[council] FW: [Soac-infoalert] [Accountability] Call for Candidates -- Please share with your communities

Jonathan Robinson jrobinson at afilias.info
Thu Aug 28 23:27:35 UTC 2014



From: David Olive [mailto:david.olive at icann.org] 
Sent: 28 August 2014 15:42
To: soac-infoalert at icann.org
Cc: Grace Abuhamad
Subject: [Soac-infoalert] [Accountability] Call for Candidates -- Please
share with your communities


Link: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-08-28-en


Call for Candidates: Seeking Advisors to the ICANN Accountability &
Governance Coordination Group

In Short

The Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group is asked to select
up to seven advisors to the ICANN Accountability & Governance
Coordination Group. As part of executing its mandate, the Public Experts
Group is issuing a Call for Candidates to encourage nominations from the

Nominations are to be submitted to  <mailto:acct-advisors at icann.org>
acct-advisors at icann.org by Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 23:59 UTC.


Background Information

On 14 March 2014 the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA)
-key-internet-domain-name-functions>  announcedits intent to transition its
stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to
the global multistakeholder community. NTIA asked the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as the IANA functions contractor and
global coordinator for the Domain Name System (DNS), to convene a
multistakeholder process to develop a proposal for the transition. This
process is currently under way as further described
<https://www.icann.org/stewardship>  here.

During discussions around the transition process, the community raised the
broader topic of the impact of the change in the historical contractual
relationship with the United States in light of the transition ofNTIA's
stewardship role. The community identified the importance of improving ICANN
Accountability & Governance as a crucial aspect and, after community
consultations at the ICANN 49 and ICANN50 meetings and a comment period on a
draft process from 6 May - 27 June 2014, ICANN published a
final Process and Next Steps on 14 August 2014.

Subsequent to this announcement, on 19 August 2014, ICANN
<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-08-19-en> announced the
formation of the Public Experts Group. These four individuals - who are not
part of ICANN's staff or Board - are asked to select up to seven advisors to
the Coordination Group. The Public Experts are Mr. Brian Cute, Ms. Jeanette
Hofmann, Amb. Janis Karklins, and Hon. Lawrence E. Strickling.

Role of Advisors

The role of the Advisors is defined as follows in the

The advisors, selected by the Public Experts Group, will bring an external,
independent voice to this process to assure that best practices are brought
in from outside of the ICANN community. While there is a level of research
and work that the advisors will do on their own, the integration of the
advisors with the rest of the Coordination Group is key to considering how
the research they perform can be best implemented to solve for the issues
identified. The advisors can also help bring inputs in from their own
networks as necessary. Utilized correctly, the advisor inputs will not only
assist in developing enhanced accountability practices for ICANN, but
provide a model that other multistakeholder organizations will strive to

The areas identified for expertise include:

.         Internet Technical Operations

.         International Organizational Reviews

.         Global Accountability Tools and Metrics

.         Jurisprudence / Accountability Mechanisms

.         Internet Consumer Protection (including privacy, human rights and
property rights concerns)

.         Economics (Marketplace and Competition)

.         Global Ethics Frameworks

.         Operational, Finance and Process

.         Board Governance

.         Transparency

.         Risk Management

.         Governmental Engagement and Relations

.         Multistakeholder Governance

Selection of Advisors

As part of executing its mandate, the Public Experts Group is issuing a Call
for Candidates to encourage nominations and self-nomination of suitable
candidates. The Public Experts Group may reach out to their networks for
additional suggestions.

The Public Experts Group will conduct its activities with a "default open"
and its process can be followed, through its
<http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/public-experts/> mailing list and its
<https://community.icann.org/x/_wPxAg> Wiki. In evaluating candidates, the
Public Expert Group will respect individual candidates' privacy and will
deliberate in closed session where appropriate.

How to Submit a Nomination

The Public Experts Group is seeking nominations for individuals to serve as
Advisors to the Coordination Group. Nominations should include the

.         A brief description of the candidate's background

.         Identified area(s) of expertise based on the list in the

Nominations should be emailed to  <mailto:acct-advisors at icann.org>
acct-advisors at icann.org. Upon receipt of a nomination, ICANN staff will
confirm with the candidate if he/she is indeed willing to be considered.


Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, 10 September - 23:59 UTC. The
Public Experts Group will select Advisors to the Coordination Group in time
for the first Coordination Group meeting, which will take place from during
the ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles from 12-16 October 2014.


Advisors are anticipated to serve on the Coordination Group from October
2014 until April 2015. During this time, Advisors can estimate 5-10h of work
per week, with a heightened workload during the ICANN51 (12 - 16 October
2014) and ICANN 52 (8 - 12 February 2015) meetings where travel for in
person meetings is expected.

NB: The timeline described above is the Public Experts Group's assessment
based on the
Process and is subject to change after the Coordination Group determines its
working methods.


Advisors will not receive remuneration for their time. However, travel, meal
and lodging costs to participate in Coordination Group meetings will be
reimbursed upon request in accordance withICANN's
<https://www.icann.org/en/news/in-focus/travel-support> community travel
support guidelines.


Please contact  <mailto:acct-advisors at icann.org> acct-advisors at icann.org for
any questions you may have.


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