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Minutes | Meeting of the Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) | 2 June 2023

BAMC Attendees: Alan Barrett, Becky Burr, Edmon Chung, Sarah Deutsch, Patricio Poblete, León Sánchez (Chair), and Katrina Sataki

ICANN organization Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Casandra Furey (Associate General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)

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

  1. Discussion re Namecheap Independent Review Process (IRP) Final Declaration – The Committee Chair conducted a conflicts of interest check. Edmon Chung noted that the back-end provider for dotAsia provides back-end registry services for .INFO and .ORG, but he did not recuse himself from consideration of the matter. Sarah Deutsch noted that she is a Board member of Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and, while she has had no interaction with EFF regarding this matter, she will abstain from consideration of the matter. The BAMC agreed that there are no conflicts of interest concerns with respect to Sarah's participation in the BAMC's discussions on the matter. The BAMC received a briefing from ICANN org regarding potential next steps in the evaluation of the Namecheap IRP Panel's Final Declaration and recommendations. Following discussion, the Committee agreed to recommend that the Board approve taking the initial step of directing the Interim President and CEO, or her designee(s), to retain an economist to provide input regarding the current domain name system (DNS) marketplace with respect to the market power of .INFO and .ORG.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare relevant Board materials.

  2. Proposed Updates to Committee Charter – The Committee considered and approved a recommendation to the Board to approve updates to the Committee's charter to align with current practices, including receiving reports on status of litigation and accountability mechanisms matters.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare relevant Board materials.

  3. Litigation Update – The Committee received a litigation update.

  4. AOB – The Committee discussed and agreed on next steps in the evaluation of nomination of the slate for Standing Panelists that the Board received from the Independent Review Process Community Representatives Group. The BAMC requested ICANN org to prepare a draft document reflecting the BAMC's discussion.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare draft document requested by the BAMC.

Published on 4 July 2023