[ALAC-Announce] Board-GAC Meeting - Root Zone Scaling paper now available

ICANN At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Wed Feb 23 18:08:16 UTC 2011

Dear All, 


In advance of the Board-GAC meeting, the Root Zone Scaling paper is now
available, in addition to the other previously released papers (see below):




Updated: New gTLDS: Briefing Papers for ICANN Board-GAC Consultations



Updated: 23 February 2011

21 February 2011

The Root Zone Scaling paper is now available and is posted below.

In addition, a publication date of 21 February 2011 has been added to each
of the 10 briefing papers posted with this announcement on 21 February 2011.
There has been no content modification to any of these papers.


In preparation for the ICANN Board-GAC consultation in Brussels on 28
February and 1 March 2011, ICANN has prepared briefing papers to address the
12 topics identified in the GAC's Cartagena communiqué as "...outstanding
and require additional discussion between the Board and the GAC." As some of
the topics were considered to overlap or be inter-related, more than one
topic is covered in some of the briefing papers.

The aim of the briefing papers is to identify the areas of difference which
remain between the ICANN Board and the GAC on the nominated topics to focus
the discussion on the issues in Brussels. These areas of difference have
been identified through the GAC Principles on New gTLDs, GAC communications
to the Board on the new gTLD program, and GAC communiqués. There have also
been conference calls among ICANN Board, GAC and staff in the past few weeks
to confirm the areas of difference. The papers also provide background and
ICANN's position on the issues raised. Also attached to most briefing papers
is an annex containing reference documents: the first is a summary of
actions taken responding to GAC and public comments; and the second is a
table which provides a chronological listing of GAC advice and comments on
new gTLDs, responses provided by ICANN and key documents published on the

Note that the GAC is preparing its own scorecard on these same issues –
highlighting GAC consensus positions on the New gTLD Program and where that
position differs from the current implementation model. It is expected that
the GAC and ICANN papers will differ. The primary purpose of the Brussels
consultation is to get joint understanding of specific differences between
the GAC and Board positions. Once that understanding is obtained, the
parties can work toward a common position.

These briefing papers are being posted for information only, so that
interested participants will be able to have a sense of the issues to be
discussed during the ICANN Board-GAC consultation. They are not being
published for public comment.

The briefing papers are as follows:

eb11-en.pdf> Objection Procedures: includes requirements for governments to
pay fees; procedures for review of sensitive strings; and early warning to
applications—whether a proposed string would be considered controversial or
to raise sensitivities (including geographical names) [PDF, 365 KB]

Root Zone Scaling
1-en.pdf>  [PDF, 296 KB]

21feb11-en.pdf> Market and Economic Impacts [PDF, 316 KB]

ation-21feb11-en.pdf> Registry-Registrar Separation [PDF, 452 KB]

-21feb11-en.pdf> Protection of Rights Owners (trademark protections) [PDF,
276 KB]

cious-conduct-21feb11-en.pdf> Consumer Protection Issues (malicious conduct)
[PDF, 262 KB]

gence-recommendations-21feb11-en.pdf> Law Enforcement Due Diligence
Recommendations [PDF, 291 KB]

-21feb11-en.pdf> Post Delegation Disputes with governments [PDF, 409 KB]

-en.pdf> Geographic Names: use and protection of geographical names [PDF,
780 KB]

n.pdf> Legal Recourse for Applicants [PDF, 171 KB]

stakeholders-21feb11-en.pdf> Providing Opportunities for all Stakeholders
[PDF, 413 KB]

The Agenda for the meeting is being finalized.



Kind regards,




Heidi Ullrich, Matthias Langenegger, Seth Greene, Gisella Gruber-White,
Marilyn Vernon, 

ICANN At-Large Staff




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