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Work Efforts

The GAC regularly considers a broad range of public policy issues impacting the DNS and other matters regarding the functions of ICANN. This work can result in consensus advice for the ICANN Board or public comment guidance to the ICANN community. This part of the website shares information related to those ongoing topics and activities.

GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG)

Status: Active
Date Formed: 12 Feb 2015

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 current strategic objectives of the PSWG, as detailed in its 2018-2019 work plan are as follows:

  1. Develop DNS Abuse and Cybercrime mitigation capabilities of the ICANN and Law Enforcement communities
  2. Preserve and improve domain registration directory services effectiveness
  3. Build effective and resilient PSWG operations
  4. Develop participation and in PSWG work and ensure stakeholder input

 

The PSWG was established in February 2015 at ICANN52 in Singapore (see section V.10. of GAC Communiqué) and its Terms of Reference were adopted in June 2015 at ICANN53 in Buenos Aires.

 

The PSWG is currently chaired by two co-chairs:

  • Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, European Commission
  • Laureen Kapin, United States Federal Trade Commission
  • Chris Lewis-Evans, United Kingdom, National Crime Agency
Reference

PSWG Operations


For more Working Group Documentation: see Ongoing Work or Documenation sections below.

Status and Ongoing Work

The Working Group is following its work plan, with a particular focus currently in the following areas:

 

  • Ensuring Law enforcement and public safety agencies do not go dark on whois data that would become hidden on 25 May 2015, including by:
    • Raising awareness in Law enforcement communities worldwide
    • Raising awareness in relevant parts of Governments (GAC Representation, Ministries of Justice and Interior)
    • Seeking arrangements and solutions to ensure Whois is not going dark
  • Providing timely input into ICANN's process to have Whois come into compliance with GDPR
Meeting and Records
May
26
2021
Pre-ICANN71 PSWG Conference Call
Closed Meeting
 
Mar
03
2021
Pre-ICANN70 PSWG Conference Call
Closed Meeting
 
Oct
08
2020
Pre-ICANN69 PSWG Conference Call
Closed Meeting
 
Feb
19
2020
PSWG Conference Call - 19 February 2020
Closed Meeting
 
Jan
15
2020
PSWG Conference Call - 15 January 2020
Closed Meeting
 
Jun
13
2019
PSWG Conference Call - 13 June 2019
Closed Meeting
 
Apr
17
2019
PSWG Conference Call - 17 April 2019
Closed Meeting
Mar
13
2018
18:30 - 19:30 UTC-04:00
 
Mar
12
2018
17:00 - 18:30 UTC-04:00
 
Oct
31
2017
Oct
29
2017
18:30 - 20:00 UTC+04:00
 
Jun
28
2017
08:00 - 08:30 UTC+02:00
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Materials:
Recording
 
Members

 

Documentation
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