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  • Draft Final Report of The Second Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review (ccNSO2)
    on June 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 17 June 2019 Close Date: 4 August 2019 Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements Brief Overview: Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review (ccNSO2), has published its draft final report for public comment. Meridian Institute will present the draft final report to the community during ICANN65 on 26 June 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco, and during a webinar on 10 July 2019 at 19:00 UTC. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-final-report-ccnso2-2019-06-17-en […]

  • Draft Financial Assumptions & Projections and Operating Initiatives for the development of Fiscal Years 2021-2025 Operating & Financial Plan
    on June 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: June 14, 2019 Close Date: August 5, 2019 Originating Organization: Office of the Chief Operating Officer Categories/Tags: Operations, Finance, FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan, FY21-25 O&FP Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment is to seek community input on the draft Financial Assumptions and Projections, and the major Operating Initiatives of ICANN's FY2021 – FY2025 Operating & Financial Plan. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-financial-projections-fy2021-2025-2019-06-14-en […]

  • ICANN Extends Call for Expressions of Interest for 2020 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect through 5 July 2019
    on June 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 14 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. In September 2018, the ICANN Board appointed J. Damon Aschraft as the 2019 NomCom Chair and Cheryl Ann Miller as the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2018-09-16-en#1.e.)  In the Spring of 2019, Ms. Miller stepped down from the position as Chair-Elect. Thereafter, in May 2019, the ICANN Board appointed Jay Sudowski as the NomCom Chair-Elect for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-05-03-en#1.h.) Article 8, section 8.3(d) of the Bylaws states, "It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair." While it is anticipated that the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2020 NomCom Chair, in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency, the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership, and the results of that evaluation will be available to the Board Governance Committee (BGC) before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on the 2020 NomCom leadership. These reviews will be conducted by an independent third party provider and will consist of interviewing other NomCom leadership, NomCom members, and designated NomCom staff. The BGC will utilize the outcomes of these reviews in their processes leading up to the Board's formal appointment of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. The NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN's supporting organizations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs) in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN's Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual Meeting. The Chair-Elect, a position created as a result of an independent review of the NomCom, is not intended to fill an advisory role. Rather, the Chair-Elect will receive the benefit of training while serving alongside the Chair, gaining skills and knowledge to be applied for the Chair-Elect's anticipated succession into the role of the Chair. Candidates for Chair-Elect should possess the same skills as candidates for the Chair. Position Description This position blends time management and negotiation skills with the practical aspects of conducting a worldwide search for individuals to fill various ICANN leadership positions. The NomCom Chair will be called on to schedule, organize and lead numerous in-person and telephonic meetings with a large committee of community members. The NomCom Chair is also responsible for managing the candidate identification and statement of interest process, with other committee members, and for managing the due diligence to be performed on nominated candidates, in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any retained outside firm(s). Throughout all NomCom activities, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that all NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed, and that all required documentation and reports are prepared in a timely fashion and provided to the proper parties as necessary. Skills and Experience To properly serve as the NomCom Chair, the selected individual must have: adequate time available to undertake the role; excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members; a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates; experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN; strong organization and leadership skills; ability to remain unbiased; no conflicts of interest, and a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN Bylaws relating to the NomCom (see http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#article8). Specific Duties and Responsibilities Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including: Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates. Conducts outreach with ICANN Stakeholder groups, Constituencies, Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others. With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during the NomCom process. Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel's office and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN org's website. Ensures NomCom records are properly established, maintained and archived. Eligibility Exclusion No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN org (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair or Chair-Elect. Expenses All reasonable travel expenses and administrative costs incurred as a result of performing the duties as NomCom Chair or Chair-Elect in accordance with ICANN org's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN org upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN org of valid receipts and invoices. Expressions of Interest Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to NomComChair2020@icann.org no later than 5 July 2019. A suggested form for submitting an Expression of Interest is available here. For more information about the NomCom see 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. […]

  • ICANN Publishes Results of Five-Year NextGen@ICANN Survey
    on June 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 June 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of its Five-Year NextGen@ICANN Survey. Nearly all respondents said that participating in the NextGen Program has enhanced their academic and professional development. As part of the program's five-year anniversary, the survey was sent to former participants to determine the program's impact on their academic and professional lives and engagement with ICANN, as well as to collect feedback on ways to increase participation and improve the program. Click here to download the full Five-Year NextGen@ICANN Program Survey Report [PDF, 570 KB]. The NextGen Program aims to broaden participation in ICANN by providing opportunities for university students to attend ICANN Public Meetings. It is intended for undergraduate and graduate students aged 18-30 studying in the region where the ICANN Public Meeting is taking place. 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. […]

