Board Activities and Meetings
Minutes | Meeting of the Risk Committee of the Board (BRC) | 21 February 2023
BRC Attendees: Harald Alvestrand (Chair), Chris Chapman, James Galvin, Christian Kaufmann, Patricio Poblete, and Matthew Shears
BRC Member Apologies: Wes Hardaker
Other Board Member Attendees: Allen Barrett, Maarten Botterman, Becky Burr, Avri Doria, Manal Ismail, Danko Jevtović, Katrina Sataki, Matthew Shears, and Tripti Sinha
ICANN Organization Attendees: Michelle Bright (Board Content Coordination Director), Christopher Bare (Director, Strategic Initiatives), Amy Bivins (Senior Counsel), Xavier Calvez (SVP, Planning and Chief Financial Officer), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), James Caulfield (Vice President, Risk Management), Jared Erwin (Director, Policy Research & Stakeholder Programs), Daniel Halloran (Chief Data Protection Officer and Deputy General Counsel), Lars Hoffman (Senior Director, Policy Research and Stakeholder Programs), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Matt Larson (VP, Research), Nanig Mehranian (Senior Program Manager), Ashwin Rangan (SVP, Chief Innovation and Information Officer), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Specialist), Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel), and Theresa Swinehart (SVP, Global Domains and Strategy
The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken, and actions identified:
- Introduction and Opening Remarks - The Chair opened the meeting and introduced the agenda.
- Operational Design Assessment of Next Round of New gTLD Program Risks – The Committee received a briefing on preliminary risks associated with the next round of the New gTLD Program identified in the Operational Design Assessment (ODA). The ODA team identified risks in three main areas: overarching New gTLD Program risks, policy related risks, and implementation options and risks. Regarding the overarching New gTLD Program risks, risks were identified in the following areas: funding, human resources, ICANN systems and information security, legal, legislative or regulatory, multistakeholder governance and legitimacy, and other operations. The Committee also discussed mitigation strategies associated with the risks identified. The Committee noted that the risk assessments are preliminary and that a more comprehensive assessment will be completed following Board action on all of the Final Report outputs and prior to implementation of the next round.