[ga] Consumer/Registrant Protection Consitituency
In response to the thread below - previouslu under the header: : Re: [ga]
First Draft of "Letter from Registrars Constituency to Stuart Lynn"
Perhaps I'm missing something, but I don't see the purpose of defining a
domain name in this context and would be concerned that any definitation may
in the future, serve to unreasonably limit the scope of the proposed
As I see it, if a new constituency is to be created, then the following key
threshold issues need to be determined: NAME; PURPOSE, MEMBERSHIP; FUNDING
If there is general agreement that we need a constituency whose job is to
ensure that the interests of consumers of domain names (Registrants)
interests are protected, then its a good idea to ensure that's reflected in
the name: ie. Lets call the proposed new constituency the
Consumer/Registrants Protection Constituency (C/RPC)
It is a good idea to set out the Broad objectives of the proposed
constituency in its founding documentation. I'd suggest something along the
1. To provide a forum for the identification and discussion of key consumer
concerns relating to the administration of the Domain Name System and supply
of domain names;
2. To represent the interests of Registrants (and potential registrants?)on
3. To work with other DNSO constituencies and ICANN staff to promote the
development of consensus based consumer protection policies and procedures.
This should clarify who is eligible to become a member and should be linked
with the issue of membership fees. Key questions include: Should there be
several classes of membership or just one? Possible membership classes
1. Any individual (membership fee?)
2. Individual Registrants (domain name owners) - (membership fee?)
3. Consumer protection organisations (memership fee?)
As I see it, there are essentially two potential funding sources -
membership fees and sponsorship. Sponsor support usually takes a little
time to establish, so I'd suggest that membership fees should be set at a
level to provide the primary source of funding (without at the same time
being prohibitive to individuals). However, if the fee were set at, say,
$US10, 1000 members would be needed to ensure an income of $10,000. Since
it is unlikely that the constituency would get this level of support from
the outset, it may be necessary to think a bit more laterally.
One possibility which could be considered, would be to seek the support of
ISOC for the creation of such a constituency. Their theme is "The Internet
is for Everyone' and it may be that they could be pursuaded to provide the
organisational support necessary during the constituency start up period -
and maybe publicise it to their membership list.
//food for thought.
Subject: Re: [ga] First Draft of "Letter from Registrars Constituency to
> erica wrote:
> > At the risk of drawing flack and flame mail, my own view is that it
> > be worth considering the creation of a Consumer/Registrant Protection
> > Constituency - rather than an individuals constituency. While, in a
> > this is just a change of name, it also provides a much needed point of
> > focus - with the result that attention is shifted from the constituency
> > membership to to purpose of the constituency. By emphasising the
> > it would be much easier to seek the funding required to support such a
> > constituency from potential donors (such as industry, government or
> > public interest or consumer protection organisations) and clarify
> > membership benefits.
> This idea has possibilities. Methinks there are some merits to this
> proposition. Perhaps we can develop this in more detail? As there would
> to be a definition of the position of consumers/regitrants, which your
> CRPC would be advocating, would it not be wise to finally include a
> on the definition of domain names in the new weltanschauung?
> Sotiris Sotiropoulos
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