[council] Draft GNSO Council teleconference minutes 6 December 2007

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Dear Council Members,

Attached, and in plain text below, please find the draft minutes of the
GNSO Council teleconference held on 6 December 2007.

Please let me know if you would like any changes made.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,
6 December 2007
Proposed agenda and documents
List of attendees:
Philip Sheppard - Commercial & Business Users C
Mike Rodenbaugh - Commercial & Business Users C.
Bilal Beiram - Commercial & Business Users C
Greg Ruth - ISCPC
Antonio Harris - ISCPC - absent - apologies
Tony Holmes - ISCPC
Thomas Keller- Registrars - absent - apologies
Tim Ruiz - Registrars
Adrian Kinderis - Registrars - absent - apologies
Chuck Gomes - gTLD registries
Edmon Chung - gTLD registries
Jordi Iparraguirre - gTLD registries
Kristina Rosette - Intellectual Property Interests C
Ute Decker - Intellectual Property Interests C - absent - aoplogies
Cyril Chau - Intellectual Property Interests C
Robin Gross - NCUC
Norbert Klein - NCUC
Carlos Souza - NCUC
Olga Cavalli - Nominating Committee appointee
Jon Bing - Nominating Committee appointee - absent - apologies
Avri Doria - Nominating Committee appointee
16 Council Members
( 20 Votes - quorum)


Denise Michel - Vice President, Policy Development - absent - apologies
Liz Gasster - Senior Policy Officer
Dan Halloran - Deputy General Counsel
Olof Nordling - Manager, Policy Development Coordination
Tina Dam - IDN Program Director
Glen de Saint Géry - GNSO Secretariat
Craig Schwartz - Chief gTLD Registry Liaison
Patrick Jones - Registry Liaison Manager - absent excused
GNSO Council Liaisons
Suzanne Sene - GAC Liaison - absent
Alan Greenberg - ALAC Liaison - absent
Rita Rodin - ICANN Board member
Bruce Tonkin - ICANN Board member - absent - apologies
MP3 Recording
Chuck Gomes chaired the meeting.

Approval of the agenda
Avri Doria requested that the following items be added under Any Other
- Travel expense letter
- IDN mailing list

Item 1: Update any Statements of Interest
Statements of Interest received from new councillors:
Carlos Souza

Item 2: Item 2 - Approve Nominating Committee job description

Greg Ruth, seconded by Tim Ruiz proposed that:
The GNSO Council move a motion to approve the Nominating Committee job
description as agreed upon by the Council and set forth in the document.

The motion unanimously passed by voice vote.
Decision 1: The GNSO Council moved a motion to approve the Nominating
Committee job description as agreed upon by the Council and set forth in
the document.

Item 3 - Status update on the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Planning Group
Olof Nordling reported in the absence of Ross Rader, who is the group

One of the 3 documents produced by the working group to review
inter-registrar transfers
was a Communication to GNSO on Policy Issues Arising from the Transfer
Review that requested an Issues Report.

At the GNSO Council meeting on Thursday, 11 October 2007, pursuant to
the Council resolution passed regarding the Registrar Transfer Policy on
20 September, 2007 that the GNSO Council form a short-term planning
group to analyse and prioritize the policy issues raised in the report
"Communication to GNSO
on Policy Issues Arising from Transfer Review" before the Council
further considers a PDP on any of the work discussed in the report."

Ross Rader was appointed as the lead/coordinator for the short-term
planning group.
The group worked on a mailing list to prioritise a list of 19 identified
issues and held one teleconference on 26 November 2007 to discuss the
ranking of the members input. The group decided to create a final report
summarizing the input on the priorities received to date. In addition to
the summary of priorities, the group also decided to include whatever
supplementary statements the members of the committee wished to have
included in the report to the Council, so as to ensure that those
comments received visibility during the Council's deliberations.
The purpose of the exercise was to prepare for additional policy
development processes (PDP), not to amend the already launched PDP. The
prioritised list could be considered as a starting point for such.
The comments should be in by Friday, 7 December, after which Ross Rader
will compile the report for Council in the week of 10 - 14 December 2007.

