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DT is an acronym for Drafting Team, which was established by the GNSO to advise ICANN staff and Council members on amendments to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), as well as to identify any such amendments that might require any further action.[1]


The Drafting Team considered the following questions:

  1. Registrant rights charter: To draft a descriptive list of rights of registrations based on the current version of the RAA. This task was assigned to a subgroup of volunteers from ALAC and GNSO.
  2. RAA amendments: The Drafting Team identifies the topics on which further action needs to be taken in the form of amendments to the RAA.[1]

Drafting Team Process

The Drafting Team works by the following guidelines:

  • The Drafting Team works on the basis of rough consensus. All points must be discussed until the Chairman feels all members of the team have a full grasp on the topic. Those members of the team agreeing with the consensus view should have their names and affiliations recorded in the DT Report. Those holding a minority view are given the option to submit a Minority Report, which includes their names and affiliations as well.
  • The chair is responsible for labeling each viewpoint discussed as one of the following:
  1. Unanimous consensus position
  2. A position where there is a disagreement by the small minority but most agree. It is nothing but the rough consensus position
  3. Viewpoints of the minority
  4. If there is a disagreement of several participants among the Drafting Team with the designation given to a particular position and their reasons for actual disagreements is reflected in the report of the Drafting Team.
  • The chair, in consultations with the GNSO council liaison(s), is provided with all the powers to limit the participation people who are seriously creating problems in the functioning of the DT. This limitation is reviewed by the GNSO council. Before having their participation limited, the problematic participants are first warned privately and then publicly before any kind of limitation is imposed on them. These requirements may be bypassed in extreme cases, however.
  • The DT has an archived mailing list that is open for reading by the community. All meetings of the DT are recorded and these recordings are available to the public.
  • A wiki is also provided, which the DT can use
  • The council liaison(s) to the DT are asked to report on the DT status monthly.[1]