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ICANN: Pre-ICANN 55 Policy Update Webinar

ICANN55 Marrakech logoThe ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the ongoing Transition of Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions and the ICANN Accountability efforts.

Please RSVP via this form by 19 February 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 22 February 2016.

Updates will also be provided on topics from ICANN‘s Support Organizations and Advisory Committees:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and Regional Internet Registries (RIR) Activities
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Next-generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms in all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)  Policy Development Process
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Activity Update
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) review of criteria and expectations of At-Large Structures in parallel with the At-Large Review.
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO) Activities
  • Government Advisory Committee‘s (GAC): IANA Stewardship Transition – GAC Verdict on the CCWG Accountability report.
  • Government Advisory Committee‘s (GAC): Remaining issues with the New gTLD Program, in particular implementation of GAC Advice
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Advisories and Activity Update
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Activity Update

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will be conducted in English. The webinar will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function in Adobe Connect.

Recordings of the webinars will be made available here. The Policy Development Support Team is always available to answer any questions via email at policyinfo@icann.org.

Please RSVP via this form by 19 February 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 22 February 2016.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

Daily Wrap: New gTLDs, PICS, Registrar Rights And Responsibilities And Use More Arabic Domains

“ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee may delay the approval of new gTLDs if applicants don’t submit Public Interest Commitments” by 5 March, Domain Incite reports.

PICs “are binding, enforceable commitments that new gTLD applicants are able to voluntarily add to their registry contracts with ICANN” and are meant to satisfy the GAC’s request for ICANN to tighten its grip on new gTLD registries and to give applicants a way to avoid GAC Advice and formal objections against their bids.”

Also on 5 March, ICANN will be publishing “for public comment a version of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement that accredited registrars have not yet agreed to.”

“CEO Fadi Chehade told a conference call of registries and new gTLD applicants as much this afternoon [4 march], causing the Registrars Stakeholder Group to immediately state that talks have not finished yet,” reports Domain Incite.

And Domain Incite has heard that “ICANN is set to publish and start promoting a new Registrant Rights & Responsibilities charter at some point over the next couple of days.” There is also what is believed to be a close-to-final draft copy of the responsibilities published in the report.

ICANN has told the first Arab Internet Governance Forum that more domain names need to be registered using local domain names in Arabic, says a report in the United Arab Emirates’ The Nation.

Icann regards Arabic domain names as an important step to helping the region fully profit from the internet, promote a better online economy, build a strong, networked community, and add to the overall knowledge base of a country.

“You can create spaces on the internet that have unique cultural rules,” said Fadi Chehade, the president and chief executive of Icann.

“That can be very attractive to countries in this part of the world.”

Governments Object To Private Bodies Controlling Generic gTLD Terms

The Australian government is the top objector to new generic Top Level Domain applications with a total of 129 objections. Other top complainants are DCA Trust being the top applicant, with their application for .africa receiving 17 objections from governments while .hotel, with multiple applications for the string, receiving 21 objections.The Governmental Advisory Committee is a panel representing 50 of the world’s governments, however how the objections of its member governments impact on the approval of gTLDs is yet to be seen. ICANN, the body who will have the final approval for each new gTLD, is obliged to take advice on public policy issues from the GAC, but it does not have to follow its advice.Objections for generic terms were often based around the premise of whether it was appropriate for a private organisation to have control of a gTLD string and that it was not in the best interests for competition.Some of the comments are to deal with transparency, such as the multiple applications for .hotel, .hotels and .hoteis where the German government has opposed the applications “are common generic terms relating to a market sector. Restricting common generic strings for the exclusive use of a single entity could have unintended consequences, including a negative impact on competition.”The Australian government’s opposition to all of its strings appear to be the same: that the term “is a common generic term relating to a market sector.” The early warning” notes the applicant “is proposing to exclude any other entities, including potential competitors, from using the TLD. Restricting common generic strings for the exclusive use of a single entity could have unintended consequences, including a negative impact on competition.”Some of those objected to by the Australian government are applications for .blog, .beauty, (applicant L’Oréal), .baby (Johnson & Johnson), .antivirus (Symantec), .epost (Deutsche Post) and a number of applications from Amazon such as .app and .book.The application for .africa from DotConnectAfrica was objected to by a number of African governments who all appear to have said “UniForum SA, trading as the ZA Central Registry, was appointed the registry operator to manage and administer the dotAfrica gTLD on behalf of the African Community and for the benefit of the African region.”The governments also oppose the application for .africa on the grounds that it:

  • “does not meet the requirements concerning geographic names”
  • “constitutes an unwarranted intrusion and interference on the African Union Commission’s (AUC) mandate from African governments to establish the structures and modalities for the Implementation of the dotAfrica (.Africa) project; and
  • is identical to the dotAfrica (.Africa) application officially endorsed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the 39 individual African governments.”

The United Arab Emirates objected to the applications for .islam and .halal, raising concerns over a private entities control over a “sensitive name”, a “lack of community involvement and support [and] sensitivity of the name and domain name use policy.”France objected to the applications for .health, raising concerns relating to “consumer protection and the public interest.” The French government says the application for .health should be postponed and that the gTLD would be better operated by an organisation affiliated with the global health community. The Mali government objected on similar grounds.Two of the applications for .rugby were objected to by the British government who said “the applicant does not represent the global community of rugby players, supporters and stakeholders” unlike the International Rugby Board, the global governing body for rugby union, who has also applied.To check out the list of objections for gTLDs by governments, go to https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/GAC+Early+Warnings.