Update 1 – TLD Limits, gTLD Round Assumptions, .WEB
Rasmussen Says 1000 TLDs/year Limit Irrelevant
That the 1000/TLDs/year limit “has no relevance for the security of the root zone”. Rod Rasmussen, Chair of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), made the case in an August 30, 2019 letter to Cyrus Namazi, Senior Vice President at ICANN.
The 1000/TLDs/year limit was put in place during the last new TLD round. There was concern that adding too many TLDs at once could pose risks to Internet stability.
SSAC is instead asking ICANN to enhance monitoring and early warning capability. Mitigation measures including delegation delays are also proposed. Full letter.
Demetriou Questions Strength of ICANN gTLD Round Assumptions
Samantha Demetriou, Vice Chair of Policy for the Registry Stakeholder Group (RySG), has questioned the rigor of ICANN contingency planning. In an August 30, 2019 letter, Demetriou asked ICANN to add confidence levels to assumptions for the forthcoming application round for generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).
Where ICANN has a high level of uncertainty, Demetriou added, there should be contingency plans.
The last gTLD round experienced delays due to receiving almost 2,000 applications instead of the planned for 500. The ICANN community later agreed on a lottery system to process the applications in batches. Full letter.
Full Panel Confirmed for Afilias’ .WEB Independent Review
The full three person panel for Afilias’ .WEB Independent Review Panel (IRP) was confirmed on August 20, 2019. The IRP request was submitted on 14 November 2018.
Arif H. Ali of Dechert LLP is representing Afilias in the case. Afilias claims that Verisign purchased Nu Dot Co LLC, a .WEB applicant, to allow it to win the auction .WEB even though it did not apply.
According to the IRP this contravened ICANN rules because the Nu Dot Co LLC company should have notified ICANN of the change in ownership. IRP documentation.