[cc-humanrights] Call for Volunteers: Working Group on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures

Marilia Maciel mariliamaciel at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 13:14:41 UTC 2016

Hello everyone,

The call for volunteers for the working group on new gTLD subsequent
procedures has been launched. Those interested can join either as a group
member or an observer (see distinction below). This policy development
process will be dedicated to the topic which is at the heart of ICANN's
mission and its existence. It will determine how the gTLD space will expand
in the future, by identifying lessons learned and proposing changes.

The policy will touch upon topics strongly related to human rights:
community applications, applicant's freedom of expression, rights
protection mechanisms, support to developing countries, public interest,
and more.

This will be a massive PDP which will need the involvement of a large
number of people. The WG will certainly benefit from the involvement of
people with a human rights approach. Please consider applying for this
working group.

As a reminder: *CCWP subgroup 4* is dedicated to discuss and provide inputs
to this PDP. Please also consider joining this subgroup. You can subscribe
to the mailing list here:

The next call of SG4 starts in about 45min. If you wish to attend, please
send a message to maryam.bakoshi at icann.org

All the best,

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From: Nathalie Peregrine <nathalie.peregrine at icann.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM
Subject: [council] Call for Volunteers: GNSO Policy Development Process
(PDP) Working Group on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
To: "council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
Cc: "gnso-secs at icann.org" <gnso-secs at icann.org>

Call for Volunteers: GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group on
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
In Brief

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council seeks volunteers
to serve on a PDP Working Group (WG) to develop recommendations for New
generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) Subsequent Procedures. The GNSO Council
approved the WG's charter
[PDF, 603 KB] on 21 January 2016, tasking this PDP to determine whether
changes or adjustments to the existing policy recommendations on the
Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains are needed.
What This Team Will Do

The New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group (WG) is tasked with
calling upon the community's collective experiences from the 2012 New gTLD
Program round to determine what, if any, changes may need to be made to the
existing *Introduction of New Generic Top-Level Domains
policy recommendations from 8 August 2007. As the original policy
recommendations as adopted by the GNSO Council and ICANN Board have "been
designed to produce a systemized and ongoing mechanisms for applicants to
propose new top-level domains", those policy recommendations remain in
place for subsequent rounds of the New gTLD Program unless the GNSO Council
would decide to modify those policy recommendations via this PDP. The work
of this PDP WG follows the efforts of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
Discussion Group (DG), which identified a set of issues/subjects for a
future PDP WG to consider in their deliberations and recommend whether to:

   - Clarify, amend or override existing policy principles,
   recommendations, and implementation guidance;
   - Develop new policy recommendations;
   - Supplement or develop new implementation guidance.

As part of the PDP WG deliberations, the PDP WG should consider at a
minimum, the subjects detailed in the Final Issue Report. These subjects
have been organized in groupings suggested by the DG that may facilitate
deliberations on related subjects. However, additional work methods, such
as those described in the Final Issue Report, or other methods identified
by the PDP WG may be more appropriate to undertake the work.

In addition to the work of the PDP WG, a number of new gTLD review efforts
are underway which may have an impact on the work of this PDP WG.
Therefore, this PDP WG should not be limited to the issues identified by
the DG and should take into account the findings from the parallel efforts
external to the PDP WG.
How This Team Will Work

ICANN WGs use transparent, open processes. The meetings of this PDP WG will
be recorded, and the recordings will be made available to the public. The
mailing list for the PDP WG will be archived publicly. The group will
collaborate using a public workspace for draft materials and all final work
products and milestones will be documented on the WG's wiki
The PDP WG is expected to follow the GNSO Working Group Guidelines
[PDF, 349 KB] as well as the GNSO PDP Manual
<http://gnso.icann.org/en/council/annex-2-pdp-manual-24jun15-en.pdf> [PDF,
260 KB].
How to Participate

There are two ways to volunteer:

