[council] FW: [RrSG-Members] GoDaddy Status and Resignation
wolf-ulrich.knoben at t-online.de
Wed Jun 14 11:40:53 UTC 2017
Am 13.06.2017 um 17:15 schrieb James M. Bladel:
> Councilors –
> I wanted to make you aware of some developments w.r.t. to the RrSG
> elections (see thread below). While I am term-limited and cannot run
> again, the current round of GNSO Council nominations has raised
> questions of who, exactly, is eligible to hold office under the RrSG
> Charter. To ensure consistent interpretation & application of the
> Charter, my company (GoDaddy) was determined to be ineligible.
> I have resigned my elected office as Councilor, but have been
> appointed by the Registrar ExCom to continue to serve in an interim
> basis until a Special Election can be held.
> On the whole, the net impact of all of this on the Council is….not
> much. My status changes from “elected” Councilor to “appointed”
> Councilor for the next few months, but I don’t see that this change
> necessarily affects the Council, or its work, or our upcoming election
> In any case, I wanted to share this in the interests of full
> disclosure, and I’m happy to answer any questions here on the list, or
> in Johannesburg.
> Thank you,
> *From: *Graeme Bunton <gbunton at tucows.com>
> *Date: *Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:08
> *Subject: *Re: [RrSG-Members] GoDaddy Status and Resignation
> Thank you for this.
> Speaking on behalf of the ExCom, we would like to request that you
> continue to serve in your position until the completion of a special
> election under section 4.3.7 of the RrSG charter.
> The RrSG secretary will begin that process shortly.
> On 2017-06-13 10:56 AM, James M. Bladel via RrSG-Members wrote:
> Colleagues -
> As Graeme noted, I’ve recently been notified that GoDaddy is not
> eligible to hold office under the current RrSG Charter, due to our
> having executed Specification 13 for the .GODADDY Registry Agreement.
> While Specification 13 is not explicitly listed as a
> disqualification in our Charter, it contains provisions that are
> equivalent to Specification 9, which is called out as a
> disqualification under Section 4.3.6. I was not aware that our
> adoption of Spec 13 would also encompass Spec 9, and thus make
> GoDaddy (and by extension, me) ineligible to hold office.
> We have no immediate plans to launch .GODADDY, and the only active
> registration currently is NIC.GODADDY, and any Charter that
> recognizes GoDaddy as a closed brand, rather than a Registrar,
> has truly ventured in to the realm of the Absurd. But rules are
> rules, so…
> I’m hereby offering my resignation from the GNSO Council for the
> remainder of my term (ending at ICANN 60 Abu Dhabi in November).
> Should the ExCom & Members wish to retain me in office until the
> conclusion my term, I would be happy to do so on an interim basis,
> and stand for a special vote, as described under Section 4.3.7.
> Additionally, GoDaddy will not nominate or run any candidates for
> office under the existing Charter, and will not cast votes for any
> pending elections, or on the FY2018 RrSG Budget, or any other
> votes until our new Charter is adopted.
> Thank you,
> James Bladel
> Graeme Bunton
> Director, Analytics & Policy
> Tucows Inc.
> PH: 416 535 0123 ext 1634
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> council at gnso.icann.org
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