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GNSO Survey: Now Open and Available in all UN Languages! 

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GNSO Review Frequently Asked Questions have now been updated!

Background Information

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review
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The Public Comment: Draft Report: 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:

ActivityOriginally Planned DatesActual DatesRFP published22-Apr-1423-Apr-14GNSO to identify GNSO Review WP19-May-1419-May-14Start of review work23-Jun-1423-Jun-14Public announcement of Independent Examiner23-Jun-1423-Jun-14Refine examination criteriaJul-14Jul-14Launch 360 assessmentAug-14Aug-14Summary results from 360 AssessmentSep-14 Draft Report 130-Sep-14 Draft Report 231-Oct-14 Clarification and rebuttal from GNSOOctober Final Report1-Jan-15 Public comment periodNov-15 – Jan-15 Preparation of Implementation PlanFeb-15 – Mar-2015 Implement RecommendationsApr-15 – Feb-16 

Dates represent best estimates at the time of publishing.

 

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GNSO Review Frequently Asked Questions have now been updated!

Background Information

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.

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:

ActivityOriginally Planned DatesActual DatesRFP published22-Apr-1423-Apr-14GNSO to identify GNSO Review WP19-May-1419-May-14Start of review work23-Jun-1423-Jun-14Public announcement of Independent Examiner23-Jun-1423-Jun-14Refine examination criteriaJul-14Jul-14Launch 360 assessmentAug-14Aug-14Summary results from 360 AssessmentSep-14 Draft Report 130-Sep-14 Draft Report 231-Oct-14 Clarification and rebuttal from GNSOOctober Final Report1-Jan-15 Public comment periodNov-15 – Jan-15 Preparation of Implementation PlanFeb-15 – Mar-2015 Implement RecommendationsApr-15 – Feb-16 

Dates represent best estimates at the time the FAQs were updated and may change.

Key Links

For additional information on the GNSO Review, see the revised Timeline and Key Links below.

GNSO Review Timeline:

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