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  • ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Asia GAC Members
    on 15 February, 2018 at 8:00 am

    SINGAPORE – 15 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Underserved Regions Working Group, announced today the first capacity-development workshop for Asia GAC members and representatives, to be held from 24–25 February 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the support of Nepal's Department of Information Technology. Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal, will give the opening remarks. Almost 20 government representatives from 11 economies in Asia will attend the workshop. In rapidly developing Asia, expected home to the next billion Internet users, challenges remain in ensuring adequate and secure Internet access. Barriers to participation in ICANN include a lack of human resources and knowledge about the Domain Name System (DNS). The workshop, which aims to address these challenges, will feature key ICANN policy topics and the relevant GAC and cross-community working groups. Topics will include: Understanding the ICANN ecosystem Understanding the Internet: names, numbers, protocol parameters Security, stability, and resiliency (SSR) of unique Internet identifiers ICANN policy development process Speakers from regional Internet organizations will introduce their ongoing work in the Asia Pacific region as part of the Internet ecosystem. Workshop participants will discuss effective ways to participate and contribute to ICANN discussions. Additionally, the workshop will seek feedback from Asia GAC representatives on how best to support their work and increase their presence in the region and in ICANN. The full workshop agenda can be found here [PDF, 415 KB]. 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. […]

  • View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 22 February
    on 14 February, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 February 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its FY18 Q2 Stakeholder Update for the quarter ending 31 December 2017. Göran Marby, President and CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board have prepared an executive summary highlighting key updates from the report. Read the report and the executive summary here. You are invited to attend a question and answer (Q&A) call on 22 February at 17:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to ask any questions about this report. To join the call, please register here. If you are unable to access the form, please register by sending an email to icann.communications@icann.org with your full name and email address. The call will be recorded and open for all to attend, with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings in all languages will be posted on ICANN's Quarterly Reports page. This call is a great way for you to stay informed about the ICANN organization's efforts toward accountability and transparency, while complying with ICANN's mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable. 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 Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests
    on 14 February, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 14 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: The ICANN organization is seeking comments on a draft procedure [PDF, 327 KB] for ICANN to consider changes to Specification 12 of Community generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements. The guiding principles of the procedure would permit a community gTLD registry operator to seek modifications to Specification 12 without removing the Community Registration Policies, excessively broadening or narrowing registrant eligibility and/or name selection requirements or resulting in significant negative impact to the TLD Community. This draft procedure is the result of collaboration between the Community gTLD Change Request Process Working Group and the ICANN organization, with input provided by members of the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG). This Public Comment proceeding follows the steps outlined in guidance [PDF, 245 KB] provided on this topic by the GNSO Council. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/community-gtld-change-procedure-2018-02-14-en […]

