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GNSO Website Re-Design

by David Olive on June 6, 2012

By now I’m sure many of you have noticed the newly designed GNSO web site at The new site went “LIVE” on 24 May. In addition to overall cosmetic and design changes, a key feature of the new site is an updated navigation structure to make it easier for users to find relevant content […]

A Sydney, participez à l’évolution du GNSO

by Stephane Van Gelder on June 5, 2009

Encore un acronyme barbare dont les habitués de l’ICANN raffolent. Le GNSO, qu’est-ce que c’est ? Pour résumer, ce Generic Names Supporting Organization regroupe les acteurs concernés par les extensions génériques. Six collèges (appelés “constituencies” en Anglais) forment cet ensemble et permettent aux entités commerciales, aux registres, aux FAI, aux entités non commerciales, aux registrars […]

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Tell us what you think – public comment rundown

by Kieren McCarthy on February 18, 2009

In the build up to every ICANN meeting, there is always a glut of public comment periods as reports are finished in time for the community to review them before discussing them in person.

Mexico City is no exception. Although this time, it is very much easier to get a quick overview of what is out from public comment from the front page of the ICANN website (the third box down on the right). Just to present you with another avenue to finding out about these public comment periods however, there are all listed below with quick explanations of what they are and the dates when they close.


Joint AC/SO chairs meeting video

by Kieren McCarthy on December 22, 2008

For the first time at an ICANN meeting, we held a joint Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee chairs public meeting. The idea was to get the different arms of ICANN to cover the topics and areas that most concerned them and to have their different viewpoints on the same topics outlined and discussed.

During the Cairo meeting in general, ICANN together with produced a number of videos covering the main sessions and topics, with each video fronted by a member of either the staff or a chair of the relevant supporting organization or advisory committee.

You can find all of those videos posted on the Cairo site at, and on the ICANN main site under the “Video” tab.

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Briefing Note: Overall Summary of the Cairo Meeting

by Kieren McCarthy on December 17, 2008

This Briefing Note for the Cairo meeting was first published on the Cairo meeting site on 13 November (see: It was reprinted the following day in the November edition of the ICANN magazine (see:

What was it?

ICANN’s 33nd international public meeting was the third held this year to conduct policy development and outreach. It was hosted by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and the Government of Egypt.

The meeting was opened by Dr. Tarek Mohamed Kamel, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology. There were 1,702 attendees from 144 different countries. The participants engaged in a wide range of discussions about the Internet’s domain name system and related issues.

Quels enseignements après un mois au Conseil du GNSO?

by Stephane Van Gelder on December 16, 2008

Depuis maintenant un peu plus de 30 jours, je suis au Conseil du GNSO. Que signifient ces quatre lettres ? Le “Generic Names Supporting Organization” est une des structures clefs de l’ICANN, puisqu’elle est en charge de l’élaboration des politiques liées aux extensions génériques. Le GNSO rassemble deux principaux groupes : les entités liées par contrat avec l’ICANN (les registres et les registrars) et celles qui n’ont pas ce type de liens contractuels (les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI), les utilisateurs commerciaux, et non commerciaux, et le secteur de la propriété industrielle).

Toutes ces entités sont regroupées en collèges afin de leur donner une représentation officielle au sein de l’ICANN.


Response and summary to the Cairo public forum

by Kieren McCarthy on December 15, 2008

This is a Response and Summary to the Cairo public forum that took place on 6 November 2008.

A PDF version of this document is available at:

Note from the Chairman:

One of the most significant features of ICANN meetings is the Public Forum, where members of the ICANN community are able to present their views on issues of concern to them to the ICANN Board, in public session. The fact that we rotate meetings through each of the geographic sectors of the world enhances the opportunity that people from every region to present their views to the ICANN Board, in the presence of Staff and the whole ICANN community.

As a long-time participant from the floor presenting views, in my case from the ccTLD community, I am well aware of the time, effort and expense that goes into the preparation of such statements. As a board member, I have valued hearing those submissions, from individuals, governments and constituencies. I am determined as Chair to continue this tradition, and to maximise the opportunities for information sharing it represents.

What’s happening with Whois compliance activities?

by Stacy Burnette on October 31, 2008

Whois has been a complex issue within ICANN, and continues to receive attention at the policy level. While this important policy work goes on, ICANN still has the clear responsibility to enforce existing Whois provisions in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), and to better understand the real world status of Whois accuracy and Whois related services (e.g. privacy and proxy registration services).

So, what is ICANN doing for Whois compliance? Here is a recent survey of activities:


Here’s how we enter the .future

by Kieren McCarthy on October 24, 2008

So, after years of policy and development work, yesterday ICANN released a draft version of the Applicant Guidebook for those interested in applying for a new “generic top-level domain”.

Or, as Associated Press put it “preliminary guidelines for the introduction of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of alternatives to ‘.com’ in the first sweeping changes to the network’s 25-year-old address system.”

A huge amount of thinking and work has gone into this, as anyone who reads the six-module guidebook and the accompanying explanatory memoranda will realise. But because it is such a complex issue – opening up the Internet like never before – we need more eyes on it than the GNSO representatives and the ICANN staff that have got it to this point.


L’agenda de la réunion du Caire est en ligne

by Stephane Van Gelder on September 30, 2008

La prochaine réunion de l’ICANN se tiendra du 1er au 7 novembre 2008 au Caire, Capitale de l’Egypte. L’agenda est maintenant en ligne sur le site dédié à cette 3e et dernière réunion internationale de 2008.

Après la réunion du Conseil du GNSO le samedi 1er novembre, plusieurs ateliers sont prévus dès le dimanche, notamment des sessions d’explications sur deux des sujets phares du moment : les nouveaux gTLDs et les IDNs.

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