[council] REMINDER - Re: For your input - questions for the ICANN Board following the adoption of the temporary specification

Heather Forrest haforrestesq at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 00:47:25 UTC 2018


Donna, Rafik and I met with Marika to review and structure the questions
submitted to the Google doc for our upcoming call with the Board on next
steps on the Temporary Specification. In doing so, we have merged our
questions with overarching questions from the Board.

Please review the below to make sure that they make sense and capture your
Google doc contributions faithfully. We're short on time, and need to
circulate these to the Board with as much advance time as possible, so may
I please suggest a 24 hour turnaround for any requested edits?

Many thanks and best wishes,


*Board-GNSO Council Discussion*

*Next steps following Board adoption of Temporary Specification*

*Purpose of call: *Identify which of the below questions can be answered by
the GNSO Council, which can be answered by ICANN Board, and which require
advice of ICANN Legal.

* SCOPE: *

(1) how to evolve the Temp Spec, " as is” , into a consensus policy,

(2) how to handle/incorporate possible changes to the Temp Spec that could
result from resolving the outstanding items in the Annex to the Temp Spec,

(3) other changes required to achieve consensus.

*Questions from GNSO Council:*

(4) What is the intent of the EPDP? Is it simply to confirm the Temporary
Specification, or something more? What room is there in scoping to
anticipate that the EPDP may conclude that the Temporary Specification
cannot be confirmed “as is”, and make changes in order to achieve consensus

(5) The Temporary Specification reasoning for including WHOIS as a security
and stability issue is based on the new ICANN Bylaws; at time of contract
signing, that wasn’t the case. Doesn’t that open a possible avenue to
challenge it altogether? Wouldn’t phasing the EPDP allowing a quick
Consensus Policy made of uncontroversial parts of the Temp Spec increase
the assurances that this wouldn’t hamper ICANN Org’s compliance ability?

(6) What happens should the Board decide to either modify the Temporary
Specification or completely replace the temporary specification by a new
one at a later point in time? Does this change the scope of the ongoing
EPDP (note: Council does not intend to run multiple EPDPs simultaneously),
and if so, how is the EPDP expected to deal with such changes while it may
be half way through its process?

(7) Section 8.2 of the Temporary Specification states that implementation
details of the Temporary Specification may be modified by a 2/3 vote of the
ICANN Board. If such a circumstance occurs, what is the Board’s opinion
regarding how such changes would impact the EPDP?

(8) The Temporary Specification covers a number of additional policies that
go beyond the requirements of the RA and RAA as they relate to Registration
Data Directory Services. How does the Board believe the GNSO Council should
handle these areas of overlap?

(9) Does ICANN have/will ICANN develop a list of policies and contractual
clauses that are impacted by the temporary specification (beyond what is
currently identified in the Annex)? This would help with scoping the work.

(10) What happens if the GNSO is not able to reach consensus at the end of
the 1 year period? (see also Timing)

(11) How does the Board expect the EPDP to follow and/or to incorporate
ICANN´s ongoing legal strategy and the decisions of EU country courts?

(12) As evidenced by the recent legal action involving EPAG, there are
parties who believe aspects of the Temporary Specification as written are
not compliant with the GDPR. How does the Board think the GNSO Council
should approach this matter when structuring and scoping the PDP?


(1) Under the Bylaws, which date is considered as the start of the EPDP: 17
May (when the resolution was adopted), 26 May (when the Temp Spec came into
effect), or a date chosen by the GNSO Council,

(2) Will every future change to the Temp Spec be considered as an
additional Temp Spec that requires an additional EPDP, and

(3) What happens if the Temp Spec expires and the Consensus Policy is not

*Questions from GNSO Council*:

(4) Does the initial 90-day (and maximum one-year) period - and thus the
maximum timeline for the GNSO’s policy work - commence on 17 May (date of
Board resolution) or 25 May (effective date of the temporary
specification)? We note that the operative language from the RAA/RA
specifies that “In establishing any Temporary Policy, the Board shall state
the period of time for which the Temporary Policy is adopted and shall
immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in
ICANN's Bylaws”, and the Board resolution is clear that the specification
is effective beginning on 25 May. This could be interpreted to mean that
the one-year clock starts from the effective date of the specification
rather than Board action via resolution, which is a difference of 8 days.

(5) What happens should the Board decide to either modify the temporary
specification or completely replace the temporary specification by a new
one at a later point in time? Does the amended temporary specification
become a new temporary specification, effectively re-starting the clock on
the Temp Spec and the ongoing EPDP? If changes to the Temporary
Specification as it is today are certain to occur, and the amended
temporary specification becomes a new temporary specification, why not
delay starting the ePDP (assuming clock re-starts)? Note Council’s
intention is not running multiple EPDP, but rather revising scope of the
one ongoing EPDP.

(6) How is the re-confirmation process expected to occur as the temporary
policy is only valid for 90 day intervals?

(7) Has the Board considered what actions it may take in the event that, at
the end of the one-year period, the Temporary Specification is not
confirmed as a Consensus Policy and no other Consensus Policy has been
developed to replace it?


(1) Participation of the GAC: How will the EPDP take into account GAC
advice? Should the Board facilitate a session between the GNSO and the GAC
on this issue, and when?

(2) Participation of other stakeholders in the EPDP?

*Questions from the GNSO Council:*

(3) What is the Board's expectation with regard to the Council's ongoing
communication with Board/involvement of Board during the scoping process?

On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 3:57 AM, Marika Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>

> Reminder, please provide your input *no later than tomorrow, Friday 1
> June by 23.00 UTC* so that these questions can be shared with the ICANN
> Board ahead of the meeting that is planned for next Tuesday.
> Best regards,
> Marika
> *From: *council <council-bounces at gnso.icann.org> on behalf of Marika
> Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>
> *Date: *Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 16:55
> *To: *"council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
> *Subject: *[council] For your input - questions for the ICANN Board
> following the adoption of the temporary specification
> Dear All,
> As discussed during the Council meeting earlier today, please include your
> input as well as that of your respective SG/C with regards to which
> questions / issues that should be discussed with the ICANN Board following
> the adoption of the temporary policy specification in this google doc:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I5fyQTqYmcKft-
> 4yiOKP6WMcCST0a1sZGtAY1jofAb4/edit?usp=sharing [docs.google.com]
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> A number of initial questions that have come up in the various
> conversations have been included as a starting point.
> Best regards,
> Marika
> *Marika Konings*
> *Vice President, Policy Development Support – GNSO, Internet Corporation
> for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) *
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