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GNSO Council Status Update Notes - 10 March 2010

Last Updated:
28 September 2010

Note: The latest status update date is provided for each item.

Inter- Registrar Transfer Policies Part B (IRTP B) - Michele Neylon - chair - 5 February 2010

Super Marika has prepared a 1st draft and in tandem we are now focussing on revisiting the various points in the charter to see what we can agree on at this juncture.

Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) - Tim Ruiz - Working Group Liaison to GNSO Council - 5 January 2010

Following the ICANN meeting in Seoul, ICANN Staff continued to gather information for the registrar survey which is intended to help inform the deliberations of the Working Group. The survey reviews current registrar practices regarding domain name expiration, renewal, and post-expiration recovery. The final results have now been posted at and were on the agenda to be discussed by the group on today's call. (5 January 2010)

Following the finalization of the registrar survey, the Working Group will need to review the results in further detail to determine how these may potentially influence its response to the charter questions.

JIG (Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Group - Edmon Chung - 18 February 2010

  • a kick off discussion between the co-chairs and staff was conducted
  • a first meeting of the group is planned for Nairobi
  • 3 items of common interest has been identified, with a 4th being considered and discussed
    1. IDN TLD Variants
    2. Single Character IDN TLDs
    3. IDN TLD Acceptance (universal acceptance of IDN TLDs by Internet applications, databases, filters etc.)
    4. IDN TLD information to be included for IANA considerations

International Registration Data (IRD) Working Group - Edmon Chung - co-chair - 17 December 2009 - no update

  • Bi-weekly phone conference being established
  • Co-chairs identified: Myself from GNSO, Jeremy Hitchcock from SSAC
  • Continuing from staff initial study
  • Context of other WHOIS studies along with IRD being considered (i.e. what should be done by this group versus other items)
  • Schedule and scope of work to be laid out

Internationalized Domain Names Group (IDNG) - Edmon Chung - co-chair - 18 February 2010

IDNG Drafting Team

  • a potential issue regarding "confusingly similar strings" with special consideration for IDN gTLDs that may be considered by the council was identified (in fact in Dec 2009), this may or may not result in a statement from the Drafting Team to the council (a draft has been circulating)

Registration Abuse Policies (RAP) Working Group (WG) - Greg Aaron - chair - 26 February 2010

The RAPWG delivered its Initial Report to the GNSO Council on February 12th, and the resulting public comment period closes on March 28th. The RAPWG has offered to update the GNSO Council in Nairobi, and will offer an open meeting at Nairobi to present the Initial Report's highlights to interested members of the community. The RAPWG will deliver its Final Report in advance of the ICANN meeting at Brussels in June 2010.

Geo Regions Working Group - Olga Cavalli - 10 February 2010

There will be a teleconference on Feb 15th and a face to face meeting in Nairobi.
There are no major news in relation with the open survey about regions.

Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) Sub-team A (Registrant Rights Charter) - Beau Brendler coordinator - 6 March 2010

Sub-team A convened in mid-March to finalize its work. The plain language content of the RAA that was to be the basis of the statement of registrants' rights was submitted to the regional organizations for review, and returned with some minor comments. ICANN staff was requested that they incorporate the comments from the regional orgs where appropriate to create a final draft, which I agreed to review a last time before it was submitted for action to the GNSO. Unless I am missing something, I did not see a copy of that final draft, though I am happy to review it here in Nairobi, unless it has already been passed on to the GNSO. In which case, the work of Sub-team A is completed, with the agreement that I would hold or facilitate a session in Nairobi on the "aspirational rights" document, which was removed from Sub-team A's scope of work. The "aspirational rights" document will contain suggestions for changes to future iterations of the RAA.

Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) subteam B (identifying issues for possible RAA amendments) - Steve Metalitz coordinator - 4 March 2010

Subteam B has nearly completed its review of the topics proposed for possible inclusion in a revised Registrar Accreditation Agreement, including identifying any that raise issues with regard to consensus policies. We have also taken on the task of assigning higher or lower priority to the various suggestions received. The most recent iteration of our chart of these topics is available on the subteam B mailing list archive.

