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Date:28 June 2006
28 June 2006
Proposed agenda and meeting documents
List of attendees:
18 Council Members
Bruce Tonkin chaired this meeting
Item 1: Update any statements of interest
No updates noted
Item 2: Ratify results of Election for ICANN Board seat #14
Bruce Tonkin stated that the ICANN bylaws required the Council to ratify that the vote was conducted in accordance with the procedures of the GNSO Council and that each Council member should have checked the vote to confirm that their vote was correctly recorded and that the vote was correct.
The GNSO Council ratifies the election results for ICANN board seat number 14, and the results of that election were, Rita Rodin, 15 votes, and Philip Sheppard, 11 votes.
The motion carried with 24 votes, 3 votes absent.
Absent: Maureen Cubberley, Ute Decker, Norbert Klein (in transit at the time)
Decision1: The GNSO Council ratifies the election results for ICANN board seat number 14, and the results of that election were, Rita Rodin, 15 votes, and Philip Sheppard, 11 votes.
Government Advisory Committee (GAC) advice has been sought at an early stage on whether there are any particular types of strings, such as country name strings, that they would advise not to be used for the purposes of a new gTLD.
Item 4: Update on WHOIS policy work
An extensive amount of input was received from organizations, individual governments and from government agencies expressing concern that according to the WHOIS formulation voted on by Council,
Bruce Tonkin read a work in progress statement from a group of registrars who manage a substantial majority of WHOIS records for gTLDs.
Bruce Tonkin proposed drafting a resolution which would capture the discussion and suggestions made by the Council members.
Bruce Tonkin, seconded by Marilyn Cade proposed as a draft resolution under consideration:
In response to the extensive community and Government input on the definition of the purpose of WHOIS, the GNSO Council agrees to undertake the following steps:
One: Each Council member that voted in favour of the definition will provide a brief explanation of the reason for supporting the resolution and their understanding of its meaning.
Two: the ICANN staff will provide a summary of the other interpretations of the definition that have been expressed by the community and Governments.
Three: the Council will undertake a dialogue with the GAC and SSAC on developing a broadly understandable definition of the purposes for which the current data required in the the RAA (Registrar Accreditation Agreement) is collected.
Four: The GNSO Council requests that the WHOIS task force continue with their work as specified in the terms of reference taking into account the recent input that has been provided.
Five: The GNSO Council will take the final report from the WHOIS task force that addresses all terms of reference, and the definition of purpose of collecting data derived from the dialogue with the GAC and SSAC, and consider improving the wording of the WHOIS service definition so that it is broadly understandable.
The GNSO Council notes that the current definition is related to the service that provides public access to some or all of the data collected, and is not a definition of the purpose of the data itself.
Tony Holmes added a friendly amendment to point four:
The straw poll count was 12.
Marilyn Cade, seconded by Avri Doria proposed the following motion:
A beloved member of the Internet and ICANN family, Liz Dengate Thrush, was
Liz was a well known leader and contributor to the Internet, and many of the ICANN community knew Liz personally through her participation in ICANN's meetings, and her leadership in InternetNZ and in New Zealand. Liz was the wife of Peter Dengate Thrush, a long standing contributor and leader in the global Internet community, and in the New Zealand Internet community, and an ICANN board member.
The GNSO Council, on behalf of the GNSO, sends heartfelt condolences to Peter Dengate Thrush, to Liz's and Peter's children, Clare, Phoebe, and Henry, to the families of Liz and Peter in their tragic loss and to Liz's many loving friends, for the tragic loss of Liz and other members of their family.
The motion was unanimously accepted.
Bruce Tonkin formally closed the meeting and thanked everybody for attending.