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[council] Call for Volunteers: GNSO Policy & Implementation Working Group

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  • Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:23:11 -0700
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Call for Volunteers: GNSO Policy & Implementation Working Group

In brief
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council seeks volunteers to 
serve on a Working Team that has been tasked to address a number of issues that 
have been raised in the context of the recent discussions on policy & 
implementation that affect the GNSO.

What This Working Group Will Do
The Working Group is tasked to provide the GNSO Council with a set of 
recommendations on:

1.      A set of principles that would underpin any GNSO policy and 
implementation related discussions, taking into account existing GNSO Operating 
2.      A process for developing gTLD policy, perhaps in the form of "Policy 
Guidance", including criteria for when it would be appropriate to use such a 
process (for developing policy other than "Consensus Policy") instead of a GNSO 
Policy Development Process;
3.      A framework for implementation related discussions associated with GNSO 
Policy Recommendations;
4.      Criteria to be used to determine when an action should be addressed by 
a policy process and when it should be considered implementation, and;
5.      Further guidance on how GNSO Implementation Review Teams, as defined in 
the PDP Manual, are expected to function and operate.

For further details on the charter, please see 

How This Working Group Will Work

ICANN Working Groups use transparent, open processes. The meetings of this WG 
will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to the public. The 
mailing list for the Working Group will be archived publicly. Working Group 
members are expected to submit Statements of Interest (SOI). The group will 
collaborate using a public workspace. The Working Group is expected to follow 
the GNSO Working Group 

How to Join

The GNSO Council invites all interested parties to put forward their names so 
they can be added to the WG mailing list. The WG will be open to anyone 
interested to join. Community members who wish to be invited to join the group 
should contact the GNSO 


Mainly as a result of discussions stemming from implementation related issues 
of the new gTLD program, there is increased focus on which topics call for 
policy and which call for implementation work, including which processes should 
be used, at what time and how diverging opinions should be acted upon. In order 
to facilitate these discussions, ICANN Staff developed a draft framework for 
community discussion that identifies a number of steps and criteria that might 
facilitate dealing with similar questions in the future. The paper identifies a 
number of questions that the community may want to consider further in this 
context, as well as a couple of suggested improvements that could be considered 
in the short term. While developing a bright-line rule as to what is policy or 
implementation may not be possible, the hope is that by developing clear 
processes and identifying clear roles and responsibilities for the different 
stakeholders, it will become easier to deal with these issues going forward and 
allow for broad participation and involvement. Following several discussions by 
the GNSO Council on this topic, the GNSO Council has now formed a Working Group 
which has been tasked to provide concrete recommendations on how to address 
some of these issues from a GNSO perspective.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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