Call for Input: Support for New gTLD Applicants

by Olof Nordling on June 14, 2010

The ICANN board recently passed a resolution requesting that a Working Group develop a sustainable approach to providing support to applicants requiring assistance in applying for and operating new gTLDs. (http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-12mar10-en.htm#20)

The Working Group has outlined five objectives, two of which are:

  • Objective 3: To identify what kinds of support (e.g. technical assistance, organizational assistance, financial assistance, fee reduction) and support timelines (e.g. support for the application period only, continuous support) are appropriate for new gTLD applicants fulfilling identified criteria.
  • Objective 4: To identify potential providers of the identified kinds of support as well as appropriate mechanisms to enable support provisioning.

We are seeking input from the community on these two objectives, and will create a “pool” of providers of these services for these applicants. In order to progress with our work, we are asking for a “show of hands” from interested providers.

The following types of support have been identified:

  • Extended outreach to potential applicants-to make them aware of the opportunity and to allow them extra time to prepare
  • Application writing assistance
  • Registry services-outsourced or assistance with local operations
  • DNS services
  • Infrastructure-IPV6 compatible hardware/networks
  • Education-DNSSEC implementation
  • Legal & documentation – providing support to cover legal costs or process docs
  • Translation – The Applicant Guidebook is only published in English- a disadvantage to many in the non-English speaking world
  • Training – in areas like building a sustainability plan, marketing, and operations
  • Assistance through the application process

Are there other types of support you could identify that a disadvantaged applicant might need to succeed in the gTLD application process?

Would your organization consider providing any of the support functions for disadvantaged applicants for free, or on a cost recovery basis, or for reduced rates?

Are you aware of any other providers (including yourself) that would support disadvantaged applicants?

Please post your responses to soac-newgtldapsup-wg@icann.org, the working group mailing list.

A session and public discussions on the topic are scheduled for the Brussels meeting. There will be a public comment period and follow up with potential providers as the work progresses.

Thank you for your consideration.

Joint SO/AC Working Group on New gTLD Applicant Support

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Fleming 06.15.10 at 2:35 am

In CyberSpace, the Real Internet, ICANN may be one of the most
disadvantaged organisms.

What technical expertise does ICANN have in leading-edge DNS ?

What technical expertise does ICANN have in SCUBA** DNS ?
**Self-Contained UNIX BroadBand Appliances

What role, if any, does ICANN play in the Dynamic DNS industry ?

What Open-Source has ICANN contributed since 1998 ?

What public benefit does ICANN provide to the DNS industry ?

What technical expertise does ICANN have in Microsoft’s FREE
DNS Peer Name Resolution Protocol – PNRP

What technical expertise does ICANN have in 3D gaming and
Social Networking ?

Does ICANN operate any 3D Worlds, Islands, Realms, etc. ?

In CyberSpace, the Real Internet, ICANN may be one of the most
disadvantaged organisms.

ICANN often refers to non-MeatSpace people as “Remote”. Could
it be that ICANN is “Remote” relative to CyberSpace ?

What if people under 25 years old have more leading edge DNS
experience ? How many 20 year olds are involved in ICANN ?

What technical expertise does ICANN have in DNSMASQ and
DNSMASQ2 and NAT ?

What role, if any, does ICANN play in CyberSpace Banking?
Does ICANN operate any Domain Name Kiosks (ATMs) in 3D worlds?

What technical expertise does ICANN have or encourage in the
area of LOCAL DNS for 311 or local LAN Parties ?

What technical expertise does ICANN have in DLNA ?

What technical expertise does ICANN have in Internet@TV ?

In CyberSpace, the Real Internet, ICANN may be one of the most
disadvantaged organisms. Capable Netizens are moving forward.

Danny Younger 06.23.10 at 6:44 am

The IANA offers IGOs registry services in the .int domain. There is no fee for such registrations, neither are the services of any registrars required. ICANN could prevail upon the IANA to launch a similar tld for NGOs in the developing world. If we can provide free services to wealthy governmental organizations, we can certainly also offer such free services to our disadvantaged communities.

Elaine Pruis 07.22.10 at 9:44 pm

The email soac-newgtldapsup-wg@icann.org bounces–

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Oto Kiralama 08.04.10 at 10:48 pm

What technical expertise does ICANN have in DLNA ?

anylove 03.01.11 at 1:57 am

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