[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Auction Proceeds Mechanism A - Internal Department at ICANN

Aikman-Scalese, Anne AAikman at lrrc.com
Thu Nov 21 18:16:42 UTC 2019

Thank you Sam.  I agree with your observations, but my understanding is that the survey of Chartering Organizations comes before  the public comment is received.  So I am asking these questions in relation to analysis I need to provide to the CSG.
Does the survey precede the receipt and analysis of public comment and is that the right way to go?
Thank you,

From: Sam Lanfranco <sam at lanfranco.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:56 PM
To: ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org
Cc: Aikman-Scalese, Anne <AAikman at lrrc.com>; Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>; Erika Mann <erika at erikamann.com>; Becky Burr <becky.burr at board.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Auction Proceeds Mechanism A - Internal Department at ICANN


I would like to highlight several things that Anne has mentioned. We are of course all in support of accountability, minimizing the risk of disputes in the management of the auction proceeds, and support that costs should be managed prudently. Those apply to whatever Mechanism is finally selected.

As for the “many trade-offs” as between Mechanisms A, B, and C, those that raise or lower the desirability of individual Mechanisms are pretty much independent of how we sort out the accountability and risk management issues. The Mechanism properties and the associated “trade-offs” are likely to be thoroughly aired in the public comment period for the Final Report. Bits and pieces of those trade-offs have been raised in the work of the group, but now, in the comment period, is the time to get more specific and explicit about the strengths and weaknesses of the three options.

Sam Lanfranco
On 11/19/2019 7:24 PM, Aikman-Scalese, Anne wrote:
Hi Alan.   I apologize  - the 3/4 vote required to amend Fundamental ByLaws is for 3/4 of the Board of Directors.  The approval of the EC is listed in Annex D to the ByLaws and apparently requires approval of three EC Decisional Participants as well as the condition that the ByLaws amendment is “(B) not objected to by more than one Decisional Participant.”   Annex D Section 1.4 (b) (i).  So if two Decisional Participants object, we are back to “square one” as you say.  And that makes the survey very important.

To clarify,  I don’t think anyone is trying to escape Accountability.  Everyone agrees that grants shouldn’t be subject to being revoked and that ICANN should minimize the risk of adverse action (disputes) in relation to its management of Auction Proceeds.   Everyone also agrees that costs should be managed prudently.

You may think that keeping grant-making inside the ICANN organization is equally safe in the above respects for ICANN, its Board of Directors, and all grant recipients.   ALAC may want to support Mechanism A if, in fact, it is the lowest initial investment, for that reason alone.  However, I don’t think the Proposed Final Report makes it clear which is the lowest cost alternative in the long run.  20 new ICANN employees with benefits would be expensive and I would assume they would have to be compensated from Auction Proceeds monies.  It’s likely easier to “Sunset” Mechanism B so you don’t have to fire 20 people.  Mechanism C would provide incentives for other organizations and foundations to make additional contributions to an ICANN charitable foundation so there are many trade-offs. I’m sure the CCWG must have discussed these trade-offs over many sessions.

The risk management issue doesn’t seem nearly as obvious to me as it does to you, but many thanks for engaging in the discussion in a way that helps us all clarify the considerations in advance of issuing the Proposed Initial Report and conducting the survey.


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