  • Call for Experts to Study the Application of Root Zone Label Generation Rules
    on 8 February, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is forming a technical group to study how to apply the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) for the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and IDN generic top-level domains (gTLDs). The study group will be composed of technical subject matter experts on IDNs and the RZ-LGR from the Supporting Organizations (SOs), the Advisory Committees (ACs) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). The ICANN Board will consider recommendations developed by this study group to determine next steps. Expert's nominations should be emailed to IDNProgram@icann.org by 28 February 2018 Background IDN TLDs have been a priority for the ICANN Board for several years, based on the input from the community. The variant labels for IDN TLDs have been an important component for some script communities. Therefore, in 2010, the ICANN Board asked the ICANN org and the community to investigate feasible approaches for variant labels of IDN TLDs, while putting the variant TLDs on hold until the work was completed. In 2012, the community examined various case studies for six scripts.The examination noted in the Integrated Issues Report [PDF, 2.15 MB], that there were two items to be addressed: (1) there was no universally acceptable definition of what may constitute a variant relationship between IDN TLD labels at the time; and (2) there was no variant management mechanism defined. Following this report, the ICANN org and the community developed the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels [PDF, 1.39 MB] (RZ-LGR Procedure). This procedure defined what constitutes a variant relationship between IDN TLD labels. in 2013, the ICANN Board endorsed this procedure and asked the ICANN org and community to undertake it. To date Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Korean, Lao and Thai script GPs have completed and submitted their RZ-LGR proposals. From these, Arabic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai scripts have already been integrated into the second version of the RZ-LGR. Many of the remaining script communities are now in the process of finalizing their work. With the availability of the RZ-LGR, the ICANN Board is now asking the ICANN community to recommend how to apply the RZ-LGR in a harmonized way to IDN TLDs in order to address the first item noted in the Integrated Issues Report [PDF, 2.15 MB], as a prerequisite to determine possible variant management mechanism. Study Group Expertise and Composition The study group members should have expertise in one or more of the following areas relevant for the IDN TLD labels. IDNA2008, RFC 6912 and RFC 7940 Procedure to Develop and Maintain Root Zone Label Generation Rules Script-based RZ-LGR proposal development Technical evaluation for IDN new gTLDs and IDN ccTLDs Unicode security considerations IDN TLD usability challenges The group will tentatively be composed of ten members: GNSO (2), ccNSO (2), SSAC (2), ALAC (2) and IAB (2). Tentative Scope of Work The study group will address the following topics focused on applying the RZ-LGR for existing and future IDN TLDs from a technical perspective. As appropriate, the study group may add more relevant topics. Validation of future TLDs using RZ-LGR Definition of variant TLDs and their disposition based on RZ-LGR and whether policy could further reduce allocatable variant TLDs Application of RZ-LGR on reserved IDN TLD labels Harmonized application of RZ-LGR across IDN TLDs, including IDN gTLDs and IDN ccTLDs Remaining requirements of security and stability evaluation of future IDN TLDs by the DNS Stability Panel after applying RZ-LGR *This study is not intended to review the RZ-LGR Procedure developed by the community and endorsed by the ICANN Board. Tentative Work Plan Tentative steps and timeline are listed below: Formation – March 2018 Analysis and identification of relevant issues – May 2018 Development of recommendations – August 2018 Finalization based on public comment – September 2018 Publication – October 2018 The group is anticipated to meet on a weekly basis and finalize the report in a period of 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. […]

  • Register Now: Pre-ICANN61 Policy Open House – 1 March 2018
    on 8 February, 2018 at 8:00 am

    The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions for an upcoming webinar: Pre-ICANN61 Policy Open House Thursday, 1 March 2018 10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) The webinar will run in English and will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Recordings of the sessions will be made available here. Please register via this form by 26 February 2018! In this interactive 60-minute open house, the focus will be an active question and answer session with the Policy Development Support Team. 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 email them to policyinfo@icann.org. To assist with your preparation for this webinar and for ICANN61, the "Pre-ICANN61 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN61 Edition" will be published by Monday, 26 February 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 discuss during the open house, such as: An overview of the cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN61: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): WHOIS Compliance Models A Walk in the Shoes of a New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Operator Name Collisions Open Data at ICANN 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 (ccTLDs) Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Next-Generation Registration Directory Service to Replace WHOIS International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations Access to Curative Rights Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Protections for Red Cross National Society Names in the Domain Name System 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 At-Large Summit (ATLAS) III GAC discussion on the .amazon Independent Review Process GAC discussion on evolving relationships with ICANN Board and ICANN Org RSSAC statement on entries in DNS Root Sources RSSAC & SSAC Response to the GNSO's New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Working Group on Root Scaling SSAC Response to the ICANN Internationalized Domain Name Guidelines Working Group SSAC work concerning the use of emoji in domain names Other topics of note: Organizational Review of the ASO ccNSO Rejection Action Procedure as a Decisional Participant in the ICANN Empowered Community Impact of ICANN's Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on ccTLDs The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN61! Please register via this form by 26 February 2018! 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. […]

  • Plan to Restart the Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Process
    on 1 February, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 1 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018 Originating Organization: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Categories/Tags: Security/Stability Brief Overview: ICANN seeks community review of a plan to roll the root KSK for the Domain Name System (DNS) on 11 October 2018, including further study and publicizing of the upcoming rollover. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ksk-rollover-restart-2018-02-01-en […]

  • Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions
    on 31 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit an expression of interest and/or recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development. The deadline to submit your application is 19 March 2018 at 23:59 UTC. We are inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions: Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors Two representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from Europe and one from the North America region One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Two members of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Currently, the eight NomCom selected Board members are: Maarten Botterman, Cherine Chalaby, Sarah Deutsch, Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Khaled Koubaa, George Sadowsky, and Lousewies Van der Laan. Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's system of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. They will gain valuable insights and experience working on topics including knowledge, responsibility, culture, and geography. They will make a valuable public service contribution toward the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource. Qualifications Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions. Other qualifications, skills and time commitments vary depending on the position. For information, visit the NomCom webpage. Application Deadline and Process For full consideration, ICANN must receive applications by 19 March 2018, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Submit an expression of interest through the online expression of interest request form or by emailing nomcom2018@icann.org. Submit candidate recommendations through the online form or by emailing nomcom2018@icann.org. All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced in August or September 2018. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held from 20 - 26 October 2018. Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including travel to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings during 2018 will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico (10–15 March); Panama City, Panama (25–28 June); and Barcelona, Spain (20–26 October). Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed. Each Board Member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.) Background The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting eight members of the Board of Directors and other key leadership positions within ICANN's structure. It is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws. NomCom members contribute their understandings of the broad interests of the Internet community, and their knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies that have appointed them. The challenge for the NomCom is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN bodies, individual NomCom members are not accountable to their appointing bodies. NomCom members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the NomCom. For More Information Learn more by visiting the 2018 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2018@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. […]

  • Request for Proposal: Rights Protection Mechanisms Survey
    on 29 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking to identify one or more suppliers qualified to develop and conduct survey(s) to assess the use and effectiveness of Sunrise and Trademark Claims Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs). These RPMs are services provided through ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) for trademark owners. RPMs refer to those policies and processes developed to provide workable mechanisms for trademark owners to either prevent or remedy certain unauthorized use of their trademarks in the domain name system. The Sunrise service provides priority access to rights holders to request domain names associated with their trademark(s). The Trademark Claims service provides notification to: (a) a potential domain name registrant attempting to register a domain name that matches a trademark record entered into the TMCH, and (b) a rights holder after registration of a matching domain name. As Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs have not been subject to policy review to date, no comprehensive, publicly available data currently exists that measures their effectiveness. By surveying the specific respondent groups identified by the ICANN community as most affected by Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs, ICANN aims to assist the community to evaluate the efficacy of these RPMs, as well as bolster ICANN's data collection efforts related to the RPMs. For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 86 KB]. Indications of interest are to be received by emailing RPMs.Survey-rfp@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 09 March 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above. […]

  • Proposal for Korean Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules
    on 25 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 25 January 2018 Close Date: 17 March 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Korean community has formed the Korean Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a Proposal for Korean Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (Proposal [XML, 547 KB] and Proposal Documentation [PDF, 4.25 MB]). As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal is being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Korean GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Korean GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/korean-lgr-2018-01-25-en […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 2 February
    on 25 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 25 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that it will hold a webinar on 2 February from 1530 to 1630 UTC to provide an update on data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The webinar will focus on ICANN's three proposed interim models for collecting registration data and implementing registration directory services published [PDF, 623 KB] earlier this month. In order to facilitate global participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. During the course of the webinar, participants may submit questions using the chat function in Adobe Connect. We will make every effort to answer the questions during the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be made available for future reference. The community is encouraged to provide input on the proposed models [PDF, 623 KB] by 29 January 2018. Please send your feedback to gdpr@icann.org. More information on ICANN's data protection/privacy activities is available here. Webinar Details & How to Attend Date: 2 February 2018 Time: 1530 – 1630 UTC Join via Adobe Connect (please send dial-in requests to gdpr-questions@icann.org) View Dial-in Information Participant Codes: English – Participant Code: 9001 Français – Participant Code: 9002 Español – Participant Code: 9003 中文 – Participant Code: 9004 Pусский – Participant Code: 9005 العربية – Participant Code: 9006 Português – Participant Code: 9007 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 to Hold Three Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Los Angeles Workshop
    on 23 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 January 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding three public sessions and a Board Meeting during its upcoming workshop in Los Angeles, California, which will be taking place from 1-5 February 2018. The agenda of the sessions is provided below. Date Time (UTC) Session 3 February 21:30 – 22:30 Community work on geo names as top-level domains 3 February 23:45 – 01:15(+1) FY19 Draft Budget Review 4 February 17:00 – 18:00 Board FY18 Priorities 4 February 21:15 – 21:30 Public Board Meeting 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 Los Angeles 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. […]

