The GAC's Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) focuses on aspects of ICANN’s policies and procedures that implicate the safety of the public. The PSWG was established in February 2015 at ICANN52 in Singapore as an internal working group of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC endorsed the PSWG's terms of reference in June 2015. 

Co-Chairs: Alice Munyua (African Union Commission) and Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (European Commission) 

Mailing list: gac-pswg@icann.org (please email gac-staff@icann.org if you wish to subscribe to the mailing list)

DateDocument
19 July 2017

PSWG Conference Call - Recording | Transcript (EN)

Translations:   العربية II Español II Français II Português II Pусский II 中文  

1. Updates on ongoing activities by Topic Leads (40 min)

  • Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation Policy Implementation | Nick Shorey (UK NCA)
  • GDPR Compliance Consultation Group | Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (EC), Laureen Kapin (US FTC)
    • Status and current challenges
    • Assembling Whois user stories related to public safety and public interest
  • Abuse Mitigation | Iranga Kahangama (US FBI)
    • Next steps after Dialogue with ICANN CEO
    • Proposed ICANN 60 cross-community topic on DNS Abuse Mitigation reporting
    • Security Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats | Iranga Kahangama (US FBI)

2. Participation in PSWG Activities (10 min) | Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (EU Commission, Co-Chair), All

  • Review of PSWG Topics and opportunities for participation (see online table)
  • Facilitating participation of PSWG Members

3. Discussion of outreach Activities (10 min) | Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (EU Commission, Co-Chair), All

  • Newsletter
  • Activity Report to the GAC
  • Face-to-face intersessional meeting
  • Third party events of interest to PSWG Members

4. Regular phone calls and next meeting of the PSWG

ICANN 59
26-19 June 2017

Presentation of the Domain Abuse Reporting Tool to PSWG

Update to GAC Plenary on DNS Abuse Mitigation - Remote Participation | Recording | Transcript (EN) | Translations

  1. Update on Abuse Mitigation Efforts
    1. Follow-up on Previous GAC Advice (Copenhagen Communiqué Scorecard)
    2. Dialogue with ICANN CEO
    3. Next Steps
  2. Discussion with Bryan Schilling, Consumer Safeguards Director, ICANN and Jamie Hedlund, SVP Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguards
Discussion of LEA Disclosure Framework with Privacy Proxy IRT

PSWG Working Session - Remote Participation | Recording | Transcript (EN) | Translations

1. Discussion with vTLD Consortium (follow-up to presentation during ICANN 58)
2. Privacy/Proxy IRT Feedback on LEA Disclosure Framework
3. Outcome of RDS and GDPR Sessions for briefing of the GAC
4. Discussion of PSWG Strategy and Internal Organization

Update to GAC Plenary on Privacy Proxy and RDS Issues - Remote Participation | Recording | Transcript (EN) | Translations

  1. Update on Privacy/Proxy Implementation: LEA Disclosure Framework
  2. Update on RDS Developments
    1. Impact of the EU GDRP on Whois/RDS
    2. RDS Review Team
    3. Next Generation RDS PDP
  3. Discussions of GAC Position on RDS Issues
    1. Including ICANN’s Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflict with Local Laws
2 June 2017GAC Endorsement of Draft Law Enforcement Disclosure Framework to be discussed with Privacy Proxy Services Implementation Review Team
14 April 2017

GAC Endorsement of Draft Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats.

Update (1 June 2017): Draft Framework now subject to public comments until 31 July 2017

ICANN 58
15 March 2017 

 

Meeting with Verified TLD Consortium - Slides | Recording

 Agenda:

  1. Introduction: Background and Objective
  2. “Online Opioid Traffic: The Net Without Verification” − Academic Case Study Presentation (Garth Bruen, ICANN At-Large-Advisory Council)
  3. Governmental Efforts - US Drug Law (Dirk Ballou, US DEA)
  4. NABP and the creation of the .PHARMACY TLD (Gertrude Levine, NABP)
  5. The “Verified” TLD Consortium and .BANK as an example (Matthew Rubin, FaegreBD Consulting)

