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EPDP Team Makes Substantial Progress Toward Final Report

24 January 2019
By Rafik Dammak


The Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team on the Temporary Specification for generic top-level domain (gTLD) Registration Data is making substantial progress as we prepare to deliver our Final Report in early February.

Starting at the beginning of the year, the EPDP Team has resumed meeting twice a week. We would like to thank everyone that provided public comments in response to the Initial Report. The Leadership and Staff Support Team compiled the submissions into an organized format to ensure a comprehensive and efficient review of all comments received. The Team's Public Comment Review page provides a separate page for each purpose statement and recommendation, as well as all comments received on a specific recommendation, from the Team's Initial Report.

We received a total of 42 unique submissions. Nine ICANN community groups commented on the Initial Report, including Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies in the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). In addition, 33 submissions came from individuals, external companies, and organizations.

The Team met in Toronto, Canada from 16 to 18 January to make the final preparations for the report. In order to effectively prepare for the face-to-face meeting, each member was asked to review all public comments received. Prior to the meeting, members were asked to (1) prepare updated language if he or she believed the public comments highlighted a necessary change; (2) provide a rationale if he or she believed no change was warranted; (3) highlight issues needing full Team discussion; and (4) use a discussion summary tool to compile concerns.

The meeting was very productive in the preparation of our Final Report. Through the assistance of mediators from the Consensus Building Institute and using breakouts when needed, the Team was able to provide support to six purposes for processing data and nine policy recommendations. We will continue working diligently over the next two weeks until the Final Report is delivered.

From the outset of this EPDP, we knew the work before us would be challenging and require patience, flexibility, and hard work. On behalf of the Leadership Team, we would like to personally thank each member of the EPDP Team for their contribution to this process towards publication of the Final Report.

More Information

The transcripts, recordings, and outputs of the EPDP Team's Toronto meeting is published on this wiki page.

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Rafik Dammak