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  • SSAC2 Review Survey Available for Community Input
    on 19 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 April 2018 – 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 18 May 2018 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. […]

  • Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-Year Scheduled Maintenance Is Overdue!
    on 17 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2018 – The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce that the ICANN Domain Name System (DNS) Symposium (IDS 2018) will be held Friday, 13 July 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It takes place back-to-back with this trimester's conference of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF 102). The theme for IDS 2018 is "Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-year scheduled maintenance is overdue." The Domain Name System is well into its thirties. The DNS began as an exercise to improve the scaling properties of mapping host names on the ARPANET to Internet addresses, and to help decentralize email box names. In thirty years, we have evolved from the early experimentation and implementation of the formative domain name standards to a distributed name resolution system with millions of name servers that process billions of queries daily. The DNS runs exceptionally well – most users think of it as rock solid. But perhaps the system could be made healthier, or could be improved to support further innovation. What if we put the DNS through a scheduled maintenance with the kind of full diagnostic assessment routinely recommended for high-performance vehicles? For IDS 2018, we are extending an invitation to members of the research, academia, and operational communities. We'd like you to share experiences, data, or innovative thinking on how we might improve the DNS, or how we might foster innovation by adapting the DNS to support emerging identifier needs. Symposium topics include: Transport issues such as DNS over Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and protocols for DNS beyond User Datagram Protocol (UDP). Operational issues related to the DNS's maturity level, such as those stemming from scaling or protocol complexity. Security issues relating to confidentiality, integrity, and authentication. Role of the DNS in Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDOS) incidents and mechanisms for mitigation. Use of the DNS for new applications and new useful DNS data types. Emerging identifier systems and their competition and coexistence with the DNS. We are soliciting proposals for presentations. Please send a one-paragraph description of your proposed topic to ids-proposals@icann.org by 1 June 2018. For more information, including schedule and venue information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/ids. 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 Receives Data Protection/Privacy Guidance from Article 29 Working Party
    on 12 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that it has received a letter from the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) [PDF, 400 KB] that provides guidance on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on the collection, retention and publication of domain name registration data and the WHOIS system. ICANN organization’s response to the letter from the Article 29 Working Party will be published shortly here. “We appreciate the guidance provided by the Article 29 Working Party on this important issue and have accepted an invitation to meet with the WP29 Technology Subgroup in Brussels on 23 April for further discussions,” said Göran Marby, ICANN president and CEO. “However, we are disappointed that the letter does not mention our request for a moratorium on enforcement of the law until we implement a model. Without a moratorium on enforcement, WHOIS will become fragmented and we must take steps to mitigate this issue. As such, we are studying all available remedies, including legal action in Europe to clarify our ability to continue to properly coordinate this important global information resource. We will provide more information in the coming days.” A moratorium on enforcement action by DPAs would potentially allow for the introduction of an agreed-upon accreditation model and for the registries and registrars to implement the accreditation model in conjunction with the measures in the agreed final interim compliance model. It will also allow for reconciliation between the advice ICANN has received from its Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Article 29 Working Party. Unless there is a moratorium, we may no longer be able to give instructions to the contracted parties through our agreements to maintain WHOIS. Without resolution of these issues, the WHOIS system will become fragmented until the interim compliance model and the accreditation model are implemented. A fragmented WHOIS would no longer employ a common framework for generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration directory services. Registries and registrars would likely implement varying levels of access to data depending on their interpretations of the law. “In parallel, we will carefully consider this advice, along with all of the input we have received from the multistakeholder community, before making changes to the current iteration of the proposed interim model,” Marby continued. “As a part of this, we will explore all options as we continue dialogues with DPAs and the interested parties that comprise the multistakeholder community.” It’s important to balance the right to privacy with the need for information. While ICANN recognizes the importance of the GDPR and its goal of protecting personal data, parts of the ICANN community have noted the negative impact of a fragmented WHOIS. For example, it will hinder the ability of law enforcement to get important information and the anti-spam community to help ensure the Internet protects end-users. It will also: Protect the identity of criminals who may register hundreds of domain names specifically for use in cyberattacks; Hamper the ability of consumer protection agencies who track the traffic patterns of illicit businesses; Stymie trademark holders from protecting intellectual property; and Make it significantly harder to identify fake news and impact the ability to take action against bad actors. These are just a few examples from a long list of potentially adverse scenarios. Marby also requested that the DPAs include ICANN in any proceedings relating to WHOIS, and asks that it be included in all discussions and actions of the privacy regulators with the other WHOIS data controllers. He also said that ICANN org is continuing its efforts to prepare for implementation of a new model. Additional information on ICANN’s data protection/privacy activities, including legal analyses, proposed compliance models, and community feedback is published here.   We encourage the community to provide feedback and continue our dialogues on future activities. You may share your views with us via email at gdpr@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. […]

