Milathan

Oct 182017
 
DotEU

A relentless drive to find new ways to improve is one of the core character traits of the team behind EURid, the manager (registry) of Europe’s Top Level Domain DotEU.

One way EURid strives to achieve this is through its Strategic Committee.

I’m very proud to have been selected by the EURid Board to join this committee. And I’m delighted to learn that Sandra Hoferichter, with whom I have worked on both the ICANN Nominating Committee and EuroDIG (the European Dialogue on Internet Governance), is also a new member of EURid’s Strategic Committee.

I look forward to helping EURid make DotEU an even stronger symbol of Europe’s online identity.

Sep 272017
 
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The ICANN Board has a crucial decision to make this year : finding a suitable replacement for Steve Crocker. One of the “fathers of the Internet”, Crocker has chaired the ICANN Board for the last 6 years. He is term limited and can no longer serve in this position.

So at the ICANN annual general assembly (AGM) due to be held in Abu Dhabi starting October 28, the Board will be selecting a new Chair. In a drive towards greater transparency in its decision-making processes, the Board has already announced who the new Chair will be.

Current Vice Chair Cherine Chalaby will replace Steve Crocker, with former AuDA* CEO Chris Disspain replacing Chalaby as Vice Chair.

Crocker has served on the ICANN Board since 2008. Chalaby joined the Board in December 2010 and has 2 years left to run before his term ends at the 2019 ICANN AGM. He was selected to the Board by ICANN’s Nominating Committee, an independent body tasked with recruiting to half the ICANN Board and other key ICANN community groups.

*AuDA runs Australia’s Internet suffix .AU.

Sep 252017
 
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Le 22 septembre, Fundacio PuntCAT a confirmé par communiqué la libération de Pep Masoliver. Le directeur technique du gestionnaire de l’extension .CAT a été détenu pendant plus de 60 heures et doit continuer à se rendre au commissariat de manière hebdomadaire car il reste accusé, entre autre, de désobéissance publique.

Sep 222017
 
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Se faire arrêter et emprisonné pour sédition, de nos jours, ce n’est pas banal ! Ni courant. Le mot même paraît suranné. Le Larousse donne d’ailleurs deux définitions, une pour “autrefois”, l’autre actuelle. Retenons celle d’antan d’un “soulèvement concerté et préparé contre l’autorité établie”.

Car c’est exactement ce que le gouvernement espagnol reproche au petit groupe de techies qui, en 2006, a lancé l’extension .CAT pour défendre la culture et la langue catalane. Atypique et noble, ce projet a intéressé l’ICANN, le régulateur mondial de l’Internet technique. Au point que cet organisme basé en Californie et souvent présenté comme les Nations Unies de l’Internet, a immédiatement donné son feu vert à la création du .CAT.

Et l’extension sert. Un simple voyage à Barcelona suffit pour s’en convaincre. Des institutionnels aux marchands en passant par les biens publics, les gestionnaires de sites locaux préfèrent le .CAT au .ES (pour l’Espagne) ou même au .COM. A commencer par la capitale de la Catalogne elle-même, Barcelone ayant adopté www.barcelona.cat comme adresse Internet officielle !

En tout, on comptabilise environ 113 000 noms de domaine actifs sous l’extension .CAT. Autant de sites qui semblent menacés à l’approche d’un référendum sur la possible indépendance de la Catalogne déclaré illégal par la justice espagnole.

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Car le gouvernement national basé à Madrid se montre de plus en plus intransigeant, y compris sur Internet. Ainsi le 20 septembre dernier, la fondation puntCAT, le gestionnaire de l’extension éponyme, post sur son compte Twitter des photos d’un raid sur ses bureaux de la Gardia Civil.

Cherchant à faire fermer des sites en .CAT faisant la promotion du référendum, la police ne va pas y aller de main morte. Le responsable informatique Pep Masoliver est arrêté. Aujourd’hui, deux jours plus tard, il reste en prison. puntCAT a lancé sur Twitter une campagne de soutien avec le hashtag #totsambtupep, qui peut se traduire par “tous avec toi Pep”.

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Le message : il faudrait quasiment considérer Pep Masoliver comme un prisonnier politique. Et les agissements de la police et de Madrid, comme de la répression étatique.

