[At-Large] Your help is needed -- candidate consumer constituency charter

Neil Schwartzman neil at cauce.org
Thu Feb 3 11:13:38 UTC 2011

On Feb 2, 2011, at 2:24 PM, Beau Brendler wrote:

> Hello, all. After discussing the issue with Alex Gakuru, we thought it a good idea to make this document available to a wide audience. It's an attachment, meant to be read in conjunction with the old consumer constituency charter (background and old charter here: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201002-en.htm#newco)
> The attached document points out sections of the old charter that need to be rewritten and separates them from the boilerplate legal language all the new constituency proposals have. We seek new wording that's appropriately inclusive. Some members of the community have asked for the opportunity to assist in the rewrite -- here is that opportunity.

Thanks, I'll pass this on to my board to see if we've anything to contribute. At first glance it appears quite good. 

I particularly like the point of distinction you've drawn between 'consumer' and, effectively, 'internet end user'; one we have consciously been making at CAUCE for some time.

William Gibson defined 'consumer' in a way you may find as amusing as I do:

consumer - something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka. It's covered with eyes and it sweats constantly. The sweat runs into those eyes and makes them sting. It has no mouth... no genitals, and can only express its mute extremes of murderous rage and infantile desire by changing the channels on a universal remote. - William Gibson

Neil Schwartzman
Executive Director
The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email, North America Inc.

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