Item 4 - 'Whois Studies'
Chuck Gomes introduced the topic reminding Council of Part 3 of the
resolution 20071031-3 that
"Recognizes the demand for future policy development including, but not
limited to, ensuring appropriate privacy safeguards for natural persons,
lawful access to data for rights enforcement, consumer protection, law
enforcement and anti-crime purposes and will immediately initiate the
following sequential actions:
1) Council shall provide additional definition regarding the potential
data gathering and study requirements
2) staff shall provide the Council with rough cost estimates for various
components of data gathering and studies no later than February 15th, 2008
3) the Council will decide what data gathering and studies would be
pursued, and
4) staff will perform the resulting data gathering and studies and
report the results back to the Council."
Liz Gasster explained the various steps that were envisioned for the group:
1. Provide a format to solicit what studies should be undertaken
2. Distribute the format to the community for input
3. Evaluate the returned input
4. Calculate a general cost assessment based on the group's input and
have this prepared by the New Delhi meetings in February 2008.
The draft template for the WHOIS studies would be reviewed by the
Council at its meeting on 20 December 2007.
Volunteers for the group:
Liz Gasster, Senior Policy Officer from ICANN staff was designated as
the group coordinator
Steve Delbianco - CBUC
Milton Mueller - NCUC
Avri Doria - Nominating Committee appointee
The IPC and Registrar constituencies will appoint representatives.
Item 5 - IDNC and new ccTLD allocation issues discussion

a. Description of the issue
The Internationalized Domain Names Committee (IDNC) is being formed by
the ccNSO according to
charter adopted by the ccNSO and referenced in a Board resolution in Los
Angeles, in November, 2007.
The Charter of the group is to try to come up with a fast track
approach, by June 2008, for introducing IDN TLDs that would be
associated with ISO-3166 country code names. Some of the considerations
raised in the ccNSO/GAC Issues Report were that the names would not be 2
character names, but would be associated with the country codes, and not
necessarily operated by the existing ccTLD operators. The group has a
narrow responsibility to examine whether a plan could be put forward to
fast track some IDN TLDs associated with country codes until such time
as the ccNSO can develop a complete policy for IDN TLDs associated with
country codes.

b. - report on GNSO chair exchange with ccNSO chair
Currently the ccNSO charter states that there should be 2 GNSO
representatives on the IDNC.
Avri Doria reported that discussions with Chris Disspain, the ccNSO
Council chair, had not been successful in obtaining increased GNSO
representation on the group.
Chuck Gomes said Chris explained that minimising the size of the group
was to make it more effective and that 5 ccNSO members represented the 5
regions and for this reason the GAC was allowed the same number of
representatives. The aim of the group was a consensus building effort to
introduce one IDN TLD per country code where the ccTLD operators were
ready and where there was the greatest demand.

If the GNSO selects two representatives at the current meeting it would
not mean that the GNSO has given up trying to get larger representation
in the group.

Avri Doria clarified that in the charter:
- there was no commitment to one name per existing ccTLD
- there was no current guarantee that the ccNSO and GAC participation
would be restricted to 5 representatives per group
- Chris Disspain had emphasised that the allocation of names was a
ccNSO/GAC issue and the GNSO and other groups were being included for
consultation and expertise.
Chuck Gomes stated that a key question related to the allocation of
names in the name space was whether all names, not on the ISO-3166-1
list, were presumed to be in the generic name space. It was unlikely
that a new ISO list for IDN names and territories, as for the 2 letter
country codes, would be created. It thus became a fundamental issue for
the GNSO because the allocation of names in the name space was a broad
issue that required full community participation.
Tim Ruiz supported additional membership because it was as much a GNSO,
as it was ccNSO and GAC issue.

