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The Curious Case of ICANN Sponsorship

June 14, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann brussels, Policy & LawComments Off on The Curious Case of ICANN Sponsorship

Some interesting sponsors for next week’s ICANN conference.

Brussels ICANN meetingNext week the domain name world will converge on Brussels for ICANN meeting number 38. It costs a lot of money to organize these ICANN meetings and the organization often comes under fire for this. To help defray the cost it offers various sponsorships.

There are a couple interesting sponsors for the upcoming meeting, most notably ICM Registry. As you might recall, ICM Registry is embroiled in a dispute with ICANN and is awaiting a decision by ICANN’s board on if it can move forward with offering the .xxx domain name. Some decision should be made next week.

Another sponsor is dotPro, which recently inked a renewal with ICANN to run the .pro registry. It also got a nice reduction in the amount it has to pay ICANN for each registration or renewal. That fee reduction is apparently funneled into sponsoring ICANN events.

Other sponsors include companies trying to shape the new TLD debate, such as .Irish, .Quebec, .Africa, and several incumbent registries.


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If You Can’t Go to Brussels, You Can Still Participate Online

June 7, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann brussels, Policy & LawComments Off on If You Can’t Go to Brussels, You Can Still Participate Online

ICANN holds informational sessions on remote participation for June meeting.

Brussels ICANNIf something good came of many attendees pulling out of the last ICANN meeting in Kenya for security reasons, it was the tidal shift to remote participation in ICANN meetings. A number of people who chose not to attend the meeting went to the web and ICANN’s many remote participation features to stay involved and virtually raise their hand to speak. A group of domain companies even set up a remote participation meeting in Washington.

ICANN No. 38 takes place June 20-25 in Brussels. If you can’t make the trip, consider participating with your computer. It’s not the same as being there, but the tools are improving. ICANN has set up a couple webinars to explain remote participation and give an overview of the tools available. They will last 30 minutes each and take place on Monday, June 14. If you can’t make it live they will be recorded for later viewing.

By all accounts this should be a big meeting. The “final” draft applicant guidebook for new top level domains has been released but there is plenty to still be decided.


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