[council] GAC Liaison - Update

James M. Bladel jbladel at godaddy.com
Tue Jun 7 16:11:14 UTC 2016

Hi Phil & Paul -

We did receive some interest in the role, but significantly less so than when the Liaison was created two years ago.

Also, none of the applicants had any previous experience with the GNSO Council or with PDP working groups (chair or participant), which were key considerations in the selection process.  Additionally, we received some verbal indications of interested candidates, but these were withdrawn prior to the deadline. (Most likely due to the irregular term, but I also note Phil's point about the time commitment during ICANN meetings.)

Apologies if this sounds like I'm being coy, but I am attempting to address your questions without divulging too many details about the applicants, should they wish to resubmit in the fall.

Hope this helps.



From: Phil Corwin <psc at vlaw-dc.com<mailto:psc at vlaw-dc.com>>
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 9:08
To: Paul McGrady <policy at paulmcgrady.com<mailto:policy at paulmcgrady.com>>, James Bladel <jbladel at godaddy.com<mailto:jbladel at godaddy.com>>, GNSO Council List <council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:council at gnso.icann.org>>
Subject: RE: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

I'm inclined to agree with the proposed timetable, but like Paul would like a bit more data. In particular, does the term "underwhelming" denote no applications?

Also, it may not just be a timing issue, but the fact that the Liaison has to commit to spend so much time in GAC meetings when attending an ICANN meeting in which their primary interest may be in other discussions going on simultaneously.

Best to all, Philip

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From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Paul McGrady
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 7:22 AM
To: 'James M. Bladel'; 'GNSO Council List'
Subject: RE: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

Hi James,

Before opining, can we have the full data set?  Please let us know who expressed interest.  Thanks!


From:owner-council at gnso.icann.org<mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of James M. Bladel
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 8:38 PM
To: GNSO Council List
Subject: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

Dear Council Colleagues -

Recently we closed the nomination period for candidates interested in being considered for the role of GNSO Liaison to the GAC.  Unfortunately, the response from the GNSO community was underwhelming.  The Vice Chairs and I believe that this may be at least partly attributable to the timing of the announcement, as more candidates could be interested in the role if it coincided with the terms of other elected and appointed positions, which is the conclusion of the AGM in Hyderabad.

Therefore, with this in mind, I'd like to propose that we postpone the selection of a new GNSO - GAC Liaison until later in the fall, with the (rough) timeline listed below.  It is expected that the additional time will generate renewed attention to the role, additional expressions of interest from prospective candidates, and permanently align the term of this position with that of other terms, including most Councilors.

Please let me know if you have any concerns or objections to this approach.  On a related note, Mason Cole has graciously agreed to stay on a few extra months to ensure continuity.  Thank you, Mason.




Nominations Accepted for Candidates:  1 OCT 2016
Council Chairs consider candidates and notify first choice  20 OCT
Chairs submit motion to Council by 29 OCT for consideration during Council meeting on 8 NOV
GAC Leadership notified of new Liaison by 9 NOV
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