[bc-gnso] RESULTS OF VOTE: Alternative positions for ACDR proposal as UDRP Provider

Steve DelBianco sdelbianco at netchoice.org
Sat Apr 13 05:28:29 UTC 2013

28 BC members voted.  (57% of current membership)
6 votes for Alternative 1
21 votes for Alternative 2
1 Abstention

I will submit Alternative 2 to ICANN today.

ICANN has called for comments regarding ACDR's proposal to serve as a UDRP provider (link<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/acdr-proposal-01mar13-en.htm>).  The comment period ends 13-Apr.  (UDRP is the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy)

Note: ACDR is the Arab Center for Domain Name Dispute Resolution, and is affiliated with BC Member Talal Abu-Ghazaleh.

Phil Corwin and Nat Cohen volunteered as rapporteurs for these comments.  We circulated Phil's initial draft on 20-Mar.  The BC held a conference call on 28-March with ACDR representatives to discuss the first draft (transcript available on request).

As a result of that discussion, the BC is now considering two alternative positions:

Version 1:  The existing BC position, with no comment on the merits of ACDR's proposal.  This would maintain the present BC position that no new providers should be approved until ICANN has standards for UDRP administration.

Version 2: Amend the present BC position and give "Qualified Endorsement" to ACDR's proposal.
This alternative repeats the BC's prior rationale for ICANN to develop standards for UDRP administration.  It then modifies the prior position to acknowledge that ICANN may approve ACDR's proposal since they have acknowledged process concerns, answered questions, and agreed to adopt any standards ICANN develops.  The endorsement is "qualified" in that the BC requests ICANN to develop standards for UDRP administration, and suggests a staff-driven process with community input.

Steve DelBianco
Vice chair for policy coordination
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