[NA-Discuss] Requirements for NARALO individual membership and related motion (Beau, 10 min)

Eric Brunner-Williams ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Sun May 8 15:57:56 UTC 2011

I think the fundamental issue is ensuring that self-interest does not 
capture or reduce the efficacy of the public interest.

The group model ensures that most contracted party affiliated 
individuals will, should they advocate for any interest, private or 
public, engage through the local group.

Hypothetically, this could result in a "Reston" group in which the 
interests of two registry operators was determinant, and similar 
results where other contracted parties have enough individual 
employees and their dependents to influence policy advocacy. However, 
in the scope and structure of the NARALO such capture of the process 
would be damped, if not drowned out, by the vastly larger number of 
groups with no material interest in contracted party self interest.

So, at the general membership level, diversity and vitality are the 
defenses to public interest capture or reduction of efficacy. Should 
either the diversity or vitality of the NARALO be significantly 
reduced, these defenses against private interest capture may also be 

For the elected officers of the NARALO, in particular the Unaffiliated 
Member Representative, an office I currently hold, some eligibility 
criteria is reasonable, e.g., continuous availability and engagement, 
and not being an employee or shareholder of a contracted party seems 
prudent and non-excessive.


On 5/7/11 11:25 AM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> On 7 May 2011 08:47, Thompson, Darlene<DThompson1 at gov.nu.ca>  wrote:
>> I totally agree with Beau on this matter.  The individual members can
>> "police" themselves and if changes need to be made in the future, we can
>> address them then.
> +1
> I agree that the individual members' _representative_ should not be a
> contracted party or otherwise have a business interest in ICANN or domain
> selling (and I recall that Eric has to wait until he left CORE to be
> eligible), but that the members themselves should not have such a
> requirement.
> Frankly, I was very impressed with how NARALO handled the trolling attempts.
> - Evan
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