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Re: [ga] Public Comments Sought on GNSO Improvements

  • To: Karl Auerbach <karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, gnso-improvements@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Public Comments Sought on GNSO Improvements
  • From: Jeff Williams <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 02:44:47 -0700

Karl and all,

  Indeed, but terribly and yet factually unfortunate.

Karl Auerbach wrote:

> Danny Younger wrote:
> > The Board Governance Committee's GNSO Review Working
> > Group has released a "Draft Working Document on GNSO
> > Improvements" that presents the Working Group's
> > initial thinking on, and raises questions about, how
> > to improve the GNSO
> I read it.  It continues the ICANN tradition of creating its own taxonomy of
> interests and putting people into boxes inside boxes.
> Let's see ... it suggests several kinds of constituencies for individual 
> people
> - people who act as non-commercial agents, people who act as academics, people
> who act as ... you get the point.
> And it blandly says "gee, ICANN has always allowed new constituencies" - the
> truth of that is belied by the treatment of ICANN when it refused to consider
> the IDNO, the constituency for individual domain name owners.
> And yet, after all of the report's micro-division of individuals, it does not
> make a similar dissection of commercial interests - there is not a 
> constituency
> into which to put companies with green logos and companies incorporated in
> Alabama, etc.
> Why are commercial interests once again given a free ride while individuals 
> are
> chopped up into pieces?  Might I suggest that certain commercial interests 
> like
> the stability they get from a policy of "divide and conquer".
> The report fails to recognize the logical conclusion of its strategy of
> micro-dissection: One constituency for each and every person.  In which case
> why the constituency mechanism at all?
> Nor does the report consider sunsets on existing constituencies, particularly
> those established by fiat at ICANN's start.
> Overall it is a pretty weak report.  It continues the ICANN tradition of
> evading meaningful participation by people and elevating the participation of
> commercial aggregates.
> Corporatism.
>                 --karl--


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