[Internal-cg] Our timeline

Paul Wilson pwilson at apnic.net
Wed May 27 04:53:44 UTC 2015

Alissa, this looks like progress to me.  Just one question below.

On 22 May 2015, at 7:37, Alissa Cooper wrote:

> One item we did not discuss on the last call was our own ICG timeline 
> for finalizing the proposal. We have discussed this at various times 
> but I don’t think we have firmly settled on how much time we plan to 
> allocate for the time after we receive the CWG proposal and before we 
> submit the final combined proposal to the ICANN Board for transmission 
> to NTIA. We need not nail this down precisely, but we do need to have 
> an estimate that we can factor into our response to the letter from 
> I have re-attached to this email the latest timeline graphic, which is 
> also in Dropbox. It includes the following approximate allocations:
> *2 weeks for us to assess the CWG proposal on its own
> *3 weeks for us to assess all three proposals together and for the 
> communities to make edits if necessary

I’m not sure how the communities would “make edits” during this 
short period, or for what reason.  I suppose this is suggested in case 
of conflicts identified, where the ICG may need to request 
clarifications or modifications from the communities?  If so, then I’m 
not sure it is an “editing” process;  it may be better described as 
a process of “consultation” between the IGC and community 
representatives, to identify solutions which would be included into the 
ICG’s plan, and subject to comment in the next step.

Also I think this step is not just one of assessing the proposals, but 
it is in fact the assembly of the single ICG proposal, from those 

I would restate this step as follows:

*3 weeks for us to assemble all three proposals together into a single 
plan, in consultation with communities if necessary regarding any 
interactions or conflicts


> *4-5 weeks for public comment (realizing that if the public comment 
> period lands in August, we may want to use 5 weeks to accommodate 
> summer holidays)
> *3 weeks for us to assess the public comments, which overlaps with …
> *2 weeks for the communities to make edits if necessary
> *2 weeks to prepare the final proposal
> The total ends up being about 4 months.
> I think this is an aggressive yet doable timeline. At any step of the 
> process we could get hung up (e.g., if our assessment(s) take longer, 
> if the communities need more time, if the public comments received are 
> contradictory, etc.), but I think we can assume 4 months as an 
> estimate and explain the contingencies when we respond to NTIA. Four 
> months is also approximately the amount of time between ICANN 
> meetings, so if we receive the CWG proposal at or around the Buenos 
> Aires meeting we can aim to finish at the Dublin meeting.
> I’d like to have some discussion of this on the list and then use 
> our May 27 call to continue the discussion.
> Thanks,
> Alissa
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