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Re: [IFWP] IDNO letter

Simply appalling!

Not only has Esther again declared herself to be 
a member of the "Initial" board, not only has she 
snubbed one of the best organized constituencies 
(which already boasts on-line, electronic voting), 
but she even had the gall to send out this rebuff 
with a *low* priority status.

More comments below . . .

At 02:34 PM 8/20/99 , Esther Dyson wrote:
>Dear Joop and colleagues -
>I'm writing to respond personally to your proposal for an Individual Domain
>Name Holders' Constituency.  As you know, the Initial Board decided not to
>consider it in Berlin because it was not among the seven constituencies we
>hoped to see form to constitute the full DNSO.  At this point, we are still
>hoping to approve conditionally the last of the seven original
>constituencies, and allow the process of enlarging the board to move forward.  
>That means that the Initial Board won't be considering your petition this
>time either, since we're still working on the first seven.
>Let me say personally that I  am not totally comfortable  with this
>decision.  Given that the At-Large Membership is not yet constituted, I
>think it important that individuals' concerns have some representation
>within the DNSO.  
>However, there are two other points worth noting. 
>First is that the representativeness of the IDNO is still questionable; it
>faces many of the same challenges of outreach and breadth that the ICANN
>Initial Board faces in trying constitute its At-Large membership.  Creating
>the IDNO now may be a way of avoiding rather than solving this problem.  

Translation -- "we will not consider giving 
any voice to individuals until we can figure 
out how to control their influence, and 
control their membership."  

"The individuals who are participating today 
are way too knowledgeable about these issues,
and would negatively impact our pre-ordained
agenda.  So, we must defer recognizing these 
stakeholders until we can maneuver "outreach" 
to bring in individuals who are clueless, so 
that we, in conjunction with the 4th Estate, 
can easily control their voting."


>Second, I am more concerned that the voices and interests of individuals be
>*represented* in the work of the DNSO, than with precisely how that happens.
>Although the process is certainly messy, the concerns of individuals and
>individuals' rights are now being heard within the DNSO working groups -
>although perhaps not as effectively as they should be.  Making sure that
>that process works is where I think we should be focusing our attention
>right now. 
>Esther Dyson
>personally, as a *member* of the Initial Board but not for it
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