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  • Public Interest Registry, ICANN Extend Deadline
    on January 17, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Interest Registry (PIR) have mutually agreed to a 30-day extension of ICANN's time to review PIR's submissions. Also, ICANN will be requesting further information from PIR. The agreement can be found here. This is an update to ICANN's Announcement on 11 January 2020.

  • Register for ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars
    on January 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN67 Prep Week, which features a series of nine webinars to prepare the community ahead of the Community Forum in March. To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 14 February 2020 to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process. ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars Schedule Tuesday, 18 February 2020 16:00 UTC | ICANN Open Data Platform Overview of the ICANN Open Data Platform and planned soft launch at ICANN67 18:00 UTC | ICANN67 Health, Safety, and Security Overview 20:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update ICANN's FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget ICANN's FY21-25 Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan Wednesday, 19 February 2020 16:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update Registrar & Registry Compliance Update Contractual Compliance Audit Update 21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Webinar Update on GNSO projects and activities, including Policy Development Process (PDP) work, projected timelines, and current challenges Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:00 UTC | Policy Briefing Updates on current work across ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees 18:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update: What to Expect GSE briefing (e.g., ICANN Learn, Newcomers Day) and useful resources Monday, 24 February 2020 15:00 UTC | Registration Data Policy (Expedited PDP Phase 1): Implementation and Related Activities Registration Data Policy Implementation Review Team (IRT) work 17:00 UTC | Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Engagement Activities Engagement with local/regional community and special sessions for the LAC community All webinars will be conducted in English. The Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update will offer Spanish interpretation. Recordings and presentation materials will be posted here. Additionally, the Pre-ICANN67 Policy Briefing materials will also be available in Spanish. ICANN Prep Week was established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, increase awareness of current topics of importance, and enhance briefings and readout sessions conducted around an ICANN Public Meeting. 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.

  • Chris Mondini Appointed ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels
    on January 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Chris Mondini has been appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for the Brussels, Belgium office. He reports to Sally Costerton, Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement. In his new role, Mondini will oversee ICANN org's operations in the region and will continue to lead ICANN org's Global Business Engagement initiatives worldwide. He brings an ideal mix of engagement and managerial experience to this role, along with language skills. Mondini currently serves as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America. During his nearly eight-year tenure at ICANN org, he has worked in several ICANN offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Mondini joined ICANN org as Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and was a founding member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team upon its formation. This experience enabled Mondini to build an extended network of colleagues and stakeholders around the world. Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world's largest corporate corruption cases, while working with non-governmental organizations and business organizations on ways to mitigate corruption risks. Mondini also led grant-making teams for the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization addressing economic development challenges. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. Mondini will be based in Brussels. 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.

  • Attend Informational Webinar on ICANN’s Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget
    on January 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking community input on its draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget. Tomorrow, 14 January, is the last opportunity to attend an informational webinar that offers an overview of the draft plans to aid in understanding and participation. To participate, simply click on the link below at the time of the webinar. 14 January 2020 at 16:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/257109807 The webinars are recorded and links will be published on the Community Finance Wiki. The draft Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of its FY21–25 Strategic Plan. It is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans, it is intended to complement them through a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission over the next five years. The draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY21, and the anticipated funding sources and levels. Click here for more information on how to share your feedback. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Update on Proposed Acquisition of Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Ethos Capital
    on January 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

    On 20 December 2019, PIR submitted confidential responses to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) request for additional information regarding the proposed acquisition of PIR by Ethos Capital. PIR has provided to ICANN a redacted version for publication. ICANN received a revised version of the submission on 10 January 2020. The document can be found here.

