[At-Large] gTLD Review Group decisions regarding the comments by IT for Change, India

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Tue Sep 25 05:27:31 UTC 2012

Below is the link to an op ed in a top Indian daily 'The Hindu' that we 
did on the implications of private top level domains  being allowed in 
the new gtld policy ... parminder


On Tuesday 25 September 2012 09:33 AM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh wrote:
> Dear All,
> The gTLD Review Group (gTLD RG ; https://community.icann.org/x/u7-bAQ)
> received a comment from IT for Change, India on September 11 2012.
> IT for Change, India's comment was not directed at a specific
> application or applicant but was posted to the At-Large new gTLD
> Applications Dashboard at
> https://community.icann.org/display/newgtldrg/multiple-strings-by-IT-for-change_OG
> for comment.
> The comment by IT for Change, India is that allowing generic words as
> private TLDs  (i.e with single registrant, with no requirement to make
> second level domain names available to the open market) is against the
> public interest.
> Because such a concept is outside the scope of any particular
> applicant or application, the gTLD RG will not be submitting a comment
> for the ALAC for possible submission to ICANN's new gTLD comment forum
> before the close of the Application Comment Period on September 26
> 2012.
> However, given the concept raised regarding generic words becoming
> private TLDs has policy implications that impacts individual Internet
> end users, the gTLD RG recommends that the issues raised be referred
> to the At-Large new gTLD Working Group (new gTLD WG ;
> https://community.icann.org/x/8Yoi) for discussion and possible policy
> recommendations. We note that the issues referred to the new gTLD WG
> from past comments received by the gTLD RG
> (https://community.icann.org/display/newgtldrg/.book+_OG) have been
> added to the new gTLD WG's agenda.
> Kind Regards,
> Dev Anand Teelucksingh
> Chair, gTLD Review Group
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