[council] GNSO Review: Phase One Paper
marilynscade at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 16 13:10:57 UTC 2005
Thanks, Liz. Helpful to have the staff's suggestions for consideration in
the Council discussion; and especially to support the discussion points I
had raised for the Council's discussion.
You can also call me, if you are still doing the individualized outreach on
From: Liz Williams [mailto:liz.williams at icann.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:25 AM
To: 'Marilyn Cade'; council at gnso.icann.org
Cc: 'Kurt Pritz'; 'John Jeffrey'
Subject: RE: [council] GNSO Review: Phase One Paper
Thank you for these helpful comments. Bruce has provided in a separate
email more historical notes about the DNSO review
Just a couple of clarifying notes.
On the issue of a time line for Council consideration of any agenda item. I
had thought that the 7 day timeline for Council was for matters that were
being considered for a vote by Council. The GNSO Review: Phase One Paper
is not something which is the subject of a Council vote nor is it a part of
any policy development process which requires consensus decision making. It
is a discussion document which includes information about the review and a
proposed timeline for the completion of that work. Discussion with the
Council Chair confirmed that view. It may well be that detailed discussion
takes place between Council meetings and via email or telephone. That would
mean that the initial paper is available for longer scrutiny, however, see
below on practical timelines which have been set by the LUX resolution and
the Company Secretary.
On the issue of a time line for developing the Terms of Reference. The LUX
resolution is quite specific in its requirement that we needed to have ready
for the VCR Board meeting the TOR document. Working backwards from the
Sunday Dec 4 meeting date, and taking into account the Company Secretary's
requirements for submission of papers to the Board, a timeline has emerged
which gives opportunity for the GNSO Council to make input on the Phase One
Paper, for the GNSO constituencies' views to be considered and, at the same
time, for Board members to have opportunities for providing input in
parallel. In particular, the Board Governance Committee has already been
sent a copy of the paper. This is all taking place at the same time.
On the issue of information papers being sent to the Board. I had proposed
that, after the Council had completed its first phase of input, a proper
information paper would be sent to the Board. Council would, indeed, have
seen that paper as it would have come out of consultations with Council
members, the broader GNSO constituencies and the ICANN staff.
To save time on the Council call, I have answered the other questions you
1). This question is addressed in the Phase One Paper in Section A which
explains the rationale of any ICANN reviews, the appropriate instructing By
Law for this review and the actual timing of the GNSO review based on the
length of time the GNSO has been in operation. I
2). See above. The GNSO Review is a normal part of ICANN's operations.
The Luxembourg Resolution makes is clear that the GNSO Review process is now
underway, that the TOR must be completed in time for the VCR meeting and
that the review itself must be finished, as early as possible, in 2006.
3) The LUX resolution requires that ICANN staff, the Council and Board
prepare the TOR. As you know, I have consulted with all GNSO Councillors
(including the Advisory Committee representatives), interested members of
the Board (particularly those on the Governance Committee) and the senior
ICANN staff in preparing the Phase One Paper. The Paper reflects input from
all those sources.
4) The GNSO Council review is included as a reference document in the
Phase One Paper. It is clear from discussions with Councillors that
recommendations from that process are in the process of being implemented.
I look forward to further discussions of the GNSO Strategic Plan and how
Council plans to address the recommendations. You will see that the timing
of the broader review would give an opportunity for further reflection on
Council's implementation plans - the GNSO review will start in early January
2006. The GNSO Council recommendations were completed in December 2004.
5) You have asked for specificity about the use of the word ICANN.
After the Council call on 18 August, I will see where there are
opportunities to seek specific input on the areas you mentioned. I would
say though that an independent consultant/outside entity would consult
widely with all elements of the organisation and also with corporations and
individuals outside the organisation.
I hope this clarifies some of your questions which will save time on the
Council call later this week.
