ICANN cancels Digital Archery program, has no immediate alternative
Applicants for new gTLDs have to wait three weeks to learn how ICANN will evaluate their applications
IDG News Service - The Digital Archery contest, devised by ICANN to determine which gTLD applications would be handled first, was canceled on Thursday, the chair of the gTLD Program Committee announced during the ICANN 44 summit in Prague. No alternative was announced.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was planning to use a Digital Archery contest to decide which application for a new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) such as ".sex" or ".news" would be evaluated first. There were more than 1,900 gTLD applications that ICANN planned to handle in three batches of about 500 at a time. With each batch evaluation taking approximately three months, companies in the first batch would have a potential head-start launching their gTLD.
The chosen method to decide which application would be handled first consisted of an online archery contest where applicants had to shoot their digital arrow as close as they could to the bull's eye of a time stamp called Digital Archery. After applicants complained that they experienced unexpected results and reported network latency issues, ICANN decided to suspend the program last weekend.
Digital Archery was canceled on Thursday by Cherine Chalaby, chair of the gTLD Program Committee. But while his announcement was met by a round of applause, the committee failed to provide an alternative process to evaluate the gTLD applications.
"We will not make a decision in Prague but will take all of the ideas into account and build a roadmap," Chalaby said, adding that the roadmap will detail the next steps and timelines as well as assess implications to applicants and the risk to the program.
ICANN will open an applicant comments process, giving the community an opportunity to provide input, Chalaby said. The committee will set up a call in approximately three weeks to discuss the outcome, he added. "We will evaluate all applications and move them to the next phase as soon as practical," Chalaby promised.
Without an alternative to the Digital Archery program, the applicants are left in doubt as to what will happen to their applications.
"Still got questions? So do we. So do other members of the ICANN community, including the Board itself," commented FairWinds partners, an internet strategy consulting firm present at the ICANN summit in Prague, in a blog post. The firm expressed the hope that ICANN will be able to clarify "some lingering confusion" about how long the initial evaluation will take after the three weeks are up, adding that "a whole host of other questions" should also be addressed.
"Digital Archery might be dead, but applicants' curiosity most definitely is not," they emphasized.
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