  • ICANN Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update
    on 19 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 19 January 2018 Close Date: 08 March 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Brief Overview: Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, ICANN's Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and the current year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan are provided for community discussion and public comment. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents. The documents incorporate improvements on previous years based on regular interaction with the ICANN community and reflect FY19's planned accomplishments towards the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the ICANN Board in October 2014. Please review the 6 documents below (see section III) and participate in the public comment process. Please review the documents in the order provided. More information The organization will hold a webinar on 26 January to provide an overview of the documents and answer any questions. Click here for more information. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fy19-budget-2018-01-19-en […]

  • IANA Functions Customer Survey Results Available
    on 18 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 18 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of an annual survey that measures the perception of satisfaction among Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions customers regarding the services they receive. This survey is the first completed since the ICANN organization affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) started performing IANA functions on behalf of the ICANN org and accounts for transactions completed between September 2016 and August 2017. The IANA Services Customer Survey measured satisfaction in relation to documentation quality, process quality, transparency, timeliness, accuracy, reporting, and courtesy. In the 2017 survey, customers identified accuracy as the most important measure of performance for the fifth consecutive year. Notably, 94 percent of respondents reported being satisfied with the accuracy of their transactions. Timeliness and process quality, were identified as the second and third most important measures by customers, both stayed consistent with the previous year with 89 percent satisfaction. View the IANA Services Customer Satisfaction Survey Report [PDF, 1.33 MB]. While the results of the survey are generally positive, the ICANN org continues to explore opportunities for improvement, including on the survey format and methodology. In response to conversations with key stakeholders within the community, an option to select "not applicable" was added to each question in the survey and open-ended questions were introduced to better capture feedback. There were also improvements to capture the geographical location of the IANA functions customers, and to further segment the top-level domain (TLD) operators. "Over the years we have refined our approach to surveying our customers, and we've received increasing feedback that it can be difficult to recall the details of their PTI interactions up to a year later. This feedback has prompted us to start planning to survey our customers shortly after our interactions, to obtain more timely and actionable feedback," said Kim Davies, Vice President of IANA Services and President, PTI. The ICANN org commissioned Ebiquity, a leading independent marketing and media consultancy, to administer the survey, analyze the results and compile an independent third-party report, to keep with PTI's goal to improve transparency in its processes. This year, Ebiquity issued 4,070 invitations during the survey period to IANA functions customers — top-level domain operators, regional Internet registries, RFC authors and other protocol parameter registrants, Internet Engineering Steering Group members, DNSSEC KSK trusted community representatives, and .INT domain registrants — and 7 percent responded. 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 Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)
    on 17 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 17 January 2018 Close Date: 26 February 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: ICANN is releasing for public comment version 3 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-3: HTML, XML). 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, 772 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, 1.1 MB]. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/msr-3-2018-01-17-en […]

