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  • Modification of Domains Protected Marks List Service
    on August 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 15 August 2018 Close Date: 24 September 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: This public comment period is to gather community input on the proposed amendment [PDF, 204 KB] to modify Donuts Inc.'s Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) service across all generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in its portfolio. The modification to the service adds the following provision: "In some instances, approval from the applicable DPML holder may be required for a third party with the same trademark to register the blocked name." This amendment is intended to implement the request submitted by the registry operator under the Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) process to modify its DPML service. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/dpml-modification-2018-08-15-en […]

  • Call for SO/AC Nominations to the New ICANN Fellowship Selection Committee and Guidance on Outreach Goals
    on August 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced upcoming changes to the New Fellowship Program Approach following the end of its public comment period. ICANN Supporting Organizations (SO) and Advisory Committees (AC) are invited to contribute as follows: Set two-year outreach and promotion goals As part of the revised Fellowship Program, the ICANN organization will implement targeted outreach and promotion. SOs/ACs are being asked to provide guidance on diversity goals for the program. These may include, but are not limited to, skills and experience, stakeholder group affiliation, region, gender, and language. ICANN org will use this list of goals to inform the program’s outreach and promotion strategy. Input is welcome on any specific local, regional, or global events where promoting the Fellowship Program would help identify strong candidates. These goals will be revised by the SOs/ACs every two years. Nominate ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee Members for two-year terms The revised program will feature a new ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee starting on 26 October 2018. The Selection Committee will be composed of seven members, one from each participating SO/AC. SOs/ACs are encouraged to visit this link for more information on responsibilities and expectations associated with this role. Please nominate one Selection Committee member from your respective SO/AC who wishes to participate and is prepared to meet the expectations. SOs/ACs must complete this form [DOCX, 80 KB] to indicate their goals and their nominee and send it to fellowshipconsultation@icann.org by 10 September 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. […]

  • Proposals for Kannada, Oriya and Telugu Scripts' Root Zone Label Generation Rules
    on August 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 8 August 2018 Close Date: 20 September 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Neo-Brahmi Script Generation Panel (NBGP) was formed by nine communities that use scripts derived from the Brahmi script. NBGP is developing Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu scripts. The GP is publishing the proposals for the LGRs of these nine scripts in three sets, releasing proposals for the scripts which share cross-script variant code points together to the extent possible. The first set is already undergoing public comment and the second set, being released now, includes the following proposals: (1) Proposal for the Kannada Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, (2) Proposal for the Oriya Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, and (3) Proposal for the Telugu Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. As per the LGR Procedure, these proposals are being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the NBGP to make their views known. Based on the feedback, the NBGP will finalize each proposal for its evaluation and integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/kannada-oriya-telugu-lgr-2018-08-08-en […]

  • ICANN64 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
    on August 3, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 03 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching application round for applicants interested in participating in the ICANN64 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN64 will take place from 9-14 March 2019 in Kobe, Japan. The deadline to apply is 3 September 2018, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 12 November 2018 on https://icann.org/. ICANN Fellowship Program The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help 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 fellows 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 policymaking 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. […]

