[council] Status of meeting planning for Feb 2006 in Washington

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Tue Jan 24 03:37:35 UTC 2006

Hello All,

The topic of a physical meeting on gtlds in Feb 2006 is on the agenda
for our next Council meeting on 6 Feb 2006.

However if we want to do this, we need to make progress in making
arrangements prior to our scheduled conference call.

Purpose of meeting
- using the initial report on new gtlds from the ICANN staff - carry out
further drafting work on a policy position
- if the Council decides to progress on additional policy issues
identified in the issues report requested at the last meeting - carry
out further work to complete constituency position statements and begin
to draft proposed policies
- provide an opportunity for any additional public comment on the
reports published so far

Given the need to work more quickly on substantive policy issues, a
physical meeting may assist progress.

Location of meeting
- the Washington region has several major gtld registries and registrars
- it is easy to travel to from most locations in the Northern Hemisphere
- we have local contacts that can assist with logistics

Planning so far
- current date under consideration is around 21 Feb 2006
- locations under consideration include 
  -- at a location in the city of Washington, DC itself
  -- or at a location near Dulles airport, Washington

A location in Washington, DC may be appropriate for any further public
comment/dialog on the policy issues and may get press coverage with
respect to encouraging further contributions with respect to new gtlds.
Marilyn Cade has volunteered to investigate this option further.

A location near the airport - will most likely make it far cheaper in
terms of accommodation costs, and probably easier to find available
accommodation at short notice.  This might be a better location for the
planning meetings.   Maybe a registry or registrar in the area may be
able to host a drafting meeting.

It is possible that a combination of both might work best.  E.g one
morning or afternoon in the downtime area, and the rest of the time near
the airport.

- given that many Council members will be planning to attend the ICANN
meeting in New Zealand in March, and may not have sufficient time or
budgets to also travel to Washington, I recommend we allow each
constituency to appoint 3 representatives (which do not need to be
Council members) to represent the position of the constituency in
Washington.  I expect that most constituencies will have members within
a reasonable radius of Washington.

Further input needed

I am interested to hear from Council members regarding any issues around
the proposed date (21 Feb 2006) - ie whether there are clashes with
other major international meetings etc, and also any preferences
regarding meeting near Dulles airport near Washington, or in the city

Bruce Tonkin

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