[AFRI-Discuss] Consultation Open on the RAA
nick.ashton-hart at icann.org
Fri Jul 27 14:39:59 EDT 2007
Today the official consultation opens on the registrar accreditation
agreement. You can see the announcement below and also at http://
NOTE: There is a new section at www.alac.icann.org for open public
consultations and this will show up there very soon.
ICANN Starts Consultation on How to Protect Registrants
Public, stakeholder comments sought on changes to Registrar
27 July 2007
MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: Increased protection for those registering
domain names is ICANN’s goal as it launches consultations on its
Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and the accreditation process
for companies who register domains.
“I called for the review of RAA and the accreditation back in March,
and I’m pleased to be moving into the active consultation phase,”
said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s CEO and President. “The need for this
review is clear. The current RAA is more than six years old. We’ve
seen the number of accredited registrars grow to more than 900. And
we’ve seen the incredible difficulties that can be unleashed with the
collapse of a Registrar.”
The RAA is the contract that governs the relationship between ICANN
and its accredited registrars. The current version was put in place
in May 2001. The same contract is in place between ICANN and each of
the more than 900 accredited registrars (a directory of which can be
found at http://www.internic.net/regist.html ).
The consultation is looking for ideas and input on amendments to the
RAA and the registrar accreditation process in order to provide
additional protection to registrants. Previous discussions in the
ICANN community has already helped create a number of suggestions for
discussion, which are:
Incorporating provisions to govern the terms under which a registrar
can be sold and continue to retain its ICANN accreditation.
Including additional contract enforcement tools offering more options
than the current one option – terminating accreditation.
Addressing the responsibilities of a parent owner/manager when one or
more of a “family” of registrars fails to comply with ICANN
Requiring registrars to escrow contact information for customers who
register domain names using Whois privacy and Whois proxy services.
Augmenting the responsibilities placed on registrars with regard to
their relationships with resellers.
Requiring operator skills training and testing for all ICANN-
Details of these proposals, as well as the consultation process, are
available on ICANN”s website at http://www.icann.org/topics/raa/.
The consultation stems from ICANN board resolutions made at the San
Juan 29th International Public meeting held in June 2007. Those
resolutions call for ICANN staff to solicit and consider the input of
the Internet community regarding proposed changes to the RAA,
registrar accreditation process, and related policies.
A complete summary and analysis of community feedback will be made
available at the end of the comment period and suggested amendments
to the RAA will be posted for further comment. There will be a
publicly available assessment of the impact that the input and
comment had on the development of the amendments.
“These consultations will make sure we have input from the wider
community, and help us make the changes needed to protect
registrants,” added Dr Twomey.
ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's
system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum
and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of
Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the
Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the
Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders meet regularly
to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and
stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-
profit company. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.
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