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RE: [gnso-geo-dg] Principles for ICANN Region discussion

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  • Subject: RE: [gnso-geo-dg] Principles for ICANN Region discussion
  • From: "Tim Ruiz" <tim@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 07:06:26 -0700

Philip, I see your point. What I am getting at is the purpose of the
geographic regions, and perhaps I am off base on what is intended. To
date, it is a system that makes things look good, but it isn't really
providing much else. ICANN policies don't really have geographical
implications. They do have geo-political, cultural, public policy, etc.
implications. So it seems to me that to some extent the geo-political
and cultural elements do need to be considered in order to have regional
designations that reflect reality. Drawing a circle around various areas
on a map doesn't do it.

That said, I have no problem dropping my principle 2 below.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [gnso-geo-dg] Principles for ICANN Region discussion
From: "Philip Sheppard" <philip.sheppard@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, August 12, 2008 2:25 am
To: <gnso-geo-dg@xxxxxxxxx>

Tim wrote:
1. The designation of ICANN regions should take into consideration the
varying views, concerns, and interests of the users and residents of
various parts of the world. The designation of regions should provide
the opportunity for those diverse views to be fairly represented within
ICANN processes.
2. Sufficient outreach should be undertaken to understand as fully as
possible the varying views, concerns, and interests of users and
residents around the world.
I support principle one. And I admire principle 2. But the practical
output of principle 2 is a huge task, requiring millions of dollars to
do well. Moreover, the result of such outreach would always be overly
complex to subsequently apply in a practical way, forcing the ICANN
Board to make geo-political and cultural judgement.
Is this really what we want to propose ?

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