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RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

  • To: jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment
  • From: Sylvia Kingston <sylvia_kingston@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:14:21 -0700 (PDT)

July 14, 2010

Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman
 Members of the Board of 
 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

By Email To: jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx

RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush and Members of the Board:

I am writing on my behalf 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. I 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. 

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. 

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 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. 


Sylvia Kingston

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