[APAC-Discuss] Call for Membership in At-Large new gTLD Review Group

ICANN At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Tue May 1 22:58:20 UTC 2012

Dear All, 


The following call for membership of the At-Large new gTLD Review Group is
sent on behalf of Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Chair of the ALAC. 




Dear All,



The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) has approved the procedure by which
At-Large and ALAC can submit public comments on and file objections to new
gTLD applications as proposed by the At-

Large new gTLD Working Group (ANgWG -
https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/New+GTLDs). This procedure forms
the basis of the work of the At-Large new gTLD Review Group (gTLD RG -
orkspace#).  The gTLD RG needs to be in place and ready to work by the date
when applications are revealed and the comment period is set. 


Therefore, we are asking the RALOs to make their recommendations to the ALAC
by 8 May 2012, so the ALAC can vote on these recommendations. The RG should
be in place and up to speed by 14 May 2012 (being the approximate
commencement date of the 60 day Application Comment Period and the 7 month
Objection Period of the First Round). 


The gTLD RG is tasked with:

*	receiving the comments from At-Large either directly via email or
indirectly via RALO conference calls;
*	creating/updating the new gTLD wiki comment pages;
*	giving status updates of which new gTLD received comments each week;
*	informing RALOs of deadlines for comments during the ACP, and for
objection statements during the objection period;
*	reviewing the comments/objections received and giving ALAC its
recommendations on them;
*	composing the final draft of the comments/objections agreed on in
close cooperation with their original authors. 


gTLD RG term

The gTLD RG term period finishes with the end of the objection period of the
whole first round. 


gTLD RG Composition 

The ANgWG had determined that, at least initially, the gTLD RG be composed

- 2 members to be recommended by each of the RALOs

- 1 member volunteer from each region

All members being determined by the ALAC. 

Should the work load require adding people to the gTLD RG at a later time,
that decision can be made by the gTLD RG itself in consultation with the


gTLD RG Requirements 

Members of the gTLD RG are required to: 

A. understand the approved ALAC procedure
ations+2012+Workspace) by which At-Large and the ALAC can submit public
comments on and file objections to new gTLD applications 

B. be able to use the At-Large wiki to create/edit/update wiki pages 

C. be able to work in English 

D. have an understanding of ICANN's Applicant Guidebook (AGB;
which describes the application process for new gTLDs from start to finish  

E. be able to give a flexible commitment of time. It is estimated that on
the average, 2-3 hours per week would be needed and there would be bi-weekly
conference calls over the 7 month objection period. However, in such
processes, it is typical that the majority of both comments and objection
requests will occur towards the end of the 60 day comment period and 7 month
objection period, so the workload will likely be heavier at those times.
Presuming no changes to the Applicant Guidebook regarding comments and
objections, it is anticipated that the duration of the gTLD RG tasks will be
up to 1 year for this first round. 

F. make a Statement of Interest (SOI) in which they:

a. declare that they have no Conflicts of Interest (COI); or

b. disclose any possible or existing COI. 


A COI is defined as having an immediate past (previous 6 months), current or
predetermined interest (being financial or other) in a New gTLD Applicant or
any other party that is involved in any manner whatsoever with an applicant
or the proposed registry. In determining COI, reference should be made to
Section at page 84 of the AGB which details some COI Guidelines. All
members and RALOs will be informed of any changes in the gTLD RG's COI

Please note, the specific RALO the member belongs to will be asked to
confirm this SOI to the best of its ALS representatives' knowledge,
information and belief. 

Both the SOI and RALO confirmation will be reviewed by the ALAC to vet the
declarations, with final approval to join the gTLD RG being determined by
ALAC vote. In some instances it may be necessary for the ALAC to interview
the member. SOIs of approved members of the gTLD RG will be posted on the
Working Group's wiki page. 

It is recognized that during the course of the new gTLD Objection period, a
COI possibly may occur and in such cases the member is required to promptly
disclose such COIs to the gTLD RG. In any event, the SOI will be
periodically reviewed by the gTLD RG, either monthly or prior to each gTLD
RG call (whichever is more frequent).


Kind regards,

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD







Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Matt Ashtiani, Gisella Gruber, and Nathalie

ICANN Policy Staff in support of ALAC

E-mail: staff at atlarge.icann.org



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