[AfrICANN-discuss] Domain Name Tasting - Please take the survey

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 16:14:08 SAST 2007

Dear All:

A Request for Information has been posted by the ad-hoc group formed by the
GNSO Council to look at Domain Tasting. The announcement can  be found
at:  http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-2-10aug07.htm

In particular, an easy-to-use survey of the questions in the Request For
Information (RFI) is  available in the BigPulse voting/polling system. This
makes it quick and easy to
register your answers to the RFI.

This can be found at: https:// <https:///> www.bigpulse.com/872i

Real-time results from the survey are also publicly available at:

We hope that many in the community will take the time to register their
views and provide any suggestions of additional  sources of information to
be analysed while the RFI is open - it  closes 15th September.


Background info<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=e68jwbcab.0.rhwdddcab.xrsqb6bab.183&ts=S0263&p=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.icann.org%2Fissues%2Fdomain-name-tasting>

One sure sign of the growing maturity of the domain name system is the
speculative market that has grown up around domains. But is this market a
sign of health, the result of a loophole that needs to be closed, or
somewhere in between?

An Issues Report<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=e68jwbcab.0.uhwdddcab.xrsqb6bab.183&ts=S0263&p=http%3A%2F%2Fgnso.icann.org%2Fissues%2Fdomain-tasting%2Fgnso-domain-tasting-report-14jun07.pdf>on
domain tasting was produced for the San Juan ICANN meeting where it
discussed in a number of sessions - including a
the issue.

There is no simple solution however and the GNSO Council declined to launch
a formal policy development process (PDP) into it, delaying a decision until
September in order to provide time for more research to be carried out. An
ad hoc group will draft a focused terms of reference for the possible PDP.

A GNSO process isn't the only route however: ICANN staff pointed out that
domain tasting may also be tackled through the ICANN Budget process;
registry contractual changes; and the approval of new registry services.

Each change would be aimed at removing the financial incentive that
currently exists for companies to register and then "drop" tens of thousands
of domain names every day.

Key date:

September: GNSO Council discussion on whether to launch domain tasting PDP
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