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China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Get IDN Country Code Top Level Domain Names

June 25, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann board, idn, Policy & LawComments Off on China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Get IDN Country Code Top Level Domain Names

Asian language top level domains coming to the internet.

The Board of ICANN has approved the delegation of two Chinese-character country code top level domain names to China, two to Taiwan, and one to Hong Kong.

During ICANN’s board meeting today in Brussels, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom called it a historic moment:

Just one brief remark and that is to say this is a truly historic moment. More than one out of five people who walk on this planet speak Chinese as a first language. In addition to all the incredible engineering work that’s gone on for many years, the policy work, the work by linguists and the work in the last six months by the operators in China of this proposed IDN ccTLD and the intense work of the board of ICANN and staff and the community have been remarkable. And it’s exciting for all of us, I think, to be here and to see the root truly embrace the world.

The board’s vote on the IDNs was followed by not just applause, but standing ovations according to the transcript of the meeting.


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ICANN Board to Review UDRP Provider Relationship on Thursday

April 20, 2010czech arbitration court, Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann board, Policy & Law, udrpComments Off on ICANN Board to Review UDRP Provider Relationship on Thursday

UDRP on the table at Thursday’s board meeting.

ICANN has posted the agenda for its April 22 meeting, and item 10 reads:

UDRP Policy – relationships with service providers; changes in procedures

What exactly is this about? An ICANN spokesperson told me there’s no additional information available, and what the topic is about won’t be known until the minutes from the meeting are published.

But my guess is this has to do with two things that have created buzz in the community over the past couple months:

1. The fact that there’s no contract between ICANN and UDRP providers.

2. Certain UDRP providers have been playing around with their Supplemental Rules to try to change the overall UDRP process.

For example, Czech Arbitration Court has created a sort of UDRP-lite, where complainants can pay reduced fees for simple cases if the respondent doesn’t submit a reply in the case. Although there may be some merit to such an idea, the supplemental rules certainly weren’t mean for making such a change.

Internet Commerce Association sent a letter to ICANN about the Czech Arbitration Court change over a month ago, and ICANN hasn’t responded.


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