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Technical Study Group Engages with Community in Kobe

27 March 2019
By Ram Mohan


After a productive week of meetings with community groups at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan, the Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data has charted a course toward finishing its work by mid-April. On behalf of the entire team, I'd like to thank the community for your thoughtful input, as we work to finalize our Draft Technical Model.

The Technical Study Group received feedback in Kobe and via email on a wide range of topics, including: the assumptions on which the model will be built; who will review requests for non-public registration data; and how the requested data will be stored and transferred, among other issues. We will address these issues in the revised version of the Draft Technical Model.

Some of the questions and comments are more closely related to policy choices that will guide how such a model may eventually be implemented. We urged community members who raised these issues to share these concerns with the Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data team. We also plan to highlight some of those policy-related questions – which we are unable to answer – in the final version of the technical model.

The Technical Study Group continues to welcome feedback on our Draft Technical Model at gdpr@icann.org. Our next steps include three more virtual meetings, followed by a face-to-face meeting on 15-16 April in ICANN's Washington, DC office to review the input and finish our edits. Once complete, we will submit our final report to ICANN org President and CEO Göran Marby, who tasked our group with this project.


Ram Mohan