[AFRI-Discuss] IMPORTANT: At-Large Objection Statements posted for RALO review - deadline for RALO advice to ALAC is March 5 2013

ICANN At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Tue Feb 26 19:06:53 UTC 2013

Dear All,

Please see an important message being sent on behalf of Dev Anand Teelucksingh, Chair of the At-Large new gTLD Review Group:

Dear All,

As per the process by which the ALAC can object to a new gTLD application, (see one page PDF at http://bit.ly/how-ALAC-files-objection-to-new-gTLD ), the new gTLD Review Group (gTLD RG) have posted objection statements on community grounds to 5 new gTLD applications for Regional At-Large Organisation (RALO) review and advice to the ALAC.

The gTLD RG drafted the statements based on the outcomes of its review and discussion of comments received by February 8, 2013 (see http://atlarge-lists.icann.org/pipermail/at-large/2013q1/009493.html)

All of the objection statements are on community objection grounds. The community objection grounds page at https://community.icann.org/x/QgkQAg lists four tests that would enable the Dispute Resolution Service Provider hearing the objection to determine whether there is substantial opposition from a significant portion of the community to which the string may be
targeted. Note also that ALL four tests must be met for the objection to prevail.

The 5 applications and objection statements, including the comments received by the gTLD RG on the applications can be found on the workspace at https://community.icann.org/x/soxwAg with 5 separate wiki pages for each new gTLD application, the objection statement and the comments received by the gTLD RG. Members of At-Large are invited to discuss and post questions or comments on these wiki pages.

All RALOs must review EACH of the 5 gTLD applications and the associated information (objection statement, comments) on the wiki pages and decide if the objection statement drafted  by the gTLD RG group supports the criterion for community objection.

The RALO cannot modify any of the 5 objection statements, but must advise the ALAC as to whether the RALO EITHER:
1) supports the objection statement being filed by the ALAC against the new gTLD application OR
2) NOT support the objection statement being filed by the ALAC against the new gTLD application.

This advice for each of the 5 objection statements must be sent to the ALAC by March 5, 2013, 23:59 UTC so that the ALAC can review the RALO advice before the end of the objection period on March 13, 2013.

A conference call is tentatively scheduled on Thursday, February 28, 2013 (exact time will be confirmed by At-Large Staff) is being planned for RALO officers with the gTLD RG members to provide an overview of the process and to answer any questions they may have as to what  is expected by the RALOs as per the process by which the ALAC can object to a new
gTLD application. At-Large members are welcome to attend this call.

Kind regards,
Dev Anand Teelucksingh



Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Matt Ashtiani, Gisella Gruber, Nathalie Peregrine, and Julia Charvolen
ICANN Policy Staff in support of the ALAC
E-mail: staff at atlarge.icann.org<mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org>

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