[council] ATRT2 summary

john at crediblecontext.com john at crediblecontext.com
Mon Dec 2 22:37:26 UTC 2013

The place where the interests of the Council and the findings of the ATRT2 intersect most closely are the call for broader and more active working group participation and earlier involvement of the GAC.  At the least we should let the ATRT2 know we agree with them and describe some of the steps we are taking -- speeding up the PDP has working group implications and the cross community working group drafting team work that has set the stage for early involvement.  In addition, we have Maria Farrell's initial take on the work of the ATRT2 which can be used fill in around the edges of what we might say.
Now, having said that, I don't think I can have a hand in writing what I suspect is best a short and sweet letter!
--------- Original Message --------- Subject: RE: [council] ATRT2 summary
From: "Jonathan Robinson" <jrobinson at afilias.info>
Date: 12/2/13 12:58 pm
To: council at gnso.icann.org

 The input we had was from Maria (not Marika as below) but the question remains:
 Do we provide written input to the ATRT2?
 If so; (a) it needs to be done by 13 Dec and (b) is Maria in a position to hold the pen?
   From: Jonathan Robinson [mailto:jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com] 
Sent: 02 December 2013 17:47
To: council at gnso.icann.org
Subject: RE: [council] ATRT2 summary

 We used this useful input from Marika to provide input to the ATRT2 in Buenos Aires.  
 I recall that we provided some well thought out and apparently helpful input in relation to the PDP and our role in managing policy development within the GNSO.

In addition we touched on it during the wrap-up session on Thursday.
 We have to decide and act quickly on whether or not to provide written input by close of the reply period on 13 December 2013.
 Thereafter they aim to produce the final report by 31 December 2013.
 Any comments or input on this welcome.
   From: Jonathan Robinson [mailto:jrobinson at afilias.info] 
Sent: 20 November 2013 12:21
To: 'Maria Farrell'; council at gnso.icann.org
Subject: RE: [council] ATRT2 summary

 Many thanks Maria,
 All, please note that we are meeting with the ATRT2 in our second meeting GNSO Council meeting today.  
 First we seat the new council, second we elect the chair.
 Then we meet with the ATRT.  Exiting councillors WELCOME to participate.  It's an open / public meeting.
 From: Maria Farrell [mailto:maria.farrell at gmail.com] 
Sent: 20 November 2013 09:09
To: council at gnso.icann.org
Subject: [council] ATRT2 summary
     Dear fellow councilors,
With apologies for the time it's taken me to send this last part, here is a summary of the ATRT2 report on the GNSO PDP. (I'm afraid I ran out of time to summarise the rest of the report.)
I hope this is useful.
Full text of the report is here: http://www.icann.org/en/about/aoc-review/atrt/draft-recommendations-15oct13-en.pdf

And the GNSO PDP part starts on page 59 of the report.

All the best, Maria
 ATRT2 Report - section on GNSO PDP
 The problem:
 GNSO PDP is weak when it comes to resolving strong views and financial interests.
 Background research
 Staff paper on improving the PDP is in the works
 Community input
 Chairs and WG veterans stress need for F2F meetings, professional facilitators, Board involvement and for people were both for and against the Board issuing threats and deadlines.
 Interconnect Report Findings
 PDPs mostly done by North Americans and Europeans
 Most active participants are paid to be there
 Many participants dissatisfied with process, time it takes and feel it's not worth while - one time only WG participation is typical
 Culturally, PDP and WG process very Western culturally and English language based
 ATRT2 Findings
 Growing sense that professional facilitators are needed to help resolve difficult issues, although it may not suffice
 Current model is based on email and conference calls, but F2F is more effective
 Board deadlines sometimes used to overcome intractable differences, but it's not clear how to ensure people negotiate within PDP in good faith.  
 Board is part of the problem: Board deadlined PDPs don't always create good policy.  Or Board says it wants a policy and decides its own response in the meantime, or Board nullifies outcomes of a PDP.  This creates distrust that some in the PDP are not committed to it and will undermine outcome by lobbying Board or GAC.
 ATRT2 Draft New Recommendations
 ICANN should:
 Fund facilitators and draft guidelines for when they can be used
 Provide funding for more F2F meetings
 Work with community to make PDP faster, to attract more people
 The GAC should:
 With the GNSO, find ways to input to WGs and to GNSO Council on draft PDP reports
 The Board and GNSO should:
 Start an initiative to increase participation from outside NA/Europe, non-English speaking, other cultures, people not funded by industry. Players
 The Board should set procedures for what to do when the GNSO cannot come to a decision within the time, and state “under what conditions the Board believes it may alter PDP recommendations after formal Board acceptance”.
 A step should be added to the PDP process where those unhappy with staff comment summary can respond.
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