by the registrant by contacting DirectNIC at:

Telephone: +1-504-679-5170

Email: redregister@directnic.com

Web: www.directnic.com/

Q.How will Red Register customers know if a message purportedly from DirectNIC is legitimate?

A.The message from DirectNIC should direct you to their website hosted at www.directnic.com/ or refer you to other contact information provided above. If you believe a message purportedly from DirectNIC is not legitimate, you should navigate to their web page directly, at www.directnic.com/. For general advice about avoiding phishing email messages, you may also wish to refer to the materials prepared by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (see www.antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html).

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ICANN Advisory: Availability of Bulk Transfers in Individual gTLDs

ICANN logoICANN-accredited registrars are advised that Part B of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (“Transfer Policy”) permits ICANN to approve a bulk transfer of all of a registrar’s names in a particular gTLD without requiring simultaneous transfer of its names in other gTLDs.

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part A Policy Development Process Working Group noted in its Final Report to the Generic Names Supporting Organization that some confusion may exist about the availability of “partial bulk transfers,” where a registrar might wish to transfer all of its domain names in only one particular gTLD to another ICANN-accredited registrar. This advisory is intended to clarify that Part B of the Transfer Policy does permit ICANN to approve a bulk transfer of all of a registrar’s names in a particular gTLD without requiring simultaneous transfer of its names in other gTLDs.

Part B of the Transfer Policy (ICANN-Approved Transfers) makes available a bulk transfer of gTLD names between registrars “as the result of (i) acquisition of that Registrar or its assets by another Registrar, or (ii) lack of accreditation of that Registrar or lack of its authorization with the Registry Operator” where (a) the gaining registrar to the transfer is accredited by ICANN and has in effect a registry-registrar agreement with the registry operator for the affected TLD(s) and (b) ICANN certifies to registry operator that the transfer would promote the community interest, “such as the interest in stability that may be threatened by the actual or imminent business failure of a Registrar.” Part B of the Transfer Policy additionally establishes a one-time registry fee of $50,000 charged to the gaining registrar for such transfers, where more than 50,000 names are transferred.

The bulk transfer provision (Part B) of the Transfer Policy is most often invoked in instances where a registrar’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) is terminated or expires without renewal. Part B of the Transfer Policy also allows for bulk transfers in cases where a registrar lacks authorization to continue management of domains within a registry, such as where its Registry-Registrar Agreement (“RRA”) is terminated. In both cases, ICANN follows the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure to identify an ICANN-accredited registrar to take over management of the names and notifies affected registries that it has approved the bulk transfer. No distinction is made in either the Transfer Policy or the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure between voluntary terminations (those initiated by the registrar) and involuntary terminations (those initiated by ICANN in the case of an RAA or the registry, in the case of an RRA). Furthermore, where a bulk transfer is approved by ICANN due to lack of a registrar’s authorization within a registry, there is no requirement that domains in other TLDs be transferred as a result.

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ICANN: Public Comment: Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Retreat

ICANN logoICANN’s Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) is proposing to hold a retreat 30 September — 1 October 2009. The retreat would inform SSAC members, and help the committee prioritize its activities and prepare a work plan. SSAC would appreciate receiving input on the proposed retreat, including substantive items you think merit SSAC attention. Continue reading ICANN: Public Comment: Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Retreat

ICANN: Public Comment: One & Two-Character Names in dot-travel

ICANN logoA new public comment period opens today for 30 days on a proposed amendment from Tralliance to Appendix 6 and 7 of the dot-travel Registry Agreement.
On 18 May 2009, ICANN posted for public information a request submitted by Tralliance through the Registry Services Evaluation Process (RSEP). The request calls for a phased allocation process for one and two-character names in dot-travel. Continue reading ICANN: Public Comment: One & Two-Character Names in dot-travel

DENIC & Other European Registries Joins ccNSO

DENIC logoTogether with the country code registries of Italy (.it), Belgium (.be), Slovenia(.si), Lithuania (.lt) and Croatia (.hr) the German domain registry DENIC eG has joined the country code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) of ICANN. The ccNSO is the forum for country code registries within the ICANN. Continue reading DENIC & Other European Registries Joins ccNSO

Paul Twomey, ICANN CEO & President, to Resign

Paul Twomey imagePaul Twomey, ICANN’s CEO and President, has publicly announced at the opening session of ICANN’s 34th International Public Meeting in Mexico City, which has drawn more than 1,200 attendees from all over the world, that he will not be seeking to renew his contract for another three years when it comes up for renewal July 1, 2009. Continue reading Paul Twomey, ICANN CEO & President, to Resign