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01|19|2008 02:43 pm EDT

ICANN is looking for auction design experts

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

ICANN LogoICANN is seeking expressions of interest from auction design experts.

[From their announcement] ICANN has identified several areas where auctions might be an appropriate tool, such as the efficient disposition of data from terminated registrars and registries, the allocation of single-character second-level domain names, and perhaps, resolution of contention between competing commercial applicants for identical strings in the application process for new generic Top Level Domains. […]

This does not necessarily mean that ICANN has decided to formally proceed with auctions or that auctions will occur any time soon. At this point, ICANN is seeking expertise to further work in this area. However, ICANN is hoping to select a qualified entity or entities to assist with auctions in 2008.

[via ICANN Blog]

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