IPC questions ICANN’s ability to execute digital archery.
Digital archery is doomed.
The clever way ICANN plans to “batch” applications for new top level domains will either be killed, or it will be subject to accusations and lawsuits.
Shortly after the bug in ICANN’s new TLD application system was revealed I wrote about how this was going to cast a shadow of doubt on digital archery.
Then, as the number of applications slowly trickled out and delays mounted, I mentioned it again.
Now ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) is sharing the same concern:
The “digital archery” batching method announced by the ICANN Board on March 28 is complex, untried, and readily subject to gaming. The paralysis of ICANN’s new gTLD application system (TAS), resulting from a so-called “glitch” that ICANN failed to detect in testing the TAS, has now persisted for nearly a month, with no defined end in sight. This episode inescapably casts doubt on ICANN’s capacity to implement another technically complex system for batching evaluation of applications. Another such “glitch” in the earliest stages of the most ambitious and far-reaching project ICANN has ever undertaken would permanently damage the organization’s credibility, and likely call into question its continued viability as the steward of the domain name system.
Now, I understand that the IPC comes up with a lot of stuff to complain about. But it’s right in this case.
If ICANN goes forward with digital archery, applicants who end up in later batches will rightfully distrust the system after what happened with TAS.
The only way to make digital archery work is to have someone like PWC manage it. It simply cannot be done in house at ICANN.
My recommendation: find a creative economic way to persuade some applicants to wait for a later batch. With over 2,000 applications and $350 million in the bank, there’s plenty of money in the war chest.