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Webinar: Briefing About the Upcoming Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

23 April 2014

Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2014 Time: 13:00-14:00 UTC (time converter: http://goo.gl/4hjOpb)

You are invited to a webinar regarding the upcoming Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). This briefing will provide the GNSO community with information about the GNSO review process, collect feedback from the community and answer questions concerning this process.

The webinar will be recorded and available for those who may not be able to join the session live.

Review of Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

The objective of the Review is to examine organizational effectiveness of the GNSO, including its structure components (GNSO Council, GNSO Working Groups, GNSO Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies). The review will be tightly scoped based on objective and quantifiable criteria provided to the independent examiner.

The work methods are expected to include the examination of documentation, records and reports; outcomes from the 360 Assessment; and limited interviews. The 360 Assessment is an online mechanism to collect and summarize feedback from members of the GNSO community — a "self-review" relative to objective and quantifiable criteria. Interested members of other ICANN organizations, Board and staff also may offer feedback. Relevant assessments of the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team 1 regarding the GNSO policy development process will be factored into the review.

GNSO and community participation

Involvement of the GNSO community as well as input and participation from the broader community are important components of this review process.

As discussed in GNSO Council meetings, the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) is requesting that a GNSO Review Working Party be assembled to function as a liaison between the GNSO, the independent examiner and the SIC, to provide input on review criteria and the 360 Assessment, coordinate interviews and objectively supply clarification and responses to the draft findings and recommendations. Once a final report is issued and the Board takes action on it, as appropriate, the GNSO Review Working Party is expected to coordinate with the GNSO community to prepare an Implementation Plan and champion implementation of improvement activities. More information about this will be provided shortly.

Review Criteria

Objective and quantifiable criteria will cover the following areas:

  • Achievement of mission, compliance with agreed upon rules and processes
  • Accountability and transparency to the public
  • Membership processes and participation
  • Structural support toward achievement of mission
  • Governance and management: effectiveness of execution
  • Quality and evaluation/measurement of outcomes
  • Communication
  • Effectiveness of implementation of prior review recommendations

Webinar Details

Please join the webinar on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 13:00-14:00 UTC (time converter: http://goo.gl/4hjOpb). The webinar will be recorded and available for those who may not be able to join the session live.

The webinar will be run in an Adobe Connect room with a brief slide presentation to frame interactive discussion, along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. The session will be conducted in English.

Please register via email to matt.ashtiani@icann.org by Tuesday, 6 May 2014 – 23:59 UTC to receive the dial-in details. A reminder with log-in and dial-in details will be sent to you prior to the call.

Webinar Materials

Wednesday, 7 May 2014:

  • Recording: TBP
  • Transcript: TBP
  • Chat Transcript: TBP
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New gTLD .WANG Launched – Here Is Why “Wang” Is Both “King” and “Net” to the Chinese

Zodiac is pleased to announce the launch of .wang.

As a pinyin (the official phonetic system for transcribing Chinese characters into Latin alphabet), "wang" is the Mandarin pronunciation of a number of Chinese characters, including 王 and 网.

"王" is the surname of more than 100 million Chinese around the world but it also means "king" or "best of its kind". "网" means "web" or "net". For example, one of the largest Chinese online retail platforms, "taobao.com" is known as 淘宝网 (pronounced "taobao-wang"). Many other household brands, social media or retail platforms hosted on a .com or .cn site are pronounced and known to Chinese users and consumers as "brand-wang", explains Eugene Li, CEO of Zodiac.

Li and his team are based in Beijing, China. "At Zodiac, our strengths lie with our people and our local knowledge and expertise. Being close to the market and the fact we speak the same language as our customers will hopefully set us apart from some of the new entrants. ", adds Li. Before joining Zodiac, Li was a senior executive at CNNIC where he was instrumental in driving the rapid growth of .cn, which reached 10 million registrations in 2008.

"After four long years of preparation and ICANN processes, we are very excited to be able to finally offer a Chinese style domain name space. In China, .cn and .com have around 10 and 6 million registrations, respectively. Our goal is to make .wang one of the most successful new gTLDs", says Li.

The Sunrise Period for .wang is between April 21 and May 21 when all trademark holders with Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) validation will be given priority to register their trademark-matching domain names.

Starting on May 26, .wang will have a five-week Landrush, followed by General Availability when all are welcome to register in the TLD.

