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Intro to the GNSO

The goal of this online course is to help answer many questions you may have about the GNSO.

The goal of this introductory online course is to introduce the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and provide you with the information needed to understand how this important Organization fits into ICANN's multi-stakeholder bottom-up structure. We hope the information provided will equip you with the resources and knowledge to understand the GNSO's structure, who its members are, how Consensus Policy is developed, and how and why to become an active member of the diverse GNSO community.


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ICANN GNSO
ICANN GNSO
​The Generic Names Supporting Organization fashions (and over time, recommends changes to) policies for generic Top-Level Domains (e.g., .com, .org, .biz). The GNSO strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition. Sample GNSO issues: When you register a domain name, what services must the registrar provide? If you forget to renew your domain name, and it expires, can you get it back? What happens if someone registers a domain name that is confusingly similar to yours? Resources posted here will help you learn more about the GNSO and its policy development process.

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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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