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ICANN Seeks Independent Researchers to Respond to Request for Proposal on WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Abuse Study

ICANN logoThe Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is responsible for developing and recommending to the ICANN Board substantive policies relating to gTLDs. The GNSO Council is now exploring several extensive studies of WHOIS and has asked ICANN to estimate the cost and feasibility of conducting several studies proposed by members of the ICANN community and ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee.

This particular area of study focuses on the extent to which domain names used to conduct illegal or harmful Internet activities are registered via privacy or proxy services to obscure the perpetrator’s identity. ICANN is seeking to engage independent research organizations to undertake this study. The WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Abuse Study Cover Letter [PDF, 99 KB] illustrates the scope of work and the criteria for selection. This Cover Letter should be read in conjunction with the Terms of Reference for the WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Abuse Studies RFP [PDF, 321 KB]. Read together, these two documents provide the materials necessary to respond to this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Abuse Studies.

More information about WHOIS may be found at: gnso.icann.org/issues/whois/

By 20 July 2010, interested applicants should submit proposals by email to rfpwhois@icann.org to the attention of Liz Gasster, Senior Policy Counselor, ICANN Policy Department. A confirmation email will be sent for each proposal received.

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ICANN Public Comment: Community Comment Invited on Recommended New GNSO Work Prioritization Process

ICANN logoAt its 21 April 2010 meeting, the GNSO Council approved the use of a set of recommended new operating procedures designed to enable GNSO Councilors to begin categorizing and prioritizing their major work projects so that the Council can fulfill its new role as a strategic manager and coordinator of policy development activities within the GNSO. The ICANN community is invited to provide comments on those recommended new procedures.


One of the fundamental tenets of the GNSO Improvements efforts has been to move the GNSO Council away from being a legislative body concerned primarily with voting towards becoming a more focused strategic entity with strengthened management and oversight of the policy development process. As part of that effort a newly restructured GNSO Council was seated at the Seoul ICANN meeting in October 2009.

One of the new Counci’s first items of business was to organize a Drafting Team (the GNSO Work Process Model Drafting Team – “WPM-DT”) to develop a methodology for prioritizing the GNSO’s project work. The ICANN Secretariat and Policy Staff had conducted an analysis for the Council of the actual levels of participation and attendance for GNSO Working Groups and Work Teams from the beginning of 2008 and continuing through approximately early September 2009. Staff’s final report, delivered to the Council in Seoul, found ” evidence of sporadic attendance and, in some cases, very low participation by some Constituencies and inconsistent participation by others.” The Staff encouraged additional community dialogue concerning the following questions:

  • How might the GNSO’s work be prioritized?
  • Is there too much GNSO work and, if so, what might be done to assess the total capacity?
  • Are Constituencies providing enough recruits to the groups being formed?
  • What levels of group participation should be targeted for each Constituency?

The WPM-DT focused its efforts on that first question regarding Council priorities. On 9 April 2010, the WPM-DT delivered a recommended model methodology and set of procedures to help the Council prioritize its work. The WPM-DT’s intent was to ensure that the recommended process:

  • is user-friendly, unambiguous, and straightforward to execute;
  • produces realistic outputs that will help the Council to make effective management decisions; and
  • is structured as an on-going task that accommodates change including the introduction of new projects as they are proposed in the future.

At its 21 April meeting the Council accepted the deliverable of the WPM-DT and approved the use of a new Operating Procedures Chapter 6 and ANNEX gnso.icann.org/drafts/wpmg-section-6-and-annex-09apr10-en.pdf [PDF, 137 KB] for conducting its first Work Prioritization effort. In addition to directing the opening of this public Comment Forum, the Council established a timetable for conducting its initial effort at a group working session when councilors travel to Brussels, Belgium for the June 2010 ICANN meeting. The full GNSO Council Resolution containing the timeline of the initial effort is linked below. Community members are invited to review and comment on these new procedures.

Document Links:

The Process From Here:

At the end of this Public Comment Forum period, ICANN Staff will review the comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions for GNSO Council review. The Council conditioned approval of the new procedures and said it reserves the right to modify the procedures described in Chapter 6 and the ANNEX after the conclusion of both the public comment period and the first Work Prioritization effort.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

At the direction of the GNSO Council, the Staff is opening a 21-day public consultation forum, from 26 April through 16 May 2010 and invites community comments on this document.

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here: icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201005-en.htm#wp

To submit comments: work-prioritization@icann.org

To view comments: forum.icann.org/lists/work-prioritization/

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ICANN GNSO: Webinar Surveys Whois Requirements, Past and Future

ICANN logoWhat has the GNSO previously recommended that Whois should be able to do, and what other standards or capabilities will Whois need in the coming world of IDNs and new gTLDs?

