DotGreen Withdraws .GREEN Application As Unable To Compete In Looming Auction

Posted in: Domain Names at 15/10/2013 21:56

One of the applicants for the .green TLD, DotGreen, has withdrawn their application. The applicant was a truly community based group gaining support from a wide range of environmental groups. However competition from the three other applicants, some of the largest of those applying for TLDs, in the end proved too much.

The three other applicants - Top Level Domain Holdings, United TLD and Afilias - are all much better financed, and if the TLD went to auction would all have easily outbid DotGreen.

"Six years ago, I had a vision for a new .green TLD that would serve the world, and boost environmentalism online, while contributing a new income stream to dedicated non-profit channels," said Annalisa Roger, founder of the DotGreen Community, in a statement. "Since then, we've been further inspired by the Green Community as we shared our vision globally. We have seen the successful launch of ICANN's new gTLD program, collaborated to grow a company specifically to apply for .green, created a non-profit public charity, and enjoyed interacting in the diverse Internet and ICANN communities."

The statement went on to say:
Competition for .green surfaced at ICANN's big reveal on June 6, 2012, when existing Internet registry operators positioned themselves as managers for .green. Since then, DotGreen, supporters, and the global green community exercised all options within the framework of the new gTLD applicant guidebook and we would like to express our sincerest gratitude that the Green Community has had this conversation around a new TLD. The outpouring of public support included posting online comments and writing letters to both ICANN and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) during every stage of the program, contributing to the multi-stakeholder process. We are very proud of that!

Despite these efforts, it is not possible for us to move forward at this time without an auction scenario that would award .green to the highest bidder.

We believe an auction is counterproductive to the collaborative nature of the green movement. Awarding .green management to the highest bidder, disregarding community support, collaborative partnerships, and business practices subverts the meaning and interests of the green movement, the Internet user public, and the ICANN multi-stakeholder model. This auction procedure undermines DotGreen's long history in the green community, and it negates the authenticity of DotGreen's application. A single string applicant such as DotGreen may also find financial and timeline requirements more challenging compared to portfolio application peers.

We are very glad we have introduced the .green TLD to the world, and remain hopeful that the .green TLD will benefit the environmental sustainability community, and would like to see .green become a vital part of the Internet ecosystem.

It has been an honor to participate in the international Internet community for the past several years. I am truly grateful for the supportive professionals, contracted partners, and friends we have met through the process. I'm so appreciative to all who have joined us for People & Planet events before ICANN meetings, learning right alongside DotGreen about local green initiatives to take back home to our own communities. DotGreen will keep on serving the world through the nonprofit foundation, but will unlikely continue our role in the ICANN community through positions in DNS Women, ALAC, and the NTAG.

We are excited about the DotGreen Foundation, and look forward to focusing on ongoing projects. Please visit us at our website www.dotgreenfoundation.org. It is our hope that the public will continue to stand with us to allow progress for the DotGreen Foundation vision to support programs and projects aimed at sustainability, which serve our planetary home. It is our full intent to remain strong advocates for green business, green technology, environmental stewardship, and green ideas.


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