Registar advisory on WHOIS accuracy.

ICANN has published an Advisory which explains the so-called 15-day period in the RAA’s WHOIS accuracy provisions, and also explains where the 15 working day period in ICANN’s September 2002 letter to the Verisign registrar came from, namely, regi…

ICANN has published an Advisory which explains the so-called 15-day period in the RAA’s WHOIS accuracy provisions, and also explains where the 15 working day period in ICANN’s September 2002 letter to the Verisign registrar came from, namely, registrar compliance provisions.

Kabul. Bagdad. Rio.

Esther Dyson on ICANN reform, user participation, and more fundamental issues: Yes, it matters to some extent who is on ICANN’s board — or who is in power in Iraq — but it’s not as important as it may seem. Change the structure and you don’t nec…

Esther Dyson on ICANN reform, user participation, and more fundamental issues: Yes, it matters to some extent who is on ICANN’s board — or who is in power in Iraq — but it’s not as important as it may seem. Change the structure and you don’t necessarily change the texture that determines much of what actually goes on. Structure helps change things over time, but it doesn’t work on its own. People need to know what to do to use and reinforce the structure. She then (accurately) observes the importance of having a physical seat at the negotiating table, as opposed to just participating online.

I’d emphasize the word “just” in the sentence above: Online participation works much better once you had a beer (or Caipirinha) with the people you are working with (or against). Of course, cynics would express this by saying that making friends and manipulating people is much easier that way…

(historic) ALAC statement on WHOIS.

I don’t think this made it into ICANN blogsphere, yet… Immediately before the GNSO council’s 20 February telephone conference (at which the WHOIS Task Force’s consensus policies were adopted), I posted this statement on WHOIS policy on behalf of…

I don’t think this made it into ICANN blogsphere, yet… Immediately before the GNSO council’s 20 February telephone conference (at which the WHOIS Task Force’s consensus policies were adopted), I posted this statement on WHOIS policy on behalf of the Interim ALAC.

Recent slides on WHOIS policy.

Some relatively recent, but pre-Rio, slides on WHOIS policy (and ICANN in general) are available here. I used these for a talk on WHOIS policy I gave to the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications, in the week before t…

Some relatively recent, but pre-Rio, slides on WHOIS policy (and ICANN in general) are available here. I used these for a talk on WHOIS policy I gave to the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications, in the week before the Rio meetings.

ALAC notes from Rio

Two pointers into the ALAC’s list archive: A powerpoint file which I produced during some of the structure discussion; Scribe notes by Wendy Seltzer, covering the ALAC’s meeting with some people from the Brazilian Internet community.

Two pointers into the ALAC’s list archive: A powerpoint file which I produced during some of the structure discussion; Scribe notes by Wendy Seltzer, covering the ALAC’s meeting with some people from the Brazilian Internet community.

Back from Rio…

Just in time to be too late for any Rio notes, the Notebook is back on the net — I could have done this earlier, but was too lazy and too sloppy to do it. (Let’s see if anyone notices that it’s back now.) Blogging from Rio was Bret’s and Ross’ bu…

Just in time to be too late for any Rio notes, the Notebook is back on the net — I could have done this earlier, but was too lazy and too sloppy to do it. (Let’s see if anyone notices that it’s back now.) Blogging from Rio was Bret’s and Ross’ business.

Rio impressions: Amazingly well-organized meeting (my deepest respect to the local organizers), amazingly beautiful landscape, amazingly bad architecture, the most ugly cathedral I’ve ever seen (ok, Taizé can compete), generally good conference atmosphere (despite humidity and heat). Oh, and don’t try to spend local currency at GIG’s duty-free — they only accept US dollars, and you have no chance to change your Reals back to hard currency once you’re through customs. (Despite the fact that Brazilian coins look like fake Euros nowadays…)

During ALAC’s Sunday meeting, some of the structure discussions were relatively frustrating — still, I’m optimistic that we’ll come up with some pragmatic way of actually getting this entire structure to a point where it’s used by people. If there’s any conclusion which can be drawn from these specific discussions in Rio, then it’s that nobody comes up with additional criteria for “at-large structures”. There were some worries that ALAC may take over the NCUC (we’re working on it ;-), or, more seriously, may compete with the NCUC for the same kinds of organizations. The answer to that one is that we don’t want non-commercial organizations to speak on their own behalf (which is what should happen in the NCUC), but that we want them to speak up on behalf of individual Internet users. On ALAC’s side, we’re certainly hoping for synergies, and are not interested in competing each other into the ground.

On substantial topics, there was some progress on WHOIS, in particular at the GNSO Council meeting, and in the debate of that topic during the public forum. Too bad that Karl Auerbach still doesn’t get it, and turned the board meeting on Thursday into an event which was even more dull this time than what it’s usually like. I escaped elsewhere.