  • Fundamental Bylaws Amendment Proposal – IANA Naming Function Review
    on June 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 10 June 2019 Close Date: 26 July 2019 Originating Organization: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Legal Categories/Tags: Bylaws, IANA Naming Function Review Brief Overview: Purpose: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed change to Bylaws Section 18.7(b), regarding the IANA Naming Function Review Team's Composition. The proposed amendment was raised by the ccNSO, which has identified a current and ongoing issue with populating the IANA Naming Function Review in accordance with the Bylaws' requirements. The Board, taking on the ccNSO's request, agreed to initiate the Fundament Bylaws amendment process (specified Section 25.2 of the Bylaws) to seek community input on the ccNSO's proposed modifications to the composition requirements. The amendment would remove the requirement for the ccNSO to identify a non-ccNSO member ccTLD representative and instead allow the ccNSO to appoint three representatives to the team, regardless of ccNSO member status. Current Status: In making appointments to the IANA Naming Function Review Team, as required under Article 18 of the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO Council has run into complications in identifying a non-ccNSO member ccTLD representative. As there is not yet a composition that complies with the Bylaws, the IANA Naming Function Review Team work has not yet started. The ccNSO is continuing its efforts to complete the composition, as this issue impacts the ability to start the current IFR process. In the event that the non-ccTLD member slot is not filled through engagement efforts, any change to the IFR composition that is reached at the end of this Fundamental Bylaws Amendment process will apply to the current IFR process, as well as remedying the issue for future IANA Naming Function Reviews. The ccNSO Council requested that the ICANN Board initiate the Fundamental Bylaws Amendment process under Section 25.2 of the ICANN Bylaws and proposed the updated composition. Next Steps: The ICANN Board will consider public comments received in evaluating the proposed Amendment. If the Board approves a Fundamental Bylaws change, the ICANN Empowered Community will then need to consider whether to approve the amendment as well. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/bylaws-amend-iana-naming-function-2019-06-10-en […]

  • Revisions to the ICANN Bylaws re SSAC and RSSAC Leadership
    on June 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 10 June 2019 Close Date: 26 July 2019 Originating Organization: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Legal Categories/Tags: Bylaws Brief Overview: Both the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) are undergoing Organizational Reviews pursuant to ICANN's Bylaws. In each of those reviews, there is an identified need to update the leadership references contained within ICANN's Bylaws. As a result, both the SSAC and RSSAC requested the Board to initiate the Bylaws amendment process. The RSSAC wishes to change its leadership structure, while the SSAC wishes to have the option to do the same should it so choose. Bylaws changes are required to effectuate each of these outcomes. On 3 May 2019, at Board Resolutions 2019.05.03.13 and 2019.05.03.15 – 2019.05.03.23, the Board directed the ICANN President and CEO, or his designee(s), to publish for public comment the proposed standard amendments to Article 12, Section 12.2(b)(ii) (SSAC) and Article 12, Section 12.2(c) (RSSAC) of the ICANN Bylaws. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/bylaws-revisions-ssac-rssac-leadership-2019-06-10-en […]

  • Proposed IANA SLAs for Publishing LGRs/IDN Tables
    on June 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 10 June 2019 Close Date: 26 July 2019 Originating Organization: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Categories/Tags: IANA Naming Function Contract, ICANN/PTI Contract, PTI, IANA SLAs, IDN Tables, LGRs, SLA Change Process Brief Overview: Purpose: As required by the IANA Naming Function Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed new SLA which would define expectations of request processing timeliness for Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs). If adopted, the new requirements will be added to the performance metrics as defined in the Service Level Agreements for the IANA Naming Functions Contract. The Repository of IDN Practices supports internationalized domain names (IDNs) by promoting the sharing of registry IDN policies. The IDN Repository houses the IDN tables or LGRs for registries that offer IDN registrations. The IANA naming functions include maintaining the LGRs through processing requests for the publication or modification of the rulesets for each TLD registry. Current Status: According to the Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the Customer Standing Committee, PTI, and ICANN have agreed upon the new metrics, and now seek community consultation through this public comment process. Next Steps: Feedback from this public comment period will be considered for the final SLA recommendation. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-iana-sla-lgr-idn-tables-2019-06-10 […]

