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[bc-gnso] ANNOUNCEMENT: ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs

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  • Subject: [bc-gnso] ANNOUNCEMENT: ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs
  • From: Marilyn Cade <marilynscade@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:41:40 -0500

We have all been waiting for information on when the intercessional meeting 
between Board and GAC regarding new gTLDs would take place.  For some time, 
wehave been hearing Brussels as location/and end of February as date. 
I am forwarding the very recent announcement that was posted to the ICANN site 
over the week-end and forwarded to constituency chairs, announcing the 
dates/location, and process for the resolution of outstanding issues that the 
GAC has identified with the new gTLD process.  While only GAC and Board or 
invited experts will participate, the meeting will be open, scribed, and 
 The BC's stated areas of outstanding concerns, as provided in BC's most recent 
submissions are the basis of BC public views/positions.   Please note that 
there is a commitment to publish papers prior to the meeting. Earlier, the GAC 
indicted informally they would provide  their 'checklist' of topics where they 
consider their concerns/advice have not been addressed.
With these documents in mind,  Steve DelBianco, as BC Vice Chair, Policy 
Coordination, may be proposing further discussion of the BC's priorities, and 
the   GAC's and ICANN's perspectives. 
We can discuss that during our next BC members call, which will be scheduled 
shortly to give an opportunity to preview the GNSO Council Agenda [sent 
separately to the BC list]. 

The link, and the text for anyone reading on a hand held device, is pasted 
Best Regards
Marilyn CadeBC 
 http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm ICANN's 
Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs

 21 January 2011
 During the recent ICANN meeting in Cartagena, the ICANN Board of Directors and 
Governmental Advisory Committee agreed to meet at some time prior to the 
upcoming Silicon Valley/San Francisco meeting in order to devote significant 
time in the interest of resolving the outstanding issues the GAC has identified 
with the new gTLD process.

 Planning for that meeting has occurred and the Board and the GAC have agreed 
to meet on 28 February and 1 March 2011, in Brussels, at the Square Brussels 
Meeting Centre, Mont des Arts - Kunstberg, Brussels.
 The purpose of the meeting is to:
 1. Identify the specific differences between Governmental Advisory Committee 
("GAC") advice and the current implementation of the GNSO New gTLD Policy 
recommendations embodied in the Applicant Guidebook.
 2. Through discussion among Board and GAC members, either:
 a. arrive at an agreed upon resolution of those differences, or
b. for those issues not resolved, identify what differences remain. This 
meeting is not intended to address the requirements/steps outlined in the 
Bylaws mandated Board-GAC consultation process

The meeting will be open, scribed and streamed live over the Internet. Only GAC 
members, ICANN Board members, select ICANN staff members and subject matter 
experts will participate in the discussion, whether in person or remotely. It 
will be possible for interested parties to attend and observe proceedings.  
Remote participation facilities will also be made available. 

 Papers to inform the discussions will be published prior to the meeting. 
Details of the agenda and logistics will be made available closer to the 
 ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) plays a key role within ICANN, 
particularly with regard to providing advice to the Board on public policy 
issues. The GAC has been actively involved in the discussions on the 
introduction of new gTLDs and has regularly provided advice to the ICANN Board 
on a number of issues, which the Board has sought to address. The most recent 
GAC communiqué [PDF, 45 KB] identified a number of issues associated with the 
introduction of new gTLDs that the GAC considers outstanding, or unresolved to 
the GAC's satisfaction.
 The new gTLD program has its origins in carefully deliberated policy 
development work by the ICANN community. In October 2007, following more than 
18 months of community discussions, the GNSO formally completed its policy 
development work on new gTLDS and approved a set of 19 policy recommendations. 
In June 2008, ICANN's Board of Directors adopted the policy recommendations and 
directed staff to commence work on an implementation plan.
 The first version of the Applicant Guidebook was posted for public comment on 
1 October 2008, and since that time a further four versions have followed with 
the most recent, the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook published on 10 
November 2010. Each version has been revised as a result of comments received 
via the respective public comment fora. The ICANN meeting in Cartagena provided 
the platform for discussion of the latest version, and provided an opportunity 
for the Board to hear first hand, the community's views.


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