We are now turning to our third task of recommending to the Council next steps for moving forward on RAA revision/amendment. We remain on track to submit our report to the Council for review by the April 21 meeting.

ccNSO update - Olga Cavalli - 10 February 2010

ccNSO is organizing their agenda for Nairobi, also revising the status of the different open working groups.
They are also in the process of selecting candidates for the revision teams of the AOC.

Belize has become the 103rd member of the ccNSO.

Travel drafting team - Olga Cavalli - 9 March 2010

In Nairobi there will be a face to face meeting of the work team with ICANN staff.

GNSO Work Prioritization Model Drafting Team - Olga Cavalli - chair - 10 February 2010

No changes from previous text. The group meets weekly.

The GNSO Work Prioritisation model drafting team is in the process of revising the prioritization procedures that have been definied and used in a first excercise among the drafting team.
When this procedure is revised and defined it will be presented to the whole GNSO council.
Also a red team will be formed to review the process from the outside, Adrian Kinderis has volunteered to be part of this red team, other council members may join Adrian in this effort, if this is the case please let Olga know.

Operations Sreering Committee (OSC) - Chuck Gomes - OSC chair - 26 February 2010

  1. GCOT submitted to the OSC proposed GNSO Operating Procedures changes to deal with abstentions in voting.
  2. The CCT submitted to the OSC Part I of their recommendations regarding technology improvements (website, etc.).
  3. The OSC is meeting at 3:30 pm on Sunday in Nairobi.
  4. Philip Sheppard will replace Chuck Gomes as OSC Chair after the Nairobi OSC meeting.
  5. Ron Andruff will fill in as in-person OSC chair for the Nairobi OSC meeting.

OSC Constituency & Stakeholder Group WT progress report - Olga Cavalli - chair - 9 March 2010

  • WT divided work into 4 SubTask (ST) teams.
  • On 17 December the Council approved the recommendation for a Constituency/SG services toolkit (ST4). See new Toolkit project below.
  • The full WT has finished an outcome document about framework for participation in any ICANN Constituency that is objective, standardized, and clearly stated (ST1).
  • Working team is finalizing the revision of a second document about developing recommendations for operating principles that are representative, open, transparent and democratic (ST2)
  • A draft version of the document for creating and maintaining a database of all constituency members and others not formally a part of any constituency still needs to be reviewed (ST3)
  • As soon as these documents are reviewed by wt, outreach will be the next topic.
  • The working group is meeting every week.

OSC Community Coordination Communications Work Team - Mason Cole - chair- 5 March 2010

In early December, after its review of our report, the OSC sent me a letter (7 December 2009) in which it offered a number of suggestions for our consideration. One of the OSC's specific recommendations was to split the original CCT report into two components:

  • Technology Improvements
  • All Other Communications and Coordination Recommendations

The OSC was generally complimentary of the technology sections and thought they could be quickly amended and sent as a separate document. To comply with the OSC's recommendation, Staff took our original report and bifurcated it into two portions that are now called:

Report I - Technology
Report II - Communications and Coordination

In December-January, Staff reorganized the material, addressed various OSC suggestions, and added a lot of new content based upon the work of the sub-team that included Chris Chaplow and Steve Holsten supported by Ken Bour and Scott Pinzon from Staff.

We have a newly completed Report I, which has been reviewed, edited, and approved by both Steve Holsten (Vice-Chair) and me.  It has been submitted to the OSC for their review before it’s sent to the GNSO Council.

Report II-Communications and Coordination has also was overhauled by Staff and was forwarded to the team for review.  We reconvened by telephone, reviewed the report, and made additional suggestions for staff in completing the document.  Ken Bour forwarded the edited (final) version, and I will send it to the OSC today for its review.

I anticipate giving a status update on both reports during the OSC meetings this weekend (I will participate remotely).

OSC GNSO Council Operations Work Team (GCOT) - Ray Fassett - chair - 5 March 2010

The GCOT has completed its work on the Abstention procedures for recommendation into the Council Rules of Procedure. These have been submitted to the OSC with the recommendation for GNSO Council to review.

The Work Team is nearing completion on the SoI/DoI document, also for inclusion into the Rules of Procedure and will be taking up this subject as part of its meeting agenda in Nairobi. Next items under consideration by the Work Team include the rules of procedures for Absentee voting and term limits. Given that procedures for Board Seat 13 are not urgent at the moment, we have prioritized our work accordingly.

