[ALAC] ICANN Board resolution - 10 April 2012 - Establishment of New gTLD Program Committee

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Fri Apr 13 14:51:30 UTC 2012

Creation of a new Board Committee delegated to take any and all 
actions on behalf of the Board related to the new GTLD program. This 
committee excludes any Directors who have conflicts related to the program.


>10 April 2012
>Establishment of New gTLD Program Committee
>Resolved (2012.04.10.01), the Board hereby establishes the Board New 
>gTLD Program Committee as follows: (i) the voting members of the 
>Committee will consist of: Rod Beckstrom, Cherine Chalaby, Chris 
>Disspain, Bill Graham, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, R. 
>Ramaraj, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, and Kuo-Wei Wu; (ii) the 
>liaisons to the Committee will be Thomas Roessler; and (iii) the 
>Chair of the Committee will be Cherine Chalaby.
>Resolved (2012.04.10.02), the Board hereby delegates to the Board 
>New gTLD Program Committee all legal and decision making authority 
>of the Board relating to the New gTLD Program (for the round of the 
>Program, which commenced in January 2012 and for the related 
>Applicant Guidebook that applies to this current round) as set forth 
>in its Charter, which excludes those things that the Board is 
>prohibited from delegating by law, or pursuant to Article XII, 
>Section 2 of the ICANN Bylaws.
>Resolved (2012.04.10.03), all members of the New gTLD Program 
>Committee reinforce their commitment to the 8 December 2011 
>Resolution of the Board (Resolution 2011.12.08.19) regarding Board 
>member conflicts, and specifying in part: "Any and all Board members 
>who approve any new gTLD application shall not take a contracted or 
>employment position with any company sponsoring or in any way 
>involved with that new gTLD for 12 months after the Board made the 
>decision on the application."
>Resolved (2012.04.10.04), the Board directs the CEO to prepare a 
>document setting forth a process for the creation of Board 
>Committees to address future situations where there may be multiple 
>Board members with perceived, potential or actual conflicts of 
>interest on an issue.
>Rationale for Resolutions 2012.04.10.01-2012.04.10.04
>In order to have efficient meetings and take appropriate actions 
>with respect to the New gTLD Program for the current round of the 
>Program and as related to the Applicant Guidebook, the Board decided 
>to create the "New gTLD Program Committee" in accordance with 
>Article XII of the Bylaws and has delegated decision making 
>authority to the Committee as it relates to the New gTLD Program for 
>the current round of the Program which commenced in January 2012 and 
>for the related Applicant Guidebook that applies to this current round.
>Establishing this new Committee without conflicted members, and 
>delegating to it decision making authority, will provide some 
>distinct advantages. First, it will eliminate any uncertainty for 
>conflict Board members with respect to attendance at Board meetings 
>and workshops since the New gTLD Program topics can be dealt with at 
>the Committee level. Second, it will allow for actions to be taken 
>without a meeting by the committee. As the Board is aware, actions 
>without a meeting cannot be taken unless done via electronic 
>submission by unanimous consent; such unanimous consent cannot be 
>achieved if just one Board member is conflicted. Third, it will 
>provide the community with a transparent view into the Board's 
>commitment to dealing with actual, potential or perceived conflicts.
>This resolution should have a positive impact on the community and 
>ICANN as a whole as the New gTLD Program Committee will be able to 
>take actions relating to the New gTLD Program for the current round 
>of the Program and as related to the Applicant Guidebook without any 
>question of conflict arising. No fiscal impact is anticipated as a 
>result of this action and there will be no impact on the security, 
>stability no resiliency of the domain name system.

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