[AFRI-Discuss] 20 August 1400 UTC: Briefing Session on the Amendments on the RAA

At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Tue Aug 12 08:29:09 EDT 2008

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a briefing and discussion session attended by
Tim Cole, Chief Registrar Liaison, and the At-Large RAA Working Group and
members of the At-Large community on the Draft amendments to the Registrar
Accreditation Agreement (RAA). The public consultation period on the RAA has
recently ended in English, but the consultation materials were posted in
French and Spanish on 6th August and comments in those languages will be
taken until the end of August.

The At-Large community will be developing its views, incorporating the
viewpoints of its Spanish and French-speaking participants, as follow-up
actions from the briefing.

The teleconference will provide an opportunity for all participants to ask
questions and discuss the RAA Amendments consultation and documents and for
those in the Spanish and French-speaking communities to receive any
background information on the RAA, its history and the reasons that led to
the creation of the amendments that they require.  Participants are
requested to provide their comments or questions in advance, to the extent
possible, at the following URL by using the ŒComment¹ button at the top of
the page: 


You will also find participation instructions on this page.


Tim Cole, Chief Registrar Liaison, oversees the registrar new and renewal
accreditation process. He has been intensively involved in the RAA
consultation process.
Beau Brendler is an ALAC member from North America and the ALAC focal point
for the At-Large Registrar Registrant Relations Working Group.

Background Information:

The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) is the contract that governs the
relationship between ICANN and its approximately 900 accredited registrars.
The current agreement has been in place since May 2001.

As the market has developed and the number of ICANN accredited registrars
and domain name registrations have grown significantly, it has become clear
that certain amendments should be made to this important agreement. The
amendments are intended to provide clarity and certainty regarding the
duties of registrars and the rights of registrants.

In March 2007, Dr. Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN called for a
comprehensive review of the RAA and the Accreditation process. The results
of that review included a Board resolution describing an approach for
arriving at and implementing amendments. In accordance with that resolution,
ICANN has solicited public input for possible changes to the RAA and the
accreditation process. The Staff has drafted a set of proposed amendments in
accordance with that input, information received at workshops and public
fora to date, and consultations with the gTLD Registrar Constituency.

The Teleconference is scheduled on Wednesday, 20 August at 1400 UTC. There
will be simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish.

All ICANN stakeholder community members are welcome to participate,
especially those who are primarily French and/or Spanish-speakers.


Nick Ashton-Hart, Matthias Langenegger, Frederic Teboul
ICANN At-Large Staff
email: staff at atlarge.icann.org

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