[ALAC] Draft statement on PEDNR
alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Fri Sep 2 20:07:24 UTC 2011
At its meeting of 23 August 2011, the ALAC
requested that I draft a statement on the PEDNR
Final Report for discussion and ultimate approval
by the ALAC. The initial draft was reviewed by
the regional representatives on the ALAC ExCom
and the revised draft below is now available for
ALAC Chair, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, has requested
that comments be submitted by ALAC and At-Large
for a five day period, followed by a five day vote of the ALAC.
The statement is reproduced here for your
convenience. Comments should be posted to the Wiki.
*DRAFT* ALAC Statement on the Post-Expiration
Domain Name Recovery Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration
The Post Expiration Domain Name Recovery PDP was
initiated at the request of the ALAC in 2008, and
we are pleased to see that it may now come to a positive conclusion.
The original request was made because, at that
time, there were absolutely no guarantees in
place that a registrant could renew or otherwise
recover a gTLD domain name if it was
inadvertently allowed to expire. Earlier ICANN
actions including the creation of a Redemption
Grace Period (RGP) for most registries, and
developing the Expired Domain Deletion Policy
(EDDP Consensus Policy PDP) had been carried out
with the intent of putting such guarantees in
place, but business practices had changed and the guarantees no longer existed.
The originators of the request for the Issue
Report which triggered the PDP had hopes that the
end-result would be far more pro-registrant than
what has ultimately come out of the PDP. This can
be attributed to a number of causes, including
the need of the PDP Working Group (WG) to come to
a full consensus on the outcomes, and this of
course had to include the Registrar Stakeholder Group.
However, the largest problem can arguably be said
to be the extreme difficulty in getting active
and continued participation in an ICANN WG by
those parties whose livelihood and business
success do not depend on the PDP. To be clear, it
is a major challenge to get users who are active
in ICANN purely as volunteers to participate,
particularly in a process which often takes close
to three years. This clearly endangers the
balance of the ICANN multi-stakeholder model.
Given these conditions, the ALAC is pleased that
some progress was made in advancing gTLD
registrant rights and that ICANN will be taking
positive action to educate, inform and support
gTLD registrants, who are ultimately one of its
core, often forgotten, stakeholders. As such, the
ALAC encourages the Board to ratify the PDP
Recommendations as approved by the GNSO.
At the same time, the ALAC advises that the Board
duly consider what might be done to ensure that,
in the future, the multi-stakeholder model can be
strengthened to allow users to more equitably
influence the outcomes in future policy
discussions. Such evolution is a core necessity
identified by ICANN's Accountability and
Transparency review as well as to meet the goals of its Strategic Plan.
More information about the ALAC