[Bylaws] Approval of New Process For GNSO Charter Amendments

Edward Morris edward.morris at alumni.usc.edu
Thu Oct 3 13:44:51 CEST 2013

Hi everyone,

Thanks Bill for this and  for your warm wishes on tonight's call.

I'm actually quite happy to see the Board decision. It's not perfect but
they did incorporate many of the suggestions made by IPC and myself. The
fact the Board will have to act within a specified period of time is a
major change to the original proposal  that we all should welcome. It's
good to know that public comments do sometimes, in fact, result in positive

I've followed the conversation between Tapani and Bill and can happily note
both are correct in what they state. Tapani is spot on concerning the
formal requirements for revision; Bill is entirely correct as to how we
should de facto proceed, something Tapani is also in complete agreement
with. I note this especially for the newcomers who might read the spirited
exchange between both of you as being some sort of policy disagreement.
It's not. Given that Rob Hoggarth is our ICANN liaison on this matter, I
expect nothing but professionalism and cooperation from ICANN as we go
through this process. Rob is one of the good ones, as are most ICANN staff

I look forward to meeting everyone tonight.

Ed Morris

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM, William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch> wrote:

> Hi
> I hope the call tonight goes well and look forward to hearing what
> happened.  In the meanwhile, attached please find new instructions from
> ICANN as to how bylaw revisions have to be processed.  These have to be
> factored into timelines and content choices etc.
> Best,
> Bill
> Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *Robert Hoggarth <robert.hoggarth at icann.org>
> *Subject: **Approval of New Process For GNSO Charter Amendments*
> *Date: *October 3, 2013 10:14:03 AM GMT+02:00
> *To: *'KEITH DRAZEK' <kdrazek at Verisign.com>, "michele at blacknight.com" <
> michele at blacknight.com>, "elisa.cooper at markmonitor.com" <
> elisa.cooper at markmonitor.com>, Robin Gross <robin at ipjustice.org>, William
> Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch>, Tony Holmes <tonyarholmes at btinternet.com>,
> Kristina Rosette <krosette at cov.com>, Marie-laure Lemineur <
> mllemineur at gmail.com>
> *Cc: *Glen de Saint Géry <gnso-secretariat at gnso.icann.org>, Marika
> Konings <marika.konings at icann.org>, Ken Bour <ken.bour at verizon.net>
> Dear Elisa, Robin, Kristina, Marie-laure, Bill, Tony, Keith and Michele,
> This past weekend the ICANN Board approved a new process for the review
> and approval of GNSO community charter amendments.  The resolutions were
> published yesterday and the Board action can be found here -
> http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolutions-28sep13-en.htm#2.c .
> As directed by the Board, Staff will be posting the new process on the GNSO
> web site.
> In the meantime, for your reference, I have copied and pasted the new
> process into a word document – attached.
> Thanks to Steve Metalitz on behalf of the IPC and Edward Morris from the
> NCUC (commenting as an individual) for submitting comments on the proposed
> process during the public comment period.  The contributions resulted in
> some productive modifications to the proposal.
> Staff is ready to provide support for any community charter amendment
> efforts – now and in the future. Please let me know anytime if you would
> like to discuss the new process or specific charter amendment ideas.
> Best regards,
> Rob
> From: Robert Hoggarth <robert.hoggarth at icann.org>
> Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:05 AM
> To: 'KEITH DRAZEK' <kdrazek at Verisign.com>, "michele at blacknight.com" <
> michele at blacknight.com>, "elisa.cooper at markmonitor.com" <
> elisa.cooper at markmonitor.com>, Robin Gross <robin at ipjustice.org>, William
> Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch>, Tony Holmes <tonyarholmes at btinternet.com>,
> Kristina Rosette <krosette at cov.com>, Cintra Sooknanan <
> cintra.sooknanan at gmail.com>
> Cc: Glen de Saint Géry <gnso-secretariat at gnso.icann.org>, Marika Konings <
> marika.konings at icann.org>
> Subject: Upcoming Public Comment Period on GNSO Charter Changes
> Dear Elisa, Robin, Kristina, Cintra, Bill, Tony, Keith and Michele;****
> ** **
> Over the last several months I have communicated with a number of you
> about interpretations of various provisions in your community charter
> documents and I know that some of you are planning (or at least
> considering) making some adjustments to your community governing documents.
> ****
> ** **
> I wanted to alert you that the Board’s Structural Improvements Committee
> (SIC) has developed some proposed new procedures for the review and
> approval of community charter changes.  The SIC has directed Staff to open
> a Public Comment Forum inviting the community to review the proposals and
> offer comments and ideas.  We should be opening the forum later this week
> or early next week so that the proposed procedures are available for
> community discussion in Durban.  ****
> ** **
> Comments won’t be expected until at least 40 days after the Durban meeting
> closes, so I hope you’ll have plenty of time to digest, discuss and share
> thoughts about the proposals among yourselves and in your communities.****
> ** **
> Please drop me a note if you have any questions or comments about this
> development.****
> ** **
> Best regards,****
> ** **
> Rob****
> **********************************************************
> William J. Drake
> International Fellow & Lecturer
>   Media Change & Innovation Division, IPMZ
>   University of Zurich, Switzerland
> Chair, Noncommercial Users Constituency,
>   ICANN, www.ncuc.org
> william.drake at uzh.ch (w), wjdrake at gmail.com (h),
>   www.williamdrake.org
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