The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board of directors could establish a support system for deserving applicants who want to run a new generic top-level domain (gTLD).

Following a proposal made at the organization’s 42nd public meeting in Dakar, Senegal, by a joint working group, ICANN could offer financial, technical, and other assistance for less privileged stakeholders.

ICANN already subsidises travel and accommodation costs for some delegates attending meetings who come from lower economically developed countries.

The board has directed the president and chief executive Rod Beckstrom to develop a detailed plan by December 8th 2011 for the scoping and implementation of the recommendations.

“It is very important that deserving applicants, such as those from emerging economies, be included in the new gTLD program,” he stated.

“It is necessary to encourage diverse participation in this new program and to broaden the scope of our multi-stakeholder model.”

Organizations and individuals will be able to apply for a gTLD through ICANN between January 12th and April 12 2012.

ICANN may offer gTLD support for underprivileged applicants
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