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    Re:Where's the $300K
    by Richard_Henderson on Sunday October 26 2003, @05:43PM (#12536)
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    Fair question. Of course, Sebastien or Paul Twomey could enlighten us if they chose to engage in an open dialogue, here or elsewhere.


    One of my main issues with ICANN, though, is the abuse of process or the abandonment of process.


    Analyse the process put to the ICANN Board for this Process:


    Stuart Lynn made it clear in his Action Plan (which he presented to the Board and which they instructed him to implement) that he would


    (a) form a TEAC to guide and oversee the soliciting of this contract... and Stuart Lynn said he was going to draft in the previous members of the Task Force to do this...


    In the event, Sebastien was appointed prior to any TEAC... I know this, having consulted with Task Force members... a couple of them were told in Rio of the idea for a TEAC, and told Sebastien would be heading the Evaluation... and then... nothing... no TEAC meetings, no TEAC mention in the ICANN committee list... no TEAC mailing list... nothing...


    Also, the TEAC was meant to guide the appointee and oversee his work and produce quarterly reports... again... nothing... indeed, when one Task Force member asked for access of the missing Appendix U Registry Evaluation Reports, they were told No, because only ICANN staff and a few others could view these...


    Furthermore, this contract (with a $300,000 budget) was supposed to result from solicting bidS... note the plural... I know of no evidence of ads going out, or recruitment, or attempts to attract professional independent alternatives to Sebastien... so what happened to this part of the process?


    Finally for now, Sebastien himself has stated that his report will be published this October... well that means that it's due within 4 days!!! So perhaps we will see its magic appearance - without any public interface or participation, without as yet even a published announcement of Sebastien's role on the ICANN website... perhaps, in these next 4 days, we shall see what ICANN offers us for that money...

    ...however much they paid...


    And don't forget, it was money which came from the $2million raised from applicants for the previous new TLDS


    My objection is that - as with the non-appearance of the Registry Evaluation Reports - this is just so amateurish, and lacking in due process... and it does nothing to promote a belief in ICANN's serious intent to develop objective criteria, based on objective and detailed evaluation, to inform them and inform others on how best to proceed and select further NewTLDs


    But yes, indeed, it would be interesting to know specifically what was paid, what is produced, and why the stated process was abandoned in favour of...


    Stuart and Paul just setting up something (something from which the public was locked out) on their own?


    Richard Henderson

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    Re:Where's the $300K
    by Richard_Henderson on Sunday October 26 2003, @06:41PM (#12537)
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    To clarify and be a bit more precise... when I wrote: "a couple of them were told in Rio of the idea for a TEAC, and told Sebastien would be heading the Evaluation"...


    Of course, these former Task Force members already knew about "the idea for a TEAC" because the TEAC was originally proposed by the Task Force (in other words: them!).


    What I meant was that two of them met up with Stuart, Paul and Sebastien in Rio, and they were told about the idea of co-opting them onto a TEAC, told that Sebastien would be heading the Evaluation, and there was some abstract 'talk' about how the evaluation might work...


    After which... no TEAC... no TEAC involved in soliciting bids to select the best contract... no TEAC involved in the appointment of Sebastien (because he was already appointed!)... no TEAC involved in overseeing the Evaluation... no TEAC submitting their quarterly reports... no TEAC announced on the ICANN committees list or webpage... no TEAC on the ICANN website at all... no TEAC mailing-list... no TEAC interface with anyone... why? ... because no TEAC!


    I think it's fair to say that some of the potential TEAC members are as perplexed about the TEAC's non-emergence as anyone else, because they were led to believe they were going to be invited onto this process and instead...


    Well... where are the bids? Where are the contracts? Where are the announcements? Where's the agenda? Where's the participation? Where are the mailing lists? Where is the TEAC? Where are the Registry Reports (sorry potential TEAC member, but you're not allowed to view them!... preposterous!)... and when Paul Twomey was challenged on when the TEAC would really start functioning (and this was recently) he just reportedly said that this was not a high priority right now.


    Trouble is, they've been saying this all along about the New TLDs Evaluation Process - it was delayed for ages because of the Lynn "Reforms" - then you get almost two years on "How to do the Evaluation" - and now, here it is, from behind closed doors!!


    And still not a Registry Evaluation report to be seen, even though the Task Force pressed for this central data to be made available and ICANN said a year ago that they were in the process of dealing with this.


    Most of us, if we managed in this way, would be looking for new work... the management of a resource for the whole world, with vast social and economic implications, deserves better than this.


    Amateurs?

    ...


    Richard Henderson

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