.Jobs Decision Misses Deadline

Already two weeks beyond the deadline, a decision on the future of the .jobs domain seems even further off now, as the board of the Internet’s addressing authority heads to South America for one of its international meetings.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) travels this week to Cartagena, Colombia for workshops and meetings Dec. 5-10. The parties in the .jobs expansion dispute were invited there, but with one group declining the offer, no meeting is currently planned.

When last we left this saga, ICANN’s  Board Governance Committee had only a few days until its Nov. 20th deadline to decide whether the entire board  should reconsider its decision opening up the use of the .jobs address to almost any name. Until Aug. 5th, only business names could be used.

Since then, ICANN staff proposed a meeting of the various parties. SHRM, one of the three groups involved in the issue, declined to participate. The .JOBS Compliance Coalition, which asked for reconsideration, indicated its willingness to attend and even extend the deadline so the meeting could be held. There’s no indication how or if Employ Media, the third group and driver of the proposal, responded. Employ Media is the registrar of .jobs addresses and wants to expand the allowable uses.

John Bell, chair of the coalition, said his group will be represented in Cartagena by its attorney, but couldn’t manage the travel on the short notice ICANN gave.

He said the invitation to the parties came a day or two before Thanksgiving. The offer was to make a presentation to the Board Governance Committee on Dec. 5th, to be followed by a question-and-answer period. He said he assumes a similar offer was extended to Employ Media and possibly also to SHRM. There was no response to my emails sent to both organizations.

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What’s next is unclear. ICANN’s spokeswoman Samantha Oltman said she had no information readily available on the current status of the reconsideration issue, but would check. Nothing yet.

If the committee recommends reconsideration, the ICANN board would likely vacate its previous decision, while it again takes up the matter. It would probably mean that the process Employ Media has already begun to award .jobs addresses in bulk would be halted.

NOTE: For more detail on the .jobs controversy, visit the ERE archive here.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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