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Internet Governance World Meets in Toronto Amid New Domains Controversy

Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 14, 2012 as Internet Governance World Meets in Toronto Amid New Domains Controversy The Internet governance world gathers in Toronto this week as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the California-based non-profit corporation charged with the principal responsibility for maintaining […]

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October 16, 2012 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Internet Domain Name Land Grab More Than Just “Fools Gold”

Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the California-based non-profit corporation charged with the principal responsibility for maintaining the Internet’s domain name system, revealed that it has received nearly 2,000 applications for new domain name extensions. While many applications may be abandoned or face objections that stall their approval, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes it seems certain that there will be hundreds of new domain name extensions in the not-too-distant future, a change that will fundamentally reshape the way we think about domain names.

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June 21, 2012 6 comments Columns

Internet Domain Name Land Grab More Than Just “Fools Gold”

gtld expansion Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 17, 2012 as Internet Domain Name Land Grab More Than Just “Fools Gold” Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the California-based non-profit corporation charged with the principal responsibility for maintaining the Internet’s domain name system, revealed […]

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June 21, 2012 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

ICANN Releases List of New TLD Applications

ICANN has released the list of nearly two thousand new top-level-domain applications.  Canadian applications include the Canadian Real Estate Association applying for .mls, Rogers applying for .chatr, .rogers. and .fido, and a new group seeking .quebec.  

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June 13, 2012 6 comments Must Reads

UN Internet Takeover Rumours Mask Bigger Governance Shortcomings

In recent months the Internet has been buzzing about the prospect of a United Nations “takeover” of the Internet, including responsibility for governance of the domain name system. The concern hit a fever pitch late last month when the U.S. Congress held hearings on the issue. A steady stream of technology companies and consumer groups expressed fears with potential U.N. and foreign government involvement and members of Congress pledged to take a strong stand against the takeover.

While a U.N. takeover would indeed be cause for serious concern, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the reality is far more complex and somewhat less ominous. This issue has been festering for over 15 years and is less about whether there will be efforts at governmental control and more about which government controls.

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June 13, 2012 4 comments Columns