[GTLD-WG] [CPWG] Reminder - Today by 17:00 UTC: ACTION/ALAC and CPWG Members: Statement on Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model

Javier Rua javrua at gmail.com
Sun Jun 9 11:00:15 UTC 2019


OCL,

Thanks for this background.  I honestly (shamefully?) didn’t know ICANN 1.0
was configured as you explain.  What we are looking for, really, is a
restoration.

On Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 3:30 AM Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>
wrote:

> Dear Maureen,
>
> well, historically the ICANN Board was supposed to be elected solely by
> ICANN At-Large Members.
> https://www.icann.org/news/icann-pr-2000-09-21-en
>
> When ICANN was created and proposed (imposed) to the world as a
> counter-proposal to the ISOC-ITU-WTO IAHC proposal, this direct democracy
> option to keep the control of Internet resources in the hands of the very
> users of the Internet was seen positively by many.
>
> Then of course the election process was gamed and ended up in a big mess,
> and ICANN went from 1.0 to 2.0, where the SOs and ACs were created and
> At-Large, end users, was stripped of all its power and given a chance to
> select only a proportion of Board directors by having 5 people on a newly
> created NomCom, a group that would appoint people to the Board of
> Directors, rather than a free open election where the quality of Board
> members could not be assured. But at the same time, a strict regime was
> decided where SOs would also be able to select Board members and ACs being
> "advisory" could select Liaisons to the Board.
>
> The ALAC ended up with a Liaison. That had its advantages on one side: the
> Liaison could directly relay the ALAC's point of view, whilst a Board
> director is not allowed to do this and should defend the interests of ICANN
> instead. But the Liaison did not have the ability to vote. Thus convincing
> others was deemed less important than being able to be a fully fledged
> Board member. I guess only Board members or ex-Board members can really
> comment on that.
> That's how we asked for 2 Board members in the 1st ALAC Review. The Board
> decided to allow for 1 Board member to replace our Liaison. And regularly
> we have asked ourselves whether we need more than 1.
>
> The defining factor, IMHO is whether the number 2 will help in votes. If
> we take a board of 15 voting members 1 or 2 is not much difference. But one
> has to contend with the fact that 1/2 the Board is selected by the NomCom.
> If you look at the composition of the ICANN Board, (
> https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/board-of-directors ) you'll see
> that out of the 8 Board members that are selected by NomCom and that
> therefore should have no skin in the Domain Name business, most are aligned
> to our end users view. But not all. In fact, some have ended up being
> "tainted" by the domain name industry by being hired either full time or
> part time, or as a consultant for some domain name businesses, whether
> Registrars, Registries or Service Providers servicing the industry. So will
> 2 instead of 1 make a difference? It can be argued that in fringe cases, 2
> Board members would help.
> But we should also look into our collective power of persuasion of Board
> members by engaging them. We could easily profile which Board members we
> can speak to directly and influence them from the grassroots up. But we
> still have a long way to go. As CLO mentioned many times, we should work
> smarter, not harder.
> Kindest regards,
>
> Olivier
>
> On 08/06/2019 22:59, Maureen Hilyard wrote:
>
> For as long as I have been on the ALAC I have heard some of the more
> seasoned members of At-Large raise the fact that At-Large used to have more
> representation on the Board and it has now dwindled to one person. I
> honestly feel that this makes it easy for people to say "get rid of the
> seat, they don't deserve it anyway". For the contribution that we make to
> the work of ICANN within all the constituencies, I believe that we should
> at least state the case. It was discussed already by the CPWG and there was
> no earlier disagreement about its insertion into the statement. I can't see
> any reason for removing it.  We don't all have to agree, and I doubt that
> this is something worth arguing about.
>
> M
>
> On Sat, Jun 8, 2019 at 8:10 AM Marita Moll <mmoll at ca.inter.net> wrote:
>
>> So, you are both suggesting that I delete the reference to number of
>> seats on the board (although I believe that one was in the 1st comment
>> paper on this subject) and the reference to number of members on the EPDP.
