[Internal-cg] Important: GAC Participation in ICG

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Tue Aug 19 16:37:52 UTC 2014

In this letter, I find myself unable to decode the meaning of this passage, and am asking Heather and/or other GAC members to clarify:

"Your proposal that governments should also contribute as appropriate at the operational community working level is helpful and has been conveyed to the GAC. At this stage it would appear that the GAC and individual governments and inter-governmental organisations can best contribute at this level through the community process for domain name issues."

In this statement, does "this level" mean the ICG level? Or does the statement that "governments and inter-governmental organisations can best contribute at this level through the community process for domain name issues" mean that GAC is agreeing with our suggestion that they contribute to the the operational community working level? I can't tell for sure from this statement, but I fear it is the former.

If so, are GAC members are telling us that they are unable or unwilling to participate in the actual proposal development process in the operational communities? If so, do they fully understand that the substantive proposals will actually come from that lower level, not from the ICG, and that neither GACs nor governments as actors will be able to second-guess, veto or otherwise modify or intervene substantively in the incoming proposals from the ICG?

Milton L Mueller
Laura J and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

From: internal-cg-bounces at icann.org [mailto:internal-cg-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Patrik Fältström
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:41 AM
To: Alissa Cooper
Subject: Re: [Internal-cg] FW: GAC Participation in ICG

FWIW, I created a folder in Dropbox named "communication" where I saved this letter.


On 19 aug 2014, at 05:18, Alissa Cooper <alissa at cooperw.in<mailto:alissa at cooperw.in>> wrote:

On 8/18/14, 7:33 PM, "Tom Dale" <tom at acig.com.au<mailto:tom at acig.com.au>> wrote:

Dear Alissa

On behalf of the GAC Chair, please find attached a reply to the ICG's correspondence of 18 July 2014.


Tom Dale
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