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[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 
multi-stakeholder model.

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!

Thanks –

James Bladel

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