The Policy Development Process is an essential part of Regional Internet Registry services. It is through this process that the creation or modification of the policies that the RIR will apply within its region is validated. In the same way that policy definition is carried out by the internet community, it is of the utmost importance that the procedure that is defined for policy development is also discussed by this community.
Based on the discussions held at LACNIC IV in Santiago, Chile, LACNIC V in Havana, Cuba, and at the Public Policy List, the following items will be put forth for their consensus at the Public Forum during the next LACNIC meeting scheduled for March 31, 2004.
Proposed LACNIC Policy Development Process
The Policy Development Process may go through the following instances:
- Public Policy List
- Chairperson of the Public Forum
- Work Groups
- Public Forum
- LACNIC Board of Directors
- Member Assembly
Public Policy List
- Completely open list.
- Formal starting point and ending point for policy discussions.
- Policy proposals may be received at any time.
- Work Groups shall only be summoned through this list.
- Every summons must be supported by at least 5 members of the Public Policy List.
- Elections for appointing the Chairperson of the Public Forum shall be summoned through this List.
- Only those issues and subjects discussed at this List two weeks in advance of the Public Forum shall be presented at said Forum for their discussion and consensus.
Chairperson of the Public Forum
Functions of the Chairperson of the Public Forum
- To conduct discussions at the Public Forum, the Public Policy List and the Policy Development Process in general.
- To evaluate and suggest consensus in policy discussions.
- To suggest the finalization of the discussion on a specific subject at the Public Policy List.
- To summon the creation of Work Groups on the Public Policy List.
About the Chairperson of the Public Forum
- The Chairperson of the Public Forum shall not be part of LACNIC's staff.
- Honorary position.
- Elected at the Public Forum. Candidacies shall be presented at the Public Policy List.
- Must be a member of LACNIC or be supported by a member of LACNIC.
- Shall hold the position for two years.
- Work Groups shall be optional. Their goal will be to facilitate the discussion of a specific subject.
- Unlimited number of participants.
- Created at the summons of the Chairperson of the Public Forum, LACNIC's Board of Directors, or the Member Assembly.
- Work Group results must be published at the Public Policy List one month before the Public Forum is held. These results shall be considered as recommendations for the Public Policy List.
- Open to any person interested in the subject matter.
- Analysis of the discussions considered at the Public Policy List.
- Decisions based on consensus. Moderated by the Chairperson of the Public Forum.
- Approved policies shall later be published at the Public Policy List for the reception of public comments during a period of 45 days.
- Policies that are not approved shall be reported at the Public Policy List for their reconsideration on the part of the Internet community.
- Opportunities will be offered for presenting subjects of interest to the Public Forum.
LACNIC Board of Directors
During its first meeting after the 45-day period established for the reception of public comments, LACNIC's Board of Directors may:
- Accept the proposal. Analyze its implementation jointly with the staff and make the corresponding announcement.
- Reject the consensus and request the Public Policy List, through the Chairperson of the Public Forum, to continue their analysis and present a new proposal at the following Public Forum.
- The Board of Directors may summon the creation of Work Groups on the Public Policy List.
- The Board of Directors will be responsible for the election process for appointing the Chairperson of the Public Forum.
- This Assembly shall have the faculty of revising the consequences of the implementation of the policies and, should the Assembly find negative elements, it may suspend its application. In this case the Assembly shall notify LACNIC's Public List, through its Board of Directors.
- It may also summon the creation of Work Groups on the Public Policy List.