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ICANN proposes greater influence for GAC

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 13:21

ICANN, the body that decides which new gTLDs should be added to the root of the DNS (amongst other important functions) has its policy driven by a multistakeholder process, and governments have an advisory relationship to the ICANN Board. A Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), made up of governments, has been continually pushing for greater influence, and ICANN now seems ready to comply.

On Friday ICANN published a proposal to change its Board bylaws to add

A final decision by the ICANN Board to not follow the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee must be supported by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Board that are eligible to vote on the matter.

Currently such decisions are made by a simple majority.

ICANN is taking public comments until 14th September.

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