Re: [bc-gnso] Declarations of Interest within the BC: New gTLD Expression of Interest Working Group -- looking ahead
- To: Marilyn Cade <marilynscade@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Declarations of Interest within the BC: New gTLD Expression of Interest Working Group -- looking ahead
- From: Liz Williams <lizawilliams@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 08 Nov 2009 14:34:39 +0000
Just to be clear about participation. If one reads the documents
carefully the "points of contact" were designed to be specifically
inclusive which is exactly the opposite of the way in which the IRT
group was established. One will also note that the points of contact
are deliberately inclusive of all GNSO constituencies, the ccNSO, GAC
and the GNSP Council.
The first meeting of the group -- which is open to observers and
points of contact -- is next week.
Seen substantive questions/comments so that they can be incorporated
into the work of the group, noting that the first efforts are to find
points of agreement/consensus in a short, low resource impact way.
On 8 Nov 2009, at 01:25, Marilyn Cade wrote:
Marilyn S. Cade
202 360 1196 or 202 251 6787
mscade@xxxxxxx or marilynscade@xxxxxxxxxxx
I am reading the "expression of Interest' materials, that Mike
Palage thoughtfully forwarded to the BC list.
While in general, I can see the merit of such a working group, it
needs to be open to participation by representatives of the CSG --
and those representatives need to be carefully chosen from members
who are not engaged in, consulting with, nor representing parties
with an interest in applying for a new gTLD.
When a member develops a change in status and becomes affiliated
with registry applicants, that change then becomes a significant
change and creates a conflict of interest that needs to be
disclosed to the BC members.
Frankly, I fully appreciate that it is getting very difficult to
find business representatives who are indeed business users -- and
not either consulting with registry applicants, or considering the
issue of becoming a 'brands' registry if they are a global brand. I
am interested in identifying a few global brands representatives
within the BC to develop a paragraph for the Charter that might be
shared with members to see if we can carefully craft a
category/'guidance' on when a global brand holder becomes a
registry, and how they might still quality to be a BC member. Since
most global brands -- IF they become a registry--will do so as an
internally focused service -- their needs and roles will be very
different from a market facing registry.
We don't want to blow the BC up over the evolution of change in the
development of new gTLDs; but we need to have some respect for the
unique role of business users, or we really aren't adhering to the
purpose, and intent of the existence of the BC.
Still, for now, our charter [and the DRAFT Charter ] has certain
So, three requests:
1) all BC members who are now in a different status need to declare
their interests, and that needs to be disclosed to the BC members.
2) This group needs to be open to BC members who are not applicants,
or consulting or advising applicants, beyond a single member
3) The changes in the Charter that I proposed, and others supported
are still pending. Many of our members -- Ayesha, Zahid, David
Fares, Liesyl/Anders, Heather, myself, Steve, and possibly more --
will be leaving early to mid week for the IGF, which will take us
totally out of commission for work on the Charter for several days.
Mikey and I had offered to work with Philip to complete drafting.
That offer stands, with the realistic perspective that I'm one of
Subject: [bc-gnso] New gTLD Expression of Interest Working Group
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 15:12:49 -0500
Could the BC leadership please update the membership on this
proposed Working Group for Expressions of Interests in connection
with new gTLDs.
It appears that Minds + Machines and other “TLD promoters” have
proposed a Working Group for new gTLD Expressions of Interest.
While I have no objection to the creation of such a working group,
the proposal to limit participation to an apparent self-interested
group is rather concerning. Hopefully the new Council, and our
elected representatives will make sure that this Working Group is
open to all that wish to participate.
I am concerned that the BC will only have one representative (See
Doc #2), and this self-selected group appears to have reached out
unilaterally to Susan Kawaguchi. While I think Susan would provide
an excellent participant I think all interested members from the
Commercial Stakeholder Group should be able to participate.