[council] Call for volunteers - GNSO Co-Chair to CCWG-Auction Proceeds
erika at erikamann.com
Wed Mar 1 16:47:45 UTC 2017
Thank you James, thank you Marika -
Dear All -
I like to put my candidacy forward.
Few quick comments why I believe I can serve as as the GNSO appointed
co-chair to the Cross-Community Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds
(happy to send a more elaborate proposal if needed):
I served on the Auction Proceeds Drafting Team for the ICANN board, in my
capacity as chair of the Audit Committee;
I participated regularly in CCWG discussions, attended most meetings and
I was an ICANN board member and chaired the Audit committee for 6 years and
have therefore a deep understanding about ICANNs financial and audit
I requested early as chair of the Audit committee from ICANN's auditing
firm to review potential requirements for the Auction Proceeds 'Fund' with
the support of ICANN's audit, financial and legal teams;
Concerning other kind of experiences: I chaired for the European Investment
Bank (EIB) and for the European Commission a 10 Billion EU capital fund
evaluation. This fund is setup for companies that need access to capital
for projects that carry a higher risk. The chairmanship included evaluation
of projects, financial evaluation, recommendation for potential changes;
Very familiar with not for profit organizations. I served for example on
the board of the Salzburg Global Seminar. I'm mentioning this organization
in particular because the allocation of financial resources was a constant
Very familiar with larger not for organizations that handle financial
resources for the public good, for example I have very good access to the
I'm aware that a substantially high levels of commitment is needed;
As far as I'm aware I have no potential conflicts of interest, real or
perceived, that could arise from the work on this group;
II'm aware about the following: "For clarification, please note that this
CCWG is not dispositioning or spending auction proceeds. Its purpose is to
propose the mechanism and structure(s) that will perform this function".
On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:56 PM, Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>
> Dear All,
> Please recall from our last teleconference that Jonathan Robinson has
asked to be replaced as the GNSO appointed co-chair to the Cross-Community
Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds. As a result, the GNSO Council
hereby requests community volunteers who wish to be considered for this
> As a reminder:
> · The New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program established
auctions as a mechanism of last resort to resolve the competition sets
between identical or similar terms (strings) for new gTLDs – known as
string contention. Most string contentions (approximately 90% of sets
scheduled for auction) have been resolved through other means before
reaching an auction conducted using ICANN's authorized auction service
provider, Power Auctions LLC. However, it was recognized from the outset
that significant funds could accrue as a result of several successful
auctions conducted by ICANN.
> · Following the ICANN Board’s commitment to do so, the auction
proceeds derived from such auctions have been reserved and earmarked within
ICANN until such time as the ICANN Board authorizes a plan for the
appropriate use of the funds. These proceeds are to be considered as an
exceptional, one-time source of revenue.
> · A CCWG has now been chartered by the Address Supporting
Organization (ASO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country
Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting
Organization (GNSO), the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Root Server
System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) to propose the mechanism that should be
developed in order to allocate the new gTLD Auction Proceeds. Following
approval of the proposal(s) by the Chartering Organizations, it will be
submitted to the ICANN Board for its consideration.
> · For clarification, please note that this CCWG is not
dispositioning or spending auction proceeds. Its purpose is to propose the
mechanism and structure(s) that will perform this function.
> In relation to the co-chair position, the CCWG Charter specifies that:
> · The proposed chair / co-chair has the necessary experience to
manage an effort of this nature.
> o For example, having actively participated as a member in at least
one CCWG or ICANN Working Group throughout its lifecycle in order to have
relevant or related experience of the different tasks that come with
chairing a CCWG.
> · Prior leadership experience (chair / co-chair / vice-chair) is
> · Overall familiarity with the functioning of a CCWG is important
to understand the various leadership skills that are necessary to be
employed during a CCWG’s lifecycle.
> o For example, a chair has to ensure that debates are conducted in an
open and transparent matter and that all interests are equally represented
within the CCWG’s discussions as well as the final deliverables/outcomes
from the process.
> · Those accepting leadership positions in the CCWG will be taking
on substantially higher levels of commitment than that of Members and
> · The GNSO Council considers familiarity with this CCWG or the
previous drafting team a definite plus.
> · The GNSO Council furthermore expects that anyone volunteering
for this position is able and aware of the commitment that is expected
leading this effort, noting that the only other co-chair is currently
appointed on an interim basis. Co-Chairs are expected to attend all
teleconferences and any in person meetings which may be held in conjunction
with scheduled ICANN meetings. Travel support is not provided, so
candidates should either have another source of funding to attend ICANN
meetings or be prepared to chair remotely.
> · Finally, the nature of this topic requires that prospective
volunteers, including co-chairs, carefully consider any potential conflicts
of interest, real or perceived, that could arise from their work on this
> You are requested to share this call for volunteers with your respective
groups with the objective to be in a position to consider candidates and
confirm a replacement during the GNSO Council meeting in Copenhagen.
> On behalf of James Bladel, Heather Forrest and Donna Austin
> Marika Konings
> Vice President, Policy Development Support – GNSO, Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
> Email: marika.konings at icann.org
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