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Final Report from the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services: A Next-Generation Registration Directory Service (RDS)

The Expert Working Group was formed by CEO Fadi Chehadé at the request of ICANN's Board to envision a replacement for the current system.

The EWG started from the ground up by questioning fundamental assumptions about the purposes, uses, collection, maintenance and provision of registration data. The group considered for each stakeholder, their needs for data accuracy, access, and privacy, and possible approaches to effectively meet those needs.

The EWG, in its 166-page final report, unanimously recommends replacing today's problematic WHOIS model, which gives anonymous users universal access to generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) registration data that is too often inaccurate.

After 15-months of study, the EWG report recommends a new system that would continue to make basic data publicly available while making the rest accessible only to accredited requestors who identify themselves, state their purpose and agree to be held accountable for appropriate use of the data.