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Please Consider: Guidelines for Proposed ICANN Policies and Activities
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- Subject: Please Consider: Guidelines for Proposed ICANN Policies and Activities
- From: "Joseph M. Reagle Jr." <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 09:15:43 -0400
Guidelines for Proposed ICANN Policies and Activities
The ICANN Board will look to the following guidelines in the
consideration of its own conduct and proposed policies and actions
arising from supporting organizations. Accordingly, the Board expects
that the supporting organizations will include consideration of these
guidelines as part of their policy development and evaluation
processes. These guidelines are not intended to be rigid. Rather, they
seek to establish a culture of institutional openness and
accountability, and promote policies that are intrinsically limited in
their scope, but rigorous and uniform in their application.
1 Policies should be adopted on the basis of technical merit;
policies should not discriminate on the basis of expressive
2 With respect to proposed policies, consensus positions and
recommendations should be accompanied by minority opinions and
dissenting views, if any. The consensus position or recommendation
should address and respond to minority concerns.
3 Activities and policies should be rigorous in defining and
enforcing the scope of their activity. Where appropriate, sunset
clauses, expiration dates, and expectations regarding the
revisiting of a policy or activity should expressly stated.
4 Criteria of success should be expressly stated and used a basis
for criticism and improvement.
5 Proposed policies must be shown to be in the best interests of the
Internet community and should demonstrate strong evidence that
such policies can be implemented. Where appropriate, the Board
encourages the testing of proposed policies on a smaller scale.
The implementation and operational use of a technical policy
demonstrates an interest and ability to deploy the policy at
6 Policies must be applied in a consistent, well founded, and
uniform manner. Policies should be designed so as to minimize the
risk of selective enforcement or abuse.
7 The Board encourages policy development processes characterized by
openness, transparency, decentralization, bottom-up coordination
and constructive competition among small groups and communities.
Joseph Reagle 03/08/99 11:44 AM
This proposal is my own and does not necessarily express the views of
W3C, MIT, Harvard, or the Berkman Center
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