In his opening speech, Chehadé announced far-reaching reforms, and asked the ICANN community for support. “There is much to be done”, the Egyptian who was born in the Lebanon, who lives in the United States and has a management career in the IT industry behind them, raised. He wants to change the culture of the Organization as a whole. (more…)

TAS has reopened, all registered applicants

The TLD Application System, or TAS, has reopened. All registered applicants can now log in, review and submit their applications. (read more..)

Beckstrom: ICANN Ready for New gTLD Launch

In a blog entry posted today, ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom affirms that ICANN is ready to begin receiving applications for New gTLDs on 12 January.

His entry also highlights a briefing that ICANN’s Board of Directors held this week regarding new gTLDs. Topics the Board discussed included not only operational readiness for the New gTLD Program, but also the status of plans for timely execution of the GAC requests regarding the Early Warning; application batching process; trademark clearinghouse procedures; planning for a second round; applicant support; and further topics. (read more)

New gTLD Applicant Support Program

ICANN newsICANN is introducing  public comment the implementation plans for the gTLD Applicant Support Program. Among other goals, the program seeks to provide financial assistance to applicants demonstrating financial need in order to succeed as a new gTLD applicant and registry operator, and also a mission to operate in the public interest. The public comment period starts from 20.12.2011 and ends on 10 January 2012.

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