Internet Architecture Board


Call for Nominations: ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG)

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB has been asked to name two technical experts to the ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG). ICANN describes this group as follows:

The GWG is the core of the community-driven process to develop a final cooperation and governance model for the Root Server System (RSS). The GWG shall present its deliverable to the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), ICANN Board, Internet Architecture Board/Internet Engineering Task Force (IAB/IETF), and Root Server Operators (RSOs).

The GWG work plan estimates a two-year effort. However, most of the work for the GWG will take place in the first year. The GWG will determine its work cadence: Regular teleconferences (e.g., every other week) will drive the process with potential work sessions at ICANN Public Meetings as necessary. In carrying out its work, the GWG shall embrace the principles outlined in “RSSAC037: A Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System” (RSSAC037) and refer to RSSAC037 and the Concept Paper as source documents, as well as the feedback from Public Comment. The GWG charter, operating procedures, and work plan as well as relevant resources are published on its workspace.

Every member of the GWG will provide a statement of interest and disclose potential conflicts of interest. GWG members are not compensated. The goal is to provide the final composition of the GWG to the ICANN Board at its 24-26 January 2020 workshop and convene the GWG for its first teleconference the week of 27 January 2020.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve on the GWG. If you are interested, please send a short email message to with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and the RSS as well as the other standards organizations represented on the GWG. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, 3 December 2019. The selected candidates will serve on the GWG on personal title; however, the IAB will be looking for candidates who have an understanding of the interests of the technical community.

The IAB will provide the names of the two IAB/IETF representatives to ICANN by 10 January 2020.

If you are willing to be considered or would like to nominate someone else for one of the GWG positions, please send an email message to by 3 December 2019.

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