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Author Archives: kierenmccarthy

ICANN Day 1: Sane Board, crazy community. What happened here?

According to chairman Peter Dengate Thrush, the ICANN Cartagena meeting is “not that much different” to others. I’d beg to…

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Election race heats up for Internet users’ ICANN Board seat

The first round of voting has taken place for what is an important and historic election: a voting seat on…

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ICANN begins to find its feet with published Board materials

Credit where credit’s due, the disclosure of Board materials of the organisation that oversees the domain name system, ICANN, has…

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ITU Plenipot: Happy talking, talking, happy talk

In the 1990s, on Channel 4 in the UK, the Pakistani team game Kabbadi was shown Sunday mornings for several…

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Sex.com sold (again) for $13m

A set of three documents filed in California Bankruptcy Court earlier this week reveal that the world’s most valuable domain…

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ITU Plenipot: Old men and young women

The International Telecommunication Union is a walking contradiction. There are many things wrong with the organisation: its closed nature; its…

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ITU Plenus Potens: Locked in a room, locked in time

The International Telecommunication Union is a walking contradiction. I’m here in Guadalajara, Mexico at the organisation’s Plenipotentiary – a meeting…

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So what’s happened to the ICANN Board papers?

Nearly two months ago, I reviewed the ICANN Board and staff’s efforts at releasing the information that goes into the…

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ICANN review team: FAIL

I’ve sent the following note to ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) on its own mailing list that it…

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