[icann-see] SEEDIG association - update

Sorina Teleanu sorinat at diplomacy.edu
Tue May 9 09:25:16 CEST 2017

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your feedback.

With regard to having a dedicated slot in the SEEDIG meeting programme for
a discussion on the association, kindly note that there is already such a
slot, at the end of the first day (24 May).

Best regards,


On 9 May 2017 at 07:38, Michael Oghia <mike.oghia at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Best,
> -Michael
> __________________
> Michael J. Oghia
> EuroDIG 2017 focal point (WS 11 <http://eurodigwiki.org/wiki/WS_11_2017>)
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> On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM, Sorina Teleanu <sorinat at diplomacy.edu>
> wrote:
>> 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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