Amazing! Staff Says ICANN-Verisign Deal Doesn't Raise 'Policy' Issues
Date: Friday February 03 2006, @04:49AM
Who needs ICANNWatch in the weeks when Bret Fausett is energized? See Pigs and Cows and New gTLDs:
At a recent meeting ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization asked
ICANN Staff to prepare a report on whether the ICANN-Verisign agreement
posed policy issues that should be addressed by the GNSO's policy
council. The report is in,
and I don't anyone was surprised to learn that the folks who negotiated
the deal don't think it's wise to have ICANN's policy organizations
involved. Here's the recommendation: "ICANN Staff does not recommend that the GNSO launch a policy development process directed at one specific registry agreement." And the General Counsel's opinion: "The
General Counselís opinion is that 'the dot COM proposed agreement in
relation to the various views that have been expressed by the
constituencies' is not 'properly within the scope of the ICANN policy
process and within the scope of the GNSO.'"
There's lots more there too.
So this brings us to the ICANN equivalent of a constitutional moment. What's a policy issue and, perhaps more importantly, who decides what's a policy issue?
If nothing is a policy issue, I say we all go home.
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