Preliminary Report | Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee 21 June 2014

Note: On 10 April 2012, the Board established the New gTLD Program Committee, comprised of all voting members of the Board that are not conflicted with respect to the New gTLD Program. The Committee was granted all of the powers of the Board (subject to the limitations set forth by law, the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws or ICANN's Conflicts of Interest Policy) to exercise Board-level authority for any and all issues that may arise relating to the New gTLD Program. The full scope of the Committee's authority is set forth in its charter at

Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the New gTLD Program Committee. This has not been approved by the New gTLD Program Committee and does not constitute minutes but does provide a preliminary attempt setting forth the unapproved reporting of the resolutions from that meeting. Details on voting and abstentions will be provided in the Minutes, when approved at a future meeting.

NOTE ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED WITHIN PRELIMINARY REPORT – ON RATIONALES -- Where available, a draft Rationale for each of theNew gTLD Program Committee's actions is presented under the associated Resolution. A draft Rationale is not final until approved with the minutes of theNew gTLD Program Committee meeting.

A Regular Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors was held in London, England on 21 June 2014 at 13:00 local time.

Committee Chairman Cherine Chalaby promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to the Chair the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO, ICANN), Steve Crocker (Board Chairman), Chris Disspain,Bill Graham, Bruno Lanvin, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, and Kuo-Wei Wu.

Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison) and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison) were in attendance as non-voting liaisons to the Committee.

Heather Dryden sent apologies.

Board Member Elect: Rinalia Abdul Rahim (observing).

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary).

ICANN Executives and Staff in attendance for all or part of the meeting: Akram Atallah (President, Global Domains Division); Francisco Arias (Director, Technical Services – Global Domains Division); Megan Bishop (Board Support Coordinator); Michelle Bright (Board Support Manager); Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer); John Crain (Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer); Allen Grogan (Chief Contracting Counsel); Jamie Hedlund (Advisor to the President/CEO); Serena Lai (Paralegal); Cyrus Namazi (Vice President, DNS Industry Engagement); Erika Randall (Counsel); Ashwin Rangan (Chief Innovation and Information Officer); Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel); and Christine Willett (Vice President, gTLD Operations).

Invited Guest (Main Agenda Item 2.c): Ram Mohan.

This is a Preliminary Report of the Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee, which took place on 21 June 2014.

  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Minutes
  2. Main Agenda
    1. GAC Advice – Category 2 Safeguards, Exclusive Access and IGO Protections
    2. Consideration of Sensitive Strings
    3. Name Collision Framework
    4. New gTLD Program Financial Update


  1. Consent Agenda:

    1. Approval of Minutes

      The Chair introduced the items on the Consent Agenda, and the Committee took the following action:

      Resolved (2014.06.21.NG01), the ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) approves the minutes of the 5 March, 29 April, 14 May, and 6 June 2014 NGPC meetings.

      All members of the Committee present voted in favor of Resolution 2014.06.21.NG01. The Resolution carried.

  2. Main Agenda:

    1. GAC Advice – Category 2 Safeguards, Exclusive Access and IGO Protections

      The Committee continued its discussion of the remaining open items of GAC advice, which included consideration of the Category 2 Safeguard advice from the Beijing Communiqué. The Committee considered various options to continue to make progress to resolve the advice, including engaging in a dialogue with the GAC about the responses from the twelve applicants who indicated their intent to provide exclusive registry access for a generic string. Each of the applicants provided a response about how their exclusive registry access would serve a public interest goal. The Committee also considered whether it would be appropriate and beneficial to initiate a public comment period concerning the responses from the twelve applicants, and directed staff to prepare potential questions that could be used to frame a possible public comment forum. The Committee agreed to consider this matter further at a subsequent meeting.

      The Committee received an update on progress to address the GAC's advice concerning protections for IGOs, and considered the possibility of discussing the contents of its 16 June 2014 letter to the GNSO with the GNSO during the London meeting. The 16 June letter provided an update on the progress to address the areas of the GNSO policy recommendations that conflict with GAC advice, and highlighted the GNSO Operating Procedure, which allows for modification of a GNSO policy before the Board adopts it.

      The Committee also considered recent correspondence received from governments concerning the delegation of .WINE and .VIN, and discussed proposed responses to the correspondence.

    2. Consideration of Sensitive Strings

      The Committee engaged in a discussion concerning applications for several adult-oriented strings in the current round of the New gTLD Program, including .ADULT, .PORN, and .SEX. The applications propose to serve the same sector as the .XXX sponsored TLD. Staff noted that the applications were not the subject of GAC advice, or any special safeguards, other the safeguards that are applicable to all new gTLDs. The Committee considered how the safeguards in the new gTLD Program compare to the safeguards that were included in the .XXX Registry Agreement. The Committee requested staff prepare additional briefing materials, and agreed to discuss the matter further at a subsequent meeting.

    3. Name Collision Framework

      Ram Mohan was invited by the Committee to join its discussion of agenda item 2.c regarding name collisions. Ram briefed the Committee on the Security and Stability Advisory Committee's (SSAC) SAC066 Report. SAC066 is a comment on the Draft Phase One Report on Mitigating the Risks of DNS Namespace Collisions prepared by JAS Global Advisors, which was commissioned by ICANN to study namespace collisions and provide a comprehensive approach to reducing current and future collisions. The Committee continued its discussion regarding the progress made to develop a framework to address collision occurrences between new gTLDs and existing private uses of the same strings.

      The Committee considered the operational and strategic recommendations in SAC066 and discussed the differences between the recommendations in the JAS report and the SSAC's recommendations. As part of this discussion, the Committee considered the SSAC's recommendations regarding accommodating an IPv6 solution as part of the name collision framework, and using a honeypot as the notification system to alert affected parties of name collisions. Staff discussed the proposed next steps given the publication of SAC066 and the Final JAS Phase One report, noting that the proposed framework would be discussed with the community during the ICANN meeting in London as well as the Board Risk Committee. Some members of the Committee noted that there might be boarder policy matters implicated by the name collision issue and these matters should be appropriately put to the policy development process. Some members of the Committee also noted that the issue of name collisions is not limited to the new gTLD namespace and that additional discussion was needed on the appropriate approach to address the issue using a cross-community approach.

      Staff reported that it would present the Committee with a final recommendation for a name collision framework after additional discussion and feedback from the community during the ICANN meeting in London, and additional discussions with the Board Risk Committee.

      Ram Mohan left the meeting at the conclusion of the discussion of this agenda item.

    4. New gTLD Program Financial Update

      Item not considered.

      The Chair called the meeting to a close.

Published on 1 July 2014