  • German Appellate Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data
    on August 3, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 3 August 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today announced that a German appeal court (Appellate Court of Cologne) has issued a decision on the injunction proceedings ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. The Appellate Court has determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In making its ruling, the Appellate Court stated that the interpretation of provisions of the GDPR was not material to its decision, so there was no obligation to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice. Rather, the Appellate Court simply found that it was not necessary for it to issue a preliminary injunction to avoid imminent and substantial disadvantages, and noted that ICANN could pursue its claims in the main proceedings in order to enforce the rights it asserts. ICANN is considering its next steps, including possible additional filings before the German courts, as part of its public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system and will provide additional information in the coming days. Background On 25 May 2018, ICANN filed the injunction proceedings against EPAG. ICANN asked the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany for assistance in interpreting the GDPR in an effort to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN sought a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data. The intent was to assure that all such data remains available to parties that demonstrate a legitimate purpose to access it, and to seek clarification that under the GDPR, ICANN may continue to require such collection. ICANN filed the proceedings because EPAG had informed ICANN that as of 25 May 2018, it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information when it sells new domain name registrations. EPAG believes collection of that particular data would violate the GDPR. ICANN's contract with EPAG requires that information to be collected. EPAG is one of over 2,500 registrars and registries that help ICANN maintain the global information resource of the WHOIS system. ICANN is not seeking to have its contracted parties violate the law. Put simply, EPAG's position spotlights a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted. On 30 May 2018, the Regional Court determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the administrative and technical data for new registrations. However, the Court did not indicate in its ruling that collecting such data would be a violation of the GDPR. Rather, the Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement, or security problems). The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion. On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court's ruling to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany, and again asked for an injunction that would require EPAG to reinstate the collection of all WHOIS data required under EPAG's Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. On 21 June 2018, the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany, decided to revisit its ruling in the injunction proceedings, which it has the option to do upon receipt of an appeal. On 18 July 2018, the Regional Court decided not to change its original determination not to issue an injunction against EPAG, and referred the matter to the Higher Regional Court in Cologne for the appeal. In addition to the court proceedings, ICANN is continuing to pursue ongoing discussions with the European Commission and the European Data Protection Board to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Study on Technical Use of Root Zone Label Generation Rules
    on August 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 2 August 2018 Close Date: 11 September 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: Second version of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR-2) was released in August 2017, integrating six script proposals, as other LGR script proposals are being finalized. The Root Zone Label Generation Rules Study Group (RZ-LGR-SG) has been constituted to study and make recommendations for the technical use of RZ-LGR in a harmonized way across Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Top-Level Domains (TLDs). RZ-LGR-SG has identified its scope of work [PDF, 128 KB], which is being shared with the community. The SG seeks feedback from the community on whether the questions identified are all relevant for this study and whether there are any other issues it should also consider. RZ-LGR-SG will take into account the community input to finalize the scope of its work, develop the related recommendations and share these recommendations with the community before finalization. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/technical-rz-lgr-2018-08-02-en […]

  • ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Selections
