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Preliminary Report | Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee

Note: On 10 April 2012, the Board established the New gTLD Program Committee, comprised of all voting members of the Board that are not conflicted with respect to the New gTLD Program. The Committee was granted all of the powers of the Board (subject to the limitations set forth by law, the Articles of incorporation, Bylaws or ICANN's Conflicts of Interest Policy) to exercise Board-level authority for any and all issues that may arise relating to the New gTLD Program. The full scope of the Committee's authority is set forth in its charter at http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/new-gTLD.

Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the New gTLD Program Committee. This has not been approved by the New gTLD Program Committee 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 Minutes, when approved 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 Regular Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors was held telephonically on 8 May 2013 at 13:00 UTC.

Committee Chairman Cherine Chalaby promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to the Chair the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Judith Vazquez, and Gonzalo Navarro.

Fadi Chehadé, Ray Plzak and Kuo-Wei Wu sent apologies.

Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison and Francisco da Silva, TLG Liaison, were in attendance as non-voting liaisons to the Committee.

Heather Dryden, GAC Liaison, was in attendance as an invited observer.

ICANN Staff in attendance for all or part of the meeting: Akram Atallah, Chief Operating Officer; Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Samantha Eisner, Allen Grogan, Dan Halloran, Jamie Hedlund, Karen Lentz, Margie Milam, Erika Randall, Amy Stathos, and Christine Willett.

This is a preliminary report the Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee, which took place on 08 May 2013.

  1. Plan for Responding to the GAC Advice Issued in Beijing

 

  1. Plan for Responding to the GAC Advice Issued in Beijing

    The Committee reviewed a briefing paper providing an overview and analysis of the GAC advice issued in the Beijing Communiqué, focusing particularly on using a "scorecard" document to assist in the resolution of the GAC's advice. The scorecard was modeled on the scorecard effectively used in the Board-GAC consultations on new gTLDs in Brussels and San Francisco in 2011.

    The Committee agreed to further consider the GAC advice during the Committee's meeting in Amsterdam scheduled for 18 May 2013. The Committee acknowledged that some of its responses to the GAC advice could not be finalized until the Committee is able to review and consider public comments or applicant comments, as applicable.

    Staff provided the Committee with a brief update on its work to compile the procedure documents of the new gTLD application review panels. The documents will be provided for Committee consideration, and eventually for publication.

    The Committee engaged in a discussion regarding the consultation procedure required by the Applicant Guidebook when the GAC expresses concerns about a new gTLD application.

    The Committee examined an action plan and timeline for addressing the GAC advice provided in the Beijing Communiqué. The Committee agreed to provide an update of its progress to the community and to the GAC before the Amsterdam meeting, and to provide an update following the Amsterdam meeting.

    The Committee did not take formal action at the meeting, and the meeting was called to a close.

Published on 17 May 2013

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