Adult Hosting News – TEMPE, AZ — Vaughn Liley, a long-time business associate of ICM Registry’s Stuart Lawley who now represents the company, faced vocal online adult operator attendees at The Phoenix Forum over .XXX on Saturday. The mostly critical crowd lashed out at ICM Registry’s .XXX plan, which was approved by ICANN last month, and at Liley, who was unable to answer a number of crucial questions posed at him such as final .XXX policies regarding the exact start up plans such as the Sunrise Trademark qualification rules and actual retail prices for .XXX domain names, among others.
.XXX already has 800,000 pre-reserved domain names, according to ICM Registry, which is posed to roll it out in September after two sunrise periods for adult companies, including one for website trademark owners. The seminar, called “.XXX — Now What” and moderated by Wasteland’s Colin Rowntree, included Liley, who was joined by numerous online adult execs, a lawyer and a journalist, including Pink Visual’s Allison Vivas, GEC Media’s Gregory Dumas, Mikandi’s Chris Lewicki, Wildline’s Chris Miller, journalist Tom Hymes and attorney Jeffrey Douglas. Read more
Adult Hosting – SAN FRANCISCO — The ICANN board voted today to proceed with ICM’s .XXX sTLD despite the advocacy of the Free Speech Coalition and a wide range of adult industry leaders. This decision represents the first time the ICANN Board has disregarded advice from its Government Advisory Committee (GAC).
The board voted 9-3, with four board members abstaining, to approve the .XXX sTLD.
Ira Magaziner, one of the founders responsible for creating ICANN under the Clinton administration, Vint Cerf, the past Chair of the ICANN Board, Larry Strickling, the Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce and former US President Bill Clinton all spoke of the absolute necessity of the ICANN Board listening to its Government Advisory Committee. Read more
Adult Web Hosting – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants ICANN’s decision-making process to be more “accountable” and “transparent.” Commerce Department Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling said the nonprofit group that overseas Internet domain names needs to do more to explain the reasoning for its decisions and to heed the advice of national governments.
“We still have work to do to make the reality of ICANN meet the vision,” Strickling said. In some areas, he said ICANN’s efforts “remain incomplete.” Strickland’s comments come on the heels of a rift between ICANN and national governments over the rules for approving new top-level domain names. Hundreds of applications for these suffixes, one of which includes .gay, are expected later this year once the process has been finalized. Read more
Adult Hosting News – SAN FRANCISCO — ICANN’s board on Thursday will have a “pre-meeting” with its independent Governmental Advisory Committee to discuss elements of their findings over ICM Registry’s proposed .XXX sTLD, which is slated for a vote on Friday.
Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN’s board, told reporters this week that the panel already has “had a reasonable exchange of papers with the GAC” and that he’s not clear how the board will vote. “I dont speak for them,” he said. Read more
Adult Hosting – CANOGA PARK, CA — The Free Speech Coalition and industry representatives will be gathering in San Francisco on Thursday to stage a protest rally and press conference in opposition to ICM Registry’s application to run a.XXX sTLD.
Representatives also will attempt to address the ICANN Board during Thursday’s public comment period, the FSC said in a release Monday.