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  • Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
    on February 19, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended its application deadline for ICANN and PTI leadership positions. The new deadline is Friday, 22 March 2019 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The NomCom is accepting applications and recommendations for the following positions: Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors. One member of the PTI Board of Directors. Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region. Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. New Application Process and Deadline There is a new online candidate portal that has replaced the previous platform. After creating an account, candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com. For additional questions, please contact NomCom Staff Support at nomcom2019@icann.org. For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 22 March 2019, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms on the new online candidate portal. Applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered. Submit your application through the online candidate portal. Submit candidate recommendations through the online form. All applications are confidential. The successful candidates will be announced by September 2019 and will assume their positions after ICANN66 Annual General, which runs from 2-7 November 2019. Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation The open ICANN and PTI leadership positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. The three Public Meetings directly following the start of the new positions are: ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada (2-7 November 2019), ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico (7-12 March 2020), and ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur (22-25 June 2020). Reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred during the course of service will be reimbursed. ICANN Board members have the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.) More Information To learn more, visit the 2019 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, please email nomcom2019@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. […]

  • Alert Regarding Published Reports of Attacks on the Domain Name System
    on February 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it is aware of several recent public reports regarding malicious activity targeting the Domain Name System (DNS). We have no indication that any ICANN organization systems have been compromised, and we are working with relevant community members to investigate reports of attacks against top-level domains (TLDs). For some reporting on this issue, please refer to these sources: United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Emergency Directive 19-01: “Mitigate DNS Internet Tampering”, 22 January 2019. “Why CISA Issued our first Emergency Directive”, United States DHS CISA blog, 24 January 2019. “Global DNS Hijacking Campaign: DNS Record Manipulation at Scale”, FireEye, 9 January 2019. “Widespread DNS Hijacking Activity Targets Multiple Sectors”, Crowdstrike blog, 25 January 2019. “Statement on man-in-the-middle attack against Netnod”, Netnod statement, 5 February 2019. “Revisiting How Registrants Can Reduce the Threat of Domain Hijacking”, Verisign blog, 11 February 2019. “.nl not affected by global domain hijacking campaign”, Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland blog, 15 February 2019. ICANN believes it is essential that members of the domain name industry, registries, registrars, resellers, and related others, take immediate proactive and precautionary measures, including implementing security best practices, to protect their systems, their customers’ systems and information reachable via the DNS. We trust that DNS industry actors are already taking strong security precautions in your business. However, here is a checklist to consider. Ensure all system security patches have been reviewed and have been applied; Review log files for unauthorized access to systems, especially administrator access; Review internal controls over administrator (“root”) access; Verify integrity of every DNS record, and the change history of those records; Enforce sufficient password complexity, especially length of password; Ensure that passwords are not shared with other users;   Ensure that passwords are never stored or transmitted in clear text; Enforce regular and periodic password changes; Enforce a password lockout policy; Ensure that DNS zone records are DNSSEC signed and your DNS resolvers are performing DNSSEC validation; Ideally ensure multi-factor authentication is enabled to all systems, especially for administrator access; and Ideally ensure your email domain has a DMARC policy with SPF and/or DKIM and that you enforce such policies provided by other domains on your email system. The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) previously published advice and information on security best practices relevant to this threat: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/sac-040-en.pdf https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/sac-044-en.pdf https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/sac-074-en.pdf ICANN strives to be a trusted partner in the multistakeholder community, and engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems. For more information on ICANN’s role in the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s identifier systems, visit https://www.icann.org/octo-ssr. The ICANN community will continue the discussion on this critical topic at its upcoming ICANN64 meeting in Kobe. In addition, ICANN org is available to provide consultation on security best practices by emailing globalsupport@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. […]

