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GAC Advice

The GAC provides advice to the ICANN Board on policy matters where there may be an interaction between ICANN’s policies and various laws, international agreements and public policy objectives. GAC Advice is communicated to the ICANN Board through either a Communique or a formal piece of Correspondence.

2017-03-15 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse

GAC Advice

Reference No. :

2017-03-15 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse

First Delivered 15 Mar 2017 via :

ICANN58 Copenhagen Communique


Consensus met

2017-03-15 Mitigation of Domain Name Abuse

The GAC advises the ICANN Board to:

  1. provide written responses to the questions listed in the Follow-up Scorecard attached to this Communique, no later than 5 May 2017 for appropriate consideration by the GAC before the ICANN 59 meeting in Johannesburg, taking into account that the ICANN President and CEO will act as contact point for the GAC in this matter.



The GAC is seeking to assess the effectiveness of its Advice to the ICANN Board.

Annex 1 of the GAC Hyderabad Communiqué listed a number of questions to conduct such assessment in relation to Advice implemented as part of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement and the New gTLD Registry Agreement.

The GAC is also interested in assessing the contribution of the SSR and Contractual Compliance departments of ICANN to the prevention and mitigation of domain name abuse.

While ICANN responded to Annex 1 of the GAC Hyderabad Communiqué, the information provided was not sufficient to conduct the necessary assessments.