[council] New Draft of the Applicant Guidebook for New gTLDs is Available for Public Comment

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Sat Apr 16 08:10:32 UTC 2011

Hello All,

Some light reading for the weekend.  See below.

I would like to thank Kurt Pritz and the ICANN team for the huge effort
they have put n ever since San Francisco to pull together all the
feedback into this latest version.  

The staff are doing their best to stick to the schedule announced in San

Bruce Tonkin


New Draft of the Applicant Guidebook for New gTLDs is Available for
Public Comment

15 April 2011
Guidebook and Public Comment Forum
ICANN has posted for public comment today the April 2011 Discussion
Draft of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook.
In keeping with the draft timeline [PDF, 117 KB] approved by the ICANN
Board at its meeting in San Francisco, this draft of the Applicant
Guidebook will be open for comment for 30 days, through 15 May 2011.
This posting includes a "track changes" version of the six modules of
the Applicant Guidebook, along with a series of new Explanatory Memos
related to changes made as a result of the recent consultations between
ICANN's Board and Governmental Advisory Committee:

 1.Trademark Protections (Trademark Claims & Sunrise Services; and The
Requirement for Demonstrating Use) [PDF, 284 KB]

2.GAC and Government Objections; Handling of Sensitive Strings; Early
Warning [PDF, 91 KB]

3.Exemptions to Objection Fees for Governments [PDF, 331 KB]

4.Root Zone Scaling [PDF, 286 KB]

5.Market and Economic Impacts [PDF, 480 KB]

6.Registry-Registrar Separation [PDF, 400 KB]
These memos were developed to document the latest position on these
topics by taking into account the current thinking, discussions and
public comments received. Each memo not only reflects GAC advice but
also contains the reasoning and rationale on each of the relevant issues
regarding the launch of the New gTLD Program and Applicant Guidebook.
Also being posted today is the ICANN Reply [PDF, 275 KB] to the GAC
Comments (on the ICANN Board's Notes on the GAC Scorecard).
Keeping with the draft timeline, ICANN plans post a final version of the
guidebook by 30 May 2011, in time for consideration of the New gTLD
implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN Board to
be held on Monday, 20 June 2011, at the ICANN meetings in Singapore.

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