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[council] FW: CCWG-Accountability WG proposal for a Limited Scope of the ATRT3 Review

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Councilors –

Please see the letter below from the CCWG-ACCT Co-Chairs.

As we previously discussed, the scheduled reviews of RDS / WHOIS are colliding 
with existing policy development and implementation work, which could 
potentially lead to two groups examining the same issues and also drawing from 
the same pool of volunteers. Staff and the Community have kicked off a proposal 
to limit the scope of the RDS/WHOIS Review Team, and the GNSO is providing 
feedback (thank you, Susan & Keith!)

And now the CCWG-ACCT Co-Chairs are raising similar concerns regarding the 
third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3), which expected to 
launch in 2017.  They’ve identified 6 of 9 CCWG-ACT Workstream 2 topics as 
potentially colliding with this scheduled review.  As a result and following 
conversations with the Board, the CCWG-ACCT leadership is asking that all 
SO/ACs consider a “limited scope” for ATRT3 that focuses on reviewing the 
implementation & effectiveness of the previous (ATRT2) review.  They are asking 
for our feedback and support on this proposal.

Please take a look at the full letter below, and let’s start a conversation on 
the list and leave the door open for a Discussion Item during our next call on 
15 DEC.
Thanks –

From: Mathieu Weill mathieu.weill@xxxxxxxx<mailto:mathieu.weill@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:07
Subject: CCWG-Accountability WG proposal for a Limited Scope of the ATRT3 Review

Dear SO & AC Chairs,
The CCWG-Accountability (CCWG) at its face to face meeting at the ICANN 56 in 
Helsinki considered the implications of the collision of topics, and therefore 
efforts, between ATRT3 and Work Stream 2 (WS2) (please see Annex 1 for a 
detailed consideration of this issue).
In its discussion of this issue the CCWG considered the following points:

·         Collision of topics between WS2 and ATRT3 - There is potential for 
significant overlap between WS2 topics and the scope of ATRT3 as 6 of the 9 WS2 
topics are accountability and transparency issues ATRT3 could also consider.

·         Timing of the two activities - WS2 began in July 2016 with an 
objective of completing its work by the end of 2017. ATRT3, which is expected 
to take 12 months to complete, is currently scheduled to begin in January 2017 
but could potentially be delayed until February 2018 under the new Bylaws 
(which require ATRT every 5 years versus the AoC requirement for every 3 
years). It would seem inefficient, at best, to have both of these activities 
working on the same topics independently, while drawing on the same pool of 
community volunteers. At worst, ATRT3 and WS2 groups could issue 
recommendations that are conflicting or duplicative.

·         Implementation of recommendations – The Bylaws for WS2 give CCWG 
recommendations greater weight when it comes to board consideration, relative 
to recommendations from an ATRT organized under the AoC.
While in Helsinki, the CCWG concluded its preferred approach, as communicated 
in our 8-Aug-2016 
 to the Board of ICANN:
Convene ATRT3 as soon as possible with the limited scope of assessing 
implementation of ATRT2 recommendations. Allow WS2 to handle new 
recommendations for accountability and transparency. The fourth ATRT would 
convene before 2022 and would assess all accountability and transparency topics 
and make recommendations
The ICANN Board 
 to the CCWG letter on 24-Oct-2016, saying,
It is not up to the Board to dictate the scope of this important community 
review. While we share the concerns raised of avoiding duplication of 
resources, it is essential that the broader ICANN community have a voice in 
determining how the ATRT3 should be scoped in alignment with the Bylaws. The 
Board and the ICANN Organization stand ready to support the community’s 
Accordingly, the CCWG is now proposing to community leadership the following 
•       Requesting that the SO/AC leadership select (following the new Bylaws) 
a small group of review team members that have either participated in or 
closely tracked ATRT2.
•       Requesting the ICANN organization to do a "self-assessment" reporting 
on a) the extent to which each recommendation was followed and/or implemented; 
b) the effectiveness in addressing the issues identified by ATRT2; and c) the 
need for additional implementation.
•       Specifically request that the Review Team exclude the issues that are 
already covered by the CCWG-Accountability WS2 (see Annex 1).
•       Suggesting that the work be conducted & completed more quickly than 
normal, such as asking that the Final Report be issued within six months
If the suggested approach above is agreeable to SO/AC community, the next steps 
would be:
•       SO/AC leadership to issue a public statement or a letter to ICANN CEO 
and Board Chair that explains why limited scope is appropriate and articulates 
that they have broad support of the ICANN community
•       Call for Volunteers to note limited scope & unique expertise sought
•       Reach out to previous ATRT Review Team members and encourage them to 
apply for the narrowly-scoped ATRT3 Review Team
•       Propose a Charter for the ATRT3 Review Team to adopt that tracks the 
limited Scope

Best regards,
Thomas Rickert, Leon Sanchez & Mathieu Weill
CCWG-Accountability Co-chairs

Attachment: CCWG-Accountability-WS2-ATRT3 Letter To SOACs.pdf
Description: CCWG-Accountability-WS2-ATRT3 Letter To SOACs.pdf

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