  • ICANN Organization’s Report on the Draft FY19 Budget Operating Plan Now Due 24 April
    on 11 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 11 April 2018 - Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the ICANN organization's response to the public comments received in the Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget has been moved from 12 April to 24 April. This will allow the ICANN org and the Board to have the appropriate time to provide thoughtful and detailed responses. The ICANN org has received valuable and substantive comments from the public comment proceeding and wishes to thank everyone for your contributions in this important planning process. 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. […]

  • Initial Report on Review of the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Charter
    on 11 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 April 2018 Close Date: 1 June 2018 Originating Organization: ccNSO & RySG Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements Accountability/Transparency Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Customer Standing Committee (CSC) was established on 1 October 2016 and has been operating in accordance with a Charter that was developed by the Cross Community Working Group IANA Transition (CWG). The ICANN Bylaws (section 17.3) and CSC Charter include a provision that the first review of the Charter of the CSC needs to be conducted one year after the first meeting of the CSC. The CSC Charter Review Team seeks your comment and input on its findings and proposed amendment of the CSC Charter, as included in its Initial Report. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/csc-charter-rt-initial-2018-04-11-en […]

  • ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews
    on 10 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN Reviews below. Reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need community input to help ICANN deliver on its commitments. Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed. Provide your Public Comment on the NomCom2 Review Draft Final Report Click here to share your public comment, learn about the current status of the review, and next steps. Please share your feedback by 7 May 2018 23:59 UTC [local time] Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Organizational Reviews and links to background information. Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. Join the Second Face-to-Face Meeting of the Registration Directory Services Review Team (RDS-WHOIS2) On 16,17,18 of April, observe the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team from 07:00 - 15:30 UTC for their second face-to-face meeting where they will discuss the subgroups' findings and potential recommendations. Click here for more information. Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest information on all Specific Reviews and links to background information. 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. […]

  • The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum is Turning Five Years Old in Ankara
    on 9 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 9 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is organizing the fifth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum. The event, hosted by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), will take place on 25 and 26 April in Ankara, Turkey. The Middle East DNS Forum brings together field experts and affected parties to discuss the latest developments in the global domain marketplace and ways to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. Internationalized Domain Names, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Universal Acceptance and the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) are among this year's key discussion topics. The DNS forum offers participants opportunities to: Network with other stakeholders and experts Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry Develop a better understanding of ICANN's work so that they can play a bigger role in shaping the future of Internet Learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence ICANN is pleased to hold this year's Middle East DNS Forum in Turkey. This country has demonstrated increasing interest and participation in ICANN over the past few years, especially during the recent Turkey DNS Forums. ICTA was established to constitute a competitive telecommunication sector in Turkey. The Authority oversees tasks on sectoral competition, information technologies, and technical regulations. ICTA has previously supported the Turkey DNS Forums. Information is available on the forum's website. You can register for the event here. Remote participation will be available. The link will be provided as the event approaches. For more information or inquiries, please email meac.swg@icann.org. Media Contacts: Luna Madi Communications Director, EMEA Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 533 0313505 Email: luna.madi@icann.org Buket Coskuner Global Communications Coordinator Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 533 4876254 Email: buket.coskuner@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 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. […]

