On Friday, the ICANN Board approved some controversial renewal contracts for the .biz, .info and .org top-level Internet domains.
In a press conference a few hours later, chairman Vint Cerf urged the reporters to read the transcript of the discussion. That transcript isn’t up yet but I figured that Cerf was right about listening to it, so I have knocked up an MP3 of the 45-minute discussion and posted it below.Blog Read More
I’ve just got off the phone with Paul [tag]Twomey[/tag] after the two days of ICANN Senate hearings and just a…Blog Read More
I’ve just seen this spoof of the .xxx registry process, ICANN, US interference and so on.
If you don’t know know what all of the above means, or who Paul Twomey, Viviane Reding, Mike Palage etc are, you won’t find it funny. If you do, you’ll love it.
The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers today announced that its board of directors voted unanimously to approve a new “.redneck” top-level internet domain.
The vote comes after a grueling three-day approval process that saw the successful registry spend almost $100 on application fees and lobbying.
“We’re very pleased with the result,” .redneck sponsor Dr Dobson Perkins said in a statement. “This new top-level domain finally cordons off a special ‘red-state district’ of the internet for every god-fearing, fag-hating patriot in the country.”Blog Read More
I have been determinedly trying not to write any news stories so I can get on with writing the Sex.com book but I got a phonecall very early this morning from the spokesman for ICANN explaining that late last night the Board had approved the new contract for the dotcom registry.
“Were there any changes made to it?” I asked.
“Ummm, no,” he replied.
So that's how I first heard of ICANN's impending death.
In fact, before I even go into the contract and what is means, I think it's worth pointing out that I also sent a series of emails to a number of ICANN Board members exactly a month ago. In each I explained that I was “putting the questions to you which, through past experience of these things, I will be asking anyway in a month's time”.Blog Read More