Study Suggestion Number 10
Submitted By: [Redacted for privacy reasons] Topic: Stop the studies already! Hypothesis: We've spent far too much money studying WHOIS when the problem is one of political stalemate, not lack of information. Until there's a way around the blockage, further studies are useless and subject to the same spin. How the hypothesis could be falsified: By ICANN action to terminate forced disclosure of registrant information. Utility: It could lead to a recognition that "consensus" is bogus when the relevant interests of individual registrants are unrecognized in the mix. Type of Study Needed: A study of the political economy of rent-seeking and process-capture. Data that needs to be collected: The number of actual non-overlapping participants in discussions of the Business Constituency, IP constituency, and ISP constituency. Population to be surveyed: Sample Size: Type of Analysis: A study of the political economy of rent-seeking and process-capture.