[NA-Discuss] Pre-registrations, next week's call, other issues

Beau Brendler beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 9 13:29:49 UTC 2011


1. I am assuming everyone saw the note yesterday about Marc Rotenberg's resignation from his nom com slot on ALAC. I think this is a big loss to us and to the effort of improving relations with the NCSG/UC but we all know what it's like not to have enough time for this work.

2. I see some consensus over the past week on the possibility of sending a brief statement to ICANN on the pre-registration matter that, in effect, suggests it take a similar action to what was done a few years back, i.e., a sort of "consumer alert" (though the intended audience really would be businesses and entities interested in gTLDs). If so I will attempt to draft something brief over the next 24 hours and send it to the list for a quick round of feedback. If someone else would rather do that, let me know.

3. I believe there is a NA-RALO call scheduled for early next week. I will only be available to do that early Monday EST (say during the 9 a.m. to 12 noon slot), but not again until Thursday, as I will be in transit to Singapore. Please let me know what you would like to do -- reschedule call, cancel, etc.

4. Don't forget that it would be very helpful for us attending the Singapore meeting to have some input from all of you on policy issues. I have collected what has been said so far (some of it ranging to issues outside policy development, such as recruitment), but there's certainly room for more requests/input.

5. I was not able to attend the recent call to discuss the budget. I believe we have had a chance to review the document -- NA-RALO got basically $5K to do a survey/study and another $1K to produce a recruitment video for YouTube and other venues -- all the other requests were turned down. We can communicate some more about whether it would be a good idea to try to convene an NARALO general assembly at the Toronto meeting, as there should be some travel funds to spare -- a number of us are within cheap travel distance from there.

More when I have a chance...


-----Original Message-----
>From: Beau Brendler <beaubrendler at earthlink.net>
>Sent: Jun 6, 2011 1:10 PM
>To: ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net, dannyyounger at yahoo.com
>Cc: na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
>Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Pre-registrations
>Eric B-W wrote:
>"offers of "pre-registration" by non-parties to registry
>application projects are contrary to the public interest, and may harm the
>targeted registry application projects, for which they have private redress."
>After three years in ALAC, I don't recall this topic coming up, or the ALAC making a statement on it.
>I would support drafting a statement that pre-registrations in this mode are contrary to public interest -- though as chair I don't want to step forward and do that without some discussion and consensus.
>-----Original Message-----
>>From: ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
>>Sent: Jun 6, 2011 9:50 AM
>>To: dannyyounger at yahoo.com
>>Cc: na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
>>Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Pre-registrations
>>I do not know if the ALAC offered advice to the Board on the subject at
>>some prior point in time.
>>Similarly, I do not know if the ALAC has offered advice to the FTC or any
>>other agency of a political jurisdiction on the subject at some prior point
>>in time.
>>If so, then I suppose that the ALAC advice can be checked for currency and
>>either updated and referenced, or if current, simply referenced again.
>>Application projects like the 2004 Catalan project, or the 2000 Cooperatives
>>project, should engage in communications to their prospective communities,
>>as the default, the current situation, and still a problem for cooperatives,
>>is that no practical alternative exists to Verisign's for-profit "com" label.
>>How close pre-application communications offering pre-service information,
>>and of necessity, to meet the ICANN direct fee and additional costs which
>>are identified in the current DAG, also solliciting participation, whether
>>unconditional, or in exchange for some current value, or expectation, can
>>come to "pre-registration" of a hypothetical, I can't speculate upon.
>>The United Domains campaign is clearly not an instance of a single application
>>project, or a cooperating group such as ECLID (Scotland, Wales, Brittany,
>>Galacia, and the Autonomous Basque Region) communicating to their respective
>>I'm not optimistic concerning ICANN's current CEO instructing staff counsel
>>to make a determination that "pre-registration" volates the current registrar
>>contract, but I think offers of "pre-registration" by non-parties to registry
>>application projects are contrary to the public interest, and may harm the
>>targeted registry application projects, for which they have private redress.
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