[ALAC] Fwd: Re: [soac-discussion] Internet Governance CWG

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Wed Dec 4 09:35:38 UTC 2013

On 3 December 2013 18:58, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> wrote:

> FYI -- just to keep you updated, after the ALAC met with the NCSG,
> Evan Leibovitch announced during the public forum the creation of a
> joint effort by both communities to work together to prepare for the
> Brazil meeting etc.

 David Olive picked this up and discussed it with the ALAC Leadership Team
> on the Friday of the ICANN week. He then shared the fact that this effort
> was open for every SO/AC to join, on the SO/AC Leadership mailing list. The
> responses were quick to ask "how do we join this?" and from here onwards,
> Rafik & I have worked with several people to get the train rolling.

Thanks for the update.

The response has been very gratifying. When the idea came up for a joint
ALAC/NCSG effort to initiate a community-wide CWG, it was uncertain whether
the rest of the community would join in. (After all, the GNSO had already
started crafting some very detailed CWG guidelines and this effort was far
more spontaneous in its creation.)

To that end, one of the action items from the ALAC/NCSG meeting was for
Rafik and Olivier, as those groups' chairs, to write to Fadi to get the
endorsement necessary to attract participation from the rest of the ICANN
community. As it turns out, as Olivier described above, such endorsement
was not needed, as our efforts attracted wide involvement from the moment
they were publicly known.

> The update below will give you an idea where we are at the moment. I
> am not sure whether this was the original intent since I recall that
> we probably thought during the ALAC/NCSG meeting that things would
> start small & grow slowly once we had a few position papers on the WIKI

Actually, as I recall we had *hoped* to gain traction and start activity
very quickly. I was personally concerned at the time, that the current work
by the GNSO to define the parameters and chartering process of a CWG might
be an obstacle, but it turned out this was not the case. In fact, I am
delighted with the organic process by which this group has come together.

I especially want to thank Holly and León for their willingness to jump in
quickly before we even knew how this effort would take shape.

- Evan

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