[At-Large] Letter, ICANN Board/GAC intersessional meeting on gTLDs: Open to Observers?

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Sun Jan 9 15:29:22 UTC 2011

Hi Adam:
Due consideration was given in the ALAC Ex-Com this past week and I'm sure
the Chair of ALAC will announce a perspective from the ALAC soon.

Speaking as a generic At-Large member, I have indicated my support for
observer status to interested parties several days ago.

I share the perspective in the reasoning posted on the CircleID website by
Antony Van Couvering.


Carlton A Samuels
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On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 7:40 AM, Adam Peake <ajp at glocom.ac.jp> wrote:

> Hi, At Large might like to support this letter asking the Board and
> GAC to hold the intersessional meeting on new gTLDs open to
> observers.  I think open meetings have become the default for both
> Board and GAC, but it is worth emphasizing in this case.  The letter:
> <
> http://www.circleid.com/posts/icann_board_gac_geneva_meeting_open_to_observers/
> >
> An important paragraph:
> "We respectfully request that this consultation between the Board and
> GAC be open to observers, consistent with the practices of GAC --
> Board interactions at the public meetings which ICANN holds three
> times a year. Since this is the first meeting of this nature in
> ICANN's eleven year history, the precedent for all future such
> meetings will be established by this meeting."
> No idea if the comment that the meeting will be held in Geneva at the
> end of February is correct.  But if At Large does support the letter
> it might also say that should the Board wish to launch the new gTLD
> at the San Francisco meeting (and given the years of process a
> decision during later teleconference would be a disappointment),
> holding such discussions at the end of February would leave too
> little time for public comment. It will take some days for staff to
> take the results of the Board/GAC discussion into account and publish
> a final applicant guide book. The community must have ample time to
> comment and participate to the fullest extent possible in the
> process.  As stated in the workplan adopted in October 2010
> <
> http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/new-gtld-work-plan-28oct10-en.pdf>
> a final 30 day public comment period is required.
> Adam
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