From: Marilyn Cade [mailto:marilynscade at hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2005 5:02 PM
To: council at gnso.icann.org; Olof Nordling
Cc: Kurt Pritz; John Jeffrey; liz.williams at icann.org
Subject: RE: [council] GNSO Review: Phase One Paper
I wish to raise a point of order regarding how we approach the agenda item
for the Terms of Reference for the GNSO Review and ask for the following
Under our agenda, posted 7 days before the Council meeting, as required, we
have a topic addressing the timeline for work on the ToR.
That is what I propose that Council address: reviewing and reaching
agreement on a detailed working timeline.
Unfortunately, the staff submission which I will hereafter refer to as
"staff working paper", which contains the proposed timeline did not meet the
required 7 day period. That is regrettable. Having said that, it seems
reasonable to consider this a delayed contribution and to work from the
proposed time line, which is the topic we have on our Council agenda.
Thus, we should focus in first on Item F on the staff working paper/delayed
contribution, which provides a basic timeline. I have concerns about some of
the dates proposed and questions about the lack of interaction between the
Council and Board; I've made a proposal about the latter in this email.
While we can have further discussion online, it is my hope to have the
discussion interactively on the call among the Councilors.
As to the substance of the staff working paper, having received it, it is
now important to have sufficient time to both discuss it, and to carefully
consider in an interactive discussion, the substance of Item D. I am not
comfortable that we can fully undertake that in Thursday's call. We have
other substantive issues already on the agenda that require attention, and
we may need to undertake a sub-group focus with reporting back to the full
Council, on completing further input and work on the ToR. And, I would
expect we will need to work on this in between this Council meeting and the
September meeting. For instance, I am not comfortable with "information
papers" that the Council hasn't seen being sent to the Board. Thus, we need
to provide staff sufficient access to the Council, or a subset of the
Council, to provide the needed ongoing input and comment.
And, to address Ken's often expressed concerns, input does not equal
My comments below are to provide further background to fellow councilors
regarding additional materials that we need in order to fulfill our
responsibilities in the development of the ToR "with the ICANN staff and
Board" and to request that these materials/or a response be provided for the
1) the development of the timing of the gNSO 'review' seems to be
based on a decision by the Board after discussions that have not been shared
with Council. Regardless of the date the decision was reached by Board, or
the rationale, that information is useful and even necessary background to
Council. Thus, since the Board decided to prioritize the review of the gNSO
above one that is required by the bylaws of a sister organization, there may
be discussions, minutes, or even staff recommendations or board member
concerns that should be shared with the Council itself, not just the staff.
2) Council should have access to information regarding discussion,
presentations, or any materials shared with the Board that led to the
recommendation to focus on gNSO review as a priority. Those should be
provided on Thursday's meeting, or a time determined when they will be
available. This may be something very simple -- a board discussion on DATE,
staff comments provided which addressed a, b. c. etc. If the discussions
were informal, then a summary from staff of the discussions should be
sufficient. Having an understanding of the perceptions, concerns, and
interests of the Board in supporting this prioritization is important for
Council in order to ensure an effective ToR.
3) the resolution provides for "preparing with the ICANN staff and Board ".
thus, I recommend that we, as Council, invite the Board to appoint a few
board members, or to seek volunteer Board members, to participate with us
in the work of developing the ToR, of course, and it goes without saying,
always supported by staff in this process.
Involvement in this should not be extraordinarily time consuming for the
Board members, and should result in improved understanding within the Board
of the views expressed by the Council and the perspectives of the SO.
Further, I recommend that we plan accordingly, and reach agreement now, with
the Board, that Council will present the ToR, supported by the staff, in a
joint Board/Council discussion in VC.
It seems obvious that we should be working somewhat interactively with at
least a subset of the Board, before VC, in order to avoid a disconnect of
perspectives and to work through any areas of concern. I think we all are
committed to increasing as appropriate how the Council represents itself
directly in interaction and interpretation of the Council's input, while
relying upon staff for support for Council's work.
