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Welcome to the Business Constituency Wiki


This is the workspace of the Commercial and Business Users Constituency (BC) with practical information for BC members. 

This space will be updated regularly by the BC Secretariat, Benedetta Rossi, with up to date information regarding news of relevance to the BC.


What is the BC?

The Business Constituency (BC) is the voice of commercial Internet users within ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is a global body with responsibility for certain policies that relate to the domain name system (DNS). Domain names are the names consumers and businesses rely upon to find websites for legitimate products and services on the Internet. 

Business users rely on a stable and secure Internet and ecommerce experience, one that serves their users and customers on a global basis. Through your participation in ICANN, and in the Business Constituency, your company will make a difference on behalf of business. 

The BC represents business of all types - multi-nationals, medium-size companies and small enterprises. One of the Constituency's strengths is its association membership - which extends BC outreach directly to over 50,000* companies and indirectly to over 1.5 million companies worldwide. Over 88% of these are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). For more information on the BC please visit the BC Web Site: www.bizconst.org


Useful Links:

Why Join the Business Constituency?
What is ICANN? 
How can I join the BC? Get your application pack here!

Contents of the BC Wiki:

Face-to-Face Meeting Materials/Information: Here
BC Newsletter October 2011: Here
BC GNSO Chart October 2011: Here
BC Members: Here
BC Executive Committee: Here

Pre-Costa Rica ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation: In order to participate, please RSVP via email to the GNSO Secretariat (gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org) to receive the call details. 

Whether you plan to participate in the upcoming ICANN meeting in Costa Rica remotely or in person, you're invited to a quick reminder of the background and current status of each major policy issue currently under discussion in ICANN.

The ICANN Policy Staff will provide a briefing on Thursday 1 March at 13.00 UTC and Thursday 1 March at 20.00 UTC,

summarizing policy issues across the different ICANN Supporting Organizations, namely the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and Address Supporting Organization (ASO). Amongst other topics, updates will be provided on:

  • Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy  
  • RAA Improvements
  • Consumer Choice, Competition and Innovation
  • Study Group on Use of Names for Countries and Territories
  • Framework of Interpretation Working Group for the delegation and re-delegation of ccTLDs
  • Joint DNS Security and Stability Analysis Working Group
  • Participation and Engagement activities in Costa Rica

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session, scheduled to run for 90 minutes, will be conducted in English only. The meeting will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you are not able to participate in either of the live sessions, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting. The policy staff is always available to answer any questions that you email to policy-staff@icann.org.

In order to participate, please RSVP via email to the GNSO Secretariat (gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org) to receive the call details. Please indicate which call you would like to join, Thursday at 13.00 UTC or Thursday at 20.00 UTC (to convert those times into your local time, see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedform.html). We will send you an e-mail reminder before the event with log-in and dial-in details. Please DO NOT RSVP to any other ICANN staff members e-mail address.


News @ the BC:

BC Conference Call Schedule for 2012

BC Officer Elections: Elections open on the 9th of Feb. 2012 and close on the 15th of Feb.


News @ ICANN

ICANN Seeks Evaluators for the Support Applicant Review Panel (SARP) - Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) 3 February 2012

Public Comment: Interim Report Significantly Interested Parties 3 February 2012* *

Pre-Costa Rica ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation 3 February 2012

Public Comment: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Policy Development Process - Recommendation 9, Part 2 Concerning a New Provision to Lock and Unlock Domain Names 23 January 2012

Public Comment: .CAT WHOIS Proposed Changes 20 January 2012* *

CEO Search Committee Announces Deadline for Submitting Applications 19 January 2012

Public Comment: Framework for the FY 13 Budget 17 January 2012* *

New gTLDs Update: Applications Accepted Today; New Guidebook Posted; Financial Assistance for Qualifying Applicants 11 January 2012

ICANN Community to Meet and Greet in Washington, D.C., January 10 9 January 2012

Join ICANN for a Discussion on the Next Big .thing New Top-Level Domains and the Expanding Global Internet 9 January 2012* *

CEO Announces ICANN Stands Ready for New gTLD Launch 6 January 2012* *

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN International Public Meeting 44 in Prague, Czech Republic 6 January 2012

Public Comment: Initial Report on Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs 6 January 2012


Comments? Suggestions? Please contact Benedetta Rossi, BC Secretariat: bc-secretariat@icann.org

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