On 26 May, 2015, the ICANN Board reaffirmed its 2012 request for a Board-initiated PDP to define the purpose of collecting, maintaining and providing access to gTLD registration data, and to consider safeguards for protecting data, using the recommendations in the EWG’s Final Report as an input to, and, if appropriate, as the foundation for a new gTLD policy. Accordingly, the GNSO Next-Generation gTLD RDS PDP Working Group is currently working through phase 1 of the Board-requested PDP, using the Framework’s 3-phase process to (1) establish gTLD registration data requirements to determine if and why a next-generation RDS is needed, (2) design policies that detail functions that must be provided by a next-generation RDS to support those requirements, and (3) provide guidance for how a next-generation RDS should implement those policies, coexisting with and eventually replacing WHOIS. This session provides an opportunity for WG members, WG observers and guests to help shape possible requirements to be deliberated upon by this WG. The WG will strive to reach consensus on requirements, using them to decide if and why a next-generation RDS is needed to replace WHOIS. During this session, the WG will focus on making progress on near-term tasks outlined in the WG’s work plan (see https://community.icann.org/x/oIxlAw). This session will be led by RDS PDP WG chair Chuck Gomes, supported by vice chairs David Cake, Alex Deacon, Marc Anderson and Michele Neylon and by ICANN Policy Staff members Marika Konings, Lisa Phifer and Caitlin Tubergen. For further information about this PDP, please see https://community.icann.org/x/rjJ-Ag.
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