[council] Fwd: GNSO Closed Meeting

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Thu Sep 17 16:53:43 UTC 2009

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> From: "Neuman, Jeff" <Jeff.Neuman at neustar.us>
> Date: 17 September 2009 17:31:03 GMT+02:00
> Subject: GNSO Closed Meeting
> Chuck, Adrian, Avri, Mary, Stephane & Kristina
> I cannot post on the Council list, but would appreciate this getting  
> forwarded.
> I strongly object to any closed formal meetings of the Council  
> during the weekend preceding the ICANN meeting for a gripe session  
> or frankly for any reason.  I have attended each of the pre-meetings  
> of the ICANN meetings for the past I am not sure how many meetings  
> despite not being on the Council.  I am technically an officer of a  
> constituency, but never attend those meetings in that capacity and  
> would still object even if I were included.
> I participate in these meetings because I truly believe it is where  
> a lot of the real discussion takes place.  The formal GNSO Council  
> meetings on the Wednesday are more show than discussion.  Maybe it  
> is because there has been so much discussion prior to the Wednesday  
> meeting that everyone has formulated their opinions, or maybe  
> Councilors are not comfortable having the discussions up on the  
> stage, who knows.  The reason is not so important.
> But there is a HUGE amount of policy topics and discussions that  
> need to take place on Saturday and Sunday.  Its hard enough to find  
> time to schedule working group meetings during those days (where  
> many Councilors participate).  To take up this precious time to do a  
> closed gripe session is not only bad for the reasons stated by Avri  
> and others, but may also disrespectful to other members of the GNSO  
> Community that do come early to the meetings to work on policy.
> If you want to have dinner (after the end of the formal day “on your  
> own time”), I have no objection to that.  That may be a good idea.   
> But I ask that we not use valuable policy development time for  
> this.  After all, its not really GNSO Council Time, but technically,  
> GNSO Community time.
> There is just too much to do.
> Thanks.
> Jeffrey J. Neuman
> Neustar, Inc. / Vice President, Law & Policy
> 46000 Center Oak Plaza Sterling, VA 20166
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