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  • Country Code Top-Level Domains Can Now Participate in ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System
    on November 19, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators will now be able to actively participate in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system. ICANN's DAAR system is used to study and report on domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries. The data is obtained from a curated list of Domain Name System (DNS) reputation providers. Now, ccTLD operators can pull their own aggregated DAAR data via the Monitoring System Application Programing Interface (MoSAPI). The MoSAPI interface allows registry operators to retrieve information collected by the ICANN Service Level Agreement Monitoring (SLAM) system. While ccTLD operators will not be subject to the SLAs the SLAM system monitors, using MoSAPI will allow a consistent interface for all registries participating in DAAR. The aggregated data counts security threats broken down by threat type (e.g., phishing, botnet command and control, malware distribution, and spam) per TLD. These data sets will be similar to those of the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are currently provided via MoSAPI. Having access to such data will enable ccTLD operators to monitor the DAAR security threat levels per threat type per month in the same way as gTLD operators. The ICANN organization invites all ccTLD operators to participate in the DAAR project to promote a greater understanding of DNS abuse across the global DNS. To participate, ccTLD operators should send a request to globalsupport@icann.org to begin the process. More Information For additional discussions regarding DAAR project data sharing and any other measurement of DNS security threats and abuse related topics please join the DNS-Abuse-Measurements mailing list. DAAR webpage: https://www.icann.org/octo-ssr/daar. 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.

  • ICANN68 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
    on November 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN68. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN68 is a Policy Forum. The meeting will be held from 22–25 June 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The deadline to apply is 15 December 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 24 February 2020 on https://icann.org/. ICANN Fellowship Program The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in the ICANN community and other Internet governance entities within the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities, including: 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 Personal leadership development For more information, please visit this page. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2019 – ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) are invited to nominate one individual each (total of seven) to serve as a mentor in the ICANN Fellowship Program. Mentors will serve a term that includes three consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, beginning with ICANN68. They will provide extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned fellows, as well as complete a survey after each meeting. Mentors are expected to follow Fellowship Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities for fellows. They also play an important role to help fellows actively participate in ICANN's work. Mentors will receive travel funding support. It should be noted that mentors cannot serve on the Fellowship Program's Selection Committee at the same time they are serving as mentors. For more information on the guidelines and expectations for mentors, please read about the program here. The SOs/ACs should first select their respective Fellowship Program mentor by 31 January 2020, and notify fellowshipconsultation@icann.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered. 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.

  • 2022 ICANN Public Meeting – Community Forum Location Announced
    on November 7, 2019 at 8:00 am

    MONTREAL, Canada – 7 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been selected as the location for the first ICANN Public Meeting of 2022. ICANN73 will be held from 5-10 March 2022 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. The San Juan meeting will represent the North America region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central part of ICANN's multistakeholder model, and provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, negotiating business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization. Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are an important opportunity for individuals and representatives from ICANN's various stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend either in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone, and registration is free. More Information Board Resolution on ICANN72 location (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-11-07-en) ICANN Meetings website (https://meetings.icann.org/en/calendar) 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.

  • ICANN66 Montréal GAC Communiqué Now Available
    on November 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

    MONTRÉAL, Canada – 6 NOVEMBER 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting at ICANN66 issued the Montréal Communiqué. It is available for review here. Previous GAC Advice and past communiqués are available at https://gac.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.

  • Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN67 Fellowship
    on November 1, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 1 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 40 individuals from 33 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico, from 7-12 March 2020. To view the selected candidates, click here. The chosen participants represent all sectors of society, including government, academia, business, technical, security, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, civil society, 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 (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. The ICANN organization received 357 applications for the ICANN67 Fellowship Program. To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship 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.

  • Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers
    on November 1, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 1 November 2019 Close Date: 31 January 2020 Originating Organization: IANA Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Security/Stability Brief Overview: We are seeking feedback on our proposal for how future Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) changes are made. We are proposing a predictable approach by establishing a standard KSK rollover process and interval. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposal-future-rz-ksk-rollovers-2019-11-01-en

  • ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19
    on October 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Audited Financial Statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors. View the ICANN FY19 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 473 KB] View the PTI FY19 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 226 KB] In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, these documents are posted to the ICANN Current Year (FY19) Financial Information page and the Financial Information for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) page. In addition, the following documents are also being published on ICANN.org: the FY19 Report on Board Expenses [PDF, 33 KB], the ICANN FY19 Annual Report [PDF, 9.3 MB], and the FY19 Funding by Source. In accordance with the Section 22.3 of ICANN's Bylaws, and Section 9.8 of PTI's Bylaws, these financial statements must be posted within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year, or by 1 November 2019. ICANN invites the community to review the FY19 Audited Financial Statements. Please submit questions and comments to: planning@icann.org. About PTI Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet's unique identifiers and maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible, and effective manner. Mainly, PTI is responsible for the operation of the IANA functions: Domain Names Number Resources Protocol Parameter Assignments Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) was incorporated in August 2016 as an affiliate of ICANN, and, through contracts and subcontracts with ICANN, began performing the IANA functions on behalf of ICANN in October 2016. Learn more about the delivery of the IANA services at iana.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.

