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Buenos Aires Airport closure leaves many ICANN 48 attendees stranded

November 15th, 2013 Comments off

As the 48th ICANN meeting is set to start in Buenos Aires, many of the attendees were stranded today in Montevideo, Uruguay  and other South American airports due to an airport closure in Buenos Aires. An Austral Embraer ERJ-190 on behalf of Air Austral/Aerolineas Argentina coming from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), overrun the runway and only came to a halt after the nose of the machine had hit the localizer antenna about 220 meters/730 feet past the runway end at 5:45 local time this morning (UTC-3). None of the 96 passengers was injured and they were all taken to the terminal. According to reporting of the airport there was a cold front passing through the area at the time. The airline reports that the incident occurred due to a sudden change in wind direction and speed.

Flight  AU-2255/AR-2255 in the Localizer Radar, posted by @JuanMCornejo

Flights into the aiport resumed again after about three hours, but some attendees will now only arrive tomorrow. DNN was not able to confirm if any ICANN 48 attendees were on the flight itself.

 

[via AVHerald and the ICANN Social Group on Facebook, picture posted on twitter by @JuanMCornejo]

 

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The Internet Architecture Board considers Dotless Domains Harmful

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which is a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a statement today that it considers Dotless domains, such as the proposed “SEARCH” by Google harmful and will not work together with currently used procedures. As the statement explains:

Unfortunately, dotless domains will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases. As recommended by IETF standards track RFCs, existing deployed systems apply a search list to single-label names prior to attempting to resolve them. As a result, the resolution of dotless domains depends on local configuration such as the search list. For example, in a location where “example.com” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “printer1.example.com”, whereas in a location where “example.net” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “printer1.example.net”.

Aside from the Google proposal for its application for ‘SEARCH’, apparently this practice currently is already used by some existing Top Level Domains according to the statement.

With this background the IAB issues the following recommendations:

  1. The IAB strongly recommends against considering, implementing, or deploying dotless domains.
  2. The IAB believes that dotless domains are inherently harmful to Internet security.
  3. Applications and platforms that apply a suffix search list to a single-label name are in conformance with IETF standards track RFCs. Furthermore, applications and platforms that do not query DNS for a TLD are in conformance with IETF standards track recommendations intended to minimize security vulnerabilities and reduce load on the root servers.

[Hat tip to Michele Neylon of Blacknight, IAB Statement]

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The Internet Architecture Board considers Dotless Domains Harmful

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which is a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a statement today that it considers Dotless domains, such as the proposed “SEARCH” by Google harmful and will not work together with currently used procedures. As the statement explains:

Unfortunately, dotless domains will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases. As recommended by IETF standards track RFCs, existing deployed systems apply a search list to single-label names prior to attempting to resolve them. As a result, the resolution of dotless domains depends on local configuration such as the search list. For example, in a location where “example.com” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “printer1.example.com”, whereas in a location where “example.net” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “printer1.example.net”.

Aside from the Google proposal for its application for ‘SEARCH’, apparently this practice currently is already used by some existing Top Level Domains according to the statement.

With this background the IAB issues the following recommendations:

  1. The IAB strongly recommends against considering, implementing, or deploying dotless domains.
  2. The IAB believes that dotless domains are inherently harmful to Internet security.
  3. Applications and platforms that apply a suffix search list to a single-label name are in conformance with IETF standards track RFCs. Furthermore, applications and platforms that do not query DNS for a TLD are in conformance with IETF standards track recommendations intended to minimize security vulnerabilities and reduce load on the root servers.

[Hat tip to Michele Neylon of Blacknight, IAB Statement]

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The Internet Architecture Board considers Dotless Domains Harmful

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which is a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a statement today that it considers Dotless domains, such as the proposed “SEARCH” by Google harmful and will not work together with currently used procedures. As the statement explains:

Unfortunately, dotless domains will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases. As recommended by IETF standards track RFCs, existing deployed systems apply a search list to single-label names prior to attempting to resolve them. As a result, the resolution of dotless domains depends on local configuration such as the search list. For example, in a location where “example.com” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “printer1.example.com”, whereas in a location where “example.net” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “printer1.example.net”.