  • ICANN Publishes ICANN61 By the Numbers Report
    on 9 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN61 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. This report summarizes our findings from ICANN's third Community Forum of the new meeting strategy. This report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency. By the Numbers Report highlights include: 1,565 checked-in participants, with 604 listing their region as North America 36% of attendees participating for the first time 342 sessions held, for a total of 630.5 hours 167,907 schedule platform page views, a 198% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi 11,106 gigabytes of data as network traffic 14% of network traffic was Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a 1% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi Our goal is to improve on the statistics we collect, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make. Click here to download the full ICANN61 by the Numbers Report [PDF, 6.26 MB]. If you have questions, please email: meetings@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. […]

  • ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN62
    on 6 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN62, to be held in Panama City, Panama, from 25 to 28 June 2018. The 15 individuals are currently engaged in studies in Latin American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and human rights. In addition, five individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers. An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy and Internet governance. The individuals selected as ICANN62 NextGen participants are: Cristina De Los Ángeles Morales Universidad Centroamericana Élisson Diones Cazumbá Cerqueira Pinto Federal Institute of Bahia Gustavo Diógenes de Oliveira Paiva Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte Jaqueline Trevisan Pigatto San Tiago Dantas Jhon Aldemar Caballero Martinez Universidad Externado de Colombia Luisa Verónica Arroyo Revatta Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Mariana Canto Sobral Federal University of Pernambuco Mariana Palma Vidotti UNOPAR Natalia Ramos Takeda Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo Paulo César Tavares Filho Catholic University of Pernambuco Rocio Agustina de la Fuente Universidad de San Andres Sara Rebeca Aguilar Fratty Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Sávyo Vinícius de Morais Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte Yawri Carr Quirós University of Costa Rica Yiced Adriana Alvarez León Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander Ocaña The individuals selected as ICANN62 ambassadors are: Amira Elhlw ICANN59 Ani Mkrtchyan ICANN60 Clement Genty ICANN58 Huthaifa Albustanji ICANN55 Mauricia Abdol ICANN59 Click here for more information about the NextGen program. 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. […]

  • Join the Webinar on the Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review
    on 3 April, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES - 3 April 2018 - Join a webinar about the Draft Final Report [PDF, 496 KB] of the second Review of the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom2), hosted by the independent examiner, Analysis Group. Current Status: On 27 March 2018, Analysis Group published its Draft Final Report for public comment. The Draft Final Report contains both an assessment of the Nominating Committee and recommendations for improving its operations*. This public comment proceeding follows the publication of the Assessment Report, which included findings that were discussed with the community via several consultations. Next Steps: The Draft Final Report will be available for public comment for 41 days. Input received from this public comment and webinar will be considered by Analysis Group for inclusion in the Final Report, which is expected to be published in June 2018. Webinar Details & How to Attend Date: 10 April 2018 Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC [local time] To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending your email request to mssi-secretariat@icann.org. Click here for more details including Dial-in instructions and webinar slide deck Agenda Presentation of the Draft Report by Analysis Group Question & Answer Relevant Resources Draft Final Report out for public comment [PDF, 496 KB] Assessment Report [PDF, 379 KB] Assessment Report Executive Summary: AR [PDF, 243 KB] | ES [PDF, 75 KB] | FR [PDF, 156 KB] | RU [PDF, 168 KB] | ZH [PDF, 108 KB] ICANN61 Public Session: NomCom2 Review Update ICANN60 Public Session: NomCom2 Review Update Additional Information NomCom Review home page on ICANN.org NomCom2 Review wiki space 2018 Nominating Committee page on ICANN.org *The NomCom2 Review is following a new two-phased approach to Organizational Reviews in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This new approach is expected to contribute 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. 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. […]