  • ICANN Announces Successful String Evaluation for the European Commission and Laos IDN ccTLDs
    on June 5, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 5 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced two successful completions of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) strings for the European Commission (in Greek), requested by EURid; and Laos, requested by Lao National Internet Center (LANIC). Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion. The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements: The script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin; The languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and A specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external Domain Name System (DNS) Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts). The request and evaluation processes entail three steps: Preparation (by the requester in the country or territory): Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation. Requests are submitted through an online system together with additional material supporting the process at http://forms.icann.org/idn/apply.php. String Evaluation: Requests are evaluated in accordance with the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s) criteria described above. String Delegation: Requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. Requesters submit string delegation requests to IANA root zone management: root-mgmt@iana.org. With this announcement, 61 string requests for a total of 42 countries/territories have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 57 IDN ccTLDs representing 39 countries/territories are delegated in the DNS root zone, with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying, for delegation of the string. Up-to-date information about the IDN Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fast-track-2012-02-25-en. ICANN looks forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country code domains for countries that meet the Fast Track Process requirements. ICANN will continue to accept new string evaluation requests in the Fast Track Process. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email IDNProgram@icann.org for any inquiries for participation. 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. […]

  • Adopted FY20 Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update To Take Effect on 1 July 2019
    on June 4, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 June 2019 – The FY20 Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update was adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board on 3 May. As the ICANN's Empowered Community did not raise a petition to reject any of the approval decisions, the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget will take effect on 1 July 2019. Click here to view these documents. 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 contributed 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. […]

  • Non-Contracted Party House (NCPH) Election Procedures for Board Seat #14
    on June 3, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 3 June 2019 Close Date: 24 June 2019 Originating Organization: Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Categories/Tags: GNSO Operating Procedures Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks input on the Non-Contracted Parties House's (NCPH) proposed election procedures for Seat #14 on the ICANN Board of Directors. Under Section 11.3(f)(ii) of the ICANN Bylaws, the NCPH has the responsibility of selecting a representative to fill Board Seat #14. The procedures were jointly developed by the Stakeholder Groups comprising the NCPH to address the Board Seat appointment process and for inclusion as an Annex to the GNSO Operating Procedures. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ncph-election-procedures-seat-14-2019-06-03-en […]

  • ICANN and PTI Publish U.S. Tax Returns for Fiscal Year Ending 30 June 2018
    on May 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 31 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their U.S. tax returns for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018. Form 990 is the U.S. tax return for non-profit organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. View Form 990 for ICANN for FY18 View Form 990 for PTI for FY18 ICANN and PTI filed the IRS Form 990, the California CA-199 and CA RRF-1 returns with the appropriate government offices (the Internal Revenue Service "IRS" and California Franchise Tax Board "FTB") for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018, on 14 May 2019, in compliance with the extended due date of 15 May 2019. Additionally, ICANN filed for the first time a newly-required Form 990-T. This return applies to U.S. tax-exempt organizations due to new tax regulation in the U.S. effective January 1, 2018. For ICANN, certain parking facilities costs have become subject to taxation as a result of this new regulation. All of these U.S. tax forms can be found at the following web pages where ICANN and PTI publish financial information. ICANN's Financial Page PTI's Financial Page The publication of ICANN and PTI's financial information is part of an ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency. The community is invited to review these tax returns and send any questions to planning@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. […]

