Objectives of the review 'Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice':
'ICANN will ensure that as it contemplates expanding the top-level domain space, the various issues that are involved (including competition, consumer protection, security, stability and resiliency, malicious abuse issues, sovereignty concerns, and rights protection) will be adequately addressed prior to implementation. If and when new gTLDs (whether in ASCII or other language character sets) have been in operation for one year, ICANN will organize a review that will examine the extent to which the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice, as well as effectiveness of
- the application and evaluation process, and
- safeguards put in place to mitigate issues involved in the introduction or expansion.'
Timeline of review
- The review is due to start one year after entry into operation of new gTLDs. As this date is unknown at present, the review timeline will be determined after this date is selected.
- First subsequent reviews: two years after the first review. Following reviews: no less frequently than every four years.