PPSC Policy Development Process work team (PDP-WT) - Jeff Neuman - chair/Marika Konings - Staff support - 11 February 2010

The PDP-WT divided its work into five stages and "overall issues". They are:

  • Stage I - Planning and Initiation
  • Stage II - Proposal Review and Voting Thresholds
  • Stage III - Working Group phase
  • Stage IV - Voting and Implementation
  • Stage V - Assessment of Policy Effectiveness and Compliance

The PDP WT is currently discussing Assessment of Policy Effectiveness and Compliance (Stage V) and reviewing report and recommendations for stage I, II and III. It will then consider other issues such as translation and timing.

PPSC Working Group model work team (WGWT) - J. Scott Evans - chair/ Marika Konings - Staff support - 10 February 2010

The proposed timeline for next steps is as follows:

  • Consensus call to WG-WT to publish Working Group Guidelines document for public comment - DONE
  • Final discussion / updates, if any on WG-WT meeting - DONE
  • Open public comment period on Working Group Guidelines document for 45 days ends March 22, 2010
    . WG will decide at its meeting in early February whether a public consultation session will be organised in Nairobi TBA, we are planning on having a session and are working with Staff to coordinate
  • Initial presentation of WG Guidelines to PPSC in Nairobi - the meeting with the PPSC is still being evaluated
  • Following Nairobi, review public comments received during public comment period and comments made during Nairobi sessions and update Working Group Guidelines if appropriate - timing to be decided (TBC)

Constituency/Stakeholder Group Update Report For 10 March 2010 GNSO Council Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya
Submitted by Rob Hoggarth - 2 March 2010

Renewed "Re-confirmation" Efforts For Existing GNSO Constituencies

The Board adopted a concept of "re-confirming" the charters and operational mechanisms of each GNSO Constituency every three years (see -

The initial Constituency re-confirmation process was slated for 2009, but the process took a back seat as the Board focused its efforts on evaluation and approval of the new GNSO Stakeholder Group structures and approval of the processes and recommended Bylaws changes necessary for seating the new GNSO Council. Since the Board has generally resolved those issues, during the Seoul meeting it set a deadline of the Nairobi meeting for formal re-submission of any revised re-confirmation proposals by the existing GNSO Constituencies and directed the ICANN Staff to assist constituency leaders in developing those submissions (see - 30 October 2009 Board Meeting Resolutions - Consent Agenda Item 1.3 - see

Given the GNSO community's focus on other substantive policy matters since Seoul, the potential value of dovetailing that effort with the work on GNSO constituency operating practices and procedures by the Constituency Operations Work Team and other uncertainties related to developing permanent Stakeholder Group Charters, that timeline will likely need to be extended until at least the Brussels ICANN meeting and Staff has made that recommendation to the Board.

The GNSO Constituency Operations Work Team is continuing to make progress on its set of recommendations regarding Constituency and Stakeholder Group operations for review by the GNSO's Operating Steering Committee (OSC).

One Potential New GNSO Constituency Remains Under Consideration

ICANN Board members conducted substantial discussions in Seoul regarding the proposals for four new GNSO Constituencies. At its 9 December 2009 meeting the Board decided to "not approve" the proposed charters for the potential new CyberSafety, City TLDs and IDNgTLDs constituencies. If they desire, the proponents for those potential constituencies can revise and re-submit their proposals in the future. The proposal for a new Consumers Constituency remains "pending" and a public comment period on the latest version of that proposal ran through 13 February 2010 (see -

The process also remains available for other interested parties to develop proposals for new GNSO Constituencies and to submit them to the Board.

Permanent Stakeholder Group Charters

When the Board approved the four (4) new GNSO Stakeholder Group structures last year, it acknowledged that the charters for the Commercial Stakeholder Group and the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group were to be transitional/temporary and that permanent charters were to be developed over the course of the coming year. Based on discussions in Seoul, the Staff will be working to develop opportunities for dialogue and further community discussion of these important matters. Some work is already under way and the Staff has reached out to community leaders for their thoughts on timetables and benchmarks to ensure the efforts are concluded by the Latin America ICANN meeting.