[At-Large] [ALAC] Reference: ICC Ruling on Objections filed by the ALAC

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Thu Jan 23 17:18:08 UTC 2014

On 23 January 2014 11:58, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> wrote:

> It is clear that the examiner has considered the objection is their
> strictest form relating them directly to the Applicant Guidebook. But I
> consider that the ICANN Bylaws overrule the Applicant Guidebook and
> therefore the overarching theme should have been the Public Interest, which
> the examiner failed to take into account.

Ah, but this is ICANN, where the "public interest" is in the eye of the
beholder. Every TLD applicant asserts they are acting in the public
interest by serving their own.

In the absence of special instructions to the adjudicator, ALAC is Just
Another Objector ... with no more greater claim to service in the public
interest than the applicant.

In the ICANN world -- uniquely so within Internet Governance -- the "public
interest" and the interests of Internet end-users are two very distinct
things which are even allowed to be in conflict.

- Evan

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