ICANN will be called to task over new top level domain names next week.
Next week The U.S. House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold an “ICANN Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) Oversight Hearingâ€.
You can be assured that someone from ICANN will be asked to attend. Hopefully it won’t be the train wreck the non-profit experienced in June 2009.
Frankly, Twomey wasn’t prepared. But ICANN was also paying for many years of not responding to the community.
Of course these meetings are a bit humorous and misguided to begin with. It’s basically a bunch of representatives reading aloud a briefing report their staff put together for them.
Question: Will ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom make a power play and suggest it wouldn’t be appropriate for ICANN to attend a U.S. government hearing? It would take some guts to do this right before the IANA contract comes up. But I wouldn’t put it past him.