Generic Names Supporting Organization

  • Launch of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

    On 19 July 2018, the GNSO Council initiated the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. Read the ICANN Org announcement and GNSO Chair's blog for more details.

  • GNSO Council Leadership Discuss the Policy Forum and GDPR

    The GNSO Council Leadership talk about the GNSO's work at ICANN62 relating to European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While the GNSO Council did not vote on the Initiation Request and Charter for an Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) to respond to the Temporary Specification adopted by the ICANN Board, the progress made was cause for optimism. The GNSO Council has also agreed to an aggressive timeline to complete this work. The Call for Expressions of Interest for Chair of the EPDP will close on 13 July 14:00 UTC.

  • New GNSO Policy Briefing Published

    The GNSO Policy Briefing is produced by ICANN's Policy staff supporting the GNSO. It is drafted specifically in preparation for ICANN meetings to provide the Community with concise background information on all relevant GNSO policy efforts.

  • New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Update

    Steve Chan, ICANN Policy Director interviews Jeff Neuman and Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Subsequent Procedures PDP Co-Chairs about the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. They discussed the PDP Initial Report and the next steps.

  • The GNSO's New Motto: Be prepared!

    Read the blog from GNSO Chair Heather Forest to learn about the GNSO Council pilot Strategic Planning Session, as well as priorities for 2018!

  • New Policy Development Process Updates Published

    The Policy Development Process (PDP) Updates provides handy one-page overviews of all the GNSO’s PDPs that are currently underway. You can download individual updates or a collated version of all updates.

  • Enroll for Free in New GNSO Online Course

    As part of the ICANN Learn platform, a new GNSO course is now available. The course is aimed mostly at newcomers but also serves veterans to refresh their knowledge. Topics covered include: 'The GNSO Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies', the GNSO's Policy Development Process, and 'How to keep up-to-date with the GNSO'.


Date Meeting Time
20 July Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms PDP (RPMs) Sub team for Data 16:00 UTC
25 July New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Sub Team - Track 5 - Geographic Names at the Top Level 05:00 UTC
26 July GNSO Review Working Group 13:00 UTC
26 July IGO-INGO Protections in all gTLDs PDP Working Group on Red Cross Names 14:00 UTC
26 July CCWG New gTLD Auction Proceeds 14:00 UTC
31 July New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Working Group 03:00 UTC
2 August IGO-INGO Protections in all gTLDs PDP Working Group on Red Cross Names 14:00 UTC
6 August Motions and Documents Due for GNSO Council Meeting 16 August  
16 August GNSO Council Meeting 21:00 UTC
17 September Motions and Documents Due for GNSO Council Meeting 27 September