[ALAC] .berlin Letter on Batching - Help to protect the Global Public Interest

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Apr 19 13:16:59 UTC 2012

Dear Dirk,

thank you for your kind email which raises very valid points.
I am CC'ing the ALAC working list for discussion.
Warmest regards,

Olivier Crépin-Leblond
ALAC Chair

On 19/04/2012 14:54, Dirk Krischenowski wrote :
> Dear Olivier,
> we write to you to express our serious concern regarding the proposed
> batching procedure, known as digital archery. 
> Taking the recent activities of domain industry players into account, we
> expect that the first and second batch will be populated with generic .com
> clone standard applications such as .web, .shop, .wine, .beach or .horse. 
> Most of the applicants outside the US, especially small language and culture
> communities will be pushed aside to a much later batch. Also Geographic and
> Community gTLD applicants with public interest support of governments and
> communities will be pushed aside and will suffer serious economic
> disadvantages.
> We urgently ask you to not sit back and watch how your achievements and
> safeguards for Geographic gTLDs, the Applicant Support Program and other
> public interest provisions in the Applicant Guidebook are watered down by a
> crude digital archery system which clearly privileges a few "clever" domain
> investors from the developed world.
> Some ideas have already been circulated, such as the one giving applicants
> with a single application preference over those who apply for up to 50
> strings with the same entity. Another approach could be to incorporate the
> different categories of applications in a fairly balanced manner in the
> global public interest.
> Please put this topic on the ALAC agenda with urgency to ensure equal
> opportunities to all applicants!
> Sincerely,
> Dirk Krischenowski
> Founder and Managing Director
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Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD

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