Responsibilities archive is available here.
The Executive Committee is tasked with fulfilling the Constituency mission via administrative supervision and co-ordination.
Chair: Chris Wilson
Representatives to the GNSO Council
The GNSO Council is the forum where all six of the GNSO constituencies meet together with certain nominated delegates to discuss domain name policy issues. The BC elects two representatives from different geographical regions to the Council. Both representatives are members of the BC executive committee (see above). GNSO Council Representatives are Philip Corwin and Susan Kawaguchi.
The Credentials Committee checks that applicant members meet the criteria for membership as laid out in the BC Charter. Based on this information, it then recommends membership or whether the applicant would be better served by a more appropriate constituency.
Andrew Mack, Arinola Akinyemi, John Berard
The BC appoints two members to ICANN’s nominating committee representing small and large business.
Paul Mitchell and Jay Sudowski
Zahid Jamil (NomCom Chair Elect)
Finance Sub Committee
Chris Chaplow and Marilyn Cade
Andrew Mack (Coordinator), Lawrence Olawale-Roberts, and Marilyn Cade
Issue and representation
One rapporteur (R) is appointed to lead on each major policy issue, to draft position papers when required and act as a spokesperson on the issue. For most active policy groups there is also one support (S) who may deputise for the rapporteur, and one or more observers (O). Council has a variety of voting rules for its different groups. PDP after the issue name means there is an active policy development process.
Welcome to Copenhagen and ICANN 58! This meeting kicks-off what will assuredly be a busy and productive 2017. The Business Constituency (BC), per usual, remains actively involved in ICANN’s policy-making processes. Already in 2017, as of this writing, the BC has commented on four separate items affecting the ICANN community, including ICANN’s anti-harassment policy. And the BC intends to continue to be the voice of business users at ICANN throughout the year.
This year marks the first full year ICANN has been free of any U.S. government oversight and work continues in this regard, including community work on ICANN’s “transparency” and “jurisdiction,” among other subject matters. Meanwhile, vitally important policy work that occurred in 2016 continues this year, in particular that being done by Working Groups related to new gTLDs (e.g., Subsequent Procedures and Rights Protection Mechanisms) and Next Generation Registration Directory Service, carries on. The BC has a variety of its members actively advocating in these WGs and will continue to provide cogent input on an ongoing basis.
Recognizing that the internet affects business users all over the world, the BC strives to expand outreach to the broader business community. In this regard, BC representatives will be attending an outreach event at the ICANN meeting on Tuesday, March 14, during the lunch hour. The BC welcomes all business and commercial users of the Internet to join us then to learn more about what the BC does and how membership in the BC can lead to positive engagement within the broader ICANN community.
The BC is excited for 2017 and looks forward to interacting with the broader ICANN community in Copenhagen. The BC’s members take seriously the BC’s role within the ICANN community and look forward to another engaging meeting.
For more information regarding the BC, please go to our updated website at bizconst.org.
Chair, Business Constituency