  • ICANN64 Prep Week
    on February 14, 2019 at 8:00 am

    ICANN org is piloting a new initiative called Prep Week to consolidate all pre-ICANN Public Meeting webinars into one week. Starting with ICANN64, Prep Week will streamline the pre-meeting experience, so deeper conversations can be had in the ICANN meeting sessions. There are four webinars scheduled for ICANN64 Prep Week. The org will present updates on the community's work. Wednesday, 27 February16:00 UTC | Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Webinar. Topics include: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 The latest update and progress on various ICANN Reviews The next steps on WorkStream 2 recommendations Wednesday, 27 February23:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update Webinar. Topics include updates on: Registrar compliance Registry compliance The Registry Contractual Compliance Audit underway Thursday, 28 February16:00 UTC | Policy Update Webinar. Topics include updates on activities of various Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Thursday, 28 February23:00 UTC | Finance/Operating Plan and Budget Planning Webinar. Topics include: Key dates in the ICANN Planning process and cycle An overview of the ICANN64 Finance/Planning Session Please register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 22 February 2019. The webinars will be in English. Recordings and materials will be posted here. With this new initiative, we not only hope to improve community preparation, but also to increase awareness of cross-community and high-interest topics and enhance briefings and readout sessions. […]

  • Call for Expressions of Interest for Independent Financial Expert to ICANN Board Audit Committee
    on February 12, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking expressions of interest to serve as an external independent Financial Expert to the ICANN Board Audit Committee. Background ICANN's Board Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing the annual financial report of ICANN's operations and financial position and overseeing ICANN's internal financial and accounting controls and procedures. To continue to improve controls and procedures, the Board Audit Committee adopts many of the best practices used by private company audit committees. One practice is the use of an external volunteer to serve as an independent consultant to the Board Audit Committee to provide financial expertise, advice and assistance on questions related to ICANN's financial statements (the "Financial Expert to Audit Committee"). Currently, the ICANN Board Audit Committee is seeking to fill this opening as soon as possible. It is not expected that the Financial Expert will attend every Audit Committee meeting but will serve at the pleasure of the Audit Committee to discuss or analyze issues as appropriate. Key responsibilities, qualifications and expectations of the Financial Expert include: Key Responsibilities Be available to attend Board Audit Committee meetings (typically four to six per year) telephonically or as agreed upon, in person. Each committee meeting typically lasts 90 to 120 minutes, and the Financial Expert will provide oral or written reports to the Audit Committee summarizing observations or analyses, as necessary. Review materials circulated prior to Board Audit Committee meetings. Be available by email or phone call to Board Audit Committee to advise on issues related to the duties of the Audit Committee. Assist Board Audit Committee in its oversight of ICANN's financially-related risks. Other duties as assigned or requested. Proposed Qualifications Certified CPA (or equivalent) with a minimum of 15 years of experience in accounting, with an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and financial statements, as well as non-US-based accounting principles including International Financial Reporting Standards, with the ability to assess the general application of such principles in connection with the accounting for estimates, accruals, and reserves. Served on or consulted with both not-for-profit and for-profit Audit Committees. Experience analyzing financial statements and accounting and financial controls for both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses similar to ICANN in both size and industry. Expertise with Audit Committee best practices for for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Fluency in English required. Proven ability to communicate complex information and concepts, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of the Internet and Domain Name System preferred. Independent from ICANN's accounting firm, Independent Audit firm, Internal Audit function provider, and other ICANN-contracted parties. Independent from ICANN staff and ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. No conflicts of interest. Compensation and Reimbursement The Financial Expert to the Audit Committee will be a voluntary position and will not receive compensation for his or her time or expertise. All reasonable expenses for work performed as the Financial Expert to the Audit Committee shall be paid for by ICANN. These expenses may include, but are not limited to, travel costs incurred due to work for ICANN including airfare, lodging, meals, and ground transportation. Should specific and significant amount of work pertaining to the role of the Financial Expert but not included above would be requested from the Financial Expert, reasonable compensation for the time spent shall be paid by ICANN. Timing The goal is to identify potential candidates in time for ICANN organization to make a presentation about the top candidates to the Audit Committee by May 15, 2019 and for the consultant to be engaged by June 30, 2019, ICANN's fiscal year end. Expressions of Interest Expressions of interest should be sent to auditcomm-finex@icann.org no later than by 5 April 2019. 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 Announces Selected Participants For NextGen@ICANN65
    on February 8, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 February 2019 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the names of the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen program at ICANN65, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24 to 27 June 2019. An independent selection committee selected successful candidates by reviewing their current field of studies and interest in the Internet ecosystem's ongoing work on global policy and Internet governance. These 12 individuals are currently engaged in studies in African universities in the fields of computer science, law, and information technology. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers. ICANN65 NextGen selected candidates: Innocent Adriko Uganda Institute of Info and Comms Technology Eileen Nay Kwipoya Technical University of Kenya Vallarie Wendy Yiega University of Nairobi School of Law Souad Abidi Higher school of computer science ESI-Alg Levy Syanseke University of Zambia Sulaimon Moriam Omowunmi University of Ilorin Nour El Houda Zouabi Campus Universitaire El Manar Saffie Bobb American International University West Africa Cynthia Jade Makory Kenya School of Law Adisa Bolutife University of Lagos Yashvi Paupiah University of Mauritius Oluwaseun Sanjo Ajani University of Ibadan Candidates selected as ICANN65 ambassadors: Melchizedek Alipio ICANN60 Nertil Berdufi ICANN58 Ihita Gangavarapu ICANN57 Click here for more information about the NextGen program. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 4 (MSR-4) Released
    on February 7, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 February 2019 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the fourth version of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-4). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-3 and adds three code points to the repertoire of Latin script and 12 code points to the repertoire of Myanmar script. Under the Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels [PDF, 771 KB], the MSR is the starting point for the work by community-based Generation Panels developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) proposals for relevant scripts. The contents of MSR-4 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in the MSR-4 Overview and Rationale [PDF, 800 KB] document. MSR-4 covers 28 scripts: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han, Hangul, Hebrew, Hiragana, Kannada, Katakana, Khmer, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Myanmar, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Thaana, Tibetan and Thai. For these scripts, MSR-4 contains 33,511 code points short-listed from 97,973 PVALID/CONTEXT code points of Unicode version 6.3. MSR-4 defers code points that are already encoded in later releases of Unicode and will make these available after their reference tables for IDNA 2008 are published. In addition, the Integration Panel monitors any scripts not included in the MSR for indications that change in MSR is warranted. Until such a change of the MSR, MSR-4 will be the foundation for any RZ-LGR versions developed. All future versions of the MSR and all versions of the RZ-LGR must retain full backwards compatibility. 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. […]