  • Implementation of the Consensus Policy for Protection of Certain Specific IGO and INGO Identifiers for All gTLDs
    on 16 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that all ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) contracted parties must implement the new Consensus Policy concerning the protection of certain specific names of intergovernmental organizations (IGO) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) identifiers in all gTLDs. This Consensus Policy relates only to those identifiers specifically approved by the ICANN Board in April 2014 following the conclusion of a Policy Development Process conducted by the Generic Names Supporting Organization. It does not include IGO and INGO identifiers for which Board approval is still pending or for which GNSO policy work remains ongoing. Contracted parties will have until 1 August 2018 to complete implementation of the new requirements for certain specific names of IGOs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC). For INGOs, the implementation period will be 12 months from the release of the INGO Claims Systems Specification which is currently under development by ICANN org. The protections within this policy pertain to specific names of certain IGOs, INGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC, according to the recommendations adopted by the ICANN Board. The policy requires registry operators to withhold the specified names from registration for IGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC at the second-level and provides an exceptions procedure for registration. For INGOs, the policy requires claims notices at the second-level. Additional information is available at the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization working group and IGO/INGO implementation review team wiki pages. 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. […]

  • Establishment of the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul
    on 12 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 12 January 2018 – Today, the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the establishment of a partnership center known as the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul (the "Center'). This initiative elevates KISA and ICANN's partnership, established in November 2013 with the signing of the KISA-ICANN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Per the objectives of the MOU, the Center will provide an avenue to foster dialogue and mutual understanding between KISA, ICANN as well as the wider Korean and regional Internet community. The Center will facilitate ICANN's engagement with Korean and regional stakeholders; and carry out cooperation programs in collaboration with ICANN and other Internet Governance Organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA). This initiative enhances KISA's involvement to engage the wider Internet community as it commits its staff and resources to the Center. The Center's staff will remain as KISA's employees and report directly to KISA. They are in charge of the Center's activities, working directly with the ICANN APAC regional office, and any other partners. Korean stakeholders can continue to reach ICANN in their local language directly via korea.liaison@icann.org. The contact details of the Center are as follows: Seoul Internet and DNS Engagement Center 11F Platinum Tower 398 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu Seoul 06619 Republic of Korea Phone: +82 2 405 6592 Fax: +82 2 405 6593 About KISA KISA is a government agency dedicated to promoting Internet and information security and contributing to Korea's Global Competitiveness. KISA has set 'Internet Promotion' for the future and 'Information Security' for our safety as its primary tasks, and is focusing on enhancing the information security capacity of Korea's ICT industry while expanding global cooperative partnerships based on the K-ICT Security Development Strategy, in order that these twin pillars may serve as the core competencies of the future Korea in equal and harmonious measure. KISA, founded in 2009 through a merger of three separate organizations, is dedicated to developing Korea's Internet industry and information security capabilities. As an Internet and security promotion agency armed with global competitiveness, KISA will maintain its commitment to creating a safe and happy Internet world. 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. […]

  • Potential Data Exposure in ICANN RFP System Resolved
    on 12 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today disclosed a potential data exposure with JAGGAER (formerly SciQuest), the software as a service (SaaS) tool used for sourcing suppliers via competitive bidding processes such as Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Two suppliers made ICANN aware of the issue on 4 December 2017. ICANN logged a severity 1 problem with JAGGAER immediately, and the vendor resolved the problem within 48 hours. The issue occurred in a module called Sourcing Director, which is used for administering RFPs. Each RFP has a Question and Answer (Q&A) Board where RFP participants can post questions for the ICANN RFP team. Only the ICANN RFP team sees the questions while they are unanswered. ICANN posts the answer publicly, but the identity of the asker is not revealed on the website. The exposure occurred if RFP participants downloaded the page as a file extract. The extract listed the names of the entities that asked questions. We recognize that the problem undermined the expected confidentiality of those asking questions and potentially gave RFP bidders the names of some of their competitors. As soon as ICANN learned of the problem, we reposted all questions and answers as if they came from ICANN, so the names of those asking questions no longer appeared in the file extract. This problem was not limited to ICANN. JAGGAER has verified that it was introduced on 10 November 2017 with the JAGGAER 17.3 upgrade that contained an enhancement to the Q&A file format. Because most people view the Q&A Board without file extraction, ICANN believes the data exposure was minimal. Bidders in three RFPs may have been affected, and they have already been informed of the issue. ICANN is making this information public as part of our commitment to openness and transparency. If you have any questions or feedback, please email globalsupport@icann.org and put "JAGGAER Data Issue" in the subject line. 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. […]

