[bc-gnso] .Joint ICANN Board - GAC Statement: Face to Face in Singapore agreed

Phil Corwin psc at vlaw-dc.com
Mon May 23 17:34:09 UTC 2011

I note that Board approval of the Guidebook in Singapore, at least on June 20, has been downgraded from near-certain to only "possible".

Philip S. Corwin, Founding Principal
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From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On Behalf Of Marilyn Cade
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2011 10:43 AM
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Subject: [bc-gnso] .Joint ICANN Board - GAC Statement: Face to Face in Singapore agreed

Dear BC Members

This will advise that the Board and GAC will meet face to face, probably Sunday.  I will be revising BC plans accordingly, so that BC members can sit in the meetings. I am also writing the Chair of both Board and GAC to request that the meeting be open to observers.

Marilyn Cade, BC Chair



Joint ICANN Board - GAC Statement: Teleconference on New gTLDs
 22 May 2011
The ICANN Board and ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) held another productive meeting to discuss the limited number of remaining issues related to the anticipated launch of the new gTLD program. This teleconference was the latest in a series of proactive, issue-oriented collaborations targeted at addressing GAC concerns to ensure the stable and secure delegation of new top-level domains.

ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush recognized the members of the Governmental Advisory Committee, "for their energetic and well-intentioned devotion to the work of reviewing and improving the introduction of new generic top-level domains. The discussions have resulted in significant progress, including improvements to trademark and consumer protections, assistance for potential applicants from developing countries, and other areas of the program." Together, the Board and GAC have reviewed twelve issues, comprised of 80 sub-issues, discussing each in depth. The work has included several days of face-to-face meetings between ICANN's Board and GAC, meetings that were informed by preparatory papers and conference calls.

 "In particular," Mr. Dengate Thrush noted, "the GAC Indicative Scorecard and the reports in response to Board-GAC discussions were concise, clear and helpful." Governmental Advisory Committee Chair Heather Dryden said, "the GAC appreciates the time taken by the Board to discuss remaining issues on the call and looks forward to continued progress as a clear signal that the Board is committed to enabling the formulation of true community consensus in developing policy that is in the global public interest as well as increasing the overall accountability and transparency of the organization."

The latest discussion and ICANN Board and GAC agreement on the benefits of having a face-to-face meeting in Singapore pave the way to possible Board consideration of program approval on 20 June 2011.
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