[ALAC] Follow-up on the ALAC Advice to the Board regarding PICs

Ariel Liang ariel.liang at icann.org
Thu Nov 13 15:55:38 UTC 2014

Hello All, 

The vote has been set up and it will go out in 5 minutes.

Thank you,

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:12 AM
To: ALAC <alac at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [ALAC] Follow-up on the ALAC Advice to the Board regarding

>Note this will be a 5-day vote, not 4, but please vote as soon as the
>poll is opened.  Alan
>At 13/11/2014 02:01 AM, Alan Greenberg wrote:
>>You will recall that at ICANN51, the ALAC submitted a very
>>controversial piece of Advice to the ICANN Board, specifically that
>>the New gTLD applications and delegations for specific TLDs be
>>frozen until appropriate public interest safeguards can be put in
>>place. The TLDs in question were those referred to by the GAC as
>>Category 1 TLDs in the fields of health, education, finance,
>>charities and gambling, identified by the GAC as particularly
>>sensitive, requiring enhanced safeguards to build public trust.
>>I understand that this advice is under review by the Board New gTLD
>>Process Committee (NGPC).
>>Our statement has received a lot of notice, particularly by the
>>Registries. A letter from the Registry Stakeholder Group to the
>>ICANN Board is attached. They STRONGLY recommend that the Board
>>reject our advice.
>>Accordingly, I believe that we must quickly reinforce our position.
>>I have asked Evan Leibovitch and the ALAC New gTLD WG to provide
>>further details on the short statement approved in LA, so that it
>>may be taken into consideration by the NGPC. The statement is attached.
>>There is nothing in this statement that was not already implied in
>>the advice we have already given, but it sets out the details in
>>such a way as to (hopefully) make our advice harder for the Board to
>>dismiss completely. As the Registry Stakeholder Group points out, a
>>freeze would be problematic. We are not trying to cause problems,
>>but we do believe that the public interest MUST be served.
>>I believe that this matter is of extreme urgency. Accordingly I am
>>taking the rather unusual step of requesting that staff immediately
>>initiate a 4-day vote to ratify this statement. The vote will start
>>as soon as staff can initiate it and will end on Tuesday, 18
>>November at 23:59 UTC.
>>PLEASE VOTE AS SOON AS YOU CAN. Once the vote has received
>>sufficient support as to ensure that it passes, I will notify the Board.
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