  • Recommendations for Managing Internationalized Domain Name Variant Top-Level Domains Published
    on February 5, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 5 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the Recommendations for Managing Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variant Top-Level Domains (TLDs) as a collection of six documents. These recommendations have been developed by the ICANN organization with community feedback received during the Public Comment period. IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Executive Summary [PDF, 70 KB] IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Motivation, Premises and Framework [PDF, 391 KB] IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Recommendations and Analysis [PDF, 382 KB] IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Rationale for RZ-LGR [PDF, 497 KB] IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Risks and their Mitigation [PDF, 230 KB] IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Appendices (A: Definitions, B: Use of ROID, C: Limiting Allocated Variant TLDs) [PDF, 530 KB] While the Internet community has often expressed a need for IDN variant TLDs, appropriate technical details and procedures have not been in place to support these. The ICANN Board resolved on 25 September 2010 that "no variants of gTLDs will be delegated ... until appropriate variant management solutions are developed." Subsequent work by the ICANN org and the community on the analysis of issues for Arabic [PDF, 1.06 MB], Chinese [PDF, 2.86 MB], Cyrillic [PDF, 1 MB], Devanagari [PDF, 461 KB], Greek [PDF, 354 KB], and Latin [PDF, 425 KB] scripts in 2011, integrated in the Integrated Issues Report (IIR) [PDF, 2.14 MB] (2012), identified two challenges: (i) there is no accepted definition for variant TLDs, and (ii) there is no 'variant management' mechanism for TLDs. For the first issue, the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) Procedure [PDF, 1.39 MB] was developed with the support of the community and adopted by the ICANN Board on 11 April 2013 for implementation. The Procedure has been implemented and RZ-LGR has been developed for six scripts, while other scripts are being added as their proposals are finalized by the relevant script communities. This enables a transparent and predictable mechanism for identification of variant labels going forward. For the second issue, the ICANN org has undertaken a detailed examination to develop a set of recommendations on variant management mechanisms for TLDs, which have been finalized based on the community input. The recommendations, in summary, include the following: RZ-LGR must be the only source for valid TLDs and their variant labels. IDN variant TLDs {t1, t1v1, …} must be allocated to same entity. Same label under IDN variant TLDs s1.{t1, t1v1, …} must be registered to the same entity. Second-level variant labels under IDN variant TLDs {s1, s1v1, …}.{t1, t1v1, …} must be registered to the same entity. Second-level IDN tables offered under IDN variant TLDs must be harmonized. IDN variant label allocatable or activated under IDN variant TLDs may not necessarily be the same. The registry service providers must be the same for IDN variant TLDs. Existing policies and associated procedures for TLDs must be updated to accommodate the recommendations for IDN variant TLDs. All remaining existing TLD policies must apply to IDN variant TLDs, unless otherwise identified. These recommendations and associated analysis in the six documents will be presented for further consideration to the ICANN Board, anticipated in March 2019. 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 the First Monthly Report on Generic Top-Level Domain Security Threats
    on February 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the first monthly report providing statistics and insight into security threats to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). This report of the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System provides the first in an ongoing series of domain name security threat reports which will be released on a monthly basis. This release is accompanied by a context document explaining the methodology behind the DAAR System. Monthly reports from previous months (January 2018 through Dec 2018) will be published before the end of February 2019. DAAR was created in response to community requests for neutral, reliable, persistent, and reproducible data from which security threat and abuse analyses could be performed. The DAAR project has produced a system using a published and community-vetted methodology for studying and reporting domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. The overarching purpose of DAAR is to aggregate and analyze security threats as monitored by the publicly-available domain reputation providers and report findings to the ICANN community. This data can be used to facilitate informed policy decisions. DAAR provides only gTLD registry reports at the moment. More detailed registrar portfolio reporting would require identifiable domain name registration data. A system that will collect and analyze the necessary registrar data remains under development. ICANN's Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR) team expects to add registrar reporting in the future. Inclusion of country code TLD (ccTLD) registries, where the ccTLD registry information is voluntarily provided by the ccTLD administrator, is also planned for future releases. ### Access the DAAR January 2019 report here [PDF, 514 KB] and the context document here [PDF, 72 KB]. For more information, visit DAAR's dedicated webpage by clicking 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's Security Stability and Resiliency (SSR) Team Responds to Public Input on Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) Reviews
    on February 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 1 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a summary of the public input on the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) methodology. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer Security, Stability, and Resiliency (OCTO-SSR) Team carefully reviewed the recent public input submissions from the ICANN community and provided responses where relevant. DAAR was designed to provide the ICANN community with reliable, persistent, and reproducible data from which security threat (abuse) analyses could be performed. To foster confidence in the DAAR system, the ICANN organization has engaged two independent experts to review the methodology paper, comment on the threat data, and experiment with the reporting system. To further incorporate community opinion on DAAR and the independent reviews, ICANN org asked for public input between 20 July 2018 and 24 August 2018. The findings and recommendations from the reviewers and parties who provided input will be considered in the final drafting of the methodology paper and future modifications to the DAAR system. Below are links to the DAAR methodology paper, reviews, and public input: ICANN org's DAAR methodology paper [PDF, 876 KB] Review by Marcus Ranum [PDF, 459 KB] Review by John Bambenek [PDF, 377 KB] Public input by Paul Vixie [PDF, 36 KB] Public input by RySG [PDF, 461 KB] Public input by Derek Smythe [PDF, 86 KB] Redacted anonymous public input [PDF, 76 KB] OCTO-SSR responses to public input on DAAR [PDF, 279 KB] About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Releases its Third Report on Global Legislative and Regulatory Developments
    on January 31, 2019 at 8:00 am

