Next week’s ICANN meeting in Singapore is expected to commence with an announcement that the new top-level domain process is officially underway. After a four-month communication program, ICANN is expected to begin accepting applications for new extensions sometime in the fall.
EnCirca president, Tom Barrett will be serving on an ICANN panel for new gTLDS at the meeting in Singapore. The panel is designed for those interested in applying for a new top-level domain. The areas Tom will address include: Community and Geographic-based applications and Rights Protection Mechanisms.
The Rights Protection Mechanisms include mandatory trademark claims and sunrise periods for every new registry and a new rapid take-down policy in addition to the long-standing UDRP dispute process. There is also a new emphasis on abuse preventions procedures as well.
Some additional details may still emerge regarding government role in geographic-based top-level domains for cities, states and regions.
Remote participation will be available for those not planning to attend in person. For more details, visit the ICANN Singapore meeting website at http://singapore41.icann.org/