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Proposed Agenda for GNSO Council Meeting 13 January 2011

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12 January 2011

Proposed Agenda for GNSO Council Meeting 13 January 2011.

This agenda was established according to the GNSO Council Operating Procedures approved 5 August 2010 for the GNSO Council.

For convenience:

  • An excerpt of the ICANN Bylaws defining the voting thresholds is provided in Appendix 1 at the end of this agenda.
  • An excerpt from the Council Operating Procedures defining the absentee voting procedures is provided in Appendix 2 at the end of this agenda.

Meeting Time 20:00 UTC

See the following and for other times:

12:00 PST; 14:00 CST; 15:00 EST; 17:00 Buenos Aires; 17:00 Brazil; 21:00 CET; 23:00 Moscow

Friday,14 January 2011
01:00 Pakistan; 04:00 Beijing; 05:00 Tokyo, 07:00 Melbourne

Dial-in numbers will be sent individually to Council members. Councilors should notify the GNSO Secretariat in advance if a dial out call is needed.

GNSO Council meeting audiocast

Item 1: Administrative matters (10 minutes)

1.1 Roll call of Council members and polling for Disclosures of Interest

  • Per the GNSO Operating Procedures, Section 5.4, we are required to poll Councilors regarding "any direct or indirect interests that may affect a Relevant Party’s judgment on an issue that is under review, consideration, or discussion" in this meeting.
    Here is the definition provided in the procedures:
  • "Disclosure of Interest: Relevant to a specific issue at a specific time. A written statement made by a Relevant Party of direct and indirect interests that may be commercial (e.g. monetary payment) or non-commercial (e.g. non-tangible benefit such as publicity, political or academic visibility) and may affect, or be perceived to affect, the Relevant Party's judgment on a specific issue."

    The main issues for this meeting are

    • Election Procedures for Council Chair & Vice Chairs
    • GNSO recommendation 6 on new gTLDs
    • .JOBS reconsideration request
    • GNSO Improvements
    • The Registrar Accreditation Agreement
    • Registration Abuse Policies
    • Joint Applicant Support
    • Consumer Choice, Competition and Innovation

1.2 Update any statements of interest

Note that a revised SoI was received from:

1.3 Review/amend agenda

1.4. Note the status of minutes for the previous Council meeting per the GNSO Operating Procedures:

Item 2: Joint Applicant Support Working Group (15 minutes)

Refer to motion deferred from previous meeting (motion 1)
Action item from previous meeting:
It was suggested that a group of volunteers, not necessarily Councillors, work on the motion and deal with the issues and submit a revised motion eight days in advance of the next Council meeting.

  • Jeff Neuman
  • Wolf-Ulrich Knoben
  • Tim Ruiz
  • Avri Doria
  • Ken Stubbs
  • Eric Brunner-Williams
  • Andrew Mack
  • Richard Tindal

2.1: Report from volunteer group - Rafik Dammak

2.2: Discussion

2.3: Vote (note that absentee voting will not be allowed for this motion)

2.4: If motion 1 fails, refer to motion 2

2.5 Discussion

2.6: Vote (note that absentee voting will not be allowed for this motion)

Item 3: Final Report on Proposals for Improvements to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (15 minutes)

Refer to motion deferred from previous meeting (motion 3)

3.1 Reading of the motion (Kristina Rosette)

3.2 Discussion

3.3 Vote (note that absentee voting will not be allowed for this motion)

Item 4: Recommendations re. Fast-Flux working Group (FFWG) (10 minutes)

Motion to end fast flux pending project and integrate into Registration Abuse Policy Working Group (RAPWG) where applicable.

4.1 Refer to motion on the implementation of the Fast Flux recommendations that were adopted by the GNSO Council on 3 September 2009 (motion 4)

4.2 Discussion

4.3 Vote (note that absentee voting will not be allowed for this motion)

4.4 Recommendations re. RAP

Refer to letter from RAP team

4.5 Refer to motion in response to the Registration Abuse Policies Working Group (RAP WG) final report.(motion 5)

4.6 Discussion

4.7 Vote (Create an Issues Report: requires an affirmative vote of more than 25% vote of each House or majority of one House)

Item 5: Status of Stakeholder Group and Constituency statements on Recommendation 6 (15 minutes)

Refer to motion passed in previous meeting

Especially resolve clause: the Council recommends that each Stakeholder Group and constituency provide feedback as soon as possible to the Council, on the CWG recommendations.

