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Personal Statement on rights of incumbent constituencies to prevent creation of new constituencies.

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  • Subject: Personal Statement on rights of incumbent constituencies to prevent creation of new constituencies.
  • From: Avri Doria <avri@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:15:17 -0400

To the Board,

I am concerned about the rights one set of incumbent constituencies is being given to prevent the creation and/or addition of other constituencies within their Stakeholder Group. The specific language that concerns me can be found in the CSG charter:

4.2 Membership shall also be open to any additional constituency recognised by ICANN’s Board under its by-laws, provided that such constituency, as determined by the unanimous consent of the signatories to this charter, is representative of commercial user interests which for the purposes of definition are distinct from and exclude registry and prospective registry, registrar, re-seller or other domain name supplier interests.

This is in contrast with the provision in the NCSG charter:

2.2.1 Constituency Qualification and Recognition. NCSG Constituencies are approved by the ICANN Board and placed within the Stakeholder Group. The procedures for becoming a Board-recognized Constituency within the NCSG are contained in the ICANN Bylaws and other procedures approved by the Board.

To allow the incumbent constituencies the right of prior approval of new constituencies is a severe hindrance to the goal of outreach central to the BCG report as approved by the Board and is contrary to the spirit of the entire restructuring exercise. It also usurps the power of the board in the expressing the decsion on whether a new constituency in the Non Contracted Parties house is to be approved. The way it is written any of the current CSG constituencies can black ball any new constituency - this is contrary to the sprit of bottom up organization.

The clause in the CSG charter should be changed to be equivalent to the statement in the NCSG charter.

Thank you

Avri Doria
Nominating Committee appointee to the GNSO Council (2005-2009)
Individual Commercial Registrant (Independent Professional who is not part of a registered business)

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