[WP1] [Party1] for our mechanisms - structures or processes?
sdelbianco at netchoice.org
Sat Mar 14 15:09:12 UTC 2015
Jordan — I see the distinction this way:
A process is a series of steps, with rules about eligibility, standards, and means to enforce outcomes. In our CCWG, eligibility is usually given to the ‘Community’
A structure is how we organize the ‘Community’ so that it is eligible to use the processes. In our CCWG, the structure for Community of CA/SO/SGs could be ad-hoc or formal. One way to formalize the community is to have statutory Members representing each AC/SO/SG.
From: Jordan Carter
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:10 AM
To: "wp1 at icann.org<mailto:wp1 at icann.org>"
Subject: [Party1] for our mechanisms - structures or processes?
In drafting the previous note I thought the following also of interest for discussion / teasing out:
One distinction to think about is between mechanisms that are a process and those that are a structure.
A process is the best way to describe using existing SO/AC processes, or the Community Veto. The particular angle I am focused on in such processes is that they come to a decision about the matter at hand through the autonomous actions of individual SOs and ACs, and the results of those decisions are reflected in the decision. They are a bit like the process of electing an SO Board member, in that:
- there are no new bodies that need to be created
- there is no necessary deliberation before a decision is made
- the process forms an aggregation of preferences of individual SOs and ACs
A structure is what is required by the other approaches above which range from well known (we are a CCWG, so we know about that), to models that are well known in California but not in ICANN (membership or delegates) to models that are less familiar like a supervisory board. They imply and oblige a sharing of perspectives and discussion within the decision body, regardless of whether the decisions of the members are mandated or otherwise.
- they involve a new grouping of people, which to be empowered require some kind of structure to be set out somewhere and abided by
- they generally involve a conversation between the decision-makers as or before a decision is made
Aside from testing the criteria mentioned in my previous note, what do people think about this distinction?
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