Minds + Machines AGB comment
- To: 6gtld-guide@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Minds + Machines AGB comment
- From: Elaine Pruis <elaine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 08:21:43 -0700
Thank you for the opportunity to comment one more time on the
Applicant Guidebook (AGB) and the policy development for new gTLDs.
This is the seventh time over the last three years that the public has
submitted comments. Since at least the December 2010 ICANN meeting in
Cartagena, no new information has been brought to light for
consideration, therefore our submission will be general and brief.
The AGB has evolved into a program that fully protects rights, yet
retains objective standards for launching new gTLDs.
The new gTLD program was proposed to offer more choices, better
service and lower pricing to consumers through competition. The
potential public benefit of new TLDs has already been demonstrated by
the IDN Russian TLD, .РФ, which has more than 800,000 registrations
in fewer than five months of operation. The recent re-launch of
the .co ccTLD, marketed to businesses that have been squeezed out of
the saturated .com space has also been wildly successful. The public
is hungry for more domain options, and the new gTLD program answers
that need, even while strongly protecting consumers, trademarks, and
governments from bad actors.
In fact, the AGB provides more protections than any other policy put
into practice up to this point. Trademark holders (and therefore
consumers) will benefit from at least ten new protection policies that
are not in place in current gTLDs, including:
- Legal rights objections
- Thick whois
- Trademark clearinghouse
- Mandatory sunrise process
- Mandatory post-launch IP Claims
- Uniform rapid suspension (URS)
- Incentives for providing a high security TLD
- Dedicated points of contact at registries for abuse issues
- Enhanced and mandatory cooperation with law enforcement by registries
- Registry post-delegation dispute resolution process
- Increased scrutiny of applicants
- Removal of orphan glue records (to inhibit spam)
- Centralized method of zone file access.
The policy development that has taken place over the last several
years has benefited from the input of many Internet constituents. The
ISOC, IETF, INTA, software companies, international aid organizations,
law enforcement, academics, and many governments have contributed to
the process. No part of the ICANN community or the Internet community
at large has lacked for opportunity to present their contributions and
to have them fairly considered.
Finally, we note that ICANN policy development is in continual
evolution, and fully expect the AGB and the new gTLD program to flex
and transform as innovation occurs and the rapid expansion of the
internet proceeds. On June 20th the ICANN Board should vote to accept
After several years of working toward a program that provides for
everyone's essential needs, we look forward to the final acceptance of
the AGB and the launch of the new gTLD program. The ICANN Board
should keep it's commitment to a June 20 vote in order to preserve the
legitimacy of the consensus driven policy making program.
VP Client Services
Minds + Machines