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Re: [alac] ICANNtriva on pre-registration

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  • Subject: Re: [alac] ICANNtriva on pre-registration
  • From: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 09:22:14 -0400

I have two complaints here, substantive and procedural (and neither with the members of ALAC, but with ICANN the non-transparent organization).

The substantive complaint, as I have said, may well be a difference of opinion. I believe we should have a right to participate in person in the ICANN meeting without signing in at the door under a physical identity. Others on the ALAC have given possible reasons why ICANN might not want to permit that.

Procedurally, even if ICANN the organization disagrees with me, I would like a formal statement of the actual sign-in requirements, so we can have the substantive debate. So far, all we have is past practice of not permitting anonymity, with no one official articulating a rule justifying the practice. Much of this comes back to the old transparency problem -- if ICANN would tell us where rules came from, we'd be able to understand them better.

I've sent a separate message to the list asking from whom we can get a formal statement on ID requirements or anonymity for meeting participation.


At 09:10 AM 6/20/2006, Roberto Gaetano wrote:
Sorry, I am catching up after forced absence from my email.

A couple of comments on this one.

First, I agree with Vittorio, a meeting of an American corporation in an Arab country is not exactly the place where I would allow people in without proper procedures. Quite the contrary, I am amazed by the average sloppyness in the checking in the average ICANN meeting, given the circumstances. I am now in Vienna, looking at the security in place in occasion of President Bush's visit (incidentally, who will pay for the security, the loss of business of the commerce in the forbidden zone, etc.?), and see things that Vienna has never seen before since the ending of the military occupation after WWII.

Besides, I find it pretty common to be asked an ID going to certain places. I remember years ago when I went to the US Senate I had to leave the passport at the entrance to get it back when going out. And I don't remember anybody complaining about the loss of privacy.
Personally, I am very very much more concerned about the people who would like to participate and cannot because of different reasons, mostly economical I would guess, rather than somebody who wants to enter an ICANN meeting without an ID.

Last but not least, I believe that the security measures are defined in collaboration with the hosting organization, and therefore will follow the local practices and regulations. Although ICANN has a say, the matter is agreed in the preparatory meetings. Just for the sake of curiosity, we could ask Giovanni Seppia, who was in the organizing committee for the Rome meeting.

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From: Vittorio Bertola <vb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Wendy Seltzer <wendy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
CC: jam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, alac@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [alac] ICANNtriva on pre-registration
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006 17:02:27 +0200

Wendy Seltzer ha scritto:
The meeting hosts wouldn't let anyone in without a badge, and wouldn't let anyone get a badge without providing a name. The person I was talking to didn't try to claim someone else's name, he just didn't think he should be compelled to provide his own either.

Perhaps we could ask for people to be identified at the registration desk but be able to write whatever they like on the badge? I think this could be a reasonable compromise, and it would not impact on the existing infrastructure and procedures (in fact, you could already do it on the present preregistration form, which has a space for "name to appear on badge").

I am not happy with forcing people to declare their true name at registration, but I am also not sure that letting totally unidentified people wander through the meeting is a good idea. Perhaps this could be allowed for public events such as the public forum, but still I do see security (and appearance-of-security :( ) concerns, especially in the meeting of an American organization in an Arab country.
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