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

28 May 2024, 8:09 p.m.
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 Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC) is expected to review proposed significant architectural or operational changes to:

(i) the content of the DNS root zone,
(ii) the systems including both hardware and software components used in executing changes to the DNS root zone,
(iii) and the mechanisms used for distribution of the DNS root zone.

The incumbent is Tim April, who has served in this role since 2020, and therefore cannot seek another term due to term limits. The IAB would like to thank Tim 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 81. 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, 2024-06-25 at 2359 UTC.

The IAB will select from the available candidates, taking into accountthe familiarity with ICANN and the IETF, their roles, and the IETFprotocols. 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 DNS 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 2024-06-25 at 2359 UTC.