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Around 2300 Applications For gTLDs Expected

ICANN New gTLDS Apply Now logoThere were 2091 applications – either submitted or in progress – for new generic Top Level Domains when ICANN took the TLD Application System (TAS) offline on 12 April due to the security glitch, ICANN have announced in the latest update by Akram Atallah, the organisation’s COO.

In addition, there are 214 potential applications that were registered prior to the 29 March cut-off date, but whose payments have not yet been received or reconciled.

This means there are likely to be around 2300 applications for TLDs when ICANN eventually closes the application period, a figure much higher than most people were predicting. It was widely predicted there would be around 1500 applications before ICANN began accepting applications.

In addition, ICANN has received approximately US$350 million in fees for applications for new gTLDs.

ICANN also confirmed in the latest update they are in the process of notifying applicants whether they were affected by the software glitch, and plan to complete this process on or before Tuesday, 8 May. Shortly after that process is complete, they will announce the schedule for reopening TAS and completing the application period. Once the system is reopened, it will keep it open for at least five business days.

ICANN Inching Closer To Getting TAS Back Online As Notifying Applicants Of Impact Begins

In their latest statement on the TLD Application System (TAS) security glitch that saw applications for new top level domains suspended and the TAS taken offline, ICANN have advised they are in the process of notifying applicants whether they were affected by the software glitch. ICANN plan to complete this notification process on or before 8 May.To give some background on how many applicants have been affected by the security glitch, Akram Atallah, ICANN’s COO has advised in the organisation’s latest update that “at the time we took the system offline, there were 1268 registered users and some 95,000 file attachments in the system. Of these, there were approximately 455 instances where a file name and the associated user name might have been viewed by another applicant. We are continuing to review system logs and packet-level traffic to confirm how many viewings actually did occur.”The “review has determined that approximately:

  • 105 applicants might have had file names and user names viewed by another applicant
  • 50 applicants might have viewed file names and user names from one or more other applicants.”

ICANN is continuing with working on enhancing system performance and testing the fix for the glitch.ICANN reaffirmed that when the TAS is back online they will keep the system open for at least five business days to allow applicants to assure themselves that their applications remain as they intended.

ICANN’s New TLD Big Reveal On Delay – Could There Eventually Be Over 3000 Applications?

With the original date for the “big reveal” of new Top Level Domain applications passing yesterday and no date announced for when the TLD Application System (TAS) will be back online, ICANN’s CEO has said he envisages having all the technical issues resolved and the programme back on track by the time he hands over to his successor at the end of June.”I’d like to see us obviously get the technical issues resolved, notify applicants, reopen the window and publish the strings before I pass the baton in Prague,” Rod Beckstrom, CEO and President of ICANN, told Domain Incite. “That’s not a commitment at this point in time, it’s an indication as CEO that it’s absolutely my intention to push for a timely resolution of this issue… If we can get things done sooner, then the sooner the better.”While Beckstrom said he was not pleased with the situation, he told Domain Incite that in the grand scheme of things, a delay of a few more weeks was a small price to pay to make sure everything is done properly.”In the context of nine-year program, a delay of between here and Prague of a few months is undesirable, it’s not what we want to have happen, but the quality of this program is more important to everyone involved than the specific date and time. We’re all focused on quality here and not just doing things in a hurry. This program is too important.”Beckstrom also confirmed to Domain Incite that the TAS will be open for five business days to allow applicants to finish their applications, but he could not say when this would happen.ICANN is currently analysing a 500GB log containing a record of every data packet that went into and out of the TAS between January 12 and April 12, to reconstruct every user session and determine who could see what and when, Beckstrom told Domain Incite.There were 1268 registered users of ICANN’s TLD Application System (TAS) at the time when registrations in the system closed in late March.However each user can apply for up to 50 TLD strings indicating there is likely to be many more applications. For example, Verisign recently announced they were involved in over 230 applications for TLDs.The number of applications to date is a closely guarded secret. Most applicants are wary about letting their competitors know they are applying for fear of competing bids or letting other brand owners know of their intentions.In theory, there could be 63,400 TLD applications, but this is not going to happen. However Fairwinds Partners on their GTLD Strategy blog said in late March that on average their clients are applying for 2.72 TLDs apiece. If this applied across all applicants, it would indicate there would be around 3400 TLD applications, far higher than almost anyone anticipated.When we will find out the number of TLD applications though is unknown due to the security glitch that saw the TAS taken offline on 12 April, and while ICANN repeatedly say they are close to getting things back on track, no date has yet been set.Beckstrom told Domain Incite he wants to make sure the programme is back on track before his tenure as CEO expires at the end of June and be able to announce the “big reveal” by the time of the next ICANN meeting in Prague.

