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GNSO Working Session

Sat 04 Dec 2010 - 09:00 - 18:15
Barahona 1

Session Leader

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

Transcript to be provided
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The Generic Names Supporting Organisation's (GNSO) face to face meetings are open sessions.

The in-person meetings held in conjunction with the ICANN meetings provide an opportunity for productive and constructive discussions on issues that involve ICANN consensus policies that relate to interoperability, technical reliability and /or stable operation of the Internet or domain name system.

Who Should Attend? | Anyone interested in the GNSO's policy work is free to attend.

Agenda Details:

All the sessions are OPEN and should be attended by

  1. GNSO Councilors
  2. Members of GNSO Stakeholder Groups & Constituencies
  3. Any interested parties

09:00 - 10:00
Development of Criteria for Initiating New Projects
Leader: Chuck Gomes

Purpose: In lieu of the possibility of forgoing further prioritization efforts, develop guidelines to assist the GNSO in making decisions as to whether or not to initiate new work (e.g., PDPs, drafting teams, community WGs, etc.


  1. Discuss purpose of the session
  2. Brainstorming sessions re:
    1. Types of projects in the GNSO
    2. Factors that should be considered when deciding whether to initiate new work

    Next steps?

10:30 - 11:30
Role of the Council
Leader: Chuck Gomes

Background: This topic was suggested in the GNSO Wrap-Up session in Brussels.

Purpose: To attempt to gain a common understanding of what the GNSO Council’s role is and is not


  1. Poll questions:
    1. How many think they have a clear view of what the GNSO Council’s role is?
    2. How many think that the Council is fulfilling its role?
    3. How many think that a better common understanding and application of the Council’s role would improve Council effectiveness?
  2. Discussion questions:
    1. What is the role of the Council?
    2. What is not the role of the Council?
    3. What is the difference between being a ‘manager of policy development processes’ vs. being a ‘policy development body’?
    4. Other questions?
  3. Where do we go from here?

Tool Kit Discussion
Facilitator: Rob Hoggarth, Senior Policy Director

Background: Late last year, the GNSO Council approved a set of community recommendations (a "Toolkit" menu of services) to assist eligible GNSO organizations in their operations and policy development activities. The ICANN Staff has prepared a report constituting an initial implementation plan for the delivery of specific services that the Council identified and prioritized.

Purpose: During this session the Staff and community will review the proposed implementation plan and discuss specific areas that require additional dialogue.

Agenda: Review of Proposed Tool Kit Implementation Plan; Questions and answers; Discussion regarding next steps.

Discussion of Motion on Rec 6 CWG – Presentation by Margie Milam

14:00 -14:45
GNSO Working Group Guidelines - Presentations and Discussions
Leader: J. Scott Evans, Chair of the WG WT and member of the Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC)

Background: In the past, the GNSO reviewed policy mainly through small groups called "Task Forces." Intentionally, it is moving to a more inclusive model where parties tackle an issue as a "Working Group," then make recommendations to the GNSO Council. The Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC), with the support of the Working Group Work Team, has been working to define a new Working Group model, including guidelines and other materials to assist in the process of creating, chartering and guiding a GNSO Working Group

Purpose: The PPSC is in the process of finalizing the GNSO Working Group Guidelines for submission to the GNSO Council for its approval. This session will provide an overview of the proposed content of the GNSO Working Group Guidelines and provide the opportunity for Council members and others to ask questions and/or clarifications.

Agenda: Presentation of GNSO Working Group Guidelines (J. Scott Evans), followed by Q & A

Joint SO/AC New gTLD Applicant Support Working Group (JAS)
Leader: Avri Doria – JAS WG co-chair

Background: A Working Group (WG) formed by ICANN stakeholders has been working since April 2010 to address this issue. This followed a Resolution from ICANN Board of Directors in Nairobi, on March 2010 that asked ICANN’s stakeholder community" develop a sustainable approach to providing support to applicants requiring assistance in applying for and operating new gTLDs."

Proposed agenda:
Review of JAS WG (Applicant Support) proposal outlined in the Milestone Report

Next Steps


Vertical Integration
Facilitator: Margie Milam

Background: The VI PDP Working Group has issued its Interim Report for Phase I of the PDP, documenting its inability to reach a consensus on a model for vertical integration for the first round of new TLDs. The ICANN Board has recently adopted a resolution to allow new gTLD registries to own registrars.

Purpose: During this session the GNSO Council will consider next steps for the PDP

Agenda: Overview of the Interim Report; Questions & Answers; GNSO Council Discussion on next steps for the PDP.

Next Steps: GNSO Council to vote on instructions for further work to be done in the VI PDP

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy - Part B Policy Development Process (IRTP-B) - Status Update
Leader: Michele Neylon, Chair of the IRTP Part B PDP Working Group

Background: As part of a broader review of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, the second in a set of five separate policy development processes (PDPs) is underway. TheIRTP Part B PDP Working Group is addressing 5 Charter questions relating to domain hijacking, the urgent return of an inappropriately transferred name and "lock status. The WG published its Initial Report in May of this year and is currently working on finalizing its report.

Purpose: To provide a status update on the activities of the IRTP Part B PDP Working Group

Agenda: Status update (Michele Neylon) followed by Q & A


Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) - Status Update
Leader: Alan Greenberg, Chair of the PEDNR PDP Working Group

Background: The Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery Policy Development Process Working Group is considering to what extent registrants should be able to reclaim domain names after they expire. At issue is whether the current policies ofregistrars on the renewal, transfer and deletion of expired names are adequate. The WG published its Initial Report in May of this year and is currently working on developing a draft Final Report.

Purpose: To provide a status update on the activities of the PEDNR PDP Working Group

Agenda: Status update (Alan Greenberg) followed by Q & A


Internationalized Registration Data Working Group (IRD-WG)
Leader: Edmon Chung, Co-Chair, IRD-WG

Background: On 26 June 2009 the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporate for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a resolution requesting that the GNSO and the 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. The IRD-WG has provided presentations on the status of its work at ICANN meetings in Seoul, Nairobi, and Brussels. This interim report of the IRD-WG summarizes the discussions of the IRD-WG to date, provides preliminary recommendations, and provides questions for community discussion.

Purpose: Receive an update from Edmon Chung, Co-Chair, IRD-WG on the Interim Report prepared by the IRD-WG and posted for Public Comment on 15 November. Discuss briefly any questions or comments concerning the Interim Report presentation.

Leader: Edmon Chung, Co-Chair, IRD-WG


  1. Discuss purpose of the session (5 minutes)
  2. Slide presentation by Edmon Chung (10 minutes)
  3. Questions and discussion with Councilors (15 minutes)

Registration Abuse Policies Implementation Drafting Team – Presentation of Recommended Approach followed by Council discussion on next steps

Leader: Chuck Gomes, with the participation of Mike O'Connor and Greg Aaron, co-Chairs of the Registration Abuse Policies Drafting Team

Background: The Registration Abuse Policies Final Report was submitted to the GNSO for its consideration on 29 May. The Council considered the report and recommendations at its meeting on 15 July. The Council formed a Registration Abuse PoliciesImplementation Drafting Team to propose a way forward on the different recommendations contained in the report for the Council's consideration. The DT has now completed its work and has submitted its recommended approach to the GNSO Council.

Purpose: To discuss the approach recommended by the Registration Abuse Policies Drafting Team and elaborate on next steps.

Agenda: Overview of proposed approach (Mike O’Connor / Greg Aaron), followed by Q & A

Discuss next steps (GNSO Council)