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.kids gTLD auction probably back on

Kevin Murphy, July 3, 2018, 10:18:10 (UTC), Domain Registries

Amazon, Google and a small non-profit appear to be headed to auction to fight for ownership of child-friendly new gTLDs.

ICANN last week defrosted the contention set for .kids/.kid; DotKids Foundation’s bid for .kids is no longer classified as “On-Hold”.

This means an ICANN-managed “last resort” auction is probably back on, having been cancelled last December in response to a DotKids request for reconsideration.

The RfR was thrown out by the ICANN board of directors, on the recommendation of its Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee, in May.

.kids and .kid are in the same contention set because DotKids fought and won a String Confusion Objection against Google’s .kid application.

It’s also directly competing with Amazon for .kids.

A last-resort auction would mean that proceeds would be deposited in a special ICANN bank account currently swollen with something like a quarter-billion dollars.

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Comments (2)

  1. Snoopy says:

    What is worse Amazon running a tld or Google?

  2. Rubens Kuhl says:

    Google was the objector that filed string confusion objection against DotKids and Amazon applications. But the 3 contenders agreed to not oppose the objections and let it become a single contention set, so it was not that much of a fight.

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