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  • ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews
    on 19 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN reviews below. Share your Public Comment on the Short-Term and Long-term Options to Adjust the Timing of Reviews. Please click here to learn about proposed short-term options and share your input. Close date: 6 July 2018 at 23:59 UTC. Please click here to learn about long-term options and share your input. Close date: 20 July 2018 at 23:59 UTC. SSR2 Restarts, Learn More! On 7 June 2018, it was announced that the Second Review of the Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) was unpaused. Learn more in an announcement posted to ICANN.org here. Join the Public Board Workshop Session in Panama for an Update on Short-Term and Long-Term Options for Streamlining Reviews. Saturday, 23 June from 13:15-13.45 (AST). Learn how to join. Join the CCWG-Accountability WS2 Face-to-Face Plenary. This plenary session will address questions or issues that have surfaced since the distribution of the Work Stream 2 (WS2) Final Report. Sunday, 24 June from 8:30-17:00 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here. Join the High Interest Session: RDS-WHOIS2 Review. The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team will update the community on its findings to date and seek input as well as address any questions pertaining to its scope and work plan. Thursday, 28 June from 17:00-18:30 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here. Join the Independent Examiner Presenting the Draft Final Report of the RSSAC2 Review. Tuesday, 26 June from 9:00-10:15 (AST), Metropolis 2, RSSAC room. More details here. Join the GDRP-related Cross-Community Sessions at ICANN62 WHOIS/RDS Policy – Post-GDPR Developments and Next Steps Tuesday, 26 June from 15:15-16:45 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here. Accreditation and Access to Non-Public WHOIS Data Post-GDPR Tuesday, 26 June from 17:00-18:30 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here. Participate in Review Working Party's Discussion of Next Steps for the NomCom Review. Wednesday, 27 June from 9:00-10:15 (AST), Luxor Room. More details here. Join the Independent Examiner Presenting the Assessment Report of the SSAC2 Review. Wednesday, 27 June from 9:15-10:15 (AST), Metropolis 3, SSAC room. More details here. Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Specific and Organizational Reviews. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • New WHOIS ARS Report (Phase 2 Cycle 6) Now Available
    on 15 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) Phase 2 Cycle 6 Report. The data analyzed in this report is from January 2018. This is a follow-up to previous ARS Reports which have been published semi-annually since December 2015. Read the Report. The report explores both the syntax and operability accuracy of WHOIS records in generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as compared to the requirements of the 2009 and 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAAs). It also examines the leading types of nonconformances, trends, and comparisons of WHOIS accuracy across gTLD types, ICANN regions, and RAA versions. (Note: The data analyzed in this report was completed prior to the adoption of the Temporary Specification.) The ICANN org developed accuracy tests to answer questions about the syntax (format and content) and operability (e.g., does an email sent to the email address provided in the WHOIS record go through?) of a sample of WHOIS records. Then, using statistical methods, syntax and operability accuracy estimates were provided for the population of domains in gTLDs as a whole, as well as for several subgroups of interest. Key Findings (data as of January 2018) The analysis found that: Nearly all WHOIS records contained information that could be used to establish immediate contact: In 98 percent of records, at least one email or phone number met all operability requirements of the 2009 RAA. Approximately 92 percent of email addresses, 60 percent of telephone numbers, and 99 percent of postal addresses were operable (see Table 1 below for more information). Table 1: Overall gTLD Operability Accuracy by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval) Email Telephone Postal Address All Three Accurate All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 92.3% ± 0.5% 59.5% ± 0.9% 98.9% ± 0.2% 55.5% ± 0.9% In terms of syntax accuracy, approximately 99 percent of email addresses, 92 percent of telephone numbers, and 88 percent of postal addresses were found to have met all the requirements of the 2009 RAA (see Table 2 below for more information). Table 2: Overall gTLD Syntax Accuracy to 2009 RAA Requirements by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval) Email Telephone Postal Address All Three Accurate All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 99.7% ± 0.1% 92.1% ± 0.5% 88.3% ± 0.6% 82.2% ± 0.7% The report also shows a breakdown of accuracy rates by ICANN region (see Figure 1 below for more information). Figure 1: Overall gTLD Syntax and Operability Accuracy by ICANN Region Next Steps Results included in the report will be provided to ICANN's Contractual Compliance team, which will assess the types of errors found and follow up with registrars on potentially inaccurate records. If WHOIS inaccuracy and/or format complaints are created from the WHOIS ARS data, ICANN Contractual Compliance will issue tickets in accordance with the Contractual Compliance Approach and Process [PDF, 292 KB]. Compliance provides updates on a quarterly basis, which include updates on WHOIS ARS tickets and can be found here. In response to ICANN community requests, the ICANN org now publishes additional metrics on the WHOIS ARS Contractual Compliance Metrics page here. The ICANN org will begin work on the next WHOIS ARS report in July 2018, with a targeted publication date of December 2018. Learn more: General information on WHOIS Previous WHOIS ARS Reports Pilot Study Report [PDF, 1.5 MB] About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Call for Expressions of Interest for 2019 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect
