[gnso-rpm-wg] FOR REVIEW & DISCUSSION: Draft collated proposal for Sunrise-related data collection

claudio di gangi ipcdigangi at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 16:04:13 UTC 2017


I provided a few follow-up thoughts/questions below for your consideration.

1. It may be more accurate to consider uptake from the perspective of how
many Sunrise registrations take place per calendar year (naturally, there
is a limited amount of funds that can be spent on these services):

How many Sunrise registrations took place in 2008, 2009, or 2010 vs. 2015,
2016, and 2017, etc. - do we have the yearly numbers so we can compare the

2. Another variable is the extent of costs that are imposed per Calendar
year, or how much is spent on Sunrise on a yearly basis? For example, I
believe the average for .sucks was several thousand (US dollars) per
Sunrise domain and from recollection, there was several thousand Sunrise
registrations, so several million dollars in social costs were imposed in
that one domain. Do we have stats on the extent of costs imposed per
calendar year so we can make the comparison?

3. Examine uptake from the perspective of all pre-launch defensive
registrations. In the 2012 round, some of the additional marketplace RPMs,
such as the DPML, supplemented the Sunrise service. If a brand utitlized
the DPML, they didn't use Sunrise across hundreds of gTLDs, which lowers
the observable number of pre-launch defensive registrations per TLD. Do we
know how many blocking services registrations were purchased so we can add
these numbers into the totals?

Of course, there are many other issues that impact this type of purchasing
decision, including some that were described on the list yesterday. Hope


On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 7:31 AM George Kirikos <icann at leap.com> wrote:

