Board Global Relationships Committee (BGRC) Minutes 16 February 2011

Committee Attendees:  Erika Mann, George Sadowsky, Katim Touray, and Kuo-Wei Wu

Apologies:  Cherine Chalaby, Peter Dengate Thrush

Other Board member Attendees:  Steve Crocker (Observer) – Acting Chair; Sébastien Bachollet; Rod Beckstrom – President and CEO; Bertrand de La Chappelle

Staff Attendees:  Jamie Hedlund – VP, Government Affairs, Americas; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Diane Schroeder and Amy Stathos

The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Minutes - Reviewed and approved minutes from prior BGRC meeting.

  2. IANA Functions Contract - Discussed contract implementation and renewal.

  3. IDN ccTLD Fast Track Request – Received update on specific IDN ccTLD Fast Track Request consideration and the criteria for satisfying the Fast Track Process requirements in the string evaluation phase.

    • Action:

      • Staff to coordinate informal meeting of the BGRC to further discuss application-related issues.

  4. Update on Global Relationships – Received brief staff update on Global Relationships Department staffing, including information on recruitment for the Vice President, Europe position.  Also received a brief staff update on budget allocations to the department for the upcoming FY12.

  5. Root Server Expansion – Engaged in initial discussion regarding global relationship aspects of locations of root servers.

    • Action:

      • Staff to engage in informal follow up with ICANN’s partners on this issue in order to further inform discussion within the BGRC.

  6. Budget: Discussed budget implications of strategy decisions in relation to strategic planning beginning in January.

  7. DNS Filtering – Engaged in brief discussion regarding ICANN and partner collaboration with respect to DNS filtering and domain name takedown and their potential impact on the security and stability of the Internet.