Satish Babu  

Anupam Agrawal


Barrack Otieno

Sarah Kiden


Julia Velkova

Yrjö Länsipuro

Olivier Crepin-Leblond (Observer)

 Bastiaan Goslings (Observer)


Marcelo Telez

Jason Hynds


Glenn McKnight

Gordon Chillcott

FY16 ICANN Community Document Development and Drafting Resurce Pilot Program – Progress Report and Proposed Framework


Questionnaire on Areas of Interest for Document Development Drafting Assistance



Mail List: dddpp@icann.org

Next Call: 13 December 2016 - DDDPP, RALO Leadership and Dan O'Neill

Previous Calls:


Themes identified at the RALO secretariats meeting held on Sunday November 06  in Hyderabad: Recording and transcripts are posted HERE.

  • WHOIS — why should end users care
  • New gTLD's — what does the mean and how does it work
  • Olivier-  EURALO developing priority list

Primer's Outline


1. Wider IG landscape, and a non-exhaustive list of things to mention:
- ITU - particularly with DOA now being part of many of its Study Groups
-  "Enhanced cooperation" WG at the CSTD
- Human Right Council discussions about the Internet - which are feeding into EU and civil society efforts at ICANN to increase human rights discussions
- WEF's increasing number of Internet discussions (2 ex-ICANN CEOs are now involved in this, so 
- IGF (not sure I'd want to state this so boldly, but with IGF limping along and making its original support base feel increasingly frustrated, people may start looking for ICANN to fill the hole that IGF currently can't)

2. Domain names in the future Internet (including alternative identifiers)
- IoT (DOA)
- apps (that don't require users to see or input domain names)
- search engines (people using search engines to find sites & services, rather than typing in a URL)
- possibly overview of the study that looked at consumer awareness of new gTLDs

3. Geographical names and codes:
- WIPO geographic indicator discussions
- New case by Iceland government against UK Iceland Foods
- How ccTLDs are responding to new gTLDs (some ccTLDs now allowing registrations at the 2nd level, to compete with new gTLDs, effectively helping to blur the line between cc and g names... and also therefore blurring the whole issue of what is a geo name that should be associated with a specific territory)
- Overview of all the groups within ICANN where country & geo names & codes are being discussed (& associated docs)


4. Outline of Introduction to WHOIS

Policy issues arising from WHOIS

Explore the reasons why WHOIS has been such a contentious issue within ICANN:

Inaccuracy: given that WHOIS is an authoritative record of domain name registrations, and the reliance placed on it by some stakeholders, it is important that the records can be relied upon. However, the data is inputted by many actors, over whom there is limited control by the industry – so, ensuring accuracy is a challenge.

Security vs privacy:  WHOIS surfaces classic policy tensions between privacy and security.  Law enforcement and others have a legitimate reason to expect immediate access to accurate WHOIS data, particularly in threat-to-life situations. Meanwhile, for private individuals, the publication of their name, address, phone, fax and email published has an impact on fundamental rights of respect for privacy and family life.

Transparency: a significant portion of domain registrants hide their contact details behind proxy or privacy registrations. The existing WHOIS format does not provide a consistent mechanism for recording privacy/proxy registrations, nor is there a consistent process for revealing underlying registrant details in response to legitimate requests. Proxy/privacy registrations add delay to those seeking contact data.

Fitness for purpose: WHOIS is an old protocol and service. It is being used on a scale and in ways that were not envisioned by its original creators.  The ICANN community has been engaged in developing successor directory services[icann.org] that would meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s internet users.

Responses to Questionnaire on Areas of Interest :








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