[council] Draft minutes of the GNSO Council meeting in Marrakech, 28 June 2006

GNSO.SECRETARIAT@GNSO.ICANN.ORG gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org
Mon Jul 17 13:25:13 UTC 2006


Dear Council Members,

Please find the draft minutes of the GNSO Council meeting in Marrakech, 
held on 28  June 2006.

Please let me know what changes you would like made.

Thank you very much.
Kind regards,

28 June 2006

Proposed agenda and meeting documents

List of attendees:
Philip Sheppard/ Charles Sha'ban - Commercial & Business Users C.
Marilyn Cade - Commercial & Business Users C.
Alistair Dixon - Commercial & Business Users C - remote participation
Greg Ruth - ISCPC
Antonio Harris - ISCPC
Tony Holmes - ISCPC
Thomas Keller- Registrars
Ross Rader - Registrars - remote participation
Bruce Tonkin - Registrars
Ken Stubbs - gTLD registries
June Seo - gTLD registries
Cary Karp - gTLD registries
Lucy Nichols - Intellectual Property Interests C
Ute Decker - Intellectual Property Interests C - absent - apologies
Kiyoshi Tsuru - Intellectual Property Interests C.- remote participation
Robin Gross - NCUC. - remote participation
Norbert Klein - NCUC. - absent - apologies
Mawaki Chango - NCUC
Sophia Bekele - Nominating Committee appointee
Maureen Cubberley - Nominating Committee appointee - absent - apologies
Avri Doria - Nominating Committee appointee

18 Council Members

Dan Halloran - Deputy General Council
Denise Michel - Vice President, Policy Development
Olof Nordling - Manager, Policy Development Coordination
Liz Williams - Senior Policy Counselor
Maria Farrell - Policy Officer
Glen de Saint Géry - GNSO Secretariat

GNSO Council Liaisons
Suzanne Sene - GAC Liaison - absent - apologies
Wendy Seltzer - ALAC Liaison -

Quorum present at 10:20 UTC.

Real time captioning

Bruce Tonkin chaired this meeting

Approval of agenda
Marilyn Cade requested a resolution, related to the recognition of a 
loss in the community, under Any Other Business

Item 1: Update any statements of interest

No updates noted

Item 2: Ratify results of Election for ICANN Board seat #14

Bruce Tonkin stated that the ICANN bylaws required the Council to ratify 
that the vote was conducted in accordance with the procedures of the 
GNSO Council and that each Council member should have checked the vote 
to confirm that their vote was correctly recorded and that the vote was 

Bruce Tonkin, seconded by Ken Stubbs, proposed a motion:

The GNSO Council ratifies the election results for ICANN board seat 
number 14, and the results of that election were, Rita Rodin, 15 votes, 
and Philip Sheppard, 11 votes.

The motion carried with 24 votes, 3 votes absent.
Charles Sha'ban, Marilyn Cade, Alistair Dixon, Lucy Nichols, Kiyoshi 
Tsuru, Tony Holmes, Tony Harris, Greg Ruth, Bruce Tonkin*, Tom Keller*, 
Ross Rader,* Cary Karp*, June Seo*, Ken Stubbs*, (*double vote), Sophia 
Bekele, Avri Doria, Mawaki Chango, Robin Gross

Absent: Maureen Cubberley, Ute Decker, Norbert Klein (in transit at the 

Decision1: The GNSO Council ratifies the election results for ICANN 
board seat number 14, and the results of that election were, Rita Rodin, 
15 votes, and Philip Sheppard, 11 votes.

Bruce Tonkin congratulated Rita Rodin on her election to the board.
At that point Philip Sheppard, the runner up was invited to join the 
council and received a round of applause.