  • Call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Strategic Plan
    on 10 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 10 January 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Strategic Plan. The volunteers will come from the LAC region and their work will focus exclusively on supporting the implementation of projects outlined in the LAC Strategic Plan. What This Team Will Do Each of the strategic plan's projects will be assigned to a working group that will be responsible for its execution. The Implementation Committee will focus on suggesting community members to be assigned to each of these working groups. The committee will also participate in the working groups by providing input on project documents (objective, scope, KPIs, indicators, etc.) and monitoring the progress of each project. The draft materials and all final work products will be documented on the LAC Strategy Wiki. How to Join If you are interested in joining the Implementation Committee of the LAC Strategic Plan, please sign up here. If you are having trouble accessing the form, please email rodrigo.saucedo@icann.org for assistance. Next Steps This call for volunteers will be circulated as widely as possible, with the purpose of ensuring broad representation and participation from the LAC Community. The deadline for submitting applications is 26 January 2018. Per the request of the implementation committee, regular online meetings will be scheduled. Background In 2013, a steering committee, which was composed of representatives from the different communities and regional organizations that participate in the ICANN community, prepared the LAC Strategic Plan, which was presented during ICANN46 in Beijing, China. The plan was divided into four areas of interest, 22 objectives, and 75 projects. In 2015, the committee met again in Montevideo to review the LAC Strategic Plan and evaluate its progress. During this meeting, the plan objectives were aligned with the ICANN Strategic Plan (2016-2020). Currently, the renewed 2016-2020 plan includes both previous plans and several new projects. As a result of ICANN's growth in global reach, the number of community participants from LAC has increased. This increase represents a great opportunity to get new community members involved in the development and refinement of the LAC Strategic Plan. 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: Assessment Report Released and Forthcoming Webinar
    on 10 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review, has published its assessment report. Read the report [PDF, 378 KB]. The goal of the assessment report is to achieve a maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the NomCom work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected for publication in June 2018. Community Outreach On 18 January, Analysis Group will host a webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions. In addition to the webinar, the NomCom Review Working Party (RWP) will hold two public calls, during which the ICANN community is invited to contribute to the feedback process with the RWP and the independent examiner. If you would like to participate in these call, scheduled for 25 January 20:00 UTC and 1 February 20:00 UTC, please contact mssi-secretariat@icann.org. Webinar Details & How to Attend Date: 18 January 2018 Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter) To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive the dial-in information. A recording will be made available on the NomCom Review wiki. Background An independent review of the NomCom review 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. This review will also assess whether the improvements resulting from the last review (2007-2010) were effective. The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with identifying and selecting individuals for ICANN leadership positions. The ICANN Bylaws call for the NomCom to make a specified number of appointments to the ICANN Board of Directors, the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization Council and the At-Large Advisory Committee. Additional Resources Visit the NomCom Review wiki for Review status updates, recordings of past meetings, and opportunities to participate Visit the NomCom Review page on ICANN.org to view documents associated with essential milestones, outputs and final deliverables. 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 Response to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities
    on 10 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is aware of the Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) security vulnerabilities that were widely reported on 3 January 2018. To date, ICANN has observed no indications of attempts to exploit these vulnerabilities by targeting online systems or services operated by ICANN or Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Meltdown and Spectre are affecting a range of computer processors. As is the case for most organizations, ICANN's IT infrastructure uses systems affected by these vulnerabilities. We are working to address these issues as quickly as possible by applying the relevant patches and updates made available by vendors. The ICANN Information Technology team continuously monitors our systems for any evidence of attempts to compromise the services we provide and the systems used to provide them. ICANN will continue to track these issues and will provide updates if any significant changes occur. 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. […]

  • Public Comment Period Extended: Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews
    on 7 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews [PDF, 692 KB] has been extended until Friday 2 February 23:59 UTC. Comment on the draft Operating Standards. The goal of the Bylaws-mandated Operating Standards (see Section 4.6) is to provide for a transparent and consistent review process by documenting rules and procedures. Please note, most procedures detailed in the draft Operating Standards are either based on existing best practices, or on processes that have been adapted from comparable procedures already in existence elsewhere within ICANN. The draft has been prepared taking into account best practices from past and current reviews, and community input received throughout several public consultations. 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. […]