 

PSWG Update to GAC Plenary - Slides | Recording | Transcript (EN) | Translations

Agenda:

  1. Recent PSWG Activity
  2. Abuse Mitigation: Follow-up on Annex 1 of Hyderabad Communiqué
  3. Security Framework for Registries to respond to Security Threats
  4. Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation (PPSAI) LEA Disclosure Framework

 

Meeting with GAC Plenary on Registration Directory Services - Slides | Recording | Transcript (EN) | Translations

 Agenda:

  1. Registration Directory Service Review
  2. Next Generation RDS PDP WG

 

ICANN 58
14 March 2017 

PSWG Work Session 2 of 2 - Slides | No recording available

Agenda:

  1. Next Generation RDS and Data Protection
  2. Child Protection
  3. New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP
  4. PSWG Strategy
  5. Meeting with Verified TLD Consortium

 

ICANN 58
13 March 2017 

Towards Effective DNS Abuse Mitigation: Prevention, Mitigation & Response
PSWG Hosted Cross-Community Session - Slides | Recording | Transcript (EN) | More Information

Agenda:

  1. Trends in Abuse and the Need for Mitigation (Greg Aaron, APWG) 
  2. Illustration of Possible Industry Response (Craig Schwartz, .BANK, .INSURANCE, Verified TLDs Consortium)
  3. Focus on ICANN’s contribution
    • David Conrad, ICANN CTO
    • Maguy Serad, ICANN Contractual Compliance

 

ICANN 58
11 March 2017 

PSWG Working Session 1 of 2 - Slides | Recording | Transcript (EN) | Translations

Agenda:

  1. Abuse Mitigation: Follow-up on Annex 1 of Hyderabad Communiqué
  2. Consumer Choice & Consumer Trust (CCT) Review Team - Slides
  3. Security Framework for Registries to respond to Security Threats
  4. Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation (PPSAI) LEA Disclosure Framework
  5. Registration Directory Services Review

 

ICANN 58
11-17 March 2017 

ICANN 58 Agenda for PSWG Members: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=po1gsiee0qn1selhh32qblfeh0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/Paris

Expected Agenda items for PSWG Work Sessions
(Sat, March 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm and Tue, March 14, 8am – 9am)

  1. Consumer Choice and Consumer Trust (CCT) Review

  2. Abuse Mitigation - Follow-up on Annex 1 of Hyderabad Communiqué

  3. Security Framework for Registries to respond to Security Threats
  4. Privacy Proxy Services PPSAI Disclosure Framework
  5. Registration Directory Services Review
  6. Next Generation RDS and Data Protection
  7. New gTLDs Subsequent Rounds
  8. Child Protection
  9. Meeting with ASO Representatives
  10. Defining a Strategy for the PSWG


25 and 26 January 2017
AF LEA Workshop
Nairobi, Kenya

Draft agenda Africa LEA Capacity Building Workshop

Participants list
 

Presentations/slides

17 January 2017 

 

 

 

PSWG Conference Call - Agenda and BackgroundTranscript (EN) | Adobe Connect Recording

Agenda:

  1. Nairobi LEA Capacity Building Workshop - Update
  2. ICANN 58 - Briefing of GAC and meetings with Plenary
  3. ICANN 58 - Planning of Cross Community Session on Abuse Mitigation
  4. Abuse Mitigation: Follow-up on GAC Advice (Annex 1 ofHyderabad Communiqué)
  5. Abuse Mitigation - New initiatives:ITHI and Registry Service Providers Program
  6. New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP
  7. Child Protection - Next Steps  
  8. Security Framework - Status and Next Steps
  9. Proxy/Privacy Services Implementation (PPSAI) - Drafting of Law Enforcement Disclosure Framework
  10. Registration Directory Services (RDS) - Update on Review Team discussion
  11. CCT Review Team Update
  12. PSWG Newsletter - Call for contributions
  13. PSWG Strategy - Discussion
  14. AOB
12 December 2016