Update on Root Zone LGR Generation Panel Formation

23 April 2014

ICANN is pleased to announce significant progress in the formation of Generation Panels for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR). Generation Panels are community panels that will establish the rules that define, for a given script, which code points are permitted for use in U-Labels in the Root Zone, which labels are variants of each other and, where variants exist, whether such variant labels are deemed allocatable for the Root Zone.

Generation Panels will be formed for each script, but are in different stages of formation based on the activity of the communities that they serve:

  • To date, the Arabic Script Generation Panel is fully formed and operational. The Panel convened in person at the ICANN 49 in Singapore.
  • Members of the Chinese community have submitted a formal proposal to form the Chinese Generation Panel, which is currently under review by ICANN.
  • A group of volunteers interested in forming the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel is actively recruiting members. Interested parties should view the Call for Participation [PDF, 72 KB].
  • There has been significant activity in the Cyrillic, Korean, and Japanese scripts communities. Various community members have taken the initiative and led efforts in forming Generation Panels.
  • Other script communities have not yet formed Generation Panels. If you are interested in establishing a Generation Panel, view the Call for Generation Panels to develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules [PDF, 149 KB].

Other ways to participate:

Before the Generation Panels can begin their work, the maximal set of code points from which the Generation Panels can construct their Label Generation Rules must be defined. The Integration Panel has defined this maximal set of code points in the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-1), which is currently available for public comment. The comment period is open until 30 April 2014, and the reply period is open from 1 May 2014 to 21 May 2014. To review the MSR-1 and submit your comments, access here the public comment forum.

For additional information, view the July 2013 announcement of the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. Inquiries and expressions of interest may be sent to idntlds@icann.org.

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Afternic Reports $1,9 Million in Domain Name Sales, Led By Trade360.com at $42,500

Afternic/GoDaddy have just sent in their weekly sales report for the previous week. Sales add up to a total of $1,982,736.The top sale for the week is Trade360.com at $42,500.


Sedo Reports $1 Million in Domain Sales! Fun8.com Topped Sedo’s Weekly Sales List at $25,000

Fun8.com topped Sedo's weekly sales chart at at $25,000. Highlights also include Gewerbeflächen.de,leading the ccTLD category at 16,500 EUR and Chinese.club, leading the "Other" category at $13,750.


Biggest Domain Name Sale Reported So Far This Year : MI.COM Sells for $3,6 Million

Xiaomi Inc. , a company based in Beijing, China, announced that they have acquired the domain name MI.com for $3,6 million.


ICANN: Request for Proposal for Review of GNSO

ICANN logoICANN is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.


Request for Proposal for Review of Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

22 April 2014

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.

As part of ICANN's ongoing commitment to its evolution and improvement, Article IV – Section 4 of ICANN's Bylaws contains provisions for "periodic review of the performance and operation of each Supporting Organization, each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee."

These periodic reviews present ICANN structures with opportunities for continuous improvement through consistent application of compliance review principles to objectively measure performance relative to specific and quantifiable criteria developed by ICANN based on the unique nature of its structures. The resulting implementation of improvements and the systematic means of measuring performance and validating effectiveness of implementation are of utmost importance to the ongoing legitimacy of ICANN.

The GNSO is the policy-making body responsible for generic top-level domains, such as .COM, .NET, and .ORG. Its members include representatives from generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) registries, gTLD registrars, intellectual property interest, Internet service providers, businesses and non-commercial interests. The GNSO strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition.

Given the significant increases in the number and nature of the generic Top Level Domains resulting from the recent launch of the New gTLD Program, the upcoming review of the GNSO is of critical importance to the ICANN community. ICANN is planning to start the review on 1 July 2014, with an anticipated duration of 6 months, and is seeking qualified providers to conduct the review in a timely and efficient manner.

For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please see http://www.icann.org/en/news/rfps/rfp-gnso-review-22apr14-en.zip [ZIP, 672 KB].

Activity Dates
RFP published 22 April 2014
Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFP 30 April
Participant proposals due by 13 May
Target for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 19 May (May 19-23)
Target for Final evaluations and selection of vendor (includes contracting and award to participant) 10 June
Board appointment of independent reviewer 26 June
Estimated start of implementation 1 July
Final Report 15 January 2015
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24 Other New gTLDs Were Delegated, Including .Media, .College and .Gop

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that 24 other new TLDs were delegated, bringing the total number to 225.


Buying.com Hits $50,000 in Sedo’s GreatDomains Auction

The auction for Buying.com is now live on Sedo. The domain name received six bids and the highest bid is $50,000.