Item 3: Initial report on new gTLD policy
- identify next steps and update timeline

Bruce Tonkin referred to his presentation in the GNSO public forum on 27 
June 2006 which covered the Status Report on new gTLD policy work and 
the proposed timelines:
- Initial Report - update by July.
- followed by a public comment period
- a physical meeting is planned between the Marrakech and Sao Paulo 
meetings to finalize the report
- Final Report presented to the community in October
- target - present the Final Report to the ICANN Board at the Sao Paulo 

Government Advisory Committee (GAC) advice has been sought at an early 
stage on whether there are any particular types of strings, such as 
country name strings, that they would advise not to be used for the 
purposes of a new gTLD.

Item 4: Update on WHOIS policy work
- identify next steps and update timeline

An extensive amount of input was received from organizations, individual 
governments and from government agencies expressing concern that 
according to the WHOIS formulation voted on by Council,
organizations would only be able to use the information in WHOIS for 
purely technical purposes.
Further it appeared that members of council had different 
interpretations of the formulation amongst those that both supported and 
rejected it on the basis of a particular interpretation.

Bruce Tonkin read a work in progress statement from a group of 
registrars who manage a substantial majority of WHOIS records for gTLDs.

The option before Council was to consider expanding on the formulation 
by making either statements of clarity or statements of principle that 
underlie the formulation.

Bruce Tonkin proposed drafting a resolution which would capture the 
discussion and suggestions made by the Council members.
Bruce clarified that the purpose of the resolution, was to authorise a 
work plan. It did not change the definition of purpose, but allowed for 
broader dialogue with the community, in particular, the government 
public policy community.
Bruce further clarified that a straw pole was important as the Council 
support was needed for the statement to be presented in the ICANN Public 
Forum on Thursday 29 June 2006..

Bruce Tonkin, seconded by Marilyn Cade proposed as a draft resolution 
under consideration:

In response to the extensive community and Government input on the 
definition of the purpose of WHOIS, the GNSO Council agrees to undertake 
the following steps:

One: Each Council member that voted in favour of the definition will 
provide a brief explanation of the reason for supporting the resolution 
and their understanding of its meaning.

Two: the ICANN staff will provide a summary of the other interpretations 
of the definition that have been expressed by the community and Governments.

Three: the Council will undertake a dialogue with the GAC and SSAC on 
developing a broadly understandable definition of the purposes for which 
the current data required in the the RAA (Registrar Accreditation 
Agreement) is collected.

Four: The GNSO Council requests that the WHOIS task force continue with 
their work as specified in the terms of reference taking into account 
the recent input that has been provided.

Five: The GNSO Council will take the final report from the WHOIS task 
force that addresses all terms of reference, and the definition of 
purpose of collecting data derived from the dialogue with the GAC and 
SSAC, and consider improving the wording of the WHOIS service definition 
so that it is broadly understandable.

The GNSO Council notes that the current definition is related to the 
service that provides public access to some or all of the data 
collected, and is not a definition of the purpose of the data itself.

Tony Holmes added a friendly amendment to point four:
"and any further clarification as it becomes available from council."

The straw poll count was 12.

Item 5: Any Other Business:

Marilyn Cade, seconded by Avri Doria proposed the following motion:

A beloved member of the Internet and ICANN family, Liz Dengate Thrush, was
killed last week in a tragic car accident that also took the life of three
other members of her family.

Liz was a well known leader and contributor to the Internet, and many of 
the ICANN community knew Liz personally through her participation in 
ICANN's meetings, and her leadership in InternetNZ and in New Zealand. 
Liz was the wife of Peter Dengate Thrush, a long standing contributor 
and leader in the global Internet community, and in the New Zealand 
Internet community, and an ICANN board member.

The GNSO Council, on behalf of the GNSO, sends heartfelt condolences to 
Peter Dengate Thrush, to Liz's and Peter's children, Clare, Phoebe, and 
Henry, to the families of Liz and Peter in their tragic loss and to 
Liz's many loving friends, for the tragic loss of Liz and other members 
of their family.

The motion was unanimously accepted.

Bruce Tonkin formally closed the meeting and thanked everybody for 

The meeting ended: 12:30 local time

Next GNSO Council teleconference 20 July 2006 at 12:00UTC
see: Calendar

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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