[icann-see] SEEDIG association - update

Michael Oghia mike.oghia at gmail.com
Tue May 9 10:20:24 CEST 2017

Hi Sorina,

I didn't realize it (I've looked over the agenda a few times, but must have
slipped my mind). Either way, this is good news, and I look forward to the

Thanks again for all of the EC's work on this.


On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 9:25 AM, Sorina Teleanu <sorinat at diplomacy.edu>

> 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,
> Sorina
> 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
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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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