In May last year, the GNSO Council tasked Policy Staff (with the assistance of technical staff and Council members as required) to collect and organize a comprehensive set of requirements for the Whois service. GNSO Council asked that these requirements reflect known deficiencies in the current Whois service and also possible requirements that may be needed to support various policy initiatives that have been suggested.

The Staff has complied with the Council’s task, compiled an initial report, and now seeks consultative input from the ALAC, ccNSO, GAC and SSAC. One of the report’s lead authors, Steve Sheng, ICANN Senior Technical Analyst, is offering a webinar to brief the community on the report and to respond to questions. The paper, entitled “Inventory of Whois Requirements – Initial Report,” is available now from the ICANN site [PDF, 668 KB].

Who should attend? Any community member interested in Whois policy work is welcome. Members of the ALAC, ccNSO, GAC, GNSO and SSAC are especially encouraged to participate.

Date and Time: To accommodate the community’s diverse schedules, the hour-long webinar is offered twice:

  • Tuesday, 20 April 2010. 17:00 UTC
    (10:00 Marina del Rey, 13:00 Washington D.C, 19:00 Brussels)
  • Tuesday, 4 May 2010, 06:00 UTC
    (09:00 Riyadh, 11:00 Islamabad, 15:00 Seoul, 16:00 Sydney)

Prepared content will be identical at both sessions. (Live audience questions may vary.) The webinar is offered in English.

How to Register. To participate in the live event, specify which session you’d like to attend in an email to the GNSO Secretariat. Participation details will be emailed back to you.

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ICANN: Public Comment: GNSO Policy Development Process on Vertical Integration Between Registries and Registrars

ICANN logoThe GNSO Council is seeking comments regarding the commencement of a policy development process on the topic of vertical integration1 between registries and registrars. The public comment period ends on 18 April 2010.


The GNSO Council has commenced a policy development process (PDP) on the topic of vertical integration between registrars and registries. The GNSO Council formed a working group to evaluate whether policy recommendations, if any, should be developed on the topic of vertical integration between registrars and registries affecting both new gTLDs and existing gTLDs. The working group expects to define the range of restrictions on vertical separation that are currently in effect, to serve as a baseline to evaluate future proposals.

ICANN is currently in the process of finalizing the implementation details for the launch of new gTLDs. ICANN has posted three draft applicant guidebooks and a series of topic papers for public comment describing the manner in which ICANN proposes to implement this program. These documents include proposals on the topic of vertical integration- and whether cross-ownership restrictions or other rules related to vertical integration should be adopted to apply to the New gTLD Program.

At Nairobi, the ICANN Board adopted a resolution recognizing the importance of establishing a baseline approach to registry-registrar separation for the new gTLD process to move ahead. Within the context of the new gTLD process, the ICANN Board resolved that there will be strict separation of entities offering registry services and those acting as registrars. No co-ownership will be allowed. The ICANN Board further resolved that if a policy becomes available from the GNSO, and approved by the Board prior to the launch of the new gTLD program, that policy will be considered by the Board for adoption as part of the New gTLD Program.

This public comment forum is an opportunity to comment on any aspect related to the topic of vertical integration between registries and registrars that you think should be taken into account by the Working Group as part of its deliberations. For example, comments may be submitted on: (i) recommended models for the New gTLD Program, (ii) the economic analysis conducted by economists retained by ICANN, including the CRA Report [PDF, 512 KB] as well as the one recently submitted by Salop and Wright [PDF, 42 KB], (iii) the Board approved model proposed by the Board at the ICANN Meeting in Nairobi on 12 March 2010, or (iv) whether the restrictions currently applicable to existing gTLD registries should be changed, or (v) additional work that should be performed by the Working Group to recommend models for the New gTLD Program..

Additional Information:

To review the Issues Report on Vertical Integration Between Registries and Registrars, please refer to gnso.icann.org/issues/vertical-integration/report-04dec09-en.pdf [PDF, 254 KB].

The ICANN Board resolution on Vertical Integration is posted at icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-12mar10-en.htm#5.

To review the charter describing the policy work to be undertaken by the Vertical Integration Working Group, please refer to: gnso.icann.org/issues/vertical-integration/vi-chartered-objectives-10mar10-en.pdf [PDF, 41 KB].

To participate in the GNSO working group for this policy development process, please contact Glen de Saint Gery at gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org by no later than 31 March 2010.

