RE: [council] RE: Draft NC Resolution reform
Bruce, while I find much of your suggestions useful, I don't agree that the DNSO should merely accept the Blueprint as is, if we strongly disagree. For instance, I find the concept of only two elected representatives for each SO of concern. The need to ensure geographic diversity within each constituency in terms of representative ness, and in the board members it elects is a critical aspect to ICANN's success, in my view.
From: Bruce Tonkin [mailto:Bruce.Tonkin@melbourneit.com.au]
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 1:05 AM
To: 'Philip Sheppard'
Cc: NC (list)
Subject: [council] RE: Draft NC Resolution reform
Thank you for your efforts to extract some of the principles previously
agreed in the names council resolutions.
I interpret the Board decision at Bucharest differently it seems.
I understand that the Board has accepted the Blueprint for Reform, but has
requested that the ERC consider issues such as geographic diversity in the
implementation of the blueprint.
I see no point in trying to change aspects of the Blueprint, but think we
should focus on ensuring that the implementation of the blueprint is
successful for ICANN.
Thus here are my comments on your draft:
(1) Policy Development Support
This is already covered to some extent in the blueprint for reform:
"All supporting organisations and advisory committees would be appropriately
staffed to facilitate effective performance".
I see no point in claiming that a lack of staff is the only problem in
policy development. I would not accept that as the sole answer from any
groups within my company.
We could add value by elaborating on this point to help define what is
However from a registrars point of view, we would be unhappy with the
numbers of staff (and hence funding) increasing massively. I would be happy
with one full-time person to support the GNSO as a start.
ICANN like any organisation must learn to be efficient as well as effective.
The costs of ICANN will ultimately be borne by the consumer.
(2) GNSO Steering Committee
This section is basically an argument against the recommendations in the
Given that the Blueprint has decided on 2 reps per constituency with 3
voting members selected by the NomCom. I suggest we focus on defining the
criteria for the 3 voting members selected by the NomCom. For example, we
might recommend that the 3 voting members be part of geographic or cultural
areas that are different from the other voting members of the GNSO. We
might also recommend that the members nominated by the NomCom have skills
that complement the skills of the elected members of the GNSO. For example
skills in international competition law or international regulatory
experience. At this stage of reform we can help be more specific about the
skills of the additional voting members, in much the same way as a Company
Board selects additional Board members.
Note that the Blueprint already supports the election of the Chair:
"The Chair shall be selected by the voting members of the GNSO Council".
(3) Board Composition
Again the Board Composition has already been defined by the Blueprint, and
there is no point in further arguing for a different result.
Again lets focus on refining in more detail how the Nomination Committee
selects Board members.
The current wording states:
"Directors selected by the NomCom should be chosen to ensure that the Board
is composed of members that in the aggregate bring to the Board (1) broad
functional diversity in the areas of expertise relevant to ICANN's mission
(2) global geographic and cultural diversity (3) the capacity to understand
the global effects of ICANN's mission and supporting decisions, and (4)
ability to contribute to the overall credibility of ICANN's Board. Personal
characteristics should include integrity, objectivity, intelligence,
demonstrated capacity for thoughtful group decision-making, and willingness
to fulfill the responsibilities of a Board member. "
Are there any suggestions for more detail on the above?
In summary I recommend we view the Blueprint
(http://www.icann.org/committees/evol-reform/blueprint-20jun02.htm) as a
blueprint, and work on the implementation, rather than revisiting
fundamental decisions in the blueprint. Personally I think the Blueprint
will have no impact on an effective ICANN, unless the implementation is done
properly and with the full support of the ICANN community. It is our role
to ensure that the implementation is done in such a way that achieves our
broad objectives that we have already agreed on in our submissions to the
Board on the reform process.