  • ICANN68 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program Application Now Open
    on January 8, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has begun accepting applications for its Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program for ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program aims to facilitate in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN Public Meetings and eligible ICANN events. Grants of up to USD 750.00 per family are available for ICANN Public Meeting participants who are bringing children and will incur expenses associated with babysitting and/or local childcare services. There will be no on-site meeting or conference-sponsored childcare services during ICANN68. The deadline to apply for the ICANN68 grant is Wednesday, 4 March 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application is available here. For more information on the program, click here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report
    on January 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft ReportLOS ANGELES – 7 January 2020 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) invites the community to participate in a webinar on its draft report [PDF, 1.60 MB]. There are two options to participate: 13 January 2020 at 20:00 UTC 14 January 2020 at 12:00 UTC Dial-in instructions are available here. The ATRT3 will present an overview of the key findings, suggestions, and recommendations in its draft report. Participants will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions. The draft report is available for Public Comment until 23:59 UTC on 31 January 2020. 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.

  • Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement
    on January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 3 January 2020 Close Date: 14 February 2020 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN organization is posting proposed Amendment No. 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement between ICANN and VeriSign, Inc. (Verisign) for public comment. Verisign is the registry operator of the .COM top-level domain. ICANN org and Verisign have reached preliminary agreement on an amendment to the .COM Registry Agreement, as well as a framework for working together on additional initiatives related to enhancing the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System in the form of a proposed binding Letter of Intent between the two organizations. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/com-amendment-3-2020-01-03-en

  • ICANN and Verisign Announce Proposed Amendment to .COM Registry Agreement
    on January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES and RESTON, Va. – Jan. 3, 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign, Inc. (Verisign), the registry operator of the .COM top-level domain (TLD) today announced that they have reached a proposed agreement to amend the .COM Registry Agreement (RA). In addition, ICANN and Verisign announced a new proposed framework for working together on initiatives related to the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the form of a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two organizations. Together, these agreements fulfill commitments that ICANN and Verisign made in 2016 when they previously amended the .COM RA. The new terms, which are now open for public comment, will enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS; provide limited and transparent pricing flexibility for .COM registry services; and standardize the .COM RA by including certain technical and reporting requirements based on terms in other registry agreements between ICANN and the registry operators of other TLDs. Verisign's operation of the .COM TLD is governed by two separate agreements: the .COM RA, and the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2016, Verisign and ICANN formally agreed that if and when the Department of Commerce and Verisign made changes to the Cooperative Agreement, ICANN and Verisign would negotiate in good faith to ensure those changes were reflected in the .COM RA. On Oct. 26, 2018, following a review and deliberation by the U.S. Government, Verisign and the Department of Commerce entered into an amendment that included an extension of the Cooperative Agreement. Under the amended Cooperative Agreement, the Department of Commerce noted that the domain name marketplace had grown more dynamic and concluded that it was in the public interest that, among other things, Verisign and ICANN may agree to amend the .COM Registry Agreement to permit an increase to the price for .COM registry services, up to a maximum of 7 percent in each of the final four years of each six-year period (the first six-year period commenced on Oct. 26, 2018). The proposed agreement announced today updates the .COM RA to reflect those changes. ICANN is not a price regulator and defers to the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Justice for the regulation of pricing for .COM registry services. While Verisign does not set retail prices for .COM domain names, the proposed amendment to the .COM RA will provide pricing certainty by limiting the potential maximum wholesale price for .COM domain names. For example, if the four standard price increases are taken in this six-year period, the maximum wholesale price for .COM domain names would be $8.39 no earlier than Oct. 26, 2020 (compared to $7.85 today), and cannot exceed $10.26 until October 2026. In addition to aligning the pricing for .COM registry services with the Cooperative Agreement, the updated .COM RA and LOI achieve four additional important objectives: Alignment with certain technical and reporting obligations for the .COM TLD with those in the Base gTLD Registry Agreement Incorporation of commitments related to the implementation of the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Formalization of a framework by which ICANN and Verisign will work together to support additional enhancements to security and stability of the DNS, including to help combat DNS security threats Additional funding to ICANN to continue to conduct, facilitate and support activities that preserve and enhance the security and stability of the DNS, in support of Verisign's and ICANN's longstanding commitment in this area and ICANN's core mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the internet's unique identifier systems Because of the significance of the .COM TLD, these security, stability and resiliency enhancements will benefit internet users worldwide. The .COM TLD is an important part of the internet's global addressing system, providing the foundation for hundreds of millions of websites, apps, email accounts and core internet infrastructure elements across the globe. The .COM TLD is an important part of global commerce, making its continued secure, stable and resilient operation a top priority for both ICANN and Verisign. These obligations expand on Verisign's long-standing commitment to evolving and improving DNS security, stability and resiliency, through technical innovation, active participation in groups like ICANN's Root Server System Advisory Committee and the Security and Stability Advisory Committee, as well as in Verisign's role as root zone maintainer, and operator of two of the world's 13 authoritative root servers. For more than 22 years, Verisign has maintained 100 percent operational accuracy and stability for the .COM DNS. ICANN facilitates the coordination of the 12 operators of the 13 authoritative root servers. These root servers are the foundation of the DNS. In keeping with ICANN's mission to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global internet, a pillar of its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan is to strengthen the security of the DNS and the DNS Root Server System by partnering with relevant stakeholders to strengthen DNS root server operations governance and coordination; improve awareness of security threats to the DNS; and foster greater diversity of thought to best anticipate, respond to and mitigate potential threats. 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 – 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. About Verisign Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world's most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com. MEDIA CONTACTS: Brad White ICANN Director of Communications, North America +1 202-570-7118brad.white@icann.org David McGuire Verisign +1 703-948-3800dmcguire@verisign.com

  • Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2024-2028 and Revised Dates in 2022
    on January 2, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 2 January 2020 Close Date: 11 February 2020 Originating Organization: Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN Meetings Categories/Tags: Events/Conferences Brief Overview: ICANN is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028, and the revised dates for ICANN75, Annual General Meeting in 2022. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/icann-meetings-dates-2020-01-02-en

  • Request for Proposal: IMRS Cluster (Singapore) Network Connectivity
    on December 23, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking one or more vendors to provide Internet access for a new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) location in Singapore. As part of the service provided to the Internet community, ICANN operates one of the 13 root servers of the Internet, the IMRS, also known as "L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET". The ICANN organization has established the need to continue to expand the IMRS by installing a cluster in Singapore, resulting in increased root server capacity for the Asian region and resulting in increased resiliency of not just the IMRS, but the entire Root Server System. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please click here [PDF 226 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to IMRSCluster.Sing.NWConnectivity-RFP@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 10 January 2020. Complete proposals must be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 31 January 2020 using the ICANN org sourcing (RFP) tool. Access to the tool will be granted after receipt of an indication of interest to the email address above. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Request for Quotation: Network Equipment Refresh 2020
    on December 23, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking one or more providers to facilitate the sourcing and pre-configuration tasks for servers and network equipment for our global network infrastructure. At appropriate intervals commensurate with the expected longevity of hardware, ICANN's DNS Engineering function refreshes its infrastructure components to ensure that equipment is both current and supported for ICANN production services. The new servers and network equipment are intended to replace or augment existing systems and services provided by the ICANN DNS Engineering function. Participants who have already used the sourcing tool may continue to use the same credentials and do not need to request access again. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFQ, please click here [PDF 203 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to NetworkEquipment2020-RFQ@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 8 January 2020. Complete proposals must be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 22 January 2020 using the ICANN org sourcing (RFP) tool. Access to the tool will be granted after receipt of an indication of interest to the email address above. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Request for Quotation: Server Equipment Refresh 2020
    on December 23, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking one or more providers to facilitate the sourcing and pre-configuration tasks for servers and network equipment for our global network infrastructure. At appropriate intervals commensurate with the expected longevity of hardware, ICANN's DNS Engineering function refreshes its infrastructure components to ensure that equipment is both current and supported for ICANN production services. The new servers and network equipment are intended to replace or augment existing systems and services provided by ICANN's DNS Engineering function. Participants who have already used the sourcing tool may continue to use the same credentials and do not need to request access again. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFQ, please click here [PDF 206 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to ServerEquipment2020-RFQ@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 8 January 2020. Complete proposals must be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 22 January 2020 using the ICANN org sourcing (RFP) tool. Access to the tool will be granted after receipt of an indication of interest to the email address above. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Proposed Final Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group
    on December 23, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 23 December 2019 Close Date: 14 February 2020 Originating Organization: New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group, chartered by the ASO, ALAC, ccNSO, GNSO, GAC, SSAC and RSSAC Categories/Tags: Operations / Finance Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the proposed Final Report of the new gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) and more specifically the following questions: Do you support the CCWG's recommendation in relation to the preferred mechanism(s)? If no, please provide your rationale for why not. Do you have any concerns about the updates the CCWG has made compared to the Initial Report, in response to the Public Comment forum? If yes, please specify what changes concern you and why? Is there any further information you think the CCWG should consider, that it hasn't considered previously, in order to finalize its report for submission to the Chartering Organizations? The CCWG is tasked with providing guidance on a framework to disburse the funds generated from auctions of last resort in 2012 application round of the new gTLD Program. According to the CCWG's charter, the objective of the group is to develop a proposal(s) for consideration by the chartering organizations: Address Supporting Organization (ASO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/new-gtld-auction-proceeds-final-2019-12-23-en