For information on the details of the implementation planning activities for new gTLDs, please refer to the documents posted at icann.org/en/topics/new-gtld-program.htm

For additional resources on the topic of vertical integration between registries and registrars, please refer to the documents posted at: https://st.icann.org/vert-integration-pdp/index.cgi?https_st_icann_org_vert_integration_pdp_index_cgi_vi_resources

Staff responsible: Margie Milam

Deadline and how to submit comments

Comments are welcome via e-mail to pdp-vertical-integ@icann.org until 18 April 2010.

Access to the public comment forum from which comments can be posted can be found at http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201004-en.htm#vi

An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at http://forum.icann.org/lists/pdp-vertical-integration/

1 From the VI PDP WG Charter: ‘ “Vertical Integration” (VI) is defined as a business structure in which there is no separation between the Registry Operator and the registrar in relation to a particular gTLD. They are either owned or controlled by the same company or have another contractual affiliation that controls the specific gTLD, and the Registry Operator is not required to provide equivalent access and non-discriminatory access to non-affiliated registrars to sell names under its gTLD.’ Please note that this is a working definition, which is subject to further development and refinement.

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ICANN: Public Comment: Your Input Requested on Proposed GNSO Working Group Guidelines

ICANN logoAs part of the GNSO Improvements Process, which has as its objective to improve the structure and operations of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), a Working Group (WG) Work Team was tasked with developing a Working Group Model. This Working Group Model should become the focal point for policy development and enhance the policy development process by making it more inclusive and representative, and – ultimately – more effective and efficient.

To this end, the WG WT has developed this document, entitled ‘Working Group Guidelines’, which brings together two different elements of the Working Group process; on the one hand it addresses what should be considered in creating, purposing, funding, staffing, and instructing/guiding a WG to accomplish the desired outcome (the chartering process), and; secondly, what guidance should be provided to a WG on elements such as structuring, norms, tasking, reporting, and delivering the outcome(s) as chartered (the working group process). The WG WT is seeking your input on this document, especially on the elements contained in this document as well as what other information should be included as part of Working Group Guidelines. Following the public comment period, the WG WT intends to review the comments received and determine if and how this document should be updated before being submitted to the Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC) for its consideration.

Background documents / links

Staff responsible: Marika Konings

Deadline and how to submit comments

Comments are welcome via e-mail to working-group-guidelines@icann.org until 22 March 2010.

Access to the public comment forum from which comments can be posted can be found at:

An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at: forum.icann.org/lists/working-group-guidelines/

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ICANN: Public Comment: Amendment of the GNSO Operating Procedures on the 2010 Selection Process for ICANN Board Seat 13

ICANN logoThe GNSO Council is seeking comments on amendments to the GNSO Operating Procedures related to the 2010 selection process for ICANN Board Seat 13. Under the ICANN Bylaws, the Contracted Party House selects the individual to fill Board Seat 13, currently held by Bruce Tonkin. Mr. Tonkin’s term ends on 30 April 2010. The GNSO Council has adopted the selection process proposed by the Contracted Party House for the upcoming 2010 election. The public comment period ends on 18 February 2010.

The amended GNSO Operating Procedures regarding the Board Seat 13 selection process can be viewed at gnso.icann.org/drafts/gnso-operating-procedures-redline-28jan10-en.pdf. Comments can be submitted to op-procedures-amendment-2010@icann.org, and viewed at forum.icann.org/lists/op-procedures-amendment-2010/.


The ICANN Bylaws specify that the GNSO has the right to select two individuals to serve on the ICANN Board, commonly referred to as Board Seats 13 and 14. Under the Bylaws, the Contracted Party House selects Board Seat 13, and the Non-Contracted Party House selects Board Seat 14.

On 28 January 2010, the GNSO Council approved the process proposed by the Contracted Party House to select a representative to fill Board Seat 13 for the 2010 election, and amended its Operating Procedures to include this process and timeline. Because the current term for Board Seat 13 expires at the end of April 2010, the GNSO Council is proposing an expedited process for the 2010 selection of Board Seat 13, but has also specifically reserved the right to modify the election procedures before the nomination period expires if public comments raise issues or matter that merit changes to the adopted processes. The GNSO Council also tasked the GNSO Operations Work Team with the responsibility of developing the procedures for future selection of Board Seats 13 and 14 to be included in the GNSO Operating Procedures.

Additional Information:

A copy of the new procedures can be found here – gnso.icann.org/drafts/gnso-operating-procedures-redline-28jan10-en.pdf

To review the ICANN Bylaws related to the selection of Board Seats 13 and 14, please refer to Article X Section 3.6 of Bylaws

For more information on the GNSO Council and its operations, please refer to: gnso.icann.org/

To participate in the GNSO Operations Work Team activities related to this effort, please contact Glen de Saint Gery at gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org.

