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Minutes GNSO Public Council Meeting 27 June 2012

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27 August 2012

Minutes GNSO Public Council Meeting 27 June 2012

Agenda and Documents

The meeting started at 13:00 UTC.

List of attendees:

NCA – Non Voting – Carlos Dionisio Aguirre
Contracted Parties House
Registrar Stakeholder Group: Stéphane van Gelder, Yoav Keren, Mason Cole
gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group: Jeff Neuman, Jonathan Robinson, Ching Chiao
Nominating Committee Appointee (NCA): Thomas Rickert

Non-Contracted Parties House
Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG): Zahid Jamil, John Berard, Wolf-Ulrich Knoben, David Taylor, Brian Winterfeldt, Osvaldo Novoa
Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG): Rafik Dammak, Mary Wong, Bill Drake, Joy Liddicoat, Wendy Seltzer, Wolfgang Kleinwächter
Nominating Committee Appointee (NCA): Lanre Ajayi

GNSO Council Liaisons/Observers
Alan Greenberg – ALAC Liaison
Han Chuan Lee – ccNSO Observer

David Olive – VP Policy Development
Liz Gasster – Senior Policy Counselor
Rob Hoggarth – Senior Policy Director
Margie Milam – Senior Policy Counselor
Julie Hedlund – Policy Director
Marika Konings – Senior Policy Director
Brian Peck – Senior Policy Director
Berry Cobb – Policy consultant
Steve Sheng – Policy Director
Glen de Saint Géry – GNSO Secretariat

MP3 Recording

GNSO Council Public Forum

Presentations by Stakeholder and Constituency Group Leaders

  • Commercial and Business Users Constituency (BC)

After presenting the Prague issue of the BC newsletter, Marilyn Cade brought up the main concerns the BC had been working on related to the risk and threats both internal and external to ICANN and to the multistakeholder model which have arisen with the arrival of the new gTLDs

  • Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC)

Steve Metalitz expressed concern at the Board agreeing to the renewal and terms of renewal of the agreement "behind closed doors" and the impact that this has on the thick WHOIS issue and on the transparency and accountability of ICANN.

  • Registries Stakeholder Group

Keith Drazek presented the observer status available to all new gTLD applicants in the Registry Stakeholder group and the newly created NTAG, the New TLD Applicant Group within the registry stakeholder group.

  • Registrars Stakeholder Group

Matt Serlin said that the Registrars Stakeholder group was look forward to bringing the RAA negotiations to a close and to continuing on with input from the community on the discussions on the remaining items. He also reported an interesting session with the GAC where discussions were held about some of the diverse business models that are represented within the stakeholder group.

  • Non Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC)

David Cake announced work based mostly on Outreach efforts with an event planned before Toronto. Other policy issues discussed were RAA negotiations, IOC CR issues, consumer metrics and new gTLDs.

  • Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC)

Alain Berranger presented an executive summary of activity since San Jose including: elections, membership numbers, partnership with the global knowledge partnership foundation, past events and future publications. For the following months, the main focus will be on outreach.

  • Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers (ISPCP)

Tony Holmes said that he shared Steve Metalitz’s concerns about and Marilyn Cade’s point about external threats to ICANN. He raised the point of the impact of the gTLDs on the structure of ICANN, the constituencies; and a second point about bettering outreach.

Item 1: Administrative matters

1.1 Roll Call

1.2 Statement of interest updates
No updates noted

1.3 Review/amend agenda
AOB – add International Olympic Committee and red Cross Names (IOC/RC)

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

Minutes of the GNSO Council meeting 7 June 2012 approved on 28 June 2012.

1.5. GNSO Pending Projects List

Stéphane van Gelder reminded the Council to review the main changes and comment on the Council mailing list.

The Council paid tribute to, and thanked Liz Gasster for her outstanding work during her five years with ICANN and wished her well in her new position.

Item 2: Consent agenda

No consent agenda items.

Item 3: WHOIS Access recommendation

Wolf-Ulrich Knoben supported by John Berard the seconder, withdrew the Motion.

The full discussion can be viewed at:

Item 4: Update on the Internationalised Registration Data Working Group (IRD WG)

Stéphane van Gelder, seconded by Zahid Jamil proposed a motion to approve the Internationalized Registration Data Working Group Final Report of 30 May 2012.

