The Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) has just concluded its third face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC.
Sixteen CCT-RT members convened on 6-7 June to begin teasing out findings from the extensive data it has at hand and advance the teamâs work plan.
- ClickÂ hereÂ to watch meÂ and CCT-RT Sub-team Chairs, Laureen Kapin and Jordyn Buchanan, share our perspectives on the accomplishments and highlights of this third in-person meeting.
Assembled last December, the CCT-RT is reviewingÂ how the introduction and expansion of new gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice.Â The global team is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the application and evaluation processÂ and evaluatingÂ the safeguards put in place byÂ ICANNÂ to mitigate issues involved in the new gTLD program.
The CCT-RT meeting began with a detailed presentation ofÂ global consumer survey resultsÂ collected by Nielsen to assess the current gTLD landscape and measure factors likeÂ consumer awareness, experience and trust. The Nielsen study included some interesting trends on Internet usersâ familiarity with top-level domains. The studyÂ will be published in the coming weeks andÂ will inform the review teamâs work.
The CCT-RT received visits from U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)Â Assistant SecretaryÂ Lawrence Strickling and Dr. SteveÂ Crocker.Â Strickling provided background informationÂ of the Affirmation of CommitmentsÂ language that called for theÂ review of new gTLDs, and highlighted the importance of the work ahead for the CCT-RT.
This meeting also provided an opportunity for the review team to break into sub-team discussionsÂ focused on Competition & Consumer Choice and Safeguards & Consumer Trust.Â The sub-teams examined the data available and identified additional data sources to support their work.
Led by Laureen Kapin, the Safeguards & Consumer Trust Sub-team identified several topics of immediate focus:
- DNS abuse
- The impact of safeguards and public interest commitments
- Consumer and end-user behavior
- Effectiveness of processes to enforce safeguards
Led by Jordyn Buchanan, the Competition & Consumer Choice Sub-team intends to determine the effectiveness of the new gTLD program in:
- Promoting price competition and non-price competition between TLD operators
- Encouraging competition among registrars and resellers
It is also attempting to identify specific market segments from which to test the competitive impact of new gTLDs.
In the weeks ahead, the sub-teams will gather fact-based discussion papers for discussion by the review team, and will be used to support findings and possible recommendations for ICANN to consider before revamping the application processes for future gTLDs.
In addition to the sub-team work, the CCT-RTÂ is also analyzing the application and evaluation process used by ICANN for new gTLDs.Â In its early brainstorming sessions, the review team identified several topics to explore, including:
- How the application process was used by underserved areas and markets
- Whether there was an equal opportunity for participation in the Program
- Whether the Program adequately prevented delegation of confusing or harmful new gTLDs
The review teamÂ is also closely examining how the application process has addressed public policy advice received by ICANN in the past, and additional issues, such as IDNs, string contention and application rounds, will be further examined as part of the review teamâs work.
The CCT-RT’sÂ proceedings are open to observers.Â If you are interested in following the progress of this review, please consider attending the review team’sÂ calls. The review teamâs calendar, as well as information on how to join the teamâs calls, can be found on theÂ CCT-RTâs public wikiÂ along with a number of useful and important resources.
The review team aims to have a set of draft recommendations for community consideration by the end of 2016. Community feedback is essential to the success of this process.
Do you have input you would like to share with the CCT-RT on any of these topics? The review team will consider any input sent by email toÂ email@example.comÂ (publicly archived).
Â Signed with Department of Commerce in 2009. SeeÂ https://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/aoc/affirmation-of-commitments-30sep09-en.htm
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