    on 13 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 13 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2019 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2019 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. In September 2017, the ICANN Board appointed Zahid Jamil as the 2018 NomCom Chair and J. Damon Ashcraft as the 2018 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2017-09-23-en - 1.d.) Article 8, section 8.3(d) of the Bylaws states, “It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair.” While it is anticipated that the 2018 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2019 NomCom Chair, in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency, the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership, and the results of that evaluation will be available to the Board Governance Committee (BGC) before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on the 2019 NomCom leadership. These reviews will be conducted by an independent third party provider and will consist of interviewing other NomCom leadership, NomCom members, and designated NomCom staff. The BGC will utilize the outcomes of these reviews in their processes leading up to the Board's formal appointment of the 2019 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. The NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN's supporting organizations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs) in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN's Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual Meeting. The Chair-Elect, a position created as a result of an independent review of the NomCom, is not intended to fill an advisory role. Rather, the Chair-Elect will receive the benefit of training while serving alongside the Chair, gaining skills and knowledge to be applied for the Chair-Elect's anticipated succession into the role of the Chair. Candidates for Chair-Elect should possess the same skills as candidates for the Chair. Position Description This position blends time management and negotiation skills with the practical aspects of conducting a worldwide search for individuals to fill various ICANN leadership positions. The NomCom Chair will be called on to schedule, organize and lead numerous in-person and telephonic meetings with a large committee of community members. The NomCom Chair is also responsible for managing the candidate identification and statement of interest process, with other committee members, and for managing the due diligence to be performed on nominated candidates, in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any retained outside firm(s). Throughout all NomCom activities, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that all NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed, and that all required documentation and reports are prepared in a timely fashion and provided to the proper parties as necessary. Skills and Experience To properly serve as the NomCom Chair, the selected individual must have: adequate time available to undertake the role; excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members; a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates; experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN; strong organization and leadership skills; ability to remain unbiased; no conflicts of interest, and a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN Bylaws relating to the NomCom (see http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#article8). Specific Duties and Responsibilities Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including: Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates. Conducts outreach with ICANN Stakeholder groups, Constituencies, Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others. With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during the NomCom process. Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel's office and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN org's website. Ensures NomCom records are properly established, maintained and archived. Eligibility Exclusion No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN org (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair or Chair-Elect. Expenses All reasonable travel expenses and administrative costs incurred as a result of performing the duties as NomCom Chair or Chair-Elect in accordance with ICANN org's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN org upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN org of valid receipts and invoices. Expressions of Interest Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to NomComChair2019@icann.org no later than 2 July 2018. A suggested form for submitting an Expression of Interest is available here [PDF, 953 KB] For more information about the NomCom see http://nomcom.icann.org/ About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • The Sixth Africa DNS Forum to take place in Cotonou, Benin
    on 13 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 14 June 2018 – On 3-5 July, the sixth Africa DNS Forum will take place under the theme “Building a Sustainable Domain Name Industry in Africa” in Cotonou, Benin. The Forum is co-organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), and AfRegistrar. It will be hosted by the Regulatory Authority of Communications Electronics in Benin (ARCEP). This year's forum follows on the success of the preceding forums, held in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015), Marrakech, Morocco (2016), and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2017). Over the past six years, the Africa DNS Forum has become an important annual event, bringing together regional players and world experts in the DNS field to share experiences, best practices, and provide updates on developments in the domain industry. This year's three-day event builds on the takeaways from the previous one, and addresses key issues that directly concern the regional industry. Among this year's topics are data protection and privacy, registry and registrar platform development, Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance initiatives in Africa, and investment opportunities in the Africa DNS industry. Moreover, on 6 July, the African Internet community will celebrate 20 years of Internet Governance in Africa. Representatives of ICANN leadership as well as the Internet pioneers of Africa will come together for the celebrations in Benin, twenty years after the first African Internet Governance Forum was held in Benin in 1998. The anniversary will be marked by a day-long event themed “An Efficient Governance of Internet in the Service of Africa Development.” Representatives of ICANN, Internet Society (ISOC), local governmental authorities, United Nations Development Programme, Internet pioneers of Africa, and more will be partaking in the event. For more information on the event, visit www.internethistory.africa. The first week of July will allow the regional Internet stakeholders to celebrate and reflect back upon the journey of the Internet in Africa, and discuss ways to improve the Internet penetration rates, online business opportunities, and participation in the global Internet Governance across the continent. We look forward to both events that will give us the opportunity to once again convene with our African stakeholders. For registration and more information on the Africa DNS Forum, visit www.dnsforum.africa. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Appeals German Court Decision on GDPR / WHOIS
