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Request for Proposal: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1

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LOS ANGELES – 9 July 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a contractor to perform the research, analysis, and writing necessary to produce Study 1 of the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP).

Name collision refers to the situation where a name that is defined and used in one namespace may also appear in another. Users and applications intending to use a name in one namespace may attempt to use it in a different one, and unexpected behavior may result where the intended use of the name is not the same in both namespaces.

The ICANN Board asked the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to study the impact of name collisions and advise the Board on their effects and possible mitigation. In response, SSAC started the NCAP effort and designed Study 1, the first of three name collision studies intended to address the Board’s request.

The scope of NCAP Study 1 is larger than usual work undertaken by SSAC, so the ICANN organization’s Office of the CTO (OCTO) is facilitating the work and is engaging a contractor to perform Study 1.

More details about NCAP and Study 1 can be found in a document written by SSAC entitled SSAC Proposal for the Name Collision Analysis Project (Revised by ICANN Office of the CTO).

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 331 KB].

Indications of interest should be emailed to NCAP-Study1-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 30 July 2019 using ICANN’s sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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