ICANN Makes Progress With TAS, But Still No Date For Reopening

In the latest statement (23 April) by Akram Atallah, ICANN’s COO, the organisation says they have made progress over the weekend just gone in identifying all applicants who may have been affected by the technical issue that caused the TLD application system, or TAS, to be taken offline.ICANN also want to inform all applicants, prior to reopening, whether they have been affected by the glitch, and they are still gathering the information needed for this.As for testing the fix, all is proceeding well.ICANN have also postponed publication of the list of applied-for new TLDs, which was previously planned for 30 April.

Russia Files Application for .ДЕТИ (.CHILDREN)

[news release] Smart Internet Foundation has filed an application for a new generic top level domain, .ДЕТИ (Russian for “children”). Technical Center of Internet has aided the foundation in completing and filing an application for the domain.

According to New gTLD program terms, the applicant has to provide extensive information regarding proposed domain’s mission, terms and conditions for users and market perspectives for the new domain, as well as proof of enough financial and technical resources to run the domain. Smart Internet Foundation and Techincal Center of Internet worked together to elaborate a massive code for the proposed domain, with an application taking about 500 pages of text.

It is worth noting that Russian government officials have praised the idea of creating a special domain, .ДЕТИ, for younger Internet users, with Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Russia, backing the initiative in October 2011 at Agency of Strategic Initiatives meeting.

“Thanks to ICANN’s new gTLD program, the appearance of global network is due to change in the next years,” says Ilya Peresedov, Smart Internet Foundation’s executive director. “It is very good to see Russian companies filing a certain number of applications, and I’m very proud that one of the most promising projects, .ДЕТИ, is within Smart Internet Foundation’s area of activity”. Smart Internet Foundation was founded by the Coordination Center in 2011. One of the major tasks for the foundation is to create safe, stable and captivating Internet playground for younger audiences.

“For the Coordination Center, .ДЕТИ is an initiative directed on society, with Smart Internet Foundation created specifically to serve this purpose,” Andrei Kolesnikov, the Coordination Center CEO, notes. “We hope to gain ICANN’s approval and, in a year or so, to start creating an unique Internet space for kids where Russia’s small citizens will have lots of fascinating experiences suitable for them, while being protected from inappropriate content”.

This news release was sourced from:

Tim Berners-Lee, Web Inventor, No Fan Of “Arbitrary New TLDs”

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has stated he is no fan of ICANN’s plan to introduce new top level domains.”My personal perspective is that what we need in the domain system is stability,” Berners-Lee told Wired.co.uk in a press conference at W3C. “We don’t need new arbitrary new TLDs.”During the press conference, Berners-Lee argued “that some people assume that the new generic TLDs are creating great economic benefit but that there are already plenty of TLDs — including dot org, dot com and dot net — to choose from. ‘There’s plenty of space,’ he said reported Wired. ‘If you just add one character to the length of the domain name you have 26 times as many names you can choose from. There’s no shortage.'”Berners-Lee saw the “only role” for a new domain name when “you are making something that is socially different, such as dot org.” He said that dot org was interesting because it captures the fact that you know that any website with that suffix is a non-profit.”But when it comes to arbitrary new TLDs I am not a big fan.” He said that the “idea of having to go out and register my trademarks” in these new spaces does not appeal to him.

Deloitte Applies for “.deloitte” TLD

Deloitte logo[news release] Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) announced today that it has submitted an application to ICANN for the Top Level Domain (TLD) of “.deloitte.”

One of the key objectives of adopting a TLD is to give a brand a more personalised online presence and enhance the site user experience.

Heather Hancock, Managing Director, Global Brand & Communications, DTTL said: “Being a pioneering applicant for a TLD aligns with the Deloitte brand’s positioning and marketplace presence as leader, innovator, and impact maker.

“Additionally, the ‘.deloitte’ TLD will offer improved site accessibility and usability to Deloitte member firm clients, recruits, and others for an enhanced online experience—and lay a foundation for future online innovation.”

A TLD also helps to ensure that the internal online activity and exchange of information among a company’s employees is secure. Additionally, a TLD can help to serve as a defense against counterfeit operations that could harm an organization’s reputation—including “domain squatting,” in which fraudulent websites are created to profit from using a brand name belonging to a legitimate business.

Larry Quinlan, Global Chief Information Officer, DTTL said: “Adopting a ‘.deloitte’ TLD can help to protect as well as enhance the Deloitte brand.

“With the rollout of the TLD, Deloitte member firms will continue as industry leaders in providing clients and people with world-class IT security.”

Tracey Edwards, Global Chief Knowledge Officer, DTTL commented: “The safeguarding of corporate intellectual property is a top priority for DTTL and its member firms, and the ‘.deloitte’ TLD will further reinforce the safety of Deloitte member firms’ intellectual property, as well as the exchange of information among their people and their clients.”