Olga Cavalli supported the idea that there could be more than one IDN
ccTLD allocated to countries where there was more than one language with
the number of characters required in that language, but anything in
excess of that qualified as a new gTLD and belonged in the 'g' space.
Norbert Klein supported the allocation of names, outside the ISO-3166
space as being a GNSO policy issue and not a technical question.
Edmon Chung viewed the allocation of the name space as a larger ICANN
issue, but was in favour of the ccNSO/GAC fast track approach for
satisfying those countries that needed IDN ccTLDs and as a means of
defining issues and providing input to a broader discussion on the
topic. Edmon likened the fast track approach to the experimental basket
used in the gTLD process. Edmon supported increased GNSO membership in
the group, or alternately having observers in addition to the 2 chosen
Philip Sheppard, speaking as an individual, noted that:
1. Solutions were not simple and logic would not always work. Generally
Government involvement did not favour a logical process and there was no
precedent in terms of mapping the historic ISO- 3166 list into IDNs. So,
a clean extrapolation from the new gTLD process in a logical way to
predict certain outcomes was unlikely. Following the fast-track approach
of one IDN ccTLD per country would work for some countries but not for
others, because of political issues and shared multiple scripts.
2. The number of people in the group did not play such an important role
if there was no voting, as long as there were two people who could
provide regular feed back to the Council.
3. Trying to promulgate a particular view might be preempting the
discussions. However, the GNSO could perhaps state a minimal level
agreement that their current view was, that all IDNs were in the generic
name space until such time as there was an agreement or reservation
policy which could be examined.
Tim Ruiz was in agreement with Philip Sheppard and noted that the
current ccTLD space was becoming very competitive with the gTLD space.
ccTLD operators were not required to have the same agreements as the
gTLD registries with ICANN, such as mandating that only ICANN accredited
registrars be used by the registries to offer registration services.
Thought should be given to allowing the ccTLD space to expand without a
framework of documents and agreements with ICANN, and how this imbalance
effects the business of Registrars and Registries, the user and business
constituencies, in regard to other policies and rules that apply to the
domain name registrations in the gTLD space.
Chuck Gomes referred to Milton Mueller's blog posting which raised
another nuance that a new IDN gTLD would be a giveaway for country
codes, while it would cost several hundred thousand dollars to even get
a chance to play for the gTLD applicants wanting an IDN gTLD.
Avri Doria offered 3 clarifications with regard to the IDNC working
group charter:

- the charter did not mention official languages because not all
countries have an official language.
- the charter specifically stated that anything that the IDNC did, would
not set precedence for the ccNSO's PDP on the full solution for ccTLDs.
- the charter was approved by the ICANN Board, thus if the Council
wanted increased representation, back-ups or observers,it may be
appropriate to send a request to the Board asking for such consideration.
Tina Dam commented that it was interesting that the Council opened up a
specific name space discussion and referred to the workshop on IDN
policy in Lisbon attended by ccNSO, GNSO and GAC members
where there was broad agreement that from a technical standpoint IDN
TLDs were not different from gTLDs and getting some IDN TLDs deployed
for production should be beneficial to both groups.

Tina offered the following observations to address the GNSO concerns:

- The IDN ccTLDs need to be limited as well as country and territory
- There will be no delegation of ccTLDs that could be considered gTLDs.
- Any TLDs allocated in the fast track cycle would not set precedence
but would need to follow the rules and policies to be set later in the
formal ccNSO Policy Development Process.
Some sensitive points include the comparison to the initial round of new
gTLDs where there was no interaction from the country code side at that
In terms of timing, there are concerns about who gets TLDs in the root
first. From the staff point of view, there is an attempt to merge the
introduction of new gTLDs to have IDN ccTLDs go into the root at more or
less the same time. In terms of contracts and fees, where the 'cs' and
the 'gs' are very different, further discussion is required.
Seeking a middle ground, with GNSO participation in the IDNC, is
important for the fast track approach to succeed.
Chuck Gomes, expanding on the 'middle ground' concept, asked if it would
be reasonable to believe that it was good for countries or territories
to have an IDN version(s), of their country code names, realizing that
in many cases it would go beyond two-characters, for use in their
country and territory and for users of the script? Could Council support
such a notion, or were there proponents for the other extreme that
everything outside of the ISO 3166-1 list belonged to the gTLD space?
Olga Cavalli commented that in her view, anything outside of the ISO
3166-1 list would be generic ('g') name space, but country names could
be in scripts other than ASCII. However, the whole name of the country
in another script, would then belong in the 'g' space.
Avri Doria, stating her personal viewpoint, believed that until such
time as a reallocation of the name space had been undertaken by ICANN,
the community as a whole, Supporting Oragnisations and Advisory
Committees, all of the name space, IDN and ASCII, was generic except for
the ISO 3166-1 two character ASCII list.
Avri totally supported the notion of a fast track approach without
waiting for the full reallocation discussion.
Tim Ruiz, as an individual Registrar, agreed with Avri and supported the
fast approach, but expressed reservations about the policies and rules
that the IDN TLDs would fall under. The current ccTLD market trends
indicated that the allocation of additional IDN TLDs would not
necessarily benefit the local people in their country. The gTLD space
versus ccTLD space was important from the GNSO’s perspective in that
consideration should be given to one of ICANN's core values, to promote
and sustain a competitive environment.

