[At-Large] Fwd: Advice to the Board?
maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Mon May 2 23:48:31 UTC 2022
Done. Thank you Sergio
On Tue, May 3, 2022 at 11:32 AM Sergio Salinas Porto <
presidencia at internauta.org.ar> wrote:
> Friends, Carlton has taken the words out of my mouth, I fully agree with
> what he says.
> Please also add my name to the list of those who oppose.
> Kind regards
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> El lun, 2 may 2022 a las 14:06, Carlton Samuels via At-Large (<
> at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org>) escribió:
>> If ever you need further proof of how the ICANN enterprise values
>> volunteers, here it is. The suggestion is unconscionable, broadly uncaring
>> and totally dismissive of volunteer contributions.
>> This blatant attempt to hand volunteers a dagger for their own heart
>> could be indicative of a long game just booted. Maybe the enterprise has
>> come to decide it no longer needs the fig leaf that is largely the role of
>> us volunteers so it's winding down time. ICANN 4.0.
>> Let the record show I find this example of an indulgence corrosively
>> insulting. Add my name to the list of those opposed.
>> Carlton Samuels
>> *Carlton A Samuels*
>> *Mobile: 876-818-1799Strategy, Process, Governance, Assessment &
>> On Fri, 29 Apr 2022 at 18:29, Maureen Hilyard via At-Large <
>> at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org> wrote:
>>> Dear At-Large Community
>>> If you have been following the At-Large community discussion list, you
>>> will have noted the concern that has been raised about a waiver that ICANN
>>> is imposing on the volunteer community to provide their signature to the
>>> document, as a prerequisite to being granted travel sponsorship to attend
>>> F2F ICANN Meetings.
>>> The waiver absolves ICANN of any responsibility for an ICANN
>>> participant'sgetting ill or is harmed in any way, even if it is ICANN's
>>> fault. This is the core concern for us as volunteers. It is seen as an
>>> unreasonable ask of volunteers who have always known that they have to take
>>> responsibility for themselves not only when attending ICANN meetings, but
>>> also when they participate in other F2F meetings and working group
>>> activities that occur in between ICANN meetings. We can appreciate that
>>> ICANN needs to protect itself, but while doing so they should not abdicate
>>> their duty of care to all those members of the ICANN community who have
>>> dedicated many years to providing personal inputs into ICANN's important
>>> work - to produce policy that will help to protect the DNS. It is taken for
>>> granted that "years" is the normal measurement in time which is required to
>>> produce formal outputs from ICANN.
>>> During the At-Large community discussions, a raft of reasons developed
>>> which related to how this waiver that has been imposed as a pre-requisite
>>> to any travel support, impacts volunteer communities throughout ICANN.
>>> These reasons were noted and transformed into a list of 10 reasons why the
>>> waiver is not one of the best decisions that has come out of ICANN - more
>>> especially because it did not adhere to one of its core principles "the
>>> bottom-up, multistakeholder model".
>>> I have called the ALAC members together to make a decision about the
>>> waiver (the invitations for them to do so is below) to seek their support
>>> for "*the waiver and the expectation that it is signed before any
>>> travel sponsorship is provided, to be withdrawn*" Although we have to
>>> consider that this course of action may not be actionable before ICANN74,
>>> we would ultimately like to return to what was the practice of the past
>>> when the community was trusted. We have always known that we were attending
>>> ICANN meetings at our own risk and would not have earlier contemplated
>>> taking action against ICANN for any illness or harm that might befall us if
>>> it was the fault of the individual during an ICANN meeting. There was also
>>> some need to address the section that had been identified as a key sticking
>>> point "*I knowingly and freely assume all risks related to illness and
>>> infectious diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19, even if arising
>>> from the negligence or fault of ICANN "*
>>> I already have a majority of the ALAC members who have immediately added
>>> their support to my request to submit Marita's 10 reasons why the waivers
>>> should be removed, *as the basis of our Advice to the Board that the
>>> waiver be withdrawn*. In case they are otherwise engaged, other ALAC
>>> members still have a bit of time to respond (by Sunday 1 May 23.59utc)
>>> before the request is formally submitted as ALAC advice to the Board.
>>> *Although many of our community already participated earlier, I would
>>> hope that others in our At-Large community will also support this request.
>>> Please let me know if you would like to add your name to our letter of
>>> Advice to the Board.*
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>> From: Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>
>>> Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 11:14 PM
>>> Subject: Advice to the Board?
>>> To: ALAC Members <ALAC-members at icann.org>
>>> Dear ALAC members
>>> It has been suggested that we propose Marita's email to the community as
>>> ADVICE to the Board of the community's feelings about the waiver, so that
>>> the Board has to officially respond.
>>> Earlier messages of concern about other issues about volunteer support
>>> have only been noted because they were not formal advice, even though they
>>> reflected many discussions by the At-Large community, particularly during
>>> the pandemic.
>>> If you have any concerns about this summary list, please let me know
>>> before Sunday 23.59UTC. I think it is an important issue and that we need
>>> to make sure that it is given the consideration that it deserves. I realise
>>> that any change may not happen for ICANN74 but if can address these issues
>>> for future meetings we will have achieved something at least.
>>> I look forward to a yay or nay from members about sending this as advice.
>>> Marita Moll via At-Large
>>> 2:32 AM (20 hours ago)
>>> to At
>>> With apologies to former late show host David Letterman and thanks to
>>> all those who provided input, here are my top 10 reasons why this waiver is
>>> a bad idea for ICANN and for the community:
>>> 10. It is insensitive to the global community as it can be interpreted
>>> as an exportation of U.S.-based litigious culture
>>> 9. It disregards the fact that participants at ICANN meetings have
>>> always willingly and knowingly accepted personal responsibility for health
>>> issues that arise during meetings
>>> 8. It is a disincentive to attending ICANN meetings in person, thereby
>>> damaging the ability of the community to work together
>>> 7. Concerns which have arisen throughout the community about the broad
>>> scope of the waiver are not being addressed – including legal opinions
>>> warning potential participants against signing.
>>> 6. No one is taking ownership of this waiver. The Board position on it
>>> is unclear
>>> 5. There has been no general explanation to the community or any attempt
>>> seek buy-in for this waiver
>>> 4. This kind of blanket waiver could be unenforceable and in that case,
>>> serves only as intimidation
>>> 3. The waiver infringes on individual rights
>>> 2. ICANN appears to be abandoning its duty of care to the participating
>>> community who are voluntarily contributing their time and energy to
>>> fulfilling ICANN's mandate to operate as a bottom-up multistakeholder
>>> *Top reason why this waiver is a really bad idea:*
>>> *1. It leaves a lasting unpleasant taste in the mouths of participants
>>> contributing to ICANN's multistakeholder model -- which is presented as a
>>> source of pride and accomplishment to the internet governance community.*
>>> Marita (now signing off on this topic -- thanks for bearing with me)
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