GNSO Council Status Update Notes 20 May 2010

Last Updated: 19 May 2010
20 May 2010

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

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policies Part B (IRTP B) - Michele Neylon - chair - 8 May 2010

We are currently working on the draft report which has had our rapid return concept folded into it.
We are hoping / praying to get it sorted for the May 31st deadline for Brussels.

Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) - Tim Ruiz - Working Group Liaison to GNSO Council/ Marika KoningsStaff support - 17 May 2010

WG held first meeting on 28 July and has been meeting on a weekly basis since September. Based on the outcome of the survey conducted amongst its membership, the WG is now developing possible recommendations for each of the issues identified which will then be polled amongst the membership to determine the level of support. Following this process, the WG will update its draft Initial Report accordingly with the objective to have it ready for the ICANN meeting in Brussels.

JIG (Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Group - Edmon Chung - 13 April 2010

- An initial conference call was conducted on March 30, 2010
- Conference call introduced the 3 issues of common interest
1. Single character IDN TLDs
2. Variant IDN TLDs
3. Universal acceptance of IDN TLDs
- Much of the discussions for items 1 & 2 will build on the IDN implementation working team report
- A briefing from is expected on the outstanding policy issues identified in the working team report
- A bi-weekly conference call is expected to be started in the week of April 19


International Registration Data (IRD) Working Group - Edmon Chung - co-chair / Julie Hedlund - Staff support 8 April 2010

The WG continues to deliberate on several questions with the goal to produce recommendations.
These include:
1) What should we require from internationalized registration data? And
2) How would internationalized registration data affect the way data is represented and displayed?
The staff have produced a matrix to assist in addressing the questions.
The WG will continue deliberations in bi-weekly meetings and may produce a preliminary report by the ICANN Brussels meeting in June 2010.

Internationalized Domain Names Group (IDNG) - Edmon Chung - co-chair - 13 April 2010

Given no further discussions on the 2 topics that were identified:

1. Application of confusingly similar TLD strings
- there seems to be enough agreement around this topic in general
- also attached clean version of the document

2. Process for the application of IDN gTLDs, including those identified in 1
- there continues to be push back against having any dedicated process to handle special case IDN TLD applications

And given that it seems any further discussion would require the GNSO council to consider whether an actual working group should be formed for further work on 1 (if any) unless there is any particular objection, I will report the above back to the council.

Joint SO/AC WG on New gTLD Applicant Support (JAS WG)- Avri Doria and Evan Leibovitch co-chairs - Olof Nordling - Staff support - 10 May 2010

- WG has one liaison from ALAC Carlos Aguirre and one from GNSO - Rafik Dammak

- WG had it initial meetings chaired by GNSO Council liaison - Rafik Dammak

- During its second meeting WG elected co-chairs: Evan Leibovitch for At-Large, Avri Doria for the GNSO. A third meeting was held on 17 May.

- WG has decided to meet weekly for an hour until the Brussels meeting. Schedule for after to be discussed later.

- WG, with help of Olof Nordling the staff manager for the group, produced a charter which is being presented to the GNSO and ALAC for approval:

- Discussion on Objective 2 in the charter was resolved at the meeting on 17 May. The WG's recommendation for Objective 2 to read:

Objective 2: To identify how the application fee can be reduced and/or subsidized to accommodate applicants that fulfill appropriate criteria to qualify for this benefit, in keeping with the principle of full cost recovery of the application process costs.

- Working teams were created to focus on two issues and have given their first updates to the full WG:

-- WG 1 - review of application fee structure
-- WG 2 - Who gets special support and What special support is offered.

-- These working teams will remain integral to the group with both issues being covered by the entire WG at each meetings.

Registration Abuse Policies (RAP) Working Group (WG) - Greg Aaron - chair - 10 May 2010

The RAPWG has completed its review of the public comments and will publish its Final Report in advance of Brussels.

Geo Regions Working Group - Olga Cavalli - 10 May 2010

The group is reviewing a new version of Interim Report.

Geo Region´s Survey is already translated in different languages and it is online and can be accessed in the following link: (

The survey will be open through Tuesday 1 June for people to go to the link and provide their responses.

A face to face meeting of the working team will take place in Brussels.

Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) Sub-team A (Registrant Rights Charter) - Beau Brendler coordinator - 30 March 2010

The group concluded its work and disbanded in late February. There are no further updates.

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 - 12 May 2010

Subteam B is currently reviewing its draft initial report with the goal of submitting the report by the May 31 deadline to enable discussion of it in Brussels.

Vertical Integration Policy Development Process (VI PDP) - Chairs Roberto Gaetano and Mikey O'Connor - Council Liaison - Stephane van Gelder -10 May 2010

The working group has been receiving and examining a number of proposals submitted by members suggesting various implementation guidelines for VI or separation.

A plan for delivering a final proposal has been drafted, including dates up to and beyond the Brussels meeting.

The WG had a session with economists Salop and Wright to delve further into the rationale for or against VI.

A comparison matrix of proposals has been drafted and is being used by the WG to attempt to coalesce around a single proposal, which would be the WG's final proposal.

The WG will review both public comments and constituency/SG comments in order to incorporate them in its final proposal.

WHOIS Current Activity - Liz Gasster Staff support - updated 10 May 2010

WHOIS Service Requirements

In May 2009 the GNSO Council requested that staff collect and organize a comprehensive list of potential WHOIS service requirements, based on current policies and previous policy discussions. Staff shared the first draft of this report early in 2010 and is soliciting input from the SOs and ACs as requested by the Council. This is an inventory of technical requirements, and the purpose of study is to assure that the data and supporting technology exist to enable policies to be developed via the consensus policy process.

