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GNSO Review: Important Dates (updated 16 Dec)

Working text for Staff preparation19 December 2014

Working text for the GNSO Review Working Party and Staff for clarification and comments (distributed and posted on the wiki)

2 January 2015

GNSO Review Working Party working session #1 – Westlake Briefing

16 January, 18:00-20:00 UTC

GNSO Review Working Party working session #2 – discussion, Q&A

22 January, 18:00-20:00 UTC

Consolidated comments on Working Text due to Westlake from GNSO Review Working Party and Staff

30 January

Updates and discussions during ICANN52

8-12 February; public session date TBD

Draft Report delivered by Westlake

20 February

Draft Report posted for public comment

27 February

Public Comment period (42 days)

27 February – 10 April

Final Report

30 April (tentative, depending on volume and nature of public comments)



GNSO Review Statistics

360 Assessment:


-- Main survey

152 completed responses


(250 started)

-- Supplementary survey (WG)

26 completed responses


(50 started)


178 completed responses


60% completion rate



GNSO Review Working Party meetings:




-- Announcements page views


--Blog page views




-- Webinars


-- Update presentations


-- Blogs


-- Videos


-- FAQ Brochures and Post cards distributed


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.


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