ICANN is looking to solicit input on how the New gTLD Board Committee should address GAC advice regarding safeguards applicable to broad categories of New gTLD strings.
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4 June 2013 – 23:59 UTC
On 11 April 2013, the Governmental Advisory Committee issued its Beijing Communiqué in which it provided advice on New gTLDs. The Board New gTLD
Committee, acting on behalf of the full Board, will now consider how to address the GAC
Advice. To help inform this process, the Committee has directed staff to solicit comment on how it should address one element of the advice: safeguards applicable to broad categories of New gTLD
strings. Accordingly, ICANN
seeks public input on how the Board New gTLD
Committee should address section IV.1.b and Annex I of the GAC
The GAC met during the ICANN Beijing Meeting and provided additional advice to the ICANN Board regarding the New gTLD program. Relevant to this public forum is Section IV.1.b of the GAC Beijing Communiqué, which states, “To reinforce existing processes for raising and addressing concerns the GAC is providing safeguard advice to apply to broad categories of strings.” The safeguard advice appears in Annex I of the Beijing Communiqué.
ICANN officially notified applicants of the publication of GAC Advice on April 18, 2013, triggering the 21-day applicant response period per the Applicant Guidebook Module 3.1. The applicants’ responses and the input received in this Public Comment Forum will serve as important inputs to the New gTLD Board Committee’s consideration of the GAC Advice.