[CCWG-ACCT] what the Board is objecting to here -

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Sat Feb 20 07:32:28 UTC 2016

Hello Becky,

>>   I think the Board's point is that the carve out - and hence the 3 SO/AC threshold - could apply where an IRP determines that the Board's actions in response to GAC Advice contravene the Bylaws. 

Correct - this was the position I provided to the list over a week ago, and was subject to discussion in the CCWG call.   The Board remains in support of that position.

This position could apply for any of the SOs or ACs.   E.g. if the Board followed ALAC advice, and the IRP found this was in contravention of the bylaws, than a threshold of 3 SOs and ACs would be sufficient to remove the Board, if the Board did not follow the determination of the IRP.

>>   I think what worries the Board is that the notion that the Board could be recalled by 3 SO/AC combination for action that DOES NOT contravene the Bylaws.

Correct.   There has been significant discussion of this in the past week on the Board's mailing list since the latest text was developed for the CCWG report.    There was a Board Information call a little over 12 hours ago that I was not able to attend, and after that call Steve sent his note.

The prevailing view at the moment is that it should require 4 SOs or ACs to remove the Board in situations when the Board is acting within its bylaws.

As part of the discussion of whether it was OK to reduce the threshold from 4 to 3, in the case when the Board accepted GAC advice that is within the bylaws, the Board has also started to wonder whether the carve out idea for one of the advisory committees is really appropriate in a multi-stakeholder model.

This has opened up a discussion amongst Board members on whether we should really be aiming to treat the advice from all advisory committees in a similar way.   e.g. have the same threshold for rejecting the advice from an advisory committee, and have the same procedure for meeting with an advisory committee when the advice is rejected.    Any advice from an advisory committee requesting that the Board take action should be within the scope of ICANN's mission, and within the scope of the advisory committee's role as defined in the bylaws.

Bruce Tonkin

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