Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG)

What is the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services?

The Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services is first step in fulfilling the ICANN Board's directive to help redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data will provide a foundation to help the ICANN community (through the Generic Names Supporting Organization, GNSO) create a new global policy for gTLD directory services. In June 2013, the EWG 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. The EWG's 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.

Where can I learn more about the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Service's proposed solution?

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!  

You also are invited to participate in the RDS Risk Survey if you provide or use gTLD domain name registration data, including Registrants, Registrars, Registries, and the broad spectrum of individuals, businesses, and other organizations that consume Whois data today.

This survey is a chance to tell the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG) about the risks and benefits that the Next Generation Registration Directory Service (RDS) might have for YOU.

All risks and benefits identified through this survey will be published in aggregated, anonymized form and used by the EWG to refine RDS recommendations to reduce unanticipated and unnecessary risks and as input to a full risk assessment.


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  1. I am disappointed that ICANN has not reached out to or included actual data protection officials in this working group, despite having previously received numerous invitations for cooperation in matters concerning the publication of personal data. ICANN would be well advised to bring on board at least two experts from this field to better balance the conflicting interests of data protection and of data access.

    That being said, I support the idea behind this working group and wish all of its members the best of success in this important work.

  2. Anonymous


      Is there any mailing to subscribe and follow and participate in this topic?. I mean, beyond wikis and webminars