Re: [gnso-dow123] Whois
- To: <gnso-dow123@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Denise Michel" <denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [gnso-dow123] Whois
- From: "Milton Mueller" <mueller@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 16:36:33 -0400
Thanks for sending this message. However, the new JPA involved direct
negotiations between the USG and ICANN's CEO Paul Twomey and probably also
Board Chair Vinton Cerf. On a matter of this gravity, we would need to have
these words spoken to us directly by Cerf and/or Twomey for the reassurance to
be meaningful. It cannot come from you alone.
I would ask that the GNSO Council chair approach Twomey and Cerf with a request
to set up a conference call -- at a time chosen by either one of them so as to
avoid schedule conflicts -- so that these statements of yours can be confirmed
to us directly, and so that we can for a short time ask relevant questions
about its meaning.
As policy development VP, Denise, I hope you understand the serious challenge
the absence of such direct assurances would create for the future of ICANN as
a legitimate, multistakeholder institution.
Dr. Milton Mueller
Syracuse University School of Information Studies
>>> Denise Michel <denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx> 10/2/2006 4:41:47 AM >>>
The WHOIS clause in Annex A of the Joint Agreement does not change
ICANN's ability to conclude a WHOIS PDP, and pass and enforce new WHOIS
ICANN's policy development processes are critical to its legitimacy and
purpose and ICANN's Board and staff do NOT intend to undermine them.
ICANN will continue with its policy development process and that
includes WHOIS. The Annexure to the Agreement that lists ICANN's
responsibilities is a statement of what we are doing * not a statement
of what we can't do. We will enforce the existing WHOIS policy like we
would and do any other policy. But this agreement does not prevent
ICANN from seeking the advice and expertise of its technical and policy
community. Indeed we will be reinforcing that as our approach.
It strikes me that the best way to address any lingering doubts you may
have is to finish your PDP, send a new WHOIS policy to the Council that
will gain the requisite votes there, and from the Board, and
successfully conclude ICANN's historic efforts to change WHOIS.
Vice President, Policy Development