  • CCWG-Accountability WS2 Final Report
    on 30 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 30 March 2018 Close Date: 11 May 2018 Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Categories/Tags: Accountability Brief Overview: Purpose: This Public Comment seeks community input on whether there are any inconsistencies1 between the various sets of recommendations within the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability's (CCWG-Accountability) final report from its Work Stream 2 (WS2). The CCWG-Accountability WS2 final report is a compilation of eight reports generated through individual sub-groups of the CCWG-Accountability, each of which has already been the subject of public comment. These eight reports are on the topics identified at Section 27.1. of the ICANN Bylaws2, which defined WS2. Current Status: At its 9 March 2018 face-to-face meeting at ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the CCWG-Accountability completed its approval of each of the sub-group reports for inclusion within the WS2 final report. Next Steps: The inputs from the public comment period will be analyzed by the CCWG-Accountability, which will consider amending the report in light of the relevant comments received about inconsistencies. The CCWG-Accountability will publish a report on the results of the public consultation. If there are no significant changes required, the CCWG-Accountability will forward its WS2 final report to its Chartering Organizations for endorsement and then to the ICANN Board for consideration and adoption. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccwg-acct-ws2-final-2018-03-30-en 1 Because each of these sub-reports has already been the subject of public comment, and in order to complete its work in a timely manner, the CCWG-Accountability is limiting this public comment opportunity only to the identification of inconsistencies between the recommendations across the report. The CCWG-Accountability will not be in a position to re-address substantive issues and open new public comment periods on portions of the report and complete WS2 within its proposed and budgeted completion date of June 2018. 2 Section 27.1 of the Bylaws defines nine topics for inclusion within WS2. However, the Cooperative Engagement Process (CEP) was identified as better suited for coordination with the work on updating ICANN's Independent Review Process, as opposed to handling with WS2. By agreement with the CCWG-Accountability and the community group supporting the updates to the Independent Review Process, the CEP was removed from WS2. […]

  • Annual IANA Functions Audits Validate ICANN Systems Controls
    on 29 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has completed audits of the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Registry Assignment and Maintenance Systems (RAMS) and the Root Zone Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) services provided as part of the IANA functions. International accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted the audits for the period of 1 October 2016 through 30 November 2017. For the fifth consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 audit of PTI's RAMS shows that the ICANN organization has the appropriate controls in place to ensure the security, availability, and integrity of IANA request processing. For the eighth consecutive year, SOC 3 certification has been achieved for the management of the DNSSEC root key signing key, which is the trust anchor of the domain name system. The SOC 3 certification demonstrates that effective security controls are maintained to manage the root key signing key. The certificate is publicly available at: http://iana.org/audits. SOC audits evaluate an organization's controls in relation to "trust services principles and criteria" and are managed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In August of 2017, the ICANN org solicited proposals for an independent auditor to conduct future SOC audits. After careful consideration, RSM US LLP was selected to conduct these audits beginning 1 October 2017. "PwC has done a great job as our audit firm since 2010, and guided us as we established an audit culture within our organization. Industry best practices suggest periodically rotating auditors to gain a fresh external perspective, and we determined it was the right time to make the switch to ensure ongoing community confidence in our service delivery. We are grateful for the many years of service that PwC has provided and welcome the team from RSM," said Kim Davies, ICANN's Vice President of IANA. Kim Davies also serves as President of the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), the affiliate of ICANN that provides the IANA functions. 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. […]

  • Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 3 (MSR-3) for the Development of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone
    on 29 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the third version of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-3). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-2 and adds three code points each to the repertoires of Han and Latin scripts. Under the Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels [PDF, 72 KB] , the MSR is the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels which are developing the proposals for relevant scripts for the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR). The contents of MSR-3 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-3-Overview and Rationale [PDF, 242 KB]. The RZ-LGR is a mechanism for determining valid IDN top-level domain labels and their variant labels. MSR-3 covers the following 28 scripts: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han, Hangul, Hebrew, Hiragana, Kannada, Katakana, Khmer, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Myanmar, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Thaana, Tibetan, and Thai. For these scripts, MSR-3 contains 33,496 code points short-listed from 97,973 PVALID/CONTEXT code points of Unicode version 6.3. In addition to selecting their repertoire from within the MSR for developing the RZ-LGR proposals, Generation Panels will also evaluate whether any such code points are variant code points and if any rules are needed to further constrain the labels generated using these code points. The resulting RZ-LGR proposals by the Generation Panels will be released for public comment before they are reviewed by the Integration Panel for integration into the RZ-LGR. MSR-3 defers code points that are already encoded in later releases of Unicode. In addition, the Integration Panel monitors any scripts not included in the MSR for indications change in the MSR is warranted. Until such a change of the MSR, MSR-3 will be the foundation for any RZ-LGR versions developed. All future versions of the MSR and all versions of the RZ-LGR must retain full backwards compatibility. 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 Requests DPA Guidance on Proposed Interim Model for GDPR Compliance
    on 28 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") has requested European data protection authorities (DPAs) provide specific guidance on the organization's Proposed Interim Compliance Model [PDF, 922 KB] as it relates to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In letters to each of the 28 European member states' DPAs and the European Data Protection Supervisor, ICANN asks the authorities to "help ICANN and the domain name registries and registrars to maintain the global WHOIS in its current form, through either clarification of the GDPR, a moratorium on enforcement or other relevant actions, until a revised WHOIS policy that balances these critical public interest perspectives may be developed and implemented." Absent this specific guidance, the integrity of the global WHOIS system and the organization's ability to enforce WHOIS requirements after the GDPR becomes effective will be threatened. ICANN is concerned that continued ambiguity on the application of the GDPR to the global WHOIS may result in many domain name registries and registrars choosing not to publish or collect WHOIS out of fear that they will be subject to significant fines following actions brought against them by the European DPAs. ICANN has set out that its 2,500 domain name registries and registrars need clear guidance and a moratorium so that they will not have enforcement actions brought against them while they implement changes to comply with the GDPR. At the same time, governments world-wide, law enforcement authorities, and those fighting abuse on the Internet are deeply concerned that blocked access to the global WHOIS may significantly harm the public interest, by blocking access to critical information which allow them to enforce other laws and protect consumers, critical infrastructure and intellectual property rights. More information on ICANN's data protection/privacy activities is available 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. […]

  • Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review
    on 27 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 27 March 2018 Close Date: 7 May 2018 Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: Public comment on the independent examiner’s Draft Final Report is invited as part of the second Nominating Committee Organizational Review (NomCom2). A webinar on the Draft Final Report will be hosted by the independent examiner, Analysis Group. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/nomcom2-review-2018-03-27-en […]

  • Proposed Revisions to Bylaws Section 11 – Additional Voting Thresholds
    on 26 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 26 March 2018 Close Date: 5 May 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors Categories/Tags: Operating Procedures, Bylaws Brief Overview: During its meeting on 30 January 2018, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council resolved unanimously (https://community.icann.org/display/gnsocouncilmeetings/Motions+30+January+2018) to recommend that the ICANN Board of Directors adopt the proposed changes to section 11.3.i of the ICANN Bylaws to reflect additional GNSO voting thresholds which are different from the current threshold of a simple majority vote of each House (see https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/proposed-revisions-bylaws-article-11-gnso-redline-19jun17-en.pdf [PDF, 39 KB]). These additional voting thresholds are intended to address all the new or additional rights and responsibilities in relation to participation of the GNSO as a Decisional Participant in the Empowered Community and to fully implement these new or additional rights and responsibilities as they appear in the revised GNSO Operating Procedures published on 30 January 2018 (see https://gnso.icann.org/en/council/op-procedures-30jan18-en.pdf [PDF, 1.68 MB]). In its resolution on 15 March 2018, the Board directs the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to post for public comment for a period of at least 40 days the Standard Bylaw Amendment reflecting proposed additions to section 11.3.i of the ICANN Bylaws to establish additional GNSO voting thresholds. (See: https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2018-03-15-en) Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/bylaws-section11-voting-2018-03-26-en […]

  • Nomination Period for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Extended
    on 20 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Nominations Close 28 March 2018 Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form ICANN is pleased to remind community members that the nomination period for ICANN's Multistakeholder Ethos Award has been extended until 28 March 2018. The ideal recipient(s) will have served in roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and collaborated with more than one Supporting Organization and/or Advisory Committee in a significant capacity. Candidates for the award will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN Community. Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of community members appointed by the Chairs of each Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria: Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN's multistakeholder model; Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests; and Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees. Please submit your nominations via this Nomination Form including detailed information outlining why the nominee meets the award criteria. Any additional information in support of nominations and/or questions about the award process may be submitted via email at ethosaward2018@icann.org. Award recipient(s) will be announced in June 2018 at ICANN62 Panama City. For more insights on the award program, please consult the ICANN Community Wiki. Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form […]

