NPOC comments on delay to the GNSO review
The Not-for-Profit Operational Constituency (NPOC) submits the following comments on the potential recommendation by the Board Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) to postpone the GNSO Review. The purpose of the NPOC is to represent the concerns of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations who have an Internet domain registered. In order to effectively perform its mission, NPOC (as all other constituencies) relies on the Generic Name Supporting Organization which "strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition". <Extracted from: http://gnso.icann.org/en/about>. We believe the review should not be postponed for the following reasons: 1/ Even if we recognize the current GNSO structure (created as a result of the previous GNSO review) seemed at the time to be the best adapted model, NPOC believes the GNSO structure is no longer realistic, rational or sufficiently responsive to the Internet community needs. Indeed, since 2006 both the context has changed (e.g. ICANN recently announced the conclusion of the IE phase with 1,745 new gTLDs moving to the next steps of the new gTLD program) and also, the bicameral structure of the GNSO results in an unbalanced structure that has not lived up to the expectations as mentioned by some (please see <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130615_will_the_gnso_review_be_pushed_back_another_year/>). 2/ As a result of the new gTLD program, it has been reiterated that the GNSO is expected not only to have new members joining in but also to house new constituencies. The impact of such influx of new members and constituencies will undoubtedly change the level of performance and put an enormous pressure on the existing constituencies. Therefore, a clear definition on the membership representation of new constituencies and their rights of audience is required in advance. NPOC strongly feels that this as well as other key issues, need to be anticipated urgently. 3/ The SIC justifies recommending a delay of the review because of ongoing processes and activities (namely, the ATRT 2 review as well as the ICANN strategic planning process). While we do recognize that both these processes may have implications for the GNSO (as emphasized by the SIC), this is not an appropriate reason to delay the GNSO review. Indeed, we do believe that all these processes should be conducted in parallel allowing cross-structure alignments rather than being approached sequentially. The effort put into reviews is too high and require a global and overall perception in keeping with ICANN's multi-stakeholder model, rather than a walled concept and dispersed distinct impressions. 4/ We must bear in mind that the previous review took years before being completed and the ATRT 2 work is due to conclude late 2013. Based on such previous experience, it is likely that several more years will pass by before this other review is completed. In conclusion, NPOC believes that the soonest the review starts the better the results of that review will contribute to ICANN´s efforts to improve the functioning of the GNSO in adapting to ICANN's anticipated changes and fulfillment of its mission. Therefore NPOC encourages the SIC and the Board to avoid further delays in initiating the review process and to take the necessary actions as mandated within the ICANN Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4. Submitted on behalf of NPOC.