In an interesting move several members of the ICANN community formed an “informal” Working Group to discuss the concept of “expressions of interest” in new TLDs. This all happened very quickly, which is more or less the opposite to how most ICANN related activities progress.
Earlier this evening the group submitted its report / paper to ICANN
The report, which runs to about 11 pages, is concise and seems to have covered most of the areas of interest. What’s also interesting to note is that the people involved came from a variety of areas and probably give a reasonably good cross-section of the ICANN community.
If you have a few minutes the document is definitely worth reading and is a nice example of how a group of people can get things done quickly and efficiently when needed.
Now if only the rest of the ICANN processes were this quick to reach consensus!
(Maybe pigs flying is more likely!)