    31 January 2019 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released its third report on global legislative and regulatory developments [PDF, 403 KB], highlighting a limited list of recent and pending legislative and regulatory initiatives on privacy/data protection and cybersecurity across the world. The report is a continuation of the initiative launched last year to identify legislative efforts across the globe early-on, to raise awareness within ICANN, and consider potential impacts. Moving forward, the global legislative and regulatory developments reports will be published three times a year, parallel to the publishing of the ICANN Organization Report to the Board. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has provided feedback on the previous two reports. We look forward to hearing from you about any high-impact developments in the e-privacy and cybersecurity ecosystem that should be tracked in future reports. You can send your comments and/or information about new developments in your region to trackingfeedback@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 have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN 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. […]

  • 2021 ICANN Public Meeting – Annual General Meeting Location Announced
    on January 31, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Seattle, Washington, US, has been selected as the location for the ICANN Public Meeting in 2021. ICANN's 72nd Public Meeting will be held from 23-28 October 2021 at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle. ICANN will announce the meeting locations for ICANN70 and ICANN71 soon. The ICANN72 Annual General Meeting location was announced out of sequence due to contractual obligations. ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. The Seattle meeting will represent the North America region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN's multistakeholder model because they 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 comprising more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free. More Information Board Resolution on ICANN72 location 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. […]

