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[ga] Re: [ALSC-Forum] The public perception

Dear Danny,
this point is extremely well done. My analysis is that the key missing 
element is the Registrant Constituency.

1. this is obviously a member of the DNSO, hence the DNSO to stay.

2. the DNSO should be a place for Registrants to dialog with Registrars and 
Registries before suing them.

3. the Registrants constituency should have a major law firm on retainer to 
act on behalf of the Registrants.

4. this is why we had started, mostly with European and Asian support a 
Registrant Constituency bootstrap and informed the GA, the ccTLD and the 
BoD. With the intent to follow the Constituency set-up procedure. But that 
was just a few days before Lynn's earth break.

5. The main problem we identified were the ALSC, Dennis Jennings, Joe Sims, 
Philip Sheppard, Joop and you. (please note that this is not criticism, 
just a postriori evaluation. People want to do their best, but their vision 
and and agenda may confuse a lot).

Joop as the promoter of the IDNO and you as the promoter the Individual 
Constituency : you took over a need that everyone accept but you did not 
fully address it yet.  Dennis Jenning as the promoter of the Singapore 
compromise mixing DNSO and @large and Joe Sims accepting and integrating 
it. We identified and you rapported the problem at the WG-Review. Then the 
ALSC added to the confusion mixing individual stakeholders and registrants 
to capitalize on yours and Joop's efforts - as Esther is doing now - to 
try  to get a number. And now the icannatlarge.com adds to this confusion.

- you have @large constituencies: individual users, individual site owners, 
non comm organizations, Businesses. They have many different concerns. One 
of them being the DNs.

- you then have the DNSO constituencies: registries, registrars, resellers, 
registrants, IP people.

Among the registrants you have individual site owners, corporations, non 
comm, bulk registrants, resellers, etc. Confusing them is the reason why 
the DNSO is ineffective. The solution was quite simple and we worked hard 
together (you, Joanna, Sotiris, Eric, Joop, DPF, William, Karl, etc..) on 
it at the WG-Review. It was to help YJ Park in having the WG-R and the ALSC 
teaming with the same mission and duration to jointly reorganize the @large 
and the DNSO. Rendering to the @large what belongs to the netwide aspects 
and rendering to the DNSO what deals with the DNs. This dismisnished the 
weight of the NC and helped delaying the ICANN reforms. Is that why Philip 
killed the WG-R? or because he did not understand the Internet mechanics 
and wanted to protect the ICANN "stability"? Or just because it is not easy 
to chair a small group of opponents pretending (and actually) representig 
billions of people.

This is why I told you that the IDNO must decide now:
- if they want now to keep as BC like approach for everything which 
individual site ownership, teaming with BC and probably an SME Constituency.
- or if they want to be Registrant Constituency oriented, being the 
individual site owner part, aggregating with the Corporate and the Bulk 
registration administrators on technical issues.

In any case the RC must be established. Either in the DNSO or outside of 
it. It must propose the Registrants services like:
- permanent registration solutions
- anti-UDRP protection
- legal representation
- insurances
- ICANN/TLDA/IETF etc representation
- consumer organization relations
- information and technical support


On 17:17 29/03/02, DannyYounger@cs.com said:

>When one reads through the comments posted to ICANN's Public Forums at
>http://forum.icann.org/ one comes away with the impression that the public
>perception of ICANN's failure is directly tied to the belief that ICANN has
>chosen to do little or nothing to protect the public from the predations of
>abusive registrars and registries.
>The public has the expectation that ICANN is supposed to do "something", and
>is frustrated by the fact that ICANN rarely seems to act to resolve what many
>consider to be an ongoing spate of problems.
>When ICANN Staff fails to respond to allegations of fraudent practices posted
>to its Public Forums, then ICANN comes to be regarded as a useless paper
>tiger, an organization without teeth that either cannot or will not control
>those entities that are the sole source of its funding.
>The public expects ICANN to function as an industry regulator, and it cannot
>comprehend why ICANN does not act in a timely manner to protect registrants
>from the abusive business practices of certain industry players whose actions
>are purportedly governed by the terms of contracts established with ICANN.
>ICANN's point of view has been summarized in these comments:
>Louis Touton: The way this comes up in practice is that ICANN gets dozens,
>if not hundreds of complaints per day. We don't view it as our job to adjust
>individual transactions. This is the responsibility of the Registrar. We do
>however monitor the situation; discern trends and then act on systemic
>problems.  http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/nc-transfer/Arc00/msg00133.html
>At issue is whether ICANN should in fact be acting to resolve issues that
>relate to the business practices of particular registrars, rather than only
>acting on issues of a systemic nature.
>The Committee on Evolution and Reform has asked:  What are the real problems?
>Certainly one real problem is the perception that ICANN has become a lackey
>to the interests of those registries and registrars that financially prop up
>its regime, and that it seeks to further ingratiate itself with this
>particular segment of the Internet community at the expense of the public
>interest.  Accordingly, any action taken by the Board to further enhance the
>influence of registrars and registries in the ICANN process will be viewed by
>the public as further proof of how corrupt the organization has become.
>This particular set of stakeholders already wields far too much influence
>within the ICANN organization, and any restructuring effort which seeks to
>grant them even greater status (such as has been proposed in the Lynn Plan)
>should roundly be rejected.

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