Friday, November 30, 2018

The .AMAZON new gTLD negotiation

Let's just be factual about the .AMAZON negotiation between ICANN (and its representatives) and the Secretary General of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO):
  1. Things were doing "better" after Amazon had offered "Kindles" and other services to the South American Government: the status of the .AMAZON new gTLD had even been changed to "Evaluation Complete": not "delegated" but "completed". In simple words: it was not a definite "no" but a "probably yes";
  2. On the 26 of November, the ACTO wrote to the ICANN (PDF download) expressing concern on how the situation is being solved and the letter says:
    1. You don't answer our questions;
    2. We've not been consulted or have endorsed your proposal;
    3. Let's postpone our meeting (in a previous letter dated 22 of November).
  3. The ICANN CEO wrote to the GAC (PDF download) with a "Unfortunately, at this time, we regret to inform you that this facilitation process has been unsuccessful. The facilitation has not been able to reach its desired conclusion." there's then 4 pages of detailed explanation of the .AMAZON history.
I personally thought that we had a go for the .AMAZON new gTLD (and a few Kindles for the South American Government). Seems not...yet.

Now, can you read between the lines?
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