[ga] Re: Restructuring Proposal
In response to Jeff Williams comments posted to the GA-full list:
The ASO, in fact, has constituencies: ARIN, RIPE NCC, and APNIC (soon to be
joined by LACNIC and AFRNIC). The PSO also has constituent members: IETF,
W3C, ITU-U, and ETSI. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) usually are in a
position to find an umbrella group (constituency) within which they may
aggregate. In the example that you have cited (the Catholic Domain Name
Holders group, the Buddhist Domain name holders Group and the Moslem's global
domain name holders group), all three groups would most likely unite their
efforts within a Domain Name Holder's or Registrant's Constituency.
Such a constituency would need to vie for a "seat at the table" by
demonstrating that it has met certain threshold requirements, that it is a
self-sustaining institution, that it operates to the maximum extent feasible
in an open and transparent manner and consistent with procedures designed to
ensure fairness, that it's participation serves the purposes of the
Corporation, and that it has a greater claim to representation on the Board
than another set of stakeholders (perhaps a group whose membership status is
in default owing to an insufficient membership roster, or whose contributions
to the ICANN process have been minimal to the degree that input from another
group would better serve the best interests of the Corporation).
One of the realities of a petition-for-recognition mechanism is that not all
petitions will be accepted by the Board. We have already witnessed this
reality in the previously failed petition of the IDNO. It is a simple fact
that the Board will wish to reserve such representation for major
stakeholders as opposed to minor stakeholders.
Mr. Williams additionally seems to be arguing for the continued existence of
the DNSO as an institution. I would appreciate hearing further arguments as
to why the DNSO should be retained within a reformed ICANN.
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