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[council] Call for Volunteers: GNSO New gTLDs Subsequent Rounds Discussion Group

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Call for Volunteers: GNSO New gTLDs Subsequent Rounds Discussion Group
Date: 8 July 2014

This is a call for volunteers to participate in a GNSO Discussion Group to 
discuss experiences gained by the first round of new gTD applications and 
identify subjects for possible future issue reports, if any, that might lead to 
changes or adjustments for subsequent new gTLD application procedures. This 
Discussion Group has been created by the Generic Names Supporting Organization 
and is open to anyone interested in participating.

What this Discussion Group will do

The Discussion Group is to review the first round of the new gTLD program and 
discuss and reflect upon experiences gained. The Discussion Group is expected 
to report its findings to the GNSO Council, which may include a list of 
recommended subjects for future GNSO issue reports that may lead to changes or 
adjustments for subsequent new gTLD application procedures. Issue reports are a 
required first step in developing new policies.

How this Group will work

Like other GNSO efforts, the Discussion Group is expected to use transparent 
and open processes. Meetings are recorded, mailing lists are publicly archived 
and members from the Discussion Group are expected to submit Statements of 
Interest in order to participate. The group may decide to collaborate using a 
public workspace for draft materials and all final work products and milestones 
will be documented.

Please note that as a Discussion Group member you are expected to attend 
conference calls and to actively participate in online discussions. If you are 
concerned about the amount of time or input that you would be able to provide 
to the group, but would like to remain informed of the group's activities, it 
is encouraged that you participate as an observer. Participating as an observer 
will allow you to follow the group's work on the mailing list. To be able to 
actively participate in conference calls and online discussions, you would need 
to change your status from observer to member, which can be accomplished by 
simply emailing your request to the GNSO Secretariat 
(gnso-secs@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:gnso-secs@xxxxxxxxx>). The GNSO Secretariat will 
endeavor to ensure your status is changed in time for the group's next meeting.

How to Join

The GNSO Council invites all interested parties to put forward their names so 
that they can be added to the Discussion Group mailing list. The Discussion 
Group will be open to anyone interested to join. Community members who wish to 
be invited to join the group should contact the GNSO secretariat 
(gnso.secretariat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:gnso.secretariat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>) and 
clearly indicate whether they would like to be subscribed as a member or 
observer to the mailing list.


In June 2008, the ICANN Board adopted the GNSO's policy recommendations for the 
introduction of new gTLDs and directed staff to develop an implementation plan 
for a new gTLD introduction process. In June 2011, the ICANN Board approved an 
Application Guidebook ("AGB") for new gTLDs and authorized the launch of the 
New gTLD Program. The AGB provided that it was intended to govern "the first 
round of what is to be an ongoing process for the introduction of new gTLDs" 
and that "ICANN's goal [was] to launch subsequent gTLD application rounds as 
quickly as possible" and promised to base the timing of the subsequent rounds 
on "experiences gained and changes required after this round is completed" with 
a "goal...for the new application round to begin within one year of the close 
of the application submission period for the initial round."

With the application submission period for the initial round closing in June 
2012, the GNSO Council believes that it has a continuing interest and role to 
play in evaluating the experiences of the first round and proposing policy 
recommendations, if necessary, for changes to subsequent rounds. This 
Discussion Group is being created to begin that evaluation process and possibly 
identify areas for future GNSO policy development.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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