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Re: [ga] Possible Agenda Items for General Assembly meeting
The concept of control in the referenced context seems inappropriate since
it suggests capture, one of the very things the bylaws attempt to avoid. There
seems to be intended a carefully crafted balance between consensus building
facilitators (names council) and the consensus body (general assembly) in the
portion of the bylaws you've quoted.
To answer you directly, all the work to be done may be done by the GA and
much of it may be initiated by the GA as well, in the steady state. Here's a
quote from the dnso link that captures this:
"(c) Constituencies or GA participants may propose that the NC
consider domain name policies
or recommendations. If the NC undertakes
consideration of a domain name topic, or if a
Constituency so requests, the
NC shall designate one or more research or drafting committees,
groups of the GA, as appropriate to evaluate the topic, and shall set a time
for the report of such committee or working group."
may conclude that the GA can:
1. Initiate new topics for Working groups
2. Be members of the Working Groups;
3. Accept updates and reports
from current Working Groups
4. Do *anything else it wants to do* not
assigned to others in the DNSO constituencies, which in their opinion advances
the cause of the DNSO. For example, the GA may develop a position on the ICANN
budget or on the fee structure to fund ICANN, etc.
In addition, this section of the ICANN bylaws specifically dealing with the
"Section 4: THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(a) The GA shall
be an open forum for participation in the work of the DNSO, and open to all who
are willing to contribute effort to the
work of the DNSO. The participants in
the GA should be individuals who have a knowledge of and an interest in issues
pertaining to the
areas for which the DNSO has primary responsibility, and
who are willing to contribute time, effort and expertise to the work of
DNSO, including work item proposal and development, discussion of work
items, draft document preparation, and participation in
research and drafting
committees and working groups. "
This suggests that the real work gets done in the open forum, where
participation in the work of the DNSO would occur. So, may be its not so much
what would the GA do which is not already being done by the NC but more so that
the NC cannot possibly do all the work in isolation and requires the open forum
of the GA to do its work.
Dear Dr. Nii
In order to make the DNSO General Assembly
meeting in Santiago meaningful to members we will appreciate early input
on possible agenda items for consideration by the pNC. Please,
participate and post your suggestions on the GA list.
forward to receiving several rich suggestions from the GA to make the
meeting worthwhile for all participants.
It isn't apparent
from the DNSO "descriptor" at
http://www.dnso.org/dnso/aboutdnso.html, what the General
(other than generating a board nominations) would do that isn't
already being done by the Names Council. In other words,
appears to have no real powers or function.
Do you have any thoughts
on this? Also, who controls
the work of the General