Comments Run Overwhelmingly Against ICANN Staff Attempt to Impose URS on Legacy gTLDs

Philip Corwin Accountability, GNSO, ICA, ICANN, Law & Policy, URS

The comment period on the proposed renewal registry agreement for the .Travel legacy gTLD closed on Sunday, June 21st and the comments submitted are overwhelmingly opposed to ICANN staff’s attempt to impose any of the new gTLD rights protection mechanisms, including Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), on legacy gTLDs through contracting rather than a formal Policy Development Process (PDP). In addition …

Electronic Frontier Foundation tells ICANN to Delete URS from .Travel

Philip Corwin Accountability, GNSO, ICANN, Law & Policy, UDRP, URS

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just told ICANN to drop the notion of applying the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) dispute resolution system to .Travel and other legacy gTLDs without undertaking a full Policy Development Process (PDP). In a June 12 letter, EFF stated: ICANN should not apply URS to the .travel domain, or to any additional domains, by the …

Act Now — Just Say “No!” to URS at .Travel – Or It Will Travel to .Com

Philip Corwin Accountability, ICANN, Law & Policy, URS

  On May 12th ICANN posted the “Proposed Renewal of .TRAVEL Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement” for a period of public comment ending June 21st. You’d expect ICANN staff to be on their best behavior right now, during ongoing community efforts to fashion enhanced and binding accountability measures. But instead this proposed Registry Agreement (RA) contains a provision through which staff …

Second Draft CWG-IANA Stewardship Proposal Out for Public Comment — April 24th Explanatory Webinar Scheduled

Philip Corwin Accountability, IANA, ICANN, NTIA

Late on the evening on April 22nd the CWG-Stewardship on the IANA Naming Functions issued its second Draft Proposal for a 28-day public comment period that closes on May 20th. Information about the Proposal can be found in a news announcement and at the public comment page. ICANN has scheduled a 90-minute explanatory webinar on the proposal on Friday, April …

ICANN’s Comment Period on Accountability Process Seeks Scope Limitations

Philip Corwin Accountability, ICANN, Law & Policy, NTIA

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 public comment period on that staff proposal. However, ICANN staff apparently cannot resist …

ICA-Endorsed Session on ICANN Accountability Scheduled for September Third at IGF Istanbul

Philip Corwin Accountability, ICANN, IGF, Law & Policy

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 this session, along with CGI.BR of Brazil, the Public Interest …

Stress Test: Reconsideration Request on Accountability Process Filed with ICANN Board

Philip Corwin Accountability, IANA, ICANN, NTIA

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 – submitted jointly by the Business Constituency …