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ICANN: Community Comment Invited on Revised Proposal To Form A New GNSO Consumers Constituency

ICANN logoThe ongoing GNSO Improvements process has created significant community interest in the formation of new GNSO constituencies. One of those proposals is for a new Consumers Constituency. Proponents of the Consumers Constituency originally submitted a New Constituency Petition and Charter to the ICANN Board on 14 April 2009. A revised version of the proposal, responding to several Board inquiries was submitted to the Board on 15 September 2009.

The Structural Improvements Committee of the ICANN Board has directed the Staff to post the revised (15 September) version of the proposed Consumers Constituency Charter for community review and comment. All members of the ICANN community and the public are now invited to review the petition and charter of the Consumers Constituency and share comments with the Board through 13 February 2009.

Background and Explanation:

In June 2008, the Board of Directors endorsed a series of recommendations on how to improve the GNSO’s structures and operations. One of the significant drivers of those recommendations was an interest in maximizing participation in the GNSO and its policy development processes. Among the various recommendations endorsed by the Board was that ICANN take steps to clarify and promote the option to self-form new constituencies.

The ICANN Bylaws provide that any group of individuals or entities may petition the Board for recognition as a new or separate constituency, in accordance with Section 5(4) of Article X. Such a petition must explain (1) why “the addition of such a Constituency will improve the ability of the GNSO to carry out its policy-development responsibilities” and (2) why “the proposed new Constituency would adequately represent, on a global basis, the stakeholders it seeks to represent.” Despite those Bylaw provisions, it has been many years since the organization has had formal requests for any new GNSO constituencies. Since the Board action last June, however, the Board has received four petitions for potential new GNSO Constituencies. In December, the Board chose not to approve three of those proposals (see http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/prelim-report-09dec09-en.htm) and the Consumers proposal is still under consideration.

The ICANN bylaws do not provide specific procedural guidance for how interested parties should submit the petitions contemplated in Article X. Mindful that explicit steps, formats, and/or processes for expansion would take some time for the community to develop in the implementation of the improvements recommendations, the Board directed ICANN Staff to provide the community with some initial guidance, a structure and a specific procedural path for potential new constituencies to follow. At its 1 October 2008 meeting, the Board acknowledged Staff’s development of a “Notice of Intent” document for potential new constituencies and directed Staff to develop a formal petition and charter template to assist new constituency applicants in satisfying the formative criteria (consistent with the ICANN Bylaws) to facilitate the Board’s evaluation of petitions to form new constituencies.

The process subsequently developed by the Staff required interested groups to first submit a Notice of Intent to Form a New Constituency (NOIF). The proponents of the Consumers Constituency completed that first step on 28 February 2009. The second step of the process is development of a New Constituency Petition and Charter. The proponent of the Consumers Constituency completed that effort on 14 April 2009.

In August 2009 the members of the ICANN Board developed a number of questions regarding the proposal. In response to those inquiries the Consumer Constituency proponents revised their original NOIF and updated their proposed charter document on 15 September 2009.

Relevant Board Resolution, Bylaws and Constituency Submissions:

The Process From Here:

At the end of this Public Comment Forum period, the ICANN Staff will provide a summary/analysis of the comments submitted regarding the revised Consumers Constituency petition and charter. That summary/analysis will be shared with the community and the Board. The Board will ultimately make the decision on whether to authorize the new constituency.

It should be noted that the GNSO Improvements Report approved by the Board in June 2008 has additional guidelines and recommendations for the ongoing practices and processes of GNSO constituencies. This work is ongoing as part of the GNSO Improvements implementation efforts being coordinated by the GNSO Council (see gnso.icann.org/ and gnso.icann.org/en/improvements/).

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

The Staff is opening a 21-day public consultation forum, from 22 January 2009 through 13 February 2010, and invites community comments on this matter.

