[ALAC] Some thoughts on ALS Criteria & Expectations Taskforce

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 00:04:15 UTC 2015

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 4:03 PM, Holly Raiche <h.raiche at internode.on.net>

> I hate to say it but the tiny bit of difference we can make comes from the
> hard slog - meeting after meeting in WGs where decisions are made.

​Big +1.

I have been promoting engagement in WGs for a long time because it has been
clear to me that the [GNSO/ccNSO/CC] WG is the place for getting in on the
ground floor and truly influencing policy.  Evan has deftly fingered the
reason for this; the structural framework of the AC/SO.   Anything we do to
influence chartering and encourage At-Large people situated in them will
bring more to us than any other action.

Holly can bear witness from our PPSAI WG experience. Members from across
the spectrum of interests truly sought our opinions and were very mindful
of our positions.​

Here's the thing though.  The PPSAI - and I suspect increasingly other WG
working knotty issues - increasingly show progress AFTER f2f meetings. I am
not surprised.  In this instance it is a good thing Holly and I are tag
teaming. Or our interests would be seriously compromised.

A closeout.  Perhaps the most important - and most fulfilling to me - piece
of work I've done in ICANN has been with the WHOIS EWG. From the
perspective of the range of interests represented,  it could not be more
representative of real life policy development in a multistakeholder

When you tag team with folks like Stephanie Perrin, Lanre Ajayi, Michael
Niebel and Scott Hollenbeck and argue WHOIS issues f2f with, among others,
Michele Neylon, Susan Kamaguchi of Facebook and Fabricio Vayra [then of]
Time Warner and yes, Chris Disspain from ICANN Board and Auda, you feel
objective and see impact like no other time. You took your shots. And you
got yours, too. But so refreshingly clear on objective.

The best hope of effective worthwhile contributions to policy development
lies in working the WGs and f2f.


Carlton A Samuels
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