[CCWG-ACCT] [WP1] New section - ICANN Community Assembly

Phil Corwin psc at vlaw-dc.com
Mon Jul 27 18:26:28 UTC 2015

Might I suggest a different name, perhaps ICANN Community Forum (ICF), or Gathering (ICG), or something else that doesn't have ICA as its acronym.

Otherwise there may be repeated confusion regarding this proposed ICA and the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), which I have represented within the Business Constituency since 2007

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From: wp1-bounces at icann.org [mailto:wp1-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Edward Morris
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 1:32 PM
To: Alan Greenberg; Jordan Carter; wp1 at icann.org; Accountability Cross Community
Subject: Re: [WP1] [CCWG-ACCT] New section - ICANN Community Assembly

Hi Alan,

I completely disagree.

The ICA is an integral part of the model we've proposed to exercise community powers.


- We will not likely need this powers in the coming months, and if we do, some sort of community discussion will happen regardless of us architecting it or not.

If community discussion was all the ICA was designed to foster you might be correct. It's much more than that though. The ICA is community plus. The community will be there but so won't, should he or she chose, the ICANN CEO as well as  Board members, staff...it's a fantastic idea and I'm hopeful would negate the need for votes or the exercise of community powers. Bringing people together to foster dialogue about contentious issues should, in most cases, allow reasonable people to broker differences and avoid the need to escalate conflict.

I'm also a little bit leary of going the "some sort of community discussion" group route. Ad hoc discussions tend to result in less diversity, less inclusiveness and perpetuate a status quo that may or may not be legitimate.

I'm a big supporter of the ICA, excited about it's potential, and certainly can see no reason to defer it to WS2.



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