[At-Large] Notice of Motion: update to ALAC advice on gTLDs

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Sun Dec 18 18:51:18 UTC 2011

Dear Evan,

thank you for this proposed motion.

I'll ask staff to add 5 minutes to the Tuesday 20th Dec 2011 ALAC call
agenda, for me to announce the proposed motion and let you say a couple
of words about it to introduce it. Ideally, the discussion should
follow-up by email until the January ALAC call, where we can allow some
time for discussion.

I'd like to remind everyone that at the present moment, this is a draft
motion which might be amended, ratified or not ratified depending on
which way the discussion and vote goes. A full month of discussion will,
I hope, find consensus one way or other.

Also - I'd like to refute any allegation that the ALAC is "against new
gTLDs". I have heard this from a few observers now and this is clearly
not the case. In my opinion, the ALAC's duty is to make sure that the
launch of the new gTLDs is in the public's interest.

Kind regards,


Le 18/12/2011 19:30, Evan Leibovitch a écrit :
> 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.
> Please distribute this to the four RALO mailing lists where I do not have
> posting rights, and translate if possible.
> - 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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Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD

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