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Volunteers Needed: Registry Service Provider Program Working Group

Los Angeles – 3 January 2017 – ICANN is seeking volunteers for a working group that will explore the development of a framework for ICANN's Registry Service Provider Program. Participants will work with ICANN's Global Domains Division to develop and evaluate solutions for challenges that industry members and ICANN have identified. Some opportunities for improvement include ICANN processes for evaluating or changing registry service providers. When considering the opportunities for improvement, the group will be expected to contemplate the potential effects on enforcement mechanisms, registrars, and overall security, stability and resiliency of the gTLD space.

Roles and Responsibilities

ICANN anticipates that the working group will need approximately 18 months to complete its work, which will occur in two phases:

  • Framework development (about six months).
  • Implementation (about 12 months).

Those who are interested can take on one of two roles, active participant or observer.

Active Participant

Active participants can expect to:

  • Join a call (60-90 minutes) on a weekly basis.
  • Discuss topics on a mailing list.
  • Review documents, potentially up to two hours per week.


Observers will keep abreast of the conversation by following the mailing list. There are no expectations regarding time or attendance.

Join the Working Group

Statements of Interest must be submitted by 23:59 UTC on 30 January 2017.

To submit a Statement of Interest, visit

  • If you have an existing ICANN community wiki account, log in to submit your SOI.
  • If you do not have an account, send an email to with the subject line "Community Wiki Account" to have one created for you.


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