Saturday, 13 March 2010

ICANN's most recent answers to my questions

Last year, to test Internet governing body ICANN's new "Documentary Information Disclosure Policy" (DIDP), I made renewed formal requests for any records of (1) ICANN decisions to designate an independent review provider or approve independent review policies or fees, and (2) appointment by ICANN of an Ombudsman. As I pointed... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 13 March 2010, 08:39 ( 8:39 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 12 March 2010

ICANN's Board of Directors still doesn't get it

Last night while I was sleeping in San Francisco (Friday morning in Nairobi), ICANN's Board of Directors held a pro forma public meeting at which it voted unanimously and without debate to declare that it had "has considered ... throughout the week in Nairobi" the recent arbitration finding that ICANN... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 12 March 2010, 07:05 ( 7:05 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

What ICANN needs to do to clean up its act

Internet governing body ICANN is meeting this week in Nairobi following the decision last month by a panel of international arbitrators that ICANN had acted in bad faith and violated its own Bylaws. I'm not optimistic that this will lead ICANN to take up my own request, now almost 5... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 10 March 2010, 21:27 ( 9:27 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, 20 February 2010

ICANN loses an arbitration but still stonewalls on compliance with its bylaws

Yesterday a panel of international arbitrators declared that ICANN -- the private non-profit California corporation to which the US government has effectively delegated important aspects of Internet governance -- had not acted in accordance with ICANN's own Bylaws in its consideration of a proposed ".XXX" top-level domain for erotica. ICANN... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 20 February 2010, 17:21 ( 5:21 PM) | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, 1 October 2009

"New ICANN agreement runs into criticism"

If you're looking for my comments on ICANN's latest adventures in wonderland, as mentioned in this article in Macworld and PC World from Grant Gross of IDG News Service, they're here at ICANNwatch.org. If you are just tuning in, check out the back story and my previous ICANNwatch articles. I'm... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 1 October 2009, 16:11 ( 4:11 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Still trying to get answers from ICANN

ICANN is holding its quarterly meetings this week in Mexico City, including a public forum today for the worldwide community of Internet users to submit comments or questions to the people who act as the de facto privatized government of the Internet. (What, if anything, President Obama will do to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 March 2009, 10:47 (10:47 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, 8 January 2009

ICANN prepares to renew the ".aero" top-level domain

Almost nobody actually uses it, but since 2001 there has been a ".aero" top-level Internet domain name delegated by ICANN to SITA (a cooperative of airlines and other aviation companies) for the exclusive use of "supporters" of the aviation industry. The original idea, not necessarily a bad one, was to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 8 January 2009, 12:45 (12:45 PM) | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 22 February 2008

.travel registry sold -- again

The owners of the registry for Internet domain names ending in ".travel" have announced plans for another sale of the .travel registry business, raising renewed questions about Tralliance's compliance with its contractual commitments to ICANN as well as about the lack of transparency of ICANN's decision making and ICANN's compliance... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 22 February 2008, 07:36 ( 7:36 AM) | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, 24 June 2007

ICANN posts procedures for independent review and information disclosure

In the guise of measures for transparency and independent review, Internet governing body ICANN has posted policies and procedures which would make explicit ICANN's secrecy and lack of accountability to the public or to any independent body. In their fine print, these policies and procedures would violate ICANN's Bylaw's on... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 24 June 2007, 21:16 ( 9:16 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 18 May 2007

.travel registry near death

Aside from any of the other problems with the way that the franchise to "sponsor" the ".travel" top-level Internet domain name was awarded by ICANN to what is now the Tralliance division of TheGlobe.com, a travel business would have to be run by a real speculator to risk their Internet... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 18 May 2007, 16:27 ( 4:27 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 27 April 2007

Limitations of review of ICANN's transparency and accountability

Internet "governing" body ICANN continues to ignore me, but I haven't forgotten them, and I haven't given up on either my attempts to report on ICANN's mis-allocation of top-level Internet domains ".aero" and ".travel" to the travel industry -- to the exclusion and detrimaent of travellers -- or my attempts... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 27 April 2007, 19:33 ( 7:33 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

