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Following up on a Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguards Conversation

11 October 2017
By Jamie HedlundJamie Hedlund and Bryan Schilling

On 25 September, ICANN hosted a webinar discussion on Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards. Nearly 100 community members attended the webinar. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

The webinar raised topics concerning the Consumer Safeguards position, ICANN's existing safeguards and contractual compliance tools, DNS abuse, and voluntary efforts to address abuse in the Internet's unique identifier system. A short slide deck, and a previously published summary of ICANN's existing safeguards, helped guide the conversation. The slide deck, in particular, raised several questions, such as:

  • What should ICANN's role be in addressing DNS abuse?
  • Are there gaps between DNS abuse and ICANN's authority to address that abuse?
  • What additional tools or data would be helpful in assessing DNS abuse?
  • Are there areas where voluntary measures could be helpful?
  • How should ICANN collaborate with other stakeholders addressing abuse?
  • Is there a threat of governmental intervention if the ICANN community cannot satisfactorily address DNS abuse?

We look forward to supporting future discussions concerning ICANN's consumer safeguards and working to enhance consumer trust within the DNS. In the meantime, we welcome any thoughts or questions concerning ICANN safeguards, which may be directed to Bryan Schilling, Consumer Safeguards Director at bryan.schilling@icann.org


Jamie Hedlund

Jamie Hedlund

SVP, Contractual Compliance & U.S. Government Engagement
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Bryan Schilling