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

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Fri Jun 28 12:00:45 UTC 2019

On Fri, 28 Jun 2019 at 00:08, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com> wrote:

SO: It's actually section 12.2(d) and the point is that the section didn't
> say registrants were excluded from "individual internet end users".

It doesn't _exclude_ war criminals, dinosaurs, registry owners or anyone
else. But 12.2(d) uniquely has ALAC (and no other constituency in ICANN)
representing end users. Every other constituency has a voice elsewhere,
including registrants who make up nearly half of the GNSO.

The 2% of the world (maybe that much) that buys or sells domains is
well-represented elsewhere in ICANN. The rest of the world is depending on
us. And when end-user and registrant interests conflict, we have a clear

Olivier and Alan are right in that we have often championed end-user rights
(and indeed Alan is downplaying his significant role in other initiatives).
But it is also true that we have also invested substantial volunteer
resources in the thrashing over issues (dot-brands, digital archery,
applicant support) which are not the concern of our core community. In
hindsight we need to learn to be more selective in the battles we pick and
the positions we take.

- Evan
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