- New gTLD database
MarkMonitor letter over digital archery
The following letter was sent by MarkMonitor to ICANN on 7 June 2012 over plans to batch new gTLD applications through a 'digital archery' method. It was published the following day on the company's blog.
MarkMonitor Asks ICANN to Reconsider Batching and Allow Community to Provide Input
Yesterday, MarkMonitor sent the following letter to ICANN requesting that they
- reconsider batching
- allow the community to provide guidance after the list of applications has been revealed, and
- unambiguously clarify whether "Digital Archery" technology solutions provided by third-parties are allowed
To: New gTLD Program Committee
Re: New gTLD Batching and "Digital Archery"
June 7, 2012
With much at stake for new gTLD Applicants, we respectfully request that the ICANN Board considers delaying the application batching process which is scheduled to begin tomorrow, June 8th, so that the following concerns may be addressed, prior to, and at the ICANN Meeting in Prague.
Reconsider Whether Batching is Necessary
While it is understandable that not all 1900+ applications cannot be simultaneously processed, why not just wait until all applications have completed the Initial Evaluation before announcing results. Why should some TLDs receive the benefit of being delegated before others?
Allow the Community to Provide Guidance on Batching after the "Big Reveal"
If batching is even required, allow the Community to see the entire list of applications so that they can provide meaningful feedback. It may become apparent that certain types of strings should be processed together.
Unambiguously Clarify Whether "Digital Archery" Technology Solutions Provided by Third-Parties are Allowed
ICANN reserves the right to delay an application to the last batch or to reject an application entirely if ICANN reasonably determines that the applicant abused the batching system or intentionally interfered with the performance of the system or any other applicant's use of the system." – "Batching Details" document.
We appreciate your consideration on this matter.