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ICANN Job Opening: GDD Services Manager

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ICANN posted a job opening on LinkedIn that may be of interest to someone with experience in the domain name industry. ICANN is looking to hire a GDD Services Manager. GDD stands for ICANN’s Global Domain Division. The job is part of the ICANN group that “is responsible for managing ICANN’s relationships and contracts with registry operators and registrars.”

ICANN is located in Los Angeles, California, but the job is listed as a hybrid position. I would imagine this means someone would be able to work from home or from outside of LA. I would also imagine there is a travel requirement to meet with partners and clients.

Here’s an excerpt about the position:

ICA Submits Comment to ICANN on Transfer Policy Report

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George Kirikos published several articles on FreeSpeech.com about the ICANN public comment period for the domain name transfer policy review. George submitted a comment requesting additional time for the comment period, and the submission deadline was extended to August 16th. I chatted with George, and he doesn’t feel that this new deadline is sufficient time for him, and continues to believe that more time is required to complete a full submission.

One of the reasons I am a member of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is because I rely on their advocacy on behalf of domain investors. The ICA participates in ICANN discussions, and I believe their submissions hold more weight than an individual submission I would make. In addition, I believe the ICA is more knowledgable about various ICANN policy-related topics and can provide more comprehensive commentary than I could.

ICANN Gearing Up for Next Round of New gTLDs with Job Opening

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It looks like ICANN is gearing up for the next round of new gTLD applications. The non-profit organization posted a job listing on LinkedIn for Senior Director, New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. The new hire will play a major role when ICANN begins accepting applications for the second round of new gTLD applications.

Here’s an excerpt from the listing describing the job function:

This is Why I Joined

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The public comment period at ICANN related to the UDRP status report ends today. I know that George Kirikos submitted a comment, and a number of domain investors submitted comments. I did not submit a comment, and someone asked why I am not “all over this:”

ICANN Opens Public Comment Period for UDRP

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I received an email from a representative from the ADR Forum / NAF notifying me that the ICANN public comment period related to the UDRP has opened. The comment period is related to the policy status report that “provides an overview of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to support the assessment of the effectiveness of the UDRP in meeting its intended purposes.”

Domain investors who are familiar with the UDRP will want to read the prepared report pdf found on the ICANN website. If they wish, they can offer up their own comments on the report, which will be available for the public and ICANN community to read and note.

The comment period began today, and it will run through April 19th. I am sure there will be plenty of comments from the IP constituency, so domain investors who have made comments about the UDRP can provide their input as well. People who wish to comment can do so on ICANN’s website.

ICANN to Assist Domain Registrants in Ukraine

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In a blog post earlier today, ICANN announced that it will assist domain name registrants in Ukraine and the surrounding area to ensure their domain names do not accidentally expire during these horrific times:

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