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Informal Working Group Publish Report On New TLDs

Michele Neylon

In an interesting move several members of the ICANN community formed an "informal" Working Group to discuss the concept of "expressions of interest" in new Top-Level Domains (TLDs). This all happened very quickly, which is more or less the opposite to how most ICANN related activities progress.

Yesterday the group submitted its report/paper to ICANN.

The report, which runs to about 11 pages, is concise and seems to have covered most of the areas of interest. What's also interesting to note is that the people involved came from a variety of areas and probably give a reasonably good cross-section of the ICANN community.

If you have a few minutes the document is definitely worth reading and is a nice example of how a group of people can get things done quickly and efficiently when needed.

Now if only the rest of the ICANN processes were this quick to reach consensus!

(Maybe pigs flying is more likely!)

By Michele Neylon, MD of Blacknight Solutions. More blog posts from Michele Neylon can also be read here.

Related topics: ICANN, Top-Level Domains

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One can determine contention without string disclosure... John Berryhill  –  Nov 19, 2009 11:58 AM PST

On the subject of identifying strings in an application, the report states:

"Nor would it know the total number of TLDs to be delegated, because it would not be able to see which submissions were duplicates."

It's a little surprising to see that assertion made by a group of techies.

Bonus Point Question:

Michele is thinking of a string.  I am thinking of a string.  How can you tell whether my string matches Michele's string without either Michele or myself disclosing the string to you?

That should be an easy one.

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