[council] RE: [Correspondence] Letter from Steve Crocker to James Bladel, Chair, GNSO Council

WUKnoben wolf-ulrich.knoben at t-online.de
Wed Sep 21 10:28:23 UTC 2016

Microsoft Word - 2016-08-05-Steve-Crocker-to-James-Bladel.docxHi James:

We’ve shared Steve Crocker’s related letter within our constituency. Following a discussion I’d like to communicate our preliminary thoughts:

General observation

The recent round of gTLDs resulted in a new "gaming" move for domainers. They discontinued the practice of avidly buying all attractive names that became available for resale purposes, and invested instead in registry concessions, now a new secondary market is developing with gTLDs themselves (not the names).

The dominant registrars have cherry picked which new gTLDs to include in their storefronts, thus becoming arbiters of the fate of newly launched gTLDs, since exclusion from their registration sites is a tough disadvantage to overcome. IOW registrars are designated the EXCLUSIVE sales channels for all new gTLDs, but they are under no obligation to carry any of them in their domain name portfolios.

A subsequent round might, given these developments, simply augment these distortions, so "proceed with caution" would appear advisable.

Further comments

1.    Both the letter from the Board and the letter from the GNSO Council seem to start with the assumption that there will necessarily be a subsequent round of the new gTLD program. The ISPCP constituency hopes that a full discussion about whether or not to have a further round is had by the community long before work is done on building a new application process. It seems essential that the marketplace and technical reviews are complete and considered by the community. These need to be part of the foundation of any discussion of whether or not to proceed with subsequent rounds of new gTLD applications.

2.    In the event that a new gTLD application window is opened, no particular type of gTLD should be allowed to determine the timing of the window. In particular, all strings should have equal status as far as the timing of a subsequent window. For example, a set of strings for a particular use or function, should not be allowed to proceed early.

3.    In the event that a new gTLD application window is opened, the policy work in support of the new round should be complete prior to the application process being developed. The ISPCP constituency finds the idea of iterative development of application process to be impossible in the context of such a complex procedure. An iterative approach fails to take into account the interconnectedness of the application process – the development of a policy on geographic names, for example, might have implications on what strings are available and even the prohibition of certain names. The possibility of policy development in one area having a knock-on effect in another area is something we witnessed in the 2012 round. It would likely be a feature of subsequent rounds and makes the iterative development of an application process unlikely to succeed.

4.    The Board question about timing raises questions beyond policy and the development of an application process. The ISPCP constituency is extremely concerned that not enough attention has been paid to technical aspects of the deployment of new strings in the root zone. In particular, universal acceptance and technical outreach are areas where the ICANN community needs a new, comprehensive plan. That effort, to ensure that the technical aspects of new gTLDs is addressed, will need to be done before a new application process can commence – thus affecting the schedule of that process.

5.    Another technical aspect that must be addressed prior to a new round beginning is the relationship between the Internet’s underlying architecture and the new gTLD program. Specifically, ICANN must improve its relationship with the IETF to identify meaningful ways to cooperate in the reservation of certain strings in the root. This relationship must also provide some reliable, predictable, scalable and usable mechanism for reserving strings for special use or because those strings, if allowed in the root, would affect the security and stability of the DNS and tools built upon the DNS.

Procedurally, the ISPCP reserves the right to send our comment directly to the board.

We’re looking forward to further discussion within the community.

Best regards



From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of James M. Bladel
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 7:13 PM
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Subject: [council] FW: [Correspondence] Letter from Steve Crocker to James Bladel, Chair, GNSO Council


Councilors -


Attached, please find a letter form Steve Crocker/ICANN Board to the Council, regarding the work on subsequent rounds of New gTLDs.   (Per Wendy’s note, the letter has not yet been posted on the ICANN Correspondence page, but expected soon). 


Note that the letter contains a specific request to the GNSO:


‘For example, assuming all other review activities are completed, it would be helpful to understand whether the GNSO believes that the entirety of the current Subsequent Procedures PDP must be completed prior to advancing a new application process under the current policy recommendations. The Board is cognizant that it may be difficult to provide a firm answer at this stage of the process as the reviews are still underway and the PDP is in its initial stages of work, but if any consideration has been given in relation to whether a future application process could proceed while policy work continues and be iteratively applied to the process for allocating new gTLDs, or that a set of critical issues could be identified to be addressed prior to a new application process, the Board would welcome that input.

 The Board would also welcome any elaboration on the expected time frame outlined in the PDP Work Plan, as well as any additional points the GNSO might wish to clarify for the Board in its efforts to support the various areas of work underway in the multistakeholder community’.

I propose that we add this question/topic, and the letter itself, to our 1 SEP meeting agenda as a discussion item, and that we examine ideas on how to proceed on responding to this question. If this is amenable, I would also ask Staff to draft a brief note to Steve, acknowledging the receipt of this letter and noting that it would be discussed during our next meeting.


Thoughts on this approach?


Thank you,







From: Wendy Profit <wendy.profit at icann.org>
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 14:19 
To: James Bladel <jbladel at godaddy.com>, Glen de Saint Géry <gnso-secretariat at gnso.icann.org>, Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>
Cc: Steve Crocker <steve.crocker at board.icann.org>, Icann-board ICANN <icann-board at icann.org>, board-support <board-support at icann.org>, Akram Atallah <akram.atallah at icann.org>, Erika Randall <erika.randall at icann.org>, Daniel Halloran <daniel.halloran at icann.org>, Eleeza Agopian <eleeza.agopian at icann.org>, Jamie Hedlund <jamie.hedlund at icann.org>, Karen Lentz <karen.lentz at icann.org>, Cyrus Namazi <cyrus.namazi at icann.org>, Cristina Flores <cristina.flores at icann.org>
Subject: [Correspondence] Letter from Steve Crocker to James Bladel, Chair, GNSO Council


Dear James Bladel,


Please find the attached letter from Steve Crocker, Chair, ICANN Board of Directors regarding subsequent New gTLD rounds.


The letter will be posted shortly to the ICANN Correspondence and New gTLD Correspondence pages:





With warm regards,


Wendy Profit

ICANN Board Operations Specialist




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