[council] Announcement from JAS working group

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Sun Nov 14 13:05:06 UTC 2010



Here is my thinking on the second amendment:

·         Any waiving of fees will reduce the funds available for processing applications.

·         Because the fees were calculated to cover actual application processing costs and assuming that the calculations are accurate, there may be a shortfall of funds to cover application processing costs.

·         How will that shortfall be covered?

·         Keep in mind that there are no specifically designated funds budgeted in the regular ICANN budget for application processing.

·         In proposing the amendment there was no intention on my part to pass judgment on the motion itself; rather, it seemed to me that if there is a shortfall, we should find out whether that has an impact, and if so, have some idea how that impact will be mitigated.

·         All the amendment does is add another task for the JAS WG, asking the group to work with Staff to get information on the new gTLD budget implications if fees are waived and explore ways to mitigate those impacts, if any.


Does this help?




From: Rafik Dammak [mailto:rafik.dammak at gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:42 AM
To: Council GNSO
Cc: Gomes, Chuck; Avri Doria; William Drake
Subject: Re: [council] Announcement from JAS working group




I am forwarding Avri's answers to Chuck's questions which are below. 

For the first amendment, I accept the first one as friendly.

about the second ones, I am not understanding the aim, maybe other rewording can work?





2010/11/13 Avri Doria <avri at psg.com>

Dear Chuck,

Some initial answers from my perspective as one of the co-chairs.

Of course I do not have Council list posting rights, and am not even sure whether Rafik and Bill  would want my raw answers passed on raw.

A reminder, as a Joint AC/SO WG this motion is also being put before ALAC. Any changes etc  will eventually need to be ironed out between the two groups.

My comments in-line.

On 12 Nov 2010, at 09:39, Gomes, Chuck wrote:

> In advance of our consideration of this motion I want to propose a couple amendments (re just a typo) and ask a few questions that hopefully can be answered on the list before our meeting on the 18th.
> Resolved 1(a)
> ·         The second sentence of this part of the resolution says, “Financial need has been established as the primary criterion for support. The group should be argumented to have the necessary expertise to make a specific recommendation in this area, especially given the comparative economic conditions and the cross-cultural aspects of this requirement.”
> ·         Proposed amendment (typo correction):  In 1(a) under Resolved, change ‘argumented’ to ‘augmented’.

Yes, Thank you for catching that.

> ·         Have the experts needed been identified yet?  If not, how will they be identified?

No. There have been some background conversations with Staff about this and there was an offer of help in terms of bringing in some visitors to the group to discuss various issues.  Discussing the type of expertise needed would be an initial item for the WG.

> ·         Is it anticipated that adding experts will require funding?  If so, from where would the funding come?

It has not been anticipated that there will be an expense.  But if there is, we do not have any idea of where funding would come from.  Perhaps Karla can let us know if there is any funding in the new budget for such support if needed.

It is also possible that there are volunteers either within the ICANN community or outside of it who could be brought in without expenses. I tend to look at this whole process of trying to get help for applicants from developing regions as pro-bono work.  If the charter extensions are approved, I expect I will make an outreach to people I know, as I expect others in the group would.

> Resolved 1(c)
> ·         The resolution says, “Establishing a framework, including a possible recommendation for a separate ICANN originated foundation, for managing any auction income, beyond costs. for future rounds and ongoing assistance”.
> ·         What does ‘ICANN originated foundation’ mean?

The specifics are far from clear and hence the work item.  There has been a conversation for a long while, including the days of GNSO policy making and in some of the DAG discussions,  that processing any funds gained in auctions beyond  costs might be best dealt with outside of normal ICANN budgeting and accounting.    This item recommends that we start working on those idea, including the idea of an independent foundation set up by ICANN for just this purpose.  Of course we are also looking for funds beyond just auction proceeds, but the source of those funds is as of yet unclear, and hence a work item.

> ·         Has this idea been vetted with the ICANN General Council’s office?

Not that I know of.  Does looking into this need to be vetted with them?  Certainly they would need to be part of any discussions and planning, and of course execution if such were ultimately recommended and approved, but do GNSO and ALAC need their permission to talk about it?  This is not consensus policy that affects contractual conditions.  All the JAS WG can do is make recommendation to our chartering organizations, the community and the Board.

> Resolved 1(h)
> ·         The resolution says, “Review the basis of the US$100,000 application base fee to determine its full origin and to determine what percentage of that fee could be waived for applicants meeting the requirements for assistance.”
> ·         Understanding that the application fees are intended to cover application processing costs and no more, from where is it envisioned that the offset of the fee waivers would come?

This was discussed in the recommendations themselves.  The suggestion is in keeping with the GNSO policy decision that while the program needs to be self funding as a whole, there can be differential fees paid by the applicants.

For each of the fees that the JAS WG has recommended being waived for applicants who meet the criteria, there is a reason for why that fee would not be appropriate for someone from a developing region to have to pay.

In terms of this US$100,000 fee,  however,that basis of that fee was not clear and hence the need to investigate the basis of that fee further to see if any parts of it are not appropriate for those from developing regions.

> ·         Proposed amendment: Add a new sentence that says, “Work with the ICANN new gTLD implementation staff to determine how the fee waivers would be funded.”

I would not think this an equivalent item.

This could be another work item, however..

> If the answers to the questions can be provided in advance of the Council meeting on 18 November, I think the chances of acting on this motion on the 18th will be increased and the sooner the better so that Councilors can provide the answers to their respective groups.
> Rafik/Bill:  Do you consider the two proposed amendments as friendly?
> Chuck




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