[gnso-contro-wg] Work items - Overview
At the controversial names sub group meeting, several issue/work items came up. These need to be discussed on the list. I will initiate a thread for each of the items.
The issues relate to the recommendation in the RN report:
1. Propose creating a category called Controversial Names for use at the top level only. A label that is applied for would be considered Controversial if during the Public Comment phase of the new gTLD application process the label becomes disputed by a formal notice of a consensus position from an ICANN Advisory Committee or ICANN Supporting Organization, and otherwise meets the definition of Controversial Names as defined above.
1. Is a dispute by a non ICANN body allowed? If so, are there any constraints involved? Is the process the same as for an ICANN AC.
2. How is a non consensus issue that is brought up by an AC, e.g. the GAC, to be handled? this relates to the GAc principles on new gTLDs, specifically:
3.3 If individual GAC members or other governments express formal concerns about any issues related to the new gTLDs, the ICANN board should fully consider those concerns and clearly explain how it will address them
Is it sufficient for such disputes to be handled only at the ICANN board level or should the dispute process be open to individual governments? Is is appropriate for the GSNOS policy to determine that a GAC decsion needs to be by consensus?
One issue related to the process handling a dispute:
2. a. In the event of such dispute, applications for that label would be placed in a HOLD status that would allow for the dispute to be further examined. If the dispute is dismissed or otherwise resolved favorably, the applications would reenter the processing queue. The period of time allowed for dispute should be finite and should be relegated to a, yet to be defined, external dispute resolution process. The external dispute process should be defined to be objective, neutral, and transparent. The outcome of any dispute should not result in the development of new categories of Reserved Names.
3. In the case of an IDN, how is the language community brought in? what sort of experts other then language experts are needed?
Note: this may be a special case of a dispute process. Marilyn and Tamara are working on a proposal for a dispute process derived from the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP)