[ALAC] Letter from Steve Crocker to GAC Chair regarding GNSO/GAC role in gTLD policy development

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 20:20:34 UTC 2014

..now look what you made me do, repeating what you said in different
language!  I shoulda read this thread all the way thru...


Carlton A Samuels
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On Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:

> "Dear governments of the world,
> Thank you for your interest in ICANN. Your advice is always welcome, when
> it is in agreement with our industry compact between domain buyers and
> sellers.
> However, even when the public interest, international treaty and global
> governmental consensus rarely converge to assert an issue, the
> aforementioned industry compact is still owed the right to delay, dilute
> and (should it wish) destroy such initiative within our internal
> procedures. This is what we call 'multi-stakeholderism'.
> Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
> Sincerely, ICANN."
> Opposing the protection of Red Cross names is simply indefensible outside
> the ICANN bubble. It makes ICANN a justifiable target of ridicule ... and
> disruption.
> The GAC has already made reasonable compromise, backing away from asserting
> Olympic and NGO name protection that did not have as much public interest
> rationale or support. What remains is an easily understood, common sense
> request that ICANN cannot brush aside without consequence.
> ICANN's implementation of multi stakeholder processes deliberately designed
> a system in which the industry makes policy, and the public interest
> (through the GAC and ALAC) "advise" after the fact. Slow change has
> happened, but in many respects (such as the current round of gTLDs), the
> damage has been done and the only actions left are remedial rather than
> prevention.
> And even those remedial efforts are severely impeded, as At Large has seen
> first hand; our objection processes and Applicant Support initiatives have
> clearly failed, despite the community's best good-faith efforts.
> The ALAC has a clear and critical interest in supporting the GAC in this
> matter.
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