[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services Launched

Dandjinou Pierre pdandjinou at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 16:13:16 SAST 2012

Dear Listers,
I wish to encourage African fellows to join the Expert Working Group on
gTLD Directory Services as soon as possible..
Bets regards
Pierre Dandjinou

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From: ICANN News Alert <communications at icann.org>
Date: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory
Services Launched
To: Pdandjinou at gmail.com

 [image: ICANN] <http://www.icann.org/> News Alert

 Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services Launched

14 December 2012

*13 December 2012...* Fadi Chehadé, ICANN's President and CEO, is
announcing the creation of an Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory
Services. This first step in fulfilling the ICANN Board's
help redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data will
provide a foundation to help the ICANN community (through the Generic Names
Supporting Organization, GNSO) create a new global policy for gTLD
directory services. The working group will be chaired by Jean-Francois
as the group's Lead Facilitator, and interested individuals with the
requisite experience are invited to indicate their interest in serving as
volunteer working group members (more information below). Board Chair,
Steve Crocker, and Director, Chris Disspain, will serve as Board liaisons
to the working group.

The objectives of the working group are to 1) define the purpose of
collecting and maintaining gTLD registration data, and consider how to
safeguard the data, and 2) provide a proposed model for managing gTLD
directory services that addresses related data accuracy and access issues,
while taking into account safeguards for protecting data. This output will
feed into a Board-initiated GNSO policy development process to serve as a
foundation for the GNSO's creation of new consensus policy, and requisite
contract changes, as appropriate. The working group will be informed by the
WHOIS Policy Working Group's
1.44 MB] and previous community input and GNSO work over the last
decade, will address key questions set forth by the Security and Stability
Advisory Committee (SSAC) in their report,
348 KB], and will take into consideration current and future Internet
operations and services. The working group also will address concerns of
the parties who provide, collect, maintain, publish or use this data as it
relates to ICANN's remit.

ICANN staff will publish an issues report that incorporates the working
group's output, which will form the basis of a Board-initiated GNSO PDP.
ICANN and its leadership will be focused on facilitation of the expedited
policy work to enable the GNSO to recommend a consensus policy that, at a
minimum, addresses the purpose of collecting, maintaining and making
available gTLD registration data, and related data accuracy and access
issues. Such a policy would be contractually binding on ICANN accredited
gTLD registrars and gTLD registries upon adoption by the ICANN Board.
 Working Group Schedule and Operations

The working group will conduct its activities from January through April
2013 and may be extended, if needed. Work will be conducted primarily
online and through conference calls, and two face-to-face meetings are
expected. The working group will periodically provide public updates on its
progress, and output from the working group is expected to be presented for
community discussion online and at the ICANN Beijing meeting in April 2013.
ICANN Staff will support the working group.
 Working Group Volunteers

Qualified individuals are being identified to participate in the working
group. Individuals with the following characteristics are invited to
indicate their interest in serving as volunteer working group members by
sending an expression of interest and their resume/CV by email to
expertworkinggroup at icann.org by 31 December 2012.

Volunteer working group members should: have significant operational
knowledge and experience with WHOIS, registrant data, or directory
services; be open to new ideas and willing to forge consensus; be able to
think strategically and navigate conflicting views; have a record of
fostering improvements and delivering results; have a desire to create a
new model for gTLD directory services; and be able to volunteer
approximately 12-20 hours a month during January – April 2013 to the
working group. Individuals who have worked extensively in the areas of
registration data collection, access, accuracy, use, privacy, security, law
enforcement, and standards and protocols are also encouraged to consider
working group membership. As the working group will be a collection of
experts, it is not expected to be comprised solely of representatives of
current ICANN community interests. Although members may not come directly
from ICANN structures, the working group will have a deep understanding of,
and concern for, the ICANN communities' interests.The working group's
results will feed into the GNSO's bottom-up, policy development process
where all community interests will be encouraged to participate in the
decision-making efforts.

ICANN will reimburse working group members for travel and other expenses
associated with working group activities, per ICANN reimbursement rules.

SAC055, SSAC called for an expert working group to define the purpose
collecting and maintaining gTLD registration data and address questions
such as: Why are data collected? What purpose will the data serve? Who
collects the data? Where is the data stored and how long is it stored?
Where is the data escrowed and how long is it escrowed? Who needs the data
and why? Who needs access to logs of access to the data and why?

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