request for sign-on supporting NCUC's petition for noncommercial stakeholders group

Robin Gross robin at IPJUSTICE.ORG
Wed Apr 15 19:02:33 CEST 2009

Dear All,

I am contacting you in the hopes that you will add your support for  
the proposed Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) charter at  
ICANN by signing onto this joint civil society statement: http://

	As you know, the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is the  
organization that represents non-commercial interests and advocates  
for the protection of digital rights including free expression,  
privacy, due process of law and other non-commercial interests in  
ICANN-GNSO policy discussions.  As part of ICANN’s GNSO Restructuring  
efforts, the 6 “constituencies” are being replaced by 4 broader  
“stakeholder groups”, including a Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group  
(NCSG) to represent the interests of non-commercial users of domain  
names in the GNSO policy arena at ICANN.

NCUC has submitted a petition for the charter of the NCSG that  
intends to encourage broader civil society participation at ICANN and  
aims to increase the relative power of non-commercial interests in  
ICANN policy negotiations.

All of the proposed stakeholder group petitions are in the midst of a  
Public Comment Period at ICANN (until 15 April - end-of-business in  
California today) so the ICANN Board of Directors can receive input  
from the general public on the various stakeholder group petitions.

	In summary, the NCUC’s petition for a Non-Commercial Stakeholder  
Group is the best proposal of those submitted because it:

Emphasizes democratic representation to the Generic Names Supporting  
Organization instead of a constituency-based approach that gives  
disproportionate power to select groups.
Encourages cooperation and inclusiveness through consensus-building  
among members of the stakeholder groups.
Ensures that minority viewpoints are heard and their policy ideas are  
explored through an increased reliance on working groups.
Operates with a flexible and lightweight framework that allows it to  
focus on representing non-commercial interests without getting bogged  
down by bureaucratic details.
	Please consider signing the following statement to indicate your  
support for the NCSG petition from NCUC.

Joint Civil Society Statement Supporting the NCSG Petition from NCUC: 

Please indicate your support for signing this civil society statement  
before 15 April today (End-of-Business in California) which is the  
deadline for submitting Public Comments by sending an email to  
robin at  Thank you very much.


The NCUC Executive Committee and GNSO Councilors:

Robin Gross, NCUC Chair

Norbert Klein, NCUC Nominating Committee Representative (Asia)

Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza, NCUC GNSO Policy Councilor (South  

Mary Wong, NCUC GNSO Policy Councilor (Asia)

William Drake, NCUC GNSO Policy Councilor (Europe)

Carlos Afonso, NCUC Executive Committee Representative (South America)

Horacio Cadiz NCUC Executive Committee Representative (Asia)

Georg Greve, NCUC Executive Committee Representative (Europe)

Robert Guerra, NCUC Executive Committee Representative (North America)

Dave Kissoondoyal, NCUC Executive Committee Representative (Africa)

Background Information:

Joint Civil Society Statement Supporting the NCSG Petition from NCUC: 

NCUC’s Petition to Form a Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group:

Executive Summary / Cover Letter of NCSG Petition from NCUC: 

Information on ICANN Public Comment Period for Stakeholder Group  

Public Comments Submitted Thus Far on Stakeholder Group Petitions:

IGF/WSIS Internet Governance Caucus Statement Supporting NCUC’s NCSG  

Robin Gross, Executive Director
1192 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA  94117  USA
p: +1-415-553-6261    f: +1-415-462-6451
w:     e: robin at

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