For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the EWG related to its Initial Report.
What are the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services' current objectives and plans?
The EWG concluded its time in Durban by reviewing a list of open areas and feedback-to-date. The EWG expects to continue its work through conference calls and a face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC, in late August. The EWG is aiming to publish its final report in October for discussion at the Buenos Aires meeting. The EWG's final report will be delivered to the ICANN board and used as focused input to GNSO policy work.
In June 2014, the EWG published its Final Report, detailing a complete replacement for WHOIS by a next generation Registration Directory Service (RDS).
The EWG's Final Report was submitted to ICANN's CEO & Board and explored at ICANN 50 in London during these sessions:
- An introduction to the Final Report: EWG Overview of Final Report, Monday, 23 June, 1515 – 1615
- Two cross-community discussion sessions:
This Final Report fulfills the ICANN Board's directive to help redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data, and provides a foundation to help the ICANN community (through the GNSO) create a new global policy for gTLD directory services.
This report represents the culmination of an intense 15 month period of work during which this diverse group of volunteers created an alternative to today's WHOIS to better serve the global Internet community -- a next-generation Registration Directory Service (RDS).
The EWG looks forward to on-going discussion about this Final Report with the ICANN community and will continue posting answers to commonly-asked questions about the proposed RDS.
How can I share my thoughts?
ICANN has embarked on an effort to reinvent today's WHOIS system. Be part of the solution and join the discussion!See the Final Issue Report published on 7 October 2015 and information on next steps on this PDP.