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Workshop Explains New Generic Top Level Domains Framework

Major session to outline principles, recommendations, and implementation guidelines

LOS ANGELES, Calif.: The nuts and bolts of the proposed policy for creating new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) are being laid out today at a workshop at the 30th International Public Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

“New gTLDs are all about increased choice for consumers,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “The progress that has been made in creating a set of rules and guidelines for the introduction and assessment of new gTLDs is an endorsement that ICANN’s bottom-up, consensus driven policy process is the right model for the job.”

ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization Council is sponsoring the workshop to provide a comprehensive overview of its recently approved recommendations for the introduction of new gTLDs. These recommendations outline the principles, recommendations, and implementation guidelines being sent to ICANN’s Board for consideration. The intended result is a straightforward ICANN process that awards new gTLDs if they satisfy the criteria and no objections are sustained.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • Strings must not be confusingly similar to an existing top-level domain or a Reserved Name.
  • Strings must not infringe the existing legal rights of others that are recognized or enforceable under generally accepted and internationally recognized principles of law.
  • Strings must not be contrary to generally accepted legal norms relating to morality and public order that are recognized under international principles of law.

ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet’s operation, so ICANN’s global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet’s ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company.

29 October 2007 (source: