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Re: [bc-gnso] IRT Final report

  • To: Rick Anderson <RAnderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] IRT Final report
  • From: Liz Williams <lizawilliams@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 14:47:07 +0100

I'd like to support Rick's point of view and perhaps Philip was having a "too fast fingers" moment? I would be very disappointed if individual members, like me, weren't valued for our expertise and contribution as a given.

I agree with Rick and, although as a group, we rarely agree with each other that isn't a reason not to participate or to question the validity of someone's views.


PS For the record, I am very troubled by the IRT Report from both a process and an output point of view.

Liz Williams
+44 1963 364 380
+44 7824 877 757

On 3 Jun 2009, at 14:37, Rick Anderson wrote:

I think, Philip, that may have been an unfortunate remark. There are many members of the BC which are small and even one-person companies. Some of these are people like myself who used to be with smaller firms and and are now with much larger, some. Have moved the opposite direction from larger firms to one-person consultancies. Regardless of size of company, some of the BC individuals from some of our smallest companies are amongst our most able contributors, such as George.

If we do not respect contributions from individuals representing our smaller member firms, or do not repsect them as much as other members, maybe we should be upfront about it and refuse to accept their membership fees. That is not my view, I think if they qualify for membership under our rules, size of member firm is not important, certainly less important that the quality of its policy contribution, which in George's case is considerable, whether one agrees with his every point they are always educational. The BC would be the poorer if he took what appears to be your suggestion and refrained from input.


Rick Anderson
EVP, InterBorder Holdings Ltd
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----- Original Message -----
From: owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx <owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>
To: BC gnso <bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wed Jun 03 07:23:45 2009
Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] IRT Final report


On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM, Philip Sheppard wrote:
you wrote "My company disagrees with the "open letter"

please tell BC members more about your company, its business objectives, global reach and staffing.

Is this some sort of suggestion that my company isn't qualified to
offer an opinion/position, or that my company is not representative of
the many companies (and individuals) who've registered 180 million
domain names worldwide?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Internet-Domain-Names-Surpass- iw-15423088.html

I'd be curious to know who you believe should be able to comment on
ICANN policy. My company has been a member of the BC for years,
sailing through the credentials committee, etc. Indeed, I was trusted
enough to be on the credentials committee, deciding who was qualified
to be in the BC, before I decided to step down from that committee. It
was my company that detected the flaws in the .biz/info/org contracts
that would have permitted tiered pricing:

http://www.circleid.com/posts/ icann_tiered_pricing_tld_biz_info_org_domain/

It was my company that was leading the charge against SiteFinder:


even before it launched (note the 3rd link was on September 9, 2003,
whereas SiteFinder launched on September 15 as per the 4th link).

If those qualifications aren't good enough to create informed
comments, please do educate the rest of the BC as to what does qualify
as informed comment. Do you believe only members of AIM should be
allowed to participate in ICANN policymaking, for example?


George Kirikos

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