[Gnso-newgtld-wg-wt5] Topic Follow-Up - Non-Capital City Names

Emily Barabas emily.barabas at icann.org
Fri Aug 30 06:10:40 UTC 2019

 Sent on behalf of the Work Track 5 Co-Leaders

Dear Work Track 5 members,

This email follows up on agenda item 4 covered on this week’s WT5 call: Closure of Discussion on Non-Capital City Names (agenda, notes, recording and slides available here: https://community.icann.org/x/f6ujBg). This is a topic that has been discussed extensively over the last two years with many areas in which members have divergent opinions. This week, the Work Track considered updated versions of two final proposals that have been discussed on the mailing list. Both proposals offer what the Co-Leaders view as modest adjustments to the existing Applicant Guidebook text. Note that for proposal 2, the proposer has confirmed that the correct connector between sub-sections (a) and (b) is “AND.” See attached for reference.

If they have not already done so, WT members are encouraged to respond on-list about whether or not they believe they can support or accept the attached proposals. At this point, wordsmithing/redlining is strongly discouraged, especially if suggested edits fundamentally change the nature of the proposal. If the group comes to general agreement on one of the proposals, minor adjustments can be made to the text before finalizing recommendations if the group agrees.

Our discussion of non-capital city names at this stage are narrowly focused. Please do not re-open broad debates, re-state arguments already discussed, bring forward new proposals, or request new data/research. There has been ample opportunity over the last two years for the Work Track to discuss these issues and the Work Track is concluding its work. The task now is to see if the Work Track can reach agreement on these final proposals before closing discussion. As a reminder, if the Work Track cannot come to an agreement on a change to the 2012 Applicant Guidebook provisions, the status quo will remain.

We look forward to discussing your input on next week’s call and closing this discussion.

Kind regards,
WT5 Co-Leaders
Olga Cavalli, Annebeth Lange, Javier Rúa-Jovet, Martin Sutton

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