gTLDs: FTC Sends Recommendations to ICANN

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – ICANN is set to go ahead with its gTLD plan early next year that allows companies to apply for customized domain suffixes (TLDs pertain to web address endings such as .com, .net, .org, etc.).

However, that doesn’t mean that the move comes without concern. On Friday, the FTC addressed ICANN in a letter, recommending that ICANN take several measures in order to protect consumers during the process.

Notably, the FTC appears most concerned that the move could make it harder to identify illegal internet spammers. “A rapid, exponential expansion of gTLDs has the potential to magnify both the abuse of the domain name system and the corresponding challenges we encounter in tracking down Internet fraudsters,” stated FTC in the letter.

During investigations, the FTC works with “Whois services” in order to properly investigate such matters.

To combat the problem, the FTC wants ICANN to cut down on the amount of applicants it’s initially considering. This would create a “Pilot Program” which the FTC hopes wouldn’t drastically affect the “Internet landscape” so suddenly.

The FTC also wants ICANN to increased accountability by strengthening compliance. Meanwhile, other measures include ICANN taking consumer protection into consideration when reviewing new TLDs. Help from ICANN with improving the “Whois services” is something the FTC wants as well.

ICANN initially approved the customized gTLD measure earlier this year in June. Applications are expected to be considered starting January 12th. To view the FTC’s letter as a .pdf file, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/os/closings/publicltrs/111216letter-to-icann.pdf

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