C’est en tout cas ce que le directeur de puntCAT a écrit au PDG de l’ICANN dès le 17 septembre. “La justice espagnole nous ordonne… de censurer des contenus et de porter à atteinte à la liberté d’expression des utilisateurs de l’extension .CAT.”

Pour l’instant, pas de réponse. Ni de l’ICANN, ni de Madrid. Le référendum illégal est prévu pour le 1er octobre. Du côté des bureaux barcelonais de puntCAT, on attend de savoir quel sort sera réservé à Pep Masoliver… et aux sites Internet en .CAT.

Sep 012017
 
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ICANN Global Domains Division President Akram Attalah made the claim, citing his organisation’s FY18 budget, in a August 29, 2017 letter drafted in response to a proposal made by registries to reimburse some of the ICANN fees they have incurred for the right to operate new gTLDs.

The proposal, sent to ICANN in March of this year, was entitled “Registry Stakeholder Group proposal to offset new gTLD operator registry fees”. It asserted that revenue from the 2012 new gTLD round application fees would exceed ICANN’s predictions by over $96 million!

“The RySG recognizes ICANN’s reluctance to settle accounts before the smoke clears from the 2012 round and all the gTLDs are delegated and yet, ICANN is sitting on nearly $100M in applicant money that could enhance competition and consumer choice,” the RySG letter said.

In his reply, Attalah reminds registries that the 2012 round is still ongoing and that costs are therefore still to be expected.

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Jul 172017
 
China

Registries wanting to sell their wares to Chinese registrants are once again facing a tightening of the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)’s regulations.

A few days ago, on July 6, the Ministry published a notice excluding registries that do not hold a license from MIIT from operating in China. The notice warns that from August, MIIT will ramp up its efforts to ensure that registries comply with the regulation through a new “enforcement initiative”.

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May 272017
 
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In what can only be seen as a major coup for new gTLDs, the French national railway’s ecommerce website is set to ditch the .COM web address it’s used for the last 17 years in favour of its own Dot Brand.

French media are reporting that SNCF’s www.voyages-sncf.com will become www.oui.sncf in November 2017.

Oui (“yes” in French) is the base for the new branding the French railway company is to launch across its high-speed rail services starting this July.

Voyages-sncf.com is the number one ecommerce website in France, with a total of 86 million tickets sold in 2016. At peak volume last year, an incredible 240,000 tickets were sold daily through the site. Predicted 2020 revenue stands at 5 Billion euros!

May 092017
 
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auDA, the Australian regulator of the country’s Internet suffix .AU, has appointed Bruce Tonkin to lead its “registry transformation” project.

Tonkin has just ended a 9-year stint on the ICANN Board. He was also previously Chief Strategy Officer for the Australian registrar Melbourne IT.

Before initiating its registry transformation project, auDA had been in exclusive negotiations with current back-end registry services AusRegistry to continue operating the .AU registry beyond its current contract term.

Those negotiations were ended by auDA on April 24, 2017. A tender process will now be conducted to allow auDA to build and operate its own dedicated .AU registry.

Apr 252017
 
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Il occupe le poste de directeur général de l’Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération depuis 2005. Mieux connue sous l’acronyme Afnic, cette association gère le .FR, l’extension Internet française.

Mathieu Weill ne sera plus DG de l’Afnic à compter du 1er mai. Aucune raison n’a été donnée pour ce départ, sauf à indiquer par communiqué que l’intéressé est “appelé à d’autres fonctions”.

C’est Pierre Bonis, l’actuel directeur général adjoint, qui assurera l’intérim. Le temps pour le conseil d’administration de l’association de lancer un appel à candidature pour trouver le remplaçant de Mathieu Weill.

Apr 202017
 
GDD

ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) has started organising summits to enable domain industry members who have contracts with ICANN (registries and registrars) to discuss business issues away from the traditional policy-focussed ICANN meetings.

The 2016 summit was held in Amsterdam and drew in over 400 participants (from 49 countries). Much lower than the typical attendance at an ICANN meeting, which can run to over 3,000 people, but not surprising given the narrow focus of these GDD Summits.

The idea is to concentrate on business discussions. How domains are bought and sold, how contracted parties interact with ICANN and its staff, what new trends are emerging for the industry, what major issues the industry is facing…

The next summit is happening from May 9 to 11 in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Over 350 attendees have already registered. 6 ICANN Board members are also planning to attend, plus the ICANN CEO Göran Marby, and a preliminary agenda has now been published.