[NA-Discuss] Fwd: Edits and comments to NARALO/ALAC position statement on GAC scorecard

Eric Brunner-Williams ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Sat Mar 26 18:10:22 UTC 2011

Recently, the policy positions held by the Registry Stakeholders Group 
(RySG), and the Registrar Stakeholders Group (RrSg), have been 
advocated in the At Large Advisory Group's North American Regional 
mailing list.

These views are not without merit, within some specific frameworks or 
analytic contexts, e.g., the expression of ICANN Board Chairman Peter 
Dengate Thrush that domainers are a public, and therefore their 
interests are a public interest [1].

However, these views are effectively advocated elsewhere, and their 
advocacy in the NARALO list, with the purpose of including these views 
in the NARALO/ALAC position statement on the GAC Scorecard complicates 
the presentation of a view not otherwise advocated.

Note also that the RySG allows an affiliate membership, which one or 
more parties anticipating registry operations as contracted parties is 
known to hold, and that absent a VI restriction, any party intending 
registry operations, whether as a party to a registry agreement, or as 
a service provider to others party to a registry agreement, may 
acquire an interest in an ICANN Accredited Registrar, both at very, 
very modest costs.


[1] Made at the Nairobi meeting in response to an intervention by the 
author that "public interest" was a subject which had been addressed 
by such well-known and articulate advocates as Bertrand de la Chapelle 
and Jeff Neuman, Esq., without agreement as to the basic meaning.

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