[At-Large] Board/GAC - subject matter experts: how selected ? (Fwd: [NCSG-NCUC-DISCUSS] ICANN announcement on Board-GAC meeting - perhaps IPC "experts" get to speak also?)

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Sat Jan 22 20:33:23 UTC 2011

Hi Adam,

I asked this same question to a person on the GAC, and this is the reply:

{'subject matter experts" not sure they have been identified yet, but
would assume ICANN board through their staff who will 'identify' them.
While for GAC members, the assumption is that each country rep's would
consult with 'subject matter experts/advisers' at their national level
to form their opinion/country position on the various issues


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM, Adam Peake <ajp at glocom.ac.jp> wrote:
> Robin Gross makes a good point.
> Hope ALAC will advise that experts representing a balance of views are
> invited to speak.
> Adam
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Robin Gross <robin at ipjustice.org>
> Date: Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 4:05 AM
> Subject: [NCSG-NCUC-DISCUSS] ICANN announcement on Board-GAC meeting -
> perhaps IPC "experts" get to speak also?
> To: NCSG-NCUC-DISCUSS at listserv.syr.edu
> http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm
> Note the following text from the ICANN press release:
>   "... Only GAC members, ICANN Board members, select ICANN staff
> members and subject matter experts will participate in the
> discussion..."
> Does this mean the Board/GAC will hear from representatives of the
> intellectual property industry (since this meeting is in response to
> the lobbying that the IPC has done to various government
> representatives for more trademark rights)?
> That would be terribly one-sided and unfair if this meeting goes down
> that path - another forum for the IPC to lobby the board (and only the
> IPC gets to present its views?)
> Who decides what "subject matter experts" will be invited - staff,
> IPC, Board, GAC???
> This announcement provides more questions than answers.
> Best,
> Robin
> ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs
> 21 January 2011
> During the recent ICANN meeting in Cartagena, the ICANN Board of
> Directors and Governmental Advisory Committee agreed to meet at some
> time prior to the upcoming Silicon Valley/San Francisco meeting in
> order to devote significant time in the interest of resolving the
> outstanding issues the GAC has identified with the new gTLD process.
> Planning for that meeting has occurred and the Board and the GAC have
> agreed to meet on 28 February and 1 March 2011, in Brussels, at the
> Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Mont des Arts – Kunstberg, Brussels.
> The purpose of the meeting is to:
> Identify the specific differences between Governmental Advisory
> Committee ("GAC") advice and the current implementation of the GNSO
> New gTLD Policy recommendations embodied in the Applicant Guidebook.
> Through discussion among Board and GAC members, either:
> arrive at an agreed upon resolution of those differences, or
> for those issues not resolved, identify what differences remain. This
> meeting is not intended to address the requirements/steps outlined in
> the Bylaws mandated Board-GAC consultation process.
> The meeting will be open, scribed and streamed live over the Internet.
> Only GAC members, ICANN Board members, select ICANN staff members and
> subject matter experts will participate in the discussion, whether in
> person or remotely. It will be possible for interested parties to
> attend and observe proceedings.  Remote participation facilities will
> also be made available.
> Papers to inform the discussions will be published prior to the
> meeting. Details of the agenda and logistics will be made available
> closer to the meeting.
> Background
> ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) plays a key role within
> ICANN, particularly with regard to providing advice to the Board on
> public policy issues. The GAC has been actively involved in the
> discussions on the introduction of new gTLDs and has regularly
> provided advice to the ICANN Board on a number of issues, which the
> Board has sought to address. The most recent GAC communiqué [PDF, 45
> KB] identified a number of issues associated with the introduction of
> new gTLDs that the GAC considers outstanding, or unresolved to the
> GAC's satisfaction.
> The new gTLD program has its origins in carefully deliberated policy
> development work by the ICANN community. In October 2007, following
> more than 18 months of community discussions, the GNSO formally
> completed its policy development work on new gTLDS and approved a set
> of 19 policy recommendations. In June 2008, ICANN's Board of Directors
> adopted the policy recommendations and directed staff to commence work
> on an implementation plan.
> The first version of the Applicant Guidebook was posted for public
> comment on 1 October 2008, and since that time a further four versions
> have followed with the most recent, the Proposed Final Applicant
> Guidebook published on 10 November 2010. Each version has been revised
> as a result of comments received via the respective public comment
> fora. The ICANN meeting in Cartagena provided the platform for
> discussion of the latest version, and provided an opportunity for the
> Board to hear first hand, the community's views.
> Robin Gross, Executive Director
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