Re: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] WT-2 who/what
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- Subject: Re: [soac-newgtldapsup-wg] WT-2 who/what
- From: Richard Tindal <richardtindal@xxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 09:34:38 -0700
i agree that a minimum number of eligible community members will be hard to
define, and may not be relevant.
On May 24, 2010, at 9:25 AM, Elaine Pruis wrote:
> The question "-Is it ok if the applicant only serves a very small part of the
> public?" was posed and the responses so far:
> Andrew: The answer depends on what we might describe as “very small”.
> Denmark is small in population but has a relatively larger footprint on the
> web than the Hausa community which is much larger in terms of population.
> Absent a very compelling reason to carve out a specific small TLD (and an
> organizational structure to support it), for viability I agree that there
> would need to be some sort of “floor” number of say, arbitrarily 500,000
> community members, before an application is considered. (This is not a
> proposed number, just a guess).
>> Avri: One data-point on community size.
>> I have been working on infrastructure projects for the last 10 with the Sámi
>> people years who are an indigenous semi-nomadic population that lives in the
>> northern most regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in
>> This community is estimated at 80,000 - 135,000. I always assumed that they
>> were a large enough 'community' to apply for a TLD. I think they assumed
>> that as well.
> Andrew: To the second (implied) part of the question, what is the public? If
> nearly the only people interested in the TLD are its members, is that OK? I
> would argue yes, since the community building function is a positive good in
> most cases, even though the “general public” might not care much about Hausa
> literature for example.
> After some thought it seems to me that we should not require a floor nor a
> minimum projection of registrations in our criteria. For example, , .ki
> ccTLD has less than 1k registrations, yet it serves the 96,558 people of its
> community, Kiribati, and is commercially viable (at $1k/domain).
> Another reason is that we are seeing significant growth of mobile users in
> 'developing countries'. Even if there is limited projected demand for domain
> name registrations today, by 2012 when new TLDs are launched, entire
> populations could be using domains through mobile technology, leapfrogging
> the required infrastructure for 'traditional' domain usage.
> Elaine Pruis
> VP Client Services
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