Comments on DAG 3 from Dot Eco LLC
Dot Eco LLC, an initiative backed by the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and Al Gore, would like to make the following comments to ICANN on the Draft Applicant Guidebook 3. First of all, our feeling is that the DAG process is, at this point, close to complete. We see no reason for a fourth "Draft" applicant guidebook. ICANN, as an organization, needs to finalize the rules and move on. This is not to say that certain studies (such as the root scaling study) may not needed prior to rollout -- but ICANN has been given well over a year to assimilate the input of the community, and the rules for applicants need to be finalized. The second comment is that there has been a huge step backwards from DAG2.5 to DAG3 concerning community scoring. With the new DAG3, many very worthwhile community applications may simply go to auction. This is, in our view, unfortunate. We urge ICANN to reconsider the latest changes and to revert to the community scoring of the previous draft. Overall, our feeling is that there is very little value in further iteration on the DAG. Finalizing the rules for applicants in no way jeopardizes the scalability of the internet or even commits the board of ICANN to ultimately approve the new gTLD process. Whatever, the rules are, we can live with them. ICANN needs to do its job and make these rules final.