  • ICANN63 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
    on 20 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 20 March 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) is launching the application round for individuals interested in participating in the ICANN63 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program. The meeting will take place from 20-26 October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The deadline to apply is 27 April 2018, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 27 July 2018 on icann.org. ICANN Fellowship Program The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage. Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities: Writing articles and blogs Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policy building Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions Joining working groups Mentoring newcomers Assisting our regional leaders Becoming leaders themselves More information 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 Community Onboarding Pilot Program Call for Nominations by SOs/ACs
    on 19 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for nominations from the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) for the Community Onboarding Pilot (COP) Program at ICANN62. The COP seeks to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates through mentorship, knowledge, and experience sharing. Nominations are due no later than Monday, 16 April 2018, 23:59 UTC. Additional details can be found 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. […]

  • Request for Proposal: ICANN's Open Data Platform
    on 12 March, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals to identify a provider to supply an Open Data Platform in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open Data Platform will be used by ICANN to publish as much of its data as possible with open licensing and open API access. The objective of this project is to provide open data on a range of subjects in a reliable and machine-readable form to download and process. The Open Data Platform will be a source system used by those in the ICANN organization and ICANN community who wish to tell a story with data, or provide insights and analysis of data. However, such work is not expected to take place on the Open Data Platform itself. ICANN is seeking to identify a provider to develop this system based on ICANN's requirements, as well as to maintain the system, and develop additional enhancements. For an overview of the RFP including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 320 KB]. Indications of interest should be emailed to OpenDataPlatform-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 18 April 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email above. 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. […]

  • Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN62 Fellowship
    on 9 March, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is pleased to announce that 44 individuals from 34 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 62nd Public Meeting in Panama City. ICANN62 is scheduled for 24-28 June 2018. It is a Policy Forum, so only alumni of the Fellowship Program were eligible to apply. The selected candidates represent all sectors of society including; civil, government, ccTLD operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end user groups. The Fellowship program seeks to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents with priority given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, expertise, and/or have established financial need. 79 Fellowship applications were received from the ICANN62 Fellowship application round. Click this link to see the list of selected candidates and learn more about the Fellowship program. Along with selected Alumni of the program, 15 newcomers have been selected from Latin America and Caribbean region to participate in ICANN62 within the framework of the Regional Newcomers Fellowship Pilot. Read more about the Regional Newcomers Fellowship Pilot here and click this link to see the list of selected candidates. 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 Publishes First Complaints Office Semi-Annual Report
    on 7 March, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 March 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its first Complaints Office Semi-Annual Report, for the period of 15 March 2017 – 31 December 2017. View the ICANN Complaints Office Semi-Annual Report [PDF, 318 KB]. Since the Complaints Office started receiving submissions in May 2017, it has received many complaints that have led to opportunities for the org to research, analyze and improve upon its work, all in a transparent manner. This report describes key activities and metrics for the reporting period, observations and recommendations from the Complaints Officer, and it provides a look ahead at the next six months. 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 Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy
    on 6 March, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 6 March 2018 Close Date: 25 April 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization Finance Department Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: ICANN organization seeks public comment on the Reserve Fund replenishment strategy. Following the confirmation of the Reserve Fund target level of a minimum of 12 months of Operating Expenses, the difference between the current and the target levels shows a shortfall, and the Reserve Fund needs to be replenished. The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to offer a suggested replenishment strategy for public input. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reserve-fund-replenishment-2018-03-06-en […]

  • Uniform Board Member Integrity Screening Process
    on 2 March, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 2 March 2018 Close Date: 17 April 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input on the recommendation that the Supporting Organizations (SO) and Advisory Committees (AC) that do not currently employ a due diligence integrity screening process adopt the proposed Uniform Board Member Integrity Screening Process [PDF, 43 KB] to conduct due diligence on candidates selected to serve on the ICANN Board. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/board-integrity-screening-2018-03-02-en […]