[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN News on Regsitry Service, dot post, Request for candidates for RFP on new gTLDs,

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 11:13:56 SAST 2007

News Alert

ICANN Completes Renewal of Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel

6 September 2007

ICANN is pleased to announce that 23 members of the Registry Services
Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP) have agreed to serve for an additional
year. On 30 August 2006, ICANN announced the original members of the RSTEP,
the panel of technical experts created to provide guidance to ICANN on
security and stability issues during the review of registry services
proposals under the Registry Services Evaluation Policy (
http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-30aug06.htm). RSTEP members
serve for one year terms, renewable for additional years subject to the
mutual agreement of ICANN and the RSTEP members.

In 2006, RSTEP Review Teams issued two reports on registry services
proposals. The first report was issued on 2 November 2006 on the Tralliance
search.travel wildcard proposal (
http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/tralliance_report.pdf [PDF, 245K]). The
second report was issued on 4 December 2006 on Global Name Registry's
proposal for the limited release of two-character names in .NAME (
789K]). No RSTEP reviews have been conducted in 2007.

Information on the Registry Services Evaluation Process and previous
requests is available at http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/.

The members of the Panel are:

Len Bayles (ICM Registry; USA)

Rob Blokzijl (RIPE; Netherlands)

Jordyn Buchanan (Google; USA)

Lyman Chapin (Chair; Interisle Consulting Group; USA)

Mouhamet Diop (NEXT SA; Senegal)

Patrik Fältström (Cisco; USA)

Jayantha Fernando (LK Domain Name Registry; Sri Lanka)

Tony Harris (CABASE; Argentina)

Paul Hoffman (VPN Consortium; USA)

Hiro Hotta (JPRS; Japan)

Johan Ihrén (Autonomica; Sweden)

Rodney Joffe (UltraDNS/NeuStar; USA)

Mark Kosters (Verisign; USA)

Glenn Kowack (Consultant; USA)

Lars-Johan Liman (Autonomica; Sweden)

Kurtis Lindqvist (Internet Technology Advisors; Sweden)

Cricket Liu (Infoblox; USA)

Mark McFadden (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; USA)

Paul Mockapetris (Nominum; USA)

Russ Mundy (SPARTA; USA)

Frederico Neves (NIC .br; Brazil)

Mike St. Johns (Nominum; USA)

Andrew Sullivan (Afilias; Canada)

News Alert

ICANN Posts Communication from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Regarding
its Sponsorship of the .POST Top-Level Domain

ICANN Continues Negotiations with UPU for .POST sTLD

6 September 2007

The attached communication from the
193K] describes aspects of its intended sponsorship of the .POST
sponsored top-level domain. ICANN and the UPU have entered into negotiations
intended to result in the delegation of the .POST registry. This outreach by
the UPU is intended to inform the community about proposed aspects of the
UPU's business model and requested contractual agreement. These proposals
are based upon the UPU's vision for adding significant value to: the DNS,
its member states and their designated operators1 of postal services, and
the recipients of postal services. Certain aspects of these terms relate to
the UPU's status as an intergovernmental organization (IGO) comprised of
member states and as specialized agency of the United Nations.

Significantly, this outreach invites public examination and comment at an
early stage of the negotiation. Negotiations will continue and comments made
regarding this material will be taken into account as they are received.

Comments on the UPU communication may be posted to
stld-rfp-post at icann.organd viewed at

[1] Designated Operator (DO): any governmental or non-governmental entity
officially designated by the member country to operate postal services and
to fulfill the obligations arising out of the Acts of the Union on its

For example in the UK it is Royal Mail , in the USA it is US Postal Service
(USPS), in Brazil it is Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos, in
Kazakhstan it's Kazpost, in Malaysia it's Pos Malaysia Bhd, in Botswana it's
Botswana Post, and in Ghana it is Ghana Postal Services Corporation.

News Alert

ICANN Solicits Candidates to Develop Request for Proposals for New gTLDs

6 September 2007

ICANN is posting this statement of work as part of its anticipated program
for delegation of new generic top-level domains. ICANN is seeking to engage
a provider to develop in detail important portions of the new gTLD
evaluation process. That is, the selected provider will develop the new gTLD
request for proposals (RFP) process and document. This will become the
process that applicants for new gTLDs will follow and that will describe the
evaluation process of those applications.

The statement of work may be viewed

Candidate providers are requested to:

   - submit a statement of interest by 21 September 2007,
   - submit a proposal no later than 8 October 2007 that is responsive to
   the statement of work and includes proposed scope, schedule and pricing

Statements of interest and proposals should be submitted via email to Craig
Schwartz at rfpgtlds at icann.org. Statements of interest and proposals will be
acknowledged by return email.

ICANN will post answers to questions received regarding the statement of
work through 28 September 2007, at
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