Public Comment

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The New GNSO Policy Development Process - the PDP-WT Initial Report

Open: 31 May 2010
Closed: 15 July 2010
Extended to 31 August
Extended to 30 September

Explanation/Background: As part of GNSO Improvements, the Policy Development Process (PDP) Work Team (WT) was tasked to developing recommendations for a new GNSO policy development process. ICANN's policies have wide-ranging impact on how domain names are handled in the gTLD environment, so the method of developing the policies matters. The Work team has considered questions such as: who has the right to introduce a new issue into the PDP; how much background data should participants have before deciding policy; and, what are the possible outcomes of a PDP? The PDP-WT has now published its Initial Report [PDF, 2.36 MB], containing amongst others forty-five (45) draft Recommendations and a flow chart that is intended to serve as the basis for the new Annex A of the ICANN by-laws, for Community input. Your feedback is requested.

Following the closing of the public comment period, the PDP-WT will analyze the comments received and continue its deliberations in view of finalizing the report for submission to the Policy Process Steering Committee for review and ultimately to the GNSO Council for approval.

Translations of the Executive Summary:

Staff member responsible: Marika Konings

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