  • Implementation Plan for the GNSO Consensus Policy Relating to the Protection of Certain Red Cross Names
    on October 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 23 October 2019 Close Date: 12 December 2019 Originating Organization: GDD Categories/Tags: Consensus Policy Implementation Brief Overview: This public comment forum is intended to gather community feedback on the proposed policy changes related to the 191 full names of the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which are to be placed into the Reserved Names List. This new consensus policy is intended to supplement the previously-adopted Protection of International Governmental Organization (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Identifiers in All gTLDs Policy by which the specific terms Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Lion & Sun and Red Crystal were withheld from registration. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/red-cross-names-implementation-2019-10-23-en

  • Call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the At-Large Board Member Position 2019-2020 Cycle
    on October 21, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 21 October 2019 – On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC), the At-Large community is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from individuals who wish to serve as an ICANN Board Director. The selected candidate will serve a 3-year term starting at the end of ICANN69, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 17-22 October 2020. Background Seat number 15 of the ICANN Board of Directors is dedicated to a member selected by the At-Large community. This seat is currently occupied by León Sánchez, who assumed the position at the end of ICANN60 (2017 AGM). His 3-year term will be completed at the closing of ICANN69 (2020 AGM), and he will be eligible for re-appointment. Pursuant to Section 19 of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Rules of Procedure (RoP), the At-Large community began the selection process for the next Board Director in September 2019, with the appointment of the Chairs and Members of the BCEC and the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC). The BCEC is responsible for outlining candidate requirements and expectations; calling for, identifying, and evaluating applications; and compiling the initial slate of candidates. The BMSPC oversees the entire selection process, including the development of the selection timeline and the election process. Both groups have regionally balanced membership and operate in accordance with a strict code of conduct and confidentiality, where applicable. For more information, please visit the At-Large Board Member Selection Home - 2019-2020. In accordance with the ALAC Rules of Procedure (RoP), Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs) may petition to have a candidate added to the slate. The BCEC is expected to finalize its selection by the end of 2019. Following the publication of the BCEC slate, unsuccessful applicants may opt to have their candidacy considered by the five RALOs. The overall selection process will conclude by Wednesday, 22 April 2020. The successful applicant will be announced on or before that date. How to Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) Form Interested individuals should begin the process by reviewing the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements 2019-2020 and the At-Large Board Member Candidate Reference Links & Resources. In particular, please ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements detailed under "Additional Bylaws Qualifications" on the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements page. Those interested and are eligible should email BCEC Staff to briefly indicate their interest. Upon receipt, At-Large staff will provide access to an online EoI Form for completion. Specifically, applicants are requested to name three (3) to four (4) referees who are willing, at short notice, to provide a written reference for their candidacy when contacted by the BCEC and At-Large staff. The deadline for submitting an EoI Form for the BCEC's consideration is 23:59 UTC on Monday, 11 November 2019. Please email the BCEC Staff if you have more questions. 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 PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets
    on October 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 27 November 2019 Originating Organization: Finance Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, the ICANN organization seeks public comment on the operating plan and budgets for delivering the IANA functions. This is comprised of two components — the Draft FY21 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY21 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Operating Plan and Budget. The PTI Operating Plan and Budget outlines the activities to deliver the core IANA functions and associated operational activities to enhance systems and processes. The IANA Operating Plan and Budget is comprised of these PTI activities, plus additional programs and costs associated with overseeing and delivering the IANA functions performed by ICANN in its role as the IANA Functions Operator that are not borne directly by PTI. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-pti-iana-fy21-op-budget-2019-10-14-en

