Cai­ro, 05.11.2008 – Initia­ti­ves for City Top-Level Domains found inte­rest group at ICANN: At the 33rd public ICANN mee­ting which is being held in Cai­ro until Novem­ber 7, dis­cus­sions focus on the Draft Appli­cant Gui­de­book for new gene­ric Top-Level Domains (TLDs). Incre­asing­ly, TLDs for cities (cityTLDs) are being view­ed as par­ti­cu­lar­ly pro­mi­sing. In Cai­ro, the two initia­ti­ves for .ham­burg and .bcn (Bar­ce­lo­na) publicly pre­sen­ted their plans for name­spaces for cities for the first time.

Not­wi­th­stan­ding the dif­fe­rent gover­nan­ce models of the exis­ting initia­ti­ves, they have quite a few com­mon inte­rests and face simi­lar chal­lenges. At the same time, the par­ti­cu­lar issues of the cityTLDs are curr­ent­ly not ade­qua­te­ly repre­sen­ted in the ICANN struc­tu­re. The­r­e­fo­re, the initia­ti­ves for .ber­lin, .bcn, .ham­burg, .nyc and .paris have deci­ded to found an inte­rest group for cityTLDs within ICANN. Dirk Kri­schenow­ski, Foun­der and CEO of dot­BER­LIN, announ­ced this today at the public mee­ting of the GNSO-Coun­cil (Gene­ric Names Sup­port­ing Orga­ni­sa­ti­on). The exact sta­tus of the group within the ICANN struc­tu­re has yet to be defined.

Kri­schenow­ski fur­ther announ­ced that the group is pre­pa­ring comm­ents for the Draft Appli­cant Gui­de­book. In par­ti­cu­lar, the pro­po­sed sche­du­le, the pro­po­sed fees and the sug­gested eva­lua­ti­on sys­tem are being cri­ti­zed by the group.