Re: [gnso-restruc-dt] CIG and Individuals
- To: Philip Sheppard <philip.sheppard@xxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [gnso-restruc-dt] CIG and Individuals
- From: Robin Gross <robin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 11:46:10 -0700
Thanks for trying to clarify this, but I'm still not sure what an
individual business person from a developing country would need to
satisfy the standard and feel confident in applying for membership.
The 3 individuals you cite below are all longtime ICANN-insiders
(current or ex-board members and counselors), so that doesn't tell us
much about how new small business people can participate in the
policy development process -- and that is the group that is currently
missing from ICANN policy development and we are trying to bring in
with this reform process.
It seems like there is a lot of opportunity for existing commercial
participants (and especially big business) to keep-out smaller
players off the field and no intention of change this from existing
Is there a standard of objective criteria that is published in
advance so commercial individuals know what they need to show before
Who makes up the committee that decides if an individual is big
enough to earn membership (any individuals on that committee)?
Are there are any non-American/European individual memberships at
Of the individuals members of the BC, how many a
On May 8, 2009, at 5:31 AM, Philip Sheppard wrote:
Let me clarify the position on individuals
In essence the rules for admittance will not change significantly.
Today individuals are welcome. The BC has for example Marilyn Cade;
Mike Rodenbaugh and Mike
But before they join a constituency an individual must demonstrate
That is judged (in the case of the BC) by a committee of members
who assess commercial
intent on evidence provided.
That may be as simple as incorporation: a sole-trader, an LLC, a
Other evidence will be considered.
If the evidence was "I once sold a printer cable on e-bay" that may
be judged insufficient.
If the evidence is "I made $1m selling printer cables (or art) on e-
bay from my garden shed,
that may be judged sufficient.
It will be a case by case basis with the default that satisfactory
commercial intent by an individual gets them in.
Hope this helps.
Robin Gross, Executive Director
1192 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 USA
p: +1-415-553-6261 f: +1-415-462-6451
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