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ICA Comments on IRT
==ICA Comments on IRT==
On April 24, 2009, [[Philip Corwin]], Counsel for [[ICA|Internet Commerce Association]] submitted a complaint against the operations of the IRT and requested [[ICANN Ombudsman]] Mr. [[Frank Fowlie]] to conduct an investigation. According to Fowlie, IRT has been conducting its activities unfairly and without transparency. He cited that the IRT members agreed on their March 25, 2009 meeting to provide general updates only to the internet community and ideas may only be shared as long as it has no attribution. The mailing list, call records can only be accessed by IRT members. In addition, discussions of the the IRT members during meeting should be confidential and no distribution of MP3. Fowlie added that during the subsequent meetings of the IRT, information provided to the internet community are superficial and the chairman of the team even reminded its members about '''IRT’s Code of Conduct and confidentiality obligationsConfidentiality Obligations. '''<ref>[http://www.internetcommerce.org/node/179 ICA to ICANN: The IRT Must Open Up Or Be Stripped of Official Status and Support]</ref> Fowlie pointed out that IRT's actions are clear violation of Article III Section 1 of the ICANN Bylaws which reads: '''ICANN and its constituent bodies shall operate to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner and consistent with procedures designed to ensure fairness.'''<ref>
[http://www.icann.org/en/general/archive-bylaws/bylaws-25mar03.htm#III Article III:Transparency]</ref>
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