allow me to respond to your questions about how we handle the gTLD
1. We treated this issue as a committee of the whole of Council.
This process was explicitly
to ensure incremental buy-in to recommendations by Council. It
escapes all logic that
Council would then vote on each recommendation. That process would
seem suited to a task
force report. Have we all been wasting our time? I trust not.
2. We also opened the group to observers and received excellent
input. That was also a
process designed to explicitly ensure incremental buy-in to
recommendations by the wider
3. Staff have diligently drafted version upon version of the report
so that we were all able
to track emerging recommendations that achieved broad support. What
was the point of all
that if we now vote on each recommendation as if it came from
4. The recommendations were not made in glorious isolation. Many
are inter-dependent. We
will end up with a pigs breakfast if we assume the recommendations
can operate in isolation.
We must vote on the report as a whole.
Not all the recommendations please everyone.
It is not appropriate for Council to revisit issues just because
individuals wish to re-run
arguments that earlier failed to persuade.
If that's how we will play it then the BC will return with our
original wish list, so may
the IPC, so may the ISPs, so may ... etc.
There are a lot of issues that need further work or at least
feedback to Council on their
implementation. Indeed this applies to most recommendations !
It would be useful therefore to explicitly mark in the report where
Council expects formal
feedback from staff.
That makes it clear for us, clear for staff.
Link to the sub groups
We also need to make explicit reference to the inclusion and
support for these reports where