Is It Time for a Registration Operations Industry Association? (Part 3)

By Scott Hollenbeck
Scott Hollenbeck

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series of blog posts I described the need for a registration operations industry association. At the end of Part 2, I wrote that Part 3 will describe "an opportunity for everyone that's interested in discussing this topic in a live environment." The large number of people attending ICANN 51 in Los Angeles presents the best chance of discussion with many potential participants being in the same place at the same time. Let's take advantage of that proximity.

Verisign will host a workshop for all interested people during the week of ICANN 51. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel (the same venue for ICANN 51, though this event is not affiliated with ICANN) on the morning of Thursday, October 16, 2014, to discuss the challenges of registration technical operations and to explore ways to address those challenges. We've set up a website at to provide information, describe the event, and allow people to register. We're asking people to register in advance so we can make sure that we have a large enough room reserved and that we provide enough food for breakfast and lunch.

Given that this is scheduled during a busy week, we intend to start early and end before the start of the ICANN public forum. Here's a high-level description of the proposed agenda:

Please note the "Presentation of Proposals" agenda item. I described an association option in Part 2 of this series of blog posts. That option will be described in more detail and I would like to include time for presentation and discussion of other options. If you wish to present a proposal please be sure to note your request when you register.

A telephone bridge and webcast service will be available for anyone who wants to participate remotely. See for details.

Thanks for following along. See you in Los Angeles!

By Scott Hollenbeck, Senior Director of the Verisign Registry Services Lab

Related topics: Domain Names, Regional Registries, Registry Services


ScottThanks for taking the lead on this. Michele Neylon  –  Sep 19, 2014 12:56 PM PDT


Thanks for taking the lead on this. It's the kind of thing that needs to happen, but needs an advocate and as the "father" of EPP you're the ideal advocate for this :)


Communication matters (Jean Guillon) Jean Guillon  –  Sep 20, 2014 9:16 AM PDT

I am happy to help spread the message. I like the idea of the participation to be free, open to all, and the possibility of Remote Participation.

Great idea. The "registration industry" has probably Alexander Schubert  –  Sep 22, 2014 3:03 AM PDT

Great idea.

The "registration industry" has probably no clue that they are currently trapped within the walls of a very small saucer. There is a whole new universe to discover BEYOND the rim of that little saucer that the industry calls their "world".

I guess what I want to say is: Before we start the suggested exercise we might want to step a bit back - breath through - take the blinders off: and look around.

So my hope is that this new associations main objective is not to just fortify the saucer walls - but dare to peek beyond it.

Alexander Schubert, ICANN newbie since 2004