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Re: [gnso-contro-wg] Thread 2: Disputes by governments and consensus

  • To: Avri Doria <avri@xxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [gnso-contro-wg] Thread 2: Disputes by governments and consensus
  • From: Liz Williams <liz.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 10:22:18 +0200

Hello everyone

Thanks for raising these questions -- they are very important to the dispute resolution part of the application process.

Three things that the group may wish to consider.

1. What is the nature of objection -- should there be a "basket" of objections that have a "measure". For example, contravenes Recommendation xyz or Principle abc
2. Who can object to what?
3. How can an objection be handled?

I have attached a DRAFT chart which the group may find useful. It sets out a straw man proposal but, having read the thread below, it's not comprehensive in its analysis of public comment periods and the impact they may have on the application process.

The group may also wish to think about the impact of objection on the cost of the process and the time it would take to evaluate applications.

I would also urge the group to think about defining a controversial name -- is that a useful exercise given that controversy can be about anything at any time and that, in this context, a string could be controversial in one round and not in another. Finally, should the "objection" model be complaint driven only with the objector having to pay for and justify their objection?

Kind regards and feedback most appreciated.



Liz Williams
Senior Policy Counselor
ICANN - Brussels
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On 23 Apr 2007, at 06:45, Avri Doria wrote:

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.

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?

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