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  • From: "Steve Levy" <levy.steve@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:23:49 -0400

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

RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush and Members of the Board:

I am writing on behalf of outside-the-box Consulting, 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

I find SHRM's collaboration with Employ Media as it relates to the .jobs
initiative to be wholly disingenuous and deceitful. As a participant on a
SHRM initiative to develop ANSI standards for workforce planning, I am
experiencing first-hand how it will take several years to develop such
standards via ANSI's comprehensive process. Yet SHRM elected to bypass the
same rigorous process when it came to understanding the impact of the .jobs

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 armed forces personnel
and veterans, minorities, disadvantaged persons and those affected by
natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

The separate and distinct communities of employers, staffing agencies, third
party recruiters, job boards, and even career services are 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 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 seriously confuse job seekers and
employers who have long been the customers of the community. 


Steve Levy

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