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    ICANN Board postponing further sTLDs
    by Richard_Henderson on Tuesday October 28 2003, @04:36AM (#12559)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/

    The ICANN Board, in a move which reverses Stuart Lynn's proposal for at least 3 more sponsored TLDs, announced its view that any further TLDs should be postponed indefinitely, on the grounds that they should focus on Evaluation, and on the grounds that they were understaffed.

    This is astonishing. Read their Oct 20 comments here:

    http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-13oct03 .htm [icann.org]

    "Mr. Twomey reviewed for the Board... considerations raised by the community and Board members on the creation of new sTLDs and new TLDs generally. ...and what timeline for the consideration of new sTLDs, and eventually new generic TLDs was feasible and responsible in light of work to be done."

    "A suggestion was that gTLD specific issues be set aside until these issues could be reviewed and examined in detail, expert analysis could be undertaken and community input received. Further, it was noted that the nature of TLD relationships with ICANN was a structure under much debate at present, and deserved a better understanding of the goals of the parties prior to expanding the number of these relationships."

    "Board members remarked on the significant staffing constraints for ICANN at present, and the foreseen lack of an ability for ICANN to both oversee a round of new sTLD applications, and also invest significant resources and time in gathering and analyzing data on gTLD issues."

    "The board debated the wisdom in moving ahead with the creation of new TLDs at this time, in light of the need to shortly commence a full scale review of policy in this area. A brief debate ensued among Board members as to the appropriate set of issues that should be included in a review and development of policy relating to the creation of new TLDs."

    "Board members voiced concerns that many of the TLDs created during the 2000 round were still struggling with myriad acceptance and distribution issues, and that these issues should be carefully examined and addressed to the extent possible prior to considering the creation of new TLDs on a large-scale basis."

    "Discussion ensued among the Board members; in particular, board members focused on the short time frame set forth in the new MoU for the development of strategy and policy in this area, and concerns that any action on sTLDs at present would detract from that effort"

    "In summarizing the views expressed on the topic, Mr. Cerf noted the discussion among the Board did not seem supportive of moving forward with a limited round of new sTLDs at this time."

    So it seems that the world must wait, and not a single further TLD will proceed, because ICANN is not up to the job of evaluating and launching further TLDs.

    Everything has to be delayed because ICANN has not (after all this time) carried out its Evaluation Process, and does not have staff to do the work.

    We are talking about a worldwide resource generating billions of pounds and vital for a huge range of social, health and educational resources.

    Why is the development of this resource being delayed by a handful of people working from a few offices in a manner which is demonstrably amateur?

    Why is the development of this resource being delayed by ICANN's admitted shortcomings?

    Or are these delays further evidence of a deliberate strategy?

    Richard Henderson

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    Re:ICANN Board postponing further sTLDs
    by RFassett on Tuesday October 28 2003, @05:26AM (#12561)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    "....not a single further TLD will proceed, because ICANN is not up to the job of evaluating and launching further TLDs."

    keep in mind 2 things 1) Resources from ICANN needed to evaluate new sTLD applications would be paid for - in total - by the applicant and 2) The ICANN Board could subjectively and arbitrarily not allow a new sTLD to proceed to that "point of no return" for all of the same reasons you have directly quoted even if the application made it through the third party evaluation process with flying colors.

    So, to me, the reasons that have been provided to shelve the RFP just do not reconcile...but, of course, my opinion from the peanut gallery.

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    Re:ICANN Board postponing further sTLDs
    by Richard_Henderson on Thursday October 30 2003, @01:25AM (#12570)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/

    This issue was addressed to the Board this week in Carthage (my thanks to Thomas for notes from his blog):

    "Dan Halloran at the microphone. Points to oct 13 board minutes. Emphasize bottom-up nature. Commitment?

    "Resolution is drafted on the fly and adopted unanimously: Council requests clarification and is concerned that board may have made decision in gTLD policy area without consulting council."

    You have to question the top-down process whereby the Board seems to postpone these further sTLDs. Setting aside the grounds they use to support such actions (lack of money and staff).

    As I've already said, should the whole world have to wait for NewTLDs just because ICANN is not up to the job?

    Richard Henderson

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    GNSO complain about Board postponing sTLDs
    by Richard_Henderson on Thursday October 30 2003, @03:16AM (#12571)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/

    Carthage October 29th:

    "The Council, as the bottom-up policy development, requests clarification as to whether the Board is changing its commitment to go forward with the process for an interim round of Sponsored TLDs, and if so, why. The Council expresses strong concern that the Board may have taken a decision without consulting Council."

    Read the lower section of this GNSO transcript [icann.org]

    There is clear dismay at the lack of consultation by the Board, which had already set in motion the due processes to press ahead with new sTLDs.

    The GNSO Council passed the motion above unanimously. They asked how the Board could abandon its processes, without constituencies being involved in more dialogue. They expressed concern for people who might have already expended time and energy preparing applications and business plans, in the belief that ICANN would stick to its stated undertakings.

    In Amsterdam in 2002 the Board specifically instructed Stuart Lynn to set the further sTLDs in motion.

    My personal objection is that a world resource and its development should not be delayed, just because ICANN has insufficient staffing and financial resources. If ICANN is not up to the job, then they are "in the way" and part of the problem, not the solution.

    Richard Henderson


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    Board: OK we'll do the sTLDs after all!
    by Richard_Henderson on Friday October 31 2003, @04:43AM (#12587)
    User #3269 Info | http://www.atlarge.org/
    In an encouraging turnaround, the ICANN Board at Carthage resolved to drop their Oct 13/20 announcement, and press ahead with the proposed sTLDs after all.

    Source: Thomas R's Blog

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