  • Request for Proposal: IMRS Cluster (Singapore) Co-Location
    on December 23, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking one vendor to provide a secure co-location space for a new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) location in Singapore. As part of the service provided to the Internet community, ICANN operates one of the 13 root servers of the Internet, the IMRS, also known as "L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET". The ICANN organization has established the need to continue to expand the IMRS by installing a cluster in Singapore, resulting in increased root server capacity for the Asian region and resulting in increased resiliency of not just the IMRS, but the entire Root Server System. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please click here [PDF 228 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to IMRSCluster.Sing.CoLo-RFP@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 10 January 2020. Complete proposals must be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 31 January 2020 using the ICANN org sourcing (RFP) tool. Access to the tool will be granted after receipt of an indication of interest to the email address above. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan & Budget
    on December 20, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 20 December 2019 Close Date: 25 February 2020 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization Functions: Operations and Finance Categories/Tags: Operations, Finance, FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan, FY21-25 O&FP, FY21 Operating Plan & Budget, FY21OP&B Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment is to seek community input on the draft FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan, and the draft FY21 Operating Plan & Budget. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-opplan-budget-fy21-25-2019-12-20-en

  • Apply Now for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
    on December 18, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2019 – Today, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites interested individuals to submit applications for key leadership positions within ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), an affiliate of ICANN organization. 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 applications is 18 February 2020 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). We are inviting applications for the following positions: Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors. One member of the PTI Board of Directors. Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region. One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. 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. The selected leaders will make a valuable public service contribution toward the evolution of the Domain Name System as an 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 Candidates must submit applications through the online candidate portal. For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 18 February 2020, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms through the online candidate portal. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered. Candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com after creating an account. In addition, candidates can contact NomCom Staff Support at nomcom2020@icann.org if there are any questions. All applications are confidential. Selections are expected to be announced by August 2020. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held during ICANN69, which runs from 17-22 October 2020. Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings will be held in Hamburg, Germany (17-22 October 2020); Cancún, Mexico (20-25 March 2021); The Hague, Netherlands (14-17 June 2021); and Seattle, United States (23-28 October 2021). Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed. Each ICANN 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.) For More Information Learn more by visiting the 2020 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2020@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.

