[npoc] Re: [npoc-voice] nomination to Chair
Dear Marie-laure, Thank you for sharing your comprehensive and detailed platform. It seems to me to dovetail quite nicely with the current programs as well as introduce a number of new issues which need addressing, in a sense of continuity but also of progress. Marie-laure, I wish you and all other candidates the best of luck in gaining strong support from NPOC's community in making NPOC a successful Constituency and a strong player within NCSG, GNSO and ICANN. I am lookingforward to the community debate around the proposed platforms. Best regards, Alain On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM, <mlemineur@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > Dear NPOC colleagues, > > I wish to take this opportunity to thank Klaus for nominating me as a > candidate to the position of Chair of NPOC as well as the colleagues who > have seconded this nomination. > > This is with great pleasure that I accept to be candidate to the position > of Chair. The founders of NPOC and Alain in its role as Chair, have worked > hard to consolidate this new constituency within ICANN. I am very grateful > to them while I recognize and respect their legacy. It is clear now that > as a community, we have to keep on building on these foundations as we > enter a new phase. They are strong and clear signs from the ICANN > management team and its leadership that they wish to share views with us > as representatives of civil society, on issues of concern to us related to > DNS policies. While this has not always been the case, as those who are > familiar with the history of ICANN know, we should be aware that this > constitutes an historical opportunity for NPOC - and for our other > colleagues from NCSG- that should not be missed. > > Earlier this year, NPOC´s Executive Committee has already defined and > approved an outreach strategy which includes fundraising goals and a > clearly prioritized regional emphasis on Africa. My views are that after > the elections, we should conduct an immediate mid-term review to > reevaluate where we stand so far with the goals and deliverables that had > been set up. And we readjust them if pertinent. As a result of this > strategy being implemented, we should bear in mind that they are ongoing > processes and projects such is the case of the I-Inform Alliance and the > commitment with the Public Interest Registry dotORG, one of our sponsors, > to co-participate/co-organize a pre-ICANN working session on the role of > civil society in the DNS business model in Latin America during the > upcoming ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires. > > Taking into account our outreach plan, based on what I have observed so > far as Chair of the Program Committee and from the work performed at the > side of Alain, below I detail a summary of specific aspects that in my > views need to addressed if we want to enhance NPOC ´s mission. If I have > the honor to be elected, I would like to propose it as a kind of a > roadmap. > > Administrative matters and NPOC ExCom-related issues: > > It has become obvious to many of us that our Charter needs to be revisited > and several amendments adopted so that it is better adapted to our current > workload and work dynamic. Additionally, I also sense that we need to > reflect as a group on what truly differentiates us from our sister > constituency, the NCUC, in terms of mandate, mission, and vision. We have > also commented on several occasions, that there is an urgent need to > recruit additional members to join our ExCom and thus fill in the vacant > positions. > > To continue doing fundraising so that we achieve better visibility and > have the means to implement a wider range of outreach activities is > important. Being able to perform outreach work to the non-Icann world to > promote our community´s mission and broader Internet issues is also part > of our responsibility. We already have had representatives participating > to the IGF 2012, a regional ICANN meeting in Africa, and we need to > continue doing so. > > Outreach is also a way of recruiting new NPOC members. And having new > member joining in has been a long-standing priority under the leadership > of Alain and we should keep it this way. Some issues related to the NCSG > administrative process that all aspiring members have to go through, have > already been resolved while others are still problematic and need to be > overcome. This should be addressed as a matter of urgency since > strengthening our community will not be possible without having new > members hopefully with a more balanced geographical representation. We > still have regions that are under-represented such is the case of North > Africa, Latin America and Asia. > > ICANN processes: > > As a community, one of our tasks is to keep on monitoring decision-making > processes within ICANN and make sure that the bottom-up multi-stakeholder > model, is not being challenged. The statement of Chuck Gomes on behalf of > Verisign during the negotiation process of the new gTLD Registry Agreement > between ICANN and the registries representatives as well as the GAC > Beijing communiqué and its safeguards advices applicable to broad > categories of new gTLDs strings, perceived by some as being too broad, > illustrate how this can happen easily. > > Generally speaking, we also should have a more active role in the policy > development processes. This should be done through contributing to > initiatives led by our colleagues from NCUC and NCSG through expressing > our support or adding our inputs to their statements as we have done so > far. Nevertheless, I have come to the conclusion, it is time that we > demonstrate we have the capacity as a community to take much more > proactive stands on issues of our concern and not only react to other > constituencies´ initiatives. > > Fulfilling better our mission is also linked to having a more active > participation and representation within ICANN working groups and other > existing structures. For example, even if it is a slow process, with the > support of our colleagues from NCSG, we need to continue lobbying in order > to eventually obtain an NPOC seat on the NomCom. > > The Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 is currently collecting > information from all constituencies as a result of a contractual > obligation set up in the Affirmation of Commitments signed between ICANN > and the United States Department of Commerce. As representatives of civil > society, having the opportunity to contribute to an initiative that > monitors how transparent and accountable are ICANN operations should be > perceived as important. We should be able to provide valuable inputs when > we meet with their representatives in Durban as scheduled. > > Not to forget cross-constituency collaboration which is vital. While we > were in Beijing, we had the opportunity to share a few moments with the > GAC representative of the European Commission. At the time, he expressed > his interest in getting closer to ICANN constituencies representing the > views of civil society like ours. > > DNS policies-related issues: > > Within the GNSO and ICANN as a whole, there are many relevant issues that > have been subjects to lengthy debates some for years now. Such is the case > of the Whois database and how it is operated. Currently, there are many > on-going processes that will eventually reshape the contractual > obligations of the registries and registrars regarding this database as > well as how it will be operated technically. Some of the new reforms imply > data transfer of massive amount of personally identifiable information of > the registrants from one jurisdiction to another where data protection and > privacy laws are not so strong. With regards to the new gTLDs program, > application for new generic domain names such as dotAMAZON (and IDNs), > dotPATAGONIA have triggered passionate debates since having these > approved by ICANN, could have an impact on some communities as well as > legal and commercial ramifications not so fortunate according to some. I > believe that these are good examples, together with many others, the > special protection for the IGOs being another one, where our views, > experience, sensitivity and the value-system we defend as civil society > representatives could add a true value to the debates and the decisions to > be taken within ICANN. > > Once again, I wish to assure you all of my sincere commitment to NPOC´s > mission. > > Very best regards, > > Marie-laure Lemineur > > > -- Alain Berranger, B.Eng, MBA Member, Board of Directors, CECI, http://www.ceci.ca<http://www.ceci.ca/en/about-ceci/team/board-of-directors/> Executive-in-residence, Schulich School of Business, www.schulich.yorku.ca Treasurer, Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, www.gkpfoundation.org NA representative, Chasquinet Foundation, www.chasquinet.org Chair, NPOC, NCSG, ICANN, http://npoc.org/ O:+1 514 484 7824; M:+1 514 704 7824 Skype: alain.berranger AVIS DE CONFIDENTIALITÉ Ce courriel est confidentiel et est à l’usage exclusif du destinataire ci-dessus. 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