[icann-see] SEEDIG association - update

Michael Oghia mike.oghia at gmail.com
Tue May 9 07:38:18 CEST 2017

Dear Sorina, all:

Thank you very much for this update. I appreciate the emphasis on
transparency and disclosure, and support the rationale and process
described in this message. Specifically, working with the EuroDIG
Secretariate for this meeting, and making the association a
community-driven one.

Might I suggest, as you alluded to, that we include time for a discussion
about this at some point during the SEEDIG program? It does not need to be
long, but merely 5-10 minutes to update those individuals attending in
person or remotely, describe the way forward, and gather any additional
feedback/answer any questions that arise.


Michael J. Oghia
EuroDIG 2017 focal point (WS 11 <http://eurodigwiki.org/wiki/WS_11_2017>)
Independent #netgov consultant & editor

Belgrade, Serbia
Skype: mikeoghia
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On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM, Sorina Teleanu <sorinat at diplomacy.edu>

> Dear all,
> We are writing to you with few updates regarding the plans for the
> creation of a SEEDIG legal structure/association.
> We have previously asked for your agreement with a two-step process for
> the creation of a legal structure: (1) the setting-up of an association
> composed of members of the SEEDIG executive committee, with a light
> statute, for the purpose of facilitating the preparations for the Ohrid
> meeting; and (2) parallel work on a more comprehensive statute for an
> association 2.0, with open membership, and clear rules and principles on
> issues such as governing bodies, working methods, etc.
> Over the past weeks, however, we have given more consideration to the
> aforementioned process. And we are of the view that it would be wiser to
> only proceed with a SEEDIG legal structure which has open membership and
> clear rules, principles, and governing bodies from the outset. We think it
> is important for the credibility and sustainability of SEEDIG if a legal
> structure is created only after the community agrees on the key elements on
> the basis of which this structure would function.
> As such, we are putting on hold the creation of a SEEDIG association,
> until such time when the community defines and agrees on the statute that
> will govern this association. As we are now on the last mile of
> preparations for the Ohrid meeting, and there is a lot of work to be done
> in the upcoming days, our suggestion is that we give priority to these
> preparations for the time being. And that we resume the discussions on all
> aspects related to a SEEDIG association (statute, including governing
> bodies, rules and principles, jurisdiction, etc.) at the Ohrid meeting, and
> continue them after.
> With regard to the legal and financial aspects of the SEEDIG 2017
> preparations, the EuroDIG Secretariat has kindly offered to assist in this
> matter. We have discussed with our sponsors, and they have agreed to
> channel their contributions to SEEDIG through EuroDIG. The SEEDIG executive
> committee will still decide on how the funds will be used, but the
> collection of funds and the necessary payments will be made through
> EuroDIG. While thanking EuroDIG and our sponsors for agreeing on this
> approach, we would also like to clarify the fact that this is only a
> temporary solution, and only for the Ohrid meeting.
> We trust that you will find the approaches above reasonable.
> Thank you.
> Best regards,
> SEEDIG executive committee
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