[CCWG-ACCT] [ianatransition] U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Full Hearing on 24 May 2016

Andrew Sullivan ajs at anvilwalrusden.com
Wed May 25 20:29:27 UTC 2016

On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:33:01PM +0530, Sivasubramanian M wrote:
> ​I was concerned about it on a different plane. The Transition proposal,
> viewed as a proposal from the ICANN Community to the US Government

Since it isn't from the ICANN community, but in fact from three
different operational communities only one of which is reasonably
identifiable as "ICANN", this would be a mistaken view anyway.  But …

> falls short of being a clear message to the Global stakeholders. I felt
> that the US Government ought to see the Transition proposal as its own
> document addressed to the World and pay attention from this perspective.

… I suspect that this is where your real (and deep) confusion is best
signalled.  The transition proposal is simply a proposal to eliminate
a function that is unneeded and does no work.  You seem to be
suggesting that some new decision-maker ought to be involved. But
that's not the proposal.

> Why is it seen as "a little insulting"?

Because people all over the world have worked tirelessly over the past
several years to hammer out a detailed consensus that finely balances
a whole bunch of considerations, and you are blithely asserting that
it would be trivial to come up with something better.  And it would be
"better" in resepct of solving no concrete problem you have even
attempted to describe.  

> comments are unexpected and not (momentarily) in tune with that of the
> Community I belong to, I mean well.

If you mean well, I suggest that you describe clearly and succinctly
the problem you can identify with the proposal -- one that would be
solved by the completely unspecific "soft" transition (which is
apparently to include some sort of ceremonial moment at which
apparently nothing changes but where we all pretend something has
happened).  Otherwise, you do not appear to mean well, but instead to
mean harm to an implementation that needs our concentration.

Best regards,


Andrew Sullivan
ajs at anvilwalrusden.com

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