[bc-gnso] RE: Excerpts from GAC Chair Heather Dryden on Beijing GAC Advice

Elisa Cooper Elisa.Cooper at markmonitor.com
Mon May 13 17:50:43 UTC 2013

This is extremely helpful - thank you Steve!


Elisa Cooper
Director of Product Marketing

Elisa Cooper
ICANN Business Constituency

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From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On Behalf Of Steve DelBianco
Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:06 AM
To: bc-gnso at icann.org
Subject: [bc-gnso] Excerpts from GAC Chair Heather Dryden on Beijing GAC Advice

Some key quotes from GAC Chair's interview (link<https://www.youtube.com/embed/I9hZCGnRh0I>)

GAC Consensus Advice (where no GAC member objected to the advice) was given only for .africa and .gcc.   Rest of the Beijing advice was not "GAC Consensus" but it "must be given due consideration"

Safeguard advice was about pre-existing obligations and applicable laws.   It was not to impose new obligations.  Raises valid implementation questions.

GAC advice suggests no new global regulatory regime.  It's consistent with ICANN's existing role.

It's preferable to have Safeguards measure in order to allow these new TLDs to proceed, rather than discussions about objections form GAC or others.

GAC believes there should be good reason to have an exclusive generic TLD.  The community may want discussion about the Public Interest.

Question: Did GAC give new rules at the 11th hour?   GAC suggested categories like this previously but this advice was not taken.  So GAC is using the mechanisms ICANN created.   GAC's primary role is to advise on public policy aspects.  We have acted.

Question: What if ICANN Board ignores this GAC Advice?   We'd question the value of governments participating in ICANN.  Need to show that GAC is a useful mechanism.  Otherwise why would governments support this model?

Question: what is GAC priority for Durban?     The 14 strings for Further Consideration (1.c) and implementation of GAC advice on Safeguards.

Steve DelBianco

From: Phil Corwin <psc at vlaw-dc.com<mailto:psc at vlaw-dc.com>>
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:21 PM
To: "bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:bc-gnso at icann.org>" <bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:bc-gnso at icann.org>>
Subject: [bc-gnso] FW: GAC Chair Heather Dryden on the Beijing Communiqué and New gTLD Advice | 10 May 2013 - YouTube

BC members considering the GAC Communique should watch this.

Philip S. Corwin, Founding Principal

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