ICANN Seoul Hangover

I’m just back from the ICANN meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

I had planned on posting with updates during the week, but, as you can see, that didn’t happen.

Why?

Simply put – it was an incredibly busy meeting, both in general and for me personally.

I’m now back in Ireland struggling to get over jetlag and also trying to process all that happened over the course of the week.

If you’ve been following the mainstream media then you’ll probably have heard about the big announcement regarding internationalised domain names ie. domains using non-Latin character sets.

But what else happened?

New TLDs, which ICANN made a big announcement about in Paris, are still delayed. Early in the week it became apparent that the delays were going to become longer and longer. ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom would not provide any concrete answers when asked about deadlines. However some light did appear at the end of the tunnel when the board met on Friday.

Other topics that were getting a lot of attention included DNSSEC and compliance.

On the DNSSEC side two things are obvious:

  1. It’s going to be introduced
  2. Most registrars won’t support it immediately or anytime soon

Compliance and more amendments to the registrar agreements with ICANN are “on the cards”.

ICANN’s compliance team are working hard on removing “bad actors”, but there is still a lot of work to be done and there is a lot of pressure to make even more changes to the contracts. Whether all the changes people are asking for are really warranted or not is another matter entirely.

I’ll cover the various topics separately in the coming days ….

 

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