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The GAC regularly considers a broad range of public policy issues impacting the DNS and other matters regarding the functions of ICANN. This work can result in consensus advice for the ICANN Board or public comment guidance to the ICANN community. This part of the website shares information related to those ongoing topics and activities.

Early GAC Engagement in GNSO and ccNSO PDPs

Last Updated: 31 May 2021
Status: Active
Lead: GNSO and ccNSO
Past Updates

GNSO – EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – December 2018

GNSO – New gTLD Subsequent Procedures – December 2018

GNSO – Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues – December 2018

GNSO – Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) – December 2018

GNSO – Thick WHOIS – December 2018

GNSO – Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information – December 2018

GNSO – IGO INGO – April 2018

GNSO – IGO-INGO Curative Rights – April 2018

GNSO – Next Generation Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace WHOIS – April 2018

GNSO – New gTLD Subsequent Procedures – April 2018

GNSO – Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues – April 2018

GNSO – Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) – April 2018

GNSO – Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information – April 2018

GNSO – IGO INGO – February 2018

GNSO – IGO-INGO Curative Rights – February 2018

GNSO – Next Generation Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace WHOIS – February 2018

GNSO – New gTLD Subsequent Procedures – February 2018

GNSO – Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues – February 2018

GNSO – Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) – February 2018

GNSO – Thick WHOIS – February 2018

GNSO – Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information – February 2018

GNSO – IGO INGO – November 2017

GNSO – IGO-INGO Curative Rights – November 2017

GNSO – Next Generation Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace WHOIS – November 2017

GNSO – New gTLD Subsequent Procedures – November 2017

GNSO – Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues – November 2017

GNSO – Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) – November 2017

GNSO – Thick WHOIS – November 2017

GNSO – Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information – November 2017

GNSO – IGO INGO – September 2017

GNSO – IGO-INGO Curative Rights – September 2017

GNSO – New gTLD Subsequent Procedures – September 2017

GNSO – PDP on gTLD Registration Data – September 2017

GNSO – Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues – September 2017

GNSO – Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) – September 2017

GNSO – Thick WHOIS – September 2017

GNSO – Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information – September 2017

Update onPhaseAvailable in (pdf)Background information

GNSO - IGO-INGO Curative Rights - July 2017

Step 4 -

Working Group

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) face particular challenges in using existing second-level curative rights mechanisms (i.e. UDRP and URS). For IGOs, these include questions of sovereign immunity. For both IGOs and INGOs, the current mechanisms are also premised on the ownership of trademark rights in the mark in question (in this case, the IGO/INGO’s name and acronym).

GNSO -Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues - July 2017

Step 7 - Implementation

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

ICANN has in place an accreditation program for registrars and has committed to create an accreditation program for providers of Privacy and Proxy (P&P) services to gTLD domain names registrants. Privacy services publish a domain registrant’s name but keep contact details private; proxy services do not make publicly available any actual registrant information. Previous ICANN community work (including the WHOIS Review Team and the GNSO’s WHOIS Studies) has shown a lack of standard practices and rules in this area while identifying a number of needs to be addressed, ranging from law enforcement and IP owners to legitimate users of P&P services.

GNSO -Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information - July 2017

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

Contact information is usually submitted in local script(s) and language(s), which can make it difficult to contact a registrant, e.g. for law enforcement or intellectual property rights holders. On the other hand,translation and transliteration of gTLD contact information raises issues of cost, accuracy and effectiveness.

GNSO - Inter-Registrar Transfer PDP (IRTP) Part D -July 2016

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - July 2016

Español - July 2016

français - July 2016

Português - July 2016

Pусский - July 2016

中文 - July 2016

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Development Process (IRTP) provides a procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another. Part D aims to help prevent fraudulent domain name transfers through recommendations on registrar Transfer Dispute Resolution Procedures (TDRP) and reporting requirements, information resources on disputed transfers and potential remedies, and monitoring.

GNSO - IGO INGO - July 2017

Step 6 -

Board Vote

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

The GAC has advised the Board to ensure the protection of IGO names and acronyms at the top and second levels in successive communiques, stating that implementation of such protection is in the public interest given that IGOs, as created by governments under international law, are objectively different right holders. While the GNSO PDP recommendations included certain reservations at the top and second levels, they did not recommend reserving IGO acronyms either at the top or second levels; instead the GNSO recommended that protection for IGO acronyms be achieved by way of claims notices via the Trademark Clearinghouse. It should be noted that the GNSO PDP concerns all gTLDs while the GAC advice concerns only new gTLDs.

GNSO - Thick WHOIS - July 2017

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

The Thick Whois PDP recommendation being implemented will require that all gTLD registries publish and maintain registrant’s contact information, in addition to technical domain name information (“thin whois”).