5.1 Update on Rec6 CWG (Margie Milam)

5.2 Discussion and feedback from Stakeholder Groups and constituencies

5.3 Next steps?

Item 6: Cartagena Board Resolution on Consumer Choice, Competition and Innovation (20 minutes)

Refer to Board resolution:

6.1 Briefing from Bruce Tonkin

6.2 Set up drafting team to provide requested advice

• Rosemary Sinclair has volunteered to lead
• Debbie Hughes has volunteered to participate
• Other volunteers

6.3 Discussion

6.4 Next steps?

Item 7: Board Response to reconsideration request 10-2 (.jobs reconsideration request) (20 minutes)

Refer to Board resolution:

7.1 Update from Staff on briefing paper (Kurt Pritz)

7.2 Discussion

7.3 Next steps?

Item 8: Operations Steering Committee (OSC) and Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC) and new Standing Committee (15 Minutes)

8.1 Discussion and vote on PPSC Working Group work team motion (motion 6).

8.2 Refer to motion passed in previous meeting
(Motion 6 Motion to extend the Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC) and the Operations Steering Committee (OSC)charters).

Especially resolve clauses.
RESOLVED, The Council extends the terms of the Operations Steering Committee and the Policy Process Steering Committee and their respective work teams as necessary through the ICANN public meeting in June 2011.

RESOLVED, the Council acknowledges and thanks the OSC, the PPSC and the five community work teams for their hard work; and directs each steering committee and applicable work team chair to identify for the Council any remaining targets and benchmarks for their respective work by no later than 19 January 2011, including expected deadlines for final delivery.

RESOLVED FURTHER, a drafting team shall be established no later than 19 January 2011, to draft a charter for a Standing Committee to track and coordinate implementation of those OSC, PPSC and work team recommendations already approved by the Council and adopted, as recommended by the Communications and Coordination Work Team in its final report of 9 April 2010

8.3 Establish Drafting Team (DT) for new Standing Committee

  • Volunteers?
  • DT Chair?

8.4 Updating OSC Recommendation for Proxies in the GNSO Operating Procedures

  • Bill Drake has volunteered to lead
  • Update
  • Next steps

Item 9: Other Business (10 Minutes)

9.1 Status of Vice Chair elections in the Non Contracted Party House. (Olga Cavalli)

9.2 San Francisco planning (Olga Cavalli)

Appendix 1: GNSO Council Voting Thresholds (ICANN Bylaws, Article X, Section 3)

Except as otherwise specified in these Bylaws, Annex A hereto, or the GNSO Operating Procedures, the default threshold to pass a GNSO Council motion or other voting action requires a simple majority vote of each House. The voting thresholds described below shall apply to the following GNSO actions:

  1. Create an Issues Report: requires an affirmative vote of more than 25% vote of each House or majority of one House;
  2. Initiate a Policy Development Process ("PDP") Within Scope (as described in Annex A): requires an affirmative vote of more than 33% of each House or more than 66% of one House;
  3. Initiate a PDP Not Within Scope: requires an affirmative vote of more than 75% of one House and a majority of the other House ("GNSO Supermajority");
  4. Approve a PDP Recommendation Without a GNSO Supermajority: requires an affirmative vote of a majority of each House and further requires that one GNSO Council member representative of at least 3 of the 4 Stakeholder Groups supports the Recommendation;
  5. Approve a PDP Recommendation With a GNSO Supermajority: requires an affirmative vote of a GNSO Supermajority; and
  6. Approve a PDP Recommendation Imposing New Obligations on Certain Contracting Parties: where an ICANN contract provision specifies that "a two-thirds vote of the council" demonstrates the presence of a consensus, the GNSO Supermajority vote threshold will have to be met or exceeded with respect to any contracting party affected by such contract provision.

Appendix 2: Absentee Voting Procedures (Council Operating Procedures 4.4)

Members that are absent from a meeting at the time of a vote on the following items may vote by absentee ballot:

  1. Initiate a policy development process;
  2. Forward a policy recommendation to the Board;
  3. Recommend amendments to the ICANN Bylaws;
  4. Fill a position open for election.

The GNSO Secretariat will provide reasonable means for transmitting and authenticating absentee ballots, which could include voting by telephone, e- mail, or web-based interface. Absentee ballots must be submitted within 72 hours following the start of the meeting in which a vote is initiated, except that, in exceptional circumstances announced at the time of the vote, the Chair may reduce this time to 24 hours or extend the time to 7 days. There must be a quorum for the meeting in which the vote is initiated.
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