18 August 2009
TO: The ICANN Board of Directors and Mr. Rod Beckstrom, ICANN President and CEO
RE: Call to the ICANN Board to Correct Problems with the NCSG Charter, and to Address Continuing Misperceptions about Noncommercial Involvement in ICANN
This letter comes from nearly 150 individual and organizational members of ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC). It is also endorsed by public interest groups outside of NCUC. We are all deeply concerned about the July 30, 2009 ICANN Board decisions regarding the restructuring of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). We believe that the Noncommercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) chartering process has been seriously flawed on both procedural and substantive grounds. We appeal to you to address these problems before permanent damage is done to ICANN’s reputation, to the GNSO reform process, and to the interests of noncommercial users of the Internet.
This letter is, first and foremost, an urgent plea to the ICANN Board to grant three specific requests:
1) First, because you have never had the opportunity to get the full story, we are asking for a direct meeting between the full Board and NCUC representatives at the Seoul ICANN meeting in October.