[council] Resolution from new gTLD Program Committee meeting on 1 Feb 2013 on enforcing applicants' commitments

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Wed Feb 6 03:53:50 UTC 2013

From: http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolutions-new-gtld-01feb13-en.htm

Whereas, applicants for new gTLDs identified certain purposes of the applied for gTLD and certain business plans that they intend to incorporate into the operation of their registry, but much of these plans are not currently anticipated to be incorporated as obligations into Registry Agreements.

Whereas, the GAC's Toronto Communiqué includes advice to ICANN that "it is necessary for all of these statements of commitment and objectives to be transformed into binding contractual commitments, subject to compliance oversight by ICANN."

Whereas the New gTLD Program Committee has devised a proposed mechanism to address the advice of the GAC.

Resolved (2013.02.01.NG02), the New gTLD Program Committee directs the President and CEO to seek public comment on a proposed mechanism to address the GAC advice on these additional applicant commitments.

Rationale for Resolution 2013.02.01.NG02


It is important to determine if it is possible to address the advice received from the GAC on this issue. 

 Creating a mechanism through which applicants will make binding commitments to ICANN in alignment with their applications could serve to promote the transparency and accountability of all within the ICANN community. 

While work still remains in developing this mechanism, it is anticipated that the creation of these binding commitments will benefit the public interest.

The work called for in this resolution will require resources to complete, though it is not anticipated that this planning work will exceed budgeted resources. 

If properly implemented, the introduction of a mechanism to incorporate additional binding commitments could result in a positive benefit on the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS.

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