objection statement against applicant "dot Health Limited" for the ".HEALTH" string

This is the wiki page for At-Large comments on the objection statement on community objection grounds against applicant "dot Health Limited" for the applied for string ".health"

Information about the applicant dot Health Limited

(updated March 6 2012 with link to PIC)

 

Provided by http://gtldresult.icann.org/) :


String
Applicant
Location
Community
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Primary Contact
Email
Application ID
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GAC EW
PIC
HEALTHdot Health LimitedGI  Mr. Geir Andreas Rasmussenicanntas6@famousfourmedia.com1-1178-3236YesYesYes

 

The applicant details can be viewed at http://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1258

Link to applicant Public Interest Commitments (PIC) : https://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/viewstatus:downloadpicposting/1258

Objection Statement produced by the gTLD RG for RALO review (Updated March 1 2013)

 

The PDF of the objection statement can be viewed at draft-objection-statement-against-applicant-dot-Health-Limited-for-.HEALTH-1-mar-2013.pdf

(Note : The objection statement released on 25 February 2013 was updated on March 1 2013 to remove incorrect references to another applicant in the statement.)

Members of the gTLD RG considered the comments from the At-Large community as of February 8 2013 and ranked each factor of the four tests for community objection grounds based on these comments and discussions. gTLD RG members gave the factors of the 4 tests a "pass" and therefore, an objection statement was drafted by the gTLD RG based on this initial review. 


Comment on this objection statement 

Please review the initial comments that were received by the gTLD RG below. At-Large members are encouraged to read and post comments. 

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11 Comments

  1. Comment received from International Medical Informatics Association
    http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/attachments/20130125/469ed997/IMIArequesttoALAC-0001.pdf 

    Request to consider an Objection for the “.health” new gTLDs

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This note is to request the ALAC to consider filing an objection for the applications for the “.health” new gTLD, on Community objection grounds. Currently there are five applications for “.health”, four of which are in English and one in Chinese script. These five proposals are seen as problematic by the global health community for the following reasons:

    1. None of the applicants demonstrates that the name will be operated in the public interest.
    2. None of the applicants demonstrates adequate consumer protection mechanisms.
    3. All of the applicants are commercial in nature and none represent the health community.

     

    Basis for Community Opposition to the ‘.health’ TLD applications

    In 2012, a number of stakeholders expressed concerns about the creation of the new “.health” gTLD by current applicants and requested that its allocation, in all UN languages, be postponed to allow for the consultation of global health stakeholders. Examples include:

    • The governments of France and Mali have issued ‘Early Warnings’ for the five “.health” applications
     

    • A number of NGOs in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) have posted Comments on the ICANN Public Forum and written to ICANN and the Government Advisory Committee (GAC)

    • WHO has written to ICANN and the GAC 

     • The European Commission has issued a letter to ICANN, noting ‘.health’ among others, as a sensitive string 
    (http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/steneberg-to-icann-boardannexes-27nov12-en

    The concern of the Community is along the following lines:
     

    • The “.health” TLD should be a trusted resource for health, in particular to counter current international challenges such as fraud, identity theft, illicit sale of pharmaceuticals, security, protection of minors and so on. 
    • There is no guarantee that the new “.health” TLD will be operated in the interest of global public health and consumer protection.
    • The “.health” TLD without the adequate quality assurance and consumer protection mechanisms in place will undermine credibility and harm the growth of the health online market place. An open and unrestricted TLD will help to bypass regulatory controls creating new risks for the whole industry sector. 
    • Developing countries will suffer the most in this scenario, due to their difficulties in enforcing national policies to regulate, monitor, and stop fraud and misuse. 


    We have read the conditions for Community Objection grounds, and believe there are sufficient grounds on which to make an objection. We would be pleased to provide further detailed information, based on an analysis of the applications and with the health community, to support the Objection, should you decide to proceed.

     

    Best regards,

     

    Antoine Geissbuhler
    President of the International Medical Informatics Association

  2. Email received from Antonine Geissbuhler, International Medical Informatics Association: http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-February/000326.html

    Dear Dev,
    Please find attached an Overview file and the Health Community Objection Table, as requested.

