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Re: [ga] the IDNO bootstrapping process
At 02:10 PM 7/27/99 , Joop Teernstra wrote:
>(For your information) This open letter was sent to the ICANN Board members
And was posted to a number of other mailing lists, today. The following
are my own comments about IDNO. The posting of these comments has
engendered int3eresting follow-on postings by others, including at least
one IDNO official.
>At 12:56 AM 7/27/99 , Joop Teernstra wrote:
>the Association. Protection of the early organization against those who are
>determined to make it fail its mission is an unenviable part of a
>And in this one statement, we are told the core of the problem with IDNO,
>both its history and its present. The mailing list's archives will nicely
>document an aggressive effort to suppress contributions that do not fall
>within a very narrow band of acceptability. This is not a matter of
>rejecting uncivil discourse, but of rejecting alternative views.
>That is not a one-person problem, fixed by having that one person step
>away from holding future office. The problem persists through new
>office-holders and highly biased treatment of applicants.
>The group has shown a strong and persistent desire to express highly
>negative sentiments about other groups, notably the ICANN board and ISOC,
>initially to the detriment of efforts at organizing the IDNO itself.
>Response to efforts at focusing the group on its goal of self-organizing
>were met with very forceful hounding, making quite explicit that the group
>is NOT really open to all.
>Hence any "freedom" within the voting process of the group has been
>rendered meaningless by the groups highly selective basis for acquiring
>participants. The sample of participants from the individual domain name
>holders' community is highly skewed.
>In spite of this, no qualified candidate who, in declaring support for our
>mission statement, applied for acceptance into the IDNO has ever been
>Oh yes. Declaration of support.
>To become a member of the IDNO, you must take a loyalty oath. Anyone
>attempting to participate who has not taken the oath is treated as highly
>Our main duty and challenge will be to represent the collective interests
>and views of these persons. They are the essence of our reason for existence.
>I would like to point out that our independent and critical position makes
>us a necessary component of the mix of opinion on the Names Council and it
>The first sentence sounds constructive. The second sentence makes clear
>the real focus of the group, namely criticism.
>Look for IDNO's efforts at learning the details of ICANN-related needs by
>individual domain name holders. That's their claimed constituency, yet you
>will find precious little serious effort to understand the nature and
>needs of that constituency.
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