    on 13 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today appealed a decision by the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany not to issue an injunction in proceedings that ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. The appeal was filed to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany. ICANN is asking the Higher Regional Court to issue an injunction that would require EPAG to reinstate the collection of all WHOIS data required under EPAG’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. The Regional Court in Bonn rejected ICANN’s initial application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought to require EPAG to collect administrative contact and technical contact data for new domain name registrations. If the Higher Regional Court does not agree with ICANN or is not clear about the scope of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ICANN is also asking the Higher Regional Court to refer the issues in ICANN’s appeal to the European Court of Justice. ICANN is appealing the 30 May 2018 decision by the Regional Court in Bonn as part of ICANN’s public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system.  “We are continuing to seek clarity of how to maintain a global WHOIS system and still remain consistent with legal requirements under the GDPR,” said John Jeffrey, ICANN’s General Counsel and Secretary. “We hope that the Court will issue the injunction or the matter will be considered by the European Court of Justice.” Background: On 25 May 2018, ICANN filed the injunction proceedings against EPAG. ICANN asked the Court for assistance in interpreting the GDPR in an effort to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN sought a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data. The intent was to assure that all such data remains available to parties who demonstrate a legitimate purpose to access it, and to seek clarification that under the GDPR, ICANN may continue to require such collection. ICANN filed the proceedings because EPAG had informed ICANN that as of 25 May 2018 when it sells new domain name registrations, it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information. EPAG believes collection of that particular data would violate the GDPR. ICANN’s contract with EPAG requires that information to be collected. EPAG is one of over 2,500 registrars and registries that help ICANN maintain the global information resource of the WHOIS system. ICANN is not seeking to have its contracted parties violate the law. Put simply, EPAG's position spotlights a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted. On 30 May 2018, the Court determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the administrative and technical data for new registrations. However, the Court did not indicate in its ruling that collecting such data would be a violation of the GDPR. Rather, the Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement or security problems). The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion. ICANN appreciates and understands the dilemma of EPAG in trying to interpret the GDPR rules against the WHOIS requirements, but if EPAG's actions stand, those with legitimate purposes, including security-related purposes, law enforcement, intellectual property rights holders, and other legitimate users of that information may no longer be able to access full WHOIS records. In addition to the court proceedings, ICANN is continuing to pursue ongoing discussions with the European Commission and the European Data Protection Board to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services. About ICANN ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Open Data Initiative Datasets and Metadata
    on 11 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 June 2018 Close Date: 27 July 2018 Originating Organization: Office of the CTO Categories/Tags: Open data Brief Overview: Much of the preparatory work for the first phase of the Open Data Initiative is now complete, in particular the creation of a Data Asset Inventory, which provides a preliminary list of the datasets that ICANN holds. The next major stage is a lengthy process of publishing datasets on ICANN's upcoming open data platform. This public comment shares details of the Data Asset Inventory, the associated metadata specification and requests feedback that will be used to determine the priorities for dataset publication. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/odi-datasets-metadata-2018-06-11-en […]

  • Proposed Renewal of .COOP Sponsored Registry Agreement
    on 11 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 June 2018 Close Date: 27 July 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contract Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN org is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2007 Registry Agreement for .COOP, which is set to expire on 22 November 2018. The renewal proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN org and dotCooperation LLC, the Registry Operator for the .COOP top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/coop-renewal-2018-06-11-en […]

  • Draft Proposal of the New Fellowship Program Approach
    on 11 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 June 2018 Close Date: 27 July 2018 Originating Organization: Public Responsibility Support Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Engagement/Participation Brief Overview: The public comment proceeding is to gather community input on the draft Proposal of the New Fellowship Program Approach, as part of the community consultation process to review existing practices and define the vision for the future of the Fellowship Program. The document reflects input from a questionnaire circulated to Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs), and relevant stakeholder groups and communities, as well as additional relevant public comments. Taking into account feedback received, Public Responsibility Support will prepare a Final Report and brief the community on updates and implementation plans. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fellowship-proposal-2018-06-11-en […]

  • ICANN Board to Hold Four Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Panama Workshop
    on 7 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 June 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding four public sessions and a public Board meeting during its upcoming workshop in Panama City, Panama, which will be taking place from 22-24 June 2018, ahead of ICANN62. The agenda of the sessions is provided below. Date Time (UTC) Session 22 June 18:15 – 19:15 IDN Variant TLD Implementation Recommendations 23 June 14:00 – 15:00 Public Board Meeting 23 June 18:00 – 18:15 Board FY18 Priorities – Status of Deliverables 23 June 18:15 – 18:45 Long-Term and Short-Term Options for Streamlining the Reviews 23 June 22:00 – 23:00 Internet Governance Strategic Discussion Progress The sessions will be in English only. The format for each will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/Participant Code: 5542211258 Additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5542211258&num=1-605-475-5606 For more information about the Panama workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2018-board-meetings. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS Review (SSR2) Restarts
