Public Benefit or Consensus? ICANN’s mission still unclear.

A recent exchange of opinions on the GA mailing list sheds a spotlight onto the fact that ICANN’s mission is not yet clearly specified, even this deep into the reform process. More precisely, the ERC’s output so far doesn’t seem to provide the cri…

A recent exchange of opinions on the GA mailing list sheds a spotlight onto the fact that ICANN’s mission is not yet clearly specified, even this deep into the reform process. More precisely, the ERC’s output so far doesn’t seem to provide the criteria needed to decide whether or not certain implementation details are a good idea in order to implement ICANN’s mission.

Moving.

You may have noticed that this weblog has changed URLs: Due to slightly absurd side effects of a change in hosting arrangements, this site now resides at log.does-not-exist.INFO. For the time being, the old URL will continue to work and will redir…

You may have noticed that this weblog has changed URLs: Due to slightly absurd side effects of a change in hosting arrangements, this site now resides at log.does-not-exist.INFO. For the time being, the old URL will continue to work and will redirect you to the new one.

Irritations about the ccNSO.

It seems like the ERC’s approach to setting up the future ccNSO may have caused some irritations among ccTLD managers. See this message from Peter Dengate Thrush to Alejandro Pisanty for details.

It seems like the ERC’s approach to setting up the future ccNSO may have caused some irritations among ccTLD managers. See this message from Peter Dengate Thrush to Alejandro Pisanty for details.

Dotster to ICANN: WLS requires consensus.

Dotster has sent a letter to ICANN, complaining about the board’s decision to permit WLS. The argument goes like this: Section 4.2.4 of the RAA says that “new and revised specifications and policies may be established” concerning “principles for a…

Dotster has sent a letter to ICANN, complaining about the board’s decision to permit WLS. The argument goes like this: Section 4.2.4 of the RAA says that “new and revised specifications and policies may be established” concerning “principles for allocation of Registered Names”. WLS changes these principles. Thus, the board’s decision constitutes new policy which would require appropriately documented consensus. Dotster says that no such consensus exists (certainly true), and that it would like to bring this to the Independent Review Panel. Since no Independent Review Panel exists, Dotster is not obligated to comply with the new policy. Consequently, WLS must be stayed.

Transfer Task Force: Open Call Today.

The Transfers Task Force is going to hold an open telephone conference today at 2:30 p.m. EST; details here. If you want to participate in the call, you most likely want to look at the latest proposal (note this remark).

The Transfers Task Force is going to hold an open telephone conference today at 2:30 p.m. EST; details here. If you want to participate in the call, you most likely want to look at the latest proposal (note this remark).

More on Reforming the GA.

At IcannWatch, Ted Byfield has taken up my brief comments on the ERC’s Second Implementation Report and its suggestions about the GA’s future. Bad enough, Ted gets much of this wrong: The ERC does indeed move into the right direction, as I wrote.

At IcannWatch, Ted Byfield has taken up my brief comments on the ERC‘s Second Implementation Report and its suggestions about the GA‘s future. Bad enough, Ted gets much of this wrong: The ERC does indeed move into the right direction, as I wrote.

Who uses bulk access to WHOIS data?

Some discussions on the WHOIS task force brought up a relatively fundamental question: Who does actually make use of the bulk access provisions from the Registrar Accreditation Agreement? For what purposes are these data being used in practice? I’…

Some discussions on the WHOIS task force brought up a relatively fundamental question: Who does actually make use of the bulk access provisions from the Registrar Accreditation Agreement? For what purposes are these data being used in practice? I’d welcome any pointers.