More skeletons in ICANN's closet

Every time we pry open another of ICANN's doors, we find another skeleton in their closet -- and more evidence of why ICANN is so desperate to avoid openness, transparency, or accountability. Yesterday, 18 months after the fact, ICANN finally posted its official response to my request for reconsideration of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 13 December 2006, 08:21 ( 8:21 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, 10 December 2006

ICANN reveals they secretly rejected one of my requests

In response to my latest message to the Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) questioning the accuracy of their ICANN Reconsideration Committee's report for 2006 and the absence of any published report for 2005, the Internet governing body revealed during their latest meeting in São Paulo, Brazil last week... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 10 December 2006, 15:20 ( 3:20 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 6 October 2006

ICANN again ducks questions on independent review

Lack of transparency and accountability is ICANN's Achilles heel. The more public and governmental scrutiny of ICANN focuses on transparency and accountability, the harder it is for ICANN to explain why they haven't acted on the request I made in April 2005 for an independent review, as provided for in... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 6 October 2006, 08:14 ( 8:14 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Thursday, 21 September 2006

ICANN's President tells Congress, "We have an established system for review"

Kieren McCarthy, journalist and candidate for the ICANN Board of Directors, has the story on today's U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on ICANN Internet Governance: Is It Working? . [ICANN President Paul] Twomey has also done a summary of his testimony yesterday, but with some interesting additions: a stress... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 21 September 2006, 16:34 ( 4:34 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 21 July 2006

Questions for the ICANN President's Strategy Committee

Both ICANN and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the USA Department of Commerce are holding public discusssions this week and next as to whether ICANN should be released from any oversight by NTIA over ICANN's decision-making as the privatized governing body of the Internet. Unfortunately, no one... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 21 July 2006, 11:39 (11:39 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, 8 July 2006

Comments to NTIA on ICANN's (lack of) transparency and oversight

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) derives its "governing" power over the Internet, such as it is, from contracts and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ICANN and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the USA Department of Commerce. The current MOU between NTIA and... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 8 July 2006, 10:22 (10:22 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

ICANN moves to renew SITA sponsorship of .aero

Five years ago -- over my objections and after denying my request for reconsideration -- ICANN entered into a contract with the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA) to sponsor a new .aero top-level Internet domain (TLD). The initial contract delegating authority over .aero was for a 5-year term, expiring... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 8 July 2006, 09:30 ( 9:30 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

SITA responds to my objections to ".aero" renewal

Last month, ICANN posted a letter sent by SITA -- the sponsor of the .aero top-level Internet domain for air transportation -- in response to my objections to the renewal of SITA's franchise from ICANN to "sponsor" .aero. SITA mis-states some of my objections (such as by confusing my demand... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 13 June 2006, 10:10 (10:10 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Another request for independent review of ICANN in the works

My own travails with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concerning the lack of transparency and accountability in its decision-making on travel-related domain names ".travel" and ".aero" are only one of the many strands of ongoing criticism of ICANN and its modus operandi . Almost all of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 24 May 2006, 07:16 ( 7:16 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, 24 April 2006

"Independent Review Provider" has never heard of ICANN

The saga continues: The arbitration company ICANN claims to have designated to provide "independent review" of whether ICANN's decisions are consistent with ICANN's Bylaws says they've never heard of ICANN. And in order to make a request to them for arbitration, I'd have to provide them with a contract which,... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 24 April 2006, 00:13 (12:13 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, 17 April 2006

ICANN and I: the saga so far

My reporting on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has gone through several stages over the last 5 years, and is now about a very different, and more fundamental, set of issues than were at the center of my earliest stories about ICANN and Internet domains names... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 17 April 2006, 07:13 ( 7:13 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Thank you for your support

