ICANN Releases the gTLD Marketplace Health Index for Community Feedback
Earlier today ICANN published the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (BETA) for community feedback. The gTLD Marketplace Health Index displays trends and statistics related to generic top-level domains. ICANN has as goal to publish these statistics biannually. ICANN’s Strategic Plan, covering fiscal years 2016–2020, charges the Global Domains Division with supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted.
Prior consultations with the community has led ICANN to create an initial set of metrics for the domain marketplace health index:
- Robust competition : geographic representation of gTLD registrars and gTLD registry operators, trends in competition among gTLD registrars and gTLD registry operators, expansion in second-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs, internationalized gTLDs).
- Marketplace stability : accreditation and disaccreditation of gTLD registrars.
- Trust: gTLD registrar terminations, WHOIS accuracy rates, and UDRP and URS complaints.
ICANN invites the community to review this PDF report. You can submit comments on this report up to 6th of September. After public comments will be closed you will be able to volunteer to assist with refining the Index by joining the gTLD Marketplace Health Index Advisory Panel. The goal is then to create a more comprehensive set of metrics for the gTLD Marketplace Health Index 1.0 (scheduled to be published in early 2017).