  • ICANN Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update - Correction
    on January 30, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Originating Organization: ICANN Organization Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Brief Overview: On 17 December 2018, ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and the current year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan were posted for public comment. The five budget documents are located in section III of the Public Comments (see link below). In the Draft FY20 Five Year Operating Plan Update document on page 25, under goal 2.3, the FY20 information was unintentionally omitted. We have corrected the document and re-published it. You can find the updated document using the link below. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Public Comment Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fy20-budget-2018-12-17-en […]

  • ICANN Board Reaffirms Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on January 29, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted this week to reaffirm the "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data" for an additional 90 days. The full text of the Board's resolution is available here. Under the procedures for adopting Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the Board must reaffirm the adoption every 90 days, and may continue to do so for no more than a year. The Temporary Specification was originally approved by the Board on 17 May 2018, and was reaffirmed by the Board on 21 August 2018 and 9 November 2018. The Temporary Specification establishes temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For more information and to follow the latest updates, please visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy issues 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. […]

  • ICANN Board Creates Working Group on Anti-Harassment
    on January 28, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment was created by the Board in resolution 2019.01.16.01 to oversee a review of the community's understanding of the existing Community Anti-Harassment Policy and the procedures and practices that follow from it. The working group is a subset of the ICANN Board. Any recommendations it develops shall be presented to the entire Board for review and consideration. Suggestions for improvements to existing procedures and practices in the implementation of the current Anti-Harassment Policy will be informed through dialogue and in consultation with the community. The members of the working group are: Becky Burr, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Manal Ismail, Merike Kaeo, and Tripti Sinha. Sarah Deutsch will serve as Chair of the working group. The Board is committed to enabling a culture of trust and mutual respect in efforts to prevent harassment in ICANN's multistakeholder community. 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. […]

  • Community Dialogues on Consumer Safeguards
    on January 28, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a recording of a recent discussion on consumer safeguards in the Domain Name System (DNS). The recording, presentation [PDF, 1.0 MB], and supplementary documents are now available. The meeting, held on 11 January 2019, in Washington, D.C., was intended to gauge local interest in holding a community-wide dialogue on consumer safeguards topics, such as DNS infrastructure abuse, at a future ICANN meeting. Nearly 50 ICANN community members participated and concluded that a sub-group of the participants should attempt to draft an agenda for a community-wide dialogue at a future ICANN meeting. If you have additional input on these topics as well as the safeguards summary document, please send it to Jamie Hedlund, Senior Vice President for Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguards at jamie.hedlund@icann.org, or Bryan Schilling, Consumer Safeguards Director at bryan.schilling@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. […]