My deepest thanks to all of you who sent e-mail messages to ICANN's public forum last week in support of my challenge to ICANN's secrecy and lack of accountability in its decision-making on new travel-related Internet domains controlled by the travel industry and closed to travellers. Your unprecedented showing of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 4 April 2006, 13:29 ( 1:29 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, 3 April 2006

ICANN and the press

One of the three main issues that has arisen in my efforts to report on the Internet's governing body, ICANN , is ICANN's failure to comply with its own bylaws requiring that "ICANN and its constituent bodies shall operate to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 3 April 2006, 07:52 ( 7:52 AM) | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

ICANN public forum today

Even knowing I was 10,000 km away, ICANN went to new lengths to exclude me from their current meeting in Wellington, New Zealand. (More on that in a later article.) But less than an hour before the start of ICANN's 2-day "public forum", I succeeded in pressuring them to post... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 29 March 2006, 03:40 ( 3:40 AM) | Comments (2) | TrackBack (3)

Friday, 24 March 2006

ICANN action. (Not.)

ICANN's week-long series of meetings in Wellington, New Zealand, is scheduled to have begun a few hours ago, and the public meeting of ICANN's Board of Directors is scheduled for less than 7 days from now. An agenda for the Board meeting should have been posted by now, according to... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 24 March 2006, 16:13 ( 4:13 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, 26 February 2006

".travel" sponsor on the defensive

The sponsor of the new .travel top-level Internet domain -- the struggling Tralliance Corporation division of the equally struggling TheGobe.com/Voiceglo.com -- appears to be running scared in response to questions about how much ".travel" will actually be used, and a report this month by one of the leading independent analysts... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 26 February 2006, 18:53 ( 6:53 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 14 February 2006

ICANN's "Manager of Public Participation" hired away by al-Jazeera

Really. I've posted the details at ICANNWatch.org. (I was in Doha, Qatar, last year, but unfortunately al-Jazeera wasn't giving tours of their control room .) [Addendum, 26 February 2006: Danny Younger has posted the reply he received from ICANN's Ombudsman to his complaint regarding the vacancy of this Bylaws-mandated staff... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 14 February 2006, 11:48 (11:48 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, 9 February 2006

Sex.com

Congratulations to freelance investigative journalist Kieren McCarthy on signing a contract for the publication of his forthcoming book, "Sex.com". I met Kieren as the only other person to set foot in the press room -- scrupulously avoided by any ICANN staff, although it did provide me with a more comfortable... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 9 February 2006, 10:10 (10:10 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Request for ICANN Board action on independent review

From: "Edward Hasbrouck" edward@hasbrouck.org To: Vint Cerf vint@google.com , john.jeffrey@icann.org Subject: RE: Request for ICANN Board action on independent review Date sent: Mon, 07 Feb 2006 07:52 -0800 Copies to: [ICANN Board of Directors members], twomey@icann.org , committee@alac.icann.org On 5 Feb 2006 at 22:22, Vint Cerf vint@google.com wrote : "I... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 7 February 2006, 07:52 ( 7:52 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Monday, 6 February 2006

Request for action by ICANN's "At-Large Advisory Cmmittee"

ICANN's officers and staff continue to ignore the requests I have made for them to act on my request for independent review of the lack of opnnness and transparency in ICANN's decision-making on the ".travel" top-level domain. By now, ICANN's (in)action on my requests raises much larger questions about Internet... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 6 February 2006, 10:24 (10:24 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Sunday, 5 February 2006

More evasions from ICANN

My e-mail message earlier today to ICANN got an uncharacteristically prompt, but characteristically unresponsive, reply just two hours later from ICANN's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary John O. Jeffrey, giving me a two-day deadline (after 10 months of delay) and continuing to mis-state my requests while completely ignoring all of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 February 2006, 18:14 ( 6:14 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Tilting at ICANN's windmills

