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Seeking Panel Members for New gTLD Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution

2 December 2014

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ICANN plans to expand the Standing Panel responsible for administering the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP), which supports the New gTLD Program. Parties with relevant experience and the desire to serve the Internet community are invited to submit expressions of interest.

"PICDRP Standing Panel members play an important role in upholding the integrity of the Domain Name industry and protecting the public interest," said Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division.

The PICDRP is designed to serve the interests of the Internet community. When a report arises alleging that a registry has violated its public interest commitment(s) as outlined in its contract with ICANN, members of the PICDRP Standing Panel can be called upon to review the report, and if necessary, recommend remedies to ICANN. Therefore, all Standing Panel members must be impartial and independent.

Download the official Call for Expressions of Interest [PDF, 110 KB] to serve on the PICDRP Standing Panel.

ICANN welcomes applicants with international dispute resolution experience and a sound technical understanding of the Internet and the Domain Name System. Expertise in any of the following areas is also highly desired:

  • Contract interpretation
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Cyber security
  • Judicial and/or legal work
  • Licensing
  • Online content
  • Public policy
  • Regulatory environments
  • Social research
  • Trademark protection

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