WHEREAS, on 21 April 2009, the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) published SAC037 "Display and usage of Internationalized Registration Data" (SAC037).

WHEREAS, on 26 June 2009 the ICANN Board approved a resolution requesting that the GNSO and SSAC, in consultation with staff, convene an Internationalized Registration Data Working Group (IRD-WG) comprised of individuals with knowledge, expertise, and experience in these areas to study the feasibility and suitability of introducing display specifications to deal with the internationalization of Registration Data.

WHEREAS, in September 2009 the GNSO Council approved the Charter of the IRD-WG.

WHEREAS, on 15 November 2010 the IRD-WG published an Interim Report in the public forum for comment.

WHEREAS, on 03 October 2011 the IRD-WG published a draft Final Report in the public forum for comment.

WHEREAS, on 06 March 2012 the IRD-WG sent a Final Report that addressed issues raised in the forum to the GNSO Council and the SSAC for consideration

WHEREAS, on 10 May 2012 the IRD-WG sent a revised Final Report that addressed changes requested by the SSAC to the GNSO Council for consideration.

WHEREAS the GNSO Council wishes to coordinate with the SSAC to jointly deliver this report to the Board in a timely way, but recognizes that further consideration of the recommendations contained in the report, especially those that may have policy implications, is needed by the GNSO Council.

RESOLVED, the GNSO Council approves of the delivery of the revised Final Report to the ICANN Board and requests staff to prepare a joint letter from the GNSO Council and the SSAC to transmit the Report.

RESOLVED FURTHER, the GNSO Council shall review the recommendations in the Report and shall provide to the Board its advice with regard to those recommendations that may have policy implications.

RESOLVED FURTHER, the GNSO Council thanks the IRD-WG members for their diligence and persistence on this important topic and upon the agreement of the SSAC disbands the WG.

The motion carried unanimously.

Voting results:

Item 5: Update on the GNSO-Requested WHOIS Studies and the draft WHOIS Technical Requirements Survey being developed by the WHOIS Survey Working Group

Liz Gasster provided an update on the Whois Studies.

Lively discussion followed which highlighted the lack of international choice in the institutions carrying out the studies, the need for the result of studies with fact based answers. The work will be continued by Barbara Roseman as Liz Gasster is leaving ICANN.

A request was made to change Items 6 and 7 and deal with Item 7 first.

Item 7: GNSO Council leadership elections

Stéphane van Gelder provided a proposed timetable for the Council Chair elections which should take place before the Toronto meetings in October 2012. The GNSO Chair shall be elected by a 60 percent vote of each house.

Item 6: Update on the RAA negotiations

Becky Burr from NeuStar provided an update on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement negotiations

The full discussion that followed can be viewed at:

Item 8: Registration Abuse Policies Working Group (RAP WG) on Uniformity of Reporting

Marika Konings provided Council with a brief summary of the Registration Abuse Policies Working Group recommendation that the GNSO and the larger ICANN community in general create and support uniform reporting processes namely:

  • Provide just-in-time education, knowledge of people wanting to report problems and making easier to submit a valid complaint.
  • Reduce the number of root zones complaints.
  • Improve the understanding of the limits of ICANN policies and other options to pursue if the issue is not covered by policy.
  • Improve the effectiveness of policy compliance activities.
  • Improve the data available for GNSO working groups and ICANN advisory group policy-making.
  • Improve the data available for compliance activities

Item 9: Impact of new gTLD program on existing GNSO structure

In the interest of time, this item was deferred to the next Council meeting on 20 July 2012.

Item 10: Management of work

In the interest of time, this item was deferred to the next Council meeting on 20 July 2012.

Item 11: Fake Renewal Notices

In the interest of time, this item was deferred to the next Council meeting on 20 July 2012.

Item 12: Any Other Business

12.1 The GNSO Website
In the interest of time, this item was deferred.

12.2 International Olympic Committee and red Cross Names (IOC/RC)

The full discussion can be viewed at:

Stéphane van Gelder adjourned the GNSO Public Council meeting and thanked everyone for their participation.

The meeting was adjourned at 16:45 UTC.

The next GNSO Public Council meeting will be on Friday, 20 July 2012 at 11:00 UTC.
See: Calendar