Internet Architecture Board


Call for Nominations: ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC)

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB has been asked to name a technical expert to the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The RZERC is expected to:

  • Review and provide input regarding proposed architectural and operational changes to the root zone.
  • As determined necessary by the committee, propose architectural and operational changes to the Root Zone for consideration by the ICANN Board.
  • Act as a consultation body for ICANN during the RFP process for the Root Zone Maintainer, if needed.

The incumbent is Jim Reid, who has served in this role since 2016, and therefore cannot seek another term due to term limits. The IAB would like to thank Jim for his four years of service.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve on the ICANN RZERC. The IAB will select one person for a one-year term that will begin at ICANN 69. This appointment will be renewable for up to three additional one-year terms. If you are interested, please send a short email message to with a copy to with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN as well as the other standards organizations represented on the RZERC. The deadline for volunteering is Tuesday, 2020-06-30 at 2359 UTC.

The IAB will select from the available candidates, taking into account the familiarity with ICANN and the IETF, their roles, and the IETF protocols. The selected candidates will serve on the ICANN RZERC on personal title; however, the IAB will be looking for a candidate who has an understanding of the interests of the technical community.

The IAB generally believes that the guiding principle should be that individuals serve without expectation of direct compensation from the bodies to which they are appointed, so as to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. For more details, please see the IAB Statement on Liaison Compensation.

The ICANN RZERC is expected to meet as frequently as necessary, with at least one meeting per calendar year.

If you are willing to be considered or would like to nominate someone else for one of the RZERC positions, please send an email message to and by 2020-06-30 at 2359 UTC.

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