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[gnso-thickwhois-dt] Chair

  • To: Thick WHOIS PDP DT <Gnso-thickwhois-dt@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [gnso-thickwhois-dt] Chair
  • From: Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:22:49 -0400

At the meeting last week, I was asked to consider whether I would agree to chair this DT.

I would agree to chair the DT, but only on the understanding that I plan to be an active participant and would implicitily be taking off my chair hat on a very regular basis. Not at all ideal.

I do have an alternative suggestion. I nominate Marika to chair this DT. She is certainly capable of doing so, her neutrality is beyond question and since she wrote the IR, she is perhaps the most knowledgeable person on the issue. If I were to take on the chair position, and the group wanted me to play strictly by the rules, I would regularly be handing the chair responsibility to Marika anyway, so why not just regularize it by appointing her chair?

We do not want ICANN staff making our decisions, but that is not the purpose of a chair in a group like this. It is purely to oversee the process. I understand that this is not normally how we do things, but I can find no reason not to.


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