At a Glance
With the GAC Member Early Warnings phase complete, the GAC is now moving to the next phase, which is GAC advice on new gTLDs. GAC advice is a key element of the overall process of the new gTLD Program. In that context, GAC sessions at ICANN’s public meeting in Beijing in April will be mainly focused on delivering GAC advice to the ICANN Board on categories of strings and specific applications, building on advice outlined in the Toronto Communiqué. The GAC is fully committed to the multistakeholder approach to policy development and advising on the public policy aspects of the New gTLD Program, for the benefit of all Internet users.
ICANN receives input from governments through the GAC. The GAC’s key role is to provide advice to ICANN on issues of public policy, and especially where there may be an interaction between ICANN’s activities or policies and national laws or international agreements. The GAC usually meets three times a year in conjunction with ICANN meetings, where it discusses issues with the ICANN Board and other ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees and other groups. The GAC may also discuss issues between times with the Board either through face-to-face meetings or by teleconference.
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