I OPPOSE the "CyberSafety" proposal.
To Whom It May Concern: I wish to voice my opposition to the proposal for a "CyberSafety Constituency". I see very little in the proposal that has to do with true "Internet safety" -- secure transactions and communication, protection from phishing and identity theft, and, yes, the ability for the *end user* to filter out undesirable content. All of these are concerns that affect all users, not just a special group of "families, children, religions, educational institutions, crime victims, spam victims" (that's from the petition). Religion. Why religion? Certainly many people look to religion for personal moral guidance, and it will influence what they personally consider profane or offensive, but what does religion have to say about technical methods for allowing end users to filter out undesirable content based on their own standards? Pretty much nothing. So, how does religious input help the group do its job? I think it's pretty obvious: the proposal writers already have a specific plan in mind, and it requires coming up with a single definition of what qualifies as "adult" in order to apply it to the entire World Wide Web. This proposal is being fielded by CP80. CP80's entire agenda is to ghettoize anything that it considers obscene to its own special ports. This idea has no technical merit -- it's based on the same principles as RFC 3514 (the evil bit), sugar-coated with a metaphor comparing Internet ports to TV channels. And the "CyberSafety Constituency" is little more than an attempt to create a group to push such a proposal through ICANN. ICANN constituencies already do too much to protect and promote special interests. Creating one more special interest group -- especially at the behest of a lobby group -- won't help that. If you want to give the average user more representation, remove the existing constituencies, don't make new ones. I am an Internet user. The petition claims that the new constituency would be capable of suitably representing me, my interests, and my beliefs. I don't believe that it can. -- Alexandr Pshenichkin