    Health Community Objection 20 Feb 2013.pdf

    Health Community Objection table.pdf

  3. Question from Garth Bruen. gTLD RG member

    "Dev,

    In reviewing the details of this objection in preparation for the RG statement I have come to some curious questions. The IMIA did not file an objection to .MEDICAL which is a word that actually appears in title of the International Medical Informatics Association. The .MEDICAL application is also by Donuts, so all of the IMIA's objections to the Donuts .HEALTH application would not only apply to .MEDICAL and in a more targeted sense. .MEDICAL is also uncontested which would make the objection less complicated. A similar question could be asked about the .HEALTHCARE application, also an uncontested Donuts application. I am interested in knowing why "health" is more important or potentially harmful than these other strings (also .DENTIST, .DENTAL, .DOCTOR, .HOSPITAL, .SURGERY).

    Thanks"

     

    1. Reply from Antoine Geissbuhler : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-February/000353.html


      Dear Dev,
      Apologies for the late answer, but I was travelling in poorly connected areas. We had discussions about the issue of the many names that are related to health and healthcare,
      not even considering their possible translations. IMIA's priority is to make sure that one TLD can be protected and identified as a
      safer place for health information. The name is well within the scope of IMIA's mission, and meets the need to preserve
      the name for the global health community. Regarding the other names mentioned,
      some are also facing the issue that they may be regulated in some
      countries, e.g., .doctor, .dentist, but these names are all too limited and specialized
      to be a good fit for IMIA to object to (even medical). I hope that this clarification helps,
      With kind regards, Antoine Geissbuhler
  4. Message from Célia Boyer, Executive Director Health On the Net : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-March/000393.html

    Attachment : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/attachments/20130306/33a49e3f/06-March_2013_Objection_support_docHealth_HON_NGO-0001.pdf


    Dear Sir or Madam, Please find attached the official letter from the Health On the Net, an NGO organisation which support*s highly** At-Large New gTLD Review Group for *_*considering filling an Objection to the 5 proposed .health gTLD applications (including the .health application in Chinese).*_ Thank you very much for your consideration. Yours sincerely Célia Boyer Executive Director Health On the Net -- ______________________________________________________ CéliaBOYER Executive Director *H*ealth *O*n the *N*et Foundation NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Tél: +41 22 3726250 - Fax: +41 22 3728885 - Web: http://www.HealthOnNet.org
  5. Email from David Abreu, COHRED - Council on Health Research for Development : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-March/000397.html

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    
    
    
    I am writing on behalf of the Council on Health Research for Development –
    COHRED, an international not-for-profit organisation with the mission to
    improve health, equity and development by supporting countries to develop
    strong research and innovation systems. We work globally, but prioritise
    low and middle income countries.
    
    
    It has come to our attention that you are considering filing an Objection
    to the 5 proposed .health gTLD applications (including the .health
    application in Chinese).
    
    
    We share the concerns of the International Medical Informatics Association
    as noted in their letter of 25 January 2013:
    
    ü  The ".health" TLD should be a trusted resource for health, in particular
    to counter current international challenges such as fraud, identity theft,
    illicit sale of pharmaceuticals, security, protection of minors and so on.
    
    
    
    ü  There is no guarantee that the new ".health" TLD will be operated in the
    interest of global public health and consumer protection.
    
    
    
    ü  The ".health" TLD without the adequate quality assurance and consumer
    protection mechanisms in place will undermine credibility and harm the
    growth of the health online market place. An open and unrestricted TLD will
    help to bypass regulatory controls creating new risks for the whole
    industry sector.
    
    
    
    ü  Developing countries will suffer the most in this scenario, due to their
    difficulties in enforcing national policies to regulate, monitor, and stop
    fraud and misuse.
    
    
    We hereby lend the voice of COHRED and our country partners to this
    Objection.
    
    
    
    Sincerely,
    
    -- 
    
    *David Abreu, MBA*
    *Head
    Web for Development
    Geneva
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    Skype: david_abreu
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  6. Email from Martine Berger, Health Innovation in Practice : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-March/000398.html

    Attachment : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/attachments/20130307/6fc6a2b6/DGHletterobjectiondothealth_March2013-0001.docx


    Please find attached a letter of support for filing an objection to the 5 proposed ".health" TLD applications. We thank you in advance for your consideration, On behalf of the Democratising Global Health Coalition Martine Berger, MD, PhD, MPH Director, Health Innovation in Practice Ecumenical Centre 1-5 route des Morillons 1211 Genève Suisse Tel: +41 22 7989852 Mob:+41 78 6280176 mberger at hip3.org skype: berger.hip
  7. Email from Vanda Scartezini http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-March/000398.html

     

    I am becoming a little worry about these objections to common names. I saw
    health for instance. The complaint states:
    
    1.   None of the applicants demonstrates that the name will be operated in
    the public interest.
    
    2.   None of the applicants demonstrates adequate consumer protection
    mechanisms.
    
    3.   All of the applicants are commercial in nature and none represent the
    health community.
    
    Well, who said it cannot be a commercial?  Who said was mandatory to
    represent any community?  Why they need to operate in the public interest
    and not in the private one? And besides, NET, for instance, that is also a
    word in English, now in all languages, has the same approach, and does not
    follow any of the statements above.  Where is the fairness of the process? 
    
