The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has submitted a draft recommendations for public comment on the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), ITRealms reports.
According to the draft recommendations, made available to ITRealms, the CCT Review Team examined the extent to which the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice in the domain name system.
Also, ITRealms reports that they assessed the effectiveness of the safeguards ICANN has implemented to mitigate issues related to the introduction of new gTLDs.
ITRealms gathered that the draft recommendations are now available for public comment till 27 April 2017 in anticipation that the feedback will be incorporated into a final report.
Equally, ITRealms reports that the review team findings include that new gTLDs currently account for about 9 per cent of registrations in all gTLDs, which suggests that registrants are making use of a broader range of gTLDs.
Just as over half of new registrations of gTLDs have been in new gTLD strings, CCT Review team noted that if ccTLDs are included, registrations are divided roughly into thirds among new gTLDs, legacy gTLDs and ccTLDs.
For the team, ITRealms reports that ICANN contractual compliance had reported that 96 per cent of registries are performing the analysis that is required to determine if they are being used to perpetrate security threats.
ITRealms discovered that at present, there is no mechanism in place to ensure that voluntary public interest commitments do not negatively impact the public interest prior to going into effect, hence, it is important for voluntary Public Interest Commitments (PICs) to be made available to the community during the public comment period of the application process.
Further, ITRealms reports that outreach programmes that were put in place to facilitate and encourage applications from the Global South were thought to be both poorly monitored and largely ineffective.
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