Join the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team in Vienna

16 August 2016
By Jonathan Zuck

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Less than a year ago, ICANN launched a Review Team to assess the extent to which the introduction of new gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice. The effectiveness of the application and evaluation processes, and safeguards put in place by ICANN to mitigate issues, are also being gauged.

At the end of this month, on 29-30 August 2016, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) will be holding a face-to-face meeting in Vienna, Austria to discuss these important issues, and we want you to join us!

Key objectives of this meeting will be to discuss our Review Team findings and to receive updates from:

  • An Analysis Group economic study that is examining pricing trends and competition indicators in the Global Domain Name market.
  • The Nielsen registrant survey that is studying consumers' perceived trust and choice in the Domain Name System.
  • AM Global's interviews conducted with applicants.

With all of this new data, our team will begin shaping our recommendations for how the community and ICANN can draw on the lessons learned over the past eight years to enhance the process moving forward.

All interested stakeholders can join us in-person to observe the meeting. The entire meeting will also be live-streamed on Adobe Connect for those outside of Vienna that would like to observe. We invite you to refer to the meeting program for more details on the agenda and in-person and/or remote participation.

In addition, we welcome stakeholders to meet us for a cocktail hour on Sunday, 28 August at 18:30 CEST. To join us, send an RSVP email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org by 24 August, 23:59 UTC - to confirm your participation.

Community participation is key to the success of a review. Your unique input and perspectives will help us drive our recommendations. Any suggestions can be sent to us via our dedicated mailing-list: input-to-cctrt@icann.org, which is publicly archived. 

For more information on our work and past meetings, you can visit our public wiki space here.

The CCT-RT looks forward to your participation in the meeting and thanks you for your interest!


Jonathan Zuck