Explore the Draft Next Generation gTLD Directory Services Model

ICANN has embarked on an effort to reinvent today's WHOIS system. Be part of the solution and join the discussion...online and at ICANN's Singapore meeting.

As the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG), we have proposed a paradigm shift – a new system in which gTLD registration data is collected, validated and disclosed for permissible purposes only, with some data elements being accessible only to authenticated requestors that are then held accountable for appropriate use. Our objective is to reexamine and define the purpose of collecting and maintaining gTLD directory data, consider how to safeguard the data, and propose a next generation solution that will better serve the needs of the global Internet community.

In our June 2013 Initial Report [PDF, 1.7 MB], we identify the design features and principles that we think are essential in this new system, and a proposed Model for the next generation data directory services to replace WHOIS.

In our November 2013 Status Update Report [PDF, 2.26 MB], we share our thinking on key issues that must be addressed before finalizing our RDS recommendations.

Please help shape this paradigm shift by sharing your reaction to these recommendations (click on "Share Your Thoughts" below). Did we meet our objective? Do the recommendations address your concerns? How can we make them better?


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There are different ways to share your perspective with us:

Input to the EWG will be publicly archived


All input will be carefully considered as we finalize our recommendations and bring our work to a conclusion.

Members of the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG)

More Information

Our work stems from the Board's directive to redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data, while balancing data accuracy and access issues with safeguards for protecting data. We considered the important community work done over the last decade by the GNSO, the SSAC, the WHOIS Review Team, the GAC and others. Our Initial Report [PDF, 1.7 MB] reflects our consensus view of the design principles and features needed for a new system. Our proposed Model highlights how these design principles and features could be fulfilled in the ICANN domain ecosystem.

What's Next?

We will consider your input and present a final report containing our recommended design principles, features, and suggested Model to ICANN's CEO and Board when our work is concluded. This output will feed into a Board-initiated GNSO policy development process to serve as a foundation for the GNSO's creation of new consensus policy, and contractual negotiations, as appropriate.

To view the Expert Working Group's activities, please refer to the EWG wiki.

Initial Report Executive Summary

Initial Report

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