[At-Large] Questions about Specification 11 of ICANN Registry Agreement

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 03:38:06 UTC 2015

Dear Thomas,

Just to give some background regarding Specification 11 :

Specification 11 was first introduced by the ICANN Board (via the New gTLD
Program Committee (NGPC) in mid 2013 in response to GAC advice from Beijing
in 2013 (see GAC communiques at ) re: gTLD strings under Category II.

GAC Beijing Communique:
ICANN Board Resolution:

There was several further communication about whether this was enough to
implement the GAC advice from Beijing from the Buenos Aries meeting in 2013.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA) filed an
objection to the gTLD application by Kosher Marketing Assets, LLC to
UOJCA lost the objection and filed a reconsideration request in early 2014
based in part on the objection panel's interpretation of Specification 11.
The reconsideration request can be found at
https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/14-4-2014-02-14-en and the documents
therein will be informative as to the interpretation of Specification 11

Dev Anand

On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 7:17 PM, Thomas Lowenhaupt <toml at communisphere.com>

> Fellow At-Large Members,
>> In the ICANN Registry Agreement, Specification 11 Public Interest
>> Commitments, states:
>> c.Registry Operator will operate the TLD in a transparent manner
>> consistent with general principles of openness and non-discrimination by
>> establishing, publishing and adhering to clear registration policies.
>> Can someone help me understand this. For example, the phrases
>> "transparent manner," "general principles of openness,"
>> "non-discrimination," and "clear registration policies" are unclear. Are
>> there definitions? Is there a history or have there been challenges to
>> Spec. 11 that might shed light?
>> Best,
>> Tom Lowenhaupt
>> TomL at communisphere.com
>> Connecting.nyc Inc.
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