  • Proposed Changes and new Additions to the IANA SLAs for ccTLD Creation and ccTLD Transfers
    on October 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019 Originating Organization: ICANN Categories/Tags: IANA Naming Function Contract, ICANN/PTI Contract, PTI, IANA SLAs, ccTLD creation, ccTLD transfer, SLA Change Process Brief Overview: Purpose: As required by the IANA Naming Function Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed change to one SLA and three proposed new SLAs which would define expectations of request processing timeliness for ccTLD creation and ccTLD transfers. If adopted, the changed SLA and new requirements will be added to the performance metrics as defined in the Service Level Agreements for the IANA Naming Functions Contract. The ccTLD delegation and transfer process is designed to assign or re-assign a ccTLD to a manager, taking into account a number of technical and public interest criteria. There is currently a single measurement of staff processing time for ccTLD delegation and transfer requests, representing the cumulative time the request is being processed by the IANA team for the life of a request. However, the processing time for this type of request varies greatly from several weeks to several months. The CSC and PTI determined that perhaps identifying new SLAs that measure these transactions in a totally different manner is necessary. Current Status: According to the Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the Customer Standing Committee and PTI have agreed upon the new metrics, and now seek community consultation through this public comment process. Next Steps: Feedback from this public comment period will be considered for the final SLA recommendation. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-sla-for-cctld-creation-transfer-2019-10-14-en

  • Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Final Report
    on October 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 8 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvement Brief Overview: In its Final Report, the Registration Directory Service Review Team assessed the extent to which prior Directory Service Review recommendations have been implemented and whether the implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team also assessed the effectiveness of the then current generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust, and safeguards registrant data. The report contains 22 recommendations, covering requests for more and better data collection, policy issues to be addressed by the community, a correction of the ICANN Bylaws, and suggested reforms relating to transparency and data collection within ICANN Contractual Compliance. The recommendations were adopted with full consensus from the Review Team. Per the ICANN Bylaws, each final report of a review team shall be published for Public Comment in advance of the Board's consideration. The Public Comment process on the Final Report was started on 8 October 2019 and is expected to close on 25 November  2019. To review the Final Report and provide your feedback, click here. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rds-whois2-rt-final-report-2019-10-08-en

  • Recommendations for the Technical Utilization of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules Published
    on October 7, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 October 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) announced the release of the Recommendations for the Technical Utilization of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules by the Root Zone Label Generation Rules Study Group (RZ-LGR SG). These recommendations are being provided to the ICANN Board for further consideration. With the availability of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) and its fundamental role envisaged for defining the variant labels of top-level domains (TLDs), the ICANN Board asked the ICANN community (including Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs), and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)) to study and recommend how to technically apply the RZ-LGR in a harmonized way to generic and country code top top-level domains (gTLDs/ccTLDs). To address the request from the ICANN Board, the RZ-LGR SG was formed from the nominees of SOs, ACs, IAB, and additional volunteers from the ICANN community following the call for formation in February 2018. The SG first determined the scope of its work, and enriched it with feedback received from the community through the first public comment call in August 2018.  Based on this scope, the SG has developed a set of recommendations, which was released for public comment in May 2019. The RZ-LGR SG has now completed and published its Recommendations for the Technical Utilization of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules, after incorporating the community feedback. Further details of the SG's work are available at the wiki page. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2020 Leadership Program
    on October 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for nominations for the 2020 Leadership Program, scheduled for 5–6 March in Cancún, Mexico, just prior to the ICANN67 Public Meeting. The Leadership Program helps current and incoming leaders better understand the complexities of ICANN, while also helping to develop the facilitation skills of participants. Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organization, Advisory Committee, or stakeholder group. Please register here by Friday, 15 November 2019, 23:59 UTC. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Cancún but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days a participant is involved in the 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 Releases Community-Wide Survey Findings on Age Diversity and Participation
    on October 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its Age Diversity and Participation Survey. It contains data and analysis drawn from 380 community respondents who were surveyed between 10 March and 19 April 2019. The survey report offers insights into the community's perceptions of age diversity, potential and perceived barriers to participation, and its support for initiatives to enhance age diversity. You can find the report here: go.icann.org/agesurvey   The ICANN organization is committed to promoting greater diversity and supporting broad, inclusive participation. The topic of gender diversity is next on the agenda for the ICANN community. The Age Diversity and Participation Survey report provides useful data and findings to guide these future discussions. The report is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Please email any feedback or questions to agesurvey@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.

