[ALAC] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Deadline Extended – Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of Phase 2A GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 00:31:40 UTC 2020

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*Deadline Extended – Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of Phase 2A
GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

16 November 2020

This is an update to the announcement
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/JR2PC20x2E0Nbe80dg00000> published on 4
November 2020.

LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization
(GNSO) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) is seeking a neutral chair for the remaining Phase 2A work of the
Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification
for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data.

Candidates interested in serving in this role should review the Expressions
of Interest document <https://newsalerts.icann.org/iceC0NR2gyP00d000822E00>
before submitting their application. The document details the role
description, required skills and experience, time commitment, and selection
process. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest has been extended
to 23 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC.

There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team
chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be
supported by the ICANN org. Please note that face-to-face meetings are
currently paused due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to EOI-EPDPTeam-chair at icann.org
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/Y0d0e0dNg0028002PRC0zE2>. By submitting your
personal data, you agree that your personal data will be processed in
accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/HC002020Nge8eE00P2R00Ad>, and you agree to
abide by the electronic Terms of Service
Background on EPDP Phase 2A

The two remaining topics that are part of Phase 2A will be:

   - Legal vs. natural persons
   - Feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email

Instructions for the EPDP Team to address the issues of Phase 2A:

   1. Legal vs. natural persons: The EPDP Team is expected to review the
   study <https://newsalerts.icann.org/v0080NeC0dPECgg2R022000> undertaken
   by ICANN org (as requested by the EPDP Team and approved by the GNSO
   Council during Phase 1), the legal guidance
   <https://newsalerts.icann.org/XdP0ghR0N000Ee082022CD0> provided by Bird
   & Bird LLP, as well as the substantive input provided on this topic
during the
   Public Comment forum on the addendum
   <https://newsalerts.icann.org/V8Ri000de20E200CP02gEN0>. The Team will
   then answer:
      1. Whether any updates are required to the EPDP Phase 1
      recommendation on this topic ("Registrars and Registry Operators are
      permitted to differentiate between registrations of legal and natural
      persons, but are not obligated to do so
      <https://newsalerts.icann.org/a0200P022C0800jEFRNe0gd>.", Rec. #17, EPDP
      Phase 1 Final Report
      2. What guidance, if any, can be provided to registrars and/or
      registries who differentiate between registrations of legal and natural
   2. In relation to the feasibility of unique contacts obtaining a uniform
   anonymized email address, the EPDP Team is expected to review the legal
   guidance <https://newsalerts.icann.org/eN08GE02000RCe0202kPg0d> and
   consider specific proposals that provide sufficient safeguards to address
   issues flagged in the legal memo. Groups that requested additional time to
   consider this topic, which include the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC),
   Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and Security and Stability Advisory
   Committee (SSAC), will be responsible to come forward with concrete
   proposals to address this topic. This consideration is expected to address:
      1. Whether or not a uniform anonymized email address for unique
      contacts is feasible and, if feasible, whether it should be a
      2. If feasible but not a requirement, what guidance, if any, can be
      provided to contracted parties who may want to implement uniform
      email addresses.

For clarity, the GNSO Council is not directing any particular outcome on
either topic. As manager of the policy development process (PDP), it is
sharing its expectations for which questions should be addressed as part of
the EPDP Team's deliberations.

Consistent with the Policy Development Process Manual
<https://newsalerts.icann.org/Y0d0e0lNg0028002PRC0HE2>, the GNSO Council
does expect that all the required steps are followed in the consideration
of these issues. These steps may include further Public Comment on an
initial report as well as a final report that would be considered an
addendum to the EPDP Phase 2 Final Report.

Additional information about the EPDP is located in the Annex-A1 of the
ICANN Bylaws <https://newsalerts.icann.org/SR0E2d08P000NCg0200e2mI> and EPDP
Manual <https://newsalerts.icann.org/L202ER0020Je0Cn8g0P0d0N>.

Additional Resources:

   - EPDP Charter <https://newsalerts.icann.org/G2R0Ee208o0KC0dP0000gN2>
   - EPDP Wiki <https://newsalerts.icann.org/dd0Pg2LNe20E800R0p020C0>
   - EPDP Phase 1 Final Report
   <https://newsalerts.icann.org/uMN0008R0P0d0q02eg2CE20> and EPDP Phase 2
   Final Report <https://newsalerts.icann.org/kC0rP0N00eg02Rd2820N00E>

About the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

As one of the three Supporting Organizations in the ICANN community, the
GNSO develops policies relating to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Its
membership consists of representatives advocating for the gTLD registry,
gTLD registrar, noncommercial, not-for-profit, business, intellectual
property, and Internet service provider and connectivity interests. The
GNSO Council manages the policy development process relating to gTLDs.

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global
Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an
address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That
address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN
helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world.
ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public benefit corporation
with a community of participants from all over the world.

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