  • Call for Expressions of Interest for 2020 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect
    on May 24, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 24 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. In September 2018, the ICANN Board appointed J. Damon Aschraft as the 2019 NomCom Chair and Cheryl Ann Miller as the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2018-09-16-en#1.e.) In the Spring of 2019, Ms. Miller stepped down from the position as Chair-Elect. Thereafter, in May 2019, the ICANN Board appointed Jay Sudowski as the NomCom Chair-Elect for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-05-03-en#1.h.) Article 8, section 8.3(d) of the Bylaws states, "It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair." While it is anticipated that the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2020 NomCom Chair, in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency, the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership, and the results of that evaluation will be available to the Board Governance Committee (BGC) before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on the 2020 NomCom leadership. These reviews will be conducted by an independent third party provider and will consist of interviewing other NomCom leadership, NomCom members, and designated NomCom staff. The BGC will utilize the outcomes of these reviews in their processes leading up to the Board's formal appointment of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. The NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN's supporting organizations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs) in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN's Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual Meeting. The Chair-Elect, a position created as a result of an independent review of the NomCom, is not intended to fill an advisory role. Rather, the Chair-Elect will receive the benefit of training while serving alongside the Chair, gaining skills and knowledge to be applied for the Chair-Elect's anticipated succession into the role of the Chair. Candidates for Chair-Elect should possess the same skills as candidates for the Chair. Position Description This position blends time management and negotiation skills with the practical aspects of conducting a worldwide search for individuals to fill various ICANN leadership positions. The NomCom Chair will be called on to schedule, organize and lead numerous in-person and telephonic meetings with a large committee of community members. The NomCom Chair is also responsible for managing the candidate identification and statement of interest process, with other committee members, and for managing the due diligence to be performed on nominated candidates, in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any retained outside firm(s). Throughout all NomCom activities, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that all NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed, and that all required documentation and reports are prepared in a timely fashion and provided to the proper parties as necessary. Skills and Experience To properly serve as the NomCom Chair, the selected individual must have: adequate time available to undertake the role; excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members; a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates; experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN; strong organization and leadership skills; ability to remain unbiased; no conflicts of interest, and a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN Bylaws relating to the NomCom (see http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#article8). Specific Duties and Responsibilities Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including: Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates. Conducts outreach with ICANN Stakeholder groups, Constituencies, Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others. With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during the NomCom process. Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel's office and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN org's website. Ensures NomCom records are properly established, maintained and archived. Eligibility Exclusion No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN org (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair or Chair-Elect. Expenses All reasonable travel expenses and administrative costs incurred as a result of performing the duties as NomCom Chair or Chair-Elect in accordance with ICANN org's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN org upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN org of valid receipts and invoices. Expressions of Interest Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to NomComChair2020@icann.org no later than 14 June 2019. A suggested form for submitting an Expression of Interest is available here [PDF, 1.6 MB]. For more information about the NomCom see 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. […]

  • ICANN Publishes a Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025
    on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025. View the Revised Draft Plan [PDF, 199 KB]. This Revised Draft Strategic Plan reflects comments received during a public consultation held between December 2018 and February 2019 on the Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025, and at a public session held at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan. A summary of how comments were considered in the Revised Plan is available in a document that lists, sorted by contributor, comments received and ICANN organization's responses. The summary document can be found on the Strategic Plan Public Comments proceedings page. The Public Comment process and session at ICANN64 yielded helpful and specific clarifications, but no fundamental substantive changes or feedback. Therefore, as a next step, the Revised Draft Plan will be presented to the ICANN Board in June 2019 for consideration and adoption. The affordability of this Strategic Plan will be considered as part of the Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan currently under development. Strategic Planning at ICANN Strategic planning is a fundamental part of ICANN's governance, mandated by the organization's Bylaws. The five-year strategic plan is a core element of ICANN's threefold planning process cycle, along with a five-year operating and financial plan, and the annual operating plan and budget. Strategic planning sets a direction toward a desired future and lays out the critical outcomes and specific accomplishments identified as necessary to successfully serve ICANN's mission and fulfill the vision. 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. […]

  • Get Ready for ICANN65 Prep Week
    on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES –23 May 2019– Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN65's Prep Week. The Prep week will feature eight webinars, including updates on several community-led projects. This initiative aims to streamline the pre-ICANN Public Meeting experience to enable more substantive conversations during sessions, increase awareness of cross-community and high-interest topics, and enhance briefings and readout sessions. Register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 7 June 2019. All registered attendees will receive participation details days before the webinar dates. Tuesday, 11 June 16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Update 23:00 UTC | ICANN65 Security Update Wednesday, 12 June 16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Global Domains Division (GDD) – Community Briefing on Raising Awareness about Registrant Issues and Challenges 23:00 UTC | Update on Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance Thursday, 13 June 16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Policy Team: Policy Updates 23:00 UTC | Nominating Committee Review Implementation Working Group Update Monday, 17 June 16:00 UTC | ICANN Org FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Open Data Program Updates 21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Update The webinars will run in English; however the Policy Team's Policy Update webinar will run in both English and French. Recordings and materials will be posted here. Materials from Policy Team's Policy Update will also be available in French. 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. […]

  • Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System
    on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 23 May 2019 Close Date: 09 August 2019 Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors Categories/Tags: Security/Stability Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding seeks feedback for evolving the governance of the Root Server System (RSS), including a proposed community-driven process. On 3 May 2019, the ICANN Board approved a resolution to begin Public Comment on this topic. ICANN org will prepare a summary report of the Public Comment proceeding for the consideration of the ICANN Board as it determines next steps. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rss-governance-2019-05-23-en […]

  • Call for Volunteers: Implementation Review Team for Registration Data Policy Implementation
    on May 20, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 20 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking volunteers to participate in an Implementation Review Team (IRT) to assist in the implementation of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team's Phase 1 policy recommendations. The IRT will: Review the proposed implementation plan as drafted by ICANN org for consistency with the recommendations from the EPDP Team. Assist where questions or clarifications from ICANN org are needed. Advise on technical and operational details related to the implementation of the EPDP recommendations. For this IRT, ICANN org is seeking volunteers, including current or former EPDP Team members that participated in the Team's Phase 1 work, who possess a deep understanding of the EPDP Team's policy recommendations and accompanying rationale. In addition, registry and registrar representatives responsible for implementing the policy requirements in relevant domain registration processes are encouraged to participate. All volunteers responding to this call are expected to understand the role and remit of the IRT for the implementation project. The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council approved an EPDP Team recommendation to informally convene the IRT and allow for the necessary planning to take place before the ICANN Board considered the EPDP Team's Final Report. This pre-IRT was assembled in April 2019 and has assisted with the implementation of the Interim Registration Data Policy. All members of the pre-IRT will transition to the IRT. Additional members are invited to join the IRT going forward. For more details on the EPDP Recommendations and timeline, please go here: (See EPDP Team Recommendation 28.) The work of the IRT is estimated to last until early 2020. The group is expected to meet via teleconference every two weeks starting in May 2019 for one hour each, with scheduling to be adjusted by the group as needed. Between the meetings, the IRT will work using collaborative tools. The expected time commitment for supporting the implementation is approximately three hours per week. How to apply To participate, please send an email to gnso-secs@icann.org. Background On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board of Directors (ICANN Board) adopted the Temporary Specification for generic top-level domain (gTLD) Registration Data (Temporary Specification) pursuant to the procedures for the establishment of temporary policies in ICANN's agreements with registry operators and registrars. The Temporary Specification provides modifications to existing requirements in the Registrar Accreditation and Registry Agreements in order to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Following the adoption of a temporary specification, the procedure for Temporary Policies as outlined in the Registrar Accreditation and Registry Agreements provides the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws." Additionally, the procedure provides this Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification must be carried out within a one-year period as the Temporary Specification can only remain in force for up to one year; from the effective date of 25 May 2018, i.e., the Temporary Specification will expire on 20 May 2019. On 19 July 2018, the GNSO Council initiated an EPDP and chartered the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team. Unlike other GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) efforts, which are open for anyone to join, the GNSO Council chose to limit the membership composition of this EPDP, primarily in recognition of the need to complete the work in a relatively short timeframe and to resource the effort responsibly. GNSO Stakeholder Groups, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), and the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) were each invited to appoint a set number of members and alternates, as outlined in the charter. In addition, the ICANN Board and ICANN org were invited to assign a limited number of liaisons to this effort. A call for volunteers to the aforementioned groups was issued in July 2018 and the EPDP Team held its first meeting on 1 August 2018. On 4 March 2019, the GNSO Council adopted the EPDP Team's Phase 1 Final Report and submitted it to the Board for their consideration. The Board has conducted a Public Comment and passed a resolution on 15 May 2019 to authorize the implementation of the recommendations. 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 gTLD Registries and Registrars Required to Implement New Interim Registration Data Policy by 20 May 2019
    on May 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the implementation of the Interim Registration Data Policy for gTLDs which generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars (contracted parties) must implement by 20 May 2019. ICANN org implemented the Interim Policy pursuant to the Board of Directors’ 15 May 2019 adoption of recommendations contained in the Final Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) developed by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). The Interim Policy maintains requirements for the contracted parties, as an interim Consensus Policy, from the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, which expires 20 May 2019, pending ICANN org’s implementation of the gTLD Registration Data Policy recommended by the EPDP team. The ICANN Board accepted 27 of the 29 recommendations included in the EPDP team’s Final Report. Of the two recommendations not adopted in full, the Board identified portions of the recommendations that require further consultation with the GNSO. Next Steps Stage One: Effective 20 May 2019, contracted parties must continue to implement measures consistent with the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, as adopted by the Board on 17 May 2018. Stage Two: This stage will begin after ICANN org publishes a Registration Data Policy as a Consensus Policy, and formally notifies the contracted parties. During this stage, contracted parties may implement the Interim Policy, the Registration Data Policy, or elements of both as they prepare for the effective date of the Registration Data Policy. The timing of this milestone is to be determined. Stage Three: Contracted parties must comply with the Registration Data Policy as of its effective date, which the EPDP team recommended to be 29 February 2020. Learn More Data Protection/Privacy Issues Policy Implementation at 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. […]

