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Work Efforts

At any given time, the GAC works to examine a range of issues related to the functions and responsibilities of ICANN. GAC Members use the information to develop policy positions within their own administrations and the GAC as a whole may try to reach a consensus position on particular matters. Having reached a consensus view, the GAC usually then provides advice to the ICANN Board. This section of the GAC website provides the GAC Working Group Members tools to manage their work, meetings, research and collaborative documents. It also provides an anthology of previous GAC work efforts related to each ICANN topic of interest, which is available to any user to review.

GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG)
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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

Reference

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PSWG Operations


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

Status and Ongoing Work

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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

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Thursday
08
Oct 2020
Pre-ICANN69 PSWG Conference Call
Closed Session
 
Wednesday
19
Feb 2020
PSWG Conference Call - 19 February 2020
Closed Session
 
Wednesday
15
Jan 2020
PSWG Conference Call - 15 January 2020
Closed Session
 
Thursday
13
Jun 2019
PSWG Conference Call - 13 June 2019
Closed Session
 
Wednesday
17
Apr 2019
PSWG Conference Call - 17 April 2019
Closed Session
Tuesday
13
Mar 2018
18:30 - 19:30 UTC-04:00
 
Monday
12
Mar 2018
17:00 - 18:30 UTC-04:00
 
Tuesday
31
Oct 2017
Sunday
29
Oct 2017
18:30 - 20:00 UTC+04:00
 
Wednesday
28
Jun 2017
08:00 - 08:30 UTC+02:00 | Materials: Recording
 
Tuesday
14
Mar 2017
Tuesday
14
Mar 2017
Tuesday
10
Jan 2017

Members

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Documentation

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FILTER DOCUMENTS
Title Date Type
PSWG Work Plan 2018-2019 (14 March 2018)
Date: 14 Mar 2018
Type:  
14 Mar 2018   1521028800000