Public Comment

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Revised Conflicts of Interest Policy

Open: 6 May 09
Closed: 5 June 09

Explanation: A new public comment period opens today on the revised Conflicts of Interest Policy [PDF, 117 KB].

The ICANN Board initially adopted a Conflicts of Interest Policy on 4 March 1999, pursuant to ICANN Bylaws, Article V, Section 7, and Article VI, Section 3(b)].

The Board Governance Committee ("BGC") has responsibility for administration of ICANN’s Conflicts of Interest Policy. The Committee charter specifically states that the BGC “shall periodically review the Conflicts of Interest Policy and consider whether any modifications should be made to the policy to improve its effectiveness.” In furtherance of its role, the BGC has reviewed and significantly revised the Conflicts of Interest Policy in order to, among other things, remain current with legal disclosure requirements.

On 23 April 2009, the ICANN Board of Directors followed the BGC’s recommendation that the revised Conflicts of Interest Policy [PDF, 117 KB] be posted for public comment.

Staff member responsible: Amy Stathos

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