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Eclid members will present to ICANN meeting in Brussels.

ECLID Presentation at the European Parliament June 24th 2010
We organize a presentation of our group followed by a debate on the benefits these initiatives can provide to their communities, as well as to the global net.
This event is addressed to an audience composed of members of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), CENTR (Council of
European National Top Level Domains Registries), MEP’s, and members of
the Comission High Level Group on Internet Governance.

For any further detail, please contact us at info@eclid.eu

ECLID Flyer
All participants at the next ICANN meeting will receive our new flyer.

Cultural and linguistic domains

The phenomenal expansion of the Internet created a large community of 1,5 billion users worldwide. To further promote and enrich its use, Internet has to be made more accessible for all communities, including through the global name space. By introducing in 2006 the .cat, specific to the Catalan community, working on introducing Internationalized Domain Names under a fast track system, and encouraging international representation within its own organization, ICANN has demonstrated its understanding of the need for diversity in the Internet. In order to continue this effort, we suggest that ICANN should take in consideration the specific needs and constraints of new linguistic and cultural based TLD (lcTLD) applicants.

The aim of such TLD is to make the name space of Internet more accessible to our communities and promote the diversity of contents. The example of .cat shows that such registry would operate a modest number of domain names (35,000) compared to commercial gTLD or even well developed ccTLD. Nonetheless, the .cat has demonstrated its economical viability and added value to the name space, given the high percentage of use per domain.

Considering the public interest of Linguistic & Cultural TLD, we therefore suggest that ICANN recognized this specific category of applicants within the Community-Based-designation.

New gTLD Program

Since ICANN was founded ten years ago as a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to coordinating the Internet’s addressing system, one of its foundational principles has been to promote competition in the domain-name marketplace while ensuring Internet security and stability. The expansion will allow for more innovation, choice and change to the Internet’s addressing system, now constrained by only 21 generic top-level domain names. In a world with 1.5 billion Internet users—and growing—diversity, choice and competition are key to the continued success and reach of the global network.

The decision to launch these coming new gTLD application rounds followed a detailed and lengthy consultation process with all constituencies of the global Internet community. Representatives from a wide variety of stakeholders—governments, individuals, civil society, business and intellectual property constituencies, and the technology community—were engaged in discussions for more than 18 months. In October 2007, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)—one of the groups that coordinate global Internet policy at ICANN—completed its policy development work on new gTLDs and approved a set of recommendations. Contributing to this policy work were ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). The culmination of this policy development process was a decision by the ICANN Board of Directors to adopt the community-developed policy in June 2008 at the ICANN meeting in Paris. A thorough brief to the policy process and outcomes can be found at http://gnso.icann.org/issues/new-gtlds/.