    on 7 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 07 June 2018 – Today the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization announces the formal restart of the Second Review of the Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2). The formal restart is marked by the addition of new review team members to the existing roster and the engagement of a facilitator to assist the review team with the transition process. In April 2018, ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SOs/ACs) appointed four new members to the SSR2 Review Team to address the need for additional skills. These new members include: Kimberly C. Claffy – Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Laurin Weissinger – At-Large Community (ALAC) Rao Naveed Bin Rais – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Scott McCormick – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) In response to the SO/AC chairs' 15 February letter and 13 March request to the Organizational Effectiveness Committee of the ICANN Board (OEC), the ICANN organization (ICANN org) has engaged an external professional to facilitate the transition process and help the review team in restarting and moving forward with its work. After reviewing facilitator profiles and guidance from SO/AC chairs, ICANN org has identified Phil Khoury of Cameron. Ralph. Khoury Consulting Services to assist the review team in relaunching its activities. Phil Khoury was distinguished by his 15 years of experience facilitating discussions, his solid understanding of the ICANN multistakeholder model, and consensus building expertise to address the scope and focus areas SO/AC chairs established in their 13 March note. His responsibilities will include: onboarding new members who have joined since the "pause" and agreeing on leadership from within the current membership; helping the group to work through concerns around membership and scope as identified in a confidential survey conducted by the SO/AC chairs shortly after the pause; and helping the review team to identify ways to reach consensus. Next Steps Phil Khoury will reach out to all review team members to gather input for next steps on a proposed three-day face-to-face meeting ICANN is coordinating with the review team that will take place at its office in Belgium or another identified location. SO/AC chairs noted in their communication of 13 March some key items in relation to both the work of the facilitator and expected deliverables of the work. SO/AC chairs announced in their letter that they plan to share the information gathered from their survey (conducted after ICANN60) with the facilitator to inform his work. Background On 28 October 2017, the ICANN Board, in consideration of concerns received, sent a letter to SSR2 to suspend its work, pending input from SO/ACs on any need to adjust the scope, terms of reference, work plan, skill set and/or resources allocated to SSR2. The suspension generated a dialog between SO/ACs chairs and ICANN Board and led to a request for additional membership on the review team and the engagement of an external facilitator to assist the review team in resolving issues of scope, membership, and other concerns as raised (see 15 February 2018 and 13 March 2018 correspondence for more information). About the SSR2 Review SSR2 is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.6(c) to examine how effectively ICANN is meeting its commitment to enhance the operational stability, reliability, resiliency, security, and global interoperability of the systems and processes (internal/external) that affect the Internet's system of unique identifiers. Review Team Composition: Alain Aina – Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Boban Krsic – Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Denise Michel – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Eric Osterweil – Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Geoff Huston – Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Jabhera Matogoro – At-Large Community (ALAC) Kaveh Ranjbar – ICANN Board Kerry-Ann Barrett – Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Kimberly C. Claffy– Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) (new member) Laurin Weissinger – At-Large Community (ALAC) (new member) Mohamad Amin Hasbini – Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Noorul Ameen – Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Norm Ritchie – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Ramkrishna Pariyar – At-Large Community (ALAC) Rao Naveed Bin Rais – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) (new member) Scott McCormick – Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) (new member) Žarko Kecić – Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Find more information on the SSR2 review here. About Specific Reviews Specific Reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws and are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Specific Reviews serve as ICANN's progress report to the world. They demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identifies areas where ICANN can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions, and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance. Click here to learn more about Reviews and how you can get involved. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Update to Short-term Options to Adjust Timeline for Specific Reviews
    on 6 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces changes to the Public Comment on Short-term Options for the timeline of ICANN reviews. ICANN has removed the Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) options and references and posted an updated Short-term Public Comment at the request of the Review Team. Any comments regarding the RDS-WHOIS2 request should be addressed to the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team at input-to-rds-whois2-rt@icann.org (publicly archived). The Public Comment periods on both the modified Short-term Options and Long-term Options remain open and we encourage all stakeholders to contribute. The Public Comment on Short-term Options to adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews will close on 6 July 2018. The Public Comment period on Long-term Options to Adjust the Timeline of Reviews will close on 20 July 2018. Please also join ICANN for a webinar and Q&A about both Short-term and Long-term Options for the Timelines of ICANN Reviews. The presentation will be identical for both one-hour webinars, scheduled as follows: Webinar 1: 07 June 2018: 05:00-06:00 UTC [local time] Webinar 2: 07 June 2018:17:00-18:00 UTC [local time] Archives of these webinars will be posted here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Nominating Committee Review: Final Report Now Available