As used in this communication, “Deloitte” means Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

This Deloitte news release was sourced from:

ICANN Isolates Cause of TAS Security Problem

The security glitch that saw ICANN take offline their TLD application system, or TAS, came about “from a problem in the way the system handled interrupted deletions of file attachments,” Akram Atallah, ICANN’s COO, wrote in a statement on the organisation’s website. “This resulted in some applicants being able to see some other applicants’ file names and user names.”As Atallah wrote in yesterday’s update, ICANN is still “seeking confirmation that the solution we have implemented for this issue is effective” as well as “conducting research to determine which applicants’ file names and user names were potentially viewable, as well as which applicants had the ability to see them.”In response to enquiries as to whether they will proceed with the planned publication of applied-for TLDs on 30 April, Atallah says ICANN “will update the target date for publication as part of our update on the timing of the reopening, no later than Friday, 20 April at 23.59 UTC.”

No Application Details Released in TAS Glitch: ICANN

The recent glitch in the ICANN TLD application system software (TAS) saw no users being able to being able to view competitors data apart from file names and user names that belonged to other applicants according to the most recent update on Sunday (15 April) by Akram Atallah, ICANN’s COO.In other words, no competitive advantage could be gained by seeing what TLD strings other applicants were applying for.In the statement Atallah said that ICANN’s goal remains “to get a full understanding of this issue, fix the problem, notify those who have been affected, and reopen the application window as soon as possible. We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of this issue on the application process.””An intensive review has produced no evidence that any data beyond the file names and user names could be accessed by other users. In addition, it does not appear that this issue caused any corruption or loss of data,” Atallah’s statement noted.ICANN is currently reviewing the data to confirm which applicants were affected. As soon as the data is confirmed, ICANN will inform all applicants as to whether they were affected.ICANN is continuing to look at the technical issue and using outside experts to resolve any open issues before they reopen the application window. For now ICANN is are extensively testing the system to ensure that all aspects of the issue have been fully addressed.ICANN plans to reopen the application system as soon as they have full confidence that the problem has been resolved. The organisation plans to announce no later than 23:59 GMT/UTC on Monday, 16 April whether they will reopen on Tuesday, 17 April.ICANN is also still planning to publish the applied-for new domain names on 30 April, but in Atallah’s statement it noted that this is subject to change.

ICM Registry Submits Three Porn TLD Applications

ICM Registry, the registry operator for .XXX, has submitted applications to ICANN for three additional adult entertainment-related top level domains — .SEX, .PORN and .ADULT. While ICM Registry is not guaranteed the TLDs, they are undoubtedly attempting to ward off competition in the adult TLD space.”ICM Registry has worked for more than a decade to create .XXX which has become a globally accepted and responsible place for adult online entertainment to thrive in an easily recognizable self-regulated environment,” said Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry. “We are dedicated to protecting interested stakeholders by providing the latest technology and the best domains which is why we created the .XXX TLD. We chose to submit applications for additional TLDs to spare .XXX participants from needless expense and to ensure the TLDs will be run in the same trustworthy and appropriate ways that .XXX is today.”If ICANN awards ICM Registry these new TLDs, the company is offering an unprecedented “grandfathering” clause and will automatically reserve matching names at no cost for those who already have .XXX domains. .XXX registrants can chose to do nothing and the matching names will never be released under the new TLD suffixes. If however, registrants choose to register the new names for use, there will be a nominal fee. This means .XXX domain holders can potentially triple their exposure and value of their holdings, while brand and trademark holders who own .XXX domain names are automatically protected and will not have to register for the new domain names.Applications do not come cheap and ICM Registry has spent $2 million in applying for these additional TLDs.”ICM Registry has invested just under two million dollars in these applications to support our existing customers,” said Lawley. “By offering the grandfathering clause at no charge, we are demonstrating our commitment to our adult entertainment community and will not collect fees for this from anyone who already has purchased a .XXX domain by the appropriate cut-off date.”In December 2011, ICM Registry launched the world’s only internet TLD dedicated to adult entertainment. In doing so, ICM Registry adopted industry-leading best practices to create a safe place for visitors to interact with online adult entertainment. These practices include daily malware scanning of all .XXX sites by McAfee. The .XXX TLD has more than 215,000 domains under management. ICM Registry also created a fair and easy way for individuals and trademarked brands to protect against undesired use of their names with a rapid takedown and dispute process.Each of the new TLD applications were submitted under separate, wholly-owned subsidiaries of ICM Registry LLC: ICM Registry SX LLC, ICM Registry PN LLC, and ICM Registry AD LLC.