The Evolving gTLD Environment: Challenges and Opportunities

14 Feb 2008 - 14:00
14 Feb 2008 - 15:30



Ram Mohan
VP, Business Operations & CTO
Afilias Limited

Paul Stahura
President & COO
Demand Media, Inc.

Dr. Bruce Tonkin
CTO, Melbourne IT
and ICANN Board Director

Karen Lentz
gTLD Registry Liaison

Kurt Pritz
Senior VP, Services







Durbar Hall

What it is | This session will provide an overview of the evolving gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain) environment. Speakers will examine the past, present, and future of the gTLD space, including the registry-registrar model and marketplace, the anticipated introduction of new gTLDs, and ongoing IDN developments. There will be particular attention given to the effects that these changes may bring within the region in which this meeting is being held.


Why it's Important | The gTLD environment is embarking on a period of rapid change, and the upcoming developments will have a significant impact on the marketplace worldwide.


Who Should Attend? | This session is addressed to country-code and generic registry/registrar operators, GAC and government representatives. It is of particular interest for those newcomers interested in learning more about the current gTLD space and upcoming developments.


Comments and question to be read out during the workshop

Comments on behalf of PuntoGal, an initiative in favour of a domain for Galician culture and language.

Due to our schedule, we will be flying back home from Delhi when this meeting takes place. For this reason, we would appreciate if the following comment and questions are read out during the open discussion.

We think that it is very important to maintain the projected implementation timeline presented at LA’s ICANN 30 International meeting and not delay the opening of the application process. We are working on our application following this calendar. Therefore, a delay might be a setback for our work.

Question 1
Can ICANN provide any detail on any part of the future request of proposal that the applicants will need to summit?

Question 2
Another important issue for potential applicants is the application fee. Do you already know how much will this fee be? If not, could you provide a range of an approximate fee? And last, when will you publish (approximate date) the total amount of this fee?

Thank you very much.