ICANN postpones cutoff date for new gTLD applications after glitch

The organization took the application system offline after finding a software glitch

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has postponed the last date for applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) on its application system to April 20, after it detected a technical issue with the software.

The organization said in a statement that it had to take the TLD application system (TAS) offline temporarily after it learned of a possible glitch in the software that has allowed "a limited number of users to view some other users' file names and user names in certain scenarios."

"Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data. We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward," ICANN chief operating officer Akram Atallah said in a statement on Thursday.

TAS will be shut down until Tuesday at 23:59 UTC, unless otherwise notified before that time, ICANN said.

The last date for submitting applications was April 12.

The board of directors of ICANN approved in June last year an increase in the number of gTLDs from the current 22. The gTLD plan is expected to bring significant benefits to Internet users, including the ability to create new TLDs in non-Latin, non-English scripts. But trademark owners have objected to the plan, saying it will be difficult to protect their intellectual property on hundreds or thousands of new TLDs.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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