[ga] GA summary 2002-06
This summary covers the DNSO GA mailing list's (and related)
discussions and news during the 6th (and the beginning of the 7th)
week of 2002. GA list archives are available online at
feel free to forward this summary as you believe to be appropriate.
There were no ongoing General Assembly votes during the week
The names council's vote on a possible waiver of rules of procedure
was finished on February 6, with 10 votes in favor, 9 against, and
one abstention. As pointed out by Louis Touton (and noted earlier
by Danny Younger), this means that the waiver was not formally
accepted during this vote. Also, as Touton points out, the Names
Council "may not formally act through a vote conducted by e-mail
(i) WLS. Abel Wisman presented a first draft of a response to the
revised WLS proposal. This draft contained various questions
collected from various mailing lists. Independently of that, Thomas
Roessler prepared another (considerably shorter) list of questions,
and, finally, George Kirikos submitted no less than twenty
questions. Alexander Svensson eventually created a compilation of
all the different sets of questions, which was then submitted to
Danny Younger sent a pointer to the registrars' set of questions.
(ii) Structure Task Force. Danny Younger commented on the structure
task force's work. He notes that version 5 of the task force's
draft was posted on January 17, that it had seen practically no
comments from the DNSO. Version 6 (which was supposed to be based
on comments received) is still missing. According to Danny, this is
proof for the "continued failure" of the task force approach. Also,
he demands that the TF should focus on restructuring the DNSO. As
Danny puts it, "none of us care much about the BC's and IPC's
opinion about the future ALM."
In a follow-up, Peter de Blanc points out that he disagrees (!)
about the possible ability of the at-large to become a "possible
financial force within ICANN." As an example, he takes just one US
dollar per member.
Alexander Svensson replies that small membership fees are hardly
practical, since sending such donations to the US directly would
create banking costs which make any payment unpractical. As
examples, he lists GhanaExpress and NigeriaDirect, where a transfer
of $ 1 would generate a fee of $ 12. He concludes that collecting
small fees directly would generate prohibitive transaction costs.
Mike Roberts suggests that the only option which may be implemented
("an imperfect, but feasible option") is "a self-organized initial
cohort of ALSO participants who are willing to pay a membership fee
by credit card." He quotes "a sustaining individual membership" as a
"general type of minimum test."
In a follow-up message, David P. Farrar asks for a reference about
the board indicating a minimum threshold of 5,000 members for a
viable at-large organization (which was also mentioned by Mike).
David estimates that the "chances of getting 5,000 people to
initially pay $ 25 is near zero." He suggests a lower fee and a
(iii) Transfer Task Force. Danny points to discussion notes from
the task force's latest conference call. The notes were pointed to
the registrars list by Ross Rader.
(iv) Webcast of Accra meetings. Ben Edelman pointed out that the
Berkman Center's staff will not be present in Accra, and that ICANN
itself should be contacted for webcast details.
Thomas Roessler http://log.does-not-exist.org/
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