Public Comment

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Name: Dirk Krischenowski
Date:17 Mar 2024
Affiliation: dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG
Other Comments

dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the draft sections of the Next Round Applicant Guidebook (AGB). We are Registry Operator of the .berlin TLD. We’ve been involved in the matter of geographic top-level domains from the very beginning of the discussion in 2005. With this background, we would like to provide the following feedback:

1. Is the proposed Next Round Applicant Guidebook language for Predictability Framework consistent with the relevant SubPro Final Report recommendations for Topic 2: Predictability Framework?
7. Is the proposed Next Round Applicant Guidebook language for Geographic Names consistent with relevant SubPro Final Report recommendations for Topic 21: Reserved Names and Work Track 5 Final Report to the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group?

If no, please explain.

We would like to point out that no protocols or other relevant documents on decisions from the 2012 Geographic Name Panel are publicly available. Such documents would illustrate to new gTLD applicants how the Geographic Name Panel made decisions on the various strings that were identical to geographic names. In this context, it is hard to assess whether the proposed language is consistent with the relevant recommendations and further information and clarification form ICANN org would be appreciated to make a final assessment. The absence of essential information leaves a bitter aftertaste when it comes to the transparency of the classification of geographic top-level domains.

Summary of Submission

Missing information about the Geographic Names Panel decisions in the 2012 nTLD round leaves many questions unanswered.