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Months after it ordered a review into allegations of mismanagement, how's that ICANN accountability drive?

Nine months ago – and just weeks before the US government handed it control of the critical parts of the internet – California-based DNS overlord ICANN was hit by just the latest in a decade-long series of scandals. This time, an independent review concluded that the organization's board had not only broken its bylaws but that …
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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

Click this link (don't fret, nothing malicious). Chances are your browser displays "apple.com" in the address bar. What about this one? Goes to "epic.com," right? Wrong. They are in fact carefully crafted but entirely legitimate domains in non-English languages that are designed to look exactly the same as common English words …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2017
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Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains

For five years, more than a dozen companies have been waiting to hear whether they will be able to run the generic top-level domains .corp, .home and .mail. And this month they finally got their answer: we're still thinking about it. In a letter sent by the head of the domains division of DNS overseer ICANN to the 15 companies …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Mar 2017
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Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban

Internet overseer ICANN will push ahead with a new ".africa" top-level domain, despite having twice been ordered not to because of serious questions over how it handled the case. Earlier this month, a Los Angeles court refused [PDF] a preliminary injunction against ICANN that would prevent it from adding .africa to the …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Feb 2017

Verisign probed by US Dept of Justice over $135m .web auction

The US Department of Justice is digging into the highly unusual auction of internet extension .web last year, the company that purchased it has admitted. Speaking on Verisign's quarterly earnings conference call on Thursday, CEO Jim Bidzos told investors that on January 18 the registry had received a civil investigative demand …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2017

Take it away, ICANN: US States drop internet handover lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by four US states' attorneys general against the US government over the ICANN internet handover has been dropped. A notice of voluntary dismissal [pdf] was filed on Friday, two weeks after the lawsuit failed in its main goal of imposing a restraining order on the transition of the IANA contract to DNS …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2016

Transcripts: The crunch courtroom showdown to halt ICANN's internet power grab

Analysis Last week, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the transition of the internet's critical functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN. Just hours before the transition was scheduled to take place, district judge George C Hanks Jr ruled on a lawsuit brought by four states' attorneys general asking for an …
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Internet handover is go-go-go! ICANN to take IANA from US govt

The most significant change in the internet's functioning for a generation happened on 30 September at midnight. At 12.01am Washington DC time, the US government walked away from the IANA contract, which has defined how the internet has grown and been structured for nearly 20 years, and hand it over to non-profit organization …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Sep 2016

Google, Facebook etc rush to defend US govt in last-minute ICANN internet takeover lawsuit

A slew of internet organizations have come to the support of the US government in a last-minute lawsuit designed to prevent the handover of critical internet functions at midnight on Friday. The Internet Association – which represents Google, Amazon, Facebook et al – plus the Internet Society, Internet Infrastructure Coalition …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Sep 2016

Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

Four states' attorneys general have filed suit to prevent the transition of critical internet functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN this Friday. The lawsuit from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada seeks a temporary restraining order that would prevent the IANA contract from expiring on September 30. (If or when …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2016

Game over: IANA power-grab block pulled from Congress funding bill

The attempt to prevent the US government from moving control of the internet's technical functions to a technical body appears to be over. Following an extraordinary few days where the transition seemed up in the air thanks to the persistent efforts of Senator Ted Cruz, majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed a continuing …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2016
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Despite IANA storm, ICANN shows just why it shouldn't be allowed to take over internet's critical functions

Internet overseer ICANN has responded to allegations of mismanagement, opaque decision-making, and an institutional lack of accountability by launching a review. That review, however, will not touch on the most serious charges leveled at the organization, including the fact that its staff deliberately misled companies seeking …
Chris Williams, 22 Sep 2016

TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

Just when you thought discussion over the transition of the internet's technical functions couldn't get any more ridiculous, here comes Donald Trump. "Trump opposes President Obama's plan to surrender American internet control to foreign powers," reads a press release put out by the Trump campaign on Wednesday, as senators …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2016

Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

The transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to non-profit organization ICANN, planned for next week, remains under threat thanks to an ongoing crusade by Senator Ted Cruz. In much the same way that Donald Trump has exploited weaknesses in the political system to become the Republican …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2016

Target lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is basically over

An effort to disrupt the handover of critical internet technical tasks from the US government to DNS overseer ICANN appears to have petered out. The US Senate is due to take a vote Monday afternoon on a "continuing resolution" to keep the government funded through to the end of the year, taking the issue off the table prior to …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2016

ICANN latest: Will the internet be owned by Ted Cruz or Vladimir Putin in October?

Analysis The battle over the internet's critical IANA contract shows no sign of being resolved – with just two weeks to go until it is due to be handed over to internet oversight organization ICANN. Thursday 15 September would have been the day that the Department of Commerce formally informed ICANN by letter that it intended to extend …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Sep 2016

Ted Cruz channels Senator McCarthy in wrongheaded internet power grab crusade

With echoes of the notorious hearings run by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s, Wednesday saw Senator Ted Cruz cajole, misrepresent and then outright threaten witnesses to a hearing he called over the important change to the internet's functioning. The hearing titled Protecting Internet Freedom: Implications of Ending U.S. …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2016

It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

The decision whether to end US government oversight of the internet will likely come down to a personal decision by President Obama on Thursday. In an extraordinary series of arguments and counter-arguments this past week, a last-minute push by Republicans looks likely to succeed in placing a funding freeze on the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016

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