Edmon Chung, supported the fast track approach and reminded the group
that despite the broad agreement that existed from a technical
standpoint that IDN country/territory TLDs were not different from IDN
gTLDs; a clear distinction could not be made before their deployment.
Thus it would be inappropriate for the GNSO to preempt a position, but
rather be informed on the issue by the fast track approach.
Mike Rodenbaugh expressed support for the fast track approach and, while
recognizing that IDNs needed to go beyond two characters, believed that
they should not go beyond a direct reference to a country’s name.
Robin Gross supported the fast track approach and added that the GNSO
needed to be a part of the decision in scoping the name space.
Chuck Gomes proposed that a small group be formed to develop a clear
statement, for consideration by the Council if possible by the next
Council meeting on 20 December 2007, that describes the Council's
position regarding:
1. - the basis for allocating TLDs to the GNSO and ccNSO name spaces,
2. - clarification of the limited scope of the IDNC
The group would do its work on a dedicated email list and by
teleconference to develop the statement.
Volunteers for the group:
Avri Doria - Nominating Committee appointee
Olga Cavalli - Nominating Committee appointee
Edmon Chung - gTLD Registries constituency
Robin Gross - NCUC
Tim Ruiz - Registrar constituency
Tina Dam and Liz Gasster, ICANN staff, volunteered to co-ordinate the group
Kristina Rosette, seconded by Edmon Chung proposed that:
The GNSO Council submit a formal request to the ICANN Board for
increased GNSO participation on the IDNC working group as stated in the
charter that was approved by the ICANN Board

The Motion passed unanimously by voice vote
Decision 2:
The GNSO Council submit a formal request to the ICANN Board for
increased GNSO participation on the IDNC working group as stated in the
charter that was approved by the ICANN Board.

Item 6 - Choose 2 GNSO representatives on the IDNC

a. Decide on closing and halting the recording for this part of the meeting

The Council agreed to proceed with the recording of the meeting for the
selection of two GNSO representatives on the IDNC.
b. Discuss candidates and pick 2 as required by the current IDNC charter

Avri Doria reported that there were 6 candidates:
Cary Karp - gTLD Registries Constituency
Edmon Chung - gTLD Registries constituency
Avri Doria - Nominating Committee Appointee
OLga Cavalli - Nominating Committee Appointee
Charles Sha'ban - IPC
Yoav Keren - Registrar Constituency

Chuck Gomes noted certain selection criteria:
1 - good understanding of IDN issues from a technical and policy point
of view.
2 - good representation of the views of the GNSO and in particular, the
Council's views.
3 - good regional representation from key areas, such as Asia, the
Arabic world and India, where there was the greatest demand for IDN TLDs
Charles Sha'ban with technical and policy knowledge of both the gTLD and
ccTLD environments was proposed by the Intellectual Property Interests
Constituency and supported by the CBUC, Norbert Klein and Chuck Gomes.
In addition to rich exposure to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs),
generic and country code Domain Names, and Multilingual Domain Name
issues, Charles Sha'ban is the Executive Director of the Regional office
of Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), member of Talal
Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAGOrg), Director of Internet Affairs in
TAGOrg. and Founding Member and ex-board member of the Arab Internet
Names Consortium (AINC)
Edmon Chung stated that he had actively worked with IDNs since their
inception in 1999. He had followed through the policy process being
involved in ccTLD’s especially in Asia, where there was a pent-up demand
for IDNS and also being from GTLD space, understood the overlapping,
rather than the conflicting issues as well as the political
sensitivities that existed.
Edmon is an elected member of the elections committee of the Hong Kong
special administrative region, a member of the Chinese Domain Name
Consortium and was involved in developing the ICANN IDN Guidelines.
Edmon believed that his technical knowledge, policy experience,
awareness of cultural and political sensitivities of the regions that
are most eager for IDN TLD deployment, would provide a valuable
contribution to the Council's position in the IDNC.
Philip Sheppard, seconded by Bilal Beiram proposed that:
The GNSO Council approves two candidates to join the IDNC working group,
namely, Edmon Chung (gTLD registry constituency) and Charles Sha'ban
(Intellectual Property constituency) with alternates Olga Cavalli
(Nominating Committee appointee) and Cary Karp (gTLD registry constituency)
The motion unanimously passed by voice vote.

