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  • 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: 21 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 […]

  • NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN67 Is Now Open
    on September 9, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began accepting applications for the NextGen@ICANN program from regional university students interested in participating in the ICANN67 Public Meeting. ICANN67 is scheduled to be held in Cancún, Mexico from 7 March to 12 March 2020. The application window will remain open until 18 October 2019. Successful candidates will be announced 6 December on the ICANN website. 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. […]

  • Join the Webinar on ICANN’s FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget and 5-Year Operating and Financial Plan
    on September 9, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the ICANN community to participate in a webinar on the planning process for the FY21 Operating Plan and Budget and FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan. There are two options to participate: 12 September 2019 at 0000 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/462178439 13 September 2019 at 1600 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/826234297 The ICANN Planning Team will discuss the timeline and process for the FY21 Operating Plan and Budget, and the FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Community participation in ICANN's planning process is a cornerstone of transparency and accountability to the global multistakeholder community. ICANN thanks all community members who contribute to this important process. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review Final Report Submitted
    on September 3, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 3 September 2019 –Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces that the Meridian Institute, the independent examiner of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has concluded its review and submitted its final report. Final Report The final report is the result of Meridian's review of documents, observation of meetings, interviews and a community-wide survey. Meridian also collaborated closely with the ccNSO Review Working Party (RWP) and wider ICANN community via webinar, public comment, and public sessions during ICANN64 and ICANN65. The report contains important findings on how the ccNSO fulfills its purpose, manages its structure and operations, and strives for accountability. Based upon the findings, the Meridian Institute's determination is that: the ccNSO has a strong continuing purpose; there does not seem to be a significant need to make structural or operational changes; and the ccNSO is accountable to its constituencies, including its members. The report contains 14 recommendations for continuous improvements, some of which have already been acted on by the ccNSO. Background An independent review of the ccNSO is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws. The purpose of the review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. Meridian Institute was selected to perform the review and began its work in August 2018. Learn more about the ccNSO Review 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. […]

  • First ICANN Managed Root Server Instance Installed in Shanghai
    on September 3, 2019 at 7:00 am

    SHANGHAI, China – 3 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in Shanghai, China. A root server is a name server for the Domain Name System (DNS) root zone. Root servers respond to DNS lookup requests made by DNS resolvers generally operated by Internet service providers. When the request is a query about the root zone itself, the root server will respond authoritatively with the answer. For all other queries, the root server will respond with either a referral to the appropriate top-level domain (TLD) name server or an error response (e.g. to indicate a non-existent TLD). Each root server is made up of a number of machines at multiple locations. These machines are known as instances. An instance makes use of an Internet traffic routing technique known as "anycast" that allows all the root server's instances to have the same two IP addresses (an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address) and to serve the same DNS content, including information about the name servers for TLDs. Increasing the number of instances improves the overall fault tolerance of the DNS, bolsters the resilience against certain types of cyber threats such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and can reduce the response time that local Internet users experience during DNS queries. The installation of the Shanghai instance is a joint activity between ICANN, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), and the local community. Shanghai Telecom supplied the equipment necessary for the installation and the bandwidth needed to support the instance. "We appreciate CNNIC's efforts to host this IMRS instance. This commitment improves root zone DNS service, and augments the technical stability and resiliency of the DNS in the region," said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer. Contrary to common misconception, root servers do not control the Internet. The operation of an instance also does not provide any mechanism to alter content of the DNS. Any modification of root zone content will be mitigated by a part of the DNS protocol known as the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and if an instance fail to respond to a query, resolvers will ask the same question to another instance or root server. Regardless of which root server the resolvers are sending queries to, spreading more instances geographically leads to a more resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of Internet users being taken offline by a problem or attack. The increased distribution of instances also ensures that the turnaround time of a DNS query and response is as fast as possible, resulting in better experiences for Internet users. The root name server system is comprised of over 1,000 instances operated by 12 independent organizations, including ICANN. Currently, ICANN manages more than 165 IMRS instances located all over the world, where most of which are hosted by third parties. This is the third IMRS instance installed in China, and the first one located in eastern China. The other two instances are located in Beijing. For more information about IMRS, please visit www.dns.icann.org/. For more information about the global root server system, please visit www.root-servers.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 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. […]

