Purpose: This public comment proceeding is being opened in order to obtain input on the Supplemental Initial Report of the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group, which is chartered to evaluate what changes or additions need to be made to existing new gTLD policy recommendations. The Working Group issued its first Initial Report, containing the output of the Working Group on the Overarching Issues as well as preliminary recommendations and questions for community feedback from Work Tracks 1-4, on 3 July 2018. This Supplemental Report contains additional issues that were deemed to warrant additional deliberations by the Working Group.
Current Status: This Supplemental Initial Report is being posted for public comment as supported by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Operating Procedures.
Next Steps: Following review of public comments received, the Working Group will integrate public comments received as it works towards recommendations for inclusion in its Final Report.
Section I: Description and Explanation
The GNSO's New 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 created 5 Work Tracks that are responsible for considering the subjects within its charter. The PDP Working Group sought community input through two community comment periods. The Working Group issued its first Initial Report, containing the output of the Working Group on the Overarching Issues as well as preliminary recommendations and questions for community feedback from Work Tracks 1-4, on 3 July 2018. This Supplemental Report contains additional issues that were deemed to warrant additional deliberations by the Working Group. Work Track 5, focused on Geographic Names at the Top-Level, was established later than the other Work Tracks and will produce a separate Initial Report.
The objective of this Supplemental Report is to document the Working Group's deliberations on several additional topics not covered in the Initial Report and preliminary recommendations, potential options for recommendations, as well as specific questions for which the Working Group is seeking input. As was the case with the Working Group's Initial Report, this Supplemental Initial Report does not contain a "Statement of level of consensus for the recommendations presented in the Initial Report." The Co-Chairs not only believed that it was premature to measure the level of consensus of the Working Group members on recommendations contained within the Supplemental Report, but that doing so could have the unintended consequence of locking Working Group members into positions of support or opposition prior to soliciting public comment from the community on those recommendations. To form such definitive positions at this early of a stage could have the adverse effect of being less open to modifications to those positions as a result of community input.
Any language in this report that suggests that the Working Group is making a recommendation should be read as merely a rough assessment by the Working Group co-chairs.
After a comprehensive review of public comments received on this report, the Working Group will deliberate further on the preliminary recommendations contained within this Supplemental Initial Report. It is possible that as a result of the deliberations, the Working Group may seek additional public comments. The Co-Chairs will conduct a formal consensus call on all recommendations before the Working Group issues its Final Report.
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 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
- Working Group Supplemental Report
- Annex B – Table of Preliminary Recommendations, Options and Questions for Community Input (PDF, XLSX)
- Executive Summary of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP WG Supplemental Report