[ALAC-LT] URGENT Statement on P&I Bylaws

León Felipe Sánchez Ambía leonfelipe at sanchez.mx
Thu Sep 17 00:30:06 UTC 2015

Dear Alan,

I agree with Olivier’s suggestions.

Best regards,


> El 15/09/2015, a las 14:30, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> escribió:
> Dear Alan,
> please be so kind to find my comments in-line:
> On 15/09/2015 18:17, Alan Greenberg wrote:
>> I was charged to write the statement on the Policiy and Implementation
>> Bylaws in full accordance with the ALAC's previous statement on the
>> issue.
>> The statement was due last Friday, but unfortunately I could not get
>> it done. Marika has been informed that it is coming and what the gist
>> is, but we need to formally submit this ASAP.
>> Please comment if anything is radically wrong with the following.
>> ====================================
>> ALAC and At-large representatives were very active in the Policy and
>> Implementation Working Group and the ALAC supports the recommendations.
>> The ALAC nonetheless has two concerns that have been raised throughout
>> the WG processes.
>> 1.    All GNSO processes allow participation from all communities, and
>> so in theory can equitably balance all issues. However, given that
>> contracted parties have a very large stake in GNSO policy decision
>> outcomes, they are in a position to, and often funded for significant
>> participation. 
> This last sentence need grammatical revision: they are in a position to
> what?
>> Those representing the public interest are less able to participate on
>> the same level. 
> You might wish to revise this: "those representing the public interest"
> -- as this is likely to be dismissed as a single constituency cannot
> purport to *represent* the public interest. Nit pickers will defy you
> that the public interest is not defined but you can fight this back.
> However "representing the public interest" sounds self-selected. May I
> suggest "Constituencies acting directly in relation to supporting the
> public interest" or something to that extent.
>> Accordingly, it is possible for the WG participation to be unbalanced.
>> Moreover, within the GNSO Council, the two contracted Stakeholder
>> Groups acting in unison can block a super-majority approval of any 
> Suggest: Contracted House Stakeholder Groups
>> prospective recommendation. As a result, the ALAC has concerns that if
>> an issue were to arise where the public interest and the needs of
>> users is in conflict with the needs of contracted parties, the GNSO
>> may not be able to arrive at an equitable solution.
>> 2.    Although the principle of referring all policy-like issues
>> encountered during implementation back to the GNSO for resolution
>> supports the concept of the GNSO being THE gTLD policy body, the ALAC
>> is concerned that for complex implementations such as the new gTLD
>> process and future directory services solutions, the number of such
>> referrals may unreasonably elongate the overall implementation process.
> THE gTLD policy body
> Upper-case letters do not translate well in documents. May I suggest:
> "the only gTLD policy body" or "the sole policy body" or "the one and
> only policy body".
>> As stated above, the ALAC supports the recommended processes, but
>> ADVISES the Board to carefully 
> Wow -- do we have to write ADVISES all in uppercase now? I thought
> "Advises" was enough using uppercase A.
>> monitor both issues to ensure that user and public interests are
>> appropriately considered and that the implementation of complex policy
>> can be accomplished in reasonable time-frames.
> Warmest regards,
> Olivier
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