ICANN and the New Top-Level Domains


February 25, 2019
1:30-5:30 | Room NT-01


  • American University Washington College of Law
  • American University School of Communications
  • Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
  • Internet Governance Lab

We are in the midst of an historic expansion of internet domain names with more than 1200 new generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”) now competing with <.com>. This 5000% increase in gTLDs is the biggest change to the internet's domain naming system in thirty years (and more are coming soon!). Accompanying these new gTLDs, are new and innovative--but little known--IP rights protection mechanisms. These developments could have a profound impact on the rights of IP owners, domain name registrants, and the public, and on the architecture of the internet.


1:30: Welcome

  • Christine Haight Farley, American University Washington College of Law

1:40: Trademark Protections in the New gTLDs

  • Michael Karanicolas, University of Toronto 
  • Brian King, MarkMonitor
  • Rebecca Tushnet, Harvard Law School
  • Brian Winterfeldt, Winterfeldt IP Group 
  • Mary Wong, ICANN

3:00:  Break

3:15:  “Walled Gardens:” Should gTLDs Become Private Platforms?

  • Becky Burr, ICANN Board & Neustar
  • Sarah Deutsch, ICANN Board
  • Kathy Kleiman, Center for Information Technology, Princeton University
  • Jeff Neuman, Com Laude/Valideus
  • Mitch Stoltz, EFF 

4:30: Closing

  • Patricia Aufderheide, American University, School of Communication

4:35:  Reception