A special Board retreat held in Trondheim, Norway, over the weekend led to a set of resolutions on the new gTLD program.
The resolutions mean to give ICANN Staff directions on how to edit the next version of the Draft Applicant Guidebook. Those looking for concrete answers to such outstanding issues as Vertical Integration (VI) of registrars and registries will have to wait a little longer. On this issue for example, the Board will request that the GNSO provide it with a clear statement on the current state of the work being done by the community and whether consensus has been reached. This statement should be sent to the Board by October 8th.
Other resolutions cover Morality and Public Order objections, Geographic Names or Trademark Protection.
There are also a couple of resolutions that aren't linked to the new gTLD program, including one naming San Francisco as the venue for the first ICANN meeting of 2011, from March 13 to 18 2011.