  • Register Now to Participate in the 4th Eastern European DNS Forum
    on October 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    BRUSSELS – 2 October 2019 Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the fourth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 11-12 October 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia, co-organized with the .am/.հայ Registry, ISOC.AM. The Forum follows the success of previous fora, namely in Kiev, Ukraine (2016); in Minsk, Belarus (2017); and in Moscow, Russia (2018). It is part of a series of events under the umbrella of the first N2 Forum, which aims to bring together key players of the regional and global Internet community with the theme "Together Towards a Digital Future." The EEDNSF has been an integral part of ICANN's ongoing outreach efforts to raise awareness on issues related to the Domain Name System (DNS), and collaborate with stakeholders to uncover unique circumstances and experiences in the region. This year's agenda topics include: Technical and policy issues related to the developments in the DNS ecosystem Issues and challenges impacting domain name holders DNS security and cyber hygiene Universal Acceptance Country Code Top Level Domains The stakeholder journey at ICANN Traditionally attended by over two hundred participants, the event will also have regional and global actors participate and contribute to the discussions with their areas of expertise. It will see high-level participation from ICANN, including: CEO and President Göran Marby Board Member Danko Jevtović Chief Technology Officer David Conrad Please register here and visit the EEDNSF website for more information on participating in-person or remotely. You can also follow the event on social media with the #EEDNSF hashtag. Media Contacts: Luna Madi Communications Director, EMEA Istanbul, TurkeyTel: +90 533 0313505Email: luna.madi@icann.org Buket Coskuner Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA Istanbul, TurkeyTel: +90 533 4876254Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org About ICANN: ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

  • ICANN's Adiel Akplogan Inducted Into the 2019 Internet Hall of Fame
    on September 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2019 – Today, Adiel Akplogan joined the elite ranks of notable individuals who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet. The Internet Hall of Fame inducted Akplogan, the Vice President of Technical Engagement at ICANN org, for his outstanding contribution to the Internet's growth, reach, and security in Africa. ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby said, "Adiel is the embodiment of ICANN's mission to work in the public interest. I know everyone at ICANN wishes Adiel congratulations on this significant achievement." Akplogan has been with ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer since 2015, where he develops and coordinates ICANN org's technical engagement. David Conrad, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer, said, "Adiel is key to our outreach and engagement efforts with the Internet's technical community. This recognition is well-deserved and is a testament to his dedication and contributions to the ICANN community." Recognized as an Internet pioneer in Africa, Akplogan contributed to technical capacity-building and the deployment of some of the first private Internet Service Providers in Africa. He helped found and was the first CEO of the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC). Akplogan said, "We dreamed and worked relentlessly to build a regional registry that would become a catalyst for the African Internet ecosystem, tackling our challenges one at a time with diligence, discipline, and courage to build consensus." During his 25-year career, he has also served on the Boards and Advisory Committees of many multistakeholder Internet governance bodies. He has also contributed to building the technical coordination bodies in Africa such as the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), and the Africa Internet Summit. Akplogan, a native of Togo now living in Montréal, Canada, holds an engineering degree from the Université d'Abomey-Calavi and a master's degree in E-Business and New Technology Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management. More details on the 2019 Internet Hall of Fame inductees, including their biographies and photos, can be found at www.internethalloffame.org. You can follow the Internet Hall of Fame on Facebook and on Twitter at @Internet_HOF (#ihof2019). 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. About the Internet Hall of Fame The Internet Hall of Fame (www.internethalloffame.org) is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature, possible. The Internet Hall of Fame was launched by the Internet Society in 2012.

  • Request for Information: ICANN Contractual Compliance Registry and Registrar Audit Services
    on September 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced it is soliciting information from vendors qualified to provide global audit services for the ICANN organization's Contractual Compliance department. The intent is to identify a qualified audit vendor who will be responsible for providing registry and registrar audit services to verify compliance obligations under ICANN agreements. Expertise in performing audits and knowledge of the domain name industry are necessary to ensure an effective and high quality audit implementation. For an overview and timeline of the Request for Information (RFI), please click here. ICANN will review the initial indications of interest via this RFI process and will issue a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) with necessary details to selected bidders. Indications of interest should be sent via email to Compliance.Audit.Services-RFI@icann.org. ICANN will provide interested parties with access to the ICANN sourcing tool (SciQuest/Jaggaer). Responses to the RFI should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 24 October 2019 using ICANN's sourcing tool. 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 Naming Function Review: Review Team Members Announced
    on September 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 13-member team that will conduct the first IANA Naming Function Review (IFR). The IFR is a new accountability mechanism created as part of the IANA stewardship transition to ensure that Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) meet the needs and expectations of its naming customers. The IANA Naming Function Review Team (IFRT) will conduct the review in accordance with the scope specified in the ICANN Bylaws, which centers around a review and evaluation of PTI's performance of the IANA naming function against the contractual requirements in the IANA Naming Function Contract. The members of the IANA Naming Function Review Team (IFRT) are: Name Region SO/AC Nomination 1 Frederico Neves LAC ccNSO 2 Peter Koch EUR ccNSO 3 Unguec Stephen Kang AF ccNSO nomination of non-ccNSO ccTLD manager 4 Rick Wilhelm NA RySG 5 Jean-Christophe Vignes EUR RySG 6 Kristian Ørmen EUR RrSG 7 Christian Dawson NA Commercial Stakeholder Group 8 Tomslin Samme-Nlar AF Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group 9 Mr. Andreas Dlamini AF GAC 10 Patrik Fältström EUR SSAC 11 Suzanne Woolf NA RSSAC 12 Kaili Kan AP ALAC 13 James Gannon EUR CSC liaison 14 Kim Davies, PTI PTI liaison 15 Steve Conte, ICANN ICANN liaison Key Information The IFR does not replace the work of the Customer Standing Committee (CSC), which reviews PTI's performance of the naming function on a monthly basis to ensure that PTI delivers on the Service Level Agreements specified in the IANA Naming Function Contract. The full scope of the review is available in Section 18 of the ICANN Bylaws. Periodic updates on the progress of the review will be made available on https://www.icann.org and at ICANN Public Meetings. About Reviews Reviews are mandated by the ICANN Bylaws and are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Reviews serve as ICANN's progress report to the world; they demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identifies areas where ICANN can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions, and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance. 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.

