Sedari's Director of Policy, Governance and Public Affairs Philip Sheppard issued this statement in the public forum session at the ICANN 43rd meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica today.
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"Certainty in business is paramount. This means that certainty in the TLD application process is paramount. Sedari, in its capacity in advising applicants of all types from all over the world has concerns because of uncertainty in the process.
Firstly, a key element of certainty is the dates of the application window. If you tell us the key dates are January 12, March 29, and April 12, please stick to those dates. Anything else adds cost.
Secondly, the trademark clearing house is uncertain. The provider is not yet known, the pricing — relevant to financial projections — is not yet known. Even the detail of its operating rules is not yet known.
Thirdly, the uncertainty created because of the batching issue is dramatically unhelpful. A more creative solution, compliant with Californian lottery law, and fit for purpose is required. An approach that is essentially randomised and compliant is surely possible.
The fourth and final element of uncertainty is more complex. The GAC seems to have an emerging role as a surrogate evaluator. Governments or the GAC have four opportunities to intervene on an individual application. How this plays out remains to be seen. The issue is the uncertainty introduced that is essentially outside the system. This reflects a failure somewhere in our development process. The solution is to work with governments to help resolve their concerns and especially to clear up misunderstandings."
About Sedari – Sedari is a consulting and technology company focusing on TLD operations for applicants who want to run their own registry. Sedari guides new TLD applicants through the entire continuum of ICANN's application process and, most importantly, provides a robust fully outsourced Registry Services Management Platform to help string owners run their top-level domains over the long term. Learn More
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