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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.

Observer

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 https://community.icann.org/x/OqPDAw.

  • 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 engagement@icann.org with the subject line "Community Wiki Account" to have one created for you.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.


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