[ga] Applicant Guidebook: Public Comments Analysis and Revised Excerpts
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- From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:14:44 -0700
Subject: Applicant Guidebook: Public Comments Analysis and Revised Excerpts
Applicant Guidebook: Public Comments Analysis and Revised Excerpts
31 May 2009
Analysis of Public Comment to Applicant Guidebook version 2 [PDF, 1,555K]
Amended Guidebook Sections and Explanatory Memoranda
The second version of the Applicant Guidebook for new generic top-level domains
(gTLDs) generated continued public interest, as expressed by over 200 comments
A comprehensive report [PDF, 1,555K]
is being released today; comments are organised by topic and each are followed
by analysis describing how the issues raised in the commentary can be reflected
in the Guidebook. (A similar report [PDF, 588K] for the first version of the
guidebook was posted in February 2009).
This analysis, the additional excerpts and explanatory memos allow people to
see how their comments will affect the next version of the guidebook
The Highlights in this Round
Many changes have been made as a result of the comments so far received.
Discussions relating to the overarching issues will continue, and other subject
areas have been revised and are being posted today as guidebook excerpts for
One of the more significant is the recommendation that the proposed registry
agreement for new gTLDs be modified to reflect a requirement that all
registries offer "Thick" Whois service. Providing Whois service is a central
obligation of gTLD registries and registrars under contract with ICANN. Many
comments to the proposed registry agreement seek to mandate thick Whois for all
new registries suggesting substantial benefits will result, including enhanced
accessibility and enhanced stability.
Other revisions include proposed clarifications to: handling of geographical
names, evaluation questions, comparative evaluation scoring, dispute resolution
procedures and other registry agreement provisions.
More Discussion and More Comment
These revisions along with all the others in this round will also be discussed
at the ICANN meeting in Sydney starting June 21, 2009. The excerpts and
analysis are supported by four explanatory memoranda.
The public comment period for the guidebook excerpts released today will be
open until 20 July 2009. There are four overarching issues:,
The Economic Analysis of new gTLDs
The comments received to the material released today, together with the
outcomes of the discussions relating to the overarching issues will constitute
the basis for the third version of the guidebook that will be published at the
end of the third quarter 2009.
Other New gTLD Program Updates
ICANN continues to balance the need to progress with the new gTLD program with
community concerns on specific aspects. With that in mind, the program is
expected to launch (i.e., applications will be accepted) in the first quarter
of 2010, but we will not open the process until concerns about the overarching
issues have been addressed.
Between June and August 2009, ICANN will hold several public discussions
designed to arrive at solutions to the overarching issues (focusing on
Trademark Protection and Potential for Abusive Conduct) that were identified in
the first version of the guidebook. These consultations will start in Sydney
during the ICANN Meeting, followed by events in London on New York on 13 July,
and London on 15 July. Outreach sessions in Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi to discuss
the topics are also being arranged. Additional locations are still under
consideration. More information about these events as well as pre-registrations
will be announced shortly.
Please continue checking the New gTLD program webpage for updates.
Public comment summary and analysis (pdf):
Public comment period for excerpts:
New gTLD program webpage
Public comment summary and analysis for guidebook's first version (pdf):
Glen de Saint Géry