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[council] Draft language

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  • Subject: [council] Draft language
  • From: "Winterfeldt, Brian" <bwinterfeldt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:52:13 -0700
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As requested, how about the below draft:

The GNSO Council wishes to express its disappointment with the Board's decision 
to meet in a closed session on Saturday 23 June to vote on a topic which was 
slated for discussion at the public forum on Thursday, January 28, 2012 : 

ICANN staff had placed the topic of the renewal of the .com Agreement on the 
Thursday public forum agenda some time ago, and this item remains on the public 
forum agenda tomorrow.  We are aware that of a number of GNSO constituencies, 
stakeholder groups and/or Advisory Committees that were looking forward to 
addressing this subject with the board and the ICANN community at the Public 
Forum.  However, neither the GNSO Council nor its constituencies, stakeholder 
groups or liaisons were aware of the Board's closed session and adoption of the 
draft agreement

This comment is not with regard to the merits of the Board's action, it is for 
the constituencies or stakeholder groups to highlight those as they see fit.  
However, we, the GNSO Council, find the process followed by the Board to be 
objectionable at a time when the private sector is being urged to advocate for 
the ICANN model, and its is therefore imperative that the Board hold itself to 
the highest standards of transparency and accountability that it is mandated to 

Hope helpful.

Kind regards

Brian J. Winterfeldt

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