[At-Large] Fwd: Paving the Way for a Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 01:15:34 UTC 2015

FYI. Note well, the call for PDP is set for booting on 4th January 2016.

This is truly important work and following on the work of the EWG, it is a
personal commitment to continue here, if only to valorise the great work
(IMHO) coming out of the EWG.

I trust we shall see a lot more At-Large participants - other than Holly
and me - stepping up and signing up for what must be an extensive series of
pdps....and multiple WGs.  This usually attracts stellar staff support so I
strongly encourage your connivance.


Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
*Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*


Paving the Way for a Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service

I am pleased to provide you with an update about ICANN's progress on
establishing a policy framework for a next-generation gTLD Registration
Directory Service (RDS) to replace WHOIS.

On 19 November, 2015, the GNSO Council approved a charter
<http://gnso.icann.org/en/council/resolutions#201511> for the
Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service (RDS) to replace WHOIS
(Next-Gen RDS) Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group. This motion
culminates a three-year effort to address concerns with WHOIS by creating a
new policy framework capable of balancing diverse interests to meet today's
needs for gTLD registration data.
What's Next

The GNSO Council is now proceeding with the Board-requested PDP, using
the approved
[PDF, 628 KB] 3-phase process to (1) establish gTLD registration data
requirements to determine if and why a next-generation RDS is needed, (2)
design policies that detail functions that must be provided by a
next-generation RDS to support those requirements, and (3) provide guidance
for how a next-generation RDS should implement those policies, coexisting
with and eventually replacing WHOIS.

In its motion, the GNSO Council directed that the call for volunteers for
the PDP WG be circulated as widely as possible in order to ensure broad
representation and participation in the Working Group. This call will be
initiated by 4 January 2016 and will remain open until the WG convenes for
the first time. At this juncture, it is anticipated that the WG may convene
late January to lay the groundwork for an initial face-to-face meeting at

All parties interested in a new policy framework for a next-generation RDS
to replace WHOIS are invited to visit the RDS Wiki
for background information, including the PDP WG's approved charter, inputs
already provided by all SG/Cs during the public comment period, and an
extensive library of foundational materials to inform the PDP WG's
deliberations. In addition, the PDP WG will reach out to all SG/Cs for
feedback on any items that they believe should be considered that may not
have been specifically called out in the approved charter.

As this will be a complex multi-phase PDP, all those interested in helping
to shape the policy framework for a next-generation gTLD RDS are encouraged
to volunteer for this PDP WG. Only with the help of the entire community
can this PDP WG achieve its goal of formally defining an appropriate
purpose of gTLD registration data and establishing a new policy framework
to enable permissible access to that data with improved privacy and
Background and Recent Progress

Created in the 1980s, WHOIS began as a service to identify and contact
entities responsible for the operation of a network resource on the
Internet. Over the years, ICANN's requirements for gTLD domain name
registration data collection, access and accuracy have undergone some
important changes. Yet, after nearly 15 years of task forces, review teams,
and studies, comprehensive WHOIS policy reform remains the source of
long-running discussion and debate.

In 2012, the ICANN Board launched the Expert Working Group on gTLD
Registration Directory Services (EWG) to help redefine the purpose of gTLD
registration data and consider how to safeguard the data, and to propose a
model for gTLD registration directory services (RDS) to address accuracy,
privacy, and access issues.

Upon publication of the EWG's Final Report in June, 2014, an informal group
of GNSO Councilors and ICANN Board Members collaborated to propose a
Process Framework for structuring a GNSO PDP to successfully address these
challenging issues. This Process Framework was adopted by the Board in
2015, along with a reaffirmation of its 2012 request for a PDP to be
convened to define the purpose of collecting, maintaining and providing
access to gTLD registration data. The Board also asked that the PDP
consider safeguards for protecting data, using the recommendations in the
EWG's Final Report as an input to, and, if appropriate, as the foundation
for a new gTLD policy.

In preparation for this PDP, a new Preliminary Issue Report
[PDF, 1.4 MB] was published for public comment
<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rds-prelim-issue-2015-07-13-en> on
13 July 2015. A Final Issue Report
[PDF, 1.2 MB] was subsequently published on 7 October 2015, including links
to all public comments received, along with a draft charter for the PDP WG.
This draft charter was approved by the GNSO Council on 19 November 2015
enabling the formation of a GNSO working group of community volunteers to
progress this PDP.
Author: Marika Konings, Senior Policy Director, Policy Development Support
and Team Leader for the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

David A. Olive
Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support
General Manager, ICANN Regional Headquarters –Istanbul
Hakki Yeten Cad. Selenium Plaza No:10/C K:10 34349 Fulya, Besiktas, Istanbul
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Direct Line: +90.212.999.6212
Mobile:       + 1. 202.341.3611
Mobile:       +90.533.341.6550
Email:  david.olive at icann.org
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