Purpose: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed change to Bylaws Section 18.7(b), regarding the IANA Naming Function Review Team’s Composition. The proposed amendment was raised by the ccNSO, which has identified a current and ongoing issue with populating the IANA Naming Function Review in accordance with the Bylaws’ requirements. The Board, taking on the ccNSO’s request, agreed to initiate the Fundament Bylaws amendment process (specified Section 25.2 of the Bylaws) to seek community input on the ccNSO’s proposed modifications to the composition requirements. The amendment would remove the requirement for the ccNSO to identify a non-ccNSO member ccTLD representative and instead allow the ccNSO to appoint three representatives to the team, regardless of ccNSO member status.
Current Status: In making appointments to the IANA Naming Function Review Team, as required under Article 18 of the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO Council has run into complications in identifying a non-ccNSO member ccTLD representative. As there is not yet a composition that complies with the Bylaws, the IANA Naming Function Review Team work has not yet started. The ccNSO is continuing its efforts to complete the composition, as this issue impacts the ability to start the current IFR process. In the event that the non-ccTLD member slot is not filled through engagement efforts, any change to the IFR composition that is reached at the end of this Fundamental Bylaws Amendment process will apply to the current IFR process, as well as remedying the issue for future IANA Naming Function Reviews. The ccNSO Council requested that the ICANN Board initiate the Fundamental Bylaws Amendment process under Section 25.2 of the ICANN Bylaws and proposed the updated composition.
Next Steps: The ICANN Board will consider public comments received in evaluating the proposed Amendment. If the Board approves a Fundamental Bylaws change, the ICANN Empowered Community will then need to consider whether to approve the amendment as well.