EURALO

The following 3 questions were prepared by Wolf Ludwig on behalf of EURALO

1. Please present a precise definition of the « public interest ».%%% __I will trust Wikipedia more accurate that I can be:__ [public interest|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_interest|en] %%% {{The public interest refers to the « common well-being » or « general welfare. » The public interest is central to policy debates, politics, democracy and the nature of government itself. While nearly everyone claims that aiding the common well-being or general welfare is positive, there is little, if any, consensus on what exactly constitutes the public interest, or whether the concept itself is a coherent one. Ambiguities of the concept There are different views on how many members of the public must benefit from an action before it can be declared to be in the public interest: at one extreme, an action has to benefit every single member of society in order to be truly in the public interest; at the other extreme, any action can be in the public interest as long as it benefits some of the population and harms none. Put simply; to be in the public interest a matter might have the potential to adversely affect any person at any time in their life in any situation if a core matter is not put into the public arena or handled in a more reasonable way when the problem clearly becomes evident as symptomatic of an underlying unreasonableness.}} %%% 2. What would you say is the relevance of the « public interest » in the ICANN context?%%% __Internet is a « critical resource » and therefore it is of the « Public Interest » that the « Internet Ecosystem » taking care of the resource must be safeguarded and enhanced.__ __For ICANN it is very important to keep at the frontispiece the « public interest » and to avoid any capture by the « vested interests ».__%%% 3. What is the relevance of the PI for the candidates and how best it could be pursued by them (once seated on the Board)? %%% __It is importance to look at the wider picture, which is very much what At Large often does and needs to do.__

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