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[sig-policy] New version: prop-108-v002: Suggested changes to the APNIC Policy Development Process



#I'm sending this e-mail instead of Chair, Andy Linton.

Dear SIG members

A new version of the proposal "prop-108: Suggested changes to the
APNIC Policy Development Process" has been sent to the Policy SIG for
review.

Information about earlier versions is available from:


You are encouraged you to express your views on the proposal:

- Do you support or oppose this proposal? 
- Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear? 
- What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more effective?

Regards,

Andy and Masato


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prop-108-v001: Suggested changes to the APNIC Policy Development Process

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Proposers:     Dean Pemberton <dean@internetnz.net.nz>
               Izumi Okutani <izumi@nic.ad.jp>


1.  Introduction
----------------

At APNIC 35 in Singapore, Policy-SIG co-chair Masato Yamanishi delivered
a presentation [PSIG35-1] outlining a number of inconsistencies or areas
of sub-optimisation within the documentation governing the current APNIC
Policy Development Process.  This policy proposal outlines one part of
the
documentation that are inconsistent or do not match with the reality
of how the process is implemented.  It also describes the problem and
seeks to offer ways to change the required documentation to 
optimise
the APNIC PDP in these areas in collaboration with the community.


2.  Problem Statement
---------------------

Yamanishi-san highlighted a number of inconsistencies in his
presentation.  This proposal seeks to address one of these issues.

The relevant steps in the PDP [APNICPDP-1] to be addressed in this 
proposal are presented below for reference purposes:


  - Step 3 
    Discussion after the OPM Proposals that have reached consensus at 
    the OPM will be circulated on the appropriate SIG mailing list for a 
    period of eight weeks. This is known as the "comment period".


.  The length of the required comment period for successful policy 
   proposals after the AMM
   ---------------------------------------------------------------

   As above Section 4 of APNIC PDP document requires that “Proposals
   that have reached consensus at the OPM will be circulated on the
   appropriate SIG mailing list for a period of eight weeks. This is
   known as the "comment period".

   In practice, once a proposal has been through discussion on the
   mailing list, been presented an OPM for further discussion, and
   successfully demonstrated consensus of the community, there are
   little or no comments generated within the eight week subsequent
   comment period. Most concerns are raised within two weeks after the
   call for final comments.  It should also be noted that there has not
   been a case where a new opinion raised more than four weeks after the
   call for final comments. Chairs should be able to judge whether there
   are substantial concerns for the consensus within a shorter period.

   Eight weeks is a significant amount of time to allow for additional
   comments after a policy proposal has gained consensus at the OPM.  It
   is in fact longer than the entire discussion period under which the
   proposal was presented.

   At present all the 8 week comment period serves to do is
   significantly delay the implementation of policy which been
   demonstrated to have the consensus of the community.


3. Objective of Policy Change
---------------------------

To optimise and/or disambiguate procedures carried out under the current
APNIC PDP.


4. Proposed Policy Solution
---------------------------

This section will propose a change which seeks to resolve the problem
outlined above.


.  The length of the required comment period for successful policy
   proposals after the AMM
   ---------------------------------------------------------------

   In order to allow for the shortening of this period, Step 3 of the 
   PDP should be replaced with:

   --------[APNICPDP-1]--------

   Proposals that have reached consensus at the OPM will be circulated on
the appropriate SIG mailing list for a period, the duration of which
will not be shorter than four weeks but no longer than eight weeks.  The
decision to extend more than four weeks, including the duration of
  
the extension will be determined at the sole discretion of the Chair.  

  This is known as the "comment period".

   --------[APNICPDP-1]--------


5.  Pros/Cons
-------------

Advantages:

   The changes outlined above will ensure that the APNIC PDP is kept 
   inline with best current practice of the operation of the SIGs

Disadvantages:

   None at present


6.  Impact on APNIC
-------------------

These changes will ensure that the development of policy within APNIC
continues to occur in a standardised, consistent framework.


7.  References
------------------

[APNICPDP-1] APNIC policy development process - 19 February 2004

[PSIG35-1] Yamanishi, M., “APNIC35 Policy-SIG Informational: Questions
for Clarification in the APNIC PDP”, APNIC 35, Singapore, 28 February
2013.  Accessed from
-points-in-pdp-2013027_1361972669.pdf