[ALAC] Discussion: WT5 of PDP on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Sun Aug 27 02:29:05 UTC 2017
The GNSO PDP on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures has decided to
initiate a Work Track on the use geographic names at the top level,
and the ALAC, along with the GNSO, ccNSO and GAC, has been invited to
As a first step, co-leaders are being requested and as you know from
the ALAC is seeking someone to take on this role on behalf of the ALAC.
The co-leaders, once selected, will work with the PDP WG Co-Chairs to
establish the further procedures and the full terms of reference will
likely be established by the WT itself However, it is envisaged that
this new Work Track will operate with procedures comparable to a
CCWG. If this is indeed what happens, the Work Track, unlike most
GNSO PDP efforts, may include:
- Members formally appointed by the AC/SOs;
- A decision process wherein Members only may take part (used only if
- The .
The ALAC needs to decide how it will participate, and the criteria
for selecting Members (presuming this is the path chosen).
The first part, I think, is relatively simple. I believe the ALAC
should agree to be a full participant with the understanding that we
agree to the terms of reference, and that we are not bound by the
outcomes until and unless we ratify them at the conclusion of WT5 work.
The selection of Members (if there are any) is more complex.
Normally, we are allotted five Members and I would expect that to be
the case here. We typically solicit volunteers and the ALAC Appointee
Selection Committee makes recommendations to the ALAC, with the
expectation is that there be one candidate per region.
This situation is more challenging in that the ALAC and At-Large may
have a variety of positions ranging from:
- National or local governments should have absolute control over the
use of their names (or other geographic identifiers); to
- We have many examples of the use of geographic names in existing
domains and there is no evidence of harm, so we should allow a very
liberal use of geographic names in the new TLDs.
- In between, there are views that there should be a mechanism to
arbitrate when there are different parties seeking a name, or a
process like the Trademark Clearinghouse where parties can register
their "interest" in a name.
It is therefore really important to understand the variety of views
and make sure that our delegation to the WT represents all of these.
In order to do this, I think we need a discussion of what positions
are held. This is NOT an opportunity to agree or disagree with
positions presented, but to simply understand how views vary within At-Large.
I would like to open the discussion on this list to start with, and
once we have a good idea of ideas, to validate them with the wider
With this mail, I am soliciting input on three questions:
1. Do you agree with my proposal on the conditions for participating
or if not, what do you propose instead?
2. Assuming we will be asked to appoint Members, should we try to
balance their views to make sure the majority of our community has a
voice on the WT? This *might* mean we end up balancing views and not
have all five regions represented.
3. What are your views on how to address the use of geographic names
in Top Level Domains?
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