> Jon,
> How can *objectively* argue that sunrise program has been a success (I
> can see how one can argue the political angle, but we're not here to
> argue politics, we're here to look at facts and evidence), when the
> data says otherwise? We know that on average a mere 130 registrations
> occur per TLD in sunrises, which means that the benefits are small,
> and one must compare those with the costs.
> Let's try to put 130 per TLD in perspective. I was looking for stats
> on the .eu sunrises, and perhaps others have better sources, but
> according to a Google search for ".eu sunrise period registrations
> total" one of the hits was to the book "Information Technology Law"
> (Diane Rowland et al), it stated there were 346,218 applications filed
> for 245,908 different domain names. Those numbers don't provide a
> citation, but they seem consistent with a Eurid report:
> https://eurid.eu/media/filer_public/1d/1e/1d1ef034-e097-41ad-99b1-1a0d5814f316/quarterly_2006_q2.pdf
> which states (page 9) that the validation agent had validated (while
> sunrise validations were still in progress) 140,000 applications.
> I couldn't find the .info stats (although I did find that there were
> more than 15,000 *challenges* to sunrise registrations, see
> http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/reports/info-sunrise/report/index.html,
> so the aggregate total must have been much higher ),  but I did find
> the .asia ones, where there were 30,780 sunrise domain applications:
> https://www.dot.asia/asia-sunrise-completed-with-over-30000-domain-applications/
> Calzone.org provided their own stats:
> http://calzone.org/tld/calzonenews/2014/03/04/rolling-average-for-tld-sunrises-will-this-trend-continue/
> .xxx sunrise: 80,000 blocks (2011)
> .co sunrise: 11,000 domains (2010)
> .asia sunrise: 32,000 domains (2008)
> .mobi sunrise: 15,000 domains (2006)
> .eu sunrise: 140,000 domains (2006)
> .biz IP claims: 80,000 (2001)
> If new gTLDs had anywhere close to those sunrise statistics, it would
> be clear there were substantial benefits, and there would be no
> argument from me. If that was the data, anyone would be laughed at for
> trying to seriously suggest the benefits were small, given the large
> uptake. I would be on the other side, arguing that the benefits were
> obviously high.
> But, that *isn't* the data. We know that the numbers are very small.
> So, let's face the facts, the sunrises were a complete disaster in
> terms of uptake. That speaks directly to the "benefits" part of the
> equation.
> And we know what the costs were, I won't go into them again.
> So, again, I ask anyone to objectively attempt to argue that the new
> gTLD's sunrise policy was a success, given those disastrous figures
> compared to .eu, .xxx, .co, .asia, etc. (perhaps someone else can add
> the complete .info stats with citations, so that we have a full
> picture).
> Instead, the only "basis" for perpetuation of the failed policy is
> "let's not rock the boat", or "GAC members might get upset"
> essentially, rather than calling a spade a spade --- it's been an
> obvious failure.
> Let's do our job, look at the evidence objectively and fairly, and use
> evidence-based policymaking.
> Sincerely,
> George Kirikos
> 416-588-0269
> http://www.leap.com/
> On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 6:42 AM, Jon Nevett <jon at donuts.email> wrote:
> > I'm sorry George if my email wasn't sufficiently clear, but after
> debating mandatory sunrises for literally 8 years of my life I think that
> the time has come to call the debate in this round.  While I would support
> the original IRT proposal to make either sunrise or claims mandatory, I do
> not support simply throwing out the sunrise requirement for the future.  If
> we cut that kind of a hole in the RPM "tapestry" (old timers might
> appreciate the reference or not), then we will have to fill it somewhere
> else. That's just the reality.  I have not heard or seen any persuasive
> evidence or comments to change the 2012 requirements on sunrise, but I have
> seen from Kurt and others a strong rationale for keeping sunrise
> mandatory.  The point that I made about registries doing it anyway should
> go to the concerns raised about the harms of a sunrise process  -- it
> generally will happen anyway, but registries should have the flexibility to
> minimize such harms.  I would be happy if the debate moved on the Claims
> where we might have more alignment.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > jon
> >
> >> On Aug 10, 2017, at 12:35 AM, George Kirikos <icann at leap.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi folks,
> >>
> >> On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 7:02 PM, Nahitchevansky, Georges
> >> <ghn at kilpatricktownsend.com> wrote:
> >>> Can we stop this back and forth on the same issue. A number of folks
> have told you they do not support a proposal to eliminate sunrise‎. So in
> mind I think we know what the positions are.  It is not helpful to keep
> re-hashing the same points. Can we just move on to discussing possible
> fixes  for the limited gaming issue as a separate topic.
> >>
> >> Sometimes I have to wonder if some posts on this mailing list are some
> >> form of parody, or whether they're actually serious. You already know
> >> the answer, given the two posts earlier today:
> >>
> >> http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/gnso-rpm-wg/2017-August/002304.html
> >> http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/gnso-rpm-wg/2017-August/002307.html
> >>
> >> Arguing about "stopping this back and forth on the same issue", in
