Summary & Analysis of Public Comments: GNSO Council Operations Work Team and Constituency and Stakeholder Group Operations Work Team Recommendations
Summary and analysis of public comments for: GNSO Council Operations Work Team and Constituency and Stakeholder Group Operations Work Team Recommendations Comment period ended: 18 July 2010 Summary published: 19 July 2010 Preparation by: Julie Hedlund, Policy Director I. BACKGROUND These recommendations are the product of two Work Teams (Sections A and B below) that were chartered by the GNSO’s Operations Steering Committee (OSC) in March 2009 to review and recommend implementation proposals concerning certain sections of the Board’s GNSO Improvements Report (3 February 2008). 1. The GNSO Council Operations Work Team was tasked with a cross-constituency effort to review the existing GNSO operating rules and procedures and to recommend changes consistent with the new GNSO Council's goal to become a strategic manager of the policy process. In June 2009, the Work Team developed a package of those recommendations, particularly those necessary to seat the new GNSO Council at the ICANN meeting in Seoul, South Korea in October 2009. The GNSO Council approved the recommendations for new GNSO Council Operating Procedures on 28 October 2009. Subsequently, the GNSO Council Operations Work Team identified additional recommendations for amending the GNSO Council Operating Procedures in accordance with the Board’s GNSO Improvements Report. These additional recommendations are the subject of this public comment period. 1. The Constituency and Stakeholder Group Operations Work Team (CSG-WT) was tasked with developing recommendations on Constituency and Stakeholder Group participation rules, operating principles, and member databases. The Work Team divided this task into the following four subtasks: * Subtask 1: Develop recommendations for a set of participation rules and operating procedures, to which all Constituencies should abide; * Subtask 2: Develop recommendations for clear operating principles for Constituencies to ensure they function in a representative, open, transparent and democratic manner; * Subtask 3: Develop recommendations for creating and maintaining a database of all Constituency members and others not formally a part of any Constituency that is up-to-date and publicly accessible; and * Subtask 4: Develop a “toolkit” of in-kind staff support and/or services for all Constituencies. The Work Team completed the recommendations for Subtask 4 ahead of the other subtasks and submitted these recommendations separately to the OSC for review. The OSC approved the recommendations with modifications and submitted them to the GNSO Council, which voted to accept the recommendations on 17 December 2009 and staff work on implementation is underway. At its 23 June 2010 GNSO Council directed the Staff to post for public comment for a 21-day period the recommendations of the GNSO Council and Constituency and Stakeholder Group Operations Work Teams for public review and comment. Community members were invited to review the recommendations and comment on all aspects of the recommended procedures. The following is the analysis and summary of the comments. II. GENERAL COMMENTS & CONTRIBUTORS The public comment period was opened on 28 June 2010 and closed on 18 July 2010. At the time this summary was prepared, one community submission was posted to the forum. The single comment did not address the substance of the documents submitted for public comment. The contributor is listed below. * George Kirikos Company, Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc. III. SUMMARY & ANALYSIS This document is intended to broadly and comprehensively summarize the comments of the contributors to this forum but not to address every specific argument or position stated by the contributors. The Staff recommends that readers interested in specific aspects of the summarized comments or the full context refer directly to the specific contributions. Summary of Comments by George Kirikos Mr. Kirikos does not indicate whether he supports or does not support the documents submitted for public comment. In particular, the contributor elects not to provide specific comments because, in his view, ICANN does not value public input. Mr. Kirikos says, “we have carefully considered whether it is beneficial for us to disclose our analysis and comments to ICANN. It has become abundantly clear that ICANN does not value public input, and we will passively resist by not participating in a process that only leads to predetermined outcomes.” IV. NEXT STEPS This Summary Analysis document will be shared with the GNSO Council Operations Work Team, the Constituency and Stakeholder Group Operations Work Team, and the GNSO Council members.
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