Aside from the Google proposal for its application for ‘SEARCH’, apparently this practice currently is already used by some existing Top Level Domains according to the statement.

With this background the IAB issues the following recommendations:

  1. The IAB strongly recommends against considering, implementing, or deploying dotless domains.
  2. The IAB believes that dotless domains are inherently harmful to Internet security.
  3. Applications and platforms that apply a suffix search list to a single-label name are in conformance with IETF standards track RFCs. Furthermore, applications and platforms that do not query DNS for a TLD are in conformance with IETF standards track recommendations intended to minimize security vulnerabilities and reduce load on the root servers.

[Hat tip to Michele Neylon of Blacknight, IAB Statement]

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The Internet Architecture Board considers Dotless Domains Harmful

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which is a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a statement today that it considers Dotless domains, such as the proposed “SEARCH” by Google harmful and will not work together with currently used procedures. As the statement explains:

Unfortunately, dotless domains will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases. As recommended by IETF standards track RFCs, existing deployed systems apply a search list to single-label names prior to attempting to resolve them. As a result, the resolution of dotless domains depends on local configuration such as the search list. For example, in a location where “example.com” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “printer1.example.com”, whereas in a location where “example.net” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “printer1.example.net”.

Aside from the Google proposal for its application for ‘SEARCH’, apparently this practice currently is already used by some existing Top Level Domains according to the statement.

With this background the IAB issues the following recommendations:

  1. The IAB strongly recommends against considering, implementing, or deploying dotless domains.
  2. The IAB believes that dotless domains are inherently harmful to Internet security.
  3. Applications and platforms that apply a suffix search list to a single-label name are in conformance with IETF standards track RFCs. Furthermore, applications and platforms that do not query DNS for a TLD are in conformance with IETF standards track recommendations intended to minimize security vulnerabilities and reduce load on the root servers.

[Hat tip to Michele Neylon of Blacknight, IAB Statement]

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gTLD specialist Kurt Pritz resigns as ICANN’s CSO over conflict of Interest

November 15th, 2012 Comments off

Picture from ICANN

As per an announcement from ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, Kurt Pritz, former Chief Strategy Officer at ICANN and gTLD specialist has resigned from ICANN. Until Pritz became Chief Strategy officer in October he was Vice President for Stakeholder Relations. During the new gTLD program he was the key person presenting many of the facts of the program to various stakeholders.

To the ICANN Community,

Regretfully, I have accepted the resignation of Kurt Pritz, who has served most recently as ICANN’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Kurt has submitted his resignation because of a recently identified conflict of interest, which he immediately communicated to ICANN. After analyzing this conflict of interest, we decided that a change in Kurt’s role within ICANN would be appropriate. Kurt decided to resign his position and role as an officer of ICANN, to best serve the interests of the organization. Kurt will be engaged as a subject matter expert where needed, but will have no access to new gTLD applicant information nor will he play a role in the new gTLD program.

I have already put in place a plan for the reassignment of all of Kurt’s management responsibilities.

I would like to thank Kurt for his many years of service and commitment to ICANN and our community.

Respectfully,
Fadi

Further details about the nature of the conflict of interest have not been released.

[via DomainIncite]

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ICANN new gTLD Draw to Take Place on Dec 17th

November 14th, 2012 Comments off

A Christmas gift from ICANN to new gTLD applicants? Information from today’s ICANN teleconference for new gTLD applicants.

  • The new gTLD draw will take place on December 17th, 2012 (afternoon)
  • Tickets for the draw have to be purchased before that date. Tickets will be for sale from December 12th to the morning of December 17th at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles.
  • The draw will take place at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles as well and will be open to the public.
  • Draw details to be published on November 16th, 2012.
  • ICANN has obtained a license to hold a lottery in California.
  • Applicants can purchase the tickets or name a proxy to purchase them for them. Applicants do not have to be present for the draw.
  • Evaluation results to be expected in August 2013 (originally June 2013)
  • Background screening results will be published at the same time as Initial Evaluation results.
  • 6 Application withdrawals (AND, ARE, EST, CHATR, CIALIS, KSB) have been withdrawn, 7 additional withdrawals are in progress
  • 0 objections have been files so far
  • 169 change requests have been submitted, 29 of them were approved, 130 are in review and 10 require follow-ups
  • TLD Application System (TAS) will reopen on November 26th, 2012. Applicants will have to reset their passwords.
  • The first Clarifying Questions from the Geo Panel for applicants for Geographic TLDs will be issued on November 26h, 2012 via the CSC portal. Applicants will be able to respond until the end of initial evaluation.
  • Other clarifying questions will be issued through TAS in January. Applicants will have four weeks to answer.
  • First initial evaluation results will be released in priority order starting March 23, 2013
  • Apparently it has not yet been decided that IDNs will go first.

