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Name collisions expert JAS to guest blog on DI

Kevin Murphy, November 14, 2013, 15:42:58 (UTC), Domain Tech

JAS Global Advisors, the consultancy hired by ICANN to provide the final analysis on the risks posed by name collisions in new gTLDs, is to exclusively guest-blog its work here on DI.

ICANN picked JAS to provide a “Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework” earlier this week.

Its job is to basically figure out how new gTLD registries — some of which have been told to block many thousands of potential collisions from their zones — can identify and mitigate the risks, if any, posed by these names.

The framework will help registries reduce the size of their block-lists, in other words.

JAS expects to provide a short series of guest posts over the next few months, explaining the state of the project as it progresses. Reader comments will be read, I’m assured.

JAS CEO Jeff Schmidt said: “The macro intent is to shorten the feedback cycle so folks can see where we are incrementally and comment along the way.”

I’m hoping that the guest posts will provide DI readers with insight into the issue that is as disinterested as DI’s usual coverage, but better informed on the nitty-gritty of the affected technologies.

JAS is a regular consultant for ICANN. It was one of the independent evaluators for the new gTLD program itself.

I’m told that JAS doesn’t have financial relationships with either any new gTLD applicants, which generally think the collision risks have been overstated, or with Verisign, which say they could cause real damage.

JAS isn’t getting paid for the posts; nor is DI getting paid to carry them.

The first post in the series will appear soon, probably Friday.

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