[council] Agenda item 8 - GA

Denise Michel denise.michel at icann.org
Thu Sep 24 03:58:16 UTC 2009

Dear Council Members,

I've been asked to provide some information regarding item 8 on
tomorrow's Council meeting agenda ("GA List request for election

Under the current ICANN bylaws, there is no provision for any officers
(or Secretariat) of the GA mailing list, nor any provisions regarding
GNSO responsibility for the GA list. It is not an official structure
within ICANN.  Thus, ICANN Staff will not be “preparing a voting
booth” or facilitating any election related to this list.

For those not familiar with this list, "GA" stands for "General
Assembly," which was a structure within the original DNSO (predecessor
to GNSO) that ceased to exist when the DNSO was restructured into the
GNSO years ago.  There was an expectation at the time that the new
GNSO would replace the old GA email list with a substantive,
cross-constituency discussion list, but that did not materialize.  The
list was left open, but there is no obligation by the GNSO to maintain

Please let me know if you have questions.


Denise Michel
ICANN Vice President
Policy Development
denise.michel at icann.org
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