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here:icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201002-en.htm#newco

To submit comments: consumers-constituency-petition@icann.org

To view comments: forum.icann.org/lists/consumers-constituency-petition/

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Apply Now to Join the ICANN Board, the Councils of GNSO and ccNSO, and the ALAC

ICANN’s Nominating Committee (Nom Com) invites Statements of Interest and candidate recommendations from the Internet community for key leadership positions to fulfill ICANN’s technical and policy coordination role. Interested individuals are invited to submit a Statement of Interest to the 2010 Nom Com for the following positions:

  • Three members of the Board of Directors of ICANN
  • Two At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from the European and North American regions)
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

The Nominating Committee (Nom Com) is an independent committee tasked with selecting a majority of the members of the Board of Directors and other key positions within ICANN’s structure. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit, non-profit corporation dedicated to: preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet; promoting competition; achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and supporting the development of policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.Individuals selected by Nom Com will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address the Internet’s intriguing technical coordination problems and policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.Those selected will gain the satisfaction of making a valuable public service contribution towards the continued function and evolution of an essential global resource. Considering the broad public interest, those selected will work to achieve the goals towards which ICANN is dedicated in order to facilitate the Internet’s critically important societal functions.Current Board members who have been selected by the Nominating Committee include: Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Steve Crocker, Dennis Jennings, Gonzalo Navarro, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, George Sadowsky, Jean-Jacques Subrenat and Katim Touray.Statements of Interest for the positions described above can be submitted through an on-line application form at forms.icann.org/cgi/soi.cgi or by contacting nomcom2010@icann.org.More information regarding the Nominating Committee can be found at nomcom.icann.org. Applications will be considered in confidence and should be received by 2 April 2010 for full consideration. Selections will be announced in early September 2010. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN’s Annual Meeting in December 2010.Candidate recommendations, questions or comments may also be emailed to nomcom2010@icann.org.Background:The Nominating Committee is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. Nominating Committee members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.Nominating Committee members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.The challenge for the Nominating Committee is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN entities, individual Nominating Committee members are not accountable to their appointing constituencies.Members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the Nominating Committee.Successful candidates are not remunerated, although direct expenses incurred in the course of duty will be reimbursed. Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions. These positions may involve significant international travel, including personal presence at periodic ICANN meetings, as well as regular telephone and Internet communications.Recent ICANN Meetings have been held in Brazil, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the United States, India, France, Egypt, Mexico, Australia and South Korea. Meetings during 2010 are scheduled for Nairobi in Kenya, Brussels in Belgium and Latin America. The diverse locations facilitate participation across the world’s Internet community; an aspect of growing importance as ICANN’s recently signed Affirmation of Commitments emphasizes ICANN’s accountability to the community.This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

ICANN Board Appoints New GNSO Council Members

ICANN logoAt its 30 September Board meeting, the ICANN Board of Directors appointed three individuals to serve as Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) representatives on the new Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council:

  • Mohammed Rafik Dammak – Tunisia
  • Rosemary Sinclair – Australia
  • Debra Hughes – United States

The Board’s Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) considered applications from a talented and diverse group of volunteers, conducted extensive due diligence, carefully reviewed the applicants, and recommended to the full Board the slate of three candidates to serve on the GNSO Council for the next two years. Under the terms of the NCSG transitional charter approved by the Board on 30 July 2009, three of the six NCSG representatives on the new GNSO Council were to be selected/appointed by the Board of Directors.  The newly structured GNSO Council will hold its first meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 28 October 2009.

The three individuals were recommended by the SIC based on the combination of their skills, experience, background, knowledge, passion and ability to help build non-commercial participation and contribute to the work of the GNSO. The committee paid particular attention to the candidates’ ability to contribute to diversity of geographic representation on the Council.

Collectively, the appointees bring a wide range of skills and experience to the new Council. Mr. Dammak is a research student in Interdisciplinary Information Studies at Sakamura Laboratory, University of Tokyo where he is conducting research on ubiquitous computing. He is an active participant in IETF, IGF, the Creative Commons community and several ICANN projects that have served to focus his attention on technology, IDNs and community participation matters. His work in the IGF has been directed towards issues involving public participation capabilities and he has many productive relationships throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Ms. Hughes is currently Senior Counsel for the American Red Cross (ARC), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, where she advises the organization on various matters related to consumer privacy and consumer protection. She also works closely with the ARC’s information technology and information security teams to manage on-line matters and other Internet issues and she has broad career experience serving non-profit organizations.

Ms. Sinclair is the Chair of the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG) and Managing Director of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG). She is a member of the group responsible for recently creating the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and has committed much of her recent efforts to high-speed broadband deployment in Australia and in other parts of the Asia/Pacific region.

The ICANN Board has approved a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve the structure and operations of the GNSO. At its core, the objective of the GNSO review process has been to identify ways to improve the inclusiveness and representativeness of the GNSO’s work while increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the policy development process. The restructuring of the GNSO Council is only one of several major components of the independent review/restructuring effort.

This improvement effort is part of ICANN’s own ongoing commitment to evolve and improve all of its activities, and follows extensive independent review efforts and extensive public consultation.

A preliminary report from the 30 September Board meeting can be found here –icann.org/en/minutes/.

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