Africa, Latin America take advantage of new gTLD process

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are big beneficiaries in the new Generic Top Level Domain selection process after the introduction of the controversial “batching” methodology by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

The batching process allows for applications to be selected first on geography, and then involves a round robin process that has been called messy and complicated. The first round will allow the first hundred applications in each geographic region to be considered. This means that even regions with few applications — essentially, emerging markets — will be dealt with in the first batch.

On Wednesday, ICANN revealed that there were 1,930 applications received including those covering geographic names and indigenous language scripts such as Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic… Read more

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