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    New gTLDs Where is the Evaluation of New gTLDs Report?
    posted by michael on Monday August 30 2004, @05:59AM

    Richard_Henderson writes "In mid-July Miriam Sapiro and Summit Strategies International submitted a report "Evaluation of the New gTLDs: Policy and Legal Issues". This report was part of the New gTLD evaluation process, overseen by Sebastien Bachollet. The report has been long-awaited, and raises concerns which may be relevant to policy development for future gTLDs.

    But where is it?

    Have the ICANN staff and Board published this report anywhere on the ICANN website? Is it in the public domain? For the sake of openness and transparency (and to benefit informed participation by all constituencies) is it going to be published?"

    "According to the presentation given in Kuala Lumpur on 22nd July 2004, the report had already been submitted to ICANN and included (among others) these findings:

    The Start-Up periods of registries like .info and .biz were reported as "raising concerns". "The Sunrise period, without screening or verification, led to serious abuses." It added that "the landrush allocation methods enabled gaming of the system".

    "Interviews raised questions about enforcement" in implementing registration restrictions in .biz. And data sampling brought to light "questionable registrations" in relation to the restrictions that were supposed to be in place.

    "The Registries indicated there had been no major lawsuits" or legal or regulatory problems "that had not been considered at the outset". (I find this statement quite surprising in the context of .biz)

    ICANN: Please could we have access to Miriam Sapiro's report?

    Robert Connelly, the Afilias Director who resigned over the failure of the start-up processes, described the .info Sunrise as "an abomination".

    Registrars were caught out gaming the system and exploiting their registrar privilege to make mass registrations for themselves.

    Registrars in the .info cartel failed to adhere to their own Registry-Registrar Agreements.

    Many consumers were hugely inconvenienced and unfairly treated by the failure of ICANN's processes, and the abuse of those processes by Registry directors or their registrar companies.

    Requests for responses to fair and legitimate concerns were met with stony silence from Dan Halloran at ICANN. 840 days later (yes, over two years) and despite extending my request for a response to Paul Twomey, my questions (also kindly published here at ICANNWatch) have been totally ignored.

    If not for the sake of those effected by ICANN's failed policies last time, then at least so we may learn from those failures for future gTLD launches, these serious concerns should be answered and debated.

    At the very least, I hope ICANN will make public the entire report presented to them by Miriam Sapiro. It's been 44 days since she gave it to them.

    How many seconds does it take to ftp text to the ICANN website?

    Richard Henderson"

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    ICANN's failure to publish Reports
    by Richard_Henderson on Monday August 30 2004, @07:50AM (#14085)
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    Well it is symptomatic of the "laissez faire" approach of ICANN management, that almost three years after launch, the .biz registry has NO "Proof of Concept" report presented on the ICANN website, as is concerned here:

    http://www.icann.org/registries/poc [icann.org]

    http://www.icann.org/registries/poc/biz.html [icann.org]

    The Registries were obliged, by Appendix U of their Agreements with ICANN, to submit detailed and specific Registry Reports, as you can see in the .biz agreement here:

    http://www.icann.org/tlds/agreements/biz/registry- agmt-appu-11may01.htm [icann.org]

    According to the terms of this agreement, the Reports should have been in almost 2 years ago. I asked Stuart Lynn in Summer 2002, Autumn 2002, Spring 2003 why reports were missing. His response was that staff had been "too busy" to put them up on the website.

    Does it take 2 years to put some text up on a website?

    Or did Neulevel simply not submit the "Proof of Concept Reports"?

    Either way, ICANN has failed to get significant information published so that constituencies can make informed analyses and judgements about how things could be done better.

    It is exactly because of this "laissez faire" attitude that I am pressing for Marion Sapiro's commissioned Report to be published for all to see.

    Richard Henderson

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    It's posted now
    by Anonymous on Tuesday August 31 2004, @05:34PM (#14094)
    http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-31 aug04.htm
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    Full Report is published here...
    by Richard_Henderson on Wednesday September 01 2004, @01:52PM (#14095)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/

    A day after ICANNWatch published the article on the missing New gTLDs Evaluation Report... it has finally (after 45 days in ICANN's hands) been published here:

    http://www.icann.org/tlds/new-gtld-eval-31aug04.pd f [icann.org]

    This report merits very close reading, and draws attention to some (but not all) the misjudgements and mistakes made by ICANN, the Registries, and certain registrars.

    It supports the views of many, that the launch of the New gTLDs was poorly handled in various areas, and that much more could have been done both by ICANN and certain Registries to address the problems which impacted on ordinary consumers.

    I'm extremely unimpressed by Louis Touton's reported view that 'the introduction of competition to the market' was more important than responding to individual's problems and dealing with those.

    This re-inforces my view that ICANN's "laissez-faire" philosophy was the result of politics and dogma - regardless of the rights of individual registrants, and regardless of the fact that ICANN's MoU with DOC states ICANN's responsibility to ensure the "fair distribution" of the DNS.

    It seems, in retrospect, that Registries and Registrars were allowed to get away with much too much, because ICANN was pursuing a political and dogma-driven goal, and just wanted it to roll, even if consumers concerns had to be sidelined in the process.

    Dan Halloran's refusal to respond to specific consumer concerns, or even to acknowledge mail, over a period in excess of 2 years, could be interpreted as fitting into this ICANN outlook.

    Miriam Sapiro and her team make some clear observations on how things could have been done better, and *should* be done better in future.

    That's why it is imperative that this report is published, read and discussed.

    There are lessons to be learned.

    Richard Henderson

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