GNSO - Inter-Registrar Transfer (IRTP) PDP Part C - September 2015

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - September 2015

Español - September 2015

français - September 2015

Português - September 2015

Pусский - September 2015

中文 - September 2015

http://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/irtp-c

GNSO - PDP on gTLD Registration Data - July 2017

Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

In 2012, in response to the recommendations of the first WHOIS Review Team, the Board adopted a two-prong approach that simultaneously directed ICANN to (1) implement improvements to the current WHOIS system based on the Action Plan that was based on the recommendations of the WHOIS Review Team, and (2) launch a new effort, achieved through the creation of the Expert Working Group (EWG), to focus on the purpose and provision of gTLD directory services, to serve as the foundation of a Board-initiated GNSO policy development process (PDP)

GNSO - New gTLD Subsequent Procedures - July 2017 Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/new-gtld-subsequent-procedures
GNSO - Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) - July 2017 Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - July 2017

Español - July 2017

français - July 2017

Português - July 2017

Pусский - July 2017

中文 - July 2017

ccNSO -

Framework of Interpretation - January 2015

العربية - Jan 2015

Español - Jan 2015

français - Jan 2015

Português - Jan 2015

Pусский - Jan 2015

中文 - Jan 2015

http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/foiwg.htm
Monthly Policy Update

https://www.icann.org/policy#updates

http://www.icann.org/en/resources/policy/update

Update onPhaseAvailable in (pdf)Background information

GNSO - IGO-INGO Curative Rights - April 2017

Step 4 -

Working Group

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) face particular challenges in using existing second-level curative rights mechanisms (i.e. UDRP and URS). For IGOs, these include questions of sovereign immunity. For both IGOs and INGOs, the current mechanisms are also premised on the ownership of trademark rights in the mark in question (in this case, the IGO/INGO’s name and acronym).

GNSO -Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues - April 2017

Step 7 - Implementation

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

ICANN has in place an accreditation program for registrars and has committed to create an accreditation program for providers of Privacy and Proxy (P&P) services to gTLD domain names registrants. Privacy services publish a domain registrant’s name but keep contact details private; proxy services do not make publicly available any actual registrant information. Previous ICANN community work (including the WHOIS Review Team and the GNSO’s WHOIS Studies) has shown a lack of standard practices and rules in this area while identifying a number of needs to be addressed, ranging from law enforcement and IP owners to legitimate users of P&P services.

GNSO -Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information - April 2017

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

Contact information is usually submitted in local script(s) and language(s), which can make it difficult to contact a registrant, e.g. for law enforcement or intellectual property rights holders. On the other hand,translation and transliteration of gTLD contact information raises issues of cost, accuracy and effectiveness.

GNSO - Inter-Registrar Transfer PDP (IRTP) Part D -July 2016

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - July 2016

Español - July 2016

français - July 2016

Português - July 2016

Pусский - July 2016

中文 - July 2016

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Development Process (IRTP) provides a procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another. Part D aims to help prevent fraudulent domain name transfers through recommendations on registrar Transfer Dispute Resolution Procedures (TDRP) and reporting requirements, information resources on disputed transfers and potential remedies, and monitoring.

GNSO - IGO INGO - April 2017

Step 6 -

Board Vote

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

The GAC has advised the Board to ensure the protection of IGO names and acronyms at the top and second levels in successive communiques, stating that implementation of such protection is in the public interest given that IGOs, as created by governments under international law, are objectively different right holders. While the GNSO PDP recommendations included certain reservations at the top and second levels, they did not recommend reserving IGO acronyms either at the top or second levels; instead the GNSO recommended that protection for IGO acronyms be achieved by way of claims notices via the Trademark Clearinghouse. It should be noted that the GNSO PDP concerns all gTLDs while the GAC advice concerns only new gTLDs.

GNSO - Thick WHOIS - April 2017

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

The Thick Whois PDP recommendation being implemented will require that all gTLD registries publish and maintain registrant’s contact information, in addition to technical domain name information (“thin whois”).

GNSO - Inter-Registrar Transfer (IRTP) PDP Part C - September 2015

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - September 2015

Español - September 2015

français - September 2015

Português - September 2015

Pусский - September 2015

中文 - September 2015

http://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/irtp-c

GNSO - PDP on gTLD Registration Data - April 2017

Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

In 2012, in response to the recommendations of the first WHOIS Review Team, the Board adopted a two-prong approach that simultaneously directed ICANN to (1) implement improvements to the current WHOIS system based on the Action Plan that was based on the recommendations of the WHOIS Review Team, and (2) launch a new effort, achieved through the creation of the Expert Working Group (EWG), to focus on the purpose and provision of gTLD directory services, to serve as the foundation of a Board-initiated GNSO policy development process (PDP)

GNSO - New gTLD Subsequent Procedures - April 2017 Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/new-gtld-subsequent-procedures
GNSO - Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) - April 2017 Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - April 2017

Español - April 2017

français - April 2017

Português - April 2017

Pусский - April 2017

中文 - April 2017

ccNSO -

Framework of Interpretation - January 2015

العربية - Jan 2015

Español - Jan 2015

français - Jan 2015

Português - Jan 2015

Pусский - Jan 2015

中文 - Jan 2015

http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/foiwg.htm
Monthly Policy Update

https://www.icann.org/policy#updates

http://www.icann.org/en/resources/policy/update

Update on
Phase
Available in (pdf)
Background information

GNSO - IGO-INGO Curative Rights - February 2017

 

 

Step 4 -

Working Group

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) face particular challenges in using existing second-level curative rights mechanisms (i.e. UDRP and URS). For IGOs, these include questions of sovereign immunity. For both IGOs and INGOs, the current mechanisms are also premised on the ownership of trademark rights in the mark in question (in this case, the IGO/INGO’s name and acronym).

