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The ICANN Board recently met in Trondheim, Norway.  The focus of the meeting was on new gTLDs and the issues that surround the expected early 2011 launch. As ICANN completes preparations for expansion of the generic top level domain space, the Board has continued its work to ensure that contentious issues (including competition, consumer protection, security, stability and resiliency, malicious abuse issues, and rights protection) will be adequately addressed prior to implementation.

The expansion of the top level domain space is intended to promote competition and consumer choice.  ICANN stated that discussions this week were designed to ensure an effective application and evaluation process with safeguards to mitigate costs and risks.

The detailed Board discussion included recent community input and provided some direction in the implementation of trademark protections, the new registry agreement terms, measures to mitigate malicious conduct, and ensuring root zone stability. ICANN indicated that they believe that many important issues have been addressed, including trademark protection, morality and public order, and vertical integration.

A revised draft applicant guidebook (DAG 5.0) is expected to be available for public review prior to the upcoming ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Columbia in December 2010.  Safenames will make the applicant guidebook available on as soon as ICANN releases it for publication.