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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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  • stakeholder group

    A formally recognized body within the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) that represents a specific segment of the GNSO community. Stakeholder groups are specified in the ICANN Bylaws and hold designated seats on the GNSO Council. The GNSO has four stakeholder groups:

    • Registry Stakeholder Group (RySG)
    • Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG)
    • Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG)
    • Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG)

    Some stakeholder groups are further divided into constituencies. A constituency represents a segment of a stakeholder group’s community.