4) I call fellow Councilors attention to other work that is related that
must be addressed as well:
As all will recall, the bylaws called for a review of the Council. This was
completed, with several outstanding recommendations, which we need to
prioritize as work items to discuss and schedule how to address. Those items
should be a priority. They should be specifically referenced in the working
draft background document of the staff.
On Thursday, in the discussion of the timeline, we should discuss whether to
include/incorporate these items in the ToR, or merely note that they are
work in progress, and ensure that they are indeed work in progress, what the
tracking is of progress, and what steps remain to be taken to address them.
Again, I ask that staff's supporting documents identify the work items,
address where we are in those areas, Council can then determine its proposed
action to conclude this work, either separately, or in conjunction with the
ToR and review.
Should Council prefer to have parallel tracks of work, then this should just
be noted in the ToR, so that in the review undertaken, the independent
entity is guided by an awareness that there is work in progress in areas
that have impact upon the SO.
One final comment. When we say "ICANN", we mean the collectiveness of all
the community. When we say ICANN staff, or ICANN Board, or ICANN gNSO, then
we are speaking of a subset. I notice in the staff working paper that there
is a reference in 3, to whether "ICANN is satisfied with the advice". I
confess I don't know who is meant in that particular reference to "ICANN".
If it is the ICANN Board, then we should spell that out. If it is the "ICANN
staff", then spell that out; if it is the full community, then of course it
is appropriate to use "ICANN" here.
I suspect from personal interactions with some board members, that this is
actually a reference to questions from the Board, including the Advisory
Committee liaisons. That is quite important to understand, in any case, and
given how ICANN [the full community] is maturing and evolving and how
significant the work/policy items are that it addresses, is quite to be
expected that such a question would arise. However, if the question is
specific, as well, it is important to understand that and to consider how to
I will comment on the tone that we should seek to achieve in the ToR, and in
the review itself. Having spent many years as a manager-and an executive
with reporting staff, and having been "managed" myself by many seriously
committed executives, first in government, and then in private industry, I
have a view that "reviews" are to be used as ways to achieve improvement,
not isolation of problems for the purposes of criticism. When one does a
performance review, the goals are to help to improve performance, even of
top performers in an organization. Organizations often undertake self
review, and engage in Strategic Planning for that very purpose; they
identify things that can be improved, and they put the processes in place to
We undertook such an extensive review of the entirety of ICANN not so long
ago in the Evolution and Reform process and we decided, as a broad ICANN
community to make several changes. We are now in the midst of
institutionalizing and improving the performance of ICANN, based on the
changes made at that time. and in this review, I would hope that we are
mindful of the very recent changes that the organization undertook and focus
in on continuing improvements, not revolutionary change. I believe we have
committed to, as a community, evolutionary and ongoing change. The review of
the gNSO should reflect that as a core principle.
From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On
Behalf Of Liz Williams
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 5:48 AM
To: council at gnso.icann.org
Subject: [council] GNSO Review: Phase One Paper
I have attached a paper which reflects the first phase of consultation and
feedback about the GNSO Review Terms of Reference. I am grateful to
everyone who has contributed ideas either by email or on the telephone.
The GNSO Review is at Item 2 on the agenda for the 18 August call. The
agenda item refers specifically to the timeline for the GNSO Terms of
Reference. This paper provides the timeline and more detailed information.
After the 18 August call, I will prepare an information paper for
distribution to the Board. I will then incorporate their feedback into a
Second Phase paper. You will note that we have quite tight deadlines to
meet the Board's requirements for notification of items for the Vancouver
meeting. A full project plan is being developed for the process which
includes all key dates and milestones.
If you have any further questions or need clarification on anything my
numbers are below or you can email me.
Dr Liz Williams
Senior Policy Counselor
ICANN - Brussels
Tel: +32 2 234 7874
Fax: +32 2 234 7848
Mob: +61 414 26 9000
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