    on August 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 August 2018 The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for eight leadership positions within ICANN. ICANN Board of Directors Rafael “Lito” Ibarra Latin America / Caribbean Islands Tripti Sinha North America Lousewies van der Laan Europe At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Joanna Kulesza Europe Javier Rúa-Jovet North America Council of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Laura Margolis Latin America / Caribbean Islands Three-year term Ajay Data Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands Two-year term Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Erika Mann Europe Those selected will take up their positions after the end of ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place during ICANN63, scheduled for 20 October – 25 October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should have the following basic criteria: Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment. Support decision-making within groups. Work effectively in English. Understand ICANN’s mission and operation. Are committed to ICANN’s success. Have experience in world affairs. Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise. Can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust. An Independent Body at the Community’s Service Zahid Jamil, the Chair of the 2018 Nominating Committee, shared the following statement about the 2018 Nominating Committee and its results: “I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Nominating Committee has completed the task assigned to it by the ICANN community. The selection of all positions shown above was finalized by the Nominating Committee at ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama. Selections for all Board positions were decided unanimously. I want to thank the Nominating Committee for its work and dedication, in working constructively and efficiently together to reach final agreement. I would also like to thank the Chairs of the Advisory Committees, Supporting Organizations, Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies for their support with outreach and recruitment as well as theirs and the Board’s assistance in identifying criteria for the positions to be filled by the NomCom this year. I encourage the community to continue its outreach activity to assist the 2019 NomCom in recruiting candidates for selection next year. It is my belief that the improvements of the process implemented this year, in part based upon recommendations of previous years, played an integral role in ensuring the efficiency as well as the integrity and resilience of the Nomcom. In particular, the effect of the face-to-face meeting, the early planning, setting criteria in advance, focus on recruitment resources, greater communication (including multiple visits by and to the ACs and SOs by the NomCom) played a very constructive role - just to mention a few. I would also like to thank the Chair of the Board, the Board Governance Committee, the General Counsel’s Office, and in particular the stellar staff that supported the NomCom this year. Last but not least I would like to thank Damon Ashcraft and Hans Petter Holen for supporting me on the Leadership Team throughout the year.” During ICANN63 in Barcelona, the Nominating Committee will present the ICANN community with a final report detailing its work and providing in-depth data on the applications received. Regional Breakdown of Applicants The 2018 Nominating Committee received 109 applications from candidates all over the world (33 women and 76 men) during its nomination period, which took place from 31 January 2018 to 19 March 2018. The regional breakdown of this year's candidates is: 18 from Africa 27 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands 20 from Europe 13 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands 31 from North America To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit http://nomcom.icann.org/ About ICANN ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Registry System Testing (RST) Documentation Update
    on August 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 1 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced an RST documentation update. The update includes new documentation related to domain name system (DNS), Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) and WHOIS testing. The FAQ document [PDF, 219 KB] was also updated to reflect the related changes. DNS test documentation was updated to align with backend changes to the DNS test engine. IDN test documentation was updated to reflect procedural changes in support of LGR formatted tables. WHOIS test documentation was updated to accommodate the requirements specified in the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. 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 ICANN62 By the Numbers Report
    on July 31, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 31 July 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN62 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. The report summarizes the findings from ICANN's third Policy Forum of the current meeting strategy. The report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency. ICANN62 By the Numbers Report highlights include: 1,113 checked-in participants, with 303 listing their region as Latin America and the Caribbean. 22% of attendees participated for the first time. 247 sessions were held for a total of 416 hours. 543 attendees logged into the schedule website and mobile platform. 10,465 gigabytes of data as network traffic. 9% of network traffic was IPv6 (-5% decrease from ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico). The goal is to improve on the statistics collected, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives the ICANN organization greater insight into how to meet the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes that need to be made. Click here to download the full ICANN62 by the Numbers Report [PDF, 11.8 MB]. Please send any questions to: meetings@icann.org […]

