Date: Friday 08 March 2013

Time: 18:00-19:00 local time (for the time in various timezones click here)

Meeting Number: AL.gTLD/MT.0313/1

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Action Items: EN 

Summary Minutes:       EN       

Recording: EN, ES, FR

Transcript:       EN , ES, FR    

AC Chat Transcript:     EN       

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Participants: Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Alan Greenberg, Yaovi Atohoun, Titi Akinsanmi, Dev Anand Teelucksingh, Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Evan Leibovitch, Eduardo Diaz

EN: Oksana Prykhodko, Yrjö Lansipuro, Seth Reiss, Avri Doria, Ron Sherwood

Liaisons:  Cheryl Langdon-Orr

FR: none

ES: Aida Noblia

Apologies: Natalia Enciso, Tijani Ben Jemaa, Maureen Hilyard, Julie Hammer, Wolf Ludwig, Garth Bruen, Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro

Staff: Matt Ashtiani, Heidi Ullrich, Gisella Gruber, Silvia Vivanco

Interpreters: ES: Sabrina, FR: Camila



  1. Welcome and Aim of the Call - Olivier Crepin-Leblond (5 mins)

  2. Roll Call - Staff (3 mins)

  3. Review of Objections Received - Dev Anand Teelucksingh (20 mins)

    1. Summary of RALO advice
      1. 3 out of 5 RALOs supported the filing of the objection statement by the ALAC against applicant "DotHealth, LLC" for the ".HEALTH" string
      2. 3 out of 5 RALOs supported the filing of the objection statement by the ALAC against applicant “Goose Fest, LLC" for the ".HEALTH" string
      3. 3 out of 5 RALOs supported the filing of the objection statement by the ALAC against applicant "dot Health Limited" for the ".HEALTH" string
      4. 3 out of 5 RALOs supported the filing of the objection statement by the ALAC against applicant "Afilias Limited" for the ".HEALTH" string
      5. 1 out of 5 RALOs supported the filing of the objection statement by the ALAC support the filing of the objection statement by the ALAC against applicant "Stable Tone Limited" for the ".??" (jiankang) string
    2. Therefore, the ALAC will have to consider the filing of the objection statement against:
      1. Applicant "DotHealth, LLC" for the ".HEALTH" string
      2. Applicant "“Goose Fest, LLC" for the ".HEALTH" string
      3. Applicant "dot Health Limited" for the ".HEALTH" string
      4. Applicant "Afilias Limited" for the ".HEALTH" string
    3. See full summary prepared by Dev Anand Teelucksingh
  4. Review of the Replies

    1. NARALO
    2. APRALO
    3. LACRALO
  5. Review of the PICS

The following information is provided by:

(updated March 6 2013 with link to PIC)
Primary Contact
Application ID
HEALTHDotHealth, LLCUS  Mr. Andrew Ryan Weissbergweissberga@gmail.com1-1684-6394YesYesYes
HEALTHGoose Fest, LLCUS  Daniel Schindlergoosefest@donuts.co1-1489-82287 YesYes
HEALTHdot Health LimitedGI  Mr. Geir Andreas Rasmussenicanntas6@famousfourmedia.com1-1178-3236YesYesYes
HEALTHAfilias LimitedIE  John Kanejkane@afilias.info1-868-3442 YesYes
健康Stable Tone LimitedHK  Mike Rodenbaughstabletonetld@rodenbaugh.com1-1708-88054 YesYes

6. Discussion of Objections Received - All (20 mins)

    1. Material for Review by the ALAC (please see the Resources section below).

7. Next Steps - Olivier Crepin-Leblond (12 mins)

    1. The deadline for ICANN to receive the objection funding request is UTC 23:59:59 11-March-2013  (see ALAC Objections Funding Instructions)
    2. Deadline for Objections to be filed is 13 March 2013
    3. Vote Schedule
      1. Open: 08-Mar-2013 20:00 UTC
      2. Close: 12-Mar-2013 23:59 UTC


Materials for Review

All of the wiki pages with the objection statements against:

These have been updated with correspondence received by the gTLD RG over the past 48 hours, including letters from individual applicants, letters of support for objections from organisations and emails from the WHO clarifying issues raised on the NARALO list, some arriving in the past few hours alone.

With many of the correspondence received (even today), directed at the objection statement against Stable Tone Limited" for the "??" string, the wiki page at was also updated, for reference. All of the applicants have filed Public Interest Commitments (PICs) and are also linked on the aforementioned wiki pages.

Also, there was discussion by the RALOs on the applicants and the objection statements and can be reviewed on the RALO mailing list archives:

At-Large New gTLD Review Group

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  1. Dear All,

    I am copying below, the response from WHO when I emailed asking for clarification:

    March 11 7:10am UTC+12

    Dear Sala,

    Please excuse my delay in answering your message, but I did not have email access during the week-end.


    In response to your query, WHO would like to state the following. As the directing and coordinating authority for health within the UN system, WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, setting norms and standards as well as monitoring and assessing health trends. In that regard, WHO has been following up very closely the new round of applications for top-level domain names initiated by ICANN in 2012, in particular with regard to the applications for  the ".health" TLD.


    WHO appreciates that the Internet has become an important strategic asset for health. However, although health is a highly regulated sector at the national level, the global nature of the Internet makes national laws difficult to enforce. The lack of an overarching international legal framework for the Internet therefore hinders an effective response to fraud and crime, such as identity theft and the illegal promotion, and sale of bona fide health products as well as of substandard/spurious/falsified/falsely-labeled/counterfeit medicines. Quality seals and voluntary codes of conduct are still ineffective after a decade of use. Efforts to educate consumers are insufficient and government actions, such as accreditation schemes, have had limited impact on a global medium. WHO believes that maintaining trust in the online health environment is critical to health security, health and medical education, and the protection and promotion of public health on a societal scale. 

    In light of these considerations, WHO has reached out to all five applicants for .health to engage in informational dialogue with them with a view to understanding whether and how applicants are proposing to operate the .health TLD in the interest of global public health. These discussions are still on-going with all applicants. Once they will have concluded, WHO will consolidate the information gathered in that regard and report to its Governing Bodies, as appropriate, for further advice.  

    Until such time as the WHO Secretariat has been able to consult with its Member States, WHO will not be in a position to make any comment on the Public Interest Commitments (PICs) of DotHealth, LLC, or any other applicants, including whether WHO would be working with the successful applicant on creating mechanisms to ensure that global public health is given due consideration. Likewise, with regard to Stable Tone PICs, or any other applicant commitments, WHO Governing Bodies have not yet considered the issues and have therefore not provided any advice and recommendations in that regard to the WHO Secretariat.

    Please let me know whether you need any more information on WHO position on this matter.

    Best regards,

    Marie-Paule Kieny