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GNSO Review Frequently Asked Questions have now been translated into all UN Languages!

Background Information

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.

As part of ICANN's ongoing commitment to its evolution and improvement, Article IV – Section 4 of ICANN's Bylaws contains provisions for "periodic review of the performance and operation of each Supporting Organization, each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee."

These periodic reviews present ICANN structures with opportunities for continuous improvement through consistent application of compliance review principles to objectively measure performance relative to specific and quantifiable criteria developed by ICANN based on the unique nature of its structures. The resulting implementation of improvements and the systematic means of measuring performance and validating effectiveness of implementation are of utmost importance to the ongoing legitimacy of ICANN.

The GNSO is the policy-making body responsible for generic Top-Level Domains, such as .COM, .NET, and .ORG. Its members include representatives from generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) registries, gTLDregistrars, intellectual property interest, Internet service providers, businesses and non-commercial interests. The GNSO strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition.

Key Milestones

Given the significant increases in the number and nature of the generic Top Level Domains resulting from the recent launch of the New gTLD Program, the upcoming review of the GNSO is of critical importance to theICANN community. ICANN is planning to start the review on 1 July 2014, with an anticipated duration of 6 months. The primary schedule is as follows:

ACTIVITY

Activity

DATES

ProposedDates

RFP published

21 April 2014

Briefing with GNSO (webinar)

7 May

at 13:00 UTC

GNSO to identify GNSO Review Working Party

14

19 May

2014

Refine examination criteria

30 May 2014

July

Implement 360 assessment

15 June 2014

July

Board appointment of independent reviewer

26 June

2014

Start of review work

1 July

2014

Summary results from 360 Assessment

30 July 2014

August

Draft Report 1

30 September

2014

Clarification and rebuttal from GNSO

11-12

October

2014

Draft Report 2

31 October

2014

Public comment period

1

November

2014

5

January 2015

Final Report

15

January 2015

Preparation of Implementation Plan

16

January –

20

February

Implement Recommendations

1 March 2015 –

28

February 2016

 

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