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Final Proposed Agenda 15 March 2017

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Please note that all documents referenced in the agenda have been gathered on a Wiki page for convenience and easier access:

This agenda was established according to the GNSO Operating Procedures v3.2, updated on 01 September 2016.

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.

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Item 1. Administrative Matters (5 mins)

1.1 - Roll Call

1.2 - Updates to Statements of Interest

1.3 - Review / Amend Agenda

1.4 - Note the status of minutes for the previous Council meetings per the GNSO Operating Procedures:

Minutes of the meeting of the GNSO Council on 19 January 2017, posted on 10 February 2017.

Minutes of the meeting of the GNSO Council on 16 February 2017, posted on 8 March 2017.

Item 2. Opening Remarks / Review of Projects & Action List (10 mins)

2.1 - Review focus areas and provide updates on specific key themes / topics, to include review of Projects List and Action Item List

Item 3. Consent Agenda (10 mins)

3.1 – Confirmation of GNSO Co-Chair for the Cross Community Working Group on New gTLD Auction Proceeds

In November 2016, the GNSO Council had approved the Charter for the new Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) on New gTLD Auction Proceeds and appointed Jonathan Robinson as the GNSO co-chair to the group in December 2016 ( On 9 February 2017, Jonathan Robinson informed the CCWG and the Council that he will be stepping down as GNSO co-chair, and requested that the Council appoint a successor as soon as is reasonably possible ( As directed by the Council following its meeting on 16 February, staff issued a Call for Volunteers on 1 March ( Councilor Erika Mann responded to the Call and volunteered her services ( Here the Council will discuss and, if appropriate, approve Erika's candidacy for appointment as the new GNSO co-chair to this CCWG.

Item 4. COUNCIL VOTE – Approval of Charter for a New GNSO Standing Selection Committee (15 minutes)

On 13 December 2016, Councilors Susan Kawaguchi and Ed Morris circulated for the Council's consideration a draft document proposing a set of criteria and a uniform process for the selection of GNSO representatives to future Review Teams, including for the various reviews mandated by the ICANN Bylaws, and other ICANN structures for which the GNSO will need to appoint, nominate or endorse candidates ( Following further work on the draft document by Susan, Ed and the Council leadership, a proposed Charter to create a GNSO Standing Selection Committee that will conduct future selections based on agreed, uniform criteria and a documented process was circulated to the Council on 6 February 2017 ( and discussed at the Council meeting on 16 February. An updated version of the Charter has been posted here: Here the Council is expected to complete its discussions on the remaining open items regarding the draft Charter, and vote on a motion to create the new GNSO Standing Selection Committee.

If the new Committee is established, its initial tasks are expected to include proposing a slate of GNSO nominees for the upcoming Registration Directory Services and Accountability and Transparency Review Teams, as well as possibly assisting with the proposed establishment of a Standing Panel for Independent Review Processes (see Agenda Item 6, below).

4.1 – Presentation of motion (James Bladel)

4.2 – Council and community discussion

4.3 – Council vote (voting threshold: simple majority)

Item 5. COUNCIL DISCUSSION – Updated Charter for the Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance (20 minutes)

At its Public Meeting at ICANN57 in Hyderabad, India, on 7 November 2016, the GNSO Council had approved a motion conditioning the future participation of the GNSO as a Chartering Organization of the CCWG on Internet Governance (CCWG-IG) upon a comprehensive review of the group's Charter by the CCWG-IG, in accordance with the Framework of Uniform Principles for CCWGs that had been adopted recently by the ccNSO and GNSO Councils ( In its resolution, the GNSO Council had noted that the CCWG-IG's future work is expected to be subject to a clear work plan, with regular updates and clear deliverables, and had requested that, by ICANN58, the CCWG-IG was to report on its findings, which report may include a revised charter or a recommendation to reconstitute the group under a new structure ( - 20161107-3). The GNSO Council received note of the findings ( on the 10th March 2017 (

Here the Council will receive an update and report from the CCWG-IG co-chairs, and discuss next steps in relation to the GNSO's continued participation as a Chartering Organization of this CCWG.

5.1 – Update and report (CCWG-IG co-chairs)

5.2 – Council and community discussion

5.3 – Next steps

Item 6. COUNCIL DISCUSSION – Activities of the CCWG-Accountability Independent Review Process Implementation Oversight Team (15 minutes)

On 28 February 2017, the Independent Review Process Implementation Oversight Team (IRP IOT) of the ongoing CCWG-Accountability informed all ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/ACs) that SO/ACs will shortly be expected to work with ICANN to establish a Standing Panel for future IRPs brought under the revised ICANN Bylaws ( HYPERLINK "" . This is a four-step process that needs to be completed in order for the newly-constituted IRP under the revised ICANN Bylaws to be used. Here the Council will receive an update from the GNSO's participants in the IRP IOT, and discuss next steps in relation to this request and any additional actions that are expected to be forthcoming in the near term for the GNSO Council and community.

6.1 – Update and report (CCWG-Accountability IRT IOT representatives) 

6.2 – Council and community discussion

6.3 – Next steps

Item 7: COUNCIL DISCUSSION – Proposed Council Request in relation to Letter from Thick WHOIS Implementation Review Team (10 minutes)

On 15 December 2016, the Thick WHOIS Implementation Review Team (IRT) sent a letter to the GNSO Council describing a number of privacy law developments and how the IRT has considered them (see The letter noted that the IRT's implementation plan has been published for public comment (see and that the IRT does not currently expect the developments in question to affect the timeline for transition to thick WHOIS. The Council discussed the letter at its meeting on 19 January 2017, at which Councilors Erika Mann and Michele Neylon volunteered to draft a possible response to the IRT from the Council for Council consideration. On 2 February 2017, Councilor Erika Mann circulated a draft Council request for an update on the legal review that had been done previously ( Here the Council will continue its discussion of the draft request with a view toward deciding on its further actions on this topic, including whether and when to request the update, and whether the scope of the request (if one is to be sent) should remain unchanged from the previous legal review.

7.1 – Status summary (Council Chairs and Erika Mann)

7.2 – Council and community discussion

7.3 – Next steps

Item 8: JOINT DISCUSSION – Meeting with ICANN's Global Domains Division (30 minutes)

At previous ICANN Public Meetings, the GNSO Council and community had held regular discussion sessions with senior staff from ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD). This section of the Council's Public Meeting at ICANN58 has been added to allow the GNSO community to interact with GDD senior staff, to discuss topics of current interest to the GNSO.

8.1 – Introductions (Council Chairs and GDD senior staff)

8.2 – Open discussion


Appendix 1: GNSO Council Voting Thresholds (ICANN Bylaws, Article 11, Section 11.3(i))


Appendix 2: GNSO Council Absentee Voting Procedures (GNSO Operating Procedures, Section 4.4)


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