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Namecheap Launches RespectOurPrivacy.com

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Namecheap has teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Fight for the Future to launch RespectOurPrivacy.com, a website that informs people about a potential policy change to the  Whois database  that ICANN is considering. A Whois change could eliminate domain  privacy and proxy services for domain name registrations, and that could have a serious repercussions for many domain owners  and business owners.

When you visit  the  RespectOurPrivacy.com  website, you are given information about how you  can “let ICANN know that you object to any release of personal information without a court order.” Visitors are able to submit comments directly to ICANN via the website, and I was told more than 5,000 comments were already  submitted to ICANN over the weekend, and over 360 voicemails were left.

According to the website, here is the issue at hand:

Job Opening? ICANN CEO to “End His Tenure” in 2016

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I read a couple of tweets that mentioned that ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will be stepping aside next year. A few moments ago, I received an ICANN News Alert confirming this news.

According to the email I received from ICANN, “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that President and CEO Fadi Chehadé has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector (outside the Domain Name Industry).”

These are certainly interesting times for ICANN, and I am sure there will be quite a few people who wish to lead ICANN in the future. I am not much of an ICANN watcher or a person who spends much time thinking about Internet governance, but I am sure this news is of importance for those who are active in the ICANN community. ICANN 53 is coming up in about a month in Buenos Aires, and I presume this will be a topic of interest.

In case you don’t receive ICANN News Alerts but want to learn more, the content of the email has been published below:

Jeff Sass Asks if ICANN Will Help with “Universal Awareness”

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On February 11th during ICANN 52 in Singapore, The Domain Name Association (The DNA) hosted a breakfast meeting with its members and ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé. The 40+ minute video is worth a watch when you have some time, but I wanted to highlight a question asked by Jeff Sass, CMO of the .Club registry.

Jeff asked if ICANN is going to contribute some resources in order to help with “universal awareness.” Jeff mentioned that The DNA has two primary objectives – universal acceptance and universal awareness. Essentially, this means that the organization wants people to learn about the new gTLD domain names and wants to help promote the usage of the new domain names. It would make sense that ICANN, the organization that received many millions of dollars in application fees for the new TLDs, would help contribute to these ends.

Here’s how the question was answered:

ICANN Publishes Beginner’s Guide To ICANN Meetings

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The ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles, California will be taking place October 12-16, 2014. The conference event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA. I’ve spoken with quite a few people in the domain space, and it seems like the event will see quite a considerable attendance from people and companies in the domain investment space.

I am on the fence right now due to extensive travel plans (including TRAFFIC in Miami), but if I decide to attend, it will be my first ICANN meeting. I have no idea what an ICANN meeting is like, and ICANN has created a guide to help people learn about the meetings and know what to expect. The “Beginner’s Guide To ICANN Meetings” requires users to sign up to review, but it’s free to use. If I decide to attend, I’ll probably have a look. You might want to check it out if you’re planning to attend.

Are you planning to attend the ICANN meeting in LA? Is it worth traveling across the country to attend? Please vote in the poll below and/or comment about whether you’ll be in attendance.


Warning About “Fraudulent ICANN Domain Name Certificates”

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This afternoon, ICANN sent out an email news alert to inform recipients about a scam that the organization recently learned about. Apparently, there are entities trying to sell fraudulent certificates with the ICANN logo on them that supposedly “are required to protect generic top-level domain names.” I am unsure about who the target audience for the scam is, but I want you to be aware of this.

I also recommend signing up for the ICANN newsletters, which will keep you in the loop about ICANN activities, meetings, and updates.

Here’s the full news alert that was sent to ICANN newsletter subscribers warning of this unauthorized activity:

Follow ICANN 50 Meeting via Twitter

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The ICANN 50 meeting is being held in London this week. Although I chose not to attend, there are many people who are attending the meetings. As you might expect, some of the most interesting discussion doesn’t take place during the organized sessions, and similarly, some of the most candid discussion takes place via Twitter.

I am not inclined to listen to the ICANN meeting audio stream, but I am sort of following along via Twitter. If you search (or click on) the #ICANN50 hashtag, you can follow along with the meeting. Some participants have been sharing their candid thoughts about the discussions and others have been offering commentary based on the proceedings.

If you didn’t make the ICANN meeting but you are interested in

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