July 18, 2013
ICANN47 GAC Communiqué – GAC Advice
Durban, South Africa, The Government Advisory Committee delivered its GAC Communique to the ICANN Board and Community. The following excerpt is in favor of The DotGreen Community, Inc. application, and is the second time the GAC has made it clear that for the public’s interest, the ICANN Board must listen to this repeated GAC Advice:
7. b. Community Applications
i. The GAC reiterates its advice from the Beijing Communiqué regarding preferential treatment for all applications which have demonstrable community support, while noting community concerns over the high costs for pursuing a Community Objection process as well as over the high threshold for passing Community Priority Evaluation.
ii. Therefore the GAC advises the ICANN Board to: a. Consider to take better account of community views, and improve outcomes for communities, within the existing framework, independent of whether those communities have utilized ICANN’s formal community processes to date.
This directly affects the .green TLD Contention set of four applications. Only one application has 100% of the community support posted in the public comments forum. The others are portfolio new TLD registry operators, each lacking community support for their .green applications. None of the portfolio companies originated from the green community, are active in the green community, or serve the people in the green community. None of these applicants have partnered their initiative with a Public Benefit Not-for profit Foundation. The DotGreen Community, Inc. and its application has the trust and support of the green community. The DotGreen application and business model is one made of collaboration with the green community, and is partnered with the DotGreen Foundation and with EarthShare.
The GAC has made it very clear for the second time on this issue that the public’s interest and Public Benefit is important to the governments of the world. After the issuance of the Beijing GAC Communique, ICANN appeared to misinterpret the GAC’s advice on this issue. It is clear now that the GAC has reiterated its advice on this issue for the second time – to correct ICANN and to avoid any confusion or misinterpretation by the NGPC, and the ICANN Board. The GAC makes it clear that it wants ICANN to improve outcomes of new gTLDs for communities of Internet users who have participated in the multi-stakeholder model. The GAC takes it so far as to advise ICANN to, “…take better account of communities’ views, and improve outcomes for communities,” It is ICANN’s responsibility to make all its decisions in the public’s interest as is distinctly specified in the Affirmation of Commitments.
Safeguard advice on the basis of categories of strings
The GAC discussions will also proceed on the basis of advice to safeguard categories of strings that raise concerns, or potential concerns, for governments. Six were identified in the GAC Toronto Communique.
April 11, 2013
ICANN46 GAC Communiqué – GAC Advice
Beijing, China, The Government Advisory Committee delivered its GAC Communique to the ICANN Board and the ICANN Community. An excerpt pertaining to Public Interest new gTLDs reads as follows:
Community Support For Applications
1. i. That in those cases where a community, which is clearly impacted by a set of new gTLD applications in contention, has expressed a collective and clear opinion on those applications, such opinion should be duly taken into account, together with all other relevant information.
GAC Advice has been delivered to the ICANN Board. This advice is directly relevant to the .green TLD. It is now up to the ICANN Board to act responsibly to this advice which is in direct consideration of the public interest. The GAC understands that out of four applicants for .green, only one application delivers public benefit, and the public has raised sufficient concern and made it very clear with 100% of the positive comments for .green being in support of The DotGreen Community, Inc. applicant only. Overwhelming notice to ICANN has been delivered through the public comment forum and now through the GAC, – both recognized parts of the new gTLD program and ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model.
The issuance of GAC Advice is an affirmation that all governments have a critical role in the internationalization of the ICANN multi-stakeholder model. More importantly, GAC Advice assures a transparent process for the new gTLD program that supports Global Public Interest. ICANN is reluctant to make policy decisions about an application, yet can accept GAC Advice where appropriate. In such cases where governments are aware of the importance of a new TLD to their citizens, such as in the special case of “GREEN” and the .green TLD, an outcome for the Global Public Interest can be achieved through GAC Advice.
November 20, 2012
Early Warnings Issued by Governmental Advisory Committee for all applicants except DotGreen Community, Inc.
The Government Advisory Committee, (GAC) issued Early Warnings to Top Level Domain Holdings, United TLD (Demand Media), and Afilias for their .green applications. There has been no such Early Warning for DotGreen Community, Inc.
Early Warning Description
This has been posted publicly since November 20, 2012:
This early warning is for three applications for the string .GREEN, they are:
Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
United TLD Holdco Ltd.
This early warning is based on concerns that these 3 applications are not directly involved or focused on the Global Public Benefit of the .GREEN string and could actually cause Detriment to the global Green movement and community due to their possible lack of commitment to sustainable activities.
The reason/fational for the Warning is posted publically on the ICANN site at: https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27131927/Green-CZ-46343.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1353453407000&api=v2
The next step is GAC Advice. GAC Advice may follow upon Early Warnings and could be delivered to applications lacking in or not recognized as being in the Public’s Interest. The issuance of GAC Advice is an affirmation that all governments have a critical role in the internationalization of the ICANN multi-stakeholder model. More importantly, GAC Advice assures a transparent process for the new gTLD program that supports Global Public Interest. ICANN is reluctant to choose to make policy decisions about an application, and so where government concerns arise such as in the special case of the public interest .green TLD, an outcome for the Global Public Interest, the mandate for ICANN can be achieved when ICANN follows GAC Advice.
September 27, 2012
Letters and Public Comments confirm Community Support
The Green Community and citizens from around the world have brought their voice for GREEN for the first time to the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance through the ICANN Public Comments Forum, and the Governmental Advisory Committee. https://gtldcomment.icann.org/applicationcomment/viewcomments
August 12, 2012
Community Support – essential for .green TLD, a public interest TLD.
Many government members and others have already expressed support for DotGreen Community, Inc. in its proposal for the .green Top-Level Domain. We encourage everyone and all GAC members to review DotGreen’s background, activities, business strategy and mission from our ICANN application for .GREEN to evaluate and confirm the authenticity of DotGreen’s plan for the global public interest and the planet.
DotGreen is the founding organization of the world’s first environmental Top-Level Domain and in 2007 was the first to propose the .green new gTLD initiative to both the environmental community and the Internet industry. DotGreen has openly promoted the .green TLD for all and shared its commitment to sustainability and philanthropy, already giving in regions of the world through The DotGreen Foundation and a partnership with EarthShare.
DotGreen Community, Inc.’s Public application posted since June 6, 2012
June 6, 2012
ICANN’s Big Reveal
Despite DotGreen’s overwhelming support from the public, not for profit organizations, and ongoing interaction with the green community, three portfolio competitors from inside the domain industry have unexpectedly applied for this community and globally relevant environmental TLD. The DotGreen Foundation and the DotGreen Community, Inc, are the founding organizations of this initiative, and will continue to pursue the .green TLD to support and forward the best interests of people and planet.