  • Draft ICANN Africa Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Version 3.0
    on July 30, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 30 July 2018 Close Date: 10 September 2018 Originating Organization: Global Stakeholder Engagement Categories/Tags: Strategy Brief Overview: ICANN organization (org.) is seeking public comments on the draft reviewed ICANN - Africa Strategy FY16-FY20 Ver3.0 Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/africa-strategic-plan-2018-07-30-en […]

  • ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN63
    on July 30, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 30 July 2018 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the names of the selected candidates for the NextGen program at ICANN63. This meeting will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 20 to 25 October 2018. The 12 participants are currently engaged in studies related to the fields of data protection, law, and computer engineering in European universities. Three additional participants who attended previous ICANN public meetings with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers. An independent selection committee assessed the applicants and selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the Internet ecosystem, global policy, and Internet governance. The candidates selected as ICANN63 NextGen participants are: Anastasia Sendrea College of Europe, Bruges Austin David Ruckstuhl United Nations University CRIS Christina Kalogeropoulou National Kapodistrian University of Athens Jan Dohnal Masaryk University Jana Misic University of Leipzig João Pedro Damas Martins University of Coimbra Maria Korniiets Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Natalia Dulkowska University of Warsaw Sabrina Wilkinson Goldsmiths, University of London Stefan Filipovic University of Belgrade Teresa Quintel Uppsala University and University of Luxembourg Ualan Campbell-Smith Oxford Internet Institute The participants selected as ICANN63 ambassadors are: Desara Dushi ICANN58 Razoana Moslam ICANN60 Sarah Ingle ICANN61 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. […]

  • Proposals for Devanagari, Gurmukhi, and Gujarati Scripts' Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules
    on July 27, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 27 July 2018 Close Date: 10 September 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Neo-Brahmi Script Generation Panel (NBGP) was formed by nine communities that use scripts derived from the Brahmi script. NBGP is developing Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu scripts. The GP intends to publish the proposals for the LGRs of these nine scripts in three sets, releasing proposals for the scripts which share cross-script variant code points together to the extent possible. The first set includes the following: (1) Proposal for the Devanagari Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, (2) Proposal for the Gurmukhi Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, and (3) Proposal for the Gujarati Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. As per the LGR Procedure, these proposals are being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the NBGP to make their views known. Based on the feedback, the NBGP will finalize each proposal for its evaluation and integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/devanagari-gurmukhi-gujarati-scripts-lgr-2018-07-27-en […]