> >> light of an identical conversation must be a parody.....
> >>
> >> As for the multiple +1s later, some folks might want to re-read the
> >> message from May 5th:
> >>
> >> http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/gnso-rpm-wg/2017-May/001949.html
> >>
> >> "In particular, if you feel compelled to send a “+1” or “Agree”
> >> message please just hit “Reply” and not “Reply All”. That way the
> >> sender of the original message will know of your support without the
> >> other 150-plus members of the WG having to take time away from their
> >> other work.
> >>
> >> We actually learned many new things today through the civil discourse,
> >> exposing more cracks in the positions of those supporting sunrises.
> >> These include two registry operator reps openly stated that a sunrise
> >> policy is "moot" or "academic", since they'd implement one even if not
> >> mandated. If anything, that demonstrates movement towards Jeremy's
> >> proposal (indifferent to it being accepted), not away from it.
> >>
> >> There's a long history of initial "majority" support for policies at
> >> ICANN evaporating as more data/evidence is collected, and as positions
> >> are more thoroughly scrutinized.
> >>
> >> Just 2 quick ones:
> >>
> >> 1. It was my analysis of the deeply flawed .biz/info/org contracts
> >> (which would have allowed tiered pricing) that got them killed,
> >> despite the father of the internet, Vint Cerf, disagreeing with the
> >> impact of that analysis:
> >>
> >>
> http://www.circleid.com/posts/icann_tiered_pricing_tld_biz_info_org_domain/
> >>
> >> That analysis still rings true today, as new gTLDs exploit the
> >> unlimited pricing power that they were wrongly granted in the new gTLD
> >> program.
> >>
> >> 2. IRTP-B PDP --
> https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/inactive/2012/irtp-b
> >>
> >> In that PDP, I wasn't a member initially, but joined it after they
> >> made a deeply flawed proposal regarding domain transfers. Due to
> >> "group think", they came up with a ridiculous proposal called the
> >> "ETRP", which would have allowed transfers to be undone within 6
> >> months (which would have had enormous impacts on the secondary market
> >> for domains). You can see my first substantial post to that PDP (after
> >> my initial post) at:
> >>
> >> http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-irtp-b-jun09/msg00301.html
> >>
> >> I even openly pointed out the "group think"
> >>
> >> http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-irtp-b-jun09/msg00332.html
> >>
> >> I was so sickened at being ignored (despite being right) that I even
> >> left the list:
> >>
> >> http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-irtp-b-jun09/msg00425.html
> >>
> >> however I continued to press the issue amongst stakeholders, and guess
> >> what?!?!? The proposal was killed! Enough outrage was expressed by the
> >> public (which I helped mobilize) in the comment period:
> >>
> >> http://forum.icann.org/lists/irtp-b-initial-report/index.html
> >>
> >> that the ETRP died on the vine. And, in that PDP, I was the *sole*
> >> voice of opposition within that group to their proposal (having joined
> >> it to expressly voice why it was flawed).
> >>
> >> Now, I don't give these examples to aggrandize myself, but to point
> >> out the historical broken processes appear to be repeating themselves,
> >> when there are serious contributors to this PDP (not just myself) that
> >> have a long track record of being right, even when it appears they're
> >> in a minority (even a minority of just one). Go see the film "12 Angry
> >> Men" as a more dramatic example.
> >>
> >> The way to put forth stronger positions is to actually back them up
> >> with facts and arguments, not just saying essentially "I'm not going
> >> to be convinced by anything you have to say, so don't bother." That's
> >> not consistent with evidence-based policymaking or even appropriate
> >> debating tactics. Indeed, it's a form of a "tell" from those whose
> >> positions are unable to withstand scrutiny, to make that sort of weak
> >> "Please, say no more" statement.
> >>
> >> So, here's some simple advice --- try putting yourself in the shoes of
> >> the other person, to see things from their point of view! You might be
> >> in a better position to see the weakness of your own arguments, or the
> >> strength of theirs, and can then make adjustments to try to get a
> >> strong consensus. Folks who've read my posts will note I've bent over
> >> backward to attempt to curb cybersquatting (they're no friend of
> >> mine), via balanced proposals.
> >>
> >> Because, at the end of the day, this PDP has to produce reports that
> >> survive wide *public* scrutiny, not just some "majority" that is
> >> participating actively in this group. History has shown us that a weak
> >> report can and will be savaged (it was kind of funny, after the ETRP
> >> was savaged by the public, the remaining PDP members came begging for
> >> my insights, which I graciously provided). [as an aside, don't expect
> >> me to do an "Atlas Shrugged" post in this PDP -- this time, I'm not in
> >> a minority of 1]
> >>
> >> I'll conclude by saying to those who are "uncomfortable" by debate --
> >> get used to it! Accept that weak positions and analysis will be
> >> challenged. Rather than attempting to stifle those challenges, come up
> >> with stronger arguments/facts.
> >>
> >> Good night.
> >>
> >> Sincerely,
> >>
> >> George Kirikos
> >> 416-588-0269
> >> http://www.leap.com/
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