PSWG Conference Call - Slides | Minutes

Agenda:

  1. Abuse Mitigation: Follow-up on GAC Advice – Hyderabad Communiqué Annex 1
  2. Security Framework for Registries to respond to Security Threats
  3. Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team - Update
  4. Privacy Proxy Services Policy Implementation
  5. Whois/Registration Directory Services
  6. New gTLDs, Sensitive Strings and Child Protection
  7. ICANN 58 Planning
  8. African LEA Capacity Building Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
  9. PSWG Housekeeping

5 November 2016

ICANN 57 Hyderabad

Cross-Community High Interest Topics

Sessions

Mitigation of Abuse in gTLDs - Slides | Schedule | Adobe Connect Recording | Audio Recording (EN) | Transcript (EN)

  1. Abuse of the DNS
    1. Definition - Robert Flaim (GAC PSWG, US FBI)
    2. Illustration - Drew Bagley (Secure Domain Foundation)
  2. Mitigation of Abuse: Current industry practices
    1. ICANN - Allen Grogan, Carlos Alvarez (SSR)
    2. gTLD - Registries Brian Cimbolic (PIR), Statton Hammock (Rightside)
    3. ccTLD - Registries Giovanni Seppia (EURid, .eu)
    4. Registrars - Michele Neylon (Blacknight)
    5. Business - Denise Michel (Facebook)

Update on WHOIS-Related Initiatives - Slides | Schedule | Adobe Connect Recording | Audio Recording (EN) | Transcript (EN) 

 

  1. Introduction Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (EU Commission)
  2. Public Safety Use of Whois Gregory Mounier (Europol)
  3. Whois Today
    1. Whois Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) - Jared Erwin (ICANN GDD)
    2. Contractual Compliance - Maguy Serad (ICANN Contractual Compliance)
    3. Thick Whois, RDAP, Translation & Transliteration - Krista Papac (ICANN GDD)
  4. The future of Whois/RDS
    1. RDS Review Team - Margie Milam (ICANN MSSI)
    2. Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process (PDP) - Chuck Gomes (Chair, RDS PDP WG)
    3. Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation - Graeme Bunton (co-Chair PPSAI PDP WG)

 

4 November 2016

ICANN 57
Hyderabad

Agenda (updated 4 nov.) of PSWG Working Session (https://icann572016.sched.org/event/8cxB/gac-public-safety-working-group)

  1. Debriefing from GAC Plenary discussion
    1. Whois/Next Generation Registration Directory Services PDP (RDS PDP)
    2. Follow-up on previous GAC Advice related to Abuse Mitigation
  2. Sensitive Strings and Child Protection
  3. PSWG Operating Guidelines and Working Methods
  4. Capacity Building
  5. ICANN Ombudsman Introduction
  6. Updates
    1. Participation of PSWG in New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP
    2. Privacy/Proxy Service Accreditation Policy Development (PPSAI PDP)
    3. Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT)
    4. Specification 11 Security Framework
  7. PSWG Housekeeping
20 September 2016

Minutes of PSWG Conference Call

Agenda:

1. Follow-up on GAC Advice related to abuse mitigation
2. Privacy/Proxy Service Accreditation Policy Development (PPSAI PDP)
3. PSWG Operating Guidelines
4. Next Gen. Registration Directory Services Policy Development (RDS PDP) and WHOIS Case studies
5. Child Protection
6. ICANN 57 PSWG Agenda
7. Capacity Building / Outreach
8. Review of documents for GAC Consideration prior to ICANN 57

20/21 May 2016GAC Public Comments on DNS Abuse Report (Corrected version of 21 May 2016)
3 May 2016

Report on PSWG telephonic meeting

  1. Update from Marrakech
  2. Recommendations of the PDP WG on Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues (PPSAI) 
  3. Other ongoing projects (notably GNSO PDP on Next Generation Registration Directory Services and draft report on New gTLD safeguards to mitigate DNS abuse)
  4. PSWG working methods
  5. Agenda for Helsinki
  6. AOB

ICANN 55 Marrakech,

 Tuesday 8 March, 12:30 – 14:00, Room Cristal

1. PSWG @ICANN55 - Joint Workshop of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) / Regional Internet Registries and the GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) on IP WHOIS accuracyDRAFT AGENDA

Summary: The objective of this workshop is to begin a dialogue between the GAC’s PSWG and the NRO / its five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) by exchanging information about the records of IP address assignments (“IP WHOIS”); notably how the RIRs and their members record and validate assignments and how public safety agencies use these records.

