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[ga] PLEASE SIGN - GA comments on dot-org

This is to remind you that I am collecting signatures in favor (or 
opposition) of the GA members' comments on dot-org drafted and 
posted by Alexander on Sunday. 

Since these comments are the closest approximation of an official GA 
minority opinion we can produce within the short time frame, I'd 
like to urge you to send me your notes in favor or opposition of 
these comments until Friday 15:00 CET, off-list.  Please mention the 
type of your GA membership (GA subscriber, GA voting registry 
member, DNSO constituency member [which constintuency?]).

For your convenience, I'm reproducing the text below.

Proposal for GA members' comments on dot-org:

The undersigned members of the DNSO General Assembly

 1. endorse the criteria and guidelines for applicants for operation 
    of the .org registry contained in the Final Report of the .org 
    Task Force 

 2. support the unrestricted character of .ORG, both for new and old 
    registrants, and the absence of new eviction mechanisms for 
    domain name holders.

 3. emphasize the need for a complete divestiture of the .org TLD and 
    urge the DNSO Names Council and the ICANN Board to ensure that 
    the divestiture increases competition. The applicant 
    organizations must submit proposals which are consistent with the 
    goal of divestiture.

 4. are concerned about the possibility of a price raise in the .org 
    registration fee and emphasize that the registry fee should be 
    "as low as feasible consistent with the maintenance of good 
    quality service" (TF Final Report, 4). The ICANN Board's decision 
    about the applicant organization should not be deflected by 
    excessive attention to proposals for spending a possible surplus.

 5. encourage applicant organizations to propose ways of ensuring 
    that the "differentiation of the domain", which is "a key 
    objective in the transition" (TF Final Report, 2e), is also 
    communicated to dispute resolution providers and panelists. A 
    simplistic, undifferentiated approach to domain disputes in the 
    .org TLD puts the potential benefits at risk.

 6. urge applicant organizations to consider incentives and 
    deterrents to ensure that all registrars market .org domains in a 
    way which does not run counter to the goal of differentiation 
    enabling end-user choice.

 7. thank the GA representative on the .org Task Force, Marc 
    Schneiders, for his work.

Thomas Roessler                        http://log.does-not-exist.org/
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