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ICANN recently established the Qualified Launch Program (QLP), which enables new gTLD registries to issue domain names to certain parties to help promote awareness that a new TLD is launching. These domains are somewhat like “anchor tenants” in a new shopping center – their presence makes the location attractive to other businesses. A number of […]

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About a year ago, The Spamhaus Project was victim to what was then considered the worst to date DDoS attack. It directed DNS response traffic at a rate of nearly 300 gigabytes per second against Spamhaus’s name servers flooding them, making them unable to resolve requests for www.spamhaus.org and making www.spamhaus.org appear down to anyone […]

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Training Wheels Off

by Fadi Chehadé on April 11, 2014

My sons are adults now but I remember like it was yesterday teaching them how to ride their bikes. Removing the training wheels from their bicycles was an important milestone, but it didn’t mean that I was ready to leave them on their own to ride the neighborhood. As they got used to being on […]

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Five months ago, ICANN launched the new WHOIS website, a one-stop shop for questions and information about everything WHOIS, the Internet’s record system of domain registration data. This new portal was just the first part of ICANN’s goal of implementing substantial improvements to the current system, based on the recommendations outlined in the Action Plan […]

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Our main role at ICANN is to coordinate and manage those unique identifiers that make the Domain Name System work. It’s probably fair to say most Internet users in Africa, like elsewhere, don’t really care about the IP addresses assigned to their machines or the domain names under which their website or email systems operate. […]

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The Heartbleed Bug: Are you at risk?

by Dave Piscitello on April 9, 2014

Researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in OpenSSL, a software that provides secure (encrypted) communications for electronic commerce, banking, and secure remote access (SSL VPN). This vulnerability has been termed the Heartbleed Bug. An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability can read data from the memory of an attacked server. If the attacker is able to […]

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IANA in Transition: Update

by Theresa Swinehart on April 7, 2014

We received an overwhelming response to our call for feedback in the design of a community-driven process toward achieving transition of NTIA’s Stewardship of the IANA Functions. From the launch of the public comment process in Singapore two weeks ago through last Thursday, we received numerous ideas on principles and mechanisms and are now incorporating […]

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Recognizing Our Community Leaders

by David Olive on April 2, 2014

by David Olive, Vice President of Policy Development Support ICANN Celebrates Volunteer Leaders: (Left to right) Dr. Steve Crocker, José Arce, Sylvia Herlein Leite, Holly Raiche, Avri Doria, Rafik Dammak, Chris Chaplow, Marie-Laure Lemineur, Roelof Meijer, and Fadi Chehadé. ICANN’s growth and evolution as a multistakeholder organization depends on the sustained engagement of our community. […]

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by Christopher Mondini and Riccardo Ruffolo, ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement “…the key questions of human rights and accessibility of the Internet for all, and inclusivity of all interests [have] become very important…” These were some of the words Fadi Chehadé shared in an opening video he sent to the RightsCon – Silicon Valley conference that […]

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Do you know IANA?

by Elise Gerich on March 26, 2014

If you ask people what IANA is, you could get a range of answers. Some would say the IANA is Jon Postel, a pioneer of the early Internet.. Others might ask, “Could you spell that for me?” We hear “IANA” thrown around a lot these days and it’s clear most people aren’t clear at all. […]

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