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[announce] ICANN Seeks Expressions of Interest from Auction Design Experts

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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 model.

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.


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

[PDF, 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@xxxxxxxxx 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.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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