[registration-issues-wg] [CPWG] tomorrow's discussion re: multistakeholder model

cw at christopherwilkinson.eu cw at christopherwilkinson.eu
Wed May 29 18:00:31 UTC 2019


Good evening, Further to today's CPWG Call, I would like to submit the following text as a contribution fo the Executive Summary:

 … still to be completed …
"Otherwise, the international perception of our unique experiment in multi-stakeholder governance will be undermined. Indeed the imbalances within the ICANN community – described and discussed in this paper – go well beyond dysfunctional consensus building, and nowadays have significant economic, political and social consequences which disproportionately privilege incumbent stakeholders at the expense of others, both present and in the future, within and beyond the ICANN structure.
The current review of Evolving ICANN's Multi-stakeholder Model needs to look well beyond the internal relationships between the Supporting Organisations and Advisory Committees, and address the question as to how the present arrangements are viewed more widely, elsewhere in the world.

In most other regulated sectors of activity, companies and public authorities expect the allocation and supervision of public resources to benefit from decisions taken by independent agencies which are normally careful to avoid conflicts of interest, insider trading or collusion among incumbents. Insofar as ICANN is nowadays managing the allocation, and supervising the use of, quite vast economic resources, our present structure and performance likely appears to many as quite unusual.

Thus, arguably, the declared advantages of the multi-stakeholder model no longer outweigh, in our case, the disadvantages arising from the particular structure that has evolved in ICANN during the past two decades, and which are discussed in some detail in this report. Accordingly the necessary rebalancing of participation and powers within the ICANN organisation is in fact an essential factor in global internet Governance (IG) at large. It would also enhance the efficiency and transparency of our decisions and policies."

Regards

Christopher Wilkinson

PS: I shall endeavour to post this text to the Wiki as a Comment later today.

> On 29 May 2019, at 02:40, Marita Moll <mmoll at ca.inter.net> wrote:
> 
> Hello cpwg members. Please take a look at the google doc re: comment on the MS model BEFORE the call. There is a document, and there are comments on the document you might want to address. If no one has issues with the document or with my responses to comments made to the document, then we won't have much to discuss. I don't have any slides to present. The document itself will be our reference point.
> 
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/13nLdYeIB2wbTERgBdiE55z0RnM69F-nSXbrF4RwUZaQ/edit <https://docs.google.com/document/d/13nLdYeIB2wbTERgBdiE55z0RnM69F-nSXbrF4RwUZaQ/edit>
> Thanks
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> Marita
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