[IANAtransition] Consumer Constituencies Re:   New acronym IFABDFI ; -)
avri at acm.org
Thu Apr 3 04:24:55 UTC 2014
Both ALAC and NCSG in ICANN have at separate times and at other times
together, tried to get consumer constituencies off the ground.
NCSG has had a candidate non commercial consumer constituency for
several years, and this is represented on the NCSG executive and policy
committees by Dorothy Gordon. The candidate constituency has, however,
been remarkably inactive.
That is, we have tried the new process for initiating a new
constituency, but never reached closure. Under the rules of ICANN and
the NCSG, the only hing that was really missing for this to have become
a full constituency was consistent activity and participation in WGs and
Note: As an NCSG member, we can belong to up 3 constituencies (albeit we
only have 2 full constituencies at the moment) because our voting is
done at a flat SG level. I am a member of this candidate consumer
constituency that has never gone anywhere.
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From: "Shatan, Gregory S."
Date:04/02/2014 21:15 (GMT-05:00)
To: 'Brian E Carpenter'
Cc: Patrik Fältström ,ianatransition at icann.org,ISOC ,"Ianaxfer at Elists.
Subject: Re: [IANAxfer] [IANAtransition] [Internet Policy] New acronym
IFABDFI ; -)
The "consumer stakeholder" issue is an interesting one.
Does (should) ALAC, considered to represent the "end user," represent
consumers as such? Should it do it more, or not at all?
Does the NCSG represent consumers? Maybe in certain aspects, maybe not
IP lawyers (me among them) will argue that the trademark laws are really
consumer protection laws, and that the IPC protects consumers to an
extent (many if not most in the IPC would agree that the new gTLDs were
far more pain than pleasure). Even if you accept the argument, it still
doesn't replace the consumers' voice.
So, maybe there should be a consumers constituency of some sort, to
represent consumers as such (i.e., those on the receiving end of
commercial transactions). ICANN does have a method for proposing and
activating new constituencies; I don't remember this being tried in my
tenure. In part, it has to start with some dedicated stakeholder
representatives who want to take on the task, and take the time to be
active not only as stakeholders, but as pioneers. The NPOC is the only
"new" constituency during my tenure -- I'm sure there are lessons to be
learned from their experiences.
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