New gTLD Program Topics
The objection procedures including the requirements for governments to pay fees;
Specifically, we wish to emphasize, as strongly as possible, our support for the CWG's consensus calls to:
Procedures for the review of sensitive strings;
At-Large has always been generally against the very principle of gTLD string objections based on "morality and public order". However, we see the Rec6 CWG recommendations as an effective way to attend to the most pressing needs while addressing our concerns about the existing implementation. We wholeheartedly concur with the recommendations in the report that achieved Full Consensus or Consensus.
Market and Economic Impacts;
Registry – Registrar Separation;
Just as the Vertical Integration (VI) PDP Working Group is split on how to address the overall issue, so is the ALAC and At-Large Community.
Protection of Rights Owners and consumer protection issues;
The At-Large Community favours transparent processes that produce binding decisions enforceable on all actors to protect ordinary Internet users from harms or potential harms that could develop in the Internet ecosystem and, quite possibly, be worsened with the introduction of new gTLDs.
Post-delegation disputes with governments;
Use and protection of geographical names;
Legal recourse for applicants;
Dispute "Resolution" (Attachment to Module 3, Article 3)
Providing opportunities for all stakeholders including those from developing countries;
Applicant Support (Module 1, Section 1.2.10)
Law enforcement due diligence recommendations to amend the Registrar Accreditation Agreement as noted in the Brussels Communiqué
The need for an early warning to applicants whether a proposed string would be considered controversial or to raise sensitivities (including geographical names).
At-Large has always been generally against the very principle of gTLD string objections based on "morality and public order".