The following procedure shall be used for developing written policy
The relevant Constituency working group Rapporteur will typically be responsible for preparing a first draft of a Business Constituency position or other paper and thereafter co-ordinating comments. However, any paid-up member of the Constituency is entitled to propose a position paper and, if there is sufficient support, be asked by the Officers to take on this role.
2. Consultation and approval where there is no disagreement
The draft position will be circulated for comment or posted on the web site. Members will be notified that there will be a 14 days period for comment. If no comments are received the position will be deemed approved.
3. Approval where there is initial significant disagreement
Members who seek changes to a draft should submit proposed language in writing. If there are at least 3 members who oppose a position a mechanism to discuss the issue will be provided by the Rapporteur with the assistance of the Officers. This may be an e-mail discussion, a conference call or discussion at a physical meeting. If the majority of discussion members support the draft position, the position will be deemed approved.
4. Approval where there is continued disagreement
Where the discussion mechanism indicates a split in the Constituency of more than 10% of the number of paid-up members, there will then be a vote (typically by e-mail) on the position. Only the designated representatives of members will be eligible to vote. Proxy votes are allowed subject to written notification to the secretariat by the designated representative of the member before the start of the voting period and subject to the proxy conditions of article 3.5. Only members who have settled their fees will be eligible to vote.A position paper which has the support of at least a simple majority of 51% of the eligible votes in favour will be deemed adopted by the Constituency so long as the total number of members voting represents not less than a quorum of 51% of paid-up members. Where a quorum is not reached the Officers will decide whether a re-vote, re-thinking or publication of a minority position is required and the process will then repeat as appropriate.
When a member declares themselves as speaking in the capacity of a BC member (as opposed to simply speaking for themselves), members shall remain faithful to approved positions. While fulfilling their official role, the Constituency representatives to the Names Council will be required to support such positions en bloc.
From time to time updates may be needed to position papers. The Officers at that time will appoint a Rapporteur to co-ordinate the revision and the procedure above will be followed.
Welcome to Copenhagen and ICANN 58! This meeting kicks-off what will assuredly be a busy and productive 2017. The Business Constituency (BC), per usual, remains actively involved in ICANN’s policy-making processes. Already in 2017, as of this writing, the BC has commented on four separate items affecting the ICANN community, including ICANN’s anti-harassment policy. And the BC intends to continue to be the voice of business users at ICANN throughout the year.
This year marks the first full year ICANN has been free of any U.S. government oversight and work continues in this regard, including community work on ICANN’s “transparency” and “jurisdiction,” among other subject matters. Meanwhile, vitally important policy work that occurred in 2016 continues this year, in particular that being done by Working Groups related to new gTLDs (e.g., Subsequent Procedures and Rights Protection Mechanisms) and Next Generation Registration Directory Service, carries on. The BC has a variety of its members actively advocating in these WGs and will continue to provide cogent input on an ongoing basis.
Recognizing that the internet affects business users all over the world, the BC strives to expand outreach to the broader business community. In this regard, BC representatives will be attending an outreach event at the ICANN meeting on Tuesday, March 14, during the lunch hour. The BC welcomes all business and commercial users of the Internet to join us then to learn more about what the BC does and how membership in the BC can lead to positive engagement within the broader ICANN community.
The BC is excited for 2017 and looks forward to interacting with the broader ICANN community in Copenhagen. The BC’s members take seriously the BC’s role within the ICANN community and look forward to another engaging meeting.
For more information regarding the BC, please go to our updated website at bizconst.org.
Chair, Business Constituency