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Proposed GNSO Public Council Meeting Agenda - Brussels - Wednesday 23 June 2010

Last Updated:
22 June 2010

This agenda was established according to the GNSO Council Operating Procedures approved 28 October 2009 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 08:00 Local time in Brussels - 06:00 UTC.

See the table below and for other times:

Dial-in numbers will be sent individually to Council members who are not able to attend the meeting. Councilors should notify the GNSO Secretariat in advance if a dial out call is needed.

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  1. Possible changes may be made to this agenda and more detail will be added prior to 23 June;
  2. This meeting will be open to the public and opportunities for audience comments and questions will be provided.

Item 1: Administrative matters (10 minutes)

1.1 Roll call of Council members

1.2 Update any statements of interest

1.3 Review/amend agenda

1.4 Note the status of minutes for the previous Council meeting:

Item 2: Prioritization of GNSO work (30 Minutes)

2.1 Report of 19 June Prioritization Exercise (Liz Gasster)

2.2 Discussion (Council & Audience)

2.3 Approval of final ratings

2.4 Evaluation of the prioritization process

  • Lessons learned?
  • Areas for improvement?
  • Discussion (Council & Audience)
  • Next Steps?

Item 3: GNSO Affirmation of Commitments Drafting Team (AoC DT )Endorsement Process (30 minutes)

3.1 Summary of the Endorsement Process (Bill Drake)

3.2 Motion:

3.3 Discussion (Council & Audience)

3.4 Vote (on amendments if necessary & final motion)
(Note that absentee voting will not be allowed on this motion.)

3.5 Next steps regarding the AoC Review Teams (Olof Nordling)

3.6 Discussion (Council & Audience)

Item 4: Whois Studies (45 minutes)

4.1 Refer to:Whois Studies Report:

4.2 Procedure for deciding which study(studies) to initiate

4.3 Discussion of how to proceed in selecting studies (Council & Audience)

4.4 Next steps?

Item 5: GNSO Improvements (45 Minutes)

5.1 Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC)

5.1.1 Working Group Work Team Recommendations

5.1.2 Policy Development Process (PDP) Work Team

  • Note there will be a community session this afternoon on the Initial Report of the PDP Work Team
  • Brief status report & next steps (Jeff Neuman or Marika Konings)

5.2 Operations Steering Committee (OSC)

5.2.1 OSC Recommendations from the Communications & Coordination Work Team


Motion pertaining to GNSO Website

Discussion (Council)


5.2.2 OSC Recommendations from the GCOT & the CSG WTs

5.3 Status Reports for Remaining GNSO Improvements Projects

  • GNSO Council Operations (GCOT) Recommendations (Liz Gasster)
  • GNSO Constituency & Stakeholder Group (CSG) Recommendations (Liz Gasster)

5.4 Implementation Status Reports for Approved GNSO Improvement Recommendations

  • Council Operations Work Team (Liz Gasster)
  • Constituency & Stakeholder Group Work Team (Liz Gasster)

5.5 Discussion (Council & Audience)

Item 6 Reports from Working Groups (30 Minutes)

Note: Audience comments & questions will be deferred until after all reports are given.

6.1 Vertical Integration PDP Working Group

  • Progress report (Roberto Gaetano &/or Mikey O’Connor or Margie Milam)
  • Summary of discussion from the VI WG on Saturday (Margie Milam)
  • Council questions?
  • Next steps?

6.2 The Registration Abuse Policies Working Group

6.3 Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part B PDP WG

6.4 Post Expiration Domain Name Renewal (PEDNR) PDP WG

6.5 Council and Audience discussion

Item 7: Other Business (20 minutes)

7.1 Joint Community DNS-CERT WG

  • Request from ccNSO re. the possible establishment of a joint DNS-CERT WG with the ccNSO:
  • Discussion (Council & Audience)
  • GNSO support?
  • Volunteers for charter drafting team (DT)?
    • Volunteers to date
      • Terry Davis (NCA)
      • Rafik Dammak (NCSG)
      • Greg Aaron (RySG, Afilias)
      • Kathy Kleiman (RySG, PIR)
      • Keith Drazek (RySG, VeriSign)
      • Mike Rodenbaugh (CSG, CBUC)
      • Zahid Jamil (CSG, CBUC)
      • Rodney Joffe (RySG, NeuStar)
    • Any additional volunteers?

7.2 Motion on enhancing the Transparency of GNSO Council Meetings

Item 8: Open Microphone (30 minutes)

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

9. 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.

Local time between October and March, Winter in the NORTHERN hemisphere
Reference (Coordinated Universal Time) UTC 06:00
California, USA (PST) UTC-8+0DST 23:00 Tuesday 22 June
Cedar Rapids, USA (CST) UTC-6+0DST 01:00
New York/Washington DC, USA (EST) UTC-5+0DST 02:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina UTC-3+0DST 03:00
Rio de Janeiro/Sao Paulo Brazil UTC-2+1DST 03:00
Dublin, Ireland (GMT) UTC+0DST 07:00
Brussels, Belgium (CET) UTC+1+0DST 08:00
Darmstadt, Germany (CET) UTC+1+0DST 08:00
Paris, France (CET) UTC+1+0DST 08:00
Moscow, Russian Federation (MSK) UTC+3+0DST 10:00
Karachi, Pakistan UTC+5+0DST 11:00
Hong Kong, China UTC+8+0DST 14:00
Tokyo, Japan UTC+9+0DST 15:00
Melbourne/Sydney Australia (EDT) UTC+10+1DST 16:00
The DST starts/ends on last Sunday of March 2010, 2:00 or 3:00 local time (with exceptions)
For other places see