  • Next Steps to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model
    on August 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 27 August 2019 Close Date: 14 October 2019 Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives Categories/Tags: Strategy Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding supports the ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025. Identified in discussions with the community, including work leading to the Strategic Plan, was the topic of issues or challenges impacting the effectiveness of ICANN's multistakeholder model (MSM). This topic was captured in ICANN's Strategic Plan through a Strategic Objective on Governance, which aims to continue to improve the effectiveness of ICANN's MSM. This proceeding seeks public input on the "Next Steps to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model" document. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/multistakeholder-model-next-steps-2019-08-27-en […]

  • Developing a Work Plan for the Evolution of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model Webinar
    on August 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 27 August 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the ICANN community to participate in a webinar on the next steps related to developing a work plan to further the community's work on evolving ICANN's multistakeholder model (MSM). This facilitated conversation will take place on 11 September 2019 at 2300 UTC and 12 September 2019 at 1600 UTC. The facilitator, Brian Cute, will walk the community through the "Next Steps to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model" document that was recently opened for public comment. The public comment seeks community input on whether the issues highlighted in the document are already addressed or, if not, which group in the ICANN community should address the issue. This input will form the basis of a work plan to address the issues outlined in the public comment document. Webinar Details Date and Time Meeting Room Details 11 September 2019 2300 – 2400 UTC Join via Zoom: https://icann.zoom.us/j/474494091 Meeting ID: 474 494 091 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abMeNpezpU 12 September 2019 1600 – 1700 UTC Join via Zoom: https://icann.zoom.us/j/474494091 Meeting ID: 474 494 091 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abMeNpezpU 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. […]