This week I've filed comments with ICANN on the reasons why ICANN's agreement with SITA for the .aero top-level domain should not be renewed because SITA has broken its contract with ICANN, and the need for better oversight and enforcement provisions in future TLD agreements, to prevent similar breaches of... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 February 2006, 11:39 (11:39 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Tuesday, 17 January 2006

Snail-mail from ICANN

I received a strange e-mail message today from Nicole Bihari, executive assistant to ICANN General Counsel and Corporate Secretary John Jeffrey, forwarding (by e-mail) a PDF file of a scanned image of a letter supposedly sent to me today by snail-mail. Why ICANN chose this particular kludge of a mode... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 17 January 2006, 20:56 ( 8:56 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

Sunday, 11 December 2005

ICANN procedures for independent review

My involvement with ICANN (the governing body of the Internet, although ICANN doesn't like to speak of itself as "governing" because that might suggest that it should be held to the same standards of democracy, public accountability, etc. as a government agency, or even that its power should be transferred... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 11 December 2005, 13:07 ( 1:07 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (7)

Monday, 5 December 2005

Statement to the ICANN Board of Directors

I'm not sure whether it was the tipping point in ICANN's agreement the next morning to allow an independent review of the lack of transparency in their decision to create a .travel top-level Internet domain name, but the following was my statement to ICANN's Board of Directors at their absurdly... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 December 2005, 20:35 ( 8:35 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, 4 December 2005

ICANN agrees to allow an independent review of its lack of transparency

Half an hour into the ICANN Board of Directors' meeting this morning in Vancouver, General Counsel John O. Jeffrey sent me an e-mail message across the room from his seat behind the Board members, indicating that ICANN agrees (with some conditions, qualifications, and disclaimers) to refer my request to an... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 4 December 2005, 09:16 ( 9:16 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, 3 December 2005

ICANN admits it overruled its own evaluators' recommendation against ".travel"

Although Internet governing body ICANN continues to ignore my request for independent review of the lack of transparency in its decision to approve a .travel top-level Internet domain name -- limited to and controlled by the travel "industry", to the exclusion and the detriment of travellers -- crucial documents released... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 3 December 2005, 07:36 ( 7:36 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (5)

Monday, 3 October 2005

".travel" launched. ICANN still ignores my request for stay.

Today the Tralliance Corp. subsidiary of TheGlobe.com (d/b/a "Voiceglo"), with approval from ICANN and the USA Department of Commerce, began accepting registrations from suppliers of travel services (travellers themselves aren't eligible, unless they sell travel services) for second-level .travel Internet domain names. I've received no response or acknowledgement at all... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 3 October 2005, 05:36 ( 5:36 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (2)

Monday, 26 September 2005

".travel" on verge of launch despite my request for stay

.travel domain names for businesses in the travel "industry" are scheduled to go live beginning next Monday, 3 October 2005, despite my pending request for independent review of the (secret) manner in which ICANN approved ".travel" and delegated control of it to an insolvent sham front corporation, and my request... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 26 September 2005, 20:11 ( 8:11 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (2)

Friday, 26 August 2005

ICANN claims to think I've given up on independent review

I checked my e-mail occasionally, but I heard nothing from ICANN this northern hemisphere summer (austral winter) while I was travelling in southern Africa -- although the .travel" top-level domain (TLD) was added to the root during that time. My last message to ICANN's General Counsel and Secretary, Mr. John... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 26 August 2005, 00:12 (12:12 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 16 August 2005

Update on ".travel"

The ".travel" top-level Internet domain name (TLD) has been added to the root-zone files and the Web site of the first active ".travel" sub-domain has gone live at http://www.travel.travel . In its role as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority , ICANN issued a report 5 August 2005 recommending the addition... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 16 August 2005, 15:13 ( 3:13 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, 8 June 2005

