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ICANN Bylaws Amendment: ccNSO-Proposed Changes to Article 10 and Annex B

21 January 2022

Link to Public Comment Proceeding:


Open for Submissions Date:

Friday, 21 January 2022

Closed for Submissions Date:

Thursday, 3 March 2022





What We Need your Input On:

The purpose of this Public Comment proceeding is to obtain community input on proposed changes to ICANN Bylaws Article 10 and Annex B requested by the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) prior to further consideration by the ICANN Board.


The proposed changes support the improvements arising out of the second Organizational Review of the ccNSO (ccNSO2 Review), specifically the need to allow Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) managers to become members of the ccNSO if they choose to do so. The proposed changes are the result of extensive consultations with the members of the ccNSO. The proposed changes address issues of definition of membership and voting rights when there are multiple ccTLD managers from the same country or territory and are important to the continued effectiveness of ccNSO processes.

The ICANN Board, taking on the ccNSO request, agreed to initiate the Standard Bylaws Amendment Process established in Article 25, Section 25.1 of the ICANN Bylaws. As required by Section 25.1, prior to approval of a Standard Bylaw Amendment by the ICANN Board, a draft of the Standard Bylaw Amendment is required to be published for Public Comment.

Next Steps

The ICANN Board will consider Public Comment submissions in evaluating the proposed Standard Bylaws Amendment.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.