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Re: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] First JAS WG call - follow-up

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  • Subject: Re: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] First JAS WG call - follow-up
  • From: Elaine Pruis <elaine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:46:11 -0700

Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

As there have been several expressions from the community requesting a lowered application fee for certain applicants, we could make that a priority objective in the short time we have. Since our time line is so short focusing on the one request we have heard repeatedly from many parties (for reduced application fees and lower or no annual fees paid to ICANN) would allow us to make the the greatest progress.

I concur with Tony and reiterate that there are people and organizations in the community willing to provide technical & administrative support through the application process and reduced/ free registry services.

I see our greatest opportunity to at least partially fulfill the mandate as:
1. Decide if offering a lower application fee is feasible
2. Create the criteria for who may request a lower app fee
3. Find a way to offset the loss of fees to ICANN

With regards to funding sources for offsetting application fees, auction revenue may not be a reliable source. Parties expecting to apply for contended strings may prefer to pay the other party over ICANN.



On Apr 29, 2010, at 8:07 AM, Anthony Harris wrote:


Thanks for this quick summary.

First of all my apologies to you for my comments
on the call today on the text of the objectives.
No criticism of the charter intended! As you
said, it has served to start the discussion...

In line with what I expressed on the call, and if
as I interpret the charter is open for editing, I
would suggest the following objective be

Objective 5 - To identify how the application fee can
be reduced to accomodate applicants that fulfill
appropriate criteria to qualify for this benefit.

With regards to some comments on the call today:

External funding support:

I would urge all participants to avoid excessive
optimism as to easy access to funding from
donor organizations, for an objective such as
obtaining delegation of a new gTLD.

I sit on the Board of GKP - Global Knowledge
Partnership - an international alliance of 130 NGOs,
donor organizations and corporations worldwide,
and securing donor funding is not all that simple
nowadays. ICT as a priority has vanished, and it
has been "mainstreamed" into donor organizations'
radar screens. The new buzzwords are "global warming".

Of course, an NGO with suitable track record and history
in working with a donor organization, might be successful
in securing funding for an application from that party, but I
would wonder if such a mechanism could be articulated
within a "New gTLD support package" for all and sundry.

Support with filing applications:

Completing the application template should not be
an insurmountable obstacle for a non-profit NGO.
Such organizations normally have available support
from academic institutions, and experience in
completing complex online funding and programme
applications related to their activities. However, should
there be a need to foresee such a contingence, one
way might be to source volunteers from the ICANN
and academic communities, who might make
themselves available on a voluntary non-paid
basis for appropriate needy applicants.


Co-chairs would seem appropriate for this WG

Tony Harris

----- Original Message -----
From: Olof Nordling
To: soac-newgtldapsup-wg@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:40 AM
Subject: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] First JAS WG call - follow-up

Dear all,
Action items from our call today:

1. If you haven’t filed a Statement of Interest with Glen, please do so (see separate mail from Glen on this) 2. Volunteers (and/or nominations) sought for chair(s) or co- chairs for the WG, to be appointed at a future meeting. Please consider this and send an email to the list if interested. 3. The draft WG charter distributed earlier is now also available for editing on the Wiki – it generated much discussion (on focus, sequence, priorities, language…) and the conclusion was to continue on the list and on the Wiki to get it agreed by the end of next week. The Wiki is athttps://st.icann.org/so-ac-new-gtld-wg/ . 4. It was resolved to have 1.5 hour weekly calls, starting next week. A Doodle poll will be set up to find the most suitable time – expect a separate mail on that.

Very best regards

Elaine Pruis
VP Client Services
+1 509 899 3161

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