Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)
The Board of the .IE setup a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) in 2014. The PAC considers and provides advice on policy issues concerning Ireland’s Internet top-level domain, .ie. The PAC makes formal recommendations to the Board.
The work of the PAC follows a 10-step framework known as the .ie Policy Development Process (PDP). The PDP is designed to be bottom-up and consensus-driven. This means that anyone with an interest in the running of the .ie namespace can suggest a policy change. If there is agreement amongst stakeholders, the policy change can be implemented. Further information on the PDP is detailed in section 5 below.
The PAC has previously considered and recommended policy change requests relating to the release of:-
- one / two letter domain names,
- Internationalised domain names (IDNs),
- the re-sale of the right to use a .ie domain name on a secondary market and
- policy liberalisation (removal of the claim registration requirement).
All of these policy change requests were subsequently approved by the Board of the .IE and introduced.
The Terms of Reference for the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), including the PAC membership of eligible organisations, can be found here:
The work of the PAC is guided by it’s the Terms of Reference – which is the rule book for its operations.
The members of the PAC are nominated by eligible organisations with an interest in the running of the .ie namespace. Members are independent and offer their time and expertise voluntarily.
Is your organisation interested in joining?
Send us information about what your organisation does to email@example.com. The PAC will then consider this request at its next meeting.
The Minutes and presentation slides from the PAC meetings can be found here:
Policy Development Process
These are available on our dedicated policy page.
The diagram below sets out the 10-step Policy Development Process.
How it works
There are 10 steps to follow:-
- Fill out the Policy Change Request Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your proposal will be reviewed by .IE and the PAC (Policy Advisory Committee). If your proposal is accepted, a Working Group will be formed by .IE and the PAC.
- Depending on the nature and complexity of the proposal, .IE and the PAC will determine if a public consultation is required.
- If necessary, the Working Group will prepare a questionnaire for the public consultation.
- The Working Group will prepare a report based on the results of the public consultation and/or the Working Group meetings and discussions.
- The report will be sent to the email@example.com mailing list in order to collect feedback and comments from the Stakeholders in order to reach a consensus.
- Consensus must be reached for the proposal to progress to Step 8*.
- Once consensus is reached, the proposal will be submitted to the PAC* who may recommend acceptance to the Board.
- If accepted by the Board, the policy change is approved for implementation.
- The policy change can now be implemented by .IE.
* Please note that for steps 7, 8 and 9, if consensus is not reached, or if there is an objection from the PAC or the Board, the proposal goes back to the Working Group. They will then review the proposal in order to make it acceptable. If consensus cannot be reached, the proposal may be abandoned.
All proposals, outcomes and Board decisions will be published here in due course.
In December 2010, .IE announced the formation of a Working Group with stakeholders. The objective of the group was to develop a formal Policy Development Process (PDP) for the .ie namespace.
The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the PAC were agreed in Q4 2008 and published on the Registrar Discussion Forum (RDF) in Q1 2009.
The ToR stated that the PAC will be a consultative and advisory body to .IE and would deal with questions and issues relating to the operation of the .ie ccTLD. Other terms include:
- The PAC may convey advisory views or submissions on policy matters to .IE. All advice given by the PAC will be objective and in the best interests of the Irish Internet community.
- The PAC shall be autonomous in regard to its agenda and the subject matter of its policy advisory recommendations.
- .IE may refer any policy issue to the PAC for its consideration. Recommendations of the PAC shall be of persuasive authority and .IE shall have due regard to them.
- The PAC may regulate its activities as it sees fit in accordance with the ToR.
The Working Group met and created an initial draft proposal which was sent to the PDP Working Group mailing list in February 2011. The proposal was subsequently edited and refined over a number of iterations with stakeholder feedback. Following this detailed consultation process, the dedicated working group reached consensus on a new PDP, which went ‘live’ on 31 May 2011.
Please do not hesitate to contribute on the PDP mailing list. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When you receive our reply, you can then post your comments/suggestions/feedback to the entire mailing list at email@example.com.
Consultation Process pre-PDP
Since November 2002 .IE has consulted with the Local Internet Community on a number of important policy issues and other matters of procedure, process and practice. These consultations were informal in nature, but were designed to obtain stakeholders’ views on matters that impacted them, in the context of their roles within the Local Internet Community.
In late 2010, .IE launched a process to develop a formal Policy Development Process (PDP).
A representative sample of the topics of the early informal consultations, is set out below, in no particular order:
- API Introduction
- Registry Registrar Model (RRM) Consultation
- Revised T&C’s for New Resellers (and Termination of the VRS)
- Personal Domain Names.
- Transfer Policy v2
- WHOIS Service Enhancements
- Documentation Requirements:- Relaxations and Clarifications
- Poll on Reducing the Volume of Automated Emails from .IE
- Poll on .ie Zone Reload Frequency
- Reduction to 27 Days for an Application Ticket
- Conditional Acceptances Policy Amendment
- Proposal to Publish Registrar Names for New Registrations Statistics
- Poll on the Choice of a New Accredited Registrar Logo
Please note that the term “resellers” used above refers to .IE’s group of Accredited Registrars. This terminology was changed, by formal agreement, in 2010.