[At-Large] The Case for Regulatory Capture at ICANN | Review Signal Blog

John Laprise jlaprise at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 14:53:28 UTC 2019

My rationale for higher pricing is pretty simple: It’s an economic deterrent to those who speculate on domains. It raises their warehousing costs. For productive registrants a marginally higher per website cot is likely easily rolled into a budget. 


I would offer that higher costs impact speculators more than anyone else and I do not shed a tear for that.


John Laprise


From: At-Large <at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org> On Behalf Of Seun Ojedeji
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:37 AM
To: Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org>
Cc: At-Large Worldwide <at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [At-Large] The Case for Regulatory Capture at ICANN | Review Signal Blog


On Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 3:17 PM Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org <mailto:evan at telly.org> > wrote:

On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 at 05:05, Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com <mailto:ocl at gih.com> > wrote:



But to end-users? To people who will never buy a domain, many of whom will actually type a FQDN on their browser less than once a year? What is their stake in all of this? How are they impacted? These are questions that ALAC has rarely if ever truly tackled, and yet this is the small-c constituency we exist to speak for. We do a crappy job of it because we're constantly conflating what's good for domain buyers with what's good for the billions impacted by DNS policy. Our definition of consumers does not comprise the consumers of domain names, but the consumers of the products and services of domain owners. To the extent that we have constantly (and knowingly) blurred that distinction, we have abrogated responsibility to perform ALAC's bylaw-defined mandate.


SO: Evan I hear you, but I think if you read your statement above again, you might see that a typical end-user can actually be a registrant (and vice versa) so I really don't think one can make a clear distinction between the 2 as you seem to be attempting.



I'd love nothing more than a debate on price caps -- or any other substantive ICANN issue -- truly focused on the impact on people who don't and never will own domains.


SO: While debate on above is within scope, the impact on individuals who uses the domains is also not out of scope as they indeed are end users. I think the ICANN structure has been setup in a way that makes it look like it's possible to entirely raise registrants interest (ncsg) distinctly from end user (AtLarge) interest but I find that that to remain good on paper and perhaps has remain the source of the "ironically" good relationship within those 2 stakeholders over the years.





As Olivier also said, ALAC needs to keep speaking, but it needs to be clearer whose interests it's speaking for. If we don't at least try to address the interests of non-registrant end-users, who will?


SO: Agree but the idea that registrants (or to put it better certain registrants) isn't part of end users will on it's own question the basis to legitimately argue for the non-registrants within ICANN.



- Evan



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