We “Do It Right” – ICA on the Record at ICANN 52 Singapore
On February 4th I departed my home in Alexandria, Virginia for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore. I arrived at my hotel’s reception desk 28 hours and +13 time zones later. While my 777 was traversing the Arctic Circle, ICA dispatched a letter to ICANN CEO responding to remarks he made during the annual gathering... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 21:11
U.S. Senate Declares “Internet Governance Awareness Week” Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore
On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, “Sense of the Senate” Resolution declaring February 8th-14th as “Internet Governance Awareness Week”. Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intenti...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 9, 2015 - 2:48
ICA Responds to ICANN CEO’s Davos Remarks on “Hogging Names” and “Cybersquatting”
During the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ICANN CEO engaged in an interview in which he touted the purported benefits of the new gTLD program. Unfortunately, in the course of those remarks he appeared to accuse domain portfolio owners of “hogging names” as well as equate them with “cybersquatters”. Many IC...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, February 6, 2015 - 23:17
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Senate Commerce Committee Plans ICANN Oversight Hearing
Elections do have consequences. Last year outgoing Senate Commerce Committee Chairman (D-WV) Jay Rockefeller resisted member requests to engage in oversight on the Obama Administration’s March 2014 announcement that it intended to end the U.S. counterparty role on the IANA functions contract and turn the responsibility over to the gl...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, February 2, 2015 - 18:35
ICA and other Organizations Express Strong Concerns over EU “Trademark Package”
The ICA, speaking on behalf of domain investors and developers, has joined with other organizations representing civil society, internet domain registries, internet service providers and internet companies to communicate their joint concerns regarding a “trademark package” currently being considered by the Council of the European Uni...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 19:6
ICA Counsel Elected to ICANN’s GNSO Council
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been elected by the members of ICANN’s Business Constituency to be one of the two Councilors representing it on the GNSO Council. The Council is the policymaking body for all gTLD-related issues. It will review and decide whether to endorse the proposals eventually produced by the two cross community wor...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 18:31
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NTIA Says Cromnibus Bars IANA Transition During Current Contract Term
The Congressional Internet Caucus held its 15th annual State of the Net conference today at The Newseum in Washington, DC. This is traditionally a start the new year networking and information update day for the capital’s technology policy set. Immediately following the lunch break, at a session titled “Internet Functions in Transiti...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 20:40
ICANN Staff Requests Six-Month Delay for UDRP/URS RPM Report
ICANN staff have requested a six-month delay in the delivery date of a Preliminary Issue Report on the “current state of all rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented for both existing and new gTLDs, including but not limited to the UDRP and the URS”.  The request is contained in a January 5, 2015 e-mail sent by... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 16:6
Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition
On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract betwee...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 9:43
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ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million
While the debate continues as to whether most new gTLDs are a sound long-term investment for their registry operators, there’s no disputing that the program has been an economic boom for ICANN. The 1,930 first round applications each required an application fee of $185,000, which added up to a tidy $357 million. Even after refunds......
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 28, 2014 - 19:7
In Quashing .IR Attachment Order Against ICANN DC District Court Declares That ccTLDs Are Akin to...
On November 10th the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted ICANN’s motion to quash a writ of attachment and a related motion for further discovery in a politically charged case in which private plaintiffs sought to seize control of Iran’s .IR country code top level domain (ccTLD). The litigation was brought under... ...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 17:31
Chan Luu Case Settles/Registrants Can Still Seek Return of Domains
While we are not privy to the details, we have received word that there has been a settlement in the litigation brought by Chan Luu against Grant Shellhammer and Online Growth. As we first reported in early October, more than 5,000 domain names were said to have been transferred by VeriSign to Uniregistrar after it... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 21:48
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ICA Counsel Appointed to Inaugural .US Stakeholder Council
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been appointed to the first Stakeholder Council ever established for .US, the country code top level domain (ccTLD) of the United States. The Charter of this new Council sets its Scope of Work as follows: The Council will address matters related to the operation of the usTLD in the interest... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:57
ICANN 51 Focus: Making ICANN Directly Accountable to the Broader Internet Community
ICANN 51 taking place in Los Angeles this week may not have its customary evening Gala, but it opened with rousing remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in the first-ever ICANN appearance of the head of the Cabinet agency from which it was born and which has exercised continuous oversight of its key... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 15:13
ICA ADOPTS RESOLUTION CHANGING MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE, ADDING NEW BOARD MEMBER FOR JUNIOR MEMBERSHI...
