Interesting points, Ray. It was discussed during the March 13 public forum, see about midway down the log. I reproduce it in edited form here, leaving M. Stuart Lynn's comments intact:|
Stuart Lynn: [New TLD Evaluation Process Planning TF/NTEPPTF presentation]
Meeting in Accra, large exchange with representatives of new gTLDs
Action plan up to the ICANN meeting in June
Final report -- we are late
Final report in June
Personal comment: Have to find way forward. Evaluation can take a long time until conclusions reached.
In the interim, community needs to give thoughts on how to go forward.
Vinton Cerf: Did differences in gTLD types make finding criteria harder?
Stuart Lynn: Have already grouped in different categories.
And that was about it, though a little later during the Public Microphone time David Short of the IATA had a few mild things to say about the unsuccessful .travel application.
So, tune in in June, assuming that one still can, and see if they've gotten anything else done besides their coup d'etat.
I am similarily nonplussed about how they could put off the Redemption Grace Period for another meeting (they didn't even specify the next one, just a later one), whilst apparently allowing Veri$ign to continue on with its WLS proposal. -g