[bc-gnso] Documents and ballot for BC Comments on DAGv4 (poll closes noon EDT Friday 23-Jul-2010)

Steve DelBianco sdelbianco at netchoice.org
Tue Jul 20 22:38:24 UTC 2010

As described in our previous note (repeated below), the BC is now polling members to determine support for proposed comments on Draft Applicant Guidebook version 4 (DAGv4).

Attached are three documents:

*** Comment part 1: DAGv4 BC points 1-3.pdf

Points 1thru 3:  This proposed comment is a restatement of prior BC comments regarding: market differentiation; translations and IDN versions of gTLDs;  and community-based evaluation scoring.  Our Rapporteur Ron Andruff updated these prior comments to reflect some recommendations of the latest economic analysis provided to ICANN.

*** Comment part 2:  DAGv4 BC points on RPMs.pdf

Rights Protection Mechanisms.   Sarah Deutsch and Jon Nevett collaborated on this proposed comment, which is based upon the BC “minority statement” we approved and submitted on a previous draft of the DAG.

***  A blank ballot form:  BC Polling Form 20-Jul-2010.doc, where you can indicate support or non-support for each of these 2 proposed comments.

Voting instructions for BC members:

Attached is your ballot form.   Please complete your ballot and save the document to your local computer.   Then attach your saved ballot to an email and send to bcvote at bizconst.org

Please use the subject line "DAG4 Comments Vote".  You will receive an auto confirmation
of your email.

This mailbox will retain all the ballot emails.  Nobody on the Executive Committee has access to this mailbox at this time.

When the voting closes at 12:00 noon EDT on Friday 23-July-2010, we will arrange for our Secretariat (or another neutral party) to access and tally the ballots.

Reminder:  please submit your ballot by 12:00 noon EDT on Friday 23-July-2010.

Thanks to all who contributed to these draft comments.

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From: Steve DelBianco <sdelbianco at netchoice.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:14:38 -0400
To: 'bc - GNSO list' <bc-gnso at icann.org>
Cc: "excomm at bizconst.org" <excomm at bizconst.org>
Subject: Process and polling for BC Comments on DAGv4

From: Marilyn Cade (BC Chair) and Steve DelBianco (vice chair for policy coordination)
to:      BC members

Comments on DAGv4 are due to ICANN on 21-July.  Ron Andruff volunteered to be BC Rapporteur and worked with Sarah Deutsch to circulate a draft on 14-July.

For the last week, about a dozen BC members debated and exchanged alternate drafts via email.  During that discussion,  at least 5 BC members expressed opposition to the comment draft.  If opposition reaches 15% of paid membership, section 7.4 in our Charter is triggered:

7.4. Approval where there is continued disagreement
Where the discussion mechanism indicates a split in the Constituency of more than 15% of the number of members, there will then be a vote (typically by e-mail) on the position. Only the designated representatives of members will be eligible to vote.

A position paper which has the support of at least a simple majority of 51% of the eligible votes in favour will be deemed adopted by the Constituency so long as the total number of members voting represents not less than a quorum of 50% of paid-up members. Where a quorum is not reached the Executive Committee will decide whether a re-vote, re-thinking of the position or publication of a minority position is required and the process will then repeat as appropriate.

The ability of the BC to comment on DAG 4 is important to many of the members.

The time line has to be modified to do follow the polling process in our charter.

The majority of your executive committee supports giving a clean document to members to vote/poll in a shortened time frame.

We respect that some of you may not be in agreement with the decision. However, we see no other way to achieve a submission within a reasonable time frame. Although it will be 2 days late, it will be within a reasonable time frame to be considered by ICANN.

Ron Andruff is working with a few others on a clean document that he will distribute by 4pm EDT today.  The goal is to for this document to get as close as we can to a consensus that all BC members can vote on.

Ron may also distribute additional section(s) that would be subject to a separate vote.

We will then conduct a formal members poll to close by noon EDT, Friday 23-July.

We understand that this is not the best option.  But given time pressures, and the work that has gone into this from all members, we want to ensure that we do all we can to have as much agreement on a core submission as we can, and that we find ways to hear the voices and concerns of all members.
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