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Re: [council] Role of council with respect to Agenda Item 4

Neuman, Jeff wrote:
I do agree with much of what you have stated in your e-mail with respect to
the GNSO's role.  However, I would like to clarify that that the
introduction of registry services is not a policy matter within the scope of
the GNSO.  Such a policy (or even if you believe a lack of policy) is
governed by the contracts and not through the GNSO policy process.

The distinction does not hold, Jeff. On the material side, if the service has implications on the structure and usability of the DNS, "this" is indeed subject to evaluation and possible policy recomendations, for instance by GNSO. On the implementation side, some policy issues may be dealt with just the internal ICANN process, and some "might" require contractual negotiations/enforcement/whatever. And some services might have absolutely nothing to do with ICANN's process or registry contracts.

The "waht" and the "how" are different things, and the fact that there is a contractual relationship does not preclude the ICANN community to perform its role (develop DNS policy within its scope and competences). Registries and ICANN do have entered into contracts PRECISELY to have a legal tool to enforce the basic DNS policies developed within ICANN process.


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