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[ga] Re: ICANN News Alert -- New gTLD Program Update

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  • Subject: [ga] Re: ICANN News Alert -- New gTLD Program Update
  • From: Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 19:31:06 -0700 (PDT)

Speaking of new ones,
What is happening with these guys and Mobi?

 5/8/09, ICANN News Alert <communications@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: ICANN News Alert <communications@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- New gTLD Program Update
To: hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Friday, May 8, 2009, 1:14 PM

ICANN News Alert



New gTLD Program Update

7 May 2009

ICANN continues to move forward in the implementation of the new gTLD Program
while balancing and addressing community concerns on specific aspects of the
program. The public comment period on the second version of the applicant
guidebook recently closed and work continues to proceed regarding the discussion
of overarching issues. 

In order to continue progress and the community discussion, ICANN will: 

* Publish an analysis of comments similar to that published after the fist
version of the Guidebook, 
* Conduct consultations and fora at the Sydney meeting and afterward to develop
solutions to the overarching issues, 
* Publish the third version of the Guidebook after the Sydney meeting when
solutions to the overarching issues can be included. 

With that in mind, it is anticipated that applications for new top-level
domains will be accepted starting in the first quarter of 2010. 

Guidebook Analysis 

As with the first version of the Guidebook, ICANN will organize and report a
synopsis of all the comment made in the ICANN comment forum as well as at the
ICANN meeting in Mexico City. The report will analyse comment by category and
balance different proposals made. The goals of the report are to: 

* analyse the comment in order to develop amendments to the Guidebook that are
consonant with the meaningful input of the community, and 
* demonstrate that the comment is taken seriously and carefully considered. 

ICANN will not be producing a third version of the Applicant Guidebook for new
generic top-level domains before its upcoming June meeting in Sydney, Australia.
This is because the discussion of overarching issues will continue through the
meeting and beyond (as was expected). Publication of a new Guidebook version
without addressing these issues might signal that they are not considered

In order to provide specifics and point up discussion, the Comment Analysis
will be accompanied by several excerpted redlined sections of the Guidebook so
that potential changes can be discussed. These excerpted sections are being
developed in response to the recently closed public comment forum and will be
published in time for discussion in the Sydney meeting. 

Overarching Issues 

ICANN previously identified four overarching issues with respect to the new
gTLD program. Significant progress has been made on each and the Sydney meeting
will be used to focus on that work in the hope of finding solutions. 

For example, a session dedicated to trademark issues will take place on
Wednesday, 24 June at the Sydney meeting. There will also be an update session
on the opening day of the meeting, as well as the usual updates and public

Starting with the first session in Sydney, regional events will be held in
Europe, the Americas and Asia, to develop Guidebook solutions to Trademark
issues. Those sessions will discuss solutions offered by the Implementation
Recommendation Team
(http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-24apr09-en.htm) and other


The comment analysis and redlined Guidebook sections will be published in time
for discussion at the Sydney meeting. The third version of the Guidebook is
scheduled to be published in early September; the comment period for that
version will close after the ICANN meeting in Seoul (25-30 October 2009). This
timing enables the publication of the final Guidebook and following a
communications period, the acceptance of applications in the first quarter of

New gTLDs and the Internet 

Openness Change Innovation 

After years of discussion and thought, generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) are
being expanded. They will allow for more innovation, choice and change to a
global Internet presently served by just 21 generic top-level domain names. 

A draft Applicant Guidebook describing the detailed application process has
been developed with opportunities for public comment. Additional information on
the Program can be found at:

ICANN is a not for profit corporation dedicated to coordinating the
Internet's addressing system. Promoting competition and choice is one of the
principles upon which ICANN was founded. In a world with 1.5 billion Internet
users (and growing), diversity, choice and innovation are key. The Internet has
supported huge increases in choice, innovation and the competition of ideas and
expanding new gTLDs is an opportunity for more. 

For those interested in knowing more about the process, program and future
meetings please visit the New gTLD Program webpage at:

An online wiki outlines progress on the overarching issues and can be found at:

Related links: 

New gTLD Program webpage: 

Overarching issues wiki:

Sydney meeting website:


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