    on 5 June, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 5 June 2018 – Today, Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review, published its final report. Read the report. The final report includes an assessment of the NomCom and 27 recommendations for improving its operations. Analysis Group presented its findings and resulting recommendations for improvement in three categories: Composition and Responsibilities of the NomCom Members Processes of the NomCom Additional Topics The final report published today considers comments on the draft final report published on 27 March 2018, input provided during the public webinar on 10 April 2018 and any other feedback Analysis Group may have received. Next Steps The NomCom Review Working Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources and the proposed implementation timeline. Analysis Group and the RWP respectively will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). The OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps. Background An independent review of the NomCom is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in June 2017. The purpose of the NomCom review is to determine (i) whether the NomCom has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether the NomCom is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders. The review also assesses whether the improvements resulting from the last review (2007-2010) were effective. Additional Resources Visit the NomCom Review wiki and the NomCom Review page on ICANN.org for more information and resources related to the review. Visit the NomCom page on ICANN.org to learn more about the NomCom. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Board Adopts the FY19 Operating Plan and Budget
    on 31 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 31 May 2018 – On 30 May 2018, the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) adopted ICANN's FY19 Operating Plan and Budget, and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan. Under ICANN's post-IANA Stewardship Transition Bylaws, the Empowered Community has the faculty to review, consider, or reject these documents before they go into effect. ICANN's FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan are the result of 11 months of collaborative work between the ICANN organization, the community, the PTI Board, and the ICANN Board Finance Committee. These documents include: Highlights of ICANN Operations, including a summary of changes from the Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget. An Overview of ICANN's FY19 Budget. A Detailed description of the FY19 Operating Plan. Detailed descriptions of the portfolios of activities supporting the goals and objectives described in the ICANN Strategic Plan for the Fiscal Years of 2016 to 2020, and the updated Five-Year Operating Plan. Detailed lists of projects for each portfolio and project-level budgeted costs. The continuous participation of the community in the planning process is a cornerstone of ICANN's transparency and accountability to the global multistakeholder community. ICANN thanks all community members who contributed to the development of the budget. Access budget documents for FY19 and previous years are published here. According to the ICANN Bylaws Annex D, Section 6.2, the Empowered Community now has the opportunity to consider if the following powers should be exercised: Reject the ICANN FY19 Operating Plan and Budget. Reject updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan. These documents will go into effect after giving the Empowered Community the time to consider if they will raise a petition rejecting the budgets and/or operating plans. Decisional participants of the Empowered Community have 28 days to bring forth a petition rejecting any of these documents. In this sense, under Annex D, Section 2 of the Bylaws, there is a 21-day period for any decisional participant to raise a petition to reject documents, followed by a 7-day period to obtain support for the petition. For more information on the petition process, please refer to the ICANN Bylaws. If the Empowered Community does not raise a petition, the budget will become effective 1 July 2018. What Is the Empowered Community? The Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers. The community powers and rules that govern the Empowered Community are defined in the ICANN Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Who Can Participate in the Empowered Community? All of ICANN's SOs, At-Large, and Governmental ACs, can be decisional participants in the Empowered Community, including: Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) How Does the Empowered Community Use Its powers? The Empowered Community has an escalation process to reject ICANN's FY19 Operating Plan and Budget, the FY19 IANA Budget, and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan. This escalation process gives SOs and ACs opportunities to discuss solutions with the ICANN Board. Find more information on the Empowered Community's ongoing petitions, and upcoming opportunities, here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Announces Webinar on Short and Long-Term Options for the Reviews Timeline
    on 30 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 30 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to attend one of two webinars being held to discuss the Public Comment on short-term options and long-term options on the timeline of ICANN Reviews. The presentation will be identical for both one-hour webinars, scheduled as follows: Webinar 1: 07 June 2018: 5:00 UTC [local time] Webinar 2: 07 June 2018:17:00 UTC [local time] Webinar Agenda: The Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives Team (MSSI) to share high-level overview of Short-term and Long-term proposals Community Q&A To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org and indicate which webinar you will join. If you do not indicate a preference you will receive invites for both webinars. Background Information The timing of Specific and Organizational Reviews mandated by the Bylaws has resulted in multiple reviews occurring at the same time. Currently, there are eleven Organizational and Specific Reviews underway. This is in addition to policy development work and other work across the ICANN community, resulting in strain on both volunteer and ICANN resources. Based on discussions with and feedback from the ICANN community, the ICANN organization analyzed options for both short and long-term approaches to solve the challenges associated with multiple reviews occurring at the same time and volunteer strain. Subsequently, ICANN org published two public comments to invite feedback on short-term and long-term options to address the workload of the volunteer community and impact on ICANN resources. […]

  • Report of Public Comments Published – ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy
    on 30 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 30 May 2018 – Today, ICANN published the Report of Public Comments on ICANN's Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment strategy. This was based on the public comment proceeding that ran from 06 March to 25 April. The report can be found here https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reserve-fund-replenishment-2018-03-06-en ICANN recognizes and thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation is an important step in strengthening ICANN's financial stability and sustainability. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Draft Community Travel Support Guidelines