1.     Joint introduction by the GAC PSWG and the NRO (GAC PSWG Co-Chair Alice Munyua, African Union and Paul Rendek, RIPE NCC) – 10 minutes

a.     What is the PSWG and what does it do?
b.     What are the RIRs and what do they do? PRESENTATION

2.   Overview of how public safety agencies / law enforcement use IP WHOIS (Bobbly Flaim, US Federal Bureau of Investigations) – 10-15 minutes

a.     How do public safety agencies use IP WHOIS in investigations?
b.     How does the accuracy of the records impact crime attribution?
c.     What do public safety agencies find works well with the IP WHOIS data?
d.     What challenges do public safety agencies encounter in using IP WHOIS data in investigations?
e.     What level and types of inaccurate data are there concerns about?

3.    Overview of RIR and RIR members’ policies and practices concerning IP WHOIS (Leslie Nobile, ARIN) PRESENTATION

a. What data does WHOIS include and how are records created/updated? 
b. What are some of the WHOIS policies and practices in the different RIR regions?
c. What are some of the current developments in the IP addressing sphere that impact WHOIS?

4.     Discussion – 40-50 minutes

a.    How could the PSWG help to encourage accurate IP WHOIS information data?
b.    What are some of the opportunities / challenges for RIRs and their respective memberships of trying to improve the accuracy of IP WHOIS data?

5. Next steps – 10 minutes

 

2. PSWG @ICANN55 - PSWG closed Session (WG members only) on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 18:00 to 19:00, Location - Ametyste Room

 This meeting was cancelled.

  1. Introduction, Alice Munyua and Wanawit Ahkuputra – 5 minutes
  2. Post mortem on the joint NRO/ PSWG workshop, Bobby Flaim – 10 minutes
  3. Update on PSWG work streams – 35 minutes
    • Final recommendations on the PDP on Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues (PPSAI) – Nick Shorey 
    • New gTLD Competition, Consumer Choice and Consumer Trust Review – Laureen Kapin
    • WHOIS case studies and PDP NG RDS  update – Gregory Mounier 
    • Spec 11 Security framework – Jon Flaherty
  4. Work Plan action update and way forward – 15 minutes
  5. AOB

28 January 2016

PSWG meeting in Brussels

Final agenda

Morning sessions for PSWG members only (PSWG / GAC / law enforcement / public safety organisations)

  • 9:30 Introduction and welcome, GAC PSWG Co-Chair Alice Munyua
  • 9:45 Overview of ICANN GAC PSWG activities, Bobby Flaim (US Federal Bureau of Investigation)  PRESENTATION
  • 10:00 Abuse Monitoring Policies and Procedures by Registry EURid, Giovanni Seppia (EURid)  PRESENTATION
  • 10:30 European Perspective on Internet Governance and Law Enforcement, Philipp Amann (Europol, European Cybercrime Centre) PRESENTATION / WHOIS ABUSE CASE STUDY TEMPLATE
  • 10:50 Internet Governance Perspective on European Data Protection Reform, Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (European Commission)  PRESENTATION
  • 11:30 Spec 11 – new gTLD Security Framework, John Flaherty (UK National Crime Agency)  PRESENTATION
  • 12:00 Future PSWG activities, GAC PSWG Co-Chair Alice Munyua

2016 Work plan GAC Public Safety Working Group
DNS Abuse Capacity Building Workshop
GNSO Next-Generation gTLD RDS (to replace WHOIS) PDP

