[At-Large] Auction Proceeds - where we are and what you can help

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Fri May 12 22:59:21 UTC 2017

​Oh and before anyone replies on procedure:

I am fully aware that this stage of the WG is dealing with broad criteria
and not specific recipients.​

But in the world of Internet Governance, the IGF is in a category of its
own and IMO it is reasonable to discuss its inclusion at a structural level
at this point.

On 12 May 2017 at 18:55, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:

> I'm not sure that there's really a disagreement between Ken and John.
> Informing the world of the function of the DNS -- and of ICANN's crucial
> role in that piece of infrastructure -- is both within scope and of high
> value. There are ways that this can be deployed in ways that don't
> constitute vanity and self-aggrandizing.
> ---
> Personally I'm a little surprised and disappointed by the fact nobody in
> this list, especially my civil society colleagues, are advocating use of
> auction proceeds to seed an ongoing endowment for the IGF. There are many
> important parts of Internet governance, but ICANN is the only one of them
> that attracts so much money and speculative/entrepreneurial behavior. ICANN
> could almost overnight render itself one of the global heroes of the
> Internet ecosystem if it provided ongoing support of other related bits
> such that the IGF could maintain vitality and independence.
> Furthermore, it is in ICANN's selfish best interest to promote
> multi-stakeholderism throughout the universe of IG. If government
> multilateral activity can successfully encroach on the ecosystem due to
> weakness/failure of the IGF, then ICANN will surely be a target next.
> Just a thought. If ALAC got behind this and the idea gained broad support,
> ICANN will find a way to define such action to be within scope.
> (Disclosure: I have never even attended an IGF, so I am hardly acting in a
> self-serving manner in proposing this endowment. One doesn't have to be in
> the IGF to see its value.)
> - Evan

Evan Leibovitch
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