  • Belgian Data Protection Authority Response to Proposed Unified Access Model
    on December 17, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 December 2019 – On 12 December 2019, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby received a non-binding letter from the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) in response to ICANN org's paper, "Exploring a Unified Access Model for gTLD Registration Data," which was submitted to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on 25 October 2019. ICANN org was made aware of the draft letter addressed to Marby on 4 December; however, it was not officially received until 12 December. ICANN org's paper outlined a proposed Unified Access Model (UAM) for generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration data that would consolidate responsibility for the processing activity of disclosure of nonpublic data within a centralized system for access to non-public registration data. As stated in the paper, this work was undertaken by ICANN org to help clarify the legal foundation upon which a model could be built and was intended to inform the community's work on a Standardized System for Access/Disclosure that is underway in Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP Phase 2). In addition, ICANN org sought to address the numerous communications received from stakeholders such as the European Commission, the G7, as well as the Governmental Advisory Committee and other parts of the community calling for a unified solution for access to non-public registration data. In its response, the Belgian DPA encouraged ICANN to continue its efforts to design a comprehensive system for access control that takes into account the requirements of security, data minimization, and accountability. The response did not provide any definitive opinions regarding the questions that ICANN org included in the paper. The letter states that the policy and relevant safeguards that the community will develop to be applied in a UAM will be extremely important to assess whether a centralized model increases or decreases the level of protection enjoyed by natural persons. Ultimately, the application and administration of the community-developed policy and safeguards will determine the level of protection for data that is processed in a UAM. With respect to the roles and responsibilities, the letter states that parties to a processing activity cannot simply designate which party should be deemed to act as a controller or joint controller; a factual case-by-case is needed to that end. A previous communication by the Article 29 Working Party is further referenced, which contained the statement that, "At first glance it would seem that…ICANN and the registries are joint controllers". The letter was not written as guidance from the full EDPB. The Belgian DPA has indicated their willingness to further discuss this effort and have invited ICANN org staff to meet with them. We look forward to continuing the discussion and will share any updates from this meeting. ICANN org extends its appreciation to the European Commission for its advice throughout the development of the paper submitted to the EDPB, and its ongoing support for the community's continued efforts in EPDP Phase 2. ICANN org is proud of the significant and ongoing efforts contributed by thousands of community members in working to develop a policy to facilitate lawful access to nonpublic 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.

  • NextGen@ICANN68 Application Round Is Now Open
    on December 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 December 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the application round for those interested in participating in the ICANN68 Public Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, through the NextGen@ICANN program. ICANN68 will take place from 22 June to 25 June 2020. The application round will remain open until 24 January 2020. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 24 February 2020. For more information, click here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Draft Report
    on December 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 16 December 2019 Close Date: 31 January 2020 Originating Organization: The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team via Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding is on behalf of the third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3). The ATRT3 seeks to solicit input on its draft report. The report drafted by the ATRT3 contains findings, suggestions and recommendations with regard to ICANN accountability and transparency in key areas: Board Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Public Input Policy Development Process Specific and Organizational Reviews Accountability Indicators Prioritization of Activities, Policies, and Recommendations The ATRT3 collected opinions on ICANN's accountability and transparency from individuals and ICANN structures via a survey and engagement sessions at ICANN Public Meetings. This input helped the ATRT3 identify areas which require improvement and could benefit from a suggestion or recommendation. More information on the ATRT3's key findings, suggestions, and recommendations is detailed in the draft report summary (see Section 1). The ATRT3 welcomes community comment on all sections of its draft report and highlights the following topics as particularly critical: Specific and Organizational Reviews (see Section 10.5): As stated in the draft report, "Although ATRT3 could not come to consensus on a single proposal to address the issues related to Specific and Organizational Reviews it did manage to narrow the options down to two distinct possibilities for this draft report which are presented [in the report]. The ATRT3 is seeking input from community on these to assist it in coming to a conclusion on this topic for its final report." Prioritization of activities, policies, and recommendations: The draft report includes a suggestion on this topic (see Section 12.4). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/atrt3-draft-report-2019-12-16-en

  • Revised Schedule for Public Comment Period on Two Key ICANN Plans
    on December 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 December 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is notifying the community that the Public Comment period for the Draft FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget has changed. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, 17 December 2019, drafts of the two plans will now be available beginning Friday, 20 December 2019. This date change may impact previously scheduled meetings intended for the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees to begin their review. ICANN org is prepared to provide those groups with the Table of Contents of the documents and other information that may be helpful prior to the release of the complete drafts. Please email planning@icann.org to request. Information also will be published on the Finance community wiki page. In addition, the Public Comment period has been extended by 7 days to 58 days (excluding holidays) to give the community more time to review the documents. To learn more and ask questions during the Public Comment window, webinars will be held on: 9 January 2020 at 01:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/935036343 9 January 2020 at 16:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/506858960 14 January 2020 at 16:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/257109807 More details about how to join these webinars will be available in January. ICANN org staff is available to meet with individual community groups to answer questions and help increase understanding about the plans. Please email planning@icann.org to request a meeting. 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.