Afternoon sessions: open to invited private sector actors

  • 13:45 Introduction and Welcome, GAC PSWG Co-Chair Alice Munyua
  • 14:00 Overview of ICANN GAC PSWG activities, Bobby Flaim (US Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Laureen Kapin (US Federal Trade Commission) PRESENTATION
  • 14:15 Update on ICANN Competition, Consumer Choice & Consumer Trust Review, Laureen Kapin (US Federal Trade Commission)
  • 15:00 Child Exploitation and new gTLD Sensitive strings, John Carr (UK)
  • 15:45 Actions by Microsoft for Taking Down Botnets, Juan Hardoy (Microsoft) PRESENTATION
  • 16:15 LEA Use Case Examples WHOIS, Philipp Amann (Europol, European Cybercrime Centre) PRESENTATION
  • 16:45 Regional Internet Registry RIPE NCC Cooperation Towards Trust and Security on the Internet, Richard Leaning (RIPE NCC)
  • 17:15 Next steps, actions for ICANN55 and closing remarks, GAC PSWG Co-Chair Alice Munyua

27 January 2016

RIPE NCC meeting

PSWG members were invited to attend a RIPE NCC Roundtable Meeting for Governments and Regulators in Brussels on Wednesday, 27 January 2016.
21 January 2016GAC PSWG work plan 2015-2016, endorsed on 21 January 2016 by GAC leadership  |  Work plan details - Summary of PSWG Dublin closed meeting

19-20 October 2015

PSWG meetings at ICANN54

Report on GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) meeting of 19 October 2015, Dublin PDF  |  Word version of report  |  Transcript
  1. PSWG @ICANN54 - PSWG PUBLIC Session on Monday, 19 October 2015 at 15:00 to 16:30, Location  – Auditorium 

15:00 Introduction and Welcome: Chairs Alice Munyua and Wanawit Ahkuputra
15:10
PSWG Updates and Comments on WHOIS Specification/Privacy Proxy Working Group and Next Generation Data Registration Services): Bobby Flaim, US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Laureen Kapin, US Federal Trade Commission PRESENTATION 
15:30
WHOIS and European Data Protection Laws: Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, European Commission  PRESENTATION
15:45
LEA Use Case Examples of WHOIS: Greg Mounier, Europol, European Cyber Crime Centre  PRESENTATION
16:00
  UK PSWG

 o   Roadmap for PSWG In-Capital Coordination: UK PWSG (Nick Shorey, UK GAC/PSWG)
o
   Spec 11 – new gTLD Security Framework (Jon Flaherty, National Crime Agency)  PRESENTATION
o
   Child Exploitation and new gTLDS Sensitive Strings (John Carr, UK/PSWG)

16:25 Closing Remarks: Alice Munyua and Wanawit Ahkuputra


Report on GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) closed work plan meeting of 19 October 2015, Dublin PDF
| Word version of report

2. PSWG @ICANN54 - PSWG CLOSED Session (WG members only) on Monday 19 October 2015 at 17:00 to 18:30, Location - Liffey Hall 1

PSWG Work Plan: Chairs Alice Munyua and Wanawit Ahkuputra
Affirmation of Commitments – Consumer Protection/Competition


3. PSWG @ICANN54 - PSWG Update to the GAC on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 by Co-Chair Alice Munyua at 0900-1000, Location: Liffey A

ICANN54

Other ICANN54 Meetings of specific relevance to the PSWG included:

15 September 2015

PSWG PDP Comments

GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) Comments to Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development Process

GAC submission to Public Comment Process on the Preliminary Issues Report on Next Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services to Replace WHOIS  

10 September 2015

PSWG meeting in Washington, DC

Report on GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) meeting: 10 September 2015, Washington DC

Meeting recording

PSWG introduction presentation
The Registrar of Last Resort presentation

FDA presentation

13 August 2015GAC PSWG Public Comments to “2013 RAA WHOIS Accuracy Specification Review”