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Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation

The leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure globally have met in Montevideo, Uruguay, to consider current issues affecting the future of the Internet.

The Internet and World Wide Web have brought major benefits in social and economic development worldwide. Both have been built and governed in the public interest through unique mechanisms for global multistakeholder Internet cooperation, which have been intrinsic to their success. The leaders discussed the clear need to continually strengthen and evolve these mechanisms, in truly substantial ways, to be able to address emerging issues faced by stakeholders in the Internet.

In this sense:

GAC Communiqué – Durban, South Africa

Durban, 18 July 2013

  1. Introduction
  2. Inter-constituency Activities
  3. Internal Matters
  4. GAC Advice to the Board
    1. New gTLDs
      1. GAC Objections to Specific Applications
      2. Protection of IGO Acronyms
      3. Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent Acronyms
      4. Category 1 Safeguard Advice
      5. Geographic Names and Community Applications
GAC advice: new gTLD safeguards

Below is Annex 1 to the Governmental Advisory Committee's (GAC) communique to the ICANN Board delivered on 11 April 2013 in Beijing. It concerns a series of "safeguards" for new gTLDs.

Safeguards on New gTLDs

The GAC considers that Safeguards should apply to broad categories of strings. For clarity, this means any application for a relevant string in the current or future rounds, in all languages applied for. The GAC advises the Board that all safeguards highlighted in this document as well as any other safeguard requested by the ICANN Board and/or implemented by the new gTLD registry and registrars should:

WSIS+10 Final Statement (25-27 Feb 13)




Ten years ago, the representatives of the peoples of the world, assembled in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005 for the first and second phases of the World Summit on the Information Society adopted a common vision of the Information Society, identified its key principles and outlined the main challenges towards an Information Society for All based on shared Knowledge.

City of New York letter to ICANN re: PIC spec

Corporation Counsel

The City of New York
Law Department
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007

Phone: (212) 788-0959
Fax: (212)571-4600

To: Mr. Fadi Chehadé
President and CEO
6 Rond Point Schuman, Bt. 5
B-1040 Brussels

February 25, 2013

Re: Comments of the City of New York on Proposed Revisions to Registry Agreement

Dear Mr. Chehadé:

The City of New York (the "City" or "NYC") applied in April 2012 to operate .nyc under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numerals ("ICANN") process to introduce new gTLDs.

"Brand Registry Group" letter to ICANN re: PIC spec

Position Paper: Comments on the revised TLD Registry Agreement

Executive summary

The Brand Registry Group – in formation (BRG) makes the following requests in this paper:

a) Extend the deadline for comments until 31 March 2013
b) Create a type 2 Brand Registry Agreement template
c) Establish direct BRG – ICANN dialogue on the detail required to create a Brand Registry Agreement template.

Preliminary Comments

These comments are preliminary. The Brand Registry Group – in formation requests a delay of 30 days ending 31 March 2013 to the deadline for this comment period.

Need for a type 2 Brand Registry Agreement

The proposed Registry Agreement (RA) was written based on the historical experience that top-level domains (TLDs) were of the .com model, sold via Registrars at the second-level to millions of Registrants. This model is unfit-for-purpose for around 637 or 33% of the applications received as these applications are for future top-level domain registry operators:

  • who are the owners of a company or brand that forms their applied for TLD
NTIA letter to ICANN re: PIC spec

The Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
Washington, D.C. 20230

To:Dr. Stephen D. Crocker
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90094-2536

Dear Dr. Crocker:

Feb 26, 2013

On February 3, 2013, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) posted for public comment a revised new generic top-level domain name (gTLD) Registry Agreement that includes certain updates and changes, including a Public Interest Commitments Specification. I am writing to express the strong support of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for this step and commend ICANN for so directly responding to the concerns previously expressed by the members of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), including the United States, regarding the need for new gTLD applicants' commitments to be binding and enforceable. We therefore appreciate the opportunity to offer initial views on these proposals.

WCIT Plenary "vote" on Internet resolution

>> CHAIR: ...
We go now to the primary draft resolution to foster an enabling environment for the greater growth of the Internet. This resolution has been also part of the long discussion and the -- with the Regional groups and this was part of the compromise text that was put forward to you but the meeting was carefully written. It was -- we have taken it in the group, line-by-line, as a matter of fact as a matter of fact, Secretary-General read it line-by-line to the group, and it's put before you for consideration.
I'll proceed with the title. I see no objection. Recognizing A. I see no objection. Recognizing B. Thank you.
Recognizing C. Thank you.
Recognizing D.
>> EGYPT: Yes, we would like to suggest another text for D that reads the following: "Recognizing that the existing arrangements for Internet Governance have worked effectively to make the Internet the highly robust, dynamic and geographically diverse medium it is today, with the private sector taking the lead in day-to-day operation and with innovation and value creation at the edges."
This is paragraph 55 from the Tunis agenda. .
>> CHAIR: Bulgaria?

WTSA Chairman's proposal re: ITU becoming an RIR


Document 117-E

29 November 2012

WTSA Chairman

Chairman’s proposal for draft Revised Resolution 64 regarding “[considering f]”


[f)] that many developing countries want ITU-T to become a registry of IP addresses in order to give the developing countries the option of obtaining IP addresses directly from ITU, whilst other countries prefer to use the current system;

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau,

  1. to conduct a feasibility study on the necessary action that would enable ITU-T to become a registry of IPv6 addresses, in consultation with the relevant bodies, in order to assist those Member States which require support in the management and allocation of IPv6 resources.
  2. to present the report of this study to Council 2013

invites Council 2013

to consider the Director TSB report on this study and submit it for consideration by the Plenipotentiary Conference 2014;

invites Plenipotentiary Conference 2014

European Parliament resolution re: WCIT


B7‑0499/2012 RC1


pursuant to Rule 110(2) and (4), of the Rules of Procedure

replacing the motions by the following groups:

PPE, S&D (B7‑0498/2012)

ALDE, Verts/ALE (B7‑0499/2012)

on the forthcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-2012) of the International Telecommunications Union, and the possible expansion of the scope of international telecommunication regulations


Sabine Verheyen on behalf of the PPE Group; Ivailo Kalfin, Catherine Trautmann, Petra Kammerevert on behalf of the S&D Group; Marietje Schaake on behalf of the ALDE Group; Amelia Andersdotter, Judith Sargentini on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group

European Parliament resolution on the forthcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-2012) of the International Telecommunications Union, and the possible expansion of the scope of international telecommunication regulations