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Employ Media's TLD Charter Amendment

  • To: <jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Employ Media's TLD Charter Amendment
  • From: "Todd Young" <toddyoung@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:03:15 -0500

July 12, 2010


Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman
Members of the Board of Directors
International Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Ste. 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601


RE: Employ Media's TLD Charter Amendment


     Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush & Members of the Board:

     I am writing on behalf of Sword Commodities Inc. to urge you to reject 
Employ Media's request for authority to permit second level registration of 
strings that do not correspond to an employer's name in the .jobs sponsored top 
level domain. My organization would be directly & adversely affected by this 
request & therefore opposes the unilateral expansion of the .jobs charter to 
encompass regional & industry-specific second-level registrations. 

     Since 1993, the community of online employment service companies--job 
boards, associations, staffing firms, newspapers & other publications that 
operate job posting &/or resume search databases--has effectively served 
working men & women & employers worldwide. These same organizations have also 
significantly improved the career prospects of veterans, minorities, 
disadvantaged persons & those affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane 
Katrina. They have, in every respect, acted as "the Sources of Success," the 
trademark of the International Association of Employment Web Sites 
(http://www.employmentwebsites.org), their only industry trade association.

     This community is now threatened by the proposed expansion of the .jobs 
top level domain (TLD). The charter holder is attempting to extend the 
application of the TLD from its approved community--direct employers--into the 
online employment services community by introducing geocentric (i.e. 
Atlanta.jobs, NewYork.jobs, Athens.jobs) & occupation specific (i.e. 
nurse.jobs, salesperson.jobs, systemsanalyst.jobs) web sites. It now has a 
proposal to implement this plan before the governing board of the Internet 
Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN).

     This proposal violates both the spirit & the letter of the charter 
holder's contract with ICANN. No less important, it will grievously harm the 
online employment services community & therefore my organization by confusing 
the job seekers & employers who have long been the customers of the community.


     - Todd Young

       President/Owner Sword Commodities Inc.

       6204 E. 93 St.

       Tulsa, OK 74137-4113

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