[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Conflict Of Interest, was Fwd: Board reply to CCWG-AP

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Tue Sep 5 16:40:33 UTC 2017

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On September 5, 2017 12:27:34 PM EDT, elliot noss <enoss at tucows.com> wrote:
>and I will add to this that I am not (at all) convinced that giving
>away money with a broader scope than the organizational mission would
>risk non-profit status in any way. ISOC, nominet cira and NLnet are all
>examples to the contrary.
>I also respect and appreciate ICANN legal giving us their view on the
>matter AND they are deeply incented to take a narrow view of this
>question. I do not begrudge them that. BUT, we should be able to avail
>ourselves of independant opinion, particularly in dealing with $230m!
>hopefully that is enough for mark to hold off on his resignation until
>this issue is determined, because it is relatively simply determinable.
>> On Sep 5, 2017, at 10:15 AM, Marc Gauw <marc.gauw at nlnet.nl> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> After reading the Board reply with respect to 'Conflict Of Interest',
>it is getting obvious that the Board does not encourage that
>ccWG-members would also nominate for receiving/dispersing auction-funds
>> I have to respect that, and therefor have decided to leave the ccWG
>per today.
>> Note that NLnet Foundation over the last 20 years has been very
>active in dispersing our own charity-fund to hundreds of Internet
>projects, the last years primarily on open source and cybersecurity. 
>> It was our intention to share our 'Internet-charity-experience' with
>this team DURING the ccWG, AND to provide support with dispersing parts
>of the auction-funds to the right non-profit cybersecurity projects
>AFTER the ccWG.
>> Now that it retrospectively turns out that the first support may
>exclude us from the second support, we have no choice than to leave the
>ccWG, since potentially receiving a (modest) part of the ICANN funds is
>crucial for our NLnet-battle against exponentially growing
>cybersecurity threats.
>> Many thanks for working together with you, and all the best with the
>remaining work in the ccWG !
>> Kind regards,
>> Marc
>> Op 4-9-2017 om 16:29 schreef Erika Mann:
>>> Dear All - 
>>> herewith I'm forwarding Steve's reply to our letter. 
>>> We will have a first exchange on Thursday this week, during our CCWG
>AP call. I send Steve already a quick reply, saying that we will
>discuss the Board letter then for the first time. 
>>> Best, 
>>> Erika
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Steve Crocker <steve.crocker at board.icann.org>
>>> Date: Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 3:19 PM
>>> Subject: Board reply to CCWG-AP
>>> To: Erika Mann <erika at erikamann.com>, Ching Chiao
><chiao at brandma.co>, Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>
>>> Cc: Steve Crocker <steve.crocker at board.icann.org>, Marika Konings
><marika.konings at icann.org>, Icann-board ICANN <icann-board at icann.org>,
>Avri Doria <avri at apc.org>, "Sarah B. Deutsch"
><sarahbdeutsch at gmail.com>, Board Operations <Board-Ops-Team at icann.org>,
>Sally Costerton <sally.costerton at icann.org>, Samantha Eisner
><Samantha.Eisner at icann.org>, Lauren Allison <lauren.allison at icann.org>
>>> Dear Erika and Ching,
>>> Thank you for your letter received on May 22, 2017 on behalf of the
>Cross Community Working Group on New gTLD Auction Proceeds (CCWG-AP) in
>response to the Board email of March 2nd 2017.
>>> On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to see that we are aligned in
>our thinking regarding the points discussed in the original email.
>Specifically, in response to your letter, please find attached a letter
>including additional acknowledgements and requested clarifications.
>>> Thank you again for your efforts leading this work. 
>>> Steve
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>> -- 
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