Plan may allow new TLD applicants to fix errors.
ICANN is considering allowing applicants for new top level domains to make changes to their applications, the organization confirmed to Domain Name Wire today.
The group is working on a process that could allow applicants to fix errors in their final applications. Officially:
ICANN has received requests for changes to submitted applications. We take these requests very seriously and are working on developing guidelines for these changes.
The ICANN community spent a lot of time coming up with applicant guidelines, but one it didn’t think to include was a mechanism for fixing errors in applications.
After all, you’d assume someone wiring $185,000 along with an application wouldn’t misspell the word logistics. But that’s what Kerry Trading Company did in its application for .kerrylogistics. Although the bulk of the application spells logistics correctly, the string field says .kerrylogisitics.
I suspect any guidelines for changes will debated by the community. Fixing .kerrylogisitics probably won’t concern any other applicants. But other changes might be more controversial. .dotAfrica comes to mind, since there’s already a fight between the two applicants concerning their legitimacy.
We might also see VeriSign ask to alter some of the IDNs it submitted. More on that later.