  • Recommendations for Managing IDN Variant Top-Level Domains
    on July 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 25 July 2018 Close Date: 3 September 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: Recommendations for managing Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) variant labels for top level domains (TLDs) have been developed by ICANN organization. The relevant materials along with these proposed recommendations are being published to seek community feedback. The community has identified a need for IDN variant TLDs; however, the ICANN Board resolved on 25 September 2010 that "no variants of gTLDs will be delegated ... until appropriate variant management solutions are developed." Subsequent work by ICANN organization and the community led to the identification of two issues: (i) there is no accepted definition for variant TLDs, and (ii) there is no 'variant management' mechanism for TLDs. For the first issue, the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) Procedure was developed with the support of the community and adopted by the ICANN Board on 11 April 2013 for implementation. The Procedure has been implemented and RZ-LGR has been developed for six scripts, and other scripts are being added as their proposals are finalized by the relevant script communities. For the second issue, ICANN organization has undertaken a detailed examination to propose a set of recommendations for variant management mechanisms for TLDs, which will be finalized based on the community input. The finalized recommendations will be presented to the ICANN Board, anticipated in March 2019. At that time, the ICANN Board will be requested to consider these recommendations to allow for implementing IDN variant TLDs. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/managing-idn-variant-tlds-2018-07-25-en […]

  • ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews
    on July 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 July 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN reviews below. REVIEWS: Share your Public Comment on the Short-Term and Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timing of Reviews. ICANN has received input from the community that the current review schedule is placing strain on community resources. Following community input, ICANN published Short-Term and Long-Term options to adjust the timing of reviews for public comment. The extended close date for public comment is 31 July 2018 at 23:59 UTC. SPECIFIC REVIEWS: Join the Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team for its 26-27 July face-to-face meeting. The review team will review the recent work of its subgroups and work to reach consensus on findings and recommendations for incorporation into its draft report. Click here to learn how to attend in person or remotely. ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEWS: View the Final Report of the second Root Server System Advisory Committee Review (RSSAC2). The RSSAC2 Final Report [PDF, 2.58 MB] includes an assessment of the RSSAC with eight principal findings and six principal recommendations for improving its operations with a focus on RSSAC's purpose, effectiveness, and accountability. Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Specific and Organizational Reviews. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • Methodology Review of the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System
    on July 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 20 July 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the publication of a paper describing the methodology used in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system and two reviews of that methodology. DAAR was designed to provide the ICANN community with a reliable, persistent, and reproducible data from which security threat (abuse) analyses could be performed. The experts selected for the review of the DAAR methodology are respected members of operational security, cybersecurity, and academic communities: Marcus Ranum is a renowned security expert. He is arguably the inventor of the modern Internet firewall and network intrusion detection system. Through his capacities as chief executive, chief technology, and chief security officer, security auditor or consultant, Ranum has accumulated extensive experience with collecting and processing threat data. John Bambenek is a consultant, Vice President of Security Research and Intelligence at ThreatSTOP, and a Lecturer at the University of Illinois. John has produced and developed open-source threat intelligence feeds for algorithmically generated domain names (DGA) and malware. In his role at University of Illinois, Bambenek is directing a graduate team project to analyze TLD registries, registrars, and hosting providers using a methodology similar to DAAR. Links to the report and reviews: ICANN org's DAAR methodology paper (PDF, 876 KB) Statement of Work: Expert Review & Validation of ICANN Domain Abuse Activity Reporting System Methodology (PDF, 112 KB) Marcus Ranum's review (PDF, 459 KB) John Bambenek's review (PDF, 377 KB) The DAAR project has produced a system for studying and reporting domain name registration and security threat (domain abuse) behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. The overarching purpose of DAAR is to report security threat activity as it is experienced in network operations to the ICANN community, which can then use the data to facilitate informed policy decisions. To inform the community of the DAAR project design objectives and the ways by which those objectives have been met, the ICANN organization has prepared a methodology white paper. The paper explains the purposes of the DAAR project and gives an overview of the system, describes the security threats that DAAR observes, and how DAAR compiles threat data from high-confidence threat reputation data feeds. To foster confidence in the DAAR system, the ICANN org has engaged two independent experts to review the methodology paper, to comment on the threat data that DAAR consumes, and to experiment with the reporting system. The purpose of these reviews is to have experts in the field validate the methodology, attest to the reproducibility of DAAR's findings and reporting, and to attest to the quality and reliability of the reputation data that the ICANN org has chosen to use for this project. We welcome your comments on the reports and reviews. Please send them to daar@icann.org, by 24 August 2018. The findings and recommendations from the reviewers and parties who comment will be considered in the final drafting of the methodology paper. 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. […]

