[council] Discussion of Consumer and Public Interest impacts of new gTLDs.

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Mon Jul 8 15:20:56 UTC 2013

The following session may be of interest.  Alan


ICANN 47 [Durban, South Africa]

Date: 15 July 2013 (Monday)
Time: 14:00-16:00
Meeting Room: Hall 2AB


New gTLDs: Addressing Consumer and Public Interest Concerns

ICANN’s new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) 
Program will dramatically expand the Top Level 
Domain Space.  The program carries benefits for 
end users and registrants in terms of increasing 
choice and competition, but it also raises a 
range of consumer and public interest 
concerns.  These concerns include consumer safety 
and trust, multilingual access to gTLDs via 
internationalized scripts, rights issues related 
to the protection of trademarks, non-registered 
marks and geographic names, as well as barriers 
to program participation for stakeholders in the 
developing world.  The At-Large Multistakeholder 
Policy Roundtable will highlight these issues and 
explore the adequacy of policies and mechanisms meant to address them.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the consumer and public interest 
concerns in relation to the new gTLD program?

2. Are the policies and mechanisms that have been 
developed to address these concerns adequate?

3. What more needs to be done to address these concerns effectively?

- Olivier Crepin-Leblond (Chair, At-Large Advisory Committee)
- Rinalia Abdul Rahim (Executive Committee 
Member, At-Large Advisory Committee & Convenor, 
At-Large Multistakeholder Policy Roundtable)

Lead Discussants

Consumer Perspective ­ Holly Raiche (Chair, 
At-Large Registrant Rights and Responsibilities 
Working Group & Board Member, Australian 
Communications Consumers Action Network)

Public Interest and Government Perspective ­ 
Peter Nettlefold (Vice Chair, ICANN Governmental 
Advisory Committee & GAC Lead on New gTLDs)

Business Users Perspective ­ Zahid Jamil 
(Executive Committee Member, ICANN Business 
Constituency & Member, GNSO Council)

Consumer Trust, Choice and Competition 
Perspective ­ Steve DelBianco (Executive 
Director, NetChoice & Vice-Chair for Policy 
Coordination, ICANN Business Constituency)

Intellectual Property Rights & IDN Perspective ­ 
Hong Xue (Director, Institute for Internet Policy 
and Law, Beijing Normal University & Member, ccNSO Council)

Community - Indigenous Groups’ Perspective - 
Karaitiana Taiuru (Chair, New Zealand Maori Internet Society)

Community - Geographic Names Perspective ­ Olga 
Cavalli (Representative of Argentina to the 
Governmental Advisory Committee & Director, South 
School on Internet Governance)

Developing Country Perspective ­ Tijani Ben Jemaa 
(Executive Committee Member, At-Large Advisory 
Committee & Vice-Chair, African Regional At-Large Organization)

ICANN Compliance Perspective - Maguy Serad 
(Vice-President, Contractual Compliance Services, ICANN)

Participation:  This roundtable is open.  Members 
of the following ICANN community are especially 
invited to attend - ICANN At-Large community, 
ICANN Advisory Committees, ICANN Supporting 
Organizations, ICANN Board and ICANN Staff.
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