[council] Letter to the EWG

Jonathan Robinson jrobinson at afilias.info
Wed Jun 12 15:51:42 UTC 2013



Please see attached and included the draft of my letter to the EWG. I think
it is timely and important to get this letter done now.

It does reflect that changes have taken place since Beijing but the
principal point (and point of principle) remains regarding the risk of GNSO
policy work taking place outside of the purview of the Council


I have not been able to locate John Berard's original suggestion for some
reason and, in any event, would appreciate rapid support of this text or
suggested improvements.

I can fix minor grammar.  Really what I am after is support that I have
effectively captured and communicated the essence of our concerns.








12 June 2013


Mr Jean-Francois Baril, Advisor to the President & CEO, ICANN

Mr. Fadi Chehade, President & CEO, ICANN 


Dear Jean-Francois,


I am writing to you in your capacity as Chair and or Lead Facilitator of the
Expert Working Group (EWG) on Directory Services and as requested of me by
the GNSO Council.  Specifically, the Council has raised and discussed the
relationship of the work of the EWG to any related policy work within the
GNSO, as directed and managed by the GNSO Council. 


When the Council met in Beijing, consideration was given to a staff
recommendation to delay the work of a Policy Development Process (PDP)
pending the outcome of the EWG.  This recommendation has subsequently
changed and it is likely that the PDP work (on Transliteration and
Translation of Contact Information) will now go ahead in parallel with that
of the EWG.  Nevertheless, the concern remains that the potentially
substantive work being undertaken (by the EWG) is outside of the purview of
the Council and yet may have a significant impact on GNSO participants.


Therefore, the specific point is that I am seeking to make on behalf of the
Council is to ascertain your intention and ensure your commitment that the
work of the EWG will ultimately be referred back to the GNSO for input and
ultimately integration into established PDP processes.  


Whilst the primary objective of writing to you is to clarify the role of the
EWG in relation to the GNSO's policy work, it will also be very helpful to
understand your latest perspectives on the milestones and timing of the work
of the EWG.


Yours Sincerely,






Jonathan Robinson

Chair, GNSO Council


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