Public Comment

Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.

Proposed Language for Draft Sections of the Next Round Applicant Guidebook

CategoryPolicy
RequestersICANN org
ICANN org Contact(s)jared.erwin@icann.org

What We Need Your Input On

This Public Comment proceeding is the first in a series of proceedings that will seek input from the ICANN community on proposed language for the Applicant Guidebook (AGB) for the New gTLD Program: Next Round.

In this first proceeding, ICANN org published the following draft sections of the AGB:

  • Predictability Framework (based on the outputs from Topic 2 of the Final Report);
  • Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Guidelines (based on the outputs from Topic 8 of the Final Report);
  • Conflicts of Interest Process for Vendors and Subcontractors (based on the outputs from Topic 8 of the Final Report);
  • Applicant Freedom of Expression (based on the outputs from Topic 10 of the Final Report);
  • Universal Acceptance (based on the outputs from Topic 11 of the Final Report);
  • Reserved and Blocked Names (based on outputs from Topic 21 of the Final Report);
  • Geographic Names (Work Track 5 Final Report to the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group);

Specifically, ICANN org is looking for input from the community on whether the proposed language is consistent with the relevant Subsequent Procedures (SubPro) Final Report outputs. It should be noted that the proposed language has been developed in collaboration with the Subsequent Procedures Implementation Review Team.

Proposals For Your Input
Applicant Freedom of Expression (Topic 10) (pdf, 57.65 KB)
Geographic Names (Work Track 5 Final Report) (pdf, 155 KB)
Predictability Framework (Topic 2) (pdf, 431.1 KB)
Reserved and Blocked Names (Topic 21) (pdf, 98.22 KB)
Conflicts of Interest Process for Vendors and Subcontractors (Topic 8) (pdf, 73.58 KB)
Universal Acceptance (Topic 11) (pdf, 70.21 KB)
Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Guidelines (Topic 8) (pdf, 97.4 KB)

Background

On 18 February 2021, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) approved the Final Report on the new gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (Final Report) and transmitted it to the ICANN Board for consideration as required by the ICANN Bylaws. The Final Report presents final recommendations, implementation guidance, and other outputs relating to the Next Round of new gTLDs.

In the 16 March 2023 Board Resolution, the ICANN Board directed ICANN org to begin the implementation on a subset of outputs from the Final Report. Subsequently, an Implementation Review Team (IRT) was formed and, since its first meeting on 16 May 2023, has been assisting ICANN org with implementation of the outputs. The Board has since taken additional action on further subsets of outputs from the Final Report, including on 10 September and 26 October 2023.

Next Steps

ICANN org will prepare a Public Comment Summary and Analysis Report at the conclusion of the comment period. The org will review the comments received in collaboration with the Implementation Review Team (IRT) to determine whether any changes need to be made to the draft sections of the Applicant Guidebook (AGB) as a result of the input received.

Please note that this Public Comment proceeding has been extended by one week (47 days) to accommodate the ICANN79 public meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ICANN will not be accommodating any additional requests for extensions in order to support the timeline to completion of the AGB. As described in the New gTLD Program: Next Round Implementation Plan, a final draft of the AGB is expected to be completed by May 2025, which would leave enough time for a final round of Public Comment as well as Board consideration. All proposed language for the AGB, including the sections put for Public Comment in this proceeding, will go through a final round of Public Comment prior to the launch of the Next Round. As recommended in the SubPro Final Report, ICANN org will publish the final version of the AGB at least four (4) months before the opening of the Next Round application submission period.

More Public Comment proceedings on the language of the remaining sections of the Next Round AGB will be held in the upcoming months as more draft language is developed in collaboration with the IRT.