  • Opportunities to Participate: ICANN Reviews
    on January 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 January 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below. Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. Comment on the updated Operating Standards for Specific Reviews. The Operating Standards aim to ensure that ICANN's Specific Reviews are conducted in a transparent, consistent, efficient, and predictable manner, while supporting the community's work to derive the expected benefit and value from review processes. The Operating Standards are subject to the relevant provisions in the ICANN Bylaws that govern Specific Reviews (see Article IV, Section 4.6). To share your input before the 11 February 2019 close date, please click here. Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and the Nominating Committee (NomCom) fulfill their purpose, are accountable to their stakeholders and whether any changes in structure or operations are needed. Read the Nominating Committee [PDF, 515 KB] and Root Server System Advisory Committee [PDF, 466 KB] Review Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plans in response to the final reports issued by the independent examiners. The Board is expected to take action on these reviews in March 2019. The second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Final Report is now available. Click here to read it. Visit the Reviews Status Update Table, which will guide you to the work in progress and latest developments; review facts sheets that present progress of the specific review teams and the resources dedicated to supporting their work; and review outputs. 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 Publishes Documents Regarding the Implementation of the Procedure for Release of Two-Character Labels
    on January 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES - 22 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) org published two documents regarding ICANN organization’s procedure for the release of two-character labels at the second level. These documents were prepared to provide additional background information for an ongoing discussion between the ICANN Board and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) regarding the GAC’s advice on two-character country codes at the second-level, including its most recent advice in the GAC Barcelona Communiqué. The first document details the specific steps taken by the ICANN org leading up to the release of two-character labels in November 2016. This document also responds to specific questions raised by the GAC regarding the release. Click here to download the ICANN Organization Memo on the Implementation of the Procedure for Release of Two-Character Labels and Standard Measures to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes [PDF, 395 KB] The second document is a historical overview of two-character labels at the second level. The overview includes actions taken by both the ICANN Board and org based on GAC Advice. The document also includes an appendix of communications between the ICANN Board, org and the GAC during the development of the procedure for release of two-character labels. Click here to download the Historical Overview of Events Regarding Two-Character Labels at the Second Level in the New gTLD Namespace [PDF, 500 KB] Both documents are also available on the Two-Character ASCII Labels information page. During its meeting scheduled in Los Angeles later this week, from 26 - 27 January 2019, the ICANN Board plans to formally respond to the GAC advice contained in the Barcelona Communiqué via the established GAC Advice Consideration Process. BACKGROUND On 8 November 2016, the ICANN Board approved a resolution directing the ICANN org to authorize the release of reserved two-character labels at the second level. The release was subject to standard measures to avoid confusion with corresponding country codes. The ICANN org implemented the standard framework of measures in December 2016. On 25 October 2018, the GAC issued consensus advice in its Barcelona Communiqué regarding two-character country codes at the second level. The GAC advised the ICANN Board to explain in writing how and why it considered it is implementing GAC advice on the release of country codes at the second level. The GAC also advised the ICANN Board to explain in writing whether the Board’s Resolution of 8 November 2016 is compatible with GAC advice or whether it constitutes a rejection of GAC advice. About ICANN ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum Returns to Dubai
    on January 21, 2019 at 8:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 21 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the 2019 Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, will take place from 20-21 February. This will be the second time that Dubai has hosted the MEDNSF. The sixth MEDNSF will feature international and regional field experts and industry stakeholders who will discuss the latest developments and issues in the global and regional domain marketplace. The forum will also have panel discussions and presentations on topics of interest to the regional community in an effort to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. Some of the key topics of this year's program are: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Universal Acceptance (UA) with a focus on domain names and email addresses in Arabic script. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). New generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and future expansion. DNS operations and security. Case studies on emerging trends in the DNS. Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair, will be in attendance along with leading regional and global experts from the technical, policy, and legal fields of the DNS industry. For the first time, the MEDNSF will be held in conjunction with another regional event – the 75th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Top-Level Domain Association (APTLD75). The collaboration will allow participants to attend sessions from both events including joint sessions. This initiative was developed from the Middle East DNS Forum Assessment Survey that was distributed to the regional ICANN community in May 2018. Among the survey results was the suggestion to organize the forum in conjunction with similar events in the region to help maximize attendance and value. Information and Registration Event information including the program, speakers, and logistics is available at the forum's website. Registration is available here, and is open to everyone. Remote participation will be made available here. For more information or inquiries, please email meac.swg@icann.org. Background The Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) was created to help support the regional domain name industry. This initiative was part of ICANN's Engagement Strategy in the Middle East for 2013-2016 [PDF, 983 KB], which was released by the regional community in 2013. The forum is aimed at increasing regional stakeholders' knowledge of the Domain Name System. Since its inception in 2014, the Middle East DNS Forum has been held in the UAE (2014), Jordan (2015), Tunisia (2016), Egypt (2017), and Turkey (2018). Media Contacts: Luna Madi Communications Director, EMEA Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 533 0313505 Email: luna.madi@icann.org Buket Coskuner Global Communications Coordinator Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 533 4876254 Email: 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. […]

  • Apply Now for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
    on January 17, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit an expression of interest in key leadership positions within ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development. The deadline to submit applications is 18 March 2019 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). NomCom is also accepting recommendations of suggested candidates. We are inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions: Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors. One member of the PTI Board of Directors. Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region. Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's system of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. The selected leaders will make a valuable public service contribution toward the evolution of the Domain Name System as an essential global resource. Qualifications Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions. Other qualifications, skills, and time commitments vary depending on the position. For information, visit the NomCom webpage. Application Deadline and Process There is a new online candidate portal that replaced the previous platform. Candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com after creating an account. In addition, candidates can contact NomCom Staff Support at nomcom2019@icann.org if there are any questions. For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 18 March 2019, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms on the new online candidate portal. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered. Submit your application through the online candidate portal. Submit candidate recommendations through the online form. All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced by September 2019. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual Meeting scheduled to be held during ICANN66, which runs from 2 –7 November 2019. Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings will be held in Montreal, Canada (2 –7 November 2019); Cancún, Mexico (7-12 March 2020); and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (22-25 June 2020). Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed. Each ICANN Board member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.) For More Information Learn more by visiting the 2019 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2019@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. […]

