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    Re: Cyber-Federalists' Noble Effort to Preserve En
    by Anonymous on Friday October 25 2002, @10:45PM (#9846)
    Michael, could you expand on this:
    (the latest move being to insert the GAC between end-users and ICANN even on at-large advisory committees!),
    I must have missed something.
    - Alexander
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      Re: Cyber-Federalists' Noble Effort to Preserve En
      by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Saturday October 26 2002, @06:22AM (#9848)
      User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
      That's how I read the following:
      II. Expert Advisory Panels

      Section 7 of the Blueprint endorsed the use within the ICANN policy-development process of Expert Advisory Panels as sources of independent expert advice on particular public policy matters that may arise. The New Bylaws recommended in the ERC’s "final" implementation report take only a first step in realizing the potential of expert input, addressing use of outside advisors in a partial way in item 10(b) of Annex A (with respect to development of policies within the GNSO). In continuing its efforts to fully implement Section 7 of the Blueprint, the ERC recognizes the benefits of establishing relationships with Expert Advisory Panels, through appropriate mechanisms within the ICANN structure, particularly those institutionally coordinated within specialized organizations, including by encouraging constructive participation by relevant multinational governmental and treaty organizations.

      In the cases where advice is sought concerning matters of public policy from Expert Advisory Panels drawn from relevant multinational governmental and treaty organizations, the ERC believes that the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) is the appropriate body to facilitate arrangements for such assistance. The GAC is the body chartered to advise ICANN on the concerns of governments, under whose auspices multinational governmental and treaty organizations operate. It is important that the scope and means of interaction between ICANN and those organizations be institutionalized in a manner that is satisfactory to governments, matching up governmental or treaty organizations with areas of expertise relevant to pertinent public policy considerations within ICANN's mission. Thus, the establishment of appropriate arrangements, including definition of scope and process, for obtaining advice from such organizations should be done in consultation with the GAC.

      Advice received from Expert Advisory Panels should be advisory and not binding, and intended to augment the record available to the Board or policy-development bodies as appropriate.

      Section 1 of Article XI-A of the proposed New Bylaws covers these concepts.

      I'd be happy to have it explained to me that I misunderstood....
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        Re: Cyber-Federalists' Noble Effort to Preserve En
        by Anonymous on Saturday October 26 2002, @10:15PM (#9850)
        I think it's a misunderstanding:
        Expert Advisory Panels are not the same thing as Advisory Committee in the ICANNology: Expert Advisory Panels would be called in for a specific issue, the At Large Advisory Committee is a standing committee. In the case that Expert Advisory Panels are drawn from treaty organizations, the GAC will tell the Board which one they might choose. The ALAC is composed of regional At Large organizations which either have At Large structures as members or directly have individual members. The GAC does not interfere with this.

        - Alexander
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