Decision 3:
The GNSO Council approved two candidates to join the IDNC working group,
namely, Edmon Chung (gTLD registry constituency) and Charles Sha'ban
(Intellectual Property constituency) with alternates Olga Cavalli
(Nominating Committee appointee) and Cary Karp (gTLD registry constituency)

Action Items:
Avri Doria proposed writing a letter to the Board, with a copy to the
ccNSO and the GAC chairs asking for expansion of the GNSO participation
in the IDNC.
Avri Doria also proposed informing the IDNC that the GNSO had selected 2
members with two alternate participants and request that the GNSO chair
be allowed to participate, at least as an observer, until such time as
there was a ruling on the Council's request for expansion of the IDNC
Item 7 - Action Item Review
Chuck Gomes reporting on the GNSO Council response to the GAC/ CCNSO
issues paper on IDN TLD’s, said that the group had been formed, they had
held one meeting, and were revising the statement via Google documents.
The goal was to have a rough draft before the Council by January 18, 2008.

Avri Doria proposed to work with staff on crafting a motion on proxy
voting for the next meeting on 20 December 2007.

Kristina Rosette called the Council's attention to the revised IGO
Domain Name DRP and the vote on a PDP that was scheduled at the next
meeting on 20 December, 2007.
The GNSO Secretariat reminded Council that the nomination period for
GNSO Council chair would close at 23:00 UTC and that voting would start
on Thursday 13 December 2007 and run through to 7 January 2008.

Item 8 - AOB
8.1 Travel funding
Avri Doria stated that there were two actions being undertaken:
- a letter that had almost been stabilized to Dr. Paul Twomey, the CEO
requesting funding for volunteer councillors to attend ICANN meetings
- a discussion with Doug Brent and Denise Michel on the utilization of
money that had been allocated in the 2006-2007 budget to fund
participation at intersessional meetings.
Avri proposed that both actions should proceed in parallel.
Chuck Gomes suggested that the issue be divided in two:
One, funding for India, which was a short term need, involving high
expenses and the possibility of using funds that were budgeted, not for
ICANN meetings, but for other GNSO policy work,
Two, the long term issue of funding the related travel for GNSO policy work.
Kristina Rosette noted that funding was to ensure all volunteers, who
contributed to the formation of ICANN's policy, were actually in a
position to do that without personal financial disadvantage. If ICANN
was essentially limiting participation, barring reimbursement of
reasonable travel expenses, it was inconsistent with the entire bottom
up, international, multi-stakeholder model.
Tim Ruiz, from a personal point of view, was in general agreement with
the concept of funding travel. If GNSO policy was a considerable part of
what took place at ICANN meetings then reasonable expenses should be
covered to ensure good Council representation. However, there was some
strong opposition to the concept in the Registrars Constituency.
Jordi Iparraguirre, speaking for the gTLD Registry Constituency noted
that the constituency did not oppose travel subsidisation but that the
criteria for having such support should be transparent, crystal clear,
and public.
There should be a strong case made for the need of support. The question
should be asked whether it is necessary for all participants to be
physically present at meetings.
The constituency would like to see ICANN invest more in the
constituencies and the council to provide video conferencing tools to
minimize travel and allow participation at any time and any in place in
the world.
Bilal Beiram supported Jordi, but until such time as the remote
participation via video conferencing had been developed, physical
participation was important.
Norbert Klein agreed that there were two different issues, the immediate
New Delhi meetings and the long term travel policy, and urged for the
matter to be expedited, because airline tickets increased in price
nearer the dates.
Chuck Gomes added that the issue of meeting venue for meetings was an
important issue and needed to be revisited.
Avri Doria stated that as Council Chair she would put forward the
Council position, but her personal view was that parity of treatment
with the ICANN Board and staff should be requested.
Chuck Gomes summarised, that two constituencies had noted hesitations
about a blanket request for travel funding while different personal
views were expressed in at least one of those constituencies. Almost
everybody else seemed to be supportive of requesting travel funding.
Furthermore, there might not be an immediate need for the letter to the
CEO addressing the long term issue. Actions were already underway
involving Denise Michel and Doug Brent that should be pursued for rapid
possible funding with a resolution, not later than the next Council
meeting on 20 December 2007.
Avri Doria invited Council members to inform her privately if they were
completely dependent on funding to attend the New Delhi meetings.
Chuck Gomes adjourned the GNSO Council meeting and thanked everyone for
their participation.
The meeting ended at 17:30 UTC.
Next GNSO Council teleconference will be on 20 December 2007 at 15:00 UTC.
see: Calendar

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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