ICANN today published a call for volunteers for community members to apply to serve on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team. Representatives of the various supporting organizations and advisory committees, as well as independent experts are invited to apply.
Under ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments, the review team must "examine the extent to which the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice, as well as effectiveness of (a) the application and evaluation process, and (b) safeguards put in place to mitigate issues involved in the introduction or expansion."
Team members will be chosen in December 2015 and work is scheduled to begin in January 2016. The CCT Review Team is expected to set its own schedule for data collection, analysis and reporting, with the goal of producing its final report by 31 December 2016.
The review team will consider multiple inputs as it deliberates the impact of the New gTLD Program on competition, consumer trust and consumer choice. The ICANN community recommended many of the metrics and data that will support the review team's analysis. ICANN has been collecting data for many of those metrics and recently launched a metrics hub on its website. Other metrics were captured in global surveys of Internet users and domain name registrants, and an economic study.