Archive for August, 2012


New gTLDs: The View from MIT

Posted August 24th, 2012

From technology review

 ICANN’S Boondoggle

by Wade Roush

The group that oversees Internet domain names is shaking things up for no good reason. For details, check out www.mass.confusion.

Modern societies depend on systems of unique identifiers. If you’re a U.S. citizen, for example, it’s vital that your Social Security number be yours alone, or somebody else could start picking up your checks after you retire. Similarly, it’s crucial that no two phones have the same number, no two neighborhoods have the same zip code, and no two products at the supermarket have the same bar code. When an address system expands—say, when the phone companies introduce a new area code—it’s almost always because the community of users has outgrown the existing scheme; it means that the old identifiers either are in short supply or aren’t specific enough.

But that’s not what’s prompting a huge expansion of Internet domains right now. As you may have heard, the relatively manageable list of “generic top-level domains” (gTLDs) that we’ve all mastered over the last couple of decades, such as .com, .net, and .org, is set to expand dramatically starting next year. You could soon find Amazon at and Google at google­.search. And there may be hundreds more new top-level domains—the proposals now under review range from .aaa to .zulu. This expansion isn’t happening because we’re running out of unique Web addresses under the existing set of gTLDs. Far from it. It’s happening because the body in charge of these things—the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN—thought it would be fun and profitable.

For the full skinny go HERE.



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New gTLD Timeline. For Now.

Posted August 23rd, 2012


Go HERE for the current timeline for the new gTLDs.  This is certain to change.

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ICANN 45 Will Meet in Toronto 14-19 October

Posted August 23rd, 2012

The 45th Meeting of ICANN will take place at The Westen Harbour Castle in Toronto. Hosted by The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) that hosts Canada’s .CA domain.  For the current and future skinny go HERE.

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Changes To The .CA WHOIS Privacy Policy

Posted August 21st, 2012

As we are reaching a critical point in the evolution of the internet, we will begin to see several agencies making changes to the way they do business.Barrister & Solicitor Lorraine Fleck, has been keeping an eye on the changes that The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) have been making regarding the privacy of its registrants.She imparts important information for .ca holders that they may not have noticed after the jump.


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New gTLD Update for Applicants

Posted August 21st, 2012


20 August 2012

This week we have updates on several aspects of the new gTLD program that you should be aware of, and here they are:

Metering/Batching Comments

We asked applicants and the broader ICANN community for ideas on how best to meter applications into the delegation process for entering approved new gTLDs into the root of the Internet. That comment period ended on 20 August. We will spend the next six weeks reviewing these contributions and, with the community, developing possible solutions. For more detailed information, check out the recently posted Roadmap for Processing New gTLD Applications.

Clarification Questions Pilot

As we mentioned in the recent Applicant Webinar, the Clarification Questions Pilot is about to begin. This is intended to ensure consistency and effectiveness in the follow-up questions from evaluators to applicants. We have selected 50 applications to participate in the pilot, and we will be notifying those applicants soon. Participation is not required – it is completely optional.

Application Withdrawals

To date, six applications have been withdrawn from the new gTLD program. The withdrawals are being processed and once the applicants have received their refunds, we will provide an update.

New gTLD Milestone Timeline

We have posted a new timeline that displays upcoming milestones in the new gTLD program. It will be updated regularly and you can find it on the microsite homepage. We hope you find it useful.

Next Applicant Webinar

We are planning another applicant webinar in early September. Check the microsite often for the specific date and time. If you would like a particular topic to be discussed during the webinar, send an email to and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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New gTLD Application Comment Period Extended

Posted August 10th, 2012


10 August 2012

ICANN has extended the public comment period for new generic top-level domains applications for an additional 45 days. The new end date is now 26 September 2012.

The new gTLD application comment period provides the public with an opportunity to have their views considered by evaluation panels as part of the application evaluations. The comment period opened on 13 June 2012 and will remain open for the entire application processing life cycle. The old timeline provided that only those comments received within the first 60 days, through 12 August 2012, were sure to be delivered to evaluators. We’ve now extended that period an additional 45 days.

The Applicant Guidebook states that the public comment period could be extended based on the number of applications received. Leading up to the original 60-day deadline, ICANN received input from the community that this window should be extended to provide for the additional time needed to analyze and provide thoughtful comment on the significantly larger than 500 applications originally anticipated.

After review and discussion of the community’s input, and careful consideration of the implications and impacts the additional time may have on the processing of applications, we have extended the application comment period an additional 45 days.