  • Application Period Open for ICANN67 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program
    on September 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 25 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has begun accepting applications for its Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program for ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico. The program aims to facilitate, during ICANN meetings, the in-person participation of community members with children. Grants 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/conference-sponsored childcare services during ICANN67. The deadline to apply for the grant is Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application can be found here. For more information, please visit the program's page 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 Registry Operator Audit for Addressing DNS Security Threats
    on September 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 17 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Contractual Compliance published the Report on the Registry Operator (RO) Audit for Addressing DNS Security Threats [PDF, 277 KB]. This report summarizes the results of an audit that took place from November 2018 through June 2019. With the conclusion of this audit, ICANN will launch an audit of registrars that will also focus on DNS security 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 need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Register for ICANN66 Prep Week Webinars
    on September 16, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN66 Prep Week, which features a series of seven webinars to prepare the community ahead of its Annual General Meeting in November. To attend any of the below webinars, please register here by 11 October to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process. All registered attendees will receive participation details days before the webinar dates. ICANN66 Prep Week Webinars Schedule Monday, 14 October 2019 16:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update: What to Expect at ICANN66 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:00 UTC | ICANN66 Plenary Session: DNS Abuse 23:00 UTC | Pre-ICANN66 Contractual Compliance Update Wednesday, 16 October 2019 16:00 UTC | ICANN66 Plenary Session: Evolution of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model 23:00 UTC | Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Update Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Update 16:00 UTC | Pre-ICANN66 Policy Update All webinars be in English. Materials from the Pre-ICANN66 Policy Update will also be available in French. Recordings and materials will be posted here. Prep Week was established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, as well as increase awareness of plenary topics, foster deeper conversations and enhance briefings and readout sessions. 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.

  • Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) Accepted Recommendations – Plan for Implementation and Next Steps
    on September 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 September 2019 Close Date: 31 October 2019 Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives Categories/Tags: Specific Review, competition, consumer trust, consumer choice, new gTLDs Brief Overview: On 1 March 2019, the ICANN Board took action on the Final Recommendations produced by the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) – see https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-03-01-en and directed ICANN org to "develop and submit to the Board a plan for the implementation of the accepted recommendations". The Board resolution called for the plan to be completed and provided to the community for consideration no later than six months after Board action. The plan for implementation provides an overview of implementation activities to be undertaken, where possible, highlights dependencies, and enumerates resources requirements (if any). It sets out the approach for future implementation of the six CCT-RT recommendations the Board resolved to accept and assembles estimates that are directional for understanding. Community input is requested to determine whether the path suggested by ICANN org to implement the six Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) recommendations the Board resolved to accept on 1 March 2019 is reasonable in the context of the intent of CCT-RT. Additionally, community feedback is invited on the next steps for accepted recommendations. In exercising its fiduciary duty, the Board intends to consider the proposed plan for implementation as well as community feedback received on the proposed path forward and considerations specific to each recommendation. Once the community input adequately considered, the ICANN Board will direct ICANN org to produce a detailed implementation plan that results in the implementation of recommendations 1, 17, 21, 22, 30, 31, including any adjustments the input received through the public comment proceeding may potentially prompt. Further implementation details, including resources availability, scheduling, will be supplemented with specific details and budget plans once the implementation steps are underway. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cct-rt-implementation-plan-2019-09-11-en