[At-Large] top 10 reasons why the waiver is a bad idea

Marita Moll mmoll at ca.inter.net
Thu Apr 28 14:31:21 UTC 2022

With apologies to former late show host David Letterman and thanks to 
all those who provided input, here are my top 10 reasons why this waiver 
is a bad idea for ICANN and for the community:

10. It is insensitive to the global community as it can be interpreted 
as an exportation of U.S.-based litigious culture

9. It disregards the fact that participants at ICANN meetings have 
always willingly and knowingly accepted personal responsibility for 
health issues that arise during meetings

8. It is a disincentive to attending ICANN meetings in person, thereby 
damaging the ability of the community to work together

7. Concerns which have arisen throughout the community about the broad 
scope of the waiver are not being addressed – including legal opinions 
warning potential participants against signing.

6. No one is taking ownership of this waiver. The Board position on it 
is unclear

5. There has been no general explanation to the community or any attempt 
seek buy-in for this waiver

4. This kind of blanket waiver could be unenforceable and in that case, 
serves only as intimidation

3. The waiver infringes on individual rights

2. ICANN appears to be abandoning its duty of care to the participating 
community who are voluntarily contributing their time and energy to 
fulfilling ICANN's mandate to operate as a bottom-up multistakeholder 

*Top reason why this waiver is a really bad idea:*

*1. It leaves a lasting unpleasant taste in the mouths of participants 
contributing to ICANN's multistakeholder model -- which is presented as 
a source of pride and accomplishment to the internet governance community.*

Marita (now signing off on this topic -- thanks for bearing with me)

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