ICANN’s board of directors is apparently worried about the rise of blockchain-based alt-roots.
Its Board Technical Committee voted in May to make blockchain a permanent agenda item going forward, according to just-published minutes.
“After discussion, the Committee decided to have a standing topic on the agenda to address Blockchain Names,” the minutes read.
The minutes don’t record the content of the discussion, but the alt-root topic has been addressed at every one of the committee’s meetings since last July and resulted in the CTO’s office putting together a briefing paper I blogged about last month.
Blockchain alt-roots include the likes of ENS, Handshake and Unstoppable. They are likely to present legal challenges and interoperability problems when ICANN finally opens up the next round of new gTLDs in a couple years.