>> I think Alan and Hadia have both often brought this up and they have both
>> looked at this draft, I hope.
>>
>> Bastiaan is saying that point about power imbalance should be removed
>> entirely. Many people argued that we were not being aggressive enough on
>> that. I think it would be a mistake not to address this issue. It is
>> fundamental and you can be sure others will also be pointing in that
>> direction. If we say nothing about this, we are actually saying we happy
>> with the status quo.
>>
>> I can delete the examples if there are no objections to that. But, I will
>> be finalizing this tomorrow.
>>
>> Marita
>> On 6/8/2019 3:27 AM, Holly Raiche wrote:
>>
>> Hi Marita
>>
>> I do have to agree with Bastiaan on this one.  Both Alan and Hadia have put in enormous time and effort on the EPDP and our viewpoints have been heard, if not necessarily agreed with.  I am not convinced that having more people on the EPDP would make any difference to being heard - but I bow to both Alan and Hadia’s opinion on that.  On Board representation, at the end of the day, once you are a member of any Board, you are just that - a Board member - NOT a representative of anything.  Yes, you bring a particular perspective to the Board,.  But that is all any Board member should do.  If ALAC is to sway  decisions of the Board, it will be done by us as ALAC members arguing well; it will not be done by a Board member (or two) arguing the ALAC case on the Board
>>
>> Holly
>>
>>
>> On Jun 6, 2019, at 10:57 PM, Bastiaan Goslings <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net> <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks, Marita - you have not misunderstood my point, and I see the challenge here when trying to strike a balance. I very much respect and appreciate your efforts.
>>
>> If we think 'The issues themselves, the things that need fixing, have mostly already been identified’ then fine. My comment was purely based on the text we are now working on - and just in case, I do not feel the issues are sufficiently substantiated in the other At-Large doc (from 2012?) either that is being referred to. And that we can therefore cannot convincingly conclude, again based on the text as is, that there is an imbalance of power. And that e.g. we should be able to appoint more boardmembers or that there is an unfair lack of At-Large representation in the EPDP.
>>
>> cheers
>> Bastiaan
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 6 Jun 2019, at 14:39, Marita Moll <mmoll at ca.inter.net> <mmoll at ca.inter.net> wrote:
>>
>> Bastiaan -- thanks for your comments. I don't want to agree or disagree with anything you are saying but I have to point out that this request for comment specifically asked that we give examples of where and how these issues affected us. There are probably many examples, but these stood out.  This part of the process is looking for concrete examples of things that need fixing. The issues themselves, the things that need fixing, have mostly already been identified.
>>
>> So, the fact that we have only one seat on a board of 16 -- ccNSO and GNSO both have two (we did not add that detail) --  EPDP representation is worse - are examples of imbalance. This way we substantiate the "power imbalance"statement with respect to the identified issue of roles and responsibilities.
>>
>> There are many in our group who feel the comment is not aggressive enough. Our team was just trying to strike a balance.
>>
>> I hope I haven't misunderstood your point.
>>
>> Marita
>>
>> On 6/6/2019 4:34 AM, Jonathan Zuck wrote:
>>
>> Agree we shouldn't just assert things, especially without showing consequences. We need to get the conversation going, not end it prematurely
>>
>> Jonathan Zuck
>> Executive Director
>> Innovators Network Foundationwww.Innovatorsnetwork.org
>>
>> From: GTLD-WG <gtld-wg-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org> <gtld-wg-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org> on behalf of Bastiaan Goslings <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net> <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net>
>> Sent: Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:50:45 AM
>> To: ICANN At-Large Staff
>> Cc: Bartlett Morgan; Joanna Kulesza; cpwg at icann.org
>> Subject: Re: [GTLD-WG] [CPWG] Reminder - Today by 17:00 UTC: ACTION/ALAC and CPWG Members: Statement on Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model
>>
>> All,
>>
>> Thanks for the efforts that have been put into drafting the statement.
>>
