WLS: SnapNames responds to Names Council

SnapNames has published a response to the Names Council’s decision on WLS (minutes). Interestingly, the statement was posted to ICANN’s public forum on behalf of SnapNames.com by Susan Crawford, a partner at the same law firm which works for Veris…

SnapNames has published a response to the Names Council’s decision on WLS (minutes). Interestingly, the statement was posted to ICANN’s public forum on behalf of SnapNames.com by Susan Crawford, a partner at the same law firm which works for Verisign.

Housekeeping.

You may notice some slight changes to the lay-out of this site. Behind that is an almost complete re-write of the underlying set of scripts (basically, replacing shell hell by something nicer written in perl). Right now, the most visible change is…

You may notice some slight changes to the lay-out of this site. Behind that is an almost complete re-write of the underlying set of scripts (basically, replacing shell hell by something nicer written in perl). Right now, the most visible change is that this blog now has stories for longer items (so the start page isn’t cluttered). But it’s prepared for more to come in the future.

What’s the benefit of having a Names Council?

A seemingly harmless message from .museum’s Cary Karp on observers at NC meetings triggered a short exchange of notes on the Names Council list which shed a spotlight on the very different ideas various players have about the role of the Names Cou…

A seemingly harmless message from .museum‘s Cary Karp on observers at NC meetings triggered a short exchange of notes on the Names Council list which shed a spotlight on the very different ideas various players have about the role of the Names Council and its members.

Esther Dyson on at-large participation.

ICANN’s first chairman Esther Dyson (who is going to help fill out the details of an at-large advisory committee during ICANN’s evolution and reform implementation process) has been talking to Salon about public participation in ICANN. According t…

ICANN‘s first chairman Esther Dyson (who is going to help fill out the details of an at-large advisory committee during ICANN’s evolution and reform implementation process) has been talking to Salon about public participation in ICANN. According to Dyson, the long-term goal is elections, but it’s not the near-term mechanism.

WLS update: Names Council vote.

Today’s Names Council telephone conference recording is now available for download. George Kirikos has listened to it and has posted a summary of the part of the call concerning the Wait Listing Service. Also, some additional material for the Task…

Today’s Names Council telephone conference recording is now available for download. George Kirikos has listened to it and has posted a summary of the part of the call concerning the Wait Listing Service. Also, some additional material for the Task Force’s report is available. This includes a statement from the IPC, a statement from the gTLDs, and a collection of supporting material.

Update: Jeff Neumann (the gTLD registry constituency‘s chair, but not a member of the council) has posted a follow-up in which he states that the Names Council’s vote was a recognition that the report adequatley represents the view of those that participated in the Task Force. It was not approval for the substance contained within the report. I can offer no clarification on this myself since I did not participate in the conference call (other obligations took priority), and have not found the time to listen to the recording. It seems like we’ll have to wait for the call’s official minutes.

WLS report available.

The Names Council’s Transfer Task Force has made its WLS report available. The report recommends that the Wait Listing Service suggested by Verisign Registry and SnapNames should be rejected; the Intellectual Property and gTLD registry constituenc…

The Names Council’s Transfer Task Force has made its WLS report available. The report recommends that the Wait Listing Service suggested by Verisign Registry and SnapNames should be rejected; the Intellectual Property and gTLD registry constituencies objected. (The results of the Task Force’s vote on the individual recommendations are also available separately.) The report will be discussed at today’s Names Council telephone conference, and will then be forwarded to the ICANN board.

Magaziner on ICANN

The Washington Post reports about statements former presidential adviser Ira Magaziner made on ICANN during a book forum on Milton Mueller’s Ruling the Root today: According to the article, Magaziner would disapprove of a plan that abandoned democ…

The Washington Post reports about statements former presidential adviser Ira Magaziner made on ICANN during a book forum on Milton Mueller’s Ruling the Root today: According to the article, Magaziner would disapprove of a plan that abandoned democratic involvement from individuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Remarks made by ICANN’s first CEO Mike Roberts at the same event are also available.

Edelman on .cc, .ws, .tv.

Harvard’s Ben Edelman has done another analysis. This time, he has looked at Registrations in Open ccTLDs, in order to quantify the domains’ size, usage, and registration patterns. His findings include substantial defensive registrations, and subs…

Harvard’s Ben Edelman has done another analysis. This time, he has looked at Registrations in Open ccTLDs, in order to quantify the domains’ size, usage, and registration patterns. His findings include substantial defensive registrations, and substantial cybersquatting. Some discussion of this is going on at ICANNwatch.