    on 30 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 30 May 2018 Close Date: 16 July 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN org Categories/Tags: Engagement/Participation Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks input on the draft Community Travel Support Guidelines. The guidelines reflect the initial input received from the community consultation conducted between September 2017 and January 2018. They also reflect observations of ICANN Travel Support. Public comments will be reviewed and either incorporated into the final draft or forwarded as appropriate. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/travel-support-guidelines-2018-05-30-en […]

  • German Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data
    on 30 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 30 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that a German regional court (LG Bonn) has issued a decision on the injunction proceedings ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. The Court has determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. Last Friday, ICANN filed the matter with the German regional court which ruled today, seeking assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. In particular, ICANN requested a clarification from the Court about whether EPAG should be obligated to continue to collect administrative and technical contact information for new domain name registrations, as it is required to do under its Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. EPAG originally had indicated that it would delete the contact information, but had withdrawn its intentions to do so after engaging in dialogue with ICANN. ICANN asked the Court to intervene after learning that EPAG no longer intended to collect such data, citing the GDPR law implementation as its rationale. ICANN had long required full WHOIS data to be collected, and was requiring registrars such as EPAG to continue to collect the data after the GDPR went into full effect. ICANN modified its requirements surrounding how others could access this data, limiting access only to those who could demonstrate a legitimate purpose (such as in cases of criminal activity, intellectual property infringement or Internet Security problems). Assessing and identifying a legitimate purpose is a requirement identified in the GDPR. In rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the adminsitrative and technical data for new registrations. However, the Court did not indicate in its ruling that collecting such data would be a violation of the GDPR. Rather, the Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse the security aspects in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement or security problems). The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion. "While ICANN appreciates the prompt attention the Court paid to this matter, the Court's ruling today did not provide the clarity that ICANN was seeking when it initiated the injunction proceedings," said John Jeffrey, ICANN's General Counsel and Secretary. "ICANN is continuing to pursue the ongoing discussions with the European Commission, and WP29, to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services." About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Files Legal Action in Germany to Preserve WHOIS Data
    on 25 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 25 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. ICANN has taken this step to ask the court for assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN's "one-sided filing" in Bonn, Germany, seeks a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data, so that such data remains available to parties demonstrating legitimate purpose to access it, consistent with the GDPR. EPAG recently informed ICANN that when it sells new domain name registrations it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information, as it believes collection of that data would violate the GDPR rules. ICANN requires that information to be collected, via its contract with EPAG which authorizes it to sell generic top-level domain name registrations. ICANN recently adopted a new Temporary Specification regarding how WHOIS data should be collected and which parts may be published, which ICANN believes is consistent with the GDPR. "We are filing an action in Germany to protect the collection of WHOIS data and to seek further clarification that ICANN may continue to require its collection. It is ICANN's public interest role to coordinate a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system. ICANN contractually requires the collection of data by over 2,500 registrars and registries who help ICANN maintain that global information resource," said John Jeffrey, ICANN's General Counsel and Secretary. "We appreciate that EPAG shared their plans with us when they did, so that we could move quickly to ask the German court for clarity on this important issue. We also appreciate that EPAG has agreed that it will not permanently delete WHOIS data collected, except as consistent with ICANN policy." If EPAG's actions stand, those with legitimate purposes, including security-related purposes, law enforcement, intellectual property rights holders, and other legitimate users of that information may no longer be able to access full WHOIS records. ICANN does not seek to require its contracted parties to violate the law. EPAG's position has identified a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted. This lawsuit seeks to clarify that difference in interpretation. In its 17 May 2018 adoption of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, the ICANN Board noted that the global public interest is served by the implementation of a unified policy governing aspects of gTLD registration data when the GDPR goes into effect. "The ICANN org is committed to enforcing our contracts to the fullest extent the law allows and preserving the integrity of the WHOIS system," said ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby. The Temporary Specification, effective today, still requires gTLD registry operators and registrars to collect all registration data. If you submit a WHOIS query for a registration subject to the GDPR, you will only receive "thin" data in return, which includes technical data sufficient to identify the sponsoring registrar, status of the registration, and creation and expiration dates for each registration, but not personal data. Additionally, you will have access to an anonymized email address or a web form to facilitate email communication with the relevant contact for that registration. If you are a third party with legitimate interests in gaining access to the non-public data held by the gTLD registry operator or registrar, there are still ways for you to access that data. You can look up the sponsoring registrar and contact them, and they are obligated to respond to you in a reasonable time. If you do not get a response, ICANN's complaint mechanisms will be available for you to use. If you find individual parties who you believe are not complying with their obligations under this Temporary Specification or their agreements with ICANN, you may contact ICANN's Contractual Compliance Department to file a complaint. ICANN appreciates the ongoing discussions with the European Commission, and WP29, together with all of the ICANN stakeholders. However, ICANN has seen steps taken by some of our contracted parties that violate their contractual agreements with ICANN. Thus, ICANN must file this action now to both prevent permanent harm to the public interest and seek clarification of the laws, as they relate to the integrity of the WHOIS services. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Register Now: Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar – 12 June 2018
