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    ICANN Staff and Structure Another Try At Registrants' Constituency?
    posted by michael on Thursday February 14 2002, @03:47PM

    ICANN has historically been rather unfriendly to the idea of giving end-users or domain name registrants much of a voice in the DNSO. One reason given has been the existence of at-large directors; putting individuals in the DNSO would , it is sometimes said, double-count them...problem is since everyone votes for at-large directors, that applies to every other DNSO constituency too....

    Various attempts by groups to self-organize a domain name holders constituency (e.g. the IDNO), met not only with failure, but with actual contempt. (Had the idea succeeded, it might have tipped the balance of power in the GA away from business domination; can't have that.) Indeed ICANN refused for several meeetings of the Board to dignify the proposals with time on its agenda until forced to do so by a resolution of the DNSO General Assembly. Once on the agenda, soon dead. Reduced to irrelevance, the die-hard supporters fell to internecine warfare. It wasn't pretty.

    Now the intrepid Jeffsy Morphin (you can read his self-description here) proposes on the EC-POP mailing list that perhaps it is time to try again. Full text below.

    Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 14:45:05 +0100
    From: Jefsey Morfin {jefsey@wanadoo.fr}
    To: ecdiscuss@ec-pop.org
    Cc: icann-fra@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [ecdiscuss] Registrants Constituency project

    We are considering the creation of a Registrants Constituency as per the ICANN Bylaws. We being members of the DNSO/GA and members of different individual and professional registrants mailing lists. The target is to dialog with Registries, ccTLDs and Registrars Constituencies on practical reponses to Registrants day to day needs, to commonly study innovation in the area of the domain name, to document the Consumer protection organizations on the Internet registration issues, to cooperate with the ALSC to make the ccTLD registrants accepted as @large Members, etc.

    The ICANN Bylaws require a bootstrap to be formed and a letter to be sent to the BoD. I accepted to serve in that bootstrap as a focal point for the European matters. I wish that bootstrap includes a fair European representation. If you are interested to share into such a project; please let me know.

    I also wish to keep the European registries/registrars properly informed. I would therefore thank the European ccTLD and candidate ".eu" TLD Managers to let me knwo who would be our best interface with their organization

    I thank you for you attention.
    Jefsey Morfin

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    Re: Another Try At Registrants' Constituency?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday February 14 2002, @07:04PM (#4881)
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    Bonne chance Jefsey. See also the current Cyber-Federalist. -g
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