ICANN seeks Independent Objector ahead of new gTLD applications in 2012


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking expressions of interest from persons or organizations to serve as the Independent Objector (IO) for the New gTLD programme next year.

The IO is meant to act in the public interest when determining whether to file an objection to a given application for a new gTLD and the move is part of ICANN’s mission to preserve the operational security and stability of the internet while promoting competition and choice for Internet users.

With the upcoming launch of the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) programme, the internet community will see the introduction of a number of gTLDs. The programme protects certain interests and rights by providing a path for parties to file formal objections to gTLD applications on certain grounds.

One component of the objection process is providing for an IO who will object to gTLD applications that would be contrary to the public interest if approved. In light of this public interest goal, the IO can file objections on various Limited Public Interest and Community grounds.

According to ICANN stipulations, limited public interest refers to when the applied-for gTLD string is contrary to generally accepted legal norms of morality and public order that are recognized under international principles of law.

Community Objection, on the other hand, refers to instances when there is substantial opposition to the gTLD application from a significant portion of the community to which the gTLD string may be explicitly or implicitly targeted.

Candidates for the IO are required to describe in their Expressions of Interest (EOI) how they meet the stipulated or highly desired skills and experience outlined in the Position Description.

Candidates are also asked to submit any additional information they think should be considered when selecting the IO with the deadline for EOI being December 22 2011. The Expressions of Interest should be submitted to IO@icann.org.