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Public Comment: Community Input Requested on Academia Representation on NomCom

On 21 April 2011, the ICANN Board approved the initiation of a 30-day period of public comment to obtain community input to inform the BGC's future work on the feasibility of identifying an entity to make appointments to the NomCom as called for in Article VII, Section 2.8.c of the Bylaws. The public comment will also address the potential proposed Bylaws amendments [PDF, 64 KB] regarding the removal of this Bylaws provision in the event that the public comment does not result in the identification of an appropriate entity or process for identifying such an entity.

  • Staff Responsible: Amy A. Stathos, Deputy General Counsel
  • Deadline and How to Submit Comments: The Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, from 30 April 2011 through 23:59 UTC, 30 May 2011, on this matter. During this period, the ICANN community and public are invited to submit comments via e-mail to academia-nomcom@icann.org.
  • To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at http://forum.icann.org/lists/academia-nomcom/.

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