In March, the Working Group focused on reviewing draft final recommendations ** on a topic-by-topic basis. The meetings in March focused on recommendations for the following topics:

  • 2 March: Registrant Protections, Registrar Non-Discrimination / Registry/Registrar Standardization, Registrar Support for New gTLDs
  • 5 March: TLD Rollout, Contractual Compliance
  • 16 March: Community Applications
  • 19 March: Community Applications, Public Interest Commitments/Registry Voluntary Commitments
  • 23 March: Role of GAC Consensus Advice & GAC Early Warning
  • 26 March: Applicant Support
  • 30 March: String Similarity

The Working Group held three sessions as part of the ICANN67 Virtual Community Forum and focused these sessions on topics that are of particular interest to Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members. In doing so, the Working Group sought to take advantage of the GAC’s focus on new gTLDs at ICANN67 and its encouragement of GAC member participation throughout the meetings.
In the first session on 9 March , the Working Group focused on the topic of closed generic top-level domains (TLDs), and specifically discussed different perspectives on whether the Working Group should recommend allowing, limiting, or prohibiting these TLDs in subsequent application rounds. The second session on 10 March was devoted to the topic of the Global Public Interest, including Mandatory Public Interest Commitments (PICs), Voluntary Public Interest Commitments (which the Working Group is tentatively calling Registry Voluntary Commitments, or RVCs, for the purposes of subsequent procedures), DNS abuse, and Verified TLDs. In the third session on 12 March , the Working Group discussed possible draft recommendations on GAC Consensus Advice and GAC Early Warning and considered potential improvements to the Applicant Support Program.

** Note that draft recommendations for a subset of the topics (Closed Generics, Public Interest Commitments/Registry Voluntary Commitments, GAC Consensus Advice and GAC Early Warning, Applicant Support, and Community Applications) are currently included in a separate document .