[council] Call for Volunteers: Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team

Andrea Glandon andrea.glandon at icann.org
Thu Oct 3 19:50:02 UTC 2019

Dear Council Members,

As you may be aware, ICANN Org delivered the most recent version of the Transfer Policy Status Report (TPSR) to the GNSO Council on 22 April 2019. ICANN Org delivered the TPSR pursuant to Recommendation 18 of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part D PDP Working Group, which provides, “[t]he Working Group recommends that contracted parties and ICANN should start to gather data and other relevant information that will help inform a future IRTP review team in its efforts.”

The TPSR provides details on the noted purposes of the Transfer Policy (formerly known as the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP)), an overview of the domain name transfer process, the impact of the Temporary Specification and the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) on the Transfer Policy, metrics related to the Transfer Policy, and a summary of the public comments and survey responses to the published TPSR.

The GNSO Operating Procedures do not prescribe specific steps to be taken in response to a Policy Status Report. As this is the first such review activity, the Council is able to consider a range of options to determine the best path forward and is now looking for assistance in scoping further work on the Transfer Policy review effort.

The GNSO Council agreed to launch a call for volunteers for a Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team, which will be comprised of interested and knowledgeable GNSO Members that will advise the GNSO Council by providing recommendations on the following:

  *   approach to the review (for example, by initiating a new PDP);
  *   composition of the review team or PDP working group,  and
  *   scope of the review and future policy work related to the Transfer Policy.

As noted in the TPSR, there have been many technical and policy developments since the Transfer Policy first came into effect. To that end, some Council members have noted the Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team may choose to consider a methodology for further work on the Transfer Policy in a broader context. Some have also suggested that it may be timely to approach the Transfer Policy from a clean slate perspective – instead of trying to fix previously-identified issues, it might be worth rethinking the Transfer Policy as a whole by starting with a clean slate. Additionally, some have suggested utilizing some of the GNSO PDP 3.0<https://gnso.icann.org/sites/default/files/file/field-file-attach/pdp-implementation-plan-01mar19-en.pdf> Improvements when scoping and chartering the eventual policy work, in whatever form it takes.

The Council is now calling for volunteers who are GNSO members interested in joining the Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team. As noted above, the GNSO Council is looking for volunteers who possess policy and/or technical expertise on the Transfer Policy. The Transfer Policy Scoping Team is expected to have bi-weekly teleconferences for one hour each. Between meetings, the Transfer Policy Review Scoping Team may work using collaborative tools. The expected time commitment is estimated to be approximately 2-3 hours every week, and the GNSO Council expects to receive guidance from the Scoping Team by February 2020.

Any candidates interested in participating should fill out the following form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc28A9JFy5zdwEgj94MAbUb2ILZTK4BVENdB24OIT_b6skPDg/viewform> by Friday, 18 October 2019. The response should include a link to an up-to-date Statement of Interest<https://community.icann.org/display/gnsosoi/New+SOIs>.

If you have any questions or concerns about this effort, please let us know as soon as possible.

With best regards,

Keith Drazek, Pam Little and Rafik Dammak, GNSO Council Chair and Vice-Chairs
On behalf of GNSO Council Leadership
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