Policy (FAQ)

What is the PDP?

PDP stands for Policy Development Process. It is a bottom-up, open and transparent process through which a proposal presented by a member of the community can become a policy and be applied by LACNIC as one of the rules under which LACNIC manages Internet resources.

More information on the PDP is available.

How is a policy developed?

The Policy Development Process (PDP) is a bottom-up process, as proposals originate in the community. Any member of the community can present a policy proposal, which will be discussed on the Public Policy Mailing List and at the Public Policy Forum. If the proposal successfully completes the Policy Development Process, it will become a policy and it will be implemented by LACNIC.

More information on the Policy Development Process.

How I can propose a policy?

You must first subscribe to the Public Policy Mailing List

What is the Public Policy Mailing List?

The Public Policy Mailing List is a public email distribution list where issues related to LACNIC policies are discussed.

You can subscribe to the Public Policy Mailing List.

For more information on the Public Policy Mailing List.

What policy proposals are currently being discussed?

A list of the policy proposals currently under discussion is available.

How are policies approved and who approves them?

Policy proposals are discussed in two different ways. First, each proposal is discussed remotely on the Public Policy List, after which it may be discussed in person during the Policy Forums that take place at LACNIC's annual events.

In order for a proposal to be presented at the Policy Forum, it must first have been discussed for at least one week on the Policy List. Once a proposal has been discussed for at least eight weeks and has been presented at the Policy Forum, the chairs decide whether it has reached consensus. If the proposal reaches consensus, it enters a four-week last call for comments period. After this last call for comments, the chairs once again decide whether the proposal has reached consensus and, if so, the proposal must be ratified by the LACNIC Board so that it can become a policy and be implemented.

What is a Policy Forum Chair and what are their functions?

There are two Policy Forum Chairs. These chairs are members of the community who moderate the discussions related to policies, both on the Public Policy Mailing List as well as during the Public Policy Forum.

Chairs have the following functions:

  1. To lead and prepare Public Policy Forum discussions. Discussions shall be conducted by one of the two chairs, who may alternate in this function during the course of the event.
  2. To lead the Public Policy Mailing List and the Policy Development Process in general.
  3. To evaluate and suggest minor changes to the texts proposed during the Public Policy Forum before the corresponding call for consensus.
  4. To evaluate and suggest consensus in policy discussions.
  5. To suggest the finalization of the discussions on a specific issue on the Public Policy Mailing List.
  6. To decide to abandon a policy.
  7. To summon the creation of Working Groups on the Public Policy Mailing List.
  8. To receive comments from LACNIC's Staff in relation to different aspects of a policy proposal. These comments may include, among others, comments on the wording, cost of implementing a proposal, legal aspects, and the location of a proposal within LACNIC's policy document.

How can I subscribe to the Public Policy Mailing List?

You can subscribe to the Public Policy Mailing List.

How can I run for Policy Forum Chair?

Calls for nominations for Policy Forum Chair are made on the Public Policy Mailing List, so it is advisable to subscribe to this list. These calls are made â??â??approximately two months before the Public Policy Forum during which the term of one of the chairs is to expire.

Candidates must be members of LACNIC or be nominated by a member of LACNIC. Nominations or self-nominations must follow the instructions specified in the call for candidates.

More information on the election of Public Policy Forum Chairs can be found in section 2.2.3 of the PDP.

How can I express my agreement or disagreement with a policy proposal?

There are various ways in which you can participate in the discussion of a policy proposal. In the proposal's first stage, you can participate in the discussion that occurs on the Public Policy Mailing List. To do so you must first subscribe to the list.

The next discussion stage takes place during the Public Policy Forum, where you can join the discussion in person or remotely via chat.

Finally, there is a last call for comments period during which final comments on the proposal are received. These comments are received through the Public Policy Mailing List.

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