[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN Seeks Expressions of Interest from Auction Design Experts

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 13:11:26 SAST 2008

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ICANN Seeks Expressions of Interest from Auction Design Experts

18 January 2008

ICANN is seeking expressions of interest from entities experienced in
developing and managing auction processes. 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

A number of commenters and academics have recommended auctions as the
preferred method of objectively allocating scarce resources such as popular
second-level domain names or gTLD strings. Also, ICANN received substantial
public comment in the discussion on allocation of single-character
second-level names that the names should be allocated through an auction

ICANN is an internationally organized non-profit public benefit organization
that administers certain features of the Internet's unique identifiers. As a
private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational
stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad
representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy
appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes. A
general description of ICANN is available at
http://icann.org/tr/english.html <http://www.icann.org/tr/english.html>.


As recommended by the GNSO Council, ICANN commenced a Forum on Allocation
Methods for Single-Letter and Single-Digit Domain Names in gTLD registries.
ICANN conducted the public forum from 16 October to 15 December 2007.

The Forum on Allocation Methods identified support from members of the ICANN
community and described several auction models of single-letter and
single-digit domain names at the second-level (see 16 October 2007
announcement at http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-16oct07.htm,
and Summary of Comments located at
61K]. If these models are pursued, ICANN staff has determined that the
additional knowledge and expertise on auctions is necessary to further work
in this area.

Although implementation plans are still in development, ICANN staff has also
identified auctions as a possibility of final resort for addressing string
contention among multiple applicants for popular new generic TLDs.
Additional guidance on auctions will be beneficial as staff moves toward the
introduction of new gTLDs in the near future.

In furtherance of the protection of registrants, auctions also provide a
mechanism for addressing the termination or failure of accredited registrars
and gTLD registries and the efficient transfer of names to a competent,
on-going registrar or registry.


Entities interested in submitting Expressions of Interest should be
experienced in areas of auction design, management and implementation. Prior
experience with telecommunications, Internet or domain name, energy/utility
or other asset auctions would be particularly relevant.

*Expressions of Interest*

Expressions of interest should be sent to Patrick Jones, at
patrick.jones at icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 18 February 2008. ICANN is hoping to
select a qualified entity or entities to assist with auctions in 2008.

Accordingly, ICANN is eager to commence a dialogue to determine whether your
service is interested and would be capable of assisting ICANN with the
development and management of auction processes. ICANN requests Expressions
of Interest from potential entities that include information showing that
your organization can fulfill the requirements set forth above, as well as
background information about your organization, appropriate experience and
additional qualifications you believe would be relevant, but that are not
addressed above.
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