  • IANA Customer Engagement Survey Results Available
    on December 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 December 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Customer Engagement Survey which measures customer satisfaction with the IANA functions. View Customer Survey Findings In the 2019 IANA Customer Engagement Survey, customers were asked to rate the IANA team on 20 statements relating to responsiveness, transparency, fairness, and attentiveness. Each statement was rated on a 1-5 scale, with one being the lowest and five being the highest level of satisfaction. The overall score amongst all customer segments was 3.9. In the previous six years, satisfaction was measured using a percentage rating, and the team obtained results over 90 percent each year. When asked about their confidence in the IANA team's ability to achieve its objectives, customers scored the team the highest, at 4.3. Satisfaction with the transparency of the Key Signing Key ceremonies also scored a 4.3. An average score of 3.7 was given to the team on statements about innovation and sense of urgency. While the results of the survey are consistently positive, participation rates have dropped over the years. Six years ago, the team saw an average response rate of 10 percent. Over the past two years there has been a decline in participation, and after simplifying the survey, the response rate for 2019 was three percent. The IANA team has implemented additional mechanisms to receive and address customer feedback. These include the post-interaction survey launched in late 2018 that encourages customers to provide immediate feedback after receipt of service from the IANA team. The IANA team dedicates resources to reviewing and responding to that feedback in a timely manner. "The annual engagement survey will allow us to evaluate how we manage our relationship with the different customer groups and identify improvements in that area in addition to the regular operational feedback we receive through the post-interaction survey," said Kim Davies, President of PTI – the ICANN affiliate responsible for delivering the IANA functions. "These two approaches together give us a broader view of both real-time customer satisfaction and calibration of our longer-term strategy from community leaders," Davies added. ICANN commissioned Echo Research, LLC, a global reputation consultancy, to administer the annual engagement survey. Stakeholders who oversee IANA functions performance (Regional Internet Registry managers, Internet Engineering Steering Group members, and the Customer Standing Committee) and direct customers who engage with the IANA team through request changes or during industry events (DNSSEC KSK ceremony participants and Trusted Community Representatives, top-level domain operators, the IETF Community, and the ccNSO and GNSO Councils) were invited to take the survey. 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.

  • Additional New gTLD Data Escrow Provider Announced
    on December 10, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Joint Stock Company "Internet Exchange "MSK-IX" has been approved to provide data escrow services to generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry operators. All gTLD registry operators are required to regularly deposit a backup copy of their top-level domain (TLD) registration data through one of the ICANN-approved data escrow service providers. The data held in escrow may be released to the ICANN organization (ICANN org) under certain circumstances in order to preserve the stability of the TLD in case of an emergency. A list of the ICANN-approved gTLD registry data escrow providers is available here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators
    on December 9, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the release of updated industry metrics as part of its Domain Name Marketplace Indicators initiative. The initiative presents statistics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) with the aim of fostering greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace. View the updated metrics here. The metrics released as part of this initiative encompass three categories and six dimensions: Robust competition: registrant choice, registrant domain adoption, service provider marketplace entry, service provider competition. Marketplace stability: service provider contractual compliance. Trust: industry safeguards. ICANN plans to continue to expand the initiative's coverage of shortlisted indicators and publish these statistics twice a year in order to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted. A community Advisory Panel worked with ICANN to identify relevant indicators that form part of the current schema. Concurrent to the release of these Version 1.0 marketplace indicators, the ICANN organization will continue to work with the community and the Advisory Panel to evaluate additional enhancements that might be incorporated into this initiative in the future. 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.