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Welcome to Revised Excerpts of New gTLD Applicant Guidebook (DAG) Public Comment Forum

Open: 31 May 3009 (UTC)

Closed: 20 July 2009 (UTC)

This public comment page exists to collect input on the New gTLDs Draft Applicant Guidebook "Excerpts" and additional "Explanatory Memoranda". All materials are in draft form for public comment and review. Since these are not the final documents, applicants should not rely on the details contained in the document since they remains subject to further consultation and revision.

How to participate?

To submit a comment, send a message to the email address that corresponds to the issue on which you would like to comment as indicated on the table below. After you send your message, you will receive an email message containing a confirmation link. You must click on the confirmation link in the message in order to complete the submission of your comment.

Draft Applicant Guidebook Explanatory Memoranda (EM) E-mail for Comments Comments Fora

Full Draft Applicant Guidebook

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Module 1
Introduction to New gTLDs Application Process

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Module 2
Evaluation Procedures

Module 3
Dispute Resolution Procedures

Module 4
String Contention Procedures


Module 5
Transition to Delegation
Module 6
Application Terms and Conditions
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ICANN continues to release draft documents about the New gTLD application process in order to collect input from the Internet Community.

The Draft Applicant Guidebook Version 1 (DAG v1) was released in October 2008, with six initial explanatory memoranda. ICANN subsequently posted an Analysis Report on DAG v1 [PDF, 592K] of the initial comments.

The Draft Applicant Guidebook Version 2 (DAG v2) was released in February 2009 with additional five explanatory memoranda. The Analysis Report on DAG v2 can be found at [PDF, 1,555K].

Your comments on the excerpts and explanatory memoranda presented here will help with the production of the Draft Applicant Guidebook Version 3 (DAG v3), expected to be released in Q3 2009. These document have been broken down into the six individual modules that correspond to the Draft Applicant Guidebook structure for better understanding.

ICANN continues to balance the need to progress with the new gTLD program with community concerns on specific aspects of the program, and with that in mind, the program is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2010.

There are few overarching issues identified during the first public comment period that require further community consultation. ICANN is taking steps to engage interested parties in dialogue to address these broader issues relating to the introduction of new gTLDs, such as the overall demand for new gTLDs, trademark protection, security and stability concerns relating to root zone capacity, and the potential for increased malicious behavior on the Internet. These discussions will be undertaken concurrently with progressing the work to develop subsequent versions of the Draft Applicant Guidebook. For additional information on overarching issues, please go to Overarching issues wiki. Information on live global events about the program and in person discussions on the overarching issues can be found at New gTLD program webpage:

The current public comment period will last for at least forty-five (45) days. As the materials become available in five (5) additional languages - Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish - there will be an opportunity to comment in these additional languages for at least 45 days.

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