[CCWG-ACCT] Draft Agenda & Papers - WP1 Meeting #22 (28 July at 19h UTC)

Jordan Carter jordan at internetnz.net.nz
Tue Jul 28 12:16:00 UTC 2015

Hi Mark, all:

I have a question about one part of your statement:

On 29 July 2015 at 00:00, Mark Carvell <mark.carvell at culture.gov.uk> wrote:


> Furthermore, these procedures may risk subordinating the global public
> interest if the GAC position on an issue (which conceivably it could also
> have initiated) were to be outvoted by other constituencies for example. In
> that scenario, I would expect that the view of governments would be that
> such community decisions would be rendered fundamentally unsafe.

Unless I am mistaken, this can happen today. The ICANN Board is obliged to
pay attention to GAC advice, but in the end is not obliged to follow it.

That would presumably be the same in a context where GAC had a proportion
of votes in a community mechanism, it could also see its concerns
considered seriously but not adopted.

You aren't implying or suggesting that this should change, are you?


> Such constraints on participation present challenges to how government
> representatives fulfil their obligations in the new architecture of ICANN
> accountability and community empowerment but they should not be
> insurmountable: we will have to be inventive with regard to the precise
> modalities for governments to opt into these community-wide processes to
> ensure that the public interest is served when high level decisions are
> taken by the community that will impact on the Internet's critical
> infrastructure.
> Kind regards
> Mark
> Mark Carvell
> United Kingdom Representative on the GAC
Jordan Carter

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