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Latest update: dotAfrica launch temporarily on hold pending resolution of ICANN IRP process.

The failure of the TLD Application System (TAS) proved that technical challenges affect even the best. Being a technical organization, ICANN is expected to provide a robust system, bearing in mind the high demand of the new gTLDs. ICANN has received over 500 registrations, and the last minute rush must have tested the system to its limits.

The technical community was outraged by the system failure but ICANN took the best option in extending the deadline by a week to April 20th, giving applicants a chance to finalize their application.

The deadline extension due to the TAS crash unfortunately paints the TAS in a negative light. It's fair for the world to expect ICANN systems to be near 100 percent perfect considering that ICANN is the organization that effectively controls the Internet. It's also fair to expect ICANN to ensure the TAS is robust enough to be able to deal with the deadline day pressure. The crash therefore gives an impression that the TAS may not have been robust enough.

ICANN's decision to extend the deadline is reasonable in the circumstances. It would have been very bad for some applicants to miss the deadline simply because the TAS couldn't allow them to do complete the applications on the last day. Our dotAfrica application was finalized before TAS crash but I'm convinced the extension has won ICANN many friends amongst some applicants, albeit they may not openly admit it.

Here is ICANN's last statement on TAS interruption.

By Mohamed EL Bashir, Internet Infrastructure Management and Governance Expert. Visit the blog maintained by Mohamed EL Bashir here.

Related topics: ICANN, Top-Level Domains

http://www.circleid.com/posts/tas_outage_shows_tech_errors_can_happen_in_any_organization/


About The Author: Mohamed EL Bashir

Mr Mohamed EL Bashir is an Internet Expert specialized in Internet Infrastructure management, Domain Names System, Country Code Top Level Domains "ccTLD" and Internationalized Domain Names "IDNs". Mohamed is an active Internet user and Professional, He was Founder and President of Sudan Internet Society from 2001 until 2008, its main objectives were to promote internet usage for Sudan’s Socio-economic development. He has been active within ICANN since 2001, handling Sudan ccTLD ".SD" Re-delegation process, .SD is managed by Sudan Internet Society. Mohamed served as a Council member in ICANN's Country Code Supporting Organization "ccNSO" Council representing Africa, and member of ICANN's Board At Large Advisory Committee "ALAC".

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