re: Phase II of Public Comments Process Enhancements
- To: "public-comment-enhancements-ii@xxxxxxxxx" <public-comment-enhancements-ii@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: re: Phase II of Public Comments Process Enhancements
- From: Alina Syunkova <alina.syunkova@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:24:02 -0700
1. Do you support the goals and objectives of a robust threaded discussion
forum for ICANN Public Comments?
I firmly support the goals and objectives of a robust threaded discussion forum
for ICANN Public Comments. Furthermore, I believe that it is essential to
implement the threaded discussion format. Not only will a forum format result
in a qualitative improvement of comments submitted, but it will engage members
of the ICANN Community who otherwise would not participate.
Part of this stems from the nature and role of threaded discussions in the
development of the Internet and social media – which occurred outside of the
ICANN system but clearly has implications for our system of open and
transparent, bottom-up policy making. Threaded discussions are engaging. Time
and again, individuals have shown themselves more than willing to voluntarily
submit comments, evaluations, reviews and/or redact enormous quantities of web
content – for no other "remuneration" other than the sense of having benefitted
the community and contributed part of their knowledge towards the community's
distinct intellectual commons. However, part of this sense is lost when
comments are "dropped into a box". When users are able to see others respond to
their own comments, and to carry on a dialogue with the entire community in one
forum, their efforts appear to be worthwhile. For this reason, I believe that
in a threaded forum format, there will be more Public Comments, overall.
The quality of the comments will also improve. In order to have their ideas
accepted by the entire community, users will have to articulate their arguments
clearly and effectively. Ideas or comments that have no power or do not draw
the interest of the majority will gradually fall into the background; the best
ideas will be carried on in the thread, responded to and argued about. The way
that Wikis have worked outside the ICANN ecosystem clearly shows that, while
negative or "improper" comments always remain a risk in such systems, the
majority of participants tends to prevail, carrying through constructive
dialogue. Therefore, for the evaluation of Public Comments by ICANN Staff, the
results of a public forum discussion will be a qualitative improvement over
comments submitted by users in isolation.
Furthermore, how can members of the ICANN Community be asked to make statements
and/or judgements on community matters, without having in return an opportunity
to see how other members of the community will respond to those comments, and
to defend their ideas?
Public forums are meant to test ideas – to benefit from the sieve of community
dialogue – ideas submitted and discussed transparently and openly have the
benefit, speaking figuratively, of having passed an initial "survival of the
fittest" test of sorts.
Therefore, my answer to question 1) Do you support the goals and objectives of
a robust threaded discussion forum for ICANN Public Comments? Is absolutely yes.
As for question 2) Do you concur with the idea of a one-time pre-registration
for posting privileges if it can be minimally invasive and easy to perform – I
am not opposed to such an idea, but believe that it will not deter those whose
intention is deliberately destructive. In practice the requirement for
submitting an e-mail address still enables all potential users to gain access
into the forum. On the other hand, enacting stricter measures for access into
the forum would arguably undermine its fundamental transparency. Finally, the
forum should remain anonymous even if users must pre-register, through a User
Name system. Anonymity will ensure full transparency in the comments and equal
weights for all of the comments submitted by ICANN community members, promoting
genuine and natural competition of ideas.
Thank you for your attention,
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