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NGPC Takes Action on GAC Durban Advice on New gTLDs

Posted September 13th, 2013


12 September 2013

The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) met on 10 September 2013 and, among other things, reached a decision regarding the GAC‘s further advice on new gTLDs. The GAC conveyed its advice to the NGPC in its Durban Communiqué , issued on 18 July 2013. Applicants submitted responses to the advice on 23 August 2013.

At its most recent meeting, the NGPC adopted the Durban Scorecard, available at Annex 1 , disposing of all of the GAC‘s further advice with one exception – the NGPC indicated it would take action on the advice concerning the .amazon string at a future meeting.

The NGPC also discussed the remaining open items from the Beijing Communiqué. These include the advice pertaining to protections for IGO names and acronyms; Category 1 Safeguard advice; and Category 2 advice with respect to exclusive access registries. The NGPC and staff are working with the GAC to identify a time and place for further dialogue on these items.

The NGPC will next meet on 28.09.2013 and will provide a further update following that meeting.

The New gTLD evaluation and objection processes remains on track while the NGPC continues its deliberations. The NGPC is prioritizing its work in order to allow the greatest number of applications to move forward as soon as possible. We will continue to provide updates on the NGPC’s progress in responding to the GAC Beijing and Durban Advice.

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GAC Rings in with Early Warnings

Posted November 26th, 2012

From Tech World

A panel representing about 50 of the world’s national governments has revealed a list of the proposed generic top-level domain (gTLD) names to which there have been objections.

Back in May, the ICANN registration process for new gTLDs finally drew to a close, and in June ICANN published a list of which domain names had been applied for and by whom. A total of 1,930 applications were received for suffixes such as .cloud, .music, .docs and .lol.

ICANN said at the time that anyone who objected to an application and believed they had the grounds to do so could file a formal objection within seven months.

In August it was revealed that Saudi Arabia had objected to a variety of new gTLDs including .gay, which it said promotes homosexuality and could be offensive to societies that consider it to be contrary to their culture.

People from other countries also complained about some of the proposed gTLDs, for example about the use of the .patagonia, which is said to be the name of a geographical region and should not be assigned to a private company.

Now the the Government Advisory Committee (GAC), which provides advice to ICANN on issues of public policy, has filed 242 “Early Warnings” on applications that are thought to be controversial or sensitive.

Early Warnings mainly consist of requests for information, or requests for clarity on certain aspects of an application. They are intended to give the applicant an opportunity to withdraw their application and recover the bulk of their $185,000 (£116,300) registration fee.

Applicants have 21 days to respond to the Early Warning. If the matter is not resolved amicably, the GAC can lodge a formal complaint in April.

“They are looking for strings that have broad uses and where one entity is seeking exclusive use,” Bruce Tonkin, vice-chair of ICANN’s board told the BBC. “What that means is that they are worried about things like Google running .search, or Amazon running .book.”

The GAC’s Early Warnings list, which is available here, also indicates problems with religious terms like .islam, .bible and .church.

See the full skinny HERE.


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“How The US Shaped The New ICANN”

Posted June 26th, 2011

As reported by Kevin Murphy on “A transcript of a December 2010 meeting between ICANN’s board and National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief Larry Strickling, published following a disclosure request by DomainIncite, outlines America’s “tough love” policy over ICANN.

It reveals that Strickling hauled ICANN over the coals over its opaque decision-making, its failure to adequately address its Affirmation of Commitments obligations, and its apparent lack of respect for its Governmental Advisory Committee.

The era of ICANN engaging maturely and in earnest with governments, witnessed over the last six months, arguably began in that meeting room in Cartagena, the evening of December 7, 2010.”

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Joint ICANN Board – GAC Statement: Teleconference on New gTLDs

Posted May 23rd, 2011

According to “The ICANN Board and ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) held another productive meeting to discuss the limited number of remaining issues related to the anticipated launch of the new gTLD program. This teleconference was the latest in a series of proactive, issue-oriented collaborations targeted at addressing GAC concerns to ensure the stable and secure delegation of new top-level domains.

ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush recognized the members of the Governmental Advisory Committee, “for their energetic and well-intentioned devotion to the work of reviewing and improving the introduction of new generic top-level domains. The discussions have resulted in significant progress, including improvements to trademark and consumer protections, assistance for potential applicants from developing countries, and other areas of the program.” Together, the Board and GAC have reviewed twelve issues, comprised of 80 sub-issues, discussing each in depth. The work has included several days of face-to-face meetings between ICANN’s Board and GAC, meetings that were informed by preparatory papers and conference calls.”

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GAC Requests Pre-Approval Board Meeting in Singapore

Posted May 17th, 2011

As reported on .nxt blog: “Governments have requested a face-to-face meeting with the ICANN Board prior to expected approval of the rules for new Internet extensions on 20 June.

The request from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) is a clear recognition that the planned teleconference between the two on Friday 20 May will not be sufficient to deal with outstanding issues in the ‘Applicant Guidebook’.”

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ICANN Posts New gTLD Applicant Guidebook and GAC Score Card

Posted April 16th, 2011

Click HERE to read the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook discussion draft.

Click HERE for the score card.

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Governments react to Brussels new TLDs meeting

Posted March 4th, 2011

As reported by “ ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has issued an official Communique following its meeting with the ICANN board on new top-level domains, which wrapped up on Wednesday.

While acknowledging the talks were “sometimes challenging”, the GAC said (pdf) the consultation was useful and should be continued during the San Francisco meeting later this month.”

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GAC Releases Scorecard on New gTLD Outstanding Issues

Posted February 24th, 2011

Click HERE for the 12 outstanding issues.

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