AAF Government Report

April 27, 2012

Clark Rector Jr., Executive Vice President – Government Affairs

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ICANN Announces Glitch in the System

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has announced what it refers to as a “glitch” in the software that is processing the applications for new top level domains. As a result of the glitch, it appears that an unknown number of applicants were able to view the information of other applicants, possibly including proprietary information. Even prior to this glitch, AAF, many of our local advertising clubs and other industry groups and corporations expressed concern about what we believed to be a flawed process from creating new top level domains.

The issue has drawn the attention of Congress also. Congressman John Dingell, D-Mich., has written to Secretary of Commerce John Bryson asking about the Department’s oversight of ICANN. He specifically asks the Secretary to address many of the issues that have long concerned the advertising industry, such as the security and transparency of the process. He also asks about defensive registrations and what has been done to protect the value of brands and trademarks.

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