[Internal-cg] GAC Participation on the IANA Transition Coordination Group

Lynn St.Amour Lynn at lstamour.org
Thu Jul 17 23:06:36 UTC 2014

Dear CG members,

thank you for all the goodwill shown in our discussion earlier today.  There was a clear focus on moving ahead, and it was a real team effort.   

As discussed, I offer the following text for your review.  Once we agree the text, I believe the next step is to send this to the GAC Chair - Heather Dryden, either from the CG Chair if one has been appointed at that point, if not perhaps from ICANN staff (Theresa?).

Note also: I assumed successful conclusion in Day 2 on several items where we seem to be well advanced; obviously if we are not able to close on these in Day 2, we may need to alter the text below.

Fire away, I am sure it can be improved.



To be sent to:  Heather Dryden -  GAC Chair


the IANA Transition Coordination Group (CG) would like to thank you for your participation in our inaugural meeting, especially as it came in the middle of your vacation.

As you likely observed, significant progress was made on several fronts.  In particular, the CG has high alignment [reached agreement] on: 1) a group charter, 2) a scoping statement for our work, 3) clear expectations that the work be done in the respective communities, with participation from all stakeholders, leaving the CG the relatively narrow role of coordination, and 4) a nascent agreement that we would operate by "consensus" judged more by the merit of the objections rather then the number.  These are important to note as these are expectations for all members of the CG, and it is critically important that we all commit to them.  We have quite an ambitious goal and an aggressive timetable.

To the question at hand, following on from the GAC request that the GAC be allowed to appoint five (5) individuals to the CG, and noting that the original allotment was not established through consultation with the GAC, nor of course the CG as it had not been established at that time.  The CG recognized the benefit to all of gaining an early and broad perspective from governments.  We also believe that this will allow for liasing beyond the normal GAC processes, and this will ultimately be key to global acceptance of the transition proposal.

The CG also asked for assurance that there would be participation from the GAC in other IANA Transition community efforts.  In other words, increased participation in the CG should not supplant participation in other community efforts related to the IANA Stewardship Transition.

In closing, we would like to thank the GAC for working with us through this process, and believe we have a solution that will benefit us all in the end.

Best regards,

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