[registration-issues-wg] [CPWG] Feedback on EPDP Form Community Questions

Evin Erdogdu evin.erdogdu at icann.org
Wed Dec 19 15:12:36 UTC 2018

Dear All,

Further to the AI from today’s CPWG call, please see below feedback on EPDP form community questions.

Thanks to all for productive feedback regarding the form.

  *   Community concern about the Google Form “harvesting all the information” submitted via the form. It was noted ICANN org and community use forms already, but this would be first time for public comment process. The comments are also public, but the concern was Google retention of the data.

Any ALAC members concerned with Google’s retention of data may submit comments by filling out the word version of the form and sending it to At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org<mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org> or policy-staff at icann.org<mailto:policy-staff at icann.org>.

  *   Alternatives to the form. It was noted that for some in the world (i.e. in China), Google products are not available. Is there an official alternative submission method? One could use a Word Doc or PDF of the form. In general, the community wanted to know rationale for using Google forms for the whole process, as opposed to a fillable PDF, or Word doc template for comments?

To facilitate offline work, or for those who may not have access to the form, you may download an offline version of the form here: https://gnso.icann.org/en/issues/epdp-gtld-registration-data-specs-public-comment-input-form-21nov18-en.docx. Please submit completed forms to At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org<mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org> or policy-staff at icann.org<mailto:policy-staff at icann.org>.

EPDP Leadership chose to utilize Google Forms because Google automatically sorts and organizes answers to questions, which will expedite the process of compiling comments received.

For more information, anyone interested may refer to the EPDP Leadership webinar<https://community.icann.org/display/EOTSFGRD/2018-11-29+EPDP+Initial+Report+Webinar>, during which the rationale for and explanation of the Google Form is described.

  *   Public visibility of draft mode. It was noted you may save progress on the Google Form, then submit later, but that the saved work was public. This was seen as undesirable by many in the community. Is there a way to not have the draft/saved form public; only have the final submission public?

Commenters have the option of using the word version to work offline and then can complete the Google form when finished. We are not aware of a way to save progress privately on Google Forms.

  *   Concerns with mistakes in the form submission process. The suggested alternative to the above was working from a Word doc, then copying + pasting over. The concern was the potential for mistakes. If mistakes are made on the submission, as is currently done, would it be possible to remove or revise the submission to public comment?

Yes. Commenters are able to edit their previous submission by following prompts in the email they will receive from Google. If the commenter would like to delete a submission, please notify policy-staff at icann.org<mailto:policy-staff at icann.org>, and EPDP Staff Support can assist.

Kind Regards,

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