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Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

  • To: jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment
  • From: Eric Shannon <eshannon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:57:11 -0600

July 13, 2010

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

Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush and Members of the Board:

I am writing on behalf of LatPro Inc. in business since 1997, 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 and
adversely affected by this request and therefore opposes the unilateral
expansion of the .jobs charter to encompass regional and industry-specific
second-level registrations.

Our flagship websites are LatPro.com (for Hispanic and bilingual jobs) and
DiversityJobs.com.  Apparently Employ Media's partner SHRM.org thinks it can
do better and is promoting the idea that HR could benefit from new websites
at diversity.jobs, bilingual.jobs and SpanishSpeaking.jobs. Note that SHRM
recently sent a survey to a select group of its members to solicit feedback
on the proposed expansion of the .jobs service. Of the five examples of
dictionary words provided, three of them target my company's sites. None of
the examples fell within SHRM's own area of expertise, namely human

Since 1993, the community of online employment service companies--job
boards, associations, staffing firms, newspapers and other publications that
operate job posting and/or resume search databases--has effectively served
working men and women and employers worldwide. These same organizations have
also significantly improved the career prospects of veterans, minorities,
disadvantaged persons and 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

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


Eric Shannon
President, LatPro, Inc.
JustJobs.com <http://justjobs.com/> |
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