[CPWG] ICANN Code of Conduct

John Laprise jlaprise at gmail.com
Wed May 1 02:00:07 UTC 2019

Thank you Jonathan. I concur. I've forwarded this thread to the Ombudsman.
Incivility is not something At Large tolerates. In this case, it comes
perilously close to violating ICANN community conduct guidelines.

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John Laprise, Ph.D.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 6:00 PM Jonathan Zuck <JZuck at innovatorsnetwork.org>

> George,
> Your comments about Greg somehow "capturing" the At-large (on whose behalf
> I wonder) are disingenuous given the campaign. In which you are engaged and
> insulting to everyone on this list attempting to get a handle on a complex
> and highly political issue. I suggest you withdraw them. Thanks.
> Jonathan
> Jonathan Zuck
> Executive Director
> Innovators Network Foundation
> www.Innovatorsnetwork.org
> ------------------------------
> *From:* GTLD-WG <gtld-wg-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org> on behalf of
> George Kirikos <icann at leap.com>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:51:47 AM
> *To:* CPWG
> *Subject:* Re: [GTLD-WG] [CPWG] Further Revised Draft Statement on .ORG
> Renewal
> For the record, I disagree with the statement that Greg prepared, and
> it doesn't reflect my views (which I linked to in an earlier post). It
> doesn't even reflect the views expressed by many non-profits who made
> public comments, including NPR and other high profile ones:
> https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/comments-org-renewal-18mar19/2019q2/003179.html
> or the Non-Commercial Stakeholders:
> https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/comments-org-renewal-18mar19/2019q2/003207.html
> If folks wanted to send a letter, they should have sent it in an
> individual capacity, rather than pretend that this statement is
> reflective of the views of billions of internet users. Given the
> overwhelming opposition already expressed in the public comments to
> date, Greg's statement is more indicative of capture of the At-Large,
> rather than anything that could reasonably reflect what users think of
> these contracts.
> ISOC/PIR is just one of many non-profits, and its mission is no better
> than any other. Every organization has unlimited wants, but needs to
> work within a reasonable budget. ISOC/PIR doesn't own .org, and
> shouldn't pretend it does via unlimited "rent" or taxes payable to it.
> They'll always be able to spend as much money as they can take in. As
> I noted in my own comments, nothing would stop ISOC/PIR from selling
> out to private equity, who could then take the heat for huge price
> increases, while ISOC/PIR walks away with an enormous multi-billion
> dollar endowment fund.
> The statement that "many At-Large Structures are also ISOC Chapters"
> is consistent with a conflict of interest and capture, rather than
> being reflective of ordinary users.
> The base agreement for new gTLDs is different from that of legacy
> gTLDs for good reason, and should not be adopted by legacy gTLDs which
> predate ICANN itself, and whose registrants do not agree with
> unlimited fee increases. That's changing the rules in the middle of
> the game (whereas registrants of new gTLDs knew all along the risks
> they take registering with new gTLDs, where the registry essentially
> "owns" that TLD).
> The letter quotes Jonathan Zuck's statement about the "desirability"
> of higher prices almost verbatim, but hasn't done the same for others
> in the CPWG. Higher prices are not desirable in any way, except by
> some twisted logic that makes no economic sense (my own personal
> background is in economics and finance). New entrants always knew that
> legacy gTLDs had capped prices, before they entered the space.
> Furthermore, competition generally leads to *lower* prices, not higher
> prices!
> Attempting to argue that capped fees contribute to confusion, phising,
> fraud and abuse is truly a stretch.  The most abused TLDs are the new
> gTLDs, not the legacy ones, e.g. see:
> https://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/tlds/
> If one wants to target phishing, fraud and other abuses, one needs to
> actually *target* it using effective tools. Raising prices for
> *everyone* is not an effective tool, as it has more collateral damage
> than actual benefits. If 1%, for example, of domains are engaged in
> abused, it makes no sense to raise costs on 100% of registrants. One
> wants to raise costs only on those engaged in abuse (e.g. through high
> penalties for abuse, like jailtime, fines, etc.). Raising prices for
> *everyone* simply enriches the registry, at the expense of the public.
> Pretending that an "economic study" will be helpful is absurd, as
> ICANN has in the past commissioned "experts" who simply regurgitated
> whatever ICANN wanted them to say. Recall that these so-called
> "experts" (the Carlton report, etc.) were used to justify the new gTLD
> program in the first place, which has been a failure. Here's a comment
> from K. Claffy, which talked about those reports:
> https://forum.icann.org/lists/economic-framework/msg00004.html
> which also referenced my scathing comments about them at the time
> (which proved prescient). She concluded her comments with:
> "Similar to my observations of what's happening in the security and
> stability discussion of root scaling, ICANN's behavior looks like it's
> trying to buy rubberstamps of its current plans from commercial
> consultants, rather than foster what is needed in the long term: a
> coherent field of objective, peer-reviewed technical, policy, and
> economic research on Internet naming and numbering, and incentivized
> data-sharing to support such research."
> The ICANN contracts do not have any mechanism to "undo" the changes.
> Once the caps are removed, that genie cannot be put back in the
> bottle. One should do an economic study *before* lifting any price
> caps, rather than doing them after the horse has left the barn, and
> after the damage has already been done.
> What "problem" is this contract actually trying to solve? If it's not
> broken (and legacy gTLDs are successful, obviously), one should stick
> with the status quo. If new gTLDs are the "broken" thing, they can be
> fixed directly (by adding fee caps, just like the successful legacy
> gTLDs, or making other changes).
> In conclusion, Greg, Jonathan, and others should have simply submitted
> their own personal comments, rather than try to suggest that this
> statement is reflective of billions of users.
> Sincerely,
> George Kirikos
> 416-588-0269
> http://www.leap.com/
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 2:14 AM Greg Shatan <greg at isoc-ny.org> wrote:
> >
> > All,
> >
> > I am attaching another, further revised draft public comment on the .ORG
> renewal, after sifting through the various recent conversations on the
> list.   I will try to circulate a redline in the morning, New York time,
> but can't right now.
> >
> > I thought about including something on UA, but for .ORG and in the
> absence of proposed language, I did not see the obvious hook in this
> statement to bring that concept in.
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Greg
> >
> > Greg Shatan
> > greg at isoc-ny.org
> > President, ISOC-NY
> > "The Internet is for everyone"
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