.NGO/.ONG Application Update During ICANN's System Interruption.
As you may have heard by now, the ICANN’s TLD Application System (TAS) has not been operational since 11 April, one day before the deadline for new TLD applications. ICANN discovered “a possible glitch in the TLD application system software” and “out of an abundance of caution, took the system offline to protect applicant data.” For us, this means the application process for .NGO/.ONG has been extended until further notice.
According to the latest update on ICANN’s website on 2 May, “there were approximately 455 instances where a file name and the associated user name might have been viewed by another applicant.” Currently, ICANN is preparing to notify all the affected applicants whose file names may have viewed by other users. The timeframe to reopen TAS has not been announced, but work is underway to improve performance and to continue testing for the fix of the problem.
When the TAS finally reopens, ICANN will add another five business days to the application period to allow for all applicants to check their files and upload any remaining attachments. As always, we will stay on top of any new developments and keep you informed.
PIR CEO Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.
On 26 April in New York City as part of a full day media tour, Brian Cute, CEO of the Public Interest Registry, sat down with Simon Constable of the Wall Street Journal to discuss how users may react to the introduction of new top-level domain names, and the impact it will have on the Internet for years to come. Brian talked about PIR's initiative to launch .NGO, a community based top-level domain name as part of PIR's core mission to serve this sector.
Click here to watch the full interview on WSJ.
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