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Re: [bc-gnso] GNSO Shelves New gTLD Work Due to Lack of Staff Support

  • To: "Phil Corwin " <pcorwin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Bc GNSO list " <bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] GNSO Shelves New gTLD Work Due to Lack of Staff Support
  • From: "Marilyn Cade " <marilynscade@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:19:24 +0000

I was listening to  the call, as was Steve Delbianco, BUT,  BC councilors were 
on the call and shld first respond. 
Other members may have been on the audio cast as well. 

Let's first hear from John and Zahoid on  for insights. 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Corwin <pcorwin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:55:37 
To: <bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [bc-gnso] GNSO Shelves New gTLD Work Due to Lack of Staff Support

FYI--Would appreciate any additional insights from BC members who participated 
in or observed the GNSO Council meeting -- 
ICANN <http://domainincite.com/icann-staff-swamped/>  staff swamped 
Kevin Murphy <http://domainincite.com/about> , January 14, 2011, 16:13:16 
Domain Policy <http://domainincite.com/category/domain-policy/>  
ICANN's board of directors is giving its staff and policy-making bodies more 
work than they can handle. 
The GNSO Council yesterday voted to shelve board-requested work on the new top 
level domains program because no ICANN staffers have the time to help 
coordinate the project. 
Last month, the board 
asked <http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-10dec10-en.htm#6>  the GNSO 
and other constituencies to come up with ideas, before mid-March, about how to 
measure the consumer benefits of new TLDs after they launch. 
But the Council yesterday was faced with having to suspend other policy 
development, in order to get the required staff support, so decided instead to 
defer the new work. 
A senior ICANN executive at the meeting said that ICANN staff is "not an 
unlimited resource" and has "no bandwidth to keep taking these projects". 
This has apparently been an issue for over a year. 
In this particular instance, the problem project comprised part of ICANN's 
obligations under its Affirmation of Commitments with the US government, so 
it's not trivial stuff. 
As others have 
<http://domainnamewire.com/2010/08/13/icann-community-faces-policy-overload/> , 
sometimes the amount of policy development going on in ICANN can appear 
overwhelming to outsiders, but it seems that this problem also extends to ICANN 
Philip S. Corwin 
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