[council] GAC Liaison - Update

WUKnoben wolf-ulrich.knoben at t-online.de
Wed Jun 8 13:27:15 UTC 2016

After James’ open information I can’t see any disadvantage to leave it as is and proceed with a further round as suggested.
During the call for candidates period I personally had communication with several people I thought they could fill the job suitably and might have an interest to do so. As James pointed out timing of the announcement did not fit since those had still commitments in WGs or other GNSO areas.

I’m confident of a better response later this year.

Best regards


From: James M. Bladel 
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 1:59 PM
To: Susan Kawaguchi ; GNSO Council List 
Subject: Re: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

Hi Susan -

You are correct, and I do recall the Council's conversation in Marrakesh, but the group didn’t come to a decision either way.   Referencing the selection process and criteria contained in the "Call for Candidates"(attached) that was adopted by the Council and distributed by Glen to the SGs and Cs, we note under “skills and experience” that:

* Significant experience in and knowledge of the GNSO policy development process as well as of recent and current policy work under discussion and / or review in the GNSO 
* A former or recently departed GNSO Councilor is likely to be well-qualified for the position but this is not a necessary criterion for the Liaison.

With the first being held up as a requirement, and the second expressed more as a “plus”.   

In our current situation, I can report that we received one submission, and it did not meet ether criteria.  This could be because the candidate lacks the requested experience, or because their submitted Expression of Interest was incomplete.  We also received a handful (~3) verbal inquiries from other candidates, but those were later withdrawn.  In all  scenarios, I believe our selection would benefit from extending the call for candidates and evaluation through ICANN 57.

If it the consensus of the Council is that we now publish the submission received (including the candidate’s name), then I would ask Council to grant me the opportunity to go back to that candidate and obtain their consent, and that publication of the EOI should only proceed if the candidate agrees.  



From: Susan Kawaguchi <susank at fb.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 16:42 
To: James Bladel <jbladel at godaddy.com>, Paul McGrady <policy at paulmcgrady.com>, Phil Corwin <psc at vlaw-dc.com>, GNSO Council List <council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

Hi James, 

We had a brief discussion about this in Marrakech and I didn’t understand why this had to be secretive at that time.    Who would make the selection if we had enough candidates?  

The CCT review team had over 70 applicants and everyone knows who applied and who was selected on the team.    

I think we aim for more transparency. 
Susan Kawaguchi
Domain Name Manager 
Facebook Legal Dept. 

From: <owner-council at gnso.icann.org> on behalf of "James M. Bladel" <jbladel at godaddy.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM
To: Paul McGrady <policy at paulmcgrady.com>, 'Phil Corwin' <psc at vlaw-dc.com>, 'GNSO Council List' <council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

Hi Paul -

Even if we had received a greater response and stuck with the original time line, the published Evaluation & Selection process did not envision disclosing the names of those volunteers who were not selected.  

I think that still applies, and we should not publish names on a public list. It would discourage folks from volunteering for future liaison roles, or change the reception of the Liaison by the GAC if that person were ultimately selected in the Fall.



From: Paul McGrady <policy at paulmcgrady.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 14:35 
To: James Bladel <jbladel at godaddy.com>, Phil Corwin <psc at vlaw-dc.com>, GNSO Council List <council at gnso.icann.org>
Subject: RE: [council] GAC Liaison - Update

Hi James,


I guess until I know who’s offer of help we are turning down, I’m not prepared to agree that we should turn it down.  I also don’t think there is any reason not to disclose that information and know if no procedure to not disclose it.  We are not the NomCom.  Can you please fully inform us so that we can decide on how to respond to your request?







From:owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of James M. Bladel
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 11:11 AM
To: Phil Corwin; Paul McGrady; 'GNSO Council List'
Subject: Re: [council] GAC Liaison - Update


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>
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 9:08 
To: Paul McGrady <policy at paulmcgrady.com>, James Bladel <jbladel at godaddy.com>, GNSO Council List <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] 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] 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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