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ICANN CEO Announces Plans to Step Down in March 2016

Outgoing ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé says the group is stable and well-prepared to transition to an accountable global institution, led by someone else. As ICANN meets in Buenos Aires this week, Chehadé reaffirmed his intention to step down in March 2016 in a state-of-the-union style blog post. Read more...

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Privacy Advocates Fear Cybersecurity PCNA Act Will Allow More NSA Surveillance

In a vote of 307-116, the US House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA) on Wednesday. The bill is designed to promote sharing of cybersecurity threat data between the government and the private sector. The government moved relatively quickly on this legislation after President Obama signed an… Read more...

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ICANN Draft Five-Year Operating Plan

ICANN Draft Five-Year Operating Plan

ICANN is introducing the addition of Five-Year Operating Plan to its planning process, and is seeking public comment on the ICANN Draft Five-Year Operating Plan Version 1 (FY2016-FY2020) [PDF, 1.04 MB]. The public comment period begins today, Monday, 11 November 2014 for a total of 55 days to complete on Monday, 5 January 2015. This year’s calendar for the Five-Year Operating Plan will be: The ICANN Draft Five-Year Operating Plan version...

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ICANN To Allow Two-Character Domains In New gTLDs

ICANN To Allow Two-Character Domains In New gTLDs

It was resisted by the Governmental Advisory Committee and some security experts, but following a request from a Registry Operators group, ICANN will now develop procedures to allow the registration of two-character domains in new gTLDs. “The appropriate decision taken was “received as extremely welcome by all registries” said Dan Schindler, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Business Development, for Donuts, the largest...

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Right of the Dot To Conduct Live/Online Premium Domain Auction at NamesCon

Right of the Dot To Conduct Live/Online Premium Domain Auction at NamesCon

NamesCon just announced the addition of a live domain auction to its Conference being held January 11-14th 2015 in Las Vegas will be conducted by Right of the Dot. The Auction will include a mixture of premium .com domain names and select premium names from new gTLDs with a range of price reserves. The combination live/internet auction will be conducted by RightOfTheDot, LLC (ROTD) under a multi-year, exclusive partnership with NamesCon....

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