Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Board passes resolution that might delay certain new TLDs and approves a new UDRP provider.
While most of us were hanging with our families or on the golf course this weekend, ICANN’s board was approving a number of resolutions that could have a big affect on some parts of the domain name industry. Here’s what the board decided:
Some new TLDs may be delayed or rejected based on internal name conflicts. ICANN is going to further investigate the potential for security issues related to certain applied-for new TLDs and internally use domains such as .home. I would expect, at minimum, a delay on certain domain names.
There’s a new UDRP provider. Add Arab Center for Dispute Resolution to the list of approved UDRP providers. No, they won’t have to sign a contract, which means they’ll have some flexibility in changing their supplemental rules. Czech Arbitration Court, for example, adjusted its supplemental rules to allow a low cost UDRP option.
Approval of the FY 2014 budget will be late. ICANN’s 2014 fiscal year begins in June, but the budget won’t be approved until the July meeting in Durban. There’s also an open comment period for the fiscal plan right now. As a result, ICANN will go ahead with the proposed budget come June 1, and then approve it later.
Pack your bags for Los Angeles. The third ICANN meeting of 2014 will be October 12-16 in Los Angeles, where ICANN’s headquarters are located. (TRAFFIC organizers should take note when planning their fall conference next year.)
Fadi got his bonus, and something else happened… New ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade will get his second trimester of FY13 at-risk bonus. The board also approved a confidential resolution related to “personnel or employment matters”.