".travel" registry policies posted

ICANN and the USA Department of Commerce remain silent on my requests for independent review of ICANN's decision to create a ".travel" top-level Internet domain (TLD), and to stay that decison pending independent review. But the ".travel" registry operator designated by ICANN, the Tralliance Corp. subsidiary of TheGlobe.com/Voiceglo, has quietly... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 8 June 2005, 20:14 ( 8:14 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 3 June 2005

".travel" TLD moving forward despite my request for independent review

Ignoring my request that the launch of the .travel top-level Internet domain (TLD) be stayed pending independent review of the process by which it was approved, Tralliance Corp. (a subsidiary of the financially troubled TheGlobe.com/Voiceglo, operating in conjunction with an insolvent sham entity called the "Travel Partnership Corp." (TTPC) and... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 3 June 2005, 12:01 (12:01 PM) | Comments (3) | TrackBack (1)

Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Addition of ".travel" TLD to Internet root name servers

The final decision on whether to add ".travel" to the Internet's root domain name servers will be (or perhaps already has been) made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a division of the USA Department of Commerce (DOC). The role of the NTIA and DOC in Internet governance... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 18 May 2005, 15:10 ( 3:10 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Continuing the discussion with ICANN on ".travel"

I'm not sure what to say to someone (in this case, IANN's General Counsel and corporate secretary, John O. Jeffrey), who claims not to understand how excluding a journalist from a press conference and ignoring their questions, while permitting other journalists to attend and responding to their questions on the... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 18 May 2005, 07:59 ( 7:59 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (3)

Monday, 16 May 2005

"Openness and transparency" of ICANN meetings

I continue to try to report on ICANN's consideration of Internet domain names for travel , and ICANN continues to ignore my requests as a journalist for access to its meetings, records, and documents, as well as the requirement of its own bylaws that, "ICANN and its constituent bodies shall... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 16 May 2005, 17:42 ( 5:42 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 13 May 2005

No deep pockets for ".travel" buyer

While my questions about the financial soundness of the would-be operators of the ".travel" top-level Internet domain remain unanswered by ICANN , new information continues to be made public (although not by ICANN, despite its professed commitment to "openness and transparency") about their under-capitalization. As I've previously reported , the... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 13 May 2005, 17:26 ( 5:26 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, 12 May 2005

Response from ICANN to (some of) my requests on ".travel"

This afternoon I received the following response from ICANN's General Counsel, John O. Jeffrey, to some of my requests to ICANN concerning the proposed ".travel" top-level Internet domain. (Click on "continue reading" for the full text, if it isn't already visible below.) For more information concerning my requests, see my... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 12 May 2005, 19:02 ( 7:02 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (2)

".travel" contract signed. Contractor sold.

ICANN signed a contract with Tralliance Corp. on 5 May 2005 to operate a ".travel" sponsored top-level Internet domain (sTLD), and today TheGlobe.com (a/k/a Voiceglo.com) exercised its option to purchase Tralliance Corp., according to a press release today from TheGlobe.com (you may have to register to view the release unless... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 12 May 2005, 13:19 ( 1:19 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (2)

Friday, 15 April 2005

What I want from ICANN on ".travel"

I've gotten some feedback -- both in conversations with ICANN insiders and experienced ICANN-watchers at CFP in Seattle, and in online comments by present and former ICANN board members -- suggesting that my request for independent review of ICANN's decision on a ".travel" top-level Internet domain (TLD) has been widely... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 15 April 2005, 06:37 ( 6:37 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (2)

Friday, 8 April 2005

Request for independent review of ".travel"

Today the Board of Directors of ICANN voted -- as the culmination of a process conducted in flagrant violation of ICANN's own Bylaws ("ICANN and its constituent bodies shall operate to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner") -- to approve an agreement with Tralliance Corp. (a... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 8 April 2005, 07:11 ( 7:11 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Thursday, 7 April 2005

Requests to ICANN on "travel"

I have submitted the following comments to this morning's ICANN Board of Directors public forum, requesting that any decision to consider ".travel" at the Board meeting tomorrow be referred to an independent review panel (as provided for in ICANN's Bylaws), and reiterating my previous (thus far ignored) questions annd requests... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 7 April 2005, 01:09 ( 1:09 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Tuesday, 5 April 2005

