Purpose: This public comment proceeding is being opened in order to obtain input on the Community Comment 2 (CC2) questionnaire developed by the GNSO's Policy Development Process Working Group that is evaluating what changes or additions need to be made to existing new gTLD policy recommendations.
Current Status: This CC2 questionnaire is posted for public comment as supported by the GNSO Operating Procedures.
Next Steps: Following review of public comments received on this questionnaire, the Working Group will integrate public comments received in developing its recommendations for inclusion in its Initial Report.
Section I: Description and Explanation
The GNSO's New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Working Group (WG), which was chartered by the GNSO Council to conduct a Policy Development Process (PDP), is seeking to determine what, if any changes may need to be made to the existing Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains policy recommendations from 8 August 2007 as well as the final Applicant Guidebook dated June 2012. As the original policy recommendations as adopted by the GNSO Council and ICANN Board have "been designed to produce systemized and ongoing mechanisms for applicants to propose new top-level domains", those policy recommendations remain in place for subsequent rounds of the New gTLD Program unless the GNSO Council would decide to modify those policy recommendations via a policy development process. The PDP WG began its deliberations by preliminarily considering a set of 6 subjects that it considers high level and foundational in nature (which the PDP WG called overarching issues). The PDP WG has already sought community input on those overarching issues in the form of Community Comment 1. The PDP WG has since created 4 work tracks that are responsible for considering the remaining subjects within its charter and is now seeking input on those subjects as part of the working group's second Community Comment process (or CC2).
The subjects that the PDP WG's four work tracks are considering at this stage are listed below. Each subject and specific questions on which the PDP WG seeks your input are included in the Community Comment 2 Questionnaire [PDF, 342 KB] document. Your input is critical in enabling these subjects to be considered fully and achieving a thoughtful outcome, which could include new policy recommendations, amendments to existing policy recommendations, or implementation guidance to be considered in the future. The PDP WG recognizes that this survey is extensive and understands that respondents may want to only provide answers to certain questions that relate to its own particular interests or concerns. The subjects, as identified in this WG's charter, are:
Work Track 1:
|1.1||Registry Services Provider Accreditation Programs|
|1.3||Clarity of Application Process|
|1.6||Application Submission Period|
Work Track 2:
|2.1||Base Registry Agreement|
|2.5||Applicant Terms and Conditions|
|2.6||Registrar Non Discrimination & Registry / Registrar Separation|
|2.9||Global Public Interest|
Work Track 3:
|3.2||New gTLD Applicant Freedom of Expression|
|3.3||Community Applications and Community Priority Evaluations|
|3.4||String Similarity (Evaluations)|
Work Track 4:
|4.1||Internationalized Domain Names|
|4.5||Security and Stability|
To enhance the PDP WG's ability to consider all comments received, the PDP WG would like to encourage all commenters to reference the specific question number, where applicable, when providing their responses.
Section II: Background
In June of 2014, the GNSO Council created the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Discussion Group, which was focused on reflecting upon the experiences gained from the 2012 New gTLD round and identifying a recommended set of subjects that should be further analyzed in an Issue Report. At the ICANN53 meeting, the GNSO Council approved a motion to request that an Issue Report be drafted by ICANN staff, basing the report on the set of deliverables developed by the Discussion Group, to further analyze issues identified and help determine if changes or adjustments are needed for subsequent new gTLD procedures. The Final Issue Report [PDF, 1.38 MB] was submitted to the GNSO Council for its consideration on 4 December 2015 and a PDP on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures was initiated on 17 December 2015. The PDP WG has been meeting on a regular basis since February 2016.
Section III: Relevant Resources
Section IV: Additional Information