>> I understand that we’re finalising our contribution, although we still have a week before the deadline. I just want to note for the record that, following comments during yesterday’s call that ALAC/At-Large should not only be more forceful in conveying its message but should also be as ’S.M.A.R.T.’ as possible when doing so (both of which I agree with), text like the one on page 4:
>>
>> 'What we have currently is an unbalanced multistakeholder model in which some parties have far more power than others. For an example of how our community is affected, At-Large works in the best interests of more than 4 billionend users on the Internet, but has only one seat on the ICANN Board. We have also been underrepresented in the current EPDP, which may well carry through to other applications of the “PDP 3.0” model’
>>
>> in my opinion is quite ‘aggressive’ however it lacks substantiation. Both when it comes to the ‘some parties have far more power than others’ and the ‘examples’ that follow. Without stating an opinion whether I agree or not, I think that making these bold type of statements while not being S.M.A.R.T. and rational in our argumentation, brings a risk that our suggestions are not taken on board and into consideration. And can have an undesired effect on how the At-Large, as the representative of end-users, is perceived as a serious counterpart in deliberations within an ICANN governance context.
>>
>> thanks
>> Bastiaan
>>
>>
>>
>>
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>>
>>
>>
>> On 3 Jun 2019, at 08:59, ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org> <staff at atlarge.icann.org> wrote:
>>
>> Dear All,
>>
>> A kind reminder to please make final comments on the ALAC Statement on Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model today, Monday, June 03 by 17:00 UTC.
>>
>> Please make any final comments, if needed, by edits on the Word Doc (attached), comments to the At-Large workspace, or by replying to staff/Evin.
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> ICANN Policy Staff in support of the At-Large Community
>> Website: atlarge.icann.org
>> Facebook: facebook.com/icannatlarge
>> Twitter: @ICANNAtLarge
>>
>>
>> From: Evin Erdogdu <evin.erdogdu at icann.org> <evin.erdogdu at icann.org> on behalf of ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org> <staff at atlarge.icann.org>
>> Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2:43 PM
>> To: Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com> <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>, John Laprise <jlaprise at gmail.com> <jlaprise at gmail.com>, Tijani BEN JEMAA <tijani.benjemaa at topnet.tn> <tijani.benjemaa at topnet.tn>, Sebastien Bachollet <sebicann at bachollet.fr> <sebicann at bachollet.fr>, Ricardo Holmquist <rihogris at gmail.com> <rihogris at gmail.com>, Marita Moll <mmoll at ca.inter.net> <mmoll at ca.inter.net>, Javier Rua <javrua at gmail.com> <javrua at gmail.com>, Bartlett Morgan<bartlett.morgan at gmail.com> <bartlett.morgan at gmail.com>, Humberto Carrasco <hcarrascob at gmail.com> <hcarrascob at gmail.com>, Joanna Kulesza <joannakulesza at gmail.com> <joannakulesza at gmail.com>, Bastiaan Goslings <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net> <bastiaan.goslings at ams-ix.net>, Holly Raiche <h.raiche at internode.on.net> <h.raiche at internode.on.net>, Kan Kaili <kankaili at gmail.com> <kankaili at gmail.com>, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com> <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>, Hadia Abdelsalam Mokhtar EL miniawi <Hadia at tra.gov.eg> <Hadia at tra.gov.eg>, "cpwg at icann.org" <cpwg at icann.org> <cpwg at icann.org> <cpwg at icann.org>
>> Cc: ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org> <staff at atlarge.icann.org>, Evin Erdogdu <evin.erdogdu at icann.org> <evin.erdogdu at icann.org>
>> Subject: ACTION/ALAC and CPWG Members by 03 June 17:00 UTC: Statement on Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model
>>
>> Dear ALAC and CPWG Members,
>>
>> The Google Doc has been closed for the ALAC Statement on Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model, and the final draft of the version is attached in Word for final comment by Monday, June 03 at 17:00 UTC.
>>
>> Please make any final comments, if needed, by edits on the Word Doc (attached), comments to the At-Large workspace, or by replying to staff/Evin.
>>
>> Kind Regards,
>>
>> ICANN Policy Staff in support of the At-Large Community
>> Website: atlarge.icann.org
>> Facebook: facebook.com/icannatlarge
>> Twitter: @ICANNAtLarge
>>
>> <ALAC Statement on Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model.docx>
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