[NA-Discuss] Convening the NA-RALO Puerto Rico ccTLD .PR "task force"
beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 28 17:33:05 UTC 2011
you know, it would be hard to make this stuff up...I especially like the
photo with the caption, "con funcionarios de la Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers" describing Vint and Paul Twomey, to be
especially humorous -- though I don't think "functionarios" has the same
slightly negative connotation in Spanish as "functionaries" does in English.
My guess is that simply making a factual presentation of the case as it
stands at ICANN Dakar, coupled with words like "User community (or at-large)
Task Force on .PR," would get us a room and an audience.
From: Eduardo Diaz
Sent: Sep 27, 2011 10:14 PM
To: Beau Brendler
Cc: gbruen at knujon.com, na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
Subject: Re: Convening the NA-RALO Puerto Rico ccTLD .PR "task force"
Great! Give me a couple of days to seek out the law firm that is handling
the sue to get the latest facts and to let me write something down to use
as the first step towards the discussion.
Also here are a couple of other articles that came out in the press. There
are in Spanish but I guess you can run them through a translator and get
The first link is interesting since it shows a picture of the .pr ccTLD
manager, Oscar Moreno, sitting next to Vint Cerf and Paul Twoney. I
believe this picture was taken during the 2007 ICANN meeting in Puerto
Rico when Dr. Moreno signed the accountability framework with ICANN. What
Also, it is difficult not to notice the coincidence that .pr ccTLD was a
diamond sponsor in the Puerto Rico meeting
(http://www.icannsanjuan.pr/) and that the .pr redelegation happened
the same year.
PS: Here is the link to the accountability framework signed by Oscar
Morena and Paul Towney
(www.icann.org/en/cctlds/pr/pr-icann-af-26jun07.pdf). Check out item
number A.2 where ICANN recognizes that the .pr was delegated to the Gauss
Research Laboratory, Inc. in 2007, a corporation operating in Puerto Rico.
On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Beau Brendler
<beaubrendler at earthlink.net> wrote:
Hello Eduardo, Garth, Gareth and all. This note is meant to convene the
"task force" on the Puerto Rico ccTLD issue. I have cc'd the NA-RALO list
in case I have missed anyone with interest, or forgottenn expressions of
interest in previous calls. Please join us if you want to get involved or
remind me if you want to be part of the effort going forward!
To jog memories, or if you are new to the issue...there's an article (a
bit old now, and in Spanish) here:
I have also attached a copy of the lawsuit, translated into English,
courtesy of Danny Younger. Eduardo probably has more current information
on this now, but it's a bit of background.
I recommend we take the following actions:
* Prepare a brief statement that the NA-RALO can make prior to Dakar. If
Eduardo can point me to, or send me, a summary of the latest facts in the
case I can use that. Or Eduardo and Garth might want to take a crack at
writing the statement, if that's the case let me know.
* Ask Garth to put this in perspective of other research that's been done
by Knujon and others on the ccTLD space, with an eye towards producing a
small report or a statement to the effect that "what's going on with
Puerto Rico's country-code level domain may seem unusual, but considering
these other things happening with ccTLDS, it's not so unusual." That can
be the basis of possibly getting some press, because we are going to need
that, or at least the possibility of it, to get that community to take
notice and get ICANN/IANA to take the matter seriously.
* Make a determination prior to Dakar of what the appropriate channels are
to raise concerns about this, so that we can send some communication up
those channels prior to Dakar.
Seems to me like those are some concrete first steps to get things
started. Feel free to add or offer other ideas. I think we have an
opportunity here since Garth will be joining us in Dakar.
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