  • EBERO Providers Selected: Continued Protections for Registrants
    on August 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 August 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it has selected China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), and Nominet as its Emergency Back-end Registry Operator (EBERO) providers. An EBERO provider is temporarily activated if a generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) operator is at risk of failing to sustain critical registry functions. Ensuring the availability of these functions protects registrants, also known as domain name holders, and provides an additional layer of protection to the Domain Name System (DNS), and industry ecosystem. "CNNIC, CIRA, and Nominet all have the experience, staff, and systems required to execute an efficient transition should an EBERO event occur," said Cyrus Namazi, Senior Vice President of ICANN's Global Domains Division. "Their geographic diversity is also a benefit, enabling nearly continuous coverage across multiple time zones, and the ability to provide services in multiple regions in case of local disasters." EBEROs have demonstrated years of experience in operating domain name services, registration data directory services and extensible provisioning protocol services. Additional requirements for the EBERO service are noted in the Request for Proposal published here. Click here for more information about the EBERO 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 2019 Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Selections
    on August 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2019 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce selections for ten leadership positions. ICANN Board of Directors Mandla Msimang Africa Ihab Osman Africa Maarten Botterman Europe Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors Lise Fuhr Europe At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Dr. Abdulkarim Oloyede Africa Justine Chew Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands Carlos Raul Gutierrez Latin America / Caribbean Islands Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council Marie-Noémie Marques Europe Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council Thomas (Tom) Dale Contracted Parties House Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands Carlton Samuels Non-Contracted Parties House Latin America / Caribbean Islands Those selected will begin their terms after the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting 2-7 November 2019 in Montréal, Canada. Profile of Applicants The 2019 Nominating Committee received 127 applications from 42 women and 85 men during its nomination period from 17 January 2019 to 22 March 2019. The regional breakdown of this year's applicants was: 56 from Africa 35 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands 13 from Europe 21 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands 2 from North America The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN's overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should have the following basic criteria: Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment. Support decision-making within groups. Work effectively in English. Understand ICANN's mission and operation. Are committed to ICANN's success. Have experience in world affairs. Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise. Can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust. A Message From The Chair This year's Nominating Committee was fortunate in that we received many applications from highly qualified candidates. Of significant note, we received more applications from the African region than any other region. This was critically important as we were mandated to select at least one Board candidate from Africa to meet ICANN's geographic diversity requirements. Through our rigorous process we selected two extremely well qualified Board candidates from Africa. Also, we were delighted to be able to reappoint Maarten Botterman (Europe) to a second term on the ICANN Board. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I want to thank all those who applied for leadership positions at ICANN. While we could not appoint the vast majority that applied, we encourage all to continue participation within ICANN as the involvement is valued and important to ICANN's mission. Finally, we want to extend our congratulations and best wishes for the successful applicants. The Nominating Committee has the utmost confidence in their ability to help lead the organization forward and we are thrilled that they will be joining or continuing with ICANN in a leadership position. To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit: http://nomcom.icann.org/ About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Accountability and Transparency Review: Survey Available for Community Input
    on August 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) has published a survey for community input. Click here to take the survey now. The aim of this survey is to collect opinions from individuals in the ICANN community on ICANN's accountability and transparency, and to help the ATRT3 Review Team to identify areas which require improvement and could benefit from a recommendation. The Review Team has published a separate survey to collect opinions from groups in the ICANN community. Following the close of both surveys on 13 September 2019 at 23:59 UTC, the ATRT3 Review Team will evaluate responses as input to its draft final report. The survey questions are available in PDF format here (for reference purposes only). Background The Accountability and Transparency Review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community." Learn more about the ATRT3 Review 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 Mentors Young Leaders in Asia Pacific
    on August 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 15 August 2019 – The Internet of tomorrow might well be influenced by 53 young people from the Asia Pacific region who are meeting this week to learn about a wide range of subjects relating to Internet governance. They are attending the fourth Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) now taking place in Seoul, South Korea from 12 – 16 August. The five-day academy is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). APIGA aims to improve participants' understanding of how the Internet works, the "bottom-up consensus building" model of Internet governance, and how they can take part in shaping the evolution of the Internet for the next generation. "Developing the leaders of tomorrow is critical to strengthening the diversity of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer. "Events such as APIGA are key to achieving this goal, and ensuring that today's students are equipped to shape the future of the Internet tomorrow." APIGA has been successful in nurturing relationships with alumni that remain involved in the Internet governance ecosystem, including ICANN. Today, it is recognized as a premier platform in the Asia Pacific region for youth engagement on Internet governance issues. Since its inaugural launch in 2016, 124 young adults have attended APIGA. Approximately 25 percent of these are currently active alumni, participating in ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, Working Groups; or joining Internet governance related groups like Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) and Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters. APIGA is an extension of ICANN's youth engagement programs. They aim to reach out to the next generation and mentor future leaders. Other ICANN programs include: NextGen@ICANN – held on the sidelines of ICANN Public Meetings, for youths interested in becoming active in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policies. ICANN Fellowship – targeted at individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in ICANN. APIGA is co-organized by ICANN and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA), and supported by partners such as the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), DotAsia, and the Internet Society (ISOC). For more information about APIGA, please visit 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 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. […]

  • ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report and ICANN66 Statements of Interest Are Now Available
    on August 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 08 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the publication of its ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report [PDF, 356 KB]. The report, authored by fellows, provides information on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved. The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative aimed to increase program transparency and provide the community with more data and information on the ICANN fellows' activities. The report will continue to be published after every ICANN Public Meeting. The New Fellowship Program Approach also mandates the publication of Statements of Interest (SOI) from incoming fellows before and during each ICANN Public meeting. SOIs from ICANN66 fellows are now available here and will continue to be accessible until the end of this meeting. Read past reports and visit the Fellowship Program webpage to learn more. 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 Now Open for 2019 LAC DNS Forum
    on July 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 31 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that registration for the 2019 LAC DNS Forum is now open. The forum will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 August 2019 during LACTLD's DNS Week and .PR's 30th anniversary celebration. Event: 2019 LAC DNS Forum When: 22 August 2019, 09:00–17:00 (AST) Where: Hyatt Place Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico Registration: http://lacdnsforum.lat/ The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating Domain Name System (DNS)-related issues with a focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The forum also provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders to engage and network with global key players and experts in the field. The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes: Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers Registrants DNS experts gTLD applicants Regional TLD organizations IT and Internet businesses Entrepreneurs Legal and intellectual property firms The annual LAC DNS Forum was first held in 2013 and is jointly organized by the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and ICANN. 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. […]