[At-Large] Auction Proceeds - where we are and what you can help

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Sat May 13 22:41:35 UTC 2017

I think I agree with Roberto, but doing what is asked requires a bottom-up
overhaul of the community TLD criteria and evaluation process. Personally I
am in favour of such a review, mainly because of the visible examples in
which the community categorization did not serve its intended purpose last

In examples of which I am aware (.gay, .nyc, .kids and .music) there were
perfectly good community applications that were against well-monied
commercial applicants. The process was supposed to allow the community
applications preference. In all these cases (and probably others of which
I'm not aware) the commercial applicant prevailed.

The distinctions between commercial and public-service TLDs can be
accomplished through appropriate change to the community applicant process.
It is a less drastic measure than asking the application process to
recognize a number of new categories.

- Evan

On 13 May 2017 at 17:51, Roberto Gaetano <roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com>

> John,
> > There's a separate question of what to do with the extra application
> money.  Personally, I find it hard to have a lot of sympathy for the dire
> conditions of speculators and marketers who applied, and I'd treat the
> extra the same way as the auction money, use it to support projects
> relevant to ICANN's charitable mission.
> I agree, with one caveat.
> (disclaimer: I am the Chair of the Public Interest Registry, who has
> applied for 4 IDN TLDs)
> I think that there are different categories of applications - brand
> promotion, geographic localisation, community interest, and so on.
> One set of applications was about IDNs, that I believe are part of the
> strategic objective to bring the Internet to everyone, including the ones
> who are using a different script. I am not claiming that in these cases
> money should be “refunded” to the applicants, but money could be used to
> offset the fixed fees that the registries have to pay anyway to ICANN
> regardless on whether the IDN TLD is making money or not.
> In simple words, I believe that ICANN should recognise that these TLDs are
> being developed for pursuing an overall objective - that was, incidentally,
> the reason why ICANN created the conditions for IDN TLDs. To request a
> fixed yearly fee even if there are few registrations in the case of TLDs
> that have been delegate pursuing an objective of widening the access to the
> Internet to people who would otherwise have been excluded does not seem to
> be fair. And, more importantly, will not be an incentive to registries to
> apply for more IDN TLDs in the next round, therefore vanishing the effort
> that we have done so far.
> Of course, I am speaking of the IDNs because I am aware of this situation,
> but the same reasoning might apply to some community TLDs.
> In short, to reply to John, full agreement about speculators, but there
> should be a way to distinguish between who acted for profit and who acted
> for providing a tool for the communities that have been underserved so far.
> Cheers,
> Roberto
> PS: in re-reading my text I realise that I might have gone off topic,
> because I am addressing the issue of application fees rather than auction -
> sorry
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