  • Public Comment Period Extended: CCT Review Team – New Sections to Draft Report of Recommendations
    on 5 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 5 January 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the new sections [PDF, 1.12 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team draft report of recommendations has been extended until Monday 15 January 23:59 UTC. Comment on the new sections. The CCT Review Team published its draft report and recommendations for public comment in March 2017. The new sections seek to reflect results from the "Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs" Report (see here for more information), and address costs of the New gTLD Program for trademark holders, based on the results from a survey conducted by the International Trademark Association (INTA) (see here [PDF, 1.4 MB] for more information). In addition, the CCT Review Team requests feedback on updates made to its parking and consumer choice related sections. The CCT Review Team aims to publish its final report in Q1 2018. Additional Resources New Sections of the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team Draft Report (EN) [PDF, 1.12 MB] AR [PDF, 1.57 MB] ES [PDF, 1.23 MB] FR [PDF, 1.22 MB] RU [PDF, 1.14 MB] ZH [PDF, 1.02 MB] Listen to the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Engagement Session at ICANN60 for more information on their findings and recommendations. See here for details and recordings. Listen to the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Webinar on New Sections of Draft Report. See here for details, recordings and transcripts available in 5 UN languages. 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 Selected for NextGen@ICANN61
    on 5 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 5 January 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 ICANN61, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 10 to 15 March 2018. The 15 individuals are currently engaged in studies in North American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and human rights. In addition, 5 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 ICANN61 NextGen participants are: Savannah Badalich Columbia University Jesús Colón Rosado University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus Justin Cray Cornell University Fransleidy de Jesús Díaz National University College Juan A. Figueroa Rosado University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón Allan Fret University of Puerto Rico Sarah Ingle Trinity College, University of Toronto Gabriel Jiménez Barrón University of Puerto Rico School of Law Ishan Mehta Georgia Institute of Technology Kaitlyn Rose Karpenko Columbia Law School Haley Lepp University of Washington Anna Cecile Loup University of Southern California Carolle Vodouhe University of Montreal Shamar Ward University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus James Wesley Wilson University of California, Los Angeles The individuals selected as ICANN61 ambassadors are: Krishna Kumar ICANN58 Joash Ntenga ICANN59 Sheilla Ayot Nyeko ICANN55 Raphael Vicente Rosa ICANN56 Fidya Shabrina ICANN57 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. […]

  • The Sinhala Script Community Forms the Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)
    on 3 January, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 3 January 2018 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced the formation of the Generation Panel to develop root zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Sinhala script. Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Sinhala script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Sinhala Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 391 KB]. The ICANN org reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled. "On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Sinhala script community for volunteering to develop the Sinhala script LGR proposal for the root zone," said Sarmad Hussain, the Director of IDN Programs at ICANN. "We would also like to thank Theekshana Company and the University of Colombo School of Computing in Sri Lanka for providing the institutional support to the panel." With composition and work plan approved, the Sinhala script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], the starting point of any Generation Panel's work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its second version (MSR-2) released on 27 April 2015. The full specification of Generation Panel's tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB] in particular, Section B.3 "Variant Rule Generation Procedure". "I'd like to take this opportunity to reiterate our appreciation for the efforts of many communities towards developing their root zone LGR proposals," said Sarmad Hussain. "We still have more work to do including organizing script panels for Hebrew, Myanmar and Tibetan. I encourage interested parties to lend their skills in support of this effort. There are currently LGR efforts underway by Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Neo-Brahmi and Sinhala script using communities. In addition, the Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai script communities have finalized their root zone LGR proposals, of which many have been integrated in the second edition of the Root Zone LGR. Learn more about how you can speak up for your language by visiting the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. For further information on the IDN Program at ICANN, please visit www.icann.org/idn. To start a new Generation Panel or to get involved in an existing one, please email at IDNProgram@icann.org. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to 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 coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org […]