[council] On to 2017...
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Council Colleagues –
As we close the book on 2016, I wanted to send a short note to the mailing list
highlighting our accomplishments, and setting the stage for the upcoming year.
I’m proud of what we’ve achieved on Council in 2016, including several “big
ticket” projects associated with the IANA transition, new bylaws, GNSO
improvements, and our policy work covering topics like privacy services, domain
transfers, rights protection mechanisms, WHOIS/RDS and of course, future gTLDs.
The GNSO is situated at the core of every major ICANN issue, and this group
rose to meet every challenge.
But aside from any singular success, I’m most proud of the way we’ve come
together to work as a team. For examples of this, consider our three-faceted
approach to chairing the Council, the coordination with broader Stakeholder
Groups and Constituencies, and our outreach to other SOs and ACs. In all
cases, we favor openness and engagement over isolation inside a GNSO “silo”. I
strongly believe that this cultural shift will benefit the entire community in
the years to come.
And with a thought to the future, there is no shortage of big issues for the
GNSO Council to take on in 2017. First up, we need to find a path towards
resolving the IGO/Red Cross issue. This topic was the first order of business
when I joined the Council in 2013, and ideally it will be addressed before I’m
termed out in November.
We are kicking off a “standing selection committee” to predictably and
consistently appoint the growing number of liaisons and review team delegates
as the GNSO expands its outreach and participates in the Empowered Community.
And Heather, Donna and I are working with Marika and her team to improve how
the Council tracks and manages its workload.
On the Policy front, expect to see important milestones in Curative Rights, RPM
Reviews, RDS/WHOIS and New gTLDs in 2017. We should also expect developments
on implementation of completed policy work associated with transfers and PPSAI.
And finally, we must preserve the role of the GNSO from encroachment by other
organizations, both inside and outside of ICANN. Some of these groups would
prefer to see policy proposals presented directly to the Board, in the form of
advice, or CCWG recommendations, or new protocol definitions. But the
development and management of policies governing gTLDs remains the sole remit
(and responsibility) of the GNSO, and it falls to us as community leaders to
continuously demonstrate how this is principle is essential to the
For 2017, my request to you is simply for more of the same: enthusiastically
contribute your ideas, speak up with your concerns, volunteer for projects and
sub-teams, keep talking to each other, and seek out ways to bridge differences.
We are not always going to agree on the issues, but we should never give up on
pragmatic solutions that can strike a compromise and advance our work. Next
year will be my last year on the Council, and I’m hoping to leave it a more
effective, efficient, and congenial organization than it was four years ago.
It’s a privilege to work with everyone here, and I’m excited for 2017. Best
regards, and Happy New Year!