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Re: what problem are we solving? (was Re: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs)
On Jun 27, 2008, at 8:59 PM, WWWhatsup wrote:
David Conrad wrote:With that said, personally, I agree that more attention should be spent on the welfare of the registrants. Unfortunately, given I work for ICANN, my providing comments in the RAA public consultation along those lines would be a bit ... awkward.
Obviously speaking personally, conceptually I agree, but the challenge here has always been how do you "properly constitute and recognize registrants" in a way that doesn't allow for capture. For example, you could say 'only folks who have domain names can be part of that constituency', but in reality, the majority of domain names are held by registrars. You could add the restriction that 'registrants' must be natural persons, but how would one verify this across the entire planet? It obviously isn't impossible, but people already complain about how big ICANN is -- I can't see how having some mechanism to validate a registrant constituency won't make ICANN _much_ larger...
However, lacking this, I personally believe there should be strong explicit registrant protections built into the RAA. But that's just me.