DotSensei became a member of ICANN’s Business Constituency
The ICANN59 Policy Forum was organized from 26-29 June in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the world class Sandton Conference Center. This conference is the second ever held under the revised meeting format, which was introduced for the first time at ICANN56 in Helsinki. The policy forum is a shorter meeting where delegates are focused on policy development related to key topics that are crucial to the Internet users.
One such key topic that was at the center of ICANN’s discussions in Johannesburg, and that we at DotSensei follow closely as it affects our products and services, is defining a new Registration Directory Service (RDS) to replace the old WHOIS protocol. Even though it appeared in the 1980’s, and many people find it outdated, WHOIS has always been a hot issue. Through this system, law enforcement officials and trademark holders can identify cyber criminals who use domain names for illegal purposes. The development of a successor for WHOIS makes the “security v.s. privacy” debate even more important, especially now after the European Union introduced its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
ICANN59 was successful for DotSensei for two main reasons. First of all, DotSensei was invited to become a member of the Business Constituency (BC). The application is currently under review by the BC leadership. The membership will give our company full access to contribute to the BC in a number of different ways. The role of BC is particularly important within ICANN because it represents the voice of the commercial Internet users. Both consumers and businesses rely upon domain names to find websites for legitimate products and services on the Internet.
Secondly, DotSensei was invited to join the gTLD Marketplace Health Index Advisory Panel to help define metrics for the domain name marketplace. The health index is important for ICANN as it is part of the KPIs that track ICANN’s progress on strategic objectives. Our goal would be to find out how our products can help ICANN gather the required data for the metrics. The whole project is still in the initial phase and there is a lot of work to be done ahead on the panel, but once the metrics are defined, ICANN will announce an RFP and will select a vendor to implement their requirements.
DotSensei will work together with the BC leadership on creating ICANN policies that foster the development of businesses, promote customer confidence and ensure that the Internet is stable, secure and reliable.