[CCWG-ACCT] A message from the Co-Chairs

Edward Morris egmorris1 at toast.net
Sat Feb 20 14:03:36 UTC 2016

 Hello Leon,
 I appreciate the enormous pressure  you, Thomas and Mathieu must be under at this point. Thanks for your continued hard work. I appreciate your considered response but I must admit that it saddens me.
 ?The Charter does not envision Board direction at this point in the process. By changing our timeline, by allowing the Board to dictate procedure rather than provide input at the appropriate times (which were in the past and future but not now) you've made me question whether ICANN as a whole has reached the maturity necessary to be given independence. We really do appear to be a group run by personality and opportunity  rather than by rule and structure. That's not the type of organisation I believe should be granted a completely independent role with an expanded function in maintaining the security and structure of the DNS. I hope future events provide me an opportunity to reconsider this preliminary evaluation.
 For those trying to make sense of the specific substantive issues at play here I highly recommend Andrew Sullivan's post at 02:17 UTC today entitled 'Clarification'. Although I disagree with certain opinions expressed by Andrew, I found his explanations of the substantive issues involved to be exceptionally well done. Thank you Andrew.
 Sad. Just sad.
 ?Kind Regards,
 Edward Morris


 From: "León Felipe Sánchez Ambía" <leonfelipe at sanchez.mx>
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:22 AM
To: "Accountability Cross Community" <accountability-cross-community at icann.org>
Cc: "ACCT-Staff (acct-staff at icann.org)" <acct-staff at icann.org>
Subject: [CCWG-ACCT] A message from the Co-Chairs   
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Dear all,   


As you are aware, we intended to publish our Final Report today (19 February 2016) for Chartering Organization consideration. We are ready to do so, except for one issue where we would like to consider options as a full group.    

There is, still, ongoing discussion on the issue of thresholds for Board removal in Recommendation #2, which raised concerns in our report after we came to a compromise on Board consideration of GAC Advice (Recommendation #11). Since then, we have tried to propose compromise text that would be acceptable by different groups (c.f. the 12 February and 17 February drafts, posted at https://community.icann.org/x/iw2AAw).    

We received comments on this issue, and in some cases, minority statements, from members and participants in the ALAC, GAC, GNSO, and the Board. Earlier today, ICANN Chairman, Steve Crocker, posted a note, apparently on behalf of the Icann Board, outlining Board concerns with the latest attempt at compromise text proposed on 17 February: http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/accountability-cross-community/2016-February/011056.html.   

While these last minute interventions are deeply disappointing for those of us who worked extremely hard, within the group and within their respective communities, to build bridges and promote compromise, our main target and duty remains to achieve a stable level of consensus, respecting the bottom-up, multistakeholder nature of the process.  

It is fortunate that the Board provided this input before we published the report, since it enables us to assess the potential consequences of a Board disagreement later in the process.  

We believe this issue must be discussed before sending our Final Report to Chartering Organizations. At the very least, we would like the opportunity to discuss a way forward and process as full group on next Tuesday's CCWG-Accountability call at 06:00 UTC. There are many options and directions the group can take at this stage, each with different implications and considerations, and these options should be discussed as a group.  

Until the Tuesday call, let's keep open channels of communication on our mailing list and work towards a solution. We will also reach out to the Chartering Organizations to inform them of the change in our schedule.  

As co-chairs, we renew our call upon every Member, upon every Participant, our call upon community leaders especially in the ICANN Board, in the GNSO and in the GAC to step away from confronting each other, to engage constructively and recognize each other's value to the multistakeholder model. If you believe that the multistakeholder model can deliver, now is the time to act accordingly.  

 Thank you,  


Thomas, León, Mathieu  

CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs  


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