What to do about .ORG

On November 13, the Internet Society announced that the .ORG domain registry will be sold to a for-profit private equity firm. Much of the community that pays attention to ICANN is in an uproar about it. There is now a movement to “Save .ORG;” there are claims that the sale...

The Summer of routing leaks, and good MANRS

The routing of Internet packets is one of the most important Internet governance issues you have probably never heard of. Yet Internet routing security made the popular press this summer. Two events in particular were noteworthy: Swiss-based operator Safe Host improperly updated its routers and advertised BGP routes to its...

Whois Reform, at Last

March 4 was a landmark day in the history of Whois. The final report of ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP), setting out a new, more or less privacy-compliant Whois policy, was approved by the GNSO Council, ICANN’s policy development organ for domain names. The policy recommendations in that report,...

Is there hope for IPv6?

Last year Georgia Tech's Internet Governance Project teamed up with ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer to research the economic factors affecting the decisions of network operators to deploy Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The study was commissioned because we both believe that the Internet community needs a better...

The Injunction: ICANN’s lame attempt to turn DNS into a Trademark Registry

The collision between ICANN’s Whois regime and the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took a decisive turn May 25, 2018, when ICANN filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a German registrar affiliated with Tucows. EPAG had notified ICANN that as of May 25 it would no longer collect administrative and technical...