[Ssr2-review] Statement from SO/AC Chairs on the suspension of the Security and Stability Review

Denise Michel denisemichel at fb.com
Sat Nov 4 07:16:11 UTC 2017

Dear SO/AC Chairs:

As one of the co-chairs of the SSR2, I’ve been asked to share an informal update on the Review Team’s work, and a query.

The SSR2 met Friday 3 Nov., addressed scope and skills as directed, and then adjourned, since our work is “paused.”  Specifically, the Review Team developed a skills matrix and a document clarifying SSR2’s scope/terms of reference. These drafts have been shared with all Review Team members for edits (not all participated in the 3 Nov. meeting), and we plan to finalize and deliver them to you next week. (Note that SSR2 operates by consensus and input from all Team members may necessitate a slight extension of this schedule, or not).

The SSR2 would appreciate receiving information from the chairs on how and when you will decide on “un-pausing” this review.  As you can appreciate, the Review Team’s volunteers would like more certainty as to their schedules. SSR2 previously planned a January face-to-face drafting session for which time has been blocked on our calendars and travel arrangements have been made. Please advise if we should cancel these.

Please let us know if you need anything else from the Review Team (cc’d).


Denise Michel
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From: Patrik Fältström <paf at frobbit.se>
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:29 PM
To: Denise Michel <denisemichel at fb.com>
Cc: SO/AC Leadership List <soac-leaders at icann.org>, SO-AC Chairs List <soac-chairs at icann.org>, ICANN Board <icann-board at icann.org>, SSR2 <ssr2-review at icann.org>, Eric Osterweil <eosterweil at verisign.com>
Subject: Re: Statement from SO/AC Chairs on the suspension of the Security and Stability Review

Your interpretation is correct. The goal now is to unpause SSR2.

Please not that I do not have posting rights to the SSR2 list, so the moderated message must be released or forwarded by someone with posting rights.

   Best, Patrik

On 2 Nov 2017, at 21:06, Denise Michel <denisemichel at fb.com<mailto:denisemichel at fb.com>> wrote:
Thanks for forwarding, Patrick.

Could the SO/AC Chairs please clarify the SSR2’s status tonight as the SSR2 is meeting tomorrow morning.

My quick read of this indicates that SSR2 is still “paused” except that the Team is to address “resolving the issues identified and discussed before and during ICANN60 related to scope and skills.”  That takes the work plan and other items off the table.

Thanks for clarifying.


Denise Michel
Sent via phone
From: Patrik Fältström <paf at frobbit.se<mailto:paf at frobbit.se>>
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:42 PM
Subject: Statement from SO/AC Chairs on the suspension of the Security and Stability Review
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The Chairs of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) acknowledge the 28 October 2017 announcement from the Board of Directors, pausing the work of the Security, Stability and Resiliency Review Team (SSR2-RT), and the Board's having tasked the SOs and ACs in sessions this week with addressing concerns raised by the Board, Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC), and the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

Collectively, we accept responsibility for getting SSR2-RT restarted as expeditiously as possible. During various sessions throughout ICANN60, our groups have met with the Board and/or members of SSR2-RT to hear their concerns. We intend to continue to consult with our respective communities, and each other, to assess and address issues relating to the scope, composition and participation, resource utilization, and overall work plan of the Review.

Additionally, the Board’s unilateral decision to suspend the work of a key accountability mechanism has raised questions that go to the independence of SSR2-RT, and specific reviews going forward. As a follow-on effort, we intend to examine the selection and scoping process for review teams, and develop a clear and predictable process for raising and addressing concerns about review teams. We also intend to carefully consider the Board's action, with a view to preventing similar instances in the future. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Board, SSR2-RT and the broader community on this task.

The SO/AC Chairs support the SSR2 RT meeting on Friday, 3 November 2017, and followup telephone conferences when needed. These are necessary so that the team can work on resolving the issues identified and discussed before and during ICANN60 related to scope and skills.

Finally, we wish to acknowledge the efforts of our colleagues on the SSR2-RT to date, and thank them for their continued commitment towards security, stability and resiliency.

Alan Greenberg (Chair ALAC)
Patrik Fältström (Outgoing Chair SSAC)
Rod Rasmussen (Incoming Chair SSAC)
Katrina Sataki (Chair ccNSO)
Thomas Schneider (Outgoing Chair GAC)
Manal Ismail (Incoming Chair GAC)
James Bladel (Outgoing Chair GNSO Council)
Heather Forrest (Incoming Chair GNSO Council)
Tripti Sinha(Co-Chair RSSAC)
Brad Verd (Co-Chair RSSAC)

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