    on 23 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two webinar sessions to assist with the community's preparations for the ICANN62 Policy Forum: Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) The webinar will run in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. The presentation materials will be translated into Spanish, and posted following the Webinar with the recordings of the sessions here. Please register via this form by 11 June 2018! In this 90-minute webinar, the Policy Development Support Team will summarize the key policy activities taking place across the ICANN community. The Team will also answer your questions about ongoing community policy and advisory work and discuss what to expect at the ICANN62Policy Forum. To ensure that your questions about policy activities are addressed during the session, the Policy Team invites you to submit your questions through the registration form or by email to policyinfo@icann.org. To assist with your preparation for this webinar and for ICANN62, the "Pre-ICANN62 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN62 Edition" will be published by Tuesday, 5 June 2018. Please be sure to download and review these materials beforehand for helpful background on policy activities and topics that the Policy Development Support Team will cover during the webinar, such as: The cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN62: Geographic Names at the Top-Level (Work Track 5) Update from the Registration Directory Service-WHOIS2 Review Team General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance, Access to WHOIS and Accreditation The expected Initial Report from the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group Presentation of the Final CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations The various policy development processes underway in the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO): Retirement of Country Code Top-Level Domains Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Next steps in relation to Registration Directory Services policy work Curative Rights Protections for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Regional Internet Registry policy development activities Advisory Committee activities within the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC): Organizational Review of the At-Large community: Next steps, implementation, and ALAC sessions during ICANN62 GDPR and Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover discussions At-Large discussion on new gTLDs and Work Tracks 1-5 Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) Policy Hot Topics GAC discussions on .amazon, IGO protections and 2-character codes at the second level Board-GAC GDPR consultations RSSAC statement on the distinction between RSSAC and Root-Ops (RSSAC033) SSAC work concerning name collisions Other topics of note: Organizational Review of the ASO ccNSO sessions on disaster and recovery and business continuity, ccNSO members meeting sessions, and Tech Day. GAC onboarding initiatives Report from the RSSAC May 2018 Workshop (RSSAC034) To complement this Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar, the GNSO Policy Development Support Team will host, with the Council leadership and Policy Development Process (PDP) working group chairs, a GNSO policy-focused webinar on Monday, 18 June 2018 at 21:00 UTC for 90 minutes. This webinar is intended to serve as a replacement for the previously-offered GNSO PDP updates provided during the GNSO weekend sessions and will assist the community in preparing for GNSO policy-related discussions at ICANN62. If you would like to participate in the GNSO Policy Webinar, please register here. The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN62! About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Deadline Extension: Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review
    on 23 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has extended its deadline for applicants to respond to its request for proposal for (RFP) for a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). The new deadline is Monday 4 June 2018, 16:00 UTC. The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of: Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; How effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 4 June 2018, 16:00 UTC using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above. Background According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for: Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains; Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO's community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs; Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN; Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws. For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Deadline Extended: SSAC2 Review Survey for Community Input
    on 22 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 May 2018 – The deadline to take the SSAC2 Survey has been extended until Friday May 25th at 23:59 UTC. Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2), has published a survey for community input. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with SSAC or have suggestions for ways to improve it. Take the survey The survey will close on Friday May 25th at 23:59 UTC. Following the close of the survey, Analysis Group will evaluate responses received along with input received via interviews and other forums as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in July 2018. Background A periodic review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. The review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders. Analysis Group was selected to conduct the SSAC2 Review in February 2018. As do all Organizational Reviews, the SSAC2 Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This approach contributes to more useful and relevant recommendations by providing an opportunity for the community and the independent examiner to discuss what works and what needs improvement before the independent examiner develops recommendations to address the observed situations. Learn more about the SSAC2 Review. About SSAC The SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational, administrative, and registration matters. SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly. Learn more about SSAC. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • Proposed FY19 Operating Plan and Budget for ICANN Board Adoption Published
