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[council] Action Item - GNSO/SSAC Liaison(s)

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Council Colleagues -

Continuing with the "spring cleaning" of our Action Item list,  here's another 
item that has been in a pending state for quite some time.

Yesterday I was able to meet with Patrik  (Chairs, SSAC) to discuss ideas to 
strengthen coordination between our two organizations, up to and including a 
formal exchange of liaisons.  As we've noted previously, the SSAC's rules 
require that any of its members (including a potential liaison) would need to 
meet the general membership requirements, which include a non-disclosure 
agreement (NDA).

Patrik and I also discussed alternatives to a formal liaison that would keep 
the two groups mutually informed. We both agreed that the standard SSAC 
presentation/Q&A sessions at ICANN meetings had limited value, and we should 
revise the format to specifically address topics where either or both sides had 
specific questions or asks.

Furthermore, Patrik noted that some PDPs could benefit from existing or planned 
SSAC research, and we should reinforce the availability of the SSAC as a 
resource for new PDPs.  We also observed that there is significant membership 
overlap between some individuals and groups, and that this should be leveraged 
to enhance cooperation.  Finally, ICANN Staff can help facilitate communication 
between the GNSO (Council & PDPs) and SSAC, if they flag topics that have 
potentially shared interests, and raise this with leadership of all groups.

Possible action items / paths forward:

  1.  Continue to pursue formal exchange of liaisons between the GNSO & SSAC, 
noting the constraints listed above.
  2.  Modify the SSAC/GNSO sessions at ICANN meetings to be a more free-flowing 
conversation about topics that share mutual interests.
  3.  Encourage PDPs and other GNSO groups to consider the utility & 
applicability of SSAC research in their work.
  4.  Ask Staff to help facilitate information exchange between the two groups.

I look forward to your thoughts & comments on this subject.



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