WHOIS Studies

The GNSO Council is considering whether to conduct several broad studies of WHOIS, including Misuse of WHOIS Data and a Registrant Identification Study. The GNSO has requested general funding for studies in fiscal year 2011, and will be discussing further which studies to do. Staff is evaluating two other study areas. The first will measure how often domains associated with illegal or harmful Internet communications abuse Proxy and Privacy Services to obscure the perpetrator’s identity. Staff is finalizing the terms of reference for this study and will then release an RFP to solicit costs and feasibility. The second Privacy and Proxy study would measure Proxy and Privacy Service responsiveness to registrant identity reveal requests. Staff evaluation is just beginning on this second area. Staff will be providing this information to the GNSO Council when it is complete and then the Council and Staff will consider next steps.


ccNSO update - Olga Cavalli - 10 May 2010

• ccNSO is working on charter of the Incident Response Planning working group. At the Nairobi council meeting, the ccNSO council requested the chair of the IRP WG to propose an update of the charter to include relevant aspects and relations with ICANNs DNS-CERT initiative.
• Luxembourg is the 105th member of the ccNSO.

Travel drafting team - Olga Cavalli - 10 May 2010

The travel drafting team is planning a face to face meeting with ICANN travel staff in Brussels to review different issues like GNSO Council funding for attending Board meeting on Friday, funding for outreach events and possibilities for funding working team chairs.

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

Prioritizaton: a motion has been submitted to the GNSO for approving the project list prepared by ICANN Staff.

Operations Sreering Committee (OSC) - Philip Sheppard - OSC chair -10 May 2010

I attach the latest Chairs overview of OSC work (v7).

As you can see from this there are three items under OSC approval expected to be complete by May 14 and 15.
This is just later than the Council deadline but respects the 10 day approval minima I have set for the OSC.
There has been no comment on the OSC to date save three by Chuck which I am minded to adopt.

I intend to stick with the May 14, 15 dates and Council may chose to accept for their May meeting or the one thereafter.

OSC Constituency & Stakeholder Group WT progress report - Olga Cavalli - chair - 10 May 2010

Working group is finalizing the document with recommendations for Constituencies and Stakeholder groups and is planning to submit the final version to the OSC before June 1st.

Working group is now working on a document abou outreach that is planned to be presented to the OSC by July 1st.

OSC Community Coordination Communications Work Team - Mason Cole - chair- 8 April 2010

Reports I and II have been delivered to the OSC. At the OSC's request, the report was merged into one document; delivery to the GNSO is now at the OSC chair's discretion. Absent any further requests from the OSC or the GNSO, the CCT's work is considered complete.

OSC GNSO Council Operations Work Team (GCOT) - Ray Fassett - chair - 12 May 2010

The GCOT Work Team plans to have all materials and products currently under review with regards to the GNSO Council Rules of Procedure upon completion of its next teleconference meeting of May 19. The Work Team has no additional items on its agenda.

PPSC Policy Development Process work team (PDP-WT) - Jeff Neuman - chair/Marika Konings - Staff support - 17 May 2010

The WT has now discussed all the five stages of the new PDP and a draft report has been prepared for review. The WT has reviewed a number of other issues such as translation, timing, voting thresholds, decision-making methodology and transition. It will now focus its attention on completing its Initial Report so that it can be presented and discussed at the ICANN meeting in Brussels. A rough outline of the proposed new Annex A, which the WT will develop and review in its coming meetings, is expected to be part of this Initial Report.

PPSC Working Group model work team (WGWT) - J. Scott Evans - chair/ Marika Konings - Staff support - 12 May 2010

A public comment period on the proposed GNSO Working Group Guidelines closed on 22 March. The WG WT is now in the process of reviewing and analyzing the public comments received and is revising the guidelines accordingly. As of 12 May, the WG WT has processed comments relating to one half of the document and we hope to complete the review of comments along with any associated revisions to the remaining document in the next week or so. We remain hopeful that the WG WT will submit the final GNSO Working Group Guidelines to the PPSC for review prior to the ICANN meeting in Brussels.

Constituency/Stakeholder Group Update Report For 20 May 2010 Telephonic GNSO Council Meeting
Submitted by Rob Hoggarth – 10 May 2010

Status of "Re-confirmation" Efforts For Existing GNSO Constituencies

In August of 2008, 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, at its Nairobi meeting the Board extended that timeline until the Brussels ICANN meeting (see -

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). Council review of that work is unlikely to conclude until the Brussels meeting. The Staff has consulted with various Constituency leaders who agree that completing the re-confirmation work would not be efficient if some likely additional obligations are recommended by the Work team. As a result, a final extension of time to the ICANN Annual General Meeting in Cartagena will likely be sought.

Potential New GNSO Constituencies

Since Board approval of the GNSO Improvements recommendations in June 2008, a total of four potential new Constituency groups have formally applied to the Board for recognition. 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. 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 -

A Notice of Intent to Form A New GNSO Constituency (NOIF) has now also been submitted for a potential new Public Internet Access Constituency (see and see The process also remains available for other interested parties to develop proposals for new GNSO Constituencies and to submit them to the Board. A number of community groups are currently discussing the merits of submitting their own NOIF documents.

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 (CSG) and the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) 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 and Nairobi, the Staff is continuing to work to develop opportunities for dialogue and further community discussion of these important matters. Some productive work is already under way, particularly by the NCSG, and the Staff has discussed with CSG community leaders their thoughts on timetables and benchmarks to ensure that permanent charter efforts are pursued to conclude by the Cartagena, Columbia ICANN meeting.