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[gnso-ppsc] Support for a PDP Work Team Face to Face Meeting

  • To: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [gnso-ppsc] Support for a PDP Work Team Face to Face Meeting
  • From: "Neuman, Jeff" <Jeff.Neuman@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 21:46:58 -0500



Please find enclosed a request by the PDP Work Team for a face to face meeting 
in January 2010 which sets forth the rationale for needing such a working 
session.  This draft  was discussed by the PDP Work Team on e-mail and during 
two conference calls.  Although there was not a consensus on the request for 
such a face to face meeting within the PDP WT, there was strong support from 
the RySG, the IP Constituency, the ISP Constituency, ALAC and one of the two 
Business Constituency representatives  for the reasons stated within the 
attached document.  The Registrar representatives and 1 of the business 
constituency representatives were not in favor of the request.  The NCSG 
generally believes that there could be a positive benefit from a face to face 
meeting with the caveats expressed below.  The PDP WT offers no opinion in this 
document on the general role of face to face meetings, the Council's role in 
approving or supporting those face to face meetings, etc., but rather focuses 
on our specific request.


The request was sent to the full Policy Process Steering Committee on December 
5, 2009, and although no comments were actually received from any person on the 
PPSC that was not already a member of the PDP WT, there were a number of 
e-mails on various mailing lists on this topic.  The discussions are primarily 
archived on two lists:  (i) the PPSC list 
<http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-ppsc/> ) and (ii) the PDP-WT list (the PDP 
WT list - http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-ppsc-pdp/ 
<http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-ppsc-pdp/> ).   It should be noted that the 
PPSC as a whole has been inactive since the formation of the Work Teams early 
this year.  In fact some members of the PPSC listed at 
 , may not be members of the Council or even active in the community.  That is 
a separate issue that I plan on addressing in the next few weeks.  


The NCSG arguments can be found in full at 
http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-ppsc-pdp/msg00241.html.  To summarize, the 
NCSG has argued that there is not a consensus of the group in support of (i) 
the rationale for the Face to Face meeting, (ii) the appropriateness of holding 
such a meeting in the United States, and (iii) the resolution of how many 
people from each SG or constituency should be funded by ICANN to attend.   The 
NCSG believes that there should be parity of representatives funded to attend 
face to face meetings by Stakeholder Group (as opposed to by Constituency).  
Finally, there was a question raised as to who makes the decisions on holding 
and funding these types of meetings (the Work Team, the Steering Committee, the 
GNSO Council, ICANN Policy Staff, etc.).


Whether or not we have a face to face meeting, each member of the PDP WT with 
the exception of one business constituency representative believes that the 
work of the PDP-WT is essential and should be of the highest priority of the 
GNSO Council and community.  The work being performed in the WT was work 
directed to be done ultimately by the Board Governance Committee as part of the 
GNSO Improvements Process.  The finalization of the Policy Development Process 
will guide how all future policy is made under the new structure and as such 
should be resolved as quickly as possible.  The review of the PDP is incredibly 
broad and complex.  There are a number of difficult issues that we have been, 
and continue to be, tackling in order to come up with a process acceptable to 
the global Internet community.  The core group of participants (including ICANN 
policy staff) are diverse, knowledgeable, passionate and highly respected 
members of the community and are fully committed to seeing this process through 
to the end regardless of having this face to face meeting.  I have the utmost 
respect for each member of the team.


Please let me know if you have any questions.  I would be happy to make myself 
available for the Council meeting to address any questions.


Thank you for your consideration of our request.


Jeffrey J. Neuman , PDP Work Team Chair
Neustar, Inc. / Vice President, Law & Policy
46000 Center Oak Plaza Sterling, VA 20166
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jeff.neuman@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jeff.neuman@xxxxxxxxxxx>   / www.neustar.biz 


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Attachment: Request for a PDP WT Face to Face meeting - updated 3 December 2009.doc
Description: Request for a PDP WT Face to Face meeting - updated 3 December 2009.doc

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