   - *Individual Members* – anyone interested can volunteer to join the PDP
   WG as a WG member, regardless of whether they are members of the ICANN
   community. Members are expected to actively contribute to mailing list
   conversations as well as meetings – it is anticipated that the PDP WG
   will at a minimum meet on a weekly basis via teleconference. Members are
   expected to provide essential input to the process. Members will be
   required to provide a Statement of Interests (SOI
   - *Mailing list observers* – for those who are merely interested in
   monitoring the WG's conversations, there is the possibility to sign up
   as a mailing list "observer" which offers read-only access to the mailing
   list. Mailing list observers will not be permitted to post, will not
   receive invitations to the various meetings or calls of the WG and will
   not have to complete a Statement of Interest. At any point in time, a
   mailing list observer can join the WG as a member simply by informing
   the GNSO Secretariat.

In addition, there will be opportunities to provide input through public
consultations and public comment processes that the PDP WG is expected to
How to Join

If you are interested in joining the WG as an individual participant or
mailing list observer, please fill in the sign up form
<http://goo.gl/forms/FRNZ4pSQl9> or send the PDF document
[PDF, 76 KB] filled in to the GNSO Secretariat <gnso-secs at icann.org>.

All members and observers will be listed on the PDP WG's wiki page.
Next Steps

In its motion, the GNSO Council directed that this call for volunteers be
circulated as widely as possible in order to ensure broad representation
and participation in the WG. This call will remain open until the PDP WG
convenes for the first time. At this juncture, it is anticipated that the
PDP WG may convene online in late February 2016. Following that, regular
online meetings will be scheduled in accordance with the PDP WG's work
plan, which it is expected to develop as one of its first tasks.
Further Information and Preparation

For those interested in volunteering for this effort, you are strongly
encouraged to review the following materials prior to the first meeting of
the PDP WG.

   - The Final Issue Report
   [PDF, 1.38 MB]
   - The approved charter
   [PDF, 196 KB]
   - Materials available at the PDP WG's wiki
   such as the 2007 Final Report and other relevant information.


In 2005, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) began a Policy
Development Process (PDP) to consider the introduction of new gTLDs. The
two-year PDP process resulted in a set of 19 GNSO policy recommendations
for implementing new gTLDs. In order to implement the policy
recommendations of the GNSO, a number of draft Applicant Guidebooks (AGBs)
were developed by ICANN staff in consultation with the community.In June
2011, ICANN's Board of Directors approved the final AGB and authorized the
launch of the New gTLD Program.

The New gTLD Program application window opened on 12 January 2012 and a
total of 1930 complete applications were received. The first set of Initial
Evaluation results were released on 22 March 2013, followed by the first
set of new gTLD delegations on 21 October 2013.

All applications have now completed the evaluation process and as of mid
January 2016, there are nearly 900 gTLDs delegated and approximately 450
applications still proceeding through the remaining steps of the program.
Although the 2012 round is ongoing, efforts to examine the round have
already begun, which included the creation of the GNSO New gTLD Subsequent
Procedures Discussion Group (DG)
The DG was created by the GNSO Council to discuss the experiences gained
from the 2012 round of the New gTLD Program and to identify subjects that
might lead to changes or adjustments for subsequent application procedures.
The DG prepared its final deliverables, which included a set of subjects
that it anticipated would be analyzed in detail in the context of an Issue
Report. On 24 June 2015 the GNSO Council passed a resolution requesting the
drafting of a Preliminary Issue Report on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures.

In accordance with the PDP Rules, the Preliminary Issue Report was
published for public comment on 31 August 2015. Following review of the
public comments received, the Staff Manager updated the Issue Report
accordingly and submitted the Final Issue Report to the GNSO Council for
its consideration. The GNSO Council officially initiated the PDP on New gTLD
Subsequent Procedures on 17 December 2015, followed by adoption of the PDP
WG's charter on 21 January 2016.

*Marília Maciel*
Pesquisadora Gestora - Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade - FGV Direito Rio
Researcher and Coordinator - Center for Technology & Society - FGV Law

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