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ICANN’s Durban Meeting Kicks Off with Signing of New Registrar and Registry Agreements

[news release] The first group of Internet Registries and Registrars has signed new agreements with ICANN, bringing new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) into the home stretch of going live online.”This is a huge accomplishment,” said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO. “We can see the last mile before the first new TLD is activated in the Internet’s root.”Chehadé made the comments during a ceremonial signing at the opening session of ICANN’s 47th Public Meeting in Durban, South Africa.Three companies signed the Registry Agreement (RA) while five others signed the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), including Registrars from Senegal, Australia, France and the U.S.Registries operate Top-Level Domains. Registrars are the entities through which domain names are registered.The three registries applied for Top-Level Domain Names using language characters in Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic.During his remarks, Chehadé also acknowledged Nelson Mandela, the renowned former South African leader who is now hospitalised. Chehadé said Mandela’s philosophies should act as guiding principles in the Internet ecosystem.”We must realise we are inherently interdependent and thus must learn to be conciliatory and Africa defines that, as does Madiba [Mandela’s clan name],” said Chehadé. “We need to maintain that Madiba spirit.”Dr. Elham Ibrahim, the African Union’s Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy told the attendees, “The Internet is one of the greatest public gifts of the 20th century.””African domain names will bring financial, economic and sociocultural benefits to Africa,” said Ibrahim.In referring to ICANN during a video address, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, said there needs to be a “goal of working together by cultivating a relationship based on collaboration and cooperation.””In a fast moving, rapidly evolving environment there are not permanent or even long term solutions,” said Touré. “What works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. We need open on-going dialogue.”ICANN’s Durban meeting will continue through Thursday, July 18.

ICANN Opens Hotel Booking Links and Registration For Durban, But Check The Fine Print

ICANN logoICANN has opened links for hotel booking and conference registration for its upcoming 47th Public Meeting to be held in Durban, South Africa from 14-18 July 2013, the organisation has announced.

However attendees need to make sure they are going as any hotel cancellations appear to require three months notice.

Michele Neylon has read the fine print and noticed that:

Payment: A one (1) nights deposit is required to secure your room on submission of your booking. in order for your booking to be confirmed. The balance of you accommodation is due by the 31st March 2013.
Cancellations and No Shows
All cancellations must be received in writing. If received before 31st March 2013 a full refund will be passed less a 15% administration fee. After this date no refunds will be processed, but delegates can be substituted.
No-shows and cancellations after 31st March 2013, will be liable for the full fee.

The Durban meeting is one of three public meetings ICANN holds each calendar year in different regions of the globe. Usually comprised of more than 200 different sessions, these week-long meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the various ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

There is still time to register for ICANN 46 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China from 7-11 April 2013.

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ICANN Goes To Durban in July 2013

ICANN announced this week it will be holding its second meeting for 2013, and 47th all told, in Durban, South Africa. It will be the second time the organisation has held a meeting in South Africa, with Cape Town being the venue for the 21st meeting in December 2004.The proposal for the South African meeting comes from the .za Domain Name Authority and the dates are 14 to 19 July 2013. And the budget is not to exceed US$2.472 million.Upcoming ICANN meetings are Toronto, Canada (14-18 October 2012), Beijing, China (7-11 April 2013) and then Durban. The third meeting for 2013 is scheduled for the Latin America/Caribbean region.

.ZA to Introduce Rules to Thwart Squatters

Responding to concerns on cybersquatting, the .ZA Domain Name Authority (Zadna – the South African registry) has announced they will be introducing new regulations in 2010.

“In .ZA, licensing regulations are expected to come into operation this year. The .ZA licensing regulations will allow Zadna to license the entities such as GOV.ZA and CO.ZA,” Vika Mpisane, general manager of ZADNA told SAPA. He said it would also license the internet service providers that want to register or sell .ZA domain names.

The changes will see licensing of registrars and a more thorough checking of whether registrations comply with the registration rules.

The changes come about following a public consultation that closed in February.

To register your .ZA domain name, check out Africa Registry here.