GNSO -Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues - February 2017

 

 

 

Step 7 - Implementation

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

ICANN has in place an accreditation programforregistrarsandhascommittedtocreateanaccreditationprogramforprovidersofPrivacy and Proxy (P&P) services to gTLD domain names registrants. Privacy services publish a domain registrant’s name but keep contact details private; proxy services do not make publicly available any actual registrant information. Previous ICANN community work (including the WHOIS Review Team and the GNSO’s WHOIS Studies) has shown a lack of standard practices and rules in this area while identifying a number of needs to be addressed, ranging from law enforcement and IP owners to legitimate users of P&P services.

GNSO -Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information - February 2017

 

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

Contactinformationisusuallysubmittedinlocalscript(s) and language(s), which can make it difficult to contact a registrant, e.g. for law enforcement or intellectual property rights holders. On the other hand,translationandtransliterationofgTLDcontactinformationraisesissuesofcost,accuracyandeffectiveness.

GNSO - Inter-Registrar Transfer PDP (IRTP) Part D - July 2016 

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - July 2016

Español - July 2016

français - July 2016

Português - July 2016

Pусский - July 2016

中文 - July 2016

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Development Process (IRTP) provides a procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another. Part D aims to help prevent fraudulent domain name transfers through recommendations on registrar  Transfer Dispute Resolution Procedures (TDRP) and reporting requirements, information resources on disputed transfers and potential remedies, and monitoring.

GNSO - IGO INGO - February 2017

 

 

 

Step 6 -

Board Vote

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

The GAC has advised the Board to ensure the protection of IGOnamesandacronymsatthetopandsecondlevelsinsuccessivecommuniques, stating that implementation of such protection is in the public interest given that IGOs, as created by governments under international law, are objectively different right holders. While the GNSO PDP recommendations included certain reservations at the top and second levels, they did not recommend reserving IGO acronyms either at the top or second levels;insteadtheGNSO recommended that protection for IGO acronyms be achieved by way of claims notices via the Trademark Clearinghouse. It should be noted that the GNSO PDP concerns all gTLDs while the GAC advice concerns only new gTLDs.

 

GNSO - Thick WHOIS - February 2017

 

 

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

The Thick Whois PDP recommendation being implemented will require that all gTLD registries publish and maintain registrant’s contact information, in addition to technical domain name information (“thin whois”). 

GNSO - Inter-Registrar Transfer (IRTP) PDP Part C - September2015

 

 

 

Step 7 -

Implementation

العربية - September 2015

Español - September 2015

français - September 2015

Português - September 2015

Pусский - September 2015

中文 - September 2015

http://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/irtp-c

GNSO - PDP on gTLD Registration Data - February 2017

Step 4 - Working Group

 

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

In 2012, in response to the recommendations of the first WHOIS Review Team, the Board adopted a two-prong approach that simultaneously directed ICANN to (1) implement improvements to the current WHOIS system based on the Action Plan that was based on the recommendations of the WHOIS Review Team, and (2) launch a new effort, achieved through the creation of the Expert Working Group (EWG), to focus on the purpose and provision of gTLD directory services, to serve as the foundation of a Board-initiated GNSO policy development process (PDP)

GNSO - New gTLD Subsequent Procedures - February 2017     Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/new-gtld-subsequent-procedures
GNSO - Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs (PDP) - February 2017  Step 4 - Working Group

العربية - February 2017

Español - February 2017

français - February 2017

Português - February 2017

Pусский - February 2017

中文 - February 2017

 

ccNSO -

Framework of Interpretation - January 2015

 

العربية - Jan 2015

Español - Jan 2015

français - Jan 2015

Português - Jan 2015

Pусский - Jan 2015

中文 - Jan 2015

http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/foiwg.htm
Monthly Policy Update  

https://www.icann.org/policy#updates

http://www.icann.org/en/resources/policy/update

Meeting and Records
Oct
25
2021
Sep
27
2021
GAC and GNSO Leaderships Call - 27 September 2021
Closed Meeting
 
Mar
08
2021
GAC and GNSO Leaderships Call - 8 March 2021
Closed Meeting
 
Sep
29
2020
May
12
2020
GAC and GNSO Leaderships Call - 12 May 2020
Closed Meeting
 
Feb
05
2020
GAC and GNSO Leaderships Call - 5 February 2020
Closed Meeting
 
Sep
25
2019
GAC and GNSO Leaderships Call - 25 September 2019
Closed Meeting
Topics: GAC Activities , GNSO
Feb
14
2019
GAC and GNSO Leaderships Call - 14 February 2019
Closed Meeting
 
Jan
08
2018
GAC and GNSO Leadership Call with Liaison
Closed Meeting
 
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