    The number of objection like this one is becoming big and if ICANN  doesn’t
    make a move  to  clarify the rights of these applicants, I believe ICANN
    will be sued  from many fronts, and more relevant, we will NOT have any
    competition at all, since only common names have any attraction to the
    public to jump and buy a domain under that name, others are brands.
    
    That was the main intention of this new gTLD program, that may risk to be
    lost.
    
    I am  really becoming worried about the way things are going.  We cannot
    dismiss applicants for issues they were not supposed to commit under their
    application to new gTLD program.
    
    In time, I did not applied for any gTLD, so my comment  is because I am not
    seeing any fair approach in these complains. 
    
    All the best, 
    
    Vanda Scartezini
    Polo Consultores Associados 
    IT Trend
    Avenida Paulista 1159 cj 1004
    01311-200 São Paulo,SP, Brasil
    Tel + 5511 3266.6253
    Mob + 5511 98181.1464
    
     
  8. Email from Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organizationhttp://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-March/000400.html

    Dear Sirs,
    
    Following the extensive exchange of comments between Eric Brunner-Williams and DotHealth LLC, 
    the World Health Organization (“WHO”) would like to clarify that WHO does not and will not endorse
    or support any particular applicant for .health. WHO has engaged in informative dialogue with
    all applicants with a view to ensuring that the names and acronyms of WHO and its Regional Offices
    will be appropriately protected at the second level within the .health TLD, should it be delegated,
    and with a view to understanding whether and how the applicants are proposing to operate
    the .health TLD in the interest of global public health. However, WHO has not entered into any consultative or advisory process with any of the applicants
    on the development of their policies, commitments or applications in general. Representations by any applicant in that regard would be incorrect and misleading. For the avoidance of doubt, WHO should also like to clarify that the WHO Executive Board
    has not adopted any resolution, 10.5 or otherwise, on the .health TLD and/or the possible engagement
    of WHO with any of the applicants. On another related note, WHO notes that the
    string "健康<http://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/viewstatus:viewapplicationdetails/450>" has
    been translated as “healthy” instead of “health”, and that this difference is used to argue that the
    objection should not proceed. WHO should like to inform the ALAC that the official
    WHO translation of "健康<http://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/viewstatus:viewapplicationdetails/450>"
    is “health” in English. In French it is “santé”, and in Spanish “salud”.
    WHO would therefore ask that the ALAC reconsiders the
    translation of "健康<http://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/viewstatus:viewapplicationdetails/450>" and
    use instead the official WHO translation in determining whether the Objection should proceed or not. We thank you very much for your attention. Best regards, Dr Marie-Paule Kieny Assistant Director-General Health Systems and Innovation World Health Organization Avenue Appia 20 CH1211-Genève 27 Switzerland Tel: +41 22 791 35 91 Fax: +41 22 791 49 09 E-mail: kienym at who.int<mailto:kienym at who.int>
  9. Email from Prof. S. Yunkap Kwankam, PhD | Executive Director, International Scoiety for Telemedicine and eHealth ISfTeH) :
    http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/2013-March/000407.html

    Attachment : http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/newgtldrg/attachments/20130311/81bb8d7f/LettertoICANNatLargeCommMarch2013-0001.pdf

     

    Dear Sir / Madame,
    
    We hereby lend our voice to the objection to the 5 proposed .health gTLD applications by At-Large New gTLD Review Group - see attached letter. Thank for you consideration.
    
    regards,
    
    Yunkap
    Prof. S. Yunkap Kwankam, PhD | Executive Director, International Scoiety for Telemedicine and eHealth ISfTeH)
    Chemin des Champs-Blancs 94 | 1279 Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland
    Phone: +41 22 796 6238 | Cell: +41 79 369 0998 | Web: www.isfteh.org