Yesterday, MarkMonitor sent the following letter to ICANN requesting that they 1)reconsider batching, 2) allow the community to provide guidance after the list of applications has been revealed, and 3) unambiguously clarify whether “Digital Archery” technology solutions provided by third-parties are allowed.
June 7, 2012
Attn: New gTLD Program Committee
Re: New gTLD Batching and Digital Archery”
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.