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

  • To: "Marilyn Cade " <marilynscade@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [bc-gnso] GNSO Shelves New gTLD Work Due to Lack of Staff Support
  • From: <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:56:25 -0700

<html><body><span style="font-family:Verdana; color:#000000; 
font-size:10pt;"><div>All,</div><div><br></div><div>ICANN Board Member Bruce 
Tonkin joined the GNSO Council meeting last week to brief the Council on the 
consumer trust, confidence and competition resolution and make the ask for 
input.&nbsp; There was solid support for the intent of the resolution, but 
objection to it being an unfunded mandate.&nbsp; Staff said its support for the 
effort could only come at the expense of some ongoing Council work.&nbsp; 
</div><div><br></div><div>Ultimately, it was determined that Rosemary Sinclair 
(who had volunteered to chair the effort for the Council), would talk to Tonkin 
about the matter.&nbsp; She would report back to Council with work of a 
solution or Council would then lodge it concern in a letter to the 
Board.</div><div><br></div><div>The quotes in Kevin's story sound right, but 
the context place the concern not on the value of the effort but in its being 
underwritten.</div><div><br></div><div>In my personal view, a focus on trust, 
confidence and competition is 
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-------- Original Message --------<br>
Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] GNSO Shelves New gTLD Work Due to Lack of Staff<br>
From: "Marilyn Cade " &lt;<a 
Date: Sat, January 15, 2011 2:17 pm<br>
To: "Phil Corwin " &lt;<a 
    "Bc GNSO list "<br>
&lt;<a href="mailto:bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx";>bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx</a>&gt;<br>
I was listening to  the call, as was Steve Delbianco, BUT,  BC councilors were 
on the call and shld first respond. <br>
Other members may have been on the audio cast as well. <br>
Let's first hear from John and Zahoid on  for insights. <br>
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&amp;T<br>
-----Original Message-----<br>
From: Phil Corwin &lt;<a 
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:55:37 <br>
To: &lt;<a href="mailto:bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx";>bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx</a>&gt;<br>
Subject: [bc-gnso] GNSO Shelves New gTLD Work Due to Lack of Staff Support<br>
FYI--Would appreciate any additional insights from BC members who participated 
in or observed the GNSO Council meeting -- <br>
&nbsp; <br>
&nbsp; <br>
ICANN &lt;<a 
  staff swamped &lt;<a 
Kevin Murphy &lt;<a 
href="http://domainincite.com/about&gt";>http://domainincite.com/about&gt</a>; , 
January 14, 2011, 16:13:16 (UTC), <br>
Domain Policy &lt;<a 
ICANN's&nbsp;board of directors is giving its staff and policy-making bodies 
more work than they can handle. <br>
The&nbsp;GNSO Council yesterday voted to shelve board-requested work on the new 
top level domains program because no&nbsp;ICANN staffers have the time to help 
coordinate the project. <br>
Last month, the board <br>
asked &lt;<a 
  the&nbsp;GNSO and other constituencies to come up with ideas, before 
mid-March, about how to measure the consumer benefits of new&nbsp;TLDs after 
they launch. <br>
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. <br>
A senior&nbsp;ICANN executive at the meeting said that&nbsp;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. <br>
In this particular instance, the problem project comprised part of&nbsp;ICANN's 
obligations under its Affirmation of Commitments with the US government, so 
it's not trivial stuff. <br>
As others have <br>
noted &lt;<a 
 , sometimes the amount of policy development going on in&nbsp;ICANN can appear 
overwhelming to outsiders, but it seems that this problem also extends 
to&nbsp;ICANN internally. <br>
&nbsp; <br>
Philip S. Corwin&nbsp;<br>
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