The attached resolution was unanimously adopted by the ICA board on October 3rd.  The following email to ICA members accompanied the announcement of the resolution. Dear ICA Members, The board has adopted the attached resolution to implement the addition of a new board position and the changes to the membership levels that we announc...
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 13:39
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Undue Process: Nearly Five Thousand Domains Transferred Under Sealed Court Order
Noted domain investor, industry advisor, blogger, and ICA member Mike Berkens has alerted us to a very disturbing occurrence. Unfortunately for Mike, he has been directly impacted by it. According to an October 2nd blog post at The Domains, “As Many As 5K .Com’s Taken Away By Sealed Court Order By Verisign Including Some Of... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 18:32
ICA Exploring Domain Theft Project to Counter a Growing Abuse
There has been a lot of domain industry press attention lately to domain thefts. We don’t know for sure if this problem is becoming more acute or is just being reported on more often. But, regardless of the level of activity, we know that there are inadequate recovery and punitive remedies available at present for... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 18:36
ICANN Staff provides Update on First Round of New gTLDs and the Path Forward to a Second Round
In late August the GNSO Council received an ICANN staff response to a Resolution on subsequent rounds of new gTLDs passed during its June meeting in London. At the time the response was issued only 373 gTLDs had been delegated out of the 1321 total applications being processed. So the first round of the program... Read more
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, September 12, 2014 - 19:26
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ICANN’s Comment Period on Accountability Process Seeks Scope Limitations
Bowing to unprecedented community pressure in the form of a unanimous letter questioning its staff-developed Accountability Process, as well as a reconsideration request filed with the Board, on September 5th ICANN issued a notice titled “Public Comment Invited: Enhancing ICANN Accountability Process”. The notice opens a 21-day publi...
Internet Commerce Association - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:31
ICA Counsel To Co-Chair IGO/INGO Working Group
On September 4th ICANN’s GNSO Council confirmed the appointment of ICA Counsel Philip Corwin as Co-Chairman of the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Working Group. This WG will have to consider a broad array of issues that are relevant not only to its own work but to the broader upcoming review of the... Read m...
Internet Commerce Association - Friday, September 5, 2014 - 18:36
ICA Tells ICANN: Withdraw Bylaws Proposal to Give Governments More Power
On September 3rd the ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN opposing a Bylaws amendment proposal to raise the threshold for Board rejection of Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) “advice” from a simple majority to a two-thirds vote. The GAC presently submits advice to ICANN based on “consensus”, which is general agreement without ob...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:36
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ICA-Endorsed Session on ICANN Accountability Scheduled for September Third at IGF Istanbul
Although ICA is not in attendance at the Internet Governance Forum meeting currently taking place in Istanbul, Turkey an ICA-endorsed session on “Accountability in Multistakeholder Governance Regime ICANN” will be taking place on the morning of September 3rd. ICA was one of several host organizations that endorsed the proposal for th...
Internet Commerce Association - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 13:49
Stress Test: Reconsideration Request on Accountability Process Filed with ICANN Board
In a rapid follow-up to the unprecedented joint letter sent on August 26th by all members of the ICANN community questioning the proposed Accountability Process imposed by ICANN staff, three of the groups that signed that letter have now submitted a formal Reconsideration Request (RR) to the ICANN Board. The August 29th RR – submitte...
Internet Commerce Association - Monday, September 1, 2014 - 18:13
GNSO, GAC, ALAC and SSAC Issue Unprecedented Joint Letter Questioning ICANN’s Staff-Imposed Accou...
In another unpredicted development the entire community of ICANN stakeholders has sent a joint letter to CEO Fadi Chehade and the ICANN Board that strongly questions the “Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance – Process and Next Steps” document published by ICANN staff on August 14th over widespread community objections....
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:28
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DC Constituencies Start to Coalesce on Principles for the IANA Transition and Enhanced ICANN Acco...
  It is now being broadly acknowledged that, as expressed unanimously by all GNSO constituencies at the recent ICANN London meeting, “as part of the IANA transition, the multi-stakeholder community has the opportunity and responsibility to propose meaningful accountability structures that go beyond just the IANA-specific accountabili...
Internet Commerce Association - Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 19:21

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