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Independent Objector (IO) Launches Objection on New Applied-for gTLDs

Imran Ahmed Shah

Independent Objector (IO) has lodged objections on 24 new Applied-for gTLD (name scripts) before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on 12th March 2013. IO has exercised his important role and functionality in favor of Public interests on the grounds of Limited Public Interest and Community.

New gTLD name scripts .Med, .Health, .Hospital, .Amazon, .Indians are included in the list of objections filed. However non of the exclusively adult-content TLDs is included in the list of the Objection Filed by the IO. For many communities, such TLDs that promote pornographic content are a disgrace and an offensive to their religions and social norms.

IO role was introduced by ICANN, who has to act solely in the best interests of global Internet users to look after their concern. IO only could file an objection, when at least one opposing comment is received from public and in cases where no other objection has been filed. The IO may file a Limited Public Interest objection against an application even if a Community objection has been filed, and vice versa. The IO has to remain Independent and neither ICANN staff nor the ICANN Board of Directors has authority to direct or require the IO to file or not file any particular objection. If the IO determines that an objection should be filed, he or she will initiate and prosecute the objection in the public interest. The responsibility for the selection of IO was delegated to M/s Odgers Berndtson. On 14 May 2012 ICANN finally announced the appointment of Professor Alain Pellet as the person who has to serve as the Independent Objector. IO has initiated notices of early warning to highly objectionable applications, however, IO has withdrawn from most of its objections. IO has reserved his right to file any formal objection, until the last date of objections submission, i.e. 13th March 2013. Exercising the role the Independent Objector (IO) lodged 24 Objections on new Applied for gTLD Names where the public opposing comments are already available. Separate objection are filed before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

The following list of objections will be examined by experts' panels appointed by the ICC and in light of the New gTLD Dispute Resolution Procedure from ICANN, the ICANN gTLD Applicant Guidebook, the ICC Rules for Expertise, the Appendix III to the ICC Rules for Expertise and the ICC Practice Note on the Administration of Cases.

Community Objections (filed by the Independent Objector):

Applied-for gTLD string(Applicant)Application ID
.Health (Afilias Limited) 1-868-3442
.Health (dot Health Limited) 1-1178-3236
.Health (DotHealth, LLC) 1-1684-6394
.Health (Goose Fest, LLC) 1-1489-82287
.Healthcare (Silver Glen, LLC) 1-1492-32589
.Hospital (Ruby Pike, LLC) 1-1505-15195
.Med (Charleston Road Registry Inc.) 1-1139-2965
.Med (DocCheck AG) 1-1320-21500
.Med (HEXAP SAS) 1-1192-28569
.Med (Medistry LLC) 1-907-38758
.Medical (Steel Hill, LLC) 1-1561-23663

Limited Public Interest Objections (filed by the Independent Objector):

Applied-for gTLD string(Applicant)Application ID
.Health(Afilias Limited)1-868-3442
.Health(dot Health Limited)1-1178-3236
.Health(DotHealth, LLC)1-1684-6394
.Health(Goose Fest, LLC)1-1489-82287
.Healthcare(Silver Glen, LLC)1-1492-32589
.Hospital(Ruby Pike, LLC)1-1505-15195
.Med(Charleston Road Registry Inc.)1-1139-2965
.Med(DocCheck AG)1-1320-21500
.Med(HEXAP SAS)1-1192-28569
.Med(Medistry LLC)1-907-38758
.Medical(Steel Hill, LLC) 1-1561-23663

By Imran Ahmed Shah, IT Consultant

Related topics: Domain Names, ICANN, Internet Governance, Top-Level Domains

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