GNSO Working Session Sunday 24 June 

Congress III

7:30 - 9:30 CSG Closed Meeting

8:00- 9:00

Standing Committee on GNSO  Improvement Implementation (SCI), face-to-face meeting

What is it about: The SCI is responsible for reviewing and assessing the effective functioning of recommendations resulted from the GNSO improvements process

Background information: The present SCI agenda deals with the following items:

  • GNSO council consent agenda,
  • Proxy Voting,
  • Deferral of motions,
  • Voting threshold rules for delaying a PDP,
  • Council Voting Thresholds Table

Presenters: Wolf-Ulrich Knoben

Session Leader: Wolf-Ulrich Knoben


9:00 - 9:30SSAC Briefing to the GNSO Council

What is it about:  A brief update by the SSAC Chair and Vice-Chair to the GNSO Council on the activities of the SSAC

Background information:  The SSAC strives to meet with interested Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees during the ICANN meetings.  The purpose of the meetings is to provide a brief update on the recent activities of the SSAC, to highlight recently published reports, and to discuss issues of common interest.

Presenters: Patrik Faltstrom and Jim Galvin

Session Leader: Julie Hedlund
9:30 - 10:30ICANN Bd Prep/ cCNSO
10:30 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 11:30

New TLD Issues - Kurt Pritz

  1. Update/Process for reconfiguring the URS
  2. Status of Trademark Clearinghouse Implementation
  3. Policies and Process for handling excess funds
  4. Update on financial support/JAS for new gTLD applications
  5. Update on Timelines and ICANN readiness for launch of new gTLDs

Presenter: Kurt Pritz

Session Leader: Stéphane van Gelder

11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:00Lunch / Complete Bd Prep

Lunch will be served in Atrium - Lobby level

1:00 - 1:30


Suggested Topics/Questions for Discussions

From the ICANN Board – for discussion with all community groups where appropriate:

  • RAA Negotiations
  • WHOIS report - in particular what aspect they think should be subject to policy work within the GNSO versus left to staff to implement (question for GNSO council, 4 stakeholder groups and At Large).
  • Batching – what are you views on having a single batch and do you believe there is anything approaching consensus? What is the acceptable time frame in which to do a single batch? If there is to be batching do you believe there is consensus that a method other than DA should be used.
  • Budget and Ops plan cycle -


BOARD with GNSO Council – Sunday – 24 June – 1:00pm-2:00pm – Congress III

  • From the GNSO Council:
    • Specific discussions with the Board regarding the newly-established New gTLD Committee and how does it function. How can GNSO help / liaise with this committee and collaborate?
    • How ICANN's communication could be improved in the light of Fridays, URS and the TAS Glitch? How can the GNSO Council help? (Led by John).
    • We have concerns that the GNSO Council is bypassed by the Board on issues of concerns and serious importance to the community such as IOC/RC, URS and Digital Archery. This is one of our strategic priorities (engaging in these processes with the Board). (Led by Thomas).
    • Another one of our priorities is transparency as well as effective communication. What decisions are being contemplated by the Board, perhaps further changes in the public meeting or new programs and budget allocations, where the GNSO Council can offer advance perspective?
    • Regarding the just established New gTLD Committee, the change in leadership of the program inside ICANN and what we know now about the size and scope of new domain name extensions, how will the energy of this specific program affect the organization, profile and approach of ICANN overall?
    • ICANN will undergo a phase with both an interim CEO as well as an interim new gTLD Program manager. How will you ensure that ICANN will be fully functional and driving current projects during that phase? The GNSO Council would be happy to work more closely with the Board, CEO and new gTLD Program manager on policy related topics in order to secure community support.

 Session Leader: Stéphane van Gelder

1:30 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:30
2:30 - 3:00 - Break
3:00 - 3:45Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part C Policy Development Process Working Group (IRTP Part C PDP WG) – Presentation of Initial Report

(45 minutes)
What is it about: Status update on the activities of the IRTP Part C WG, including presentation of its Initial Report

Background information: The IRTP Part C PDP Working Group was tasked to address three charter questions relating to: a) change of control, b) time-limiting FOAs, and c) IANA Ids. The WG has now published its Initial Report and a public comment forum has been opened in conjunction (see for further details). 

Presenters: James Bladel, Co-Chair of the IRTP Part C WG

Session Leader:

3:45 - 4:00

Locking of a Domain Name Subject to UDRP Proceedings PDP Working Group – Status Update (15 minutes)

What is it about: Status update on the activities of the Locking of a Domain Name Subject to UDRP Proceedings PDP Working Group

Background information: This PDP WG is tasked to address the locking of a domain name subject to Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings. For further information, please see     

Presenters: Michele Neylon, Chair and Alan Greenberg, Vice-Chair of the WG

Session Leader:

4:00 - 4:30
  •  IDN Variant TLDs Program Update

What is it about:     

  • Presentation of the IDN Variant Program Overview
  • Presentation of projects within the program to be completed in 2012/13
  • Presentation of the general issues the team is dealing with

Background information:

  • IDN Variant Issues Project to facilitate the development of workable approaches to the deployment of IDN TLDs containing variant characters.
  • Initiated by a decision of the ICANN Board of Directors in 2010
  • Script case study teams developed issues reports
  • Integrated issues report completed Feb 2012 
Presenters:             Dennis Jennings
Session Leader:     Dennis Jennings
4:30 - 5:30

GNSO Outreach - further development and next steps

What is it about:    The Council has considered motions on this recently; no agreement has been found. As the original request to work on a set of recommendations on a global GNSO outreach program came from the ICANN Board, the Council leadership feels an answer should be provided.

Background information:    As part of the GNSO improvements, the Operations Steering Committee (OSC) sent to Council recommendations for a Global Outreach Program and Outreach Task Force (OTF). The OTF Drafting Team presented a draft charter to the GNSO council for approval. This motion as well as an alternative one have been defeated.

This debate touches the question whether the responsibility of setting guidelines for outreach lies in the scope of the OTF rather than it should be in scope of the Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies.

It will also be driven by the ICANN staff initiative for an Outreach Dialogue in Prague.

Presenter: Wolf-Ulrich Knoben

Session Leader: Wolf-Ulrich Knoben

5:30 - 6:00Discussion with new ICANN CEO - CANCELLED



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