[NA-Discuss] [At-Large] What ALAC said about new gTLDs in 2003

Antony Van Couvering avc at avc.vc
Thu Mar 31 00:24:24 UTC 2011

Hi Alan,

Actually, I am most interested in the substance over other considerations, and I offered that quote to
illustrate the sense of urgency that to this day remains unrequited. 

That being said, you may have noticed that ICANN years are dog years -- 7 of them is equivalent to one in any other venue. More to the point, the policy issues have changed not one whit in the intervening time, although it is probably true that because ICANN has offered no real TLD choices to consumers in over 10 years, the DNS is becoming far less relevant to Internet users, who now prefer Facebook by a wide margin. 

Just so I know, what is the cutoff date when ALAC and At-Large statements may start to be relied upon as accurate and representative? 



On Mar 30, 2011, at 4:37 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca> wrote:

> Antony, without commenting on the substance of the ALAC positions 
> then or now, I hardly think it is relevant to quote a 7 1/2 year old 
> INTERIM ALAC position from a time when:
> - the INTERIM ALAC had only been formed earlier in 2003;
> - it was composed largely (10 out of 15) of members appointed by the Board;
> - the NomCom appointed members had been in place for only a few 
> months and some may not even have attended the only intervening ICANN 
> meeting that started 6 days after their appointment.
> Alan
> At 30/03/2011 06:40 PM, Antony Van Couvering wrote:
>> "ALAC supports an expansion of the gTLD namespace that allows both 
>> sponsored and unsponsored names.  We understand that the current 
>> proposed RFP limited to sponsored TLDs, is suggested as a 
>> continuation of the "Proof of Concept" testbed.  First, therefore, 
>> we offer suggestions for making this limited expansion more 
>> equitable.  We further urge ICANN to move quickly beyond "testing" 
>> to more open addition of a full range of new gTLDs in the near future..."
>> http://forum.icann.org/mtg-cmts/stld-rfp-comments/general/msg00067.html
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