[council] GAC Communique

Johan Helsingius julf at julf.com
Wed Nov 6 13:40:39 UTC 2019

Dear Council colleagues,

This is an early look at the GAC communique as it is being
drafted - more drafting going on today, but this is the
situation so far:

In the informational part (not advice, just commentary) there will
be something about SubPro WT5 Geo names asking for a system for
timely notifications to GAC members (like the current 2-character
code tool).

In the follow-up to previous GAC advice section there will be
a suggestion not to proceed with next newgTLDs round until
recommendations identified as prerequisites or high priority
in the CCT Review are implemented.

There will also be a request to proceed with the implementation
of the Red Cross/Crescent and IGO protection mechanisms.

In the formal consensus advice part, there will be an item
asking EPDP Phase 1 to provide detailed work plan and
timetable for implementation, and for Phase 2 a request to make
sure ICANN org operates "reasonable access" in a reasonable
manner (whatever that means) and for ICANN Compliance to create
complaints process for unreasonable denial of requests for data.

Furthermore on WHOIS/GDPR there will be a request for PPSAI
implementation to proceed in parallel and not be deferred until
end of EPDP process.

 .amazon remains a hotly debated topic. There might be text
to again be asking board to facilitate, or at least explain
why it didn't follow GAC advice, but there is no consensus
on this so far.

Will give update as things become more solid towards the end
of the day.

Your friendly GAC liaison,


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