[UA-discuss] Draft Charter for Local Initiatives

Roberto Gaetano roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 22 22:19:09 UTC 2019

Dear Sarmad - and all,
Kudos for the initiative. I personally believe that we need to promote local initiatives.
This said, I wonder whether a formal charter so detailed will address best the need of getting more input from the local communities.
Let’s put aside for the moment some objections on whether “one size fits all” and therefore whether a formally centralised decided charter will be the best option, and go to some o the practical aspects.
I have no idea on what is the (geographical) size of the local initiative that is envisaged by this proposal. Are we talking about regions like “Middle East” or “Latin America”, or are we narrowing down to “South Caucasus” or even language minorities?
In the former case, it might become a formal ratification of what can already exist - maybe using the ICANN regions as a model - but like almost every formalisation of the existent will not add anything that is really creating new opportunities.
The latter case would be more interesting by far. But in this case, are we sure that a local, motivated and enthusiastic but resources-limited, community could comply with a charter like this? Maybe there are not enough local developers or experts, considering the detail of the required roles?
My personal opinion - but I don’t want to get into philosophy - is that while the local communities can be by far our best option to identify the problems and the issues that have local impact due to the local specificity, the technical solution might best be addressed by a wide collaboration by technical experts. In simple words, the technical solution to an issue manifesting itself in Latin America can come from an expert living in SE-Asia.
However, I might have missed some points in the initiative - in this case I would appreciate feedback helping me understand better.

On 19.07.2019, at 08:08, Sarmad Hussain <sarmad.hussain at icann.org<mailto:sarmad.hussain at icann.org>> wrote:

Dear all,

Based on the UASG’s FY20 Action Plan<https://uasg.tech/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/UASG-FY20-Action-Plan.pdf>, please find attached the draft charter for the Local Initiatives for your review and feedback.

You are requested to share comments on ua-discuss at icann.org<mailto:ua-discuss at icann.org> email distribution list by 31 July, 2019.

<UASG Local Initiative - Charter 20190719.pdf>
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