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Selection of the Registration Directory Service (RDS/WHOIS2-RT) Review Team Members Announced

Today ICANN announced the selection of a 14-member team to conduct the Registration Directory Service Review.

The selection of the RDS Review Team (RDS/WHOIS2-RT) followed the new Post-Transition process which assigned the responsibility for the selection of Review Team members to the chairs of ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs). The RDS/WHOIS2 Review was formerly named the WHOIS Review and was required under the Affirmation of Commitments. It is now one of the Specific Reviews under the ICANN Bylaws.

The members of the RDS/WHOIS2-RT include:

  Name Gender Region SO / AC Nomination
1 Alan Greenberg M NA ALAC
2 Carlton Samuels M LAC ALAC
3 Dmitry Belyavsky M EUR ALAC
4 Cathrin Bauer-Bulst F EUR GAC
5 Lili Sun F AP GAC
6 Thomas L. Walden, Jr. M NA GAC
7 Erika Mann F EUR GNSO
8 Stephanie Perrin F NA GNSO
9 Susan Kawaguchi F NA GNSO
10 Volker Greimann M EUR GNSO
11 ccNSO to be named TBD TBD CCNSO
12 ccNSO to be named TBD TBD CCNSO
13 ccNSO to be named TBD TBD CCNSO
14 Chris Disspain M AP ICANN Board

In addition, Chris Disspain will be the ICANN Board representative on the RDS-WHOIS2-RT.

The ccNSO has reserved the right to appoint up to 3 Review Team members once the scope of the Review has been determined. This may modify the diversity data shared below.

Diversity Highlights

Diversity Highlights

Diversity data of selected Review Team Members.

The RDS/WHOIS2 Review Team is expected to convene its first face-to-face meeting on 24 - 25 June 2017 at ICANN59 in Johannesburg.

Periodic updates on the progress of the RDS/WHOIS2 Review will be made available on, at ICANN public meetings and on the Review Team's wiki page here.

Learn how to become an RDS/WHOIS2 Observer here

Find more information on the RDS/WHOIS2 Review Team members here.

Find more information on the RDS/WHOIS2 Review here.

About Specific Reviews

Specific Reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws and are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Specific Reviews serve as ICANN's progress report to the world. They demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identify areas where ICANN can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance. Click here to learn more about Reviews and how you can get involved.

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