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

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Thu Apr 19 13:27:43 UTC 2012


I understand the fear, but I have seen no explanation of why this might end up being the case.

Dirk, can you explain why you are so sure this will happen?  Beyond pointing abstractly to "recent activities of domain industry players" I see no argument for why batching would not achieve a distribution that reflects the overall  distribution of applications.



On 19 Apr 2012, at 09:16, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond wrote:

> 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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