[At-Large] [ALAC-Announce] CALL FOR COMMENTS: ALAC Statement on the Preliminary Issue Report on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Wed Sep 23 14:23:39 UTC 2015

[ I've modified the distribution & added both new gTLD WG list & ALAC
list - when you reply, you might get a bounce from the new gTLD list if
you're not in the WG but staff will do the magic to unlock you message ]

Just a few notes:
- the Preliminary Issues Report is long (147 pages) but needs to be read
- the draft ALAC Statement addresses only those points which Carlton and
I felt were important to address. If you see anything else in the
Preliminary Issues Report that requires our attention, please flag it as
soon as possible so we can add it.
- I know that some in our community are saying: "no more new gTLDs / ban
on new gTLD rounds", or "no more new gTLDs until we see a demonstration
that the first round has served the public interest".
Please note that the current issues report says that the default is that
the program *will continue with a next round*. Having spent time on the
gNSO council participating in the discussions, it is clear that there is
a very strong pressure from Contracted Parties and some parts of the
Non-Contracted parties (some of whom might be interested in being part
of the next application round) that *want* a next round to take place
*as soon as possible*. Unless you are ready to enter a trench war with
the GNSO, I would not recommend that we ask for an outright indefinite
ban on new gTLDs -- because since the working group will be a GNSO
working group, we'll all end up being completely ignored from day 1.
Carlton and I have therefore taken the stance that if there is going to
be another round, *all* the issues identified in the issues report, and
other issues we have pointed out, need to be both studied and resolved.
Even that is going to be a very hard point to defend, but it is
absolutely worth defending - if/when the working group gets under way,
please take part in the WG.
- If the At-Large Community would like next round of new gTLDs promoting
applicants from developing economies, the ALAC might need to support a
next round sooner rather than later.

Kind regards,


On 23/09/2015 14:07, ICANN At-Large Staff wrote:
> Dear All, 
> On behalf of the ALAC, Olivier Crepin-Leblond and Carlton Samuels have
> developed the first draft ALAC Statement in response to the Public
> Comment on the Preliminary Issue Report on New gTLD Subsequent
> Procedures <https://community.icann.org/x/zIdYAw>. The draft, as well
> as pertinent resources for the Public Comment, can be found in its
> wiki workspace here: https://community.icann.org/x/zIdYAw. All
> At-Large members are welcome to comment on this draft. 
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> and take them into consideration when finalizing the draft. 
> Regards,
> Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Ariel Liang, Gisella Gruber, Nathalie
> Peregrine and Terri Agnew
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