[At-Large] Affecting ICANN policy on new gTLDs

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 22:50:12 UTC 2010

Count me in -

Dev Anand Teelucksingh

On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:09 AM, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> ICANN has not yet started accepting applications for new gTLDs. To its
> credit, at its meeting in Cartagena the ICANN Board has been convinced of
> the seriousness of certain remaining issues enough to delay the launch of
> the new round despite severe pressure from potential applicants and ICANN's
> own contracted parties.
> However, the onus is now back upon us and others who took issue with the
> proposed creation procedures. We have made it clear what we did not like, in
> issues such as the Independent Objector (IO), the Dispute Resolution Service
> Provider (DRSP), and the regressive changes to in trademark-related takedown
> notices. Now we need to propose what we *do* want, simply and directly.
> This means, specifically, that we need to create specific wording changes to
> the new TLD Applicant Guidebook. The goal is to offer to the Board a
> ready-made set of changes that have:
>   - Community approval as broad as possible
>   - Wording that modifies the existing DAG as little as possible while
>   still accomplishing our goals
>   - Full consistency with existing GNSO policy and existing CWG consensus
>   (on both Rec6 and applicant support)
> If we are able to do this, we will have presented both a vision for our
> approach to new gTLDs and a fully-charted method of execution. Doing so will
> enable us to take initiative, providing a constructive way forward for the
> Board to speed TLD introduction.
> This is a significant task. Without enough people to share the load this
> can't happen ... and if it doesn't, we will have nobody to blame but
> ourselves for missing this opportunity to get our policy goals across.
> If you are interested in helping with the background research or the
> 'wordsmithing' of changes to the Applicant Guidebook, please let me know as
> soon as possible.
> --
> Evan Leibovitch
> Chair, At-Large gTLD Working Group
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