[council] Council resolution regarding extension of public comment periods

Avri Doria avri at psg.com
Sun Nov 9 17:51:04 UTC 2008


Some thoughts,

- I would actually be curious to know how much time we were spending  
in the various activities.  Given that we have tapes of all of our  
meting, I would like to know what the percentage time spent in various  
activities is.  If I had a graduate student with the spare cycles, I  
would actually ask for some research on the topic.

- As we move forward, I will attempt to balance the time between the  
various tasks we have before us.  I am hoping that most of the  
restructure and "improvements" work can be done in the Constituencies,  
the PPSC and OSC and their working teams, allowing the council to  
focus as much as possible of policy development tasks, especially  
discussing issues reports, working on charters for WGs and looking at  
the results of WGs..  We will, however, have some administrative tasks  
dealing with the transition to take up at the council level,  
especially if we are going to meet the schedules set by the board.


On 7 Nov 2008, at 18:57, Mike Rodenbaugh wrote:

> Thanks Liz for these thoughts.  It is hard for me to imagine anyone  
> complaining if ‘pre-defined requirements for conducting public  
> comments’ are simply extended to provide greater time.
> I echo the concerns about the 3x-yearly document drop on  
> Councilors.  But I am more concerned to keep moving forward on  
> policy development rather than focusing such immense amounts of time  
> on restructure and process.  Policy development is our primary job,  
> and the ICANN community and broader public expects it from us, in  
> particular to help deal with immense harms enabled by abusive domain  
> registrations.  For many months there has been relatively little  
> policy development discussion on Council, and a large imbalance  
> towards process issues.  This is frustrating for those of us elected  
> and intending to push for policy development.  We should spend at  
> least an equal amount of time on policy development than on process,  
> preferably the vast majority of our time, even during this big  
> structural and procedural transition.
> Thanks,
> Mike
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
> ] On Behalf Of Liz Gasster
> Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 3:10 AM
> To: council at gnso.icann.org
> Subject: [council] Council resolution regarding extension of public  
> comment periods
> All,
> The ICANN staff recognizes the intent behind this resolution and we  
> will begin to think through any implications associated with this  
> recommendation.  As a threshold matter, it may be helpful to mention  
> that many structures within ICANN have pre-defined requirements for  
> conducting public comments, including the time frames required for  
> soliciting public comment.  These differ today by entity, many  
> requirements are specified in various bylaws provisions applicable  
> to various structures, including requirements applicable to Board- 
> initiated solicitations for public comment.  The current bylaws  
> provisions applicable to GNSO Council-related solicitations for  
> public comment are specific to the GNSO Council.
> Staff has also heard concerns from some Council members about the  
> volume of reports and materials produced by ICANN staff (and  
> possibly working group reports as well) just prior to and during  
> ICANN meetings, because of the challenges associated with reviewing  
> and being prepared to comment on late-breaking documents and  
> reports.   For example, staff was directed to complete the  
> registration abuse issues report prior to the Cairo ICANN meeting  
> specifically so that the report could be discussed in Cairo, but,  
> understandably, many Council members were unable to read the report  
> in time for a timely discussion.  Thus, it may also be appropriate  
> to consider whether deadlines for other deliverables should also be  
> extended accordingly to further address Council member concerns.
> Staff looks forward to discussing all this further with Council  
> members.
> Thanks, Liz

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