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[ga] Icannatlarge.com - conflict of interest

(I am posting this to the GA because the ALSC forum list has been killed.)

Dear Marilyn,

I notice you have just signed up as an individual member and domain name
holder of the new At Large Members Organization at
http://www.icannatlarge.com. In what capacity may I ask?

As you know, the At Large Organization is being set up primarily to lobby
ICANN for representation of those who are currently not able to participate
in the process through membership of other groups, specifically individual
domain name registrants, users and the public in general.

Now, please correct me if I'm wrong, but you are a professional Internet and
Government lobbyist in fulltime employ with AT&T, a Telco. In that capacity
you are a member of the DNSO Business Constituency and represent that group
(some 33 Businesses) on the Names Council. You Chair two of the NC's Task
Forces, namely the Transfer Task Force and the Whois Task Force, and will be
speaking on behalf of both of those groups (representing the views of all 7
constituencies) at the forthcoming Names Council Meeting in Accra
http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc09/msg00210.html. Furthermore, you
have some unspecified involvement with the IDN Task Force
http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/nc-idn/Arc00/msg00036.html which still leaves
time for you to be an active member of the DNSO General Assembly. This
amounts to your representing every single member of each constituency of the
DNSO at one time or another in the current process.

Now, are we to understand that in addition to this, you now seek for your
voice to be heard in the formation of this new bottom-up organization? If
so, would this be on a level playing field with every other individual,
including the possibility of standing for election as an officer of the At
Large? Or are we to understand that you have joined simply to make a (no
doubt generous) pledge on behalf of AT & T, with no desire to expand your
role into areas such as seeking election as a representative of At Large
Members within the ICANN process?

Thank you for the clarification.


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