Questions for ICANN about ".travel"

Yesterday ICANN's Web site announced that, "A teleconference press conference is scheduled for 12:00-13:00 (local time [in Mar del Plata, Argentina]) on Tuesday, 5 April. Participation details are available upon request." I immediately responded to "press@icann.org", "Please send information on how I can participate in the telephone press conference on... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 April 2005, 13:45 ( 1:45 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Sunday, 3 April 2005

ICANN reveals ".travel" sponsor is a front for IATA

As I've been reporting for several years , key staff of the Internet's governing body, ICANN, cut a secret deal at least as early as 2001 with the international airline cartel IATA to create and hand over to IATA's control a new Internet top level domain (TLD), ".travel". The process... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 3 April 2005, 12:15 (12:15 PM) | Comments (2) | TrackBack (9)

Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Who will really run the ".travel" domain?

A press release today announces a sale option for .travel top level Internet domain applicant Tralliance Corp., contingent on "conditions being met, including final approval [for Tralliance] to be the registry of the .travel top-level domain from ICANN". The news release reveals that throughout its application to ICANN for the... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 17 November 2004, 12:47 (12:47 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 5 October 2004

ICANN publishes non-strategy for new domain names

As noted at ICANNWatch , ICANN has published for comment a purported strategy for the introduction of new generic top-level Internet domain names. I've posted comments in response, pointing out that the ICANN document fails to actually define a strategy, and that it misrepresents as comprehensive the consultant's report ICANN... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 5 October 2004, 12:14 (12:14 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, 30 April 2004

".travel" comment period closes, then is extended

ICANN's comment period on the proposals for ".travel" and other proposed new sponsored top-level Internet domains closed at 11:59 a.m. UTC (03:59 a.m. PDT, 06:59 a.m. EDT) this morning. You can read my comments and the complete index of comments on the .travel application on the ICANN Web site. A... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 30 April 2004, 01:19 ( 1:19 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, 21 March 2004

Application for ".travel" top-level Internet domain name renewed

A group of travel industry associations led by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and acting through Tralliance Corp. and the Travel Partnership Corporation (a sham organization operating almost entirely in secret, created by IATA to provide a non-profit front for the ".travel" sponsorship application originally made by IATA, and... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 21 March 2004, 22:10 (10:10 PM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, 7 December 2003

Focus on competition at PhoCusWright conference

As in years past, the 10th PhoCusWright Executive Conference in Orlando, Florida, 17-18 November 2003, brought together the CEO's of the most influential companies at the intersection of travel, technology, and the Internet, providing those of us who observe those industries with one of our most important annual opportunities for... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 7 December 2003, 09:10 ( 9:10 AM) | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, 1 November 2003

The fix is still in on .travel

At its annual business meeting, the day after its public forum -- not , ICANN announced "an expedited process for a round of new sponsored generic top level domains (sTLDs), which will result in new sTLDs in 2004. sTLDs serve specific communities. (Examples of current sTLDs include .museum, .coop, and... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 1 November 2003, 15:38 ( 3:38 PM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, 30 October 2003

Public comments (not) to the ICANN annual meeting

As I mentioned last week , the ICANN Board of Directors is holding its annual meeting this week in Carthage, Tunisia. As with the last two ICANN board meetings, by the time the issue of new top-level Internet domain names (TLD's), including new Internet domain names for travel , was... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 30 October 2003, 08:37 ( 8:37 AM) | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, 21 October 2003

Will ICANN give ".travel" to IATA?

Less than a week before the start of the annual meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)Board of Directors, the agendas for the public forum and the actual Board meeting have still not been posted on the meeting Web site. That makes it real easy for... (...Read Entire Entry)
Link | Posted by Edward, 21 October 2003, 05:06 ( 5:06 AM) | Comments (0)