ICANN Posts Draft of New Bylaws For Public Comment Until May 21

Tentative Timeline for IANA Stewardship Transition:
Tentative Timeline for IANA Stewardship Transition (source: DomainMondo.com)
ICANN has posted a draft of its new bylaws for public comment until May 21, 2016, 23:59 UTC which is 7:59 P.M. ET (US), time converter here.

According to the ICANN posting:

• The Public Comment period seeks community input on the Draft New ICANN Bylaws developed to reflect the recommendations contained in the proposals by the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) and Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) as provided to the ICANN Board on 10 March 2016 and transmitted to NTIA. (See Resolutions 2016.03.10.12-15 and 2016.03.10.16-19);

• The new ICANN Bylaws have been drafted in collaboration by the ICANN legal team and the external counsels to the CCWG-Accountability and Cross Community Working Group Names (CWG-Stewardship), including review periods by all of the involved community groups and the ICANN Board. The legal teams support that the Draft New ICANN Bylaws are consistent with the community proposals relating to the IANA Stewardship Transition;

• The Draft New ICANN Bylaws public comment period from 21 April – 21 May 2016, allows any interested party to review and provide feedback on the Bylaws. This timeline allows for comments to be analyzed and incorporated in time for the ICANN Board to consider, prior to adoption of the New ICANN Bylaws on or about 27 May 2016. Once New the ICANN Bylaws have been adopted, ICANN will notify NTIA. NTIA has stated that it needs to see that changes to the Bylaws have been adopted sufficient to implement the Transition Proposals before NTIA can complete its review of the Transition Proposals;

• Once adopted, the Bylaws are expected to go into effect in the event NTIA approves of the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal and the IANA Functions Contract expires (current expiration date is September 30, 2016).
Redline Comparison of Draft New ICANN Bylaws to Current Bylaws:

Below is a chart that maps the CCWG-Accountability Final Supplemental Proposal to the April 20, 2016 draft Bylaws, prepared by Counsel to the CCWG:


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