[council] Request for GNSO Council to appoint/endorse GNSO experts to the new IDN Guidelines Working Group

Mary Wong mary.wong at icann.org
Thu Aug 6 16:25:17 UTC 2015

Dear Councilors,

I write to follow up on the note below, to request that the Council discuss
and decide on candidates it wishes to endorse, on behalf of the GNSO, to
join the new Working Group that will revise the 2011 IDN Implementation
Guidelines. So far the following nominations have been made:
* Chris Dillon (NCSG)
* Christian Dawson (ISPCPC)
* Jian Zhang (RySG)
* Dennis Tan (RySG)
* Edmon Chung (RySG)
* Kal Feher (RySG)
ICANN staff supporting this new Working Group has confirmed that the
original number of three GNSO representatives to the Working Group was
suggested based on the composition of earlier groups that reviewed the
Guidelines, so the Council may endorse additional appointees if necessary.
However, it is important that all GNSO-endorsed appointees have relevant
expertise in the following areas, as relevant for the second level of the
* DNS and IDNA protocols
* IDN language or script tables, including variants and label level rules
* IDN policy
* IDN implementation
* IDN label registration process and registration data
* IDN related SSR issues, including string similarity
* IDN usability challenges and universal acceptance
Three of the four RySG nominees have already kindly provided staff with
their resumes/qualifications.

As the IDN Program staff would like to proceed with the formation of the
Working Group (which will also have representatives from the ccNSO, ALAC and
SSAC), it will be very much appreciated if the Council can reach a decision
soon. Given that the next Council meeting will not take place till
September, you may wish to consider email discussions as sufficient. You may
wish also to request that the other candidates send in their
resumes/qualifications ­ either to Sarmad (cc¹d here) or me ­ and we can
compile them into a packet for your review by next week. Please let us know
if you have objections to this suggested approach.

For your easy reference, the Call for Community Experts and their necessary
qualifications can be found here:

Thanks and cheers

Mary Wong
Senior Policy Director
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN)
Telephone: +1 603 574 4889
Email: mary.wong at icann.org

From:  Mary Wong <mary.wong at icann.org>
Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 22:11
To:  <council at gnso.icann.org>
Cc:  Sarmad Hussain <sarmad.hussain at icann.org>
Subject:  For your action: GNSO appointees to the new IDN Guidelines Working

> Hello everyone,
> Following from the discussion with Sarmad Hussein at the Buenos Aires meeting,
> please be informed that the IDN project team has now issued a Call for Experts
> to join the new Working Group to review the IDN Guidelines: see
> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-07-20-en. They are asking for
> three GNSO members to the WG, which must be endorsed by their respective
> SO/ACs ­ and ideally applications should be sent in by 3 August.
> I¹d be happy to bring this up during AOB on the Council call this week, but in
> the meantime it would be good if you and your respective SG/Cs could think
> about who the GNSO could appoint. As I explained in Buenos Aires, this WG was
> supposed to build on a list of issues identified by the GNSO and the ccNSO;
> unfortunately, although a small group of community volunteers was formed in
> February, there has been no discussion or input provided by that group (which
> has been dormant).
> Nevertheless, one possibility is of course to endorse those volunteers from
> that small group should they indicate interest. Given the importance of this
> issue, we hope that the Council will give the matter due and timely
> consideration. 
> Thanks and cheers
> Mary
> Mary Wong
> Senior Policy Director
> Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN)
> Telephone: +1 603 574 4889
> Email: mary.wong at icann.org

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