DotGreen's Comments on new gTLD GAC Advice for Safeguards
RE: DotGreen's Comment on new gTLD GAC Advice for Safeguards DotGreen fully supports the ICANN multi-stakeholder model, strongly believing that all active members of the ICANN community have a voice in ensuring benefit for the public interest and Internet user. The GAC plays an important role as they represent the governments all over the world. In its Beijing Communiqué, specifically as it relates to Safeguards on New gTLDs, the document states “The GAC advises the Board that all safeguards highlighted in this document as well as any other safeguard requested by the ICANN Board and/or implemented by the new gTLD registry and registrars should: - Be implemented in a manner that is fully respectful of human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in international and, as appropriate, regional declarations, conventions, treaties and other legal instruments – including, but not limited to, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. - Respect all substantive and procedural laws under the applicable jurisdictions. - Be operated in an open manner consistent with general principles of openness and non-discrimination.” DotGreen understands the position that the GAC is taking relating to human rights and freedoms, international laws and operating in an open and non-discriminatory fashion. DotGreen supports this concept in general that all Internet users should expect this in the implementation of top-level domain. DotGreen feels like these general guidelines can be accomplished within the framework of the existing Applicant Guidebook (AG), the current Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) out for public comment and the Registry Agreement (RA) out for public comment. It does not appear any changes to the New gTLD Program would need to be implemented. If ICANN proceeds with the AG, RAA and RA as they exist today, then this should ensure the above general GAC principles overarching the Safeguards would be included, their Advice taken and ensure that the Internet user is being served in a positive way benefiting the public at large. It is DotGreen’s comment and suggestion that ICANN take GAC Advice where immediately possible and not let the details of the Safeguards and Annex I delay the New gTLD program. Further study and consultation should happen only as necessary and as suggested by the GAC in some areas of their Advice. However, this should not slow down or delay the acceptance of other GAC Advice and implementation of the New gTLD program nor the progress of launching some New gTLDs free from further discussions. Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments. -- Annalisa Roger, Founder/CEO Cell: 415.730.5736 *Latest Videos from DotGreen* http://www.dotgreen.org/videos/ *DotGreen* 300 Drakes Landing, Suite 220 Greenbrae, CA 94904 Office (415) 925-1012 Fax (415) 925-1063 twitter.com/annalisaroger www.dotgreen.org *Please consider the environment before printing this email. Thank you!* Also: The information in this e-mail may be privileged, confidential, and protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution, or copying is prohibited. If you think that you have received this e-mail in error, please e-mail the sender and delete all copies.