[EURO-Discuss] Lisbon Follow Up

Kleinwächter, Wolfgang wolfgang.kleinwaechter at medienkomm.uni-halle.de
Thu May 24 09:51:05 EDT 2007

That is the situation now. Still some work to do. We have to write also a more substantive background paper. 

I am in consultation also with Nick



ALAC Workshop

"New GEO-TLDs: More Consumer Choice or More Consumer Confusion?"

San Juan, Sunday, June, 24, 2007 (TBC)


After years of discussion ICANN is moving towards the adoption of a policy framework for the introduction of new gTLDs. Among the most controversial categories of new gTLDs are TLDs which refer to names of cities and regions. Some groups argue that such new so-called GEO-TLDs would give consumers more choice and would stimulate competition among service providers. On the other hand some governments and private sector constituencies have raised concerns and argue that GEO-TLDs would lead to consumer confusion or would affect public policy. The ALAC Workshop "New GEO-TLDs: More Consumer Choice or More Consumer Confusion?" offers a space for discussion and exchange of arguments. Three projects - .berlin, .nyc and .paris - are presented. Comments will come from different constituencies from the private sector, civil society and governments as well as from members of various ICANN bodies. 

Susan Crawford, ICANN Director
Jon Bing, GNSO Council (TBC)
Betrand de la Chapelle, French Government, GAC Member
Peter Helmonds, Siemens-Nokia (TBC)
Tom Lowenhaupt, .nyc Project
Dirk Kirschenowski, .berlin Project
Sebastian Bachollet, ALAC Member, .paris Project
Beau Brendler, Consumer Reports WebWatch
N.N., Telecities Europe (TBC)
Amadeu Abril I Abril, .cat (TBC)
Moderator: Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus



Von: Annette Muehlberg [mailto:annette.muehlberg at web.de]
Gesendet: Do 24.05.2007 15:37
An: sebastien.bachollet at isoc.fr; Discussion for At-Large Europe
Cc: Kleinwächter, Wolfgang
Betreff: Re: [EURO-Discuss] Lisbon Follow Up

Sébastien, Wolfgang,

I would like to join you in working on the GEO-TLD meeting, as we are
working on .berlin
what is the current plan?


Sébastien Bachollet schrieb:
> Sorry Wolfgang to take this old message but it contains 2 important points.
> About the so-call GEO-TLDs I would like to help you in setting up the
> meeting especially because we started some work on .paris.
> I am not sure I will be available during the forthcoming 8th meeting of the
> ICANN Studienkreis (October 11-12, 2007 in Warsaw) for an EURALO outreach
> meeting (Thursday, October 11, 9.00 - 15.00) but I think is a good idea.
> I start to work on Egeni Europe 2008 for June (just before the Icann meeting
> in Europe) and I think we need to do also something about Euralo.
> All the best
> Sébastien Bachollet
> Président
> sebastien.bachollet at isoc.fr
> www.egeni.org
> www.isoc.fr
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : euro-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org
> [mailto:euro-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org] De la part de Wolfgang
> Kleinwächter
> Envoyé : samedi 31 mars 2007 13:45
> À : Discussion for At-Large Europe; Discussion for At-Large Europe; Nick
> Ashton-Hart
> Cc : Europe Discuss; Asia-Pacific Discuss
> Objet : Re: [EURO-Discuss] Lisbon Follow Up
> Sorry I forgot the proposals:
> 1. the prepare a workshop for San Juan on Consumer Interests on geographical
> TLDs: The working title could be "Consumer Confusion vs. Consumer Choice:
> The User Interests in  GEO-TLDs". As we discussed in Lisbon, there is a
> growing number of related projects (.berlin, .nyc, .cym, .sco, .london etc)
> and there are two main arguments in favour and against. In Germany the local
> government which operates berlin.de argues that .berlin would create
> consumer confusion while the federal parliament just recently adopted a
> resolution arguing GEO-TLDs like .munich, .cologne, .saxony, .bavaria or
> .leipzig would bring more competition and more consumer choice. I expect
> that the ICANN Board if it has to take decisions on such TLDs  (based on the
> GNSO Policy paper and the GAC gTLD principles) will need some input form the
> user perspective and this is the ALAC. I would be ready to start the
> preparation for such a two hour workshopin San Juan.
> 2. I propose to use the forthcoming 8th meeting of the ICANN Studienkreis
> (October 11-12, 2007 in Warsaw) for an EURALO outreach meeting (Thursday,
> October 11, 9.00 - 15.00) for Central and Eastern Europe. I ask all ALS and
> other friends of EURALO to send me contcats so that we can do outrech and
> invite speakers. I will work together also with the Diplo Foundation. Input
> from ISOC Europe is welcome.
> Best
> wolfgang
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