Increasing the Influence of GAC Advice on gTLD Policy Undermines the Efforts of the GNSO
GNSO Working Groups go through a pretty exhaustive process to come up with policy recommendations, send them to the GNSO Council to be approved and forwarded to the ICANN board. GAC members are more than welcome to participate on equal footing with other stakeholders in these WGs, they are more than welcome to provide feedback at multiple stages during the public comment periods of this process including the scoping of the policies being discussed (twice when staff publish issue reports and when a PDP charter drafting team comes up with a charter), provide input during the WG deliberations, and feedback on recommendations that have gained consensus by the WG members. Undermining the GNSO’s PDP by empowering a parallel policy development mechanism is a hazard to how gTLD policy is developed at ICANN. It’s difficult enough to attract volunteers to participate in WGs. Increasing GAC influence on the outcome of this process will only demoralise participants further. This suggested amendment to the by-laws is also very conflicted with the efforts underway between the GNSO and the GAC to encourage early engagement in the GNSO process (as opposed to only resorting to GAC Advice). I personally don’t see the point in folks participating in WGs that sometimes take more than a year to reach consensus if this work will have to contend with GAC Advice when all is said and done. Thanks. Amr.