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[registrars] Fw: [ga] GA summary 2002-06

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From: "Thomas Roessler" <roessler@does-not-exist.org>
To: <ga@dnso.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 6:02 PM
Subject: [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 
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/maillist.html>.  Please 
> feel free to forward this summary as you believe to be appropriate.
> Votes
> There were no ongoing General Assembly votes during the week 
> covered.
> 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 
> alone." 
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc09/msg00116.html>, 
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc09/msg00125.html>.
> Topics
> (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 
> Verisign.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00846.html>,
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00866.html>,
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00899.html>,
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00926.html>.
> Danny Younger sent a pointer to the registrars' set of questions.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/registrars/Arc01/msg02018.html>
> (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."
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00897.html>
> 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.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00938.html>.
> 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.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00943.html>
> 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."
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00945.html>
> 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
> lower threshold.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00950.html>
> (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.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00898.html>,
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/registrars/Arc01/msg02001.html>.
> (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.
> <http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc09/msg00947.html>
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> Thomas Roessler                        http://log.does-not-exist.org/
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