The Public Comment: Draft Report: Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization closed on 31 July 2015. For information on the Draft Report, watch a short YouTube video and read a short Report Summary on any or all of the 36 recommendations. The Final Report was published on 15 September 2015 (along with a correction).
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider engaged Westlake Governance Limited 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 4.4(a) 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 gTLD registrars, 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.
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:
21 April 2014
Briefing with GNSO (webinar)
GNSO to identify GNSO Review Working Party
Refine examination criteria
Public announcement of independent reviewer
Start of review work
Implement 360 assessment
Summary results from 360 Assessment
Draft Report 1
Clarification and rebuttal from GNSO
Draft Report 2
Public comment period
November – January 2015
Preparation of Implementation Plan
February – March 2015
April 2015 – February 2016
Dates represent best estimates at the time the FAQs were updated and may change.
- GNSO Review 2014 360 Assessment Workspace
- GNSO Review 2014 Background Information Workspace
- GNSO Review 2014 Documents Workspace
- GNSO Review 2014 Independent Examiner Workspace
- GNSO Review 2014 Working Party Workspace
For additional information on the GNSO Review, see the revised Timeline and Key Links below.
GNSO Review Timeline:
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