Public Comment is a vital part of our multistakeholder model. It provides a mechanism for stakeholders to have their opinions and recommendations formally and publicly documented. It is an opportunity for the ICANN community to effect change and improve policies and operations.
The RySG cannot support the Pilot Holistic Review Terms of Reference until fundamental concerns are first addressed by the ICANN Board and staff. The RySG believes that the proposed approach is anything but clear. We do not understand the motivations of the ICANN Board and staff for apparently glossing over important procedural steps for such potentially impactful policy work.
The RySG notes that moving directly to a pilot from a recommendation, with obvious significant open questions, is not transparent, efficient, nor ultimately effective. The RySG recommends a 3-phased process of first clarifying the scope for the review, second agreeing on the approach to a pilot, and third conducting the pilot.
Likewise, we are concerned that the current proposal, if pursued without clarification and due process, would be at risk of undermining the transparency and accountability values that should be at the core of ICANN’s bottom-up, multi-stakeholder process.