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Public comment period bonanza

In the past few days, ICANN has put up a large number of documents for public comment, so this is a blog post just to make you aware of the fact. They include:

  • Registry failover plan – the method by which registrants will be protected in the event of a failure
  • Telnic Whois contract change – a change to fit in with UK law before .tel launches
  • Strategic Plan – a chance to review the three-year plan that outlines ICANN priorities as an organisation
  • GNSO Structural changes – the final report into changes to the main policy-making arm of ICANN
  • Contractual compliance report – the fruit of six months’ worth of work by the compliance team
  • New organisational frameworks and principles – important documents on how ICANN will work in future

The reason for this sudden glut in public comment periods is pretty simple. We want to discuss them at the Los Angeles meeting next week, so we are sticking them out there so people have time to review them in order to discuss them. Also, the timing of the public comment periods (as mandated by the bylaws) means that there should be time to gather public feedback, do any redrawing needed, and – wherever appropriate – put the documents in front of the Board for review at its first meeting after the LA meeting.

So there’s the list. Please do visit the public comment webpage, review the documents and comment where you feel you want to. Incidentally, the agenda for the Board’s meeting next week has been posted online.


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