The presentation slides have been published on the ICANN site.

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ICANN launches first version of myicann.org

October 15th, 2012 Comments off

As just announced by ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé at the ICANN 45 in Toronto today, ICANN launched a first version of MyICANN.org created to aggregate, organize and personalize all of the available information from ICANN.

Explore the latest news from across the ICANN community.
Pick out what’s important to you and have it delivered directly to your Inbox.
Browse the portal to see upcoming events and subscribe to get updates on your calendar.

The organization did not set up my.icann.org (which is what I first tried when I heard about the site.

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ICANN’s new gTLD Program Director Resigns

June 21st, 2012 Comments off

As announced by ICANN today, the new gTLD Program Director Michael Salazar has resigned. Kurt Pritz has been appointed to take on direct oversight of the entire New Generic Top-level Domain Program in an interim capacity. He will assume the responsibilities of New gTLD Program Director in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President for Stakeholder Relations. Pritz will remain in the interim role until a new Program Director is appointed.

The announcement goes on to say that “He is authorized to bring the full resources available to ICANN to bear on the application evaluation process to improve customer support, applicant communications, security and reporting.” Some applicants had pointed out that it takes ICANN more than five working days to respond to questions in the new gTLD program.

Kurt Pritz will be reporting to COO, Akram Attalah, in his new role in addition to his current responsibilities for which he reports to the CEO. In the announcement, ICANN also promises the introduction of “several new tools” that will “help applicants with any issues or questions about the evaluation process“.

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ICANN 44 set to kick off; President & CEO to step down after 3 years

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

ICANN has just released the official “meeting guide” for the upcoming ICANN Meeting #44 in Prague, Czech Republic. There are over 100 meetings scheduled, and many of the domain industry’s most powerful and successful businessmen and companies will be in attendance. ICANN’s outgoing CEO Rod Beckstrom writes:

“Before us are a multitude of important issues such as the negotiations on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement and discussions on how to measure the effectiveness of the New gTLD Program. And as usual, it is a busy week filled with more than 100 meetings, sessions, and hopefully at least some time for networking and fellowship.

As many of you know, it is also my last ICANN meeting as this organization’s CEO and President. The past three years have been a remarkable journey, and our accomplishments together are many. I believe ICANN is poised for success on its own journey from a small Internet nonprofit organization to a world-class professional organization capable and ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

ICANN has yet to announce who will be taking over the new CEO position. Mr. Beckstrom wrapped up the intro in the official meeting guide by saying:

“ICANN is not a community of spectators. We are a community of doers. Everyone has a voice in our multistakeholder process. Just as everyone who uses the Internet should have a say in its governance. I encourage you to raise your hand and share your views during this week’s meetings. Your voice makes our discussions richer. Thank you for being an important part of our global multistakeholder model. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve you.”

ICANN Meeting Prague Czech Republic

On Monday night (June 25) ICANN will hold a farewell reception for it’s outgoing CEO, Rod Beckstrom. The event is expected to be well attended, maybe even drawing record crowds for any single event during the week long conference. The meeting guide in it’s entirety can be downloaded via PDF here on ICANN’s website.

Beckstrom was appointed in July of 2009 as President and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He announced his official resignation effective July 1, 2012, in August of last year. It will be interesting to see who is the new face of ICANN — surely there are many candidates who would love to fill the vacating position.

On a slightly different note… As it was reported by TheDomains.com just a few days ago, Mr. Beckstrom’s total compensation for the previous year was $998,230. Not bad, right? Gotta wonder why he decided to step down —  just some food for thought.

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