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Preliminary Report | Regular 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

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 NGPC'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 in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 20 November 2013 at 16:45 local time.

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: Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO, ICANN), Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, and Kuo-Wei Wu.

Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison) and was in attendance as a non-voting liaison to the Committee. Francisco da Silva (TLG Liaison) and Heather Dryden sent apologies.

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary).

ICANN Staff in attendance for all or part of the meeting: Akram Atallah (President, Global Domains Division); Michelle Bright (Board Support Manager); Allen Grogan (Chief Contracting Counsel); Dan Halloran (Deputy General Counsel); Jamie Hedlund (Advisor to the President/CEO); Kevin Kreuser (Senior Counsel); Elizabeth Le (Senior Counsel); Cyrus Namazi (Vice President, DNS Industry Engagement); Karine Perset (Senior Director of Board Support); Erika Randall (Counsel); Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel); and Christine Willett (Vice President, gTLD Operations).

This is a Preliminary Report of the Meeting of the New gTLD Program Committee, which took place on 20 November 2013.

  1. Consent Agenda
  2. Main Agenda
    1. Report on String Confusion Objection Expert Determinations
    2. GAC Advice regarding .WINE and .VIN
    3. Reconsideration Request 13-12, Tencent Holdings Limited
    4. AOB


  1. Consent Agenda:

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

    Resolved (2013.11.20.NG01), the NGPC approves the minutes of the 7 October and 5 November 2013 meetings of New gTLD Program Committee.

    All members of the Committee present voted in favor of Resolution 2013.11.20.NG01. The Resolution carried.

  2. Main Agenda:

    1. Report on String Confusion Objection Expert Determinations

      The Committee postponed consideration of this agenda item for further discussion at a subsequent meeting.

    2. GAC Advice regarding .WINE and .VIN

      The President and CEO provided the Committee with an update on efforts to facilitate a dialogue between the non-government parties and the applicant for .VIN on safeguards for the applied-for string.

      The Committee considered whether facilitating a dialogue was inconsistent with the processes established by the Applicant Guidebook, and whether additional parties should be involved in any dialogue it may help facilitate. Several members noted the delicate nature of the matter given the competing interests involved, and agreed that the Committee's role should be limited and carefully considered.

      The Committee considered possible next steps for addressing the GAC's advice regarding .WINE and .VIN, and agreed that it would continue to monitor the issues and consider the matter further in light of any additional advice that the GAC may issue in its Buenos Aires Communiqué.

      The Committee also discussed the need to respond to the correspondence from the European Commission regarding safeguards for .WINE and .VIN, and directed staff to prepare a draft response for further consideration by the Committee.

    3. Reconsideration Request 13-12, Tencent Holdings Limited

      The Chair presented the Committee with an overview of background information concerning Reconsideration Request 13-12, nothing that the Board Governance Committee recommended that the Reconsideration Request be denied.

      The Committee discussed the complexity of the background information giving rise to this specific Reconsideration Request, and the Reconsiderations Requests in general, and directed staff to re-draft the briefing materials to aid in the Committee's deliberation of the issues. The Committee agreed to consider Reconsideration Requests 13-12 at a subsequent meeting.

    4. AOB

      The Committee discussed the need to establish a long-term meeting schedule to provide predictability for meetings dates as the Committee works through its list of open items.

    The Chair then called the Meeting to a close.

Published on 3 December 2013

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