The ICANN Board met on September 28, 2013 and took the following decision on the review of the GNSO:
Whereas, under ICANN's Bylaws the next review of the GNSO was due to commence in 2013.
Whereas, the SIC solicited and considered public comments on whether the review should be postponed and a new schedule for the review be established within the next six months.
Whereas, it is important that the review of the GNSO take into account the outcomes of ICANN's strategic planning efforts and the Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2's work, which can only be achieved through the initiation of a GNSO review in 2014.
Resolved (2013.09.28.09), that the Board directs the SIC to schedule the review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), which is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Article IV, Section 4, to commence in 2014, and that preparations for this Review commence as soon as feasible.
This is welcome news as the current bicameral structure clearly no longer fits the ICANN ecosystem now that new gTLDs are nearly here.
The GNSO has 2 houses. The Contracted Parties House is for the registries and the registrars. The Non Contracted Parties House is home to the Business community, ISPs, the Intellectual Property professionals and the non-commercial community.
With the advent of new gTLDs, the clear delineations between all these different groups have blurred and the bicameral structure no longer seems able to provide the balance the GNSO needs.
See the full resolutions from the September 28 meeting here.