16 February 2014

ICANN chastised by Ron Andruff, Marilyn Cade, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Alan Greenberg, and Evan Leibovitch

Think ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)  is operating in the public interest with transparency and accountability? Read the full letter at the link below (excerpts follow) --

Letter from Ron Andruff, Marilyn Cade, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Alan Greenberg, and Evan Leibovitch to Cherine Chalaby | ICANN: "Letter from Ron Andruff, Marilyn Cade, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Alan Greenberg, and Evan Leibovitch to Cherine Chalaby" Full copy of correspondence (pdf): http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/andruff-et-al-to-chalaby-14feb14-en.pdf


"....We echo the disappointment expressed widely within our communities that management and staff of ICANN’s new gTLD division do not believe that a public comment period on the PAB model is warranted. Protection of the public interest is inherent in ICANN’s mission and should not be subordinated to business concerns. ICANN committed in Section 3(a) of the Affirmation of Commitments (AOC)(http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/aoc/affirmation-of-commitments-30sep09-en.htm) to “ensure that decisions made related to the global technical coordination of the DNS are made in the public interest and are accountable and transparent”. Similar commitments to the public interest appear in Sections 4, 8(c), and 9.1 of the AOC....

"It is regrettable that the delayed posting of these documents meant that we were not able to correct some apparent mistakes, or misunderstandings. The topic of timely posting of staff materials remains a community wide concern, as having significant gaps and delays in providing information to the community on staff prepared briefing documents is inimical to transparency and accountability. We do not believe that staff accurately portrayed our presentation of the PAB model in oral remarks that stated that “the model represents a departure from the role of the registry operator as contemplated in the Applicant Guidebook and Registry Agreement”, or in the provision of background materials that selectively presented certain aspects of the initial PAB model rather than containing the complete five-page letter sent to you on September 25, 2013 (http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/andruff-to-chalaby-25sep13-en.pdf)....

"We also believe that ICANN should minimize any new monitoring or enforcement burden placed on public authorities, particularly at a time of strained governmental resources. ICANN has adequate financial resources to fulfill such inherent obligations given the large sums it has collected in new gTLD application fees....

"At a time when ICANN’s accountability and commitment to the public interest are being strongly challenged, effective measures that protect the public interest in regulated strings should be viewed as a foundation to credible defense of the multistakeholder model. The inadequacies of the proposed NGPC adopted measures to prevent widespread consumer deception through through new gTLD domains will be extremely harmful to ICANN’s credibility and reputation...." (emphasis added)

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