[council]FW: Interaction between the ICANN Board's IDN Variant Working Group and the GNSO

Jonathan Robinson jrobinson at afilias.info
Tue Aug 19 08:46:33 UTC 2014







From: Jonathan Robinson [mailto:jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com] 
Sent: 19 August 2014 09:39
To: Ram Mohan (rmohan at afilias.info)
Subject: Interaction between the ICANN Board's IDN Variant Working Group and
the GNSO 
Importance: High


Dear Ram,

I write to follow up on the meeting in London between the ICANN Board's IDN
Variant Working Group and a number of GNSO Council and community members.
I'd like to thank you and the other Board members for taking the time to
meet with them to discuss the progress of ICANN's IDN Variant Program. We
believe the discussion was helpful to all of us, and appreciate the updates
that ICANN staff has been providing to the GNSO regarding ongoing work on
the Program.

I'd like to follow up on a specific observation that had been shared by a
few GNSO community members in Singapore and London, regarding a perceived
need for policy input into the Program by individuals with experience and
expertise in ICANN policy development. Our discussions in Singapore and now
in London have served to clarify that the current work being done in the
Program (and specifically in P2.2) is largely technical in nature. In
addition, I understand that ICANN's call last summer for advisors and
experts to assist the Label Generation Rule-set (LGR) panels provided that
the LGR panels might call on advisors (including ICANN staff) as the need
arises. I note further that an advisor has already been appointed to the
Integration Panel and that ICANN has announced that any additional advisors
to be appointed will be at the request of the panels, in accordance with the
LGR Procedure.

As the Program progresses, and particularly in the near future as the panels
conclude their work, some GNSO community members have noted that should the
need for policy expertise arise at any point there are individuals within
the GNSO who will be willing to volunteer to assist. In this regard the GNSO
Council will be happy to serve as a contact point for any such requests.
Separately, I note that a suggestion was made at the London meeting for
interested GNSO community members to "self-organize" to review the original
New gTLD IDN WG recommendations, with a view toward assisting Program staff
with preparation for P7. It is my hope as GNSO Chair that these suggestions,
along with ICANN staff continuing to provide their regular update to the
GNSO on the Program, will allow the GNSO community to be of assistance to
the important work of the Program and, in particular, if and when any policy
questions are encountered.

Thank you again for your time. I look forward to continuing our discussion
and to facilitating any appropriate involvement of interested members of the
GNSO community in the current and future work of the IDN Variant Program. 

Best regards,


Jonathan Robinson

GNSO Council Chair


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