2015-10-17

ICANN 54, GAC Saturday Sessions Online, ICANN Accountability

ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Saturday Sessions, October 17, 2015, ICANN 54, Dublin, Ireland: 14:00 to 18:00 IST time converter - 9am-1pm ET (US)

Agenda Details: (times are local Dublin, IST - Irish Standard Time)
14:00 - 14:30 - Opening Plenary
14:30 - 16:00 - ICANN Accountability
16:00 - 16:30 - Break
16:30 - 17:00 - ICANN Accountability
17:00 - 17:30 - Current gTLD Round: Safeguards

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About The GAC - ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC):

What is the GAC? The GAC is an advisory committee to ICANN, created under the ICANN ByLaws. It provides advice to ICANN on public policy aspects of ICANN’s responsibilities with regard to the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). The GAC is not a decision-making body. It advises ICANN on issues that are within ICANN’s scope. GAC advice has a particular status under the ICANN ByLaws. Its advice must be duly taken into account by the ICANN Board, and where the Board proposes actions inconsistent with GAC advice it must give reasons for doing so and attempt to reach a mutually acceptable solution. The GAC appoints a non-voting liaison to the ICANN Board. This is normally the GAC Chair.

Who are the GAC’s Members? The GAC elects a Chair and Vice Chairs from its membership. The new (elected at ICANN 51) GAC Chair is Mr Thomas Schneider from Switzerland, and the Vice Chairs are from Argentina, Spain, Namibia, Thailand, Turkey.  GAC membership consists of national governments and distinct economies recognized in international fora; and, usually in an observer capacity, multinational governmental and treaty organisations and public authorities (including all the UN agencies with a direct interest in global Internet governance such as the ITU, UNESCO and WIPO). There are currently 150 GAC Members and 32 Observers.

Why does ICANN have a Governmental Advisory Committee? ICANN is a multi-stakeholder entity in which governments need to participate alongside the domain names industry, the technical community, business and non-commercial users, and civil society. The GAC was established in 1999, in parallel with ICANN’s first public meetings, and has operated continuously since then. ICANN looks to the GAC for advice on public policy aspects of specific issues for which ICANN has responsibility. This is an important dimension of ICANN’s work. (source: About The GAC - GAC Website)

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