  • Initial Report on CSC Effectiveness
    on January 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 16 January 2019 Close Date: 25 February 2019 Originating Organization: ccNSO and GNSO Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: The Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Effectiveness Review Team seeks comments on its Initial Report, particularly its findings and recommendations. The Effectiveness Review is required under Article 17 of the ICANN Bylaws and the Charter of the CSC, two years after the first meeting of the CSC (October 2016). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/csc-effectiveness-initial-2019-01-16-en […]

  • SSAC2 Review: Final Report Available
    on January 7, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2019 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review, has published its final report. Read the report [PDF, 1.45 MB]. The final report includes an assessment of the SSAC, and 22 findings and 30 recommendations for improving its operations. The findings and recommendations broadly fall under the following topic areas: The effectiveness of the SSAC, and the timing with which the SSAC's advice is provided and acted upon. The relationship and interconnectedness between the SSAC and both other Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees and the broader ICANN community, including on issues of transparency. The existing membership and structure of the SSAC. The implementation state of the SSAC's prior review. Analysis Group considered public comments on the draft final report, as well as comments from the public webinar and any other relevant feedback it received throughout the course of the review for inclusion in the final report. Next Steps In the coming months, the SSAC Review Work Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This document will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources, and a proposed implementation timeline. Analysis Group and the RWP will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). Following the presentation, the OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps, including implementation of recommendations. Background An independent review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution, improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in February 2018. The purpose of the SSAC Review, according to the Bylaws, is to determine "(i) whether [the SSAC] has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether [the SSAC] is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders." The review also includes an assessment of the implementation state of the SSAC's prior review. Visit the SSAC2 Review wiki and the SSAC2 Review page on ICANN.org for more information and resources related to the second SSAC Review. 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. […]

  • Amendment to the IANA Naming Functions Contract, Annex A
    on January 7, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 7 January 2019 Close Date: 18 February 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: IANA Naming Function Contract, ICANN/PTI Contract Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed Amendment to the IANA Naming Functions Contract between ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). If approved, the Amendment would allow the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) and PTI/ICANN to change the IANA Naming Function's Service Level Agreements (SLAs) without the need to do a contract amendment every time an SLA change is needed. Instead, the SLA change would follow an SLA Change Process that provides a process to achieve amendments to the SLAs in a timely fashion while requiring consultations with the IANA Function naming customers and broader ICANN community as appropriate. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/iana-naming-amend-2019-01-07-en […]

  • First Consultation on a 2-Year Planning Process
    on December 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 21 December 2018 Close Date: 20 February 2019 Originating Organization: ICANN Finance Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Brief Overview: Purpose: Obtain community input on needs and improvements to the planning process. Current Status: First consultation to evaluate the potential benefit of implementing a 2-year planning process. Next Steps: After receiving public comments, ICANN org will use the input to develop a proposed planning process that may include a 2-year duration. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/two-year-planning-2018-12-21-en […]

  • ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021 - 2025
    on December 20, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 20 December 2018 Close Date: 11 February 2019 Originating Organization: ICANN organization - Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Strategic Planning Brief Overview: Purpose: The purpose of this public comment is to seek community input on ICANN’s draft five-year strategic plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2025. Current Status: Following community, Board, and ICANN organization inputs on key trends anticipated to impact ICANN in the coming years, the Board conducted an analysis. There were significant similarities across all the trend sessions that naturally converge into five primary focus areas: security; governance; unique identifier systems; geopolitics; and financials. These focus areas were shared with the community leading into and during ICANN63 in Barcelona. Coming out of ICANN63 and following dialogue with and additional input from the community, the Board has developed a draft of ICANN’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2021-2025, to present for community consultation. This document includes ICANN’s mission, a vision of the future state of ICANN, and a set of strategic objectives and goals, along with desired outcomes and associated risks. Share your Public Comment: Please click the link below to learn more. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/strategic-plan-2018-12-20-en […]