In the document called the “further notice of inquiry” which will be formally published next week and put up for public comment the ‘IANA contract’ which is currently run by ICANN and is due to expire in September 2011.
The Notice is signed by Larry Strickling who in his position of Assistant Commerce Secretary, who has given ICANN a pretty hard time at every opportunity and the section at issue is:
Responsibility and Respect for Stakeholders – – The Contractor shall (ICANN)
in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders for this function, develop a process for documenting the source of the policies and procedures and how it has applied the relevant policies and procedures, such as RFC 1591, to process requests associated with TLDs. In addition, the Contractor shall act in accordance with the relevant national laws of the jurisdiction which the TLD registry serves.
For delegation requests for new generic TLDS (gTLDs), the Contractor shall include documentation to demonstrate how the proposed string has received consensus support from relevant stakeholders and is supported by the global public interest.
The first question the comes to mind are who are the relevant stakeholders going to be and who is going to determine which stakeholder is relevant?
Notice the words “consensus support from stakeholders” was not used but “Relevant Stakeholders”.
Somehow I get the idea that relevant stakeholders are going to be Governments and Trademark interests.
Domain holders and those who want to be new gTLD registries, maybe not so much.
When it comes to an application from a Trademark holder how are they going to show support by the Global public interest?
Canon has is one of those trademark holder that have been upfront saying the want to get .Canon.
Is the Global Public Interest going to rise as one and demand that Cannon gets .Cannon?
Or is this what it appears to be.
A move by the United States Government to tell us how much they respect and want the multi-stakeholder process to work, as long as it works the way the government wants it to isn’t really a multi-stakeholder process
Its a dictatorship.
So after years of discussion, guidebooks revision of guidebooks can the US dictated the terms of the new gTLD process through the IANA contract with ICANN?
Lets see what happens in Singapore.