[Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5] Comment on Paragraph 1 of the Scope of Terms of Reference

Nick Wenban-Smith Nick.Wenban-Smith at nominet.uk
Thu Nov 30 15:12:57 UTC 2017

+1 from me too Jeff

But my next question was whether there was now any need for any of the second paragraph? Just move onto to the next para where we take account of the previous work and the current rules as set out in AGB2012.

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From: Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5 [mailto:gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Neuman
Sent: 30 November 2017 14:51
To: gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5 at icann.org
Subject: [Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5] Comment on Paragraph 1 of the Scope of Terms of Reference

With respect to the Scope of the Terms of Reference, please keep in mind that this section refers only to what will be discussed.  It is intended to make sure the right questions are being asked and the right topics are being covered.  It should also be neutral in nature to allow all sides of an issue to be discussed.

Therefore, may I suggest a slight rewording of that first paragraph to the following:

Work Track 5 will focus on developing proposed recommendations regarding the treatment of geographic names at the top level (both in ASCII and IDN form), including whether such names require consent or non-objection from applicable governmental authorities, evaluation criteria and potential grounds for objection.

This shorter rewording moves the consent or non-objection part up in the paragraph from where it is now.  The new wording does not preclude any discussions on "approvals" nor does it implicitly endorse an approval-based model.  It (hopefully) is neutral and by virtue of having the word "consent" in the paragraph will naturally lead to discussions on how one obtains consent or non-objection if required.

In addition, the term consent is already in the Applicant Guidebook, so it is a term that we are all familiar with.  And finally, according to http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/consent, the term "Consent" is synonymous with, "approval, assent, authorization, permission, allowance, acquiescence", etc.

This is being provided as a suggestion only to move forward the conversation.  It is not being provided in any official capacity.

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