[council] Draft ATRT2 Comments

James M. Bladel jbladel at godaddy.com
Wed Dec 11 18:12:04 UTC 2013


I’m not entirely on board with some of the sentiments expressed in your edits.  Opponents of the PDP will often (and firstly) cite the -lack– of time efficiency as the primary flaw in the process.  If we are to address those internal and external critics, it seems that this should be highlighted above the other concerns…



From: <Gomes>, Chuck <cgomes at verisign.com<mailto:cgomes at verisign.com>>
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:02
To: Maria Farrell <maria.farrell at gmail.com<mailto:maria.farrell at gmail.com>>
Cc: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca<mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>>, David Cake <dave at difference.com.au<mailto:dave at difference.com.au>>, Mike O'Connor <mike at haven2.com<mailto:mike at haven2.com>>, "council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:council at gnso.icann.org>" <council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:council at gnso.icann.org>>
Subject: RE: [council] Draft ATRT2 Comments

Thanks Maria.

Regarding ‘13.1 on GNSO and the wider ICANN community developing ways to make the GNSO PDP process more time-effective’:

·         I don’t agree with this statement in the second paragraph:  “So while we believe the PDP should be judged on several criteria, time-effectiveness is currently the most pressing.”  I don’t think it is the most pressing criterion but I do believe that is one of several that must be focused on.  I would be much more comfortable if we changed the sentence to something like this:  “So while we believe the PDP should be judged on several criteria, time-effectiveness needs to be addressed.”

·         Along the same line, I would change the last paragraph as follows: “Additionally we suggest that while one concern is time-effectiveness and the fact that the PDPs simply takes tootake a lot of time long, reference might be also made in your recommendations to other, more qualitative measures of the effectiveness of policy-making; deliberativeness, participation and support.”
In my opinion, it is critical to focus on all the criteria together rather than isolating one as the most important.  As our other comments on this suggest, that risks sacrificing qualitative criteria.  Do we want to compromise the bottom-up multi-stakeholder model to make PDPs more time efficient?  I don’t think so.  I believe what we want to do is to find ways to improve time-effectiveness while still making sure that PDPs are bottom-up and multi-stakeholder.  For example, the qualitative criteria of participation and support are areas where improvements could be made to improve time-effectiveness.  Finally, I think that categorizing time-effectiveness as the most pressing criterion is counter to what we say later in our comments: “we are concerned that speed not be the main metric used to determine the performance of the GNSO”.


From: Maria Farrell [mailto:maria.farrell at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:26 PM
To: Gomes, Chuck
Cc: Alan Greenberg; David Cake; Mike O'Connor; council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [council] Draft ATRT2 Comments

Hi all,
Here's a revised draft response to the ATRT2 recommendations. I've incorporated all the comments and changed the focus re time-effectiveness to something I hope is closer to our area of agreement.
If there are more comments between now and the deadline of 23.50 UTC tonight, I'll work them in tomorrow.
It would be helpful if you can make comments on the new draft, V.3, but if you're already knee-deep in V.2, then don't worry; just send comments on that one instead.
Track changes and clean versions attached.
Best, m

On 11 December 2013 17:02, Gomes, Chuck <cgomes at verisign.com<mailto:cgomes at verisign.com>> wrote:
Thanks Alan.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Greenberg [mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca<mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>]
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:20 AM
To: Gomes, Chuck; David Cake
Cc: Mike O'Connor; Maria Farrell; council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject: RE: [council] Draft ATRT2 Comments

I guess the answer to your a or b or c question is YES. We have discussed such options (very briefly), but that is indeed something that we are not being prescriptive about.

The real thrust of the recommendation is the word "funded". We (the GNSO and community) are making good progress toward coming up with methodologies which could improve the policy development process, but many of them will require funding (whether for services, travel or additional ICANN staff). What we are looking for is a commitment to put money into the process so that some of these pipe-dreams can become a reality.


At 11/12/2013 09:02 AM, Gomes, Chuck wrote:
>Thanks Alan.  Regarding the recommendations about using facilitators,
>did the ATRT2 discuss whether these facilitators would be ICANN staff,
>community volunteers trained by ICANN  or paid service providers?  I
>understand that this may be more of an implementation issues than one
>the ATRT2 may address in the final report but am just curious.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Alan Greenberg [mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca<mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>]
>Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:44 PM
>To: David Cake; Gomes, Chuck
>Cc: Mike O'Connor; Maria Farrell; council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:council at gnso.icann.org>
>Subject: Re: [council] Draft ATRT2 Comments
>I am making these comments purely on my own behalf, but from the
>perspective of being an ATRT2 member and the prime author of the
>recommendation being discussed.
>First to Mikey, the numbering of the draft report was a mess. This
>recommendation was numbered 10 in the Executive Summary and 13 in the
>body of the report. The final support will (hopefully, with my fingers
>crossed) be far more cohesive.
>The titles were not consistent. The title of the section in the body of
>the report was not just a reference to the GNSO PDP but "Improve the
>Effectiveness of Cross Community Deliberations". In the final
>recommendation there will still be a focus on the GNSO policy processes
>(not necessarily limited to the PDP as the Bylaws Annex A does allow
>for alternatives - not currently defined), but on wider deliberations
>as well.
>On the issue of speed, the intent of this recommendation section was
>effective use of participants time, with a possible (and hoped for)
>by-product of a faster overall process, so your comments are very
>welcome. The hope is that if we can use people's time more effectively,
>and they don't feel that much of the time in WG meetings is wasted, we
>just might be able to get better participation. Getting people up to
>speed outside of the formal WG meetings may also be a way of getting
>more people involved and not boring those who already understand the
>basic issues.
>The problem with the reference to "facilitators" was noted in Buenos
>Aires and the recommendation is being reworked in light of this. The
>current draft reads "Develop funded options for professional services
>to assist GNSO PDP WGs, and also draft explicit guidelines for when
>such options may be invoked. Such services could include training to
>enhance work group leaders and participants ability to address
>difficult problems and situations, professional facilitation,
>mediation, or negotiation." Based on the comment being developed, it
>will likely be further revised.
>The issue of "inreach" was also noted in Buenos Aires and has been
>The comments being provided are extremely helpful, and I urge you to
>get them submitted prior to the deadline.
>As a personal note (not discussed in the ATRT at all), I am also
>looking ahead to the possible outcomes of the Policy and Implementation
>WG. It is conceivable that it may be recommended that when a
>substantive "policy-like" issue is discovered during what we are
>currently calling "implementation", it could be referred back to the
>GNSO. If that were to happen, there would have to be FAR faster ways of
>coming to closure than we now have in order to no unreasonably delay
>the "implementation". Perhaps the kinds of things that we are talking
>about here would end up helping in that brave new world as well.

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