[NA-Discuss] IMPORTANT: US Senate hearings on new gTLDs

Avri Doria avri at ella.com
Mon Dec 12 15:02:07 UTC 2011


I agree that the accountability and transparency still has a long ways to go.  But I think it has improved and is improving - albeit too slowly.  So I agree that is something we definitely have to keep pushing on.  Make them live up to the promises made.


On 12 Dec 2011, at 09:43, Garth Bruen at Knujon.com wrote:

> Ok, here's the problem. The multistakeholder consensus was contingent on those overall improvements in ICANN’s accountability and transparency to the global Internet community - and what has come now is backtracking by the Registrars and a complete lack of transparency in that decision process.
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> From: "Joly MacFie" <joly at punkcast.com>
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> Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] IMPORTANT: US Senate hearings on new gTLDs
>> As noted<http://www.mindsandmachines.com/2011/12/u-s-government-strongly-affirms-icann-model-and-new-gtlds/>by
>> Anthony Van Couvering. Larry Strickling was also talking on Thursday,
>> across town.
>> http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2011/remarks-assistant-secretary-strickling-practising-law-institutes-29th-annual-te
>> Here's an excerpt:
>> For example, at ICANN, a multistakeholder process that ran for six years
>>> resulted in the approval last summer of an expansion of top level domains.
>>> This process involved global stakeholders from the business community,
>>> civil society, registries, registrars, and governments.  At NTIA, we worked
>>> throughout the process to make sure that ICANN adequately addressed
>>> government concerns and we have also spent significant time the last two
>>> years pushing for overall improvements in ICANN’s accountability and
>>> transparency to the global Internet community.
>>> Nonetheless, we are now seeing parties that did not like the outcome of
>>> that multistakeholder process trying to collaterally attack the outcome and
>>> seek unilateral action by the U.S. government to overturn or delay the
>>> product of a six-year multistakeholder process that engaged folks from all
>>> over the world.  The multistakeholder process does not guarantee that
>>> everyone will be satisfied with the outcome. But it is critical to
>>> preserving the model of Internet governance that has been so successful to
>>> date that all parties respect and work through the process and accept the
>>> outcome once a decision is reached. When parties ask us to overturn the
>>> outcomes of these processes, no matter how well-intentioned the request,
>>> they are providing “ammunition” to other countries who attempt to justify
>>> their unilateral actions to deny their citizens the free flow of
>>> information on the Internet.  This we will not do.  There is too much at
>>> stake here.
>>> But we are sensitive to the concerns being raised by some companies about
>>> the introduction of new gTLDs. Today, Chairman Rockefeller held an
>>> important oversight hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee on the subject
>>> of how ICANN will expand top level domains. We agree with the Chairman’s
>>> concerns over how this program will be implemented and its potential
>>> negative effect if not implemented properly. We will closely monitor the
>>> execution of the program and are committed to working with stakeholders,
>>> including U.S. industry, to mitigate any unintended consequences.
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