ICANN posts Draft Applicants Handbook Version 2

icann logo ICANN has produced a revised version of its gTLD Applicants Handbook.

Many alterations/additions have been made in provisions for “community-based” and “geographic name” applicants that will be of particular interest to potential applicants for a .nyc TLD. In particular details of ‘comparative evaluation’ procedures for competing applications are enumerated, as are the processes for individual or community based objections to applications.

Initial application fees will be $185,100. Notably, those repeating applications from the 2000 round will get a $86,000 discount.

An edited version of some relevant provisions is below.

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ICANN releases FAQ, tools, and patch for Cache Poisoning Issue

ICANN ICANN is raising awareness of a recently discovered vulnerability in the domain name system (DNS). This includes releasing an FAQ and an online tool for domain operators to test their domains.
Due to the distributed nature of the DNS, no one organization can implement a fix for this vulnerability. It requires the cooperation of all name server operators and DNS software vendors. However, ICANN sees an important goal in spreading awareness of the need to update Internet infrastructure to cope with the threat. The organization has been undertaking significant outreach efforts to top-level domain operators to advise them on the issue. It has also prepared an FAQ and online domain testing tool to raise awareness of the problem, and to encourage network operators to rectify or update their servers.

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ISOC-NY becomes ICANN At-Large Structure

ISOC-NY ISOC-NY is happy to announce we have been accepted as an At-Large Structure (ALS) in ICANN’s North American At-Large Community (NARALO). This, along with our longstanding membership of the Non Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC), will allow for even greater involvement in the vital issues of internet governance.

Members, and others, who are interested in such matters should join our ICANN Special Interest Group.

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ICANN votes to add new TLD’s

ICANN The ICANN board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve plans to add more generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) to the Internet’s naming system. They also voted to put on a fast track the implementation of a limited number of Internationalized (non-ASCII) country code TLDs (IDN ccTLDs). The vote is the result of a Policy Development process that was initiated in 2005. Final implementation proposals will be presented to the board in Cairo in December.

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ICANN 32 – Paris – Jun 22-26 2008

ICANN Paris The 32nd ICANN general meeting is taking place this week in Paris, France. There appears to be no webcast. The best way to keep up is possibly via the Wiki updates.

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    Paris ICANN meeting to discuss reform of representative structure

    Some reforms may be made at the the upcoming Paris meeting of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) on June 23 – 28 which could greatly improve ICANN’s representative structure. In a nutshell, representation of noncommercial users (public interest groups, NGOs, and individuals of a public interest bent) will be increased from its current 14%, possibly to 25% or one-third. This will also involve a change in the nature of noncommercial interest representation in ICANN.

    ICANN’s Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is inviting all civil society organizations with an interest in the Internet and its global governance to be aware of this and take advantage of it.

    The Internet Society of New York is a member of the NCUC and has also applied to become an At-Large Structure (ALS), which participates in the appointment of members of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC). Continue reading

    ICANN Launches Subscription-Based Policy Update

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) today announced the launch of a new subscription-based ICANN Policy Update that will highlight on a monthlybasis key Internet policy issues being addressed by its bottom-up, consensus-based policy development structure.

    The ICANN Policy Update is free of charge to subscribers. To subscribe, simply visit the ICANN subscription page at http://www.icann.org/newsletter/, and select Policy Update. Continue reading

    ISOC-NY Public Forum – Connecting .nyc – May 21

    dot nyc logoISOC-NY will host a public forum this coming Wednesday on the topic ‘Connecting.nyc’. Tom Lowenhaupt will give a briefing on the longstanding campaign to bring about a .nyc top-level domain which finally, with Paris and Berlin also on similar paths, looks to be a practical reality.

    This is an important and vital issue for New York City’s global identity. As Tom goes off to make his case at the ICANN meet in Paris next month let’s show him that he has the people’s support!

    Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
    Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
    Location: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave (@9th St) New York NY

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    ICANN accepting comments on PIR’s implementation of DNSSEC for .ORG

    PIR logoThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening a comment period on the Public Interest Registry’s (PIR) proposed implementation of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in .ORG. The Public Interest Registry (PIR) is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Internet Society (ISOC) and is a major source of funding.The Internet Society of New York is a Chapter of ISOC.

    DNSSEC digitally signs DNS records but doesn’t encrypt DNS traffic. DNS responses are validated as legitimate and not hacked or tampered with. This ensures users don’t get sent to phishing sites when requesting a legitimate website. DNS security has increasingly become a concern, with DNS being prone to this type of attack, as well as being vulnerable to distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks such as the one that temporarily crippled two of the Internet’s 13 DNS root servers last year. Continue reading