Re: [ga] PLEASE COMMENT: Suggested ALAC response to sTLD RFP
Rick Wesson wrote:
Who is providing advice on the ICANN activity of delegating TLDs, as seen from the point of view (and incorporating the comments of) the individual Internet users?
Therefore we have two choices:
- exclude completely any advice
- try to put together a position in the short time we have that can take into account the maximum extent possible of the Internet community AtLarge opinions
Given the fact that:
- we, in ALAC, decided for option 2)
- we don't have the money to send press releases and advertisement on the media to solicit input
- past experience shows that if we start from the blank sheet it will take months only to get the first sentence
We (ALAC) thought that the best way was to draft something and use it as a strowman to solicit input (comments, addition, deletion, modification). I am personally convinced of the severe limitations of this approach, but I was also convinced that it was still better than nothing.
Now, seeing that the debate is more focused on the procedural aspects than on the contents, I am much less convinced of this. However, I really appreciate the folks who provided substantial comments.
So you see the two things as alternative. I don't share your opinion, I believe we can at the same time try to work on having higher participation, and provide comments from the individual user POV. In fact, I do believe that one reinforces the other: the capability of presenting positions is a factor that favours participation. Of course, for the time being the position represents only the 15 people in ALAC, plus whoever added his/her comments. At the end of the process we might be lucky if we hit the 100 mark. This only means that the Board will give a very low weight to the comment. But we must start from somewhere.
You are right in assessing that very little has been done from our part to document our outreach effort, and I do believe that we have to do something about. But the forum for disseminating this information cannot be the GA list, but should be the ALAC Web Site. Of course this and other lists will be informed of the relevant activities and given the relevant pointers, but please stop assuming that, due to the fact that two ALAC members are past Chairpersons of this GA, this list will become the preferred means of communication with the individual user community.
We don't, and we don't claim that we do (for the time being).
But we claim that we attempt at giving some voice, in a scenario in which there is none.
Best regards Roberto
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