[ccwg-internet-governance] CCWG-IG call of Wednesday, May 18

Nigel Hickson nigel.hickson at icann.org
Wed May 18 07:31:02 UTC 2016

Good morning

Following on from William’s comments; perhaps I could briefly clarify what took place last week; and what is now planned regarding WSIS and Enhanced Cooperation.

1.  The Meeting last week was the normal annual CSTD Plenary; see  http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1048 for the agenda and documentation;

2.   The Meeting addressed a number of scientific and developmental issues including an overview of the WSIS UNGA discussions last December and a forward look; at latter Markus Kummer (ICANN Board) spoke in a panel, touching on, inter-alia,  IANA Transition;

3. The WSIS Session also addressed the establishment of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (called for in Output Document from UNGA); you will recall Peter Major had announced membership a month or so back; see

4.  As is tradition, the CSTD Session also worked on the annual  WSIS Resolution which goes from CSTD to ECOSOC;  this process started on Wednesday afternoon and did not conclude until the early hours of Saturday; the Resolution was difficult to agree as it had to address the Working Group and IGF; with some delegations very unhappy about the membership of the former.   A text was agreed and will be posted on CSTD site in next day or so; I attach a draft which is not yet public;

5. If the Resolution is adopted by ECOSOC (in July) the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation will probably start meeting in September; it is due to conclude its work and report to UNGA in 2018.



From: <ccwg-internet-governance-bounces at icann.org<mailto:ccwg-internet-governance-bounces at icann.org>> on behalf of William Drake <wjdrake at gmail.com<mailto:wjdrake at gmail.com>>
Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016 08:45
To: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com<mailto:ocl at gih.com>>
Cc: ccwg <ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org<mailto:ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org>>
Subject: Re: [ccwg-internet-governance] CCWG-IG call of Wednesday, May 18


Thanks for this. A couple comments, snipping:

On May 17, 2016, at 18:26, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com<mailto:ocl at gih.com>> wrote:

- The first meeting of the "new" CSTD, which took place the week after the WSIS Forum. The reports I have received from there are that this is going to be a very challenging group. We are lucky to have several people selected to be in the new CSTD line-up, so I hope they can both provide us with a candid description of the week, tell us how the issues are relevant to ICANN, and make suggestions on the way forward, as to how the CCWG-IG can help in any way.

The above blurs a bit between the CSTD and the new WGEC, the launch of which was a bit challenged.  But some important things have changed since the last iteration that can be leveraged if there’s more effective MS coordination than previous, and there’s an openness at least in some quarters to moving in new and potentially more productive directions. So we’ll see if people are able to skip lightly or sink back into the tar pit.

In the future, we will have a call on WTSA16. Last week I have told the GNSO Council that this is probably the largest issue that this WG will need to track and potentially work on (as in, to the extent that we might need to draft an actual Statement or make a contribution) this year.

To that end, let me share the stock part of a message from a friend at NTIA received this morning:

I am sure you are aware of the upcoming WTSA this fall.  I am writing to encourage you to share your views with NTIA regarding the appropriate scope of work – which currently includes Internet-related policy proposals, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT) for example -- for the ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) for the next four years.  NTIA has issued a Request for Comment (RFC) http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2016/input-proposals-and-positions-2016-wtsa that is intended to inform NTIA’s contributions to the State Department preparatory process for the October 2016 World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA).

As noted in today’s blog post http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2016/ntia-seeks-input-positions-2016-itu-world-standardization-assembly and RFC, our overarching goal is to ensure that the strategic direction of work in the ITU-T addresses the views and concerns of U.S. businesses and consumers, contributes to economic growth and innovation, and does not duplicate the standards development processes of other bodies.  The deadline for comments is June 16, 2016.  Please feel free to contact me or Suzanne Radell (sradell at ntia.doc.gov<mailto:sradell at ntia.doc.gov>) should you have any questions.

So if consensus to do something can be found, one initial step might be to submit something for their RFC re: those issues of relevance to ICANN.  Signs of community life in this context might even have positive externalities on other matters.



PS: Note Suzanne’s new role

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