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Preliminary Report | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

[Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the ICANN Board]

Note: This has not been approved by the Board and does not constitute minutes but does provide a preliminary attempt setting forth the unapproved reporting of the resolutions from that meeting. Details on voting and abstentions will be provided in the Board's Minutes, when approved by the Board at a future meeting.

NOTE ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED WITHIN PRELIMINARY REPORT – ON RATIONALES -- Where available, a draft Rationale for each of the Board's actions is presented under the associated Resolution. A draft Rationale is not final until approved with the minutes of the Board meeting.

A Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held telephonically on 28 February 2013 at 21:00 UTC.

Steve Crocker, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to the Vice Chair the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Sébastien Bachollet, Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO), Bertrand de La Chapelle, Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Bruce Tonkin (Vice Chair), and Kuo-Wei Wu. Judith Vazquez sent apologies.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting:), Heather Dryden (GAC Liaison), Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison); and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison). Francisco da Silva (TLG Liaison) and Thomas Narten (IETF Liaison) sent apologies

The following ICANN staff participated in all or part of the meeting: Akram Atallah, Chief Operating Officer; John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Secretary; David Olive, Vice President, Policy Development Support; Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Samantha Eisner, Kim Davies, Elise Gerich, Dan Halloran, Jamie Hedlund, and Diane Schroeder.

This is a preliminary report of the approved resolutions resulting from the Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors, which took place on 28 February 2013.

  1. Consent Agenda:
    1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
    2. Action from Board Compensation Committee
  2. Main Agenda:
    1. Arab Center for Dispute Resolution's Proposal to Serve as UDRP Provider
    2. Redelegation of the .ML domain representing Mali
    3. Delegation of the .укр domain representing Ukraine
    4. New Approach to Process for ccTLD Delegation & Redelegations
    5. Beijing Meeting Information Update
    6. Any Other Business

 

  1. Consent Agenda:

    The Chair introduced the items on the consent agenda and called for a vote. The Board then took the following action:

    Resolved, the following resolutions in this Consent Agenda are approved:

    1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes

      Resolved (2013.02.28.01), the Board approves the minutes of the 2 February 2013 Special Meeting of the ICANN Board.

    2. Action from Board Compensation Committee

      Whereas, the retention of high calibre staff is essential to ICANN's operations and ICANN desires to ensure competitive compensation for staff.

      Whereas, the Board recently appointed David Olive as an ICANN Officer (see http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolutions-02feb13-en.htm#1.e).

      Whereas, independent market data provided by independent compensation experts indicates that the current compensation for David Olive, ICANN's Vice President, Policy Development Support, falls within ICANN's target of the 50th to 75th percentile based on market data supplied by ICANN's independent compensation experts.

      Whereas, the Compensation Committee and the full Board have confirmed that they are not conflicted with respect to the Vice President, Policy Development Support's compensation package.

      Resolved (2013.02.28.02), the Board adopts the current compensation of Officer David Olive, Vice President, Policy Development Support, as reasonable based on the market data and recommendations from the independent compensation experts.

      Rationale for Resolution 2013.02.28.02

      Attracting and retaining high calibre staff by providing a competitive compensation package is crucial to the organization.  In adopting as reasonable the compensation for ICANN's Officer, David Olive, the Compensation Committee and the Board reviewed and accepted the market analysis and recommendations from the independent compensation experts, and by taking this action are confirming that they are not conflicted as to David Olive's compensation package. 

      This decision will have no fiscal impact on the organization or the community, and it will not have an impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system. This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.

    Fourteen members of the Board voted in favor of Resolutions 2013.02.28.01 and 2013.02.28.02. Two members of the Board were unavailable to vote. The resolutions carried.

    After completion of the vote, the Board engaged in a brief discussion regarding the status of an item that was previously proposed for inclusion on the Board's agenda, the application for the creation of a new constituency in the non-contracted parties' house of the GNSO. The Chair of Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) confirmed that the SIC will be undertaking additional work on this item and will present it to the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

  2. Main Agenda:

    1. Arab Center for Dispute Resolution's Proposal to Serve as UDRP Provider

      The Board engaged in a brief discussion regarding community requests received to post the ACDR's revised proposal for public comments, and the Board requested that staff open a further comment period. The Board also requested staff to provide an update to the community on the prior work done regarding ICANN's relationship with the UDRP Providers.

    2. Redelegation of the .ML domain representing Mali

      The Board received a brief overview of the history of the request for redelegation of the ccTLD. The Board then took the following action:

      Resolved (2013.02.28.03), ICANN has reviewed and evaluated the request, and the documentation demonstrates the redelegation process was followed and is in the interests of the local and global Internet communities.

      Fourteen members of the Board voted in favor of the resolution. Two Board members were unavailable to voted on the resolution. The resolution carried.

      Rationale for Resolution 2013.02.28.03

      As part of the IANA Functions, ICANN receives request to delegate and redelegate country-code top-level domains. ICANN Staff has reviewed and evaluated a redelegation request for this domain and has provided a report to the ICANN Board that proper procedures were followed in that evaluation. The Board's oversight of the process helps ensure ICANN is properly executing its responsibilities relating to the stable and secure operation of critical unique identifier systems on the Internet and pursuant to the IANA Functions Contract. Ensuring that the process is followed adds to the accountability of ICANN. This action will have no fiscal impact on ICAN or the community, and will have a positive impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

      This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.

    3. Delegation of the .укр domain representing Ukraine

      The Board received a brief overview of the history of the request for delegation of the IDN ccTLD. The Board then took the following action:

      Resolved (2013.02.28.04), ICANN has reviewed and evaluated the request, and the documentation demonstrates the delegation process was followed and is in the interests of the local and global Internet communities.

      Fourteen members of the Board voted in favor of the resolution. Two Board members were unavailable to voted on the resolution. The resolution carried.

      Rationale for Resolution 2013.02.28.04

      As part of the IANA Functions, ICANN receives request to delegate and redelegate country-code top-level domains. ICANN Staff has reviewed and evaluated a delegation request for this domain and has provided a report to the ICANN Board that proper procedures were followed in that evaluation. The Board's oversight of the process helps ensure ICANN is properly executing its responsibilities relating to the stable and secure operation of critical unique identifier systems on the Internet and pursuant to the IANA Functions Contract. Ensuring that the process is followed adds to the accountability of ICANN. This action will have no fiscal impact on ICANN or the community, and will have a positive impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

      This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.

    4. New Approach to Process for ccTLD Delegation & Redelegations

      The Board and staff engaged in a discussion about the new approach to the process for Board consideration of ccTLD delegation and redelegation requests under the IANA Functions Contract, and the Board moving into more of an oversight role in these matters.

    5. Beijing Meeting Information Update

      The Board received a short presentation from staff on logistical preparations for the Beijing meeting, and noted that a more detailed information call would be presented to the Board on this topic.

    6. Any Other Business

      The President and CEO provided a brief update to the Board on his meetings and travels over the prior weeks.

Published on 11 March 2013

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