This extended time will allow the public the most amount of time possible to submit comments without affecting current schedules.



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New gTLD Program Update: Start of Initial Evaluation (a Webinar from ICANN)

Posted August 10th, 2012

Go HERE for a 90 minute recorded session from ICANN.

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Lawmakers Raise New Concerns About New Domain Name Program

Posted August 9th, 2012

From National Journal

Nearly six months after the program was launched, key members of Congress are still raising concerns about a plan to introduce hundreds of new Internet addresses into the domain name systems, saying they want fresh assurances that the new strings will not harm trademark holders and that the public has adequate opportunity to comment.

The latest salvo came on Tuesday from the top leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, who wrote the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers about its program to allow for the introduction of new generic top-level domain names to compete with the 22 existing addresses including .com and .net. ICANN, a California-based nonprofit that manages the Internet’s domain name system, is currently in the process of examining more than 1,900 applications for new names, such as .app, .book, and .music, that it received by its May deadline.

The program was criticized even before it was formally launched in January by trademark holders and others who worried about the costs companies and organizations will incur in trying to defend their brands with the influx of so many new names and that it could spur consumer confusion and fraud.

“We are in a critical phase as ICANN determines which [generic top-level domains] to authorize and what policies to implement in the new registries,” according to the letter the Judiciary leaders sent to ICANN interim CEO and President Akram Atallah. “We therefore ask that you provide us with further details about the steps ICANN is taking to fulfill its commitment to ensure that the New gTLD process will provide ‘a secure, stable marketplace’ with input from ‘the community as a whole.’ ”

The letter was signed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers, D-Mich., who sent a similar letter in December.

In their latest missive, the lawmakers sought details on several issues including what ICANN has done to inform and seek input from those outside of the ICANN community about the new domain name program. They also sought information on what additional steps ICANN has taken to address lingering concerns from trademark holders.

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Japan Launches Prefecture-Type Domains

Posted August 8th, 2012

From our friends at Com Laude

Japan is launching 47 new .jp extensions to coincide with the 47 Japanese prefectures (e.g. or The launch will proceed in three phases, a Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability.

During the Sunrise Phase, 16 July 2012 through 18 August 2012, trademark holders may register domain names exactly matching their trademarks. Only one domain name per trademarked term is allowed under each extension; registration under multiple extensions is allowed. International trademark holders are eligible, provided that the target area for the mark is limited to Japan.

Landrush will run from 17 September 2012 through 21 October 2012, and is open to any person or organization with an address in Japan – Com Laude can assist if required. Registrants may apply for any number of domain names. Multiple applications for the same name will be decided by drawing lots.

General Availability begins 19 November 2012. Registrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis under the same rules as regular general-use .jp registrations.

The third level (the term ‘domain’, in the example domains) may be registered in both ASCII and Japanese.


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One Week Left to Submit Comments on New gTLD Applications: Aug 12 Deadline

Posted August 6th, 2012



Welcome to the New gTLD Application Comments Forum

The application comment period is part of the New gTLD Program and allows you to:


Submit comments

To submit a comment, you must first create a user account using the form on this page. New gTLD Program Feedback credentials may also be used to submit a comment in this Forum. TAS and New gTLD Customer Service login credentials are not valid on the Application Comment Forum.

Comments for evaluation panels – Comments may be submitted on any active New gTLD application. Comments directed to the evaluation panels and submitted between 13 June 2012 and 12 August 2012 will be forwarded to the evaluation panels to review and consider as part of the application’s evaluations. Comments submitted outside of this period will be available for public viewing in the View Comments section of this Forum.

Comments on objection grounds – On this forum, you may also submit comments on any application on the basis of one of the four available objection grounds (string confusion, legal rights, limited public interest, community) specified in the Applicant Guidebook. Comments directed to objection grounds WILL NOT be considered as formal objections and WILL NOT by themselves block an application from being evaluated. Formal objections are required to be lodged directly with a dispute resolution service provider following the process outlined in Module 3 of the Applicant Guidebook. Comments made in this Forum and directed to objection grounds will be available in the View Comments section of the Forum for viewing by the public, independent objector, and dispute resolution service providers.

Other Comments – Comments not intended to be directed to an evaluation panel or objection ground can be made under the “Other” category. Please note that comments directed to this category will not be summarized, analyzed, or sent to the evaluation panels, and will play no part in the evaluation process of an application. They will be available for public viewing in the View Comments section of this Forum.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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