What are the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services' current objectives and plans?
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 will be 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 discussing this report with the ICANN community.
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 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 as input to a full risk assessment to reduce unanticipated and unnecessary risks.