    on 21 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 21 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the proposed FY19 Operating Plan and Budget, and Five-Year Operating Plan update, after the review of public comments. In addition, the ICANN organization and Board Finance Committee have approved the Staff Report of Public Comments, which was originally published on 24 April 2018. As indicated in the Staff Report, several changes were approved for incorporation into the proposed documents. The revised documents are posted here, and on the Planning page, with a summary of changes, to ensure visibility and transparency of the final documents sent to the ICANN Board for consideration in its meeting on 30 May 2018. The ICANN org will host a webinar on 24 May at 14:00 UTC where community members can ask questions and learn more about the changes made to the budget. A recording of the webinar will be posted to the community wiki. This year, the Additional Budget Requests were streamlined into the Operating Plan and Budget process. Please see Document 2 [PDF, 621 KB], page 26 to find out what Additional Budget Requests have been approved. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Board Approves Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on 17 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 May 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today approved the proposed "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data." The full text of the Board's resolution is available here. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and with community-developed policies as they relate to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). "The ICANN Board's approval today of the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data is an important step towards bringing ICANN and its contracted parties into compliance with GDPR," said Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair. "While there are elements remaining to be finalized, the adoption of this Temporary Specification sets us on the right path to maintaining WHOIS in the public interest, while complying with GDPR before its 25 May enforcement deadline." The Board spent significant time during its Vancouver Workshop reviewing and discussing the proposed Temporary Specification, clearing most of their planned schedule to allow for more time to consider the most appropriate path forward. The ICANN organization has closely worked with stakeholders and the ICANN community to discuss and develop the Temporary Specification, and has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) to solicit its feedback and input. "The Proposed Interim Compliance Model is the product of significant collaboration between the org and the community," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO. "With the Temporary Specification now approved by the Board, we can continue working together to identify a permanent solution." The Board's resolution also initiated a community-led policy development process to consider the development and adoption of a consensus policy based on the issues outlined within the Temporary Specification. The Temporary Specification, which reflects ICANN's Proposed Interim Compliance Model [PDF, 922 KB], aims to ensure the continued availability of the WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible while maintaining the security and stability of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, as outlined in its mission and bylaws. Preserving the WHOIS system is critical to the stability and security of the Internet, which allows for the easy identification and mitigation of bad actors, cybercriminals, intellectual property infringement, and other malicious activity online. The Temporary Specification provides a single, unified interim model that ensures a common framework for registration data directory services. It allows registrars and registries, also referred to as ICANN's contracted parties, to continue with the robust collection of registration data from both natural and legal persons, as well as technical information, in connection with a domain name registration. The Temporary Specification only replaces certain provisions in the Registry Agreements and Registrar Accreditation Agreements, as well as policies. All other current obligations remain in force. ICANN's contracted parties would be required to apply the model outlined in the Temporary Specification when processing personal data linked to the European Economic Area (EEA). If impracticable for a contracted party to limit their application of the requirements strictly to the EEA, they may apply the requirements to registrations on a global basis. To ensure compliance with the GDPR, access to personal data will be restricted to layered/tiered access, where only users with a legitimate purpose can request access to non-public data through registrars and registry operators. Until a unified access model is in place, registries and registrars will have to determine which requests are permissible under the law. Alternatively, users may contact either the registrant or listed administrative and technical contacts through an anonymized email or web form available via the registered name's registrar. Registrants may opt to have their full contact information made publicly available. This Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement. Fifteen Board members voted to approve its adoption, representing a unanimous approval among Board members present and meeting the contractual requirement for the Board passing a temporary specification. The Board must reaffirm its temporary adoption every 90 days, and may continue to do so for no more than one year. The ICANN Board, in its resolution adopting the Temporary Specification, has also deferred formal action on certain pieces of advice the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) provided in its San Juan Communiqué. This decision was made at the GAC's request, which was detailed in a letter [PDF, 525 KB] to the Board. The Board will consider if any further action is needed after additional discussion with the GAC. For more information and to follow the latest updates, please visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy issues page. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN and PTI Publish U.S. Tax Returns for FY17
    on 15 May, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their U.S. tax returns (Form 990) for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2017. This is the first time that the recently created PTI has been required to file Form 990. View Form 990 for ICANN for FY17 [PDF, 385 KB]. View Form 990 for PTI for FY17 [PDF, 321 KB]. ICANN and PTI filed Form 990 for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2017 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 14 May 2018, in compliance with the extended due date of 15 May 2018. Form 990 is the U.S. return for organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. The publication of ICANN’s and PTI’s financial information is part of an ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency. The community is invited to review ICANN's and PTI’s tax returns and to make comments or ask questions. Please contact us at: controller@icann.org. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]