[bc-gnso] Call for volunteers:Working Group to develop policy recommendations on issues relating to the accreditation of privacy and proxy service providers for domain name registrations.

Benedetta Rossi bc-secretariat at icann.org
Thu Nov 7 14:34:35 UTC 2013

Dear BC Members,

Please find below the Call for volunteers for the Working Group to develop
policy recommendations on issues relating to the accreditation of privacy
and proxy service providers for domain name registrations.


Kind Regards,


Benedetta Rossi

BC Secretariat

bc-secretariat at icann.org





In Brief

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council seeks volunteers to
serve on a Working Group to develop policy recommendations on issues
relating to the accreditation of privacy and proxy service providers for
domain name registrations.


What This Team Will Do

The Working Group (WG) is tasked to provide the GNSO Council with a set of
recommendations regarding issues identified during the recently-concluded
negotiations for the new 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA),
including recommendations made by law enforcement and GNSO working groups,
that were not addressed during the negotiations and otherwise suited for a
Policy Development Process (PDP); specifically, issues relating to the
accreditation of privacy & proxy services. 


Specific issues to be discussed by the WG are detailed in the WG’s charter: 


How This Team Will Work

ICANN Working Groups use transparent, open processes. The meetings of this
WG will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to the public. The
mailing list for the WG will be archived publicly. WG members are expected
to submit Statements of Interest (
<https://community.icann.org/display/gnsosoi/New+SOIs> SOI). The group will
collaborate using a public workspace. The WG is expected to follow the
GNSO Working Group Guidelines. 


How to Join

The GNSO Council invites interested parties to join the WG, which will be
open to anyone interested to join. Community members who wish to be invited
to join the group should contact the
<mailto:gnso.secretariat at icann.org?subject=Application%20to%20Join%20Uniform
ity%20of%20Reporting%20Drafting%20Team> GNSO secretariat (
<mailto:gnso.secretariat at icann.org> gnso.secretariat at icann.org).



In October 2011, the ICANN Board initiated negotiations with the Registrars
Stakeholder Group for a new form of RAA, and simultaneously requested an
Issue Report from the GNSO on issues not covered by the negotiations and
otherwise suited for a PDP. The Final Issue Report was published in March
2012, and recommended that the GNSO commence its PDP as soon as possible
after receiving a report that the negotiations were concluded. 


In June 2013, the ICANN Board formally approved the new 2013 RAA. In
September 2013, ICANN staff published a paper for the GNSO reporting on the
conclusion of the RAA negotiations and highlighting that of all the high and
medium priority topics for the negotiations previously identified by the
GNSO and the law enforcement community, only two were not fully addressed in
the negotiations, viz. clarification of certain registrar responsibilities
in relation to proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy
(UDRP), and issues relating to privacy and proxy services, including their
accreditation and Relay/Reveal procedures. The UDRP questions have, however,
been dealt with in a separate PDP that concluded with the publication of a
Final Report in June 2013 and its adoption by the GNSO Council in August


Following a number of discussions on the topic, the GNSO Council formally
approved the charter for this RAA Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation
Issues WG at its meeting on 31 October 2013. 


As ICANN has already committed itself to establishing an accreditation
program for privacy and proxy service providers, the recommendations from
this WG are expected to inform the development of such a program. In
addition, there continues to be ongoing work on various aspects of the Whois
gTLD registration data directory service, including the creation of an
Expert Working Group (EWG) in December 2012 that is expected to assist ICANN
in redefining the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data directory
services. The EWG published its Initial Report in June 2013 and is currently
working on its Final Report.


In addition, the GNSO had previously commissioned a study on Whois Privacy &
Proxy Abuse. The results of the study, performed by the National Physical
Laboratory in the United Kingdom, were published for public comment in
September 2013. It is expected that the study will be relevant to the
deliberations of this WG.


This WG is an opportunity for the GNSO and other interested community
members to help develop specific recommendations that will assist ICANN in
developing a privacy and proxy accreditation program in relation to gTLD
registration data directory services.




Glen de Saint Géry 

GNSO Secretariat 

gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org 



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