(No.61) New gTLD program: an opportunity for development or a mean for more digital divide?
Pending Expansion of the Top Level Domain Space: Q1 and 2
Our workshop answered the Q2: What kind of support may be required to help communities, NGOs and business from developing world to participate in the gTLD process?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched in January 2012 the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) program, consisting in expanding considerably the top level domain space for up to 500 new gTLDs. We will probably see the first strings delegated early next year. This program will transform the Internet landscape by multiplying the number of the generic top level domains by 30, and creating new Internet registries and registrars. It will have an important economic effect that can either positively impact the development of the developing countries, or increase the already existing digital, economic and social divide. The speakers will explain in which case the so called new gTLD program may bring development opportunities to the developing countries’ economy and what are the obstacles that might prevent those countries from the benefit of the economic effect of the top level domain space expansion. Issues such as application and operation cost, community needs, linguistic and cultural diversity, public interest values, related to the new gTLDs program will be addressed. Speakers from all regions around the world are chosen for their high level expertise and interest in the Internet domains. The gender balance issue is also carefully considered.
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09:00 opening address
Tijani BEN JEMAA, AFRALO Vice-Chair & ALAC Member at ICANN
09:04 New gTLDs: Opportunity or a Challenge for Developing Economy
Innovation & Brands
Zahid JAMIL, Barrister-at-law, member of the GNSO council at ICANN
09:12 Will the new gTLD program reach the developing world?
Avri DORIA, Researcher at APC & ICANN ALAC new gTLD WG Chair
09:20 (.Africa) experience and Vision for a new gTLD that could have an impact
on Internet development in Africa
Mohamed EL-BASHIR, Chair of Dot Africa Steering Committee & Member
of the ICANN NomCom
09:28 IDNs and development opportunities
Hong XUE, Professor of Law & Director of the Institute of the Internet
Policy & Law at Beijing Normal University (BNU), and ccNSO Councilor
09:36 Opportunities in the Caribbean for new gTLDs
Dev ANAND TEELUCKSINGH, Director at Trinidad and Tobago Computer
Society, and ALAC member at ICANN
09:44 New gTLD Program: Opportunities for the Internet end-users
Sandra HOFERICHTER, Administrative Coordinator at EuroDIG & Chair of
the ICANN Academy Working Group
09:52 New gTLDs: an opportunity for African users
Yaovi Atohoun, IT consultant & ALAC member
African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO) at Internet Corporation for assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Mr Tijani BEN JEMAA, FMAI - NGO - Confirmed - Moderator and Rapporteur (Tunisia) Mr Zahid Jamil, Lawyer - Confirmed (Pakistan) Ms Avri DORIA, Teacher and consultant - Confirmed (USA) Mr Dev Anand Teelucksingh, ALAC member from LACRALO - Confirmed (Trinidad & Tobago) Ms Sandra Hoferichter, Civil Society - Confirmed (Germany) Mr Mohamed El Bashir, .africa SteerCom Chair - Confirmed (Qatar) Ms Hong Xue, Teacher and Lawyer - Confirmed (China) Mr Yaovi Atohoun, IT Consultant - Confirmed (Benin)