ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) approved an updated proposal for dealing with the consequences of name collisions on Monday.
The proposal is titled “New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan,” and is the product of the NGPC’s previous “Name Collision in the DNS” study and 75 comments submitted during the public comment period.
The plan calls for another study, this one to develop a framework for name collision occurrence management, which will include parameters and processes to assess the probability and the severity of harm caused by name collisions.
The ICANN announcement gives examples of the parameters which might be included, such as number of DNS requests, type of DNS requests, type of queries, diversity of query source and appearances in internal name certificates.
Collision occurrence assessments will be specified by the framework, as well as corresponding mitigation measures that can be taken by ICANN or TLD applicants, if any are possible.
The plan also offers registry operators an alternative path to delegation even before receiving its SLD collision occurrence assessment report, and requires all TLD operators to establish a process for reporting and requesting the blocking of an SLD that causes severe harm due to name collision.
ICANN will also undertake an outreach campaign to help potentially affected parties identify and manage the causes of name collisions occurring in their networks.
Going forward the ICANN Board’s risk committee will monitor and periodically review the issue, and ICANN will work with the community to develop a long-term plan to retain and measure root-server data.
The NGPC’s proposal is the latest of ICANN’s efforts to avoid confusion and harm being caused by the new gTLDs. Over 5,000 trademark owners had registered by mid-July for the Trademark Clearinghouse set up by ICANN to protect brands. Also in July, the Government Advisory Committee registered an official objection to .amazon and related TLDs, citing the claims of Latin American countries that it is a regional geographic term.
While the process of readying the internet and various stakeholders for the new gTLDs continues, the advancement to practical considerations in the latest meetings is encouraging for those who have been patiently waiting as the estimated arrival of the new domains gets pushed later and later.