[ALAC] Fwd: Action Items from GAC-ALAC Costa Rica meeting

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Mon Apr 30 20:57:27 UTC 2012

I spoke to Heather Dryden when I met her at the INET in Geneva last week
and having already discussed the subject, this is our way forward.
Kind regards,


-------- Message original --------
Sujet: 	Action Items from GAC-ALAC Costa Rica meeting
Date : 	Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:51:17 +0100
De : 	Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>
Pour : 	Heather.Dryden Dryden <Heather.Dryden at ic.gc.ca>
Copie à : 	Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>, ICANN AtLarge Staff
<staff at atlarge.icann.org>, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org>, Carlton
Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com>, Jean-Jacques Subrenat
<jjs.global at gmail.com>

Dear Heather,

after reviewing the transcript of our very successful meeting in Costa
Rica, I am now following up with you regarding the two action items from
the meeting.

1. Following-up on human rights issues feeding into the policy
rule-making, I extended an invitation to all interested GAC members, to
our ALAC Registrant Rights Working Group which is open and would welcome
input. This working group is tasked with extending the concept of
"Registrant Rights" into the rights of Internet users with regards to
Domain Names -- since it is not only registrants that are affected by
Domain Names but also every Internet user out there.
I therefore invite any of your members interested in taking part in such
a group, either officially as a GAC member, but also individually,
whichever is more doable, to email me and staff at atlarge.icann.org and
we'll take it from there. I note from the transcript that during the
meeting, there was interest from the EU Commission, Portugal, Australia,
Mexico and the Council of Europe and hope that they will volunteer to
follow-up in the working group.

2. Action Item: ALAC and GAC to form a small working group which will
draft a joint statement on ICANN Conflicts of Interest
There is  very successful precedent in a small working group being
set-up to draft a joint GAC-ALAC statement with the Joint Statement on
Applicant Support, which can be found on:

The ALAC has taken a very strong line about the current ICANN Conflicts
of Interest and has drafted TWO statements submitted to a recent public
comment period. I invite you and your members to read them from:


The action item from our meeting in Costa Rica calls for a small working
group to draft a joint GAC-ALAC Statement and once again, I'd be happy
to receive emails from volunteers, Cc'ed to staff at atlarge.icann.org .
I note from the session's transcript that Australia and the European
Commission contributed to the dialogue and that this needs to be
explored. As a reminder, Jean-Jacques Subrenat's suggestion for a
starting point was:

/"And what I'm thinking of is that there should be a closer examination of,
perhaps, real cases of conflict of interest which appear in ICANN, and to
study what these conflicts of interest are. Are they supposed? Are they
real? Are they perceived? On the one hand.
And on the other hand, it's to try to define more precisely the limits
within which it is possible to operate. For instance, it so happens that
someone noticed and put on a blog recently that at a recent vote of the
board of ICANN, nine of the board voting members were conflicted. I
mean, that's something which is quite -- quite amazing."/

I should therefore be grateful if you could forward these follow-up
action items to your members and look forward to receiving an
enthusiastic response. The GAC and the ALAC have a very important part
to play in making sure that ICANN acts in the public interest and we
have to seize the opportunity of this synergy to make sure it indeed
does so. To miss this opportunity would be letting down 2.4Bn Internet
users out there.

Kindest regards,

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond
ALAC Chair

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