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The timing of GNSO Review activities has been adjusted to offer the GNSO community and leadership sufficient time to participate and provide their views.

Activities and Milestones


Provide update to the Structural Improvements Committee

6 February,  2015

GNSO Review Working Party  Meeting at ICANN52:
Westlake (independent examiner) briefing and presentation of Working Text

11 February  10:30 am – Noon, SGT

(Room: Butterworth)

GNSO Review Working Party working session discussion,

Q&A with Westlake

3 March  20 UTC (tentative)

Deliver consolidated comments on Working Text to Westlake

20 March

Provide update to the Structural Improvements Committee – Draft Report

21 April

Draft Report from Westlake posted for Public Comment

23 April - 4 June

Community review of Report of Public Comments Received

12 June – 7 July

Provide update to the Structural Improvements Committee – Draft Report and Public Comments

19 June


21 – 26 June

Final Report from Westlake distributed to the GNSO Review Working Party and the Structural Improvements Committee

14 July

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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