[ALAC] Fwd: [soac-chairs] Chair’s Blog: Wrapping up the Istanbul Workshop

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Sat May 18 15:55:32 UTC 2019

Chair’s Blog: Wrapping up the Istanbul Workshop

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In this blog, I share some of the more significant discussions from the
ICANN Board workshop, which was held earlier this month in Istanbul,
Turkey, as well as a summary of the key resolutions passed during the
public Board meeting in Istanbul. I will also update you on three Board
actions we have taken since the workshop.

*Istanbul Workshop*
We followed the agenda which was detailed in my preview blog
with one exception.

The open Board session regarding approval of the IDN v4 Guidelines that was
planned for 2 May 2019 was postponed so that the Board can review and
consider a request received by the GNSO Council
30 April 2019 to review the policy implications prior to a decision being
made. A new date and time for the IDN v4 Guidelines discussion will be

*Community Reception*
While in Istanbul, we also had the pleasure of attending a reception with
more than 40 community members.

During the Istanbul workshop, the Board continued our discussions on the
Root Server System Advisory Committee's proposal for a DNS Root Server
System (RSSAC037
model and recommendations for next steps on the Proposed Governance Model
for the Root Server System (RSSAC038
<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/rssac-038-15jun18-en.pdf>). As
part of the ICANN Board’s consideration of RSSAC037 and RSSAC038, ICANN org,
working with the Board Technical Committee, prepared a “Concept Paper on a
Community-Driven Process to Develop a Final Model Based on RSSAC037” that
outlines a community-driven process to finalize a cooperation and
governance model for the Root Server System, based on the recommendations
in RSSAC037. This effort will be led by the Root Server System Governance
Working Group (GWG), to be composed of nine invited representatives,
including two from the Registry Stakeholder Group. As a next step in this
evolution process, the Board directed ICANN org to publish RSSAC037, the
Concept Paper, draft charter and draft GWG documents for Public Comment.

*FY20 Operating Plan & Budget*
The Board adopted the FY20 Operating Plan & Budget after conducting a final
review of the public comments.

*FY21 – FY25 Operating and Financial Plan *
The Board reviewed the framework document for the Operating and Financial
Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025. This document will be posted for Public
Comment at the beginning of June, and following this, the framework will be
developed into a comprehensive draft plan that will be posted for a second
Public Comment period by December 2019. A detailed Operating Plan & Budget
for the first year of the plan (i.e. Fiscal Year 2021) will also be posted
for Public Comment in December 2019 so that the community can review the
two documents together, and within the context of the Strategic Plan.

*Strengthening ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance*
The Board received an update on the progress made in developing a
Governance Plan to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of our
multistakeholder model. We appreciate the participation of the SO/AC leadership
thus far, and want to encourage everyone to participate in the open public
this topic, which closes 4 June 2019.

*B**oard Resolutions*
On 3 May 2019, we held a public Board meeting and passed several resolutions
<https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2019-board-meetings>, including:

   - March 2021 ICANN Meeting Venue Contracting
   - June 2021 ICANN Meeting Venue Contracting
   - Appointment of Nominating Committee Chair-Elect for the Remainder of
   the 2018-2019 Term
   - Transfer of the .TR (Turkey) top-level domain
   - Acceptance of the Second Organizational Review of the RSSAC – Final
   Report and Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan
   - FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and the Five-Year Operating Plan Update
   - Public Comment on Root Server System Evolution

*Board Actions since the Istanbul Workshop*
On 15 May, we held a Board meeting and passed the following three

*1- Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary
Specification for gTLD Registration Data*
During the Istanbul workshop, the Board had an extensive discussion of the
recommendations presented by the EPDP team. On 15 May, following the
workshop, the ICANN Board adopted all the recommendations
apart from portions of two recommendations.

The Board action is in the best interests of ICANN and the community and
will serve the global public interest by allowing ICANN and gTLD registry
operators and registrars to continue to comply with existing ICANNcontractual
requirements and community-developed policies concerning gTLDregistration
data (including WHOIS) in light of the GDPR. More detail is available in
the Board Resolution and the accompanying Rationale and scorecard. The
Board has adopted twenty-seven of the twenty-nine recommendations in the
Final Report. The Board did not adopt two of the recommendations in full,
where the Board has identified that portions of those recommendations are
not in the best interests of the ICANN Community or ICANN and is initiating
the consultation process between the Board and the GNSO Council. This
concerns recommendation #1, purpose 2 and recommendation #12, deletion of
data in the Organization field.

The Board is grateful for the efforts of the EPDP Team and the GNSO Council.
We are aware that significant work still remains, both in the context of
the implementation of these recommendations as well as phase 2, and look
forward to a successful conclusion.

*2- .AMAZON*
In Istanbul, the Board reviewed the history of the .AMAZON applications,
from the development of the Applicant Guidebook to the present state of
discussions with ACTO member states and the Amazon corporation. The Board
had a discussion about whether it needed any additional inputs or
information prior to taking a decision on the .AMAZON applications in line
with the 10 March 2019 resolution, and agreed that it would be ready to
move forward to a decision on the .AMAZON applications in light of the
Amazon corporation’s 17 April 2019 proposal.

On 15 May 2019, the ICANN Board took action
accordance with the process established in the resolution adopted on 10
March 2019
in recognition of all input received, directing ICANN org to continue
processing the .AMAZON applications toward delegation.

The Board has taken this action in accordance with the process established
in the resolution adopted on 10 March 2019, and in recognition of all input
received relating to the applications. The Board recognizes the need to
balance the concerns of all those involved, and to act fairly and

The Board is also cognizant that seven years has passed since the .AMAZON
applications were originally submitted. And, since the Amazon corporation
prevailed in its Independent Review Process against ICANNin July 2017, the
ICANN Board and org have engaged with the Governmental Advisory Committee (
GAC), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), and the Amazon
corporation to find a mutually acceptable solution, as evidenced by the
many meetings, proposals, and letters received on the topic over the past
few years.

The Board believed that its March 2019 resolution, allowing a further short
period of time before the Board made a final decision about whether to move
toward delegation of the .AMAZON applications, was appropriate and in line
with requests by ACTO member states. The Board remained hopeful that
additional time could lead to a mutually acceptable solution regarding
those applications. However, the ACTO and the Amazon corporation were
unable to come to a mutually acceptable solution or agree on an extension
of time for continued discussions.

The next step in the process is to publish the Public Interest Commitments
(PICs), as proposed by the Amazon corporation, for a 30-day public comment
period, per the established procedures of the New gTLDprogram.

*3- **Consideration of GAC Advice: Kobe Communiqué*
The Board passed a resolution
a scorecard that includes the Board’s response to the GAC advice contained
in the Kobe GACCommuniqué. The Board took action on all items in the Kobe
Communiqué, including the items related to WHOIS and data protection
legislation and the ICANN Board’s Consideration of the CCT Review
Recommendations. The Board also took action on one item from the San Juan
Communiqué which was previously deferred.

For more details about the Board Meetings and a complete list of
resolutions passed, please see the Board Page
<https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2019-board-meetings>. Preliminary
Reports and Minutes of all ICANN Board Meetings are available here.

The Board will hold its next workshop from June 21-23, in Marrakech,
Morocco, ahead of ICANN65 <https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech65>.

Sent from my iPhone

David A. Olive
Senior Vice President
Policy Development Support
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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