[NA-Discuss] Notice of Motion: update to ALAC advice on gTLDs

Garth Bruen at Knujon.com gbruen at knujon.com
Mon Dec 19 16:35:46 UTC 2011

+1 from me.

I have not seen anyone on this list OPPOSED to new gTLDs, to keep saying 
comments, corrections, concerns, and questions about the program is not 
opposition. To keep saying folks here want to stop the program is 

In reference to Wendy's comment about competition; competition in this 
market is an illusion while 5 Registrars control half the accreditations 
through shell companies. The unknown influence these Registrars have within 
ICANN is unchanged by policies set forth in the new gTLD program.

If ICANN wants continued support of its agenda from At-Large, it needs to 
recognize At-Large's advice. If ALAC gets steamrolled during a critical 
phase like this it will get steamrolled on much smaller issues. It would be 
a mistake for the U.S. gov't to reassert control of the 'Net after approving 
privatization already, it's not going to happen and any statement by ALAC 
would not reverse the movement. This is about the organization keeping its 

This is the letter from the US FTC chairman to ICANN issued on Friday: 
http://www.ftc.gov/os/closings/publicltrs/111216letter-to-icann.pdf. It 
basically says what Evan is saying: advice has been ignored and promised 
protections have not been implemented.

If one only listens to Kurt Pritz's testimony they might think that all 
outstanding questions have been addressed and this is why the program is 
moving forward on schedule. Clearly, this is not the whole story.

From: "RJ Glass" <jipshida2 at yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:14 PM
To: "Evan Leibovitch" <evan at telly.org>; "NARALO Discussion List" 
<na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Notice of Motion: update to ALAC advice on gTLDs

> 2nd to your motion
> ________________________________
> From: Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org>
> To: NARALO Discussion List <na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
> Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 1:34 PM
> Subject: [NA-Discuss] Notice of Motion: update to ALAC advice on gTLDs
> Hello,
> This message is to announce my intention to move this motion at the
> *JANUARY* ALAC meeting.
> This is being done in order to enable discussion to take place -- within
> ALAC, its gTLD working group, and the RALOs -- to determine the response 
> to
> this issue which has been IMO simmering throughout the At-Large community.
> We are told by many (and officially by ICANN) that the program is set and
> we should stop complaining, But to refuse to express the point of view of
> the public interest within ICANN -- even if it is contrary to the
> predominant wisdom -- if to fail at the very basics of At-Large's
> bylaw-mandated role.
> As one of the ALAC representatives for North America it is important for 
> me
> to know the NARALO sentiment. As the proposer of this motion I guess my 
> own
> point of view is laid bare; but if the region is mostly against it  I will
> act accordingly.
> - Evan
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> WHEREAS end-users and governments have only been invited to participate in
> the new gTLD program long after its foundation principles were determined;
> WHEREAS most of the problems identified by the ALAC in its Mexico City
> Summit declaration related to the new-gTLD program have not been
> satisfactorily addressed and indeed some have worsened;
> WHEREAS numerous complaints from governments, intergovernmental
> organizations and other bodies have indicated that law enforcement and
> public-protection measures in the current design of the gTLD program are
> insufficient;
> WHEREAS the ICANN Board, without explanation, has refused the
> cross-community endorsement of the Joint Applicant Support Working Group
> recommendations to reduce costs of new gTLD in developing economies
> independent of any fixed fund;
> WHEREAS the absence of a staggered release schedule or a fixed timetable
> for future rounds severely inhibits ICANN's ability to correct mistakes in
> the proposed application round;
> and
> WHEREAS ICANN has still not convincingly demonstrated the end-user need or
> benefit of a simultaneous launch of hundreds of new TLDs;
> RESOLVED THAT the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) convey to the ICANN
> Board and community the dissatisfaction of At-Large with the new gTLD
> program in its current form, and explicitly advises that its 
> implementation
> would be harmful to the public interest. We request that implementation of
> the program be suspended until necessary public-interest modifications are
> implemented.
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