One of the ways to affect ICANN policy on domain names is to participate in working groups. There are working groups covering many issues, for example, the rules under which someone can transfer their domain registration, to ways of protecting (or jeopardizing) privacy with Whois (Service providing records containing registration information about registered domain names) or even the rules for the next round of new gTLD applications. While dotgay LLC supports work in all of the critical working groups, the gay community would benefit greatly from more participation by members of our community.
While all GNSO working groups are open to the whole community, sometimes the workings of a working group are very hard to understand. ICANN has been initiating various educational programs to make involvement in the ICANN policy process more accessible.
One excellent introduction to the working group process (still a pilot) was presented on Monday 17 Dec, 2013
GNSO Working Groups — Newcomer Open House
ISPCP member Mikey O’Connor moderated a pilot session of a webinar intended to provide orientation, information and resources to members of the GNSO community who are joining a GNSO PDP Working Group for the first time.
Here’s a link to the slide deck that was presented — this PDF contains a wealth of links to written resources for working-group participants.
Here are links to recordings of the session.
Introduction, Tips and Tricks, Session Goals and Overview, Resources
In which you will; experience how we start up every working-group call, get an introduction to some tips and tricks of the Adobe room that we use, be introduced to the ICANN policy staff, get an overview of goals and topics of the session and get your first set of helpful links.
https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p29xh8ldqb4/ (20 minutes)
Consensus Policy and the “Picket Fence”
This is a discussion of the relationship between the GNSO consensus policy-making process and the contracts that bind Registries, Registrars and ICANN together.
https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p6f5tyvjmma/ (7 minutes)
The GNSO Policy Development Process
An overview of the whole Policy Development Process (PDP). This section quickly introduces you to all of the steps of the PDP; requesting an Issue Report, launching a Working Group, moving that work through the approval process, implementation into policy.
https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p64j05q58kx/ (11 minutes) – Presentation
https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p9fzftl3rar/ (12 minutes) – Questions and Answers
PDP Working Group Guidelines
A brief introduction to the documentation that describes the PDP work processes, rules and responsibilities. Special attention is paid to a discussion of the Standard Methodology for Making Decisions (also known as the level of consensus).
https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p8qtevealwa/ (7 minutes)
Question and Answer Session
A brief Q&A session that focused on the social media aspects of working groups.
https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p2lml89ip4g/ (3 minutes)