[bc-gnso] Call for Volunteers: Drafting Team to develop charter for GNSO Working Group on Policy & Implementation

Benedetta Rossi bc-secretariat at icann.org
Mon May 6 14:20:40 UTC 2013

Dear BC Members,


Please find below an ICANN announcement regarding a call for volunteers for
a drafting team to develop charter for GNSO WG on Policy & Implementation. 


Call for Volunteers: Drafting Team to develop charter for GNSO Working Group
on Policy & Implementation


In brief

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council seeks volunteers to
serve on a Drafting Team that will be tasked to develop a charter for a
Working Group to address issues that have been raised in the context of the
recent discussions on policy & implementation that affect the GNSO (see
Staff Discussion Paper
an13-en.pdf>  and session in Beijing <http://beijing46.icann.org/node/37133>
). The Drafting Team is expected to submit the proposed Charter to the GNSO
Council for approval.


What This Team Will Do 

The Drafting Team is expected to develop a Charter on the basis of the GNSO
Working Group Guidelines
taking into account the Staff Discussion Paper as well as the discussions
that took place in Beijing. At a minimum, the GNSO Council expects that the
subsequent Working Group would provide recommendations on the following:


1.	A set of principles that would underpin any GNSO policy /
implementation related discussions
2.	Recommendations on a process for providing GNSO "Policy Guidance"
3.	A framework for implementation related discussions related to GNSO
Policy Recommendations and 
4.	Further guidance on how GNSO Implementation Review Teams are
expected to function and operate. 


How This Team Will Work

ICANN Working Groups use transparent, open processes. The meetings of this
DT will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to the public. The
mailing list for the Drafting Team will be archived publicly. Drafting Team
members are expected to submit Statements of Interest (SOI). The group will
collaborate using a public workspace. The Drafting Team is expected to
follow the GNSO Working Group Guidelines.


How to Join 

The GNSO Council invites interested parties to provide names of expected
participants who can then be added to the DT mailing list. The DT will be
open to anyone interested to join. Community members who wish to be invited
to join the group should contact the
<mailto:gnso.secretariat at icann.org?subject=Application%20to%20Join%20Policy%
20%2526%20Implementation%20DT> GNSO secretariat
(gnso.secretariat at icann.org).



Mainly as a result of discussions stemming from implementation related
issues of the new gTLD program, there is increased focus on which topics
call for policy and which call for implementation work, including which
processes should be used, at what time and how diverging opinions should be
acted upon. In order to facilitate these discussions, ICANN Staff developed
a draft framework for community discussion that identifies a number of steps
and criteria that might facilitate dealing with similar questions in the
future. The paper identifies a number of questions that the community may
want to consider further in this context, as well as a couple of suggested
improvements that could be considered in the short term. While developing a
bright-line rule as to what is policy or implementation may not be possible,
the hope is that by developing clear processes and identifying clear roles
and responsibilities for the different stakeholders, it will become easier
to deal with these issues going forward and allow for broad participation
and involvement. Following several discussions by the GNSO Council on this
topic, the GNSO Council has now decided to form a drafting team to draft a
Charter for a Working Group which will be tasked to provide concrete
recommendations on how to address some of these issues from a GNSO




Kind Regards,


Benedetta Rossi

BC Secretariat

bc-secretariat at icann.org





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