Navigating ICANN and its processes can be challenging. Whilst some BRG members are actively engaged, others may not be able to invest the time and resources to cover all aspects that may impact their dotBrand registry— from trademark and consumer protection, to domain portfolio management, to dotBrand registry operatations.

To appreciate the different groups that form the collective ICANN community, here is a summary of the supporting organisations and advisory committees.

As a dotBrand registry operator or future applicant, the GNSO is your access into policy issues at ICANN.

The GNSO is the policy-making body responsible for generic top-level domains and its members include representatives from gTLD registries, gTLD registrars, intellectual property interests, Internet service providers, businesses and non-commercial interests.

The RySG is one of many entities within the GNSO and its primary role is representing the interests of gTLD registry operators. The BRG is an Associate Member of the RySG, representing the views of its dotBrand registry members.

The BRG is an Associate Member of RySG.

The GAC represents governments and International Governmental Organizations in ICANN’s multi-stakeholders representative structure. Its role is to provide advice to ICANN on issues of public policy, especially where there may be an interaction between ICANN’s activities or policies and national laws or international agreements.

ICANN’s At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is responsible for considering and providing advice on the activities of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users (the “At-Large” community).

The Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) is a body within the ICANN structure created for and by ccTLD managers. Since its creation in 2003, the ccNSO has provided a forum for country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) managers to meet and discuss topical issues of concern to ccTLDs from a global perspective. The ccNSO provides a platform to nurture consensus, technical cooperation and skill building among ccTLDs and facilitates the development of voluntary best practices for ccTLD managers.

The SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet’s naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational matters (e.g., matters pertaining to the correct and reliable operation of the root name system), administrative matters (e.g., matters pertaining to address allocation and Internet number assignment), and registration matters (e.g., matters pertaining to registry and registrar services such as WHOIS). SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly.

The Root Server System Advisory Committee advises the ICANN Board and community on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the root server system, as outlined in its charter from the ICANN Bylaws.

The purpose of the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is to review and develop recommendations on Internet Protocol (IP) address policy and to advise the ICANN Board.

A lot more information can be found on the ICANN website. To help you along here are some helpful links:

• ICANN Governance and Groups:

• Check the GNSO community wikis and get involved:

• Read the Policy Update monthly newsletter:

• Check the current discussion topics at Public Comments page and have your say at:

• Subscribe to Newsletters: