>On Fri, Sep 01, 2000 at 12:05:25PM -0400, Milton Mueller wrote:
>> The point of these membership restrictions was to protect the integrity of
>> the NCC. I am concerend about actual membership being swamped with casual
>> and stacked participants from other constituencies. Note that the vast
>> majority of NCC organizations are completely ineligible to vote or even
>> participate in the affairs of other constituencies.
>The vast majority of businesses are completely ineligible to vote in the
>NCC. As far as general participation is concerned, the other
>constituencies vary. The hated IPC constituency explicitly allows
>participation by non-members, interestingly enough.
>Moreover, the language in our charter:
> We recognize that some organizations that are non-profit and engage
> in non-commercial activities may be eligible for other DNSO
> constituencies, but in order to focus the efforts of the NCDNHC,
> such organizations are eligible for voting membership in the NCDNHC
> only if they are not voting members in any other DNSO Constituency.
>is clearly foul of the ICANN bylaws quoted by Adam. In addition:
>1) it is a restriction with very little application, effectively only
>applying to registrars and registries, and they don't have much interest
>in the NCC. Bill Semich (who has a long history of supporting
>non-commercial activities in other areas, and who clearly has an
>interest in the work of this constituency) is the only example where
>this comes to mind.
(for what it's worth) JPNIC were keen to join, KRNIC are certainly
interested in non-commercial activities: sponsored a civil society forum in
Seoul before the Yokohama meeting. Many of the AP region cc-tlds
registries are active non-commercial organizations.
>2) it is singularly ineffective. It is so very easy to create a
>non-profit organization. I trust you have all had a chance to look at
>"crispinfamily.org" :-), but it is essentially trivial to create a
>non-profit organization. [It takes decidedly more work to become a
Interesting that we suffer like no other constituency from likes of
Baptista, Williams, Measday: an online performance artist, a multiple
personality email address, and a nut. Yet we have managed to keep these
people out with genuine reasons, so far. While it's easy to create a
non-commercial organization, I don't believe we have seen any abuse of our
membership, and we have been pretty honest in our reasons for denying
membership. We're doing something right.
>Kent Crispin "Do good, and you'll be
>email@example.com lonesome." -- Mark Twain
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