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proposed Roadmap for the ccNSO and DNS Abuse available for comments

Date
25 February 2022

A ccNSO ad hoc committee under auspices of the ccNSO Council seeks your feedback on the proposed Roadmap for the ccNSO and DNS Abuse. You are invited to review the enclosed materials, and to participate in the ccNSO Members Meeting DNS Abuse Session at ICANN73 to discuss the roadmap and next steps. Ahead of the session, your feedback in response to this email is welcomed. During the session, we will use an online polling tool, to collect feedback from the ccNSO Members and broader ccTLD community. You may expect a link to the poll on the ccNSO mailing lists, closer to the session.

What is this about?

The ccNSO has organized various sessions on Domain Name System abuse in recent ICANN Public Meetings. Country code top-level domain managers and others shared their experiences with respect to mitigating DNS abuse, focusing on what ccTLDs do nationally and regionally. During ICANN72, the conversation shifted to focus on exploring the potential role of the ccNSO itself. Both ccTLDs and other stakeholders suggested activities the ccNSO could undertake to complement existing work being done by the community.

The current proposal builds on previous work during ICANN72 and a ccNSO workshop held in November 2021 when ccTLDs and the broader community suggested areas that the ccNSO should get involved in with respect to DNS abuse. An ad hoc committee under auspices of the ccNSO Council was formed to evaluate the suggestions, and to work on a proposed roadmap. ccNSO Council discussed the draft roadmap during its January meeting and tasked the ad hoc committee to seek ccTLD community feedback at and around ICANN73.

Roadmap highlights

The roadmap is aligned with the ccNSO role. The ad hoc committee proposes creating a ccNSO DNS Abuse Standing Committee (DASC). The Committee would consist of ccTLD representatives and liaisons to other relevant community parts. In its activities, the Committee focuses on the following core elements, aiming to create useful resources/information that ccTLD managers can make use of as they wish, on a voluntary basis:

  • Enhanced information and best practice sharing, to benefit ccTLDs
  • Showcase ccTLD efforts and reinforce the message about the nature of ccTLDs and the role of the ccNSO
  • Explore DNS Abuse related metrics and other potential elements of the ccNSO & DNS Abuse ecosystem and related approaches.

The DASC's draft Terms of Reference and the proposed Roadmap are enclosed, for your review and comments.

What are the next steps?

During ICANN73, the ad hoc committee under auspices of the ccNSO Council will present the roadmap, consult with attending ccTLDs, and discuss next steps. Depending on community feedback, the ccNSO Council will discuss the adoption of the roadmap during their meeting on Thursday, 10 March 2022. Implementation would kick off after ICANN73, with the launch of a call for volunteers, to create the ccNSO DNS Abuse Standing Committee (DASC).

DNS Abuse is a hot topic for many SO/ACs, and it cuts across various sessions and initiatives. Here are some of the sessions at ICANN73 where DNS Abuse is being discussed:

Monday, 7 March (13:00 UTC) | Tech Day, featuring a domain name abuse panel

Tuesday, 8 March (13:00 UTC) | Joint meeting between ccNSO and GAC

Tuesday, 8 March (14:30 UTC) | ccNSO Members Meeting: ccNSO & DNS Abuse Session

Wednesday, 9 March (14:30 UTC) | Plenary Session on DNS Abuse

Thursday, 10 March (14:30 UTC) | ccNSO Council Meeting

How to provide your feedback?

Join us on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 (14:30-16:00 UTC) for a session on ccNSO & DNS Abuse. During this session, the ad hoc committee will present the proposed roadmap and seek your input. To attend, please register for ICANN73. Please note that participation links will be available 24 hours prior to session start times. Session materials and recordings will be available on the ICANN73 website as well. During the session, we will use an online polling tool, to collect feedback from the ccNSO Members and broader ccTLD community. You may expect a link to the poll on the ccNSO mailing lists, closer to the session.

Between now and ICANN73, the ad hoc committee also welcomes your feedback on the ccNSO members mailing list. Please make sure to submit your input latest on Wednesday, 9 March 2022 (23:59 UTC), ahead of the ccNSO Council meeting on 10 March.

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