Comment on the gTLD Applicant Support Program
- To: new-gtld-applicant-support-handbook@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Comment on the gTLD Applicant Support Program
- From: Carolin Silbernagl <cs@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:14:09 +0100
dotHIV applies for the top-level domain .hiv to establish the red
ribbon of the digital age. In creating a socially dedicated namespace,
we fight HIV and Aids thereby operating in the global public interest.
As a non-profit organisation we pass all profits on to projects
fighting the virus and its social effects: educational workers, health
organizations, research projects and others with the ultimate goal to
beat HIV/Aids one day.
The financial background of our TLD application is based on the
generosity and the foresight of individuals who share our goals. As
all proceeds are used for the cause, investors do not generate
financial returns on their investment. Fundraising under such
circumstances is obviously difficult.
This being said and in appreciation of the gTLD Applicant Support
Program as a whole we would like to submit three comments and
corresponding proposals for amendmend:
Lower treshold to include community-targeted applicants
The definition of the ?public interest? criteria seems to be too
narrow to be reachable, especially for applicants serving a public
interest, but operating in a developed economy.
We have compiled the following suggestions to change the wording
without leaving the scope of the original criteria:
- Change "community-based" to "community-targeted" projects.
- Amend the definition of "Public interest benefit to cultural,
linguistic or ethnic communities" to "Public interest benefit to
cultural, linguistic or ethnic communities as well as communities with
a defined social need in case, the TLD is employed to support the
respective social cause."
No rejection/disqualification of applications
We sincerely urge ICANN not to reject applicants who do not meet all
of the criteria. This puts needy applicants under an additional risk.
We kindly ask for an option for those applicants who closely missed
the threshold (e.g. 7 of 16 points) to pursue the regular gTLD process
along with a grace period to acquire the missing ressources.
No further delays for applicants
Applications should be proceeded right after the final award
announcement, latest in December 2012. Because of ongoing operational
costs, further delays are especially hard to bear for socially driven
applicants who have difficulties in financing their application.
We would like to thank ICANN for the opportunity to comment.
Carolin Silbernagl, chair of dotHIV e.V., Berlin, Germany
dotHIV gemeinnütziger e. V.
+49 176 24438316
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dotHIV gemeinnütziger e. V. (Incorporated Nonprofit Association)
Management Board: Carolin SIlbernagl, Tobias Mölder, Philipp Kafkoulas
Commercial Register: Amtsgericht Berlin (Charlottenburg) VR 31092,
Registered Office: Berlin