  • How to Get Involved: Launch of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on July 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 July 2018 – Today, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council initiated the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. Read the GNSO Chair Heather Forrest's blog for more details. Unlike other GNSO PDP efforts, which are open for anyone to join, the GNSO Council has decided to limit the membership composition of this EPDP. This decision is primarily based on the need to complete the work in a relatively short timeframe and to resource the effort responsibly. As such, GNSO Stakeholder Groups, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Country Code Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) have each been invited to appoint up to a set number of members and alternates, as outlined in the EPDP Team Charter [PDF, 523 KB]. In addition, the ICANN Board and ICANN Org have been invited to assign a limited number of liaisons to this effort. However, that does not mean that members of the ICANN community cannot be involved if they are not appointed members, alternates or liaisons. One can follow the deliberations of the EPDP Team by signing up as a mailing list observer, follow the meetings via real-time audio cast, and check the recordings and transcripts accessible to the public. Furthermore, the Charter dictates that the EPDP Team should make provisions as part of its work plan to provide regular updates to the ICANN community and others interested, for example, through newsletters and webinars. Moreover, the EPDP Team is required to reach out at an early stage to GNSO Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies as well as other ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees to request input. Last but not least, everyone will be invited to comment on the EPDP Team Initial Report once it is published for public comment. Per the EPDP procedures, the EPDP Team is expected to carefully consider and analyze all input received through the public comment forum. Further details on how to get involved are included hereunder. The GNSO Council hope that the ICANN community will make use of these opportunities to closely follow the EPDP Team deliberations! Mailing List Observers One can become an observer of the EPDP Team mailing list on a read-only basis. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/iZg5JWHOnERsoEMI2. The names of mailing list observers will also be published on the EPDP wiki space. Conference Call Audio Cast While participation on EPDP Team conference calls is restricted to appointed members and liaisons only, non-members are able to listen in real-time via an audio cast. The audio cast will begin streaming a few minutes before the start of each conference call: Listen in via a web browser: http://stream.icann.org:8000/stream01 Listen in via an application (such as iTunes): http://stream.icann.org:8000/stream01.m3u Check the EPDP Team conference calls on the GNSO Master Calendar. Recordings, Transcripts & Materials All EPDP Team conference calls will be recorded and transcribed. Recordings, transcripts as well as any notes and action items will be made available on the GNSO Master Calendar. In addition, all EPDP related materials, including recordings, transcripts, background documents, and team output, can be found on the EPDP wiki space. Frequently Asked Questions ICANN Org has gathered questions received on the EPDP and will continue adding questions to the live Frequently Asked Questions document as they are received. About EPDP On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board adopted the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. This is an interim measure to bring existing WHOIS obligations in line with requirements of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. This also triggered the GNSO Council to undertake a policy development process to confirm, or not, the Temporary Specification as a Consensus Policy within 12 months of its implementation effective date (25 May 2018). The GNSO Council agreed that an EPDP provides the best opportunity to meet this timing requirement. To determine the proposed path forward, a Drafting Team was formed, consisting of Council leadership and interested Council members. The Drafting Team developed an Initiation Request [PDF, 390 KB] for an EPDP and a proposed EPDP Team Charter. During its meeting on Thursday, 19 July 2018, the GNSO Council passed the motion to initiate the EPDP and to adopt the EPDP Team Charter [PDF, 523 KB]. For further information, please email gnso-secs@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 Request to Preserve WHOIS Data Referred to German Appeal Court
    on July 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 July 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was informed yesterday that the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany, has decided to refer to the Higher Regional Court in Cologne, Germany, the injunction proceedings ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. ICANN filed the injunction proceedings seeking assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. In its initial ruling, the Regional Court determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. ICANN appealed this decision. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Regional Court exercised its option to re-evaluate its decision instead of immediately forwarding the matter to the Higher Regional Court to address the appeal. In referring the matter to the Higher Regional Court in Cologne, the Regional Court did not change its original determination not to issue an injunction against EPAG. The Regional Court also rejected the alternative claims submitted by EPAG in recent court filings. Notably, the Regional Court issued this second ruling without consideration of the additional court filings submitted earlier this week by ICANN and ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency. Those filings will be part of the record to be transferred to the Higher Regional Court for the appeal. ICANN will continue to pursue this matter as part of its public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system. ICANN awaits further direction from the Higher Regional Court on next steps, which could include referring the matter to the European Court of Justice, issuing a decision based upon the papers already submitted, requesting additional briefings or scheduling a hearing with the parties. Background: On 25 May 2018, ICANN filed the injunction proceedings against EPAG. ICANN asked the Court for assistance in interpreting the GDPR in an effort to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN sought a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data. The intent was to assure that all such data remains available to parties that demonstrate a legitimate purpose to access it, and to seek clarification that under the GDPR, ICANN may continue to require such collection. ICANN filed the proceedings because EPAG had informed ICANN that as of 25 May 2018, it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information when it sells new domain name registrations. EPAG believes collection of that particular data would violate the GDPR. ICANN's contract with EPAG requires that information to be collected. EPAG is one of over 2,500 registrars and registries that help ICANN maintain the global information resource of the WHOIS system. ICANN is not seeking to have its contracted parties violate the law. Put simply, EPAG's position spotlights a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted. On 30 May 2018, the Regional Court determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the administrative and technical data for new registrations. However, the Court did not indicate in its ruling that collecting such data would be a violation of the GDPR. Rather, the Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement, or security problems). The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion. On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court's ruling to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany, and again asked for an injunction that would require EPAG to reinstate the collection of all WHOIS data required under EPAG's Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. In addition to the court proceedings, ICANN is continuing to pursue ongoing discussions with the European Commission and the European Data Protection Board to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • 2018 Nominating Committee Update on Candidate Selections
    on July 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 July 2018 – The 2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce that the selection of all 2018 open ICANN leadership positions was finalized by the Committee at ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama. The selections for the three ICANN Board positions were decided unanimously. The ICANN organization has sent out communications to the successful candidates and any alternates, as well as to those who made it to the final round but were not selected this year. The NomCom plans to make a public announcement of the successful candidates in August 2018. The 2018 NomCom would like to thank the Board, Advisory Committees, Supporting Organizations, stakeholder groups, and constituencies for their support with outreach and recruitment, as well as their assistance in outlining requested criteria for the open positions. The NomCom encourages the ICANN community to continue its assistance in recruiting candidates for the 2019 NomCom. For more information on the 2018 NomCom, including timeline and work phases, please visit https://www.icann.org/nomcom2018. […]

  • Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN63 Fellowship
    on July 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 July 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is pleased to announce the 45 individuals from 39 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN63 Annual General in Barcelona, Spain, from 20-25 October 2018. The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, ccTLD operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end user groups. 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 help create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents. Priority is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, representing diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, expertise, and financial need. The ICANN org received a total of 471 applications for the ICANN63 Fellowship Program. Click this link to see the list of selected candidates and to learn more about the Fellowship 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. […]

  • ICANN Board of Directors Submits Comments Regarding NTIA's Notice of Inquiry on International Internet Policy Priorities
    on July 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 July 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) submitted comments [PDF, 320 KB] today in response to the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on International Internet Policy Priorities. In its comments, ICANN's Board of Directors highlighted the success of the multistakeholder model and enhancements made to the organization's accountability mechanisms during the IANA stewardship transition. The comments also pointed to the high customer satisfaction levels delivered by the operator of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). For more information about the NTIA's NOI, please visit https://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2018/notice-inquiry-international-internet-policy-priorities. 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. […]

  • Root Server System Advisory Committee Review: Final Report Now Available
    on July 10, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 July 2018 – Today, Interisle Consulting Group, LLC, the independent examiner performing the second Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Review, published its final report. Read the report [PDF, 2.58 MB]. The final report includes an assessment of the RSSAC with eight principal findings and six principal recommendations for improving its operations. The recommendations focus on RSSAC purpose, effectiveness, and accountability. The final report published today considers comments on the draft final report published on 1 May 2018, input provided during the public webinar on 9 May 2018 and any other feedback Interisle may have received. Next Steps The RSSAC Review Work Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources and the proposed implementation timeline. Interisle and the RWP respectively will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). The OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps. Background An independent review of the RSSAC is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Interisle was selected to perform the review and began its work in September 2017. The purpose of the RSSAC review, according to the Bylaws, is to determine (i) whether the RSSAC 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 RSSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders. The review also includes an assessment of the implementation state of RSSAC's prior review [PDF, 234 KB]. Additional Resources Visit the RSSAC Review wiki and the RSSAC Review page on ICANN.org for more information and resources related to the review. Visit the RSSAC page on ICANN.org to learn more about the RSSAC. 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 the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (Overarching Issues & Work Tracks 1-4)
    on July 3, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 03 July 2018 Close Date: 05 September 2018 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Policy Development Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group, which is chartered to evaluate what changes or additions need to be made to existing new gTLD policy recommendations. The document includes materials from the full Working Group and four sub-teams within the Working Group, Work Tracks 1-4. Work Track 5, focused on Geographic Names and the Top-Level, will produce a separate Initial Report. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/gtld-subsequent-procedures-initial-2018-07-03-en […]

  • Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on July 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 July 2018 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is looking for expressions of interest to chair its Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) team on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The EPDP team is being formed following the adoption of the Temporary Specification by the ICANN Board, which went into effect on 25 May 2018. The EPDP team is required to complete its work before the expiration of the Temporary Specification on 24 May 2019. The GNSO Council is looking to appoint a neutral Chair to the EPDP team. While the EPDP Chair may be a member of a group already represented on the EPDP team, the EPDP Chair shall not act in a manner which favors such group. With such an important issue under consideration, significant responsibility comes with the role to ensure the success of deliberations. The EPDP team is expected to have weekly calls, although it may be necessary to hold multiple calls per week. Additionally, the EPDP team may have multiple face-to-face meetings in order to meet the required milestones of the EPDP. An illustrative timeline has been included in Annex B; the bulk of the EPDP team work is expected to take place between now and February 2019. There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team Chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported. To express interest in this role, please submit an Expression of Interest that answers the following questions: What is your interest in this position? What particular skills and attributes do you have that will assist you in chairing the EPDP? What is your knowledge of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data and associated requirements particularly as it relates to the EPDP? What is your experience in and knowledge of the GNSO Policy Development Process and domain name registration process as it relates to ICANN? Are you able to commit the time required and necessary work needed to chair the EPDP? Conflict of Interest Statement – do you have any affiliation with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial or non-financial interest in the subject matter of this EPDP? Please also include: A link to an up-to-date Statement of Interest (SOI) - https://community.icann.org/x/c4Lg A statement confirming your commitment and ability to act neutrally. Expressions of Interest are to be submitted to EOI-EPDPTeam-Chair@icann.org by 13 July 2018 at 14:00 UTC. Application materials will be reviewed by the Council leadership and/or a designated committee and will not be shared publicly. Names of applicants, including the recommended candidate, will be shared with the GNSO Council for its consideration. The Council leadership and/or designated committee is expected to provide its recommendation to the GNSO Council in time for the GNSO Council meeting scheduled for 19 July 2018. The EPDP team is expected to convene for its first meeting shortly thereafter and is expected to be asked to appoint two vice-chairs to support the EPDP Team Chair. Additional questions and inquiries can be sent to EOI-EPDPTeam-Chair@icann.org. For more information on the Temporary Specification, please see https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gtld-registration-data-specs-en. Additional information about the EPDP is located in Annex-A1 of the ICANN Bylaws https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/bylaws-en/#annexA1 and the EPDP Manual https://gnso.icann.org/en/council/annex-4-epdp-manual-30jan18-en.pdf. ANNEX A – CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS As outlined in the GNSO Working Group Guidelines (WGG), the purpose of a Chair is to call meetings, preside over working group deliberations, manage the process so that all participants have the opportunity to contribute, and report the results of the Working Group to the Chartering Organization. These tasks require a dedicated time commitment as each week calls have to be prepared, the agenda concretized, and relevant material has to be reviewed. The Chair shall be neutral.  While the Chair may be a member of any group which also has representation on the EPDP Team, the Chair shall not act in a manner which favors such group. The Chair shall not be a member of the EPDP Team for purposes of consensus calls. In addition, it is required – that interested candidates have considerable experience in Chairing working groups, and direct experience with at least one GNSO Policy Development Process throughout its lifecycle would be an advantage. Familiarity with the functioning of a Working Group is important to understand the various leadership skills that are necessary to employ during a WG’s lifecycle. For example, a chair has to ensure that debates are conducted in an open and transparent matter and that all interests are equally represented within the Group’s discussions. During the later stages of a WG when recommendations are drafted, a Chair will benefit from understanding the viewpoints of various members to ensure that an acceptable and effective outcome – ideally in form of consensus – can be achieved. In short, the EPDP Team Chair is expected to: Attend all WG meetings to assure continuity and familiarity with the subject matter and the on-going discussions; Prepare meetings by reading all circulated materials; Be familiar with the subject matter, including but not limited to GDPR and trademark law, and actively encourage participation during the calls Be active on the WG mailing list and invite WG participants to share their viewpoints; Drive forward the WG and assure that discussions remain on point; Work actively towards achieving policy recommendations that ideally receive full consensus; Ensure that particular outreach efforts are made when community reviews are done of the group's output; Underscore the importance of achieving overall representational balance on any sub-teams that are formed; Encourage and, where necessary, enforce the ICANN Standards of Behavior. Co-ordinate with ICANN staff and assure that the WG is supported as effectively as possible Conduct consistent timely reporting to the GNSO Council on the progress of the EPDP. Finally, as also pointed out the in GNSO Working Group Guidelines, ‘appointing a co-chair(s) or vice-chair(s) may facilitate the work of the Chair by ensuring continuity in case of absence, sharing of workload, and allowing the Chair to become engaged in a particular debate.’ As a result, similar tasks and skills are expected from vice chairs, although the overall workload may be reduced as a result of being able to share this with the chair. ANNEX B – ILLUSTRATIVE EPDP TIMELINE […]

  • Proposal for Generation Panel for Myanmar Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone
    on June 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 June 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 Myanmar script. Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Myanmar script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Myanmar Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 97 KB]. The ICANN organization reviewed the proposal, including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 771 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 Myanmar script community for volunteering to develop the Myanmar script LGR proposal for the root zone," said Sarmad Hussain, Director of IDN Programs at ICANN. With composition and work plan approved, the Myanmar script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure, the starting point of any Generation Panel's work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its third version (MSR-3 [PDF, 1.10 MB]) released on 28 March 2018. The full specification of Generation Panel's tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure, 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," added Hussain. "We still have more work to do including organizing script panels for Hebrew, Thaana, 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, many of which have been integrated in the second edition of the Root Zone LGR. Learn more about how you can increase representation for your language by visiting the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. For further information about 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 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. […]