  • Study on Technical Use of Root Zone Label Generation Rules
    on May 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 15 May 2019 Close Date: 30 June 2019 Originating Organization: ICANN: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: Third version of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR-3) was released for public comment on 25 April 2019, integrating 16 script proposals out of the 28 scripts identified. As the RZ-LGR is being incrementally developed by the community, the RZ-LGR Study Group (SG) was constituted on the request of the ICANN Board to study technical considerations for utilizing the RZ-LGR to determine valid top-level domains (TLDs) and their variant labels in a harmonized manner. RZ-LGR-SG has completed its work and is releasing the Recommendations for the Technical Utilization of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules to seek feedback from the community. RZ-LGR-SG will take into account the community input to finalize the recommendations. The final recommendations will be presented to the ICANN Board for further consideration. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/technical-rz-lgr-2019-05-15-en […]

  • ICANN Organization Publishes First Human Rights Impact Assessment
    on May 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its first internal Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). The report, which was developed by Löning – Human Rights and Responsible Business, assesses the human rights impacts of ICANN's daily operations. The Löning team used well-established and respected human rights mechanisms to assess internal organizational processes and procedures in the areas of human resources, procurement, meetings, and security operations. They analyzed and mapped the impacts, prioritizing based on their severity and on ICANN org's ability to leverage change. The Löning team reported overall positive findings along with a set of actionable recommendations to improve the impacts of ICANN's daily operations. Areas of improvement include continuing efforts to raise awareness and train staff on specific issues, as well as formalizing good practices into policies. ICANN's President and Chief Executive Officer, Göran Marby said, "I am personally committed to respecting the human rights of all ICANN org staff members. This assessment is not only good for the organization, it is also the right thing to do. We now have a clear picture of what we're doing well, and where there are opportunities for continuous improvement." In the year since the assessment was conducted, ICANN org has focused on needed improvements. A number of the recommendations were already a part of the organization's progression with some completed, some in progress, and some not on the roadmap for reasons suitable to the organization. Marby has asked Susanna Bennett, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to lead a cross-functional team that will further this work by evaluating, assessing, and prioritizing the recommendations in order to incorporate the most suitable needs into the ICANN culture. "ICANN has demonstrated its commitment and embraced its responsibility to enhance human rights, setting itself apart from many global organizations and businesses," said Markus Löning, CEO of the firm, former Commissioner for Human Rights in Germany, and leader of the assessment team. The report will be translated into the additional five standard UN languages and made available on 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. […]

  • ICANN66 NextGen Application Round Extended
    on May 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has extended the application round for those interested in participating at the ICANN66 Meeting in Montréal, Canada, through the NextGen Program. The meeting will take place from 2 November to 7 November 2019. The application round will remain opened until 20 May 2019. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 12 July 2019. 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. […]

  • Apply Now: The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy 2019
    on May 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    SINGAPORE – 14 May 2019 – Applications for the 4th Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) 2019 are now open until 7 June 2019. APIGA is a 5-day capacity development workshop targeted at, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate students from universities and tertiary educational institutions in the Asia Pacific (APAC). Anyone between the age of 18 and 35 from the region interested in Internet governance issues is welcome to apply. Now in its fourth year, participants will delve into Internet governance issues, the multistakeholder process, and ICANN through an interactive learning experience. APIGA 2019 will be held in Sejong Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12-16 August 2019. APIGA is co-hosted by ICANN and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), and is jointly conducted by local, regional, and global organizations involved in Internet governance work. For more information on APIGA and to apply, click here. Successful applications from the Asia Pacific region will receive full Fellowship. For a glimpse of what goes on at APIGA, read the APIGA 2018 blogpost 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. […]

  • ICANN64 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report and ICANN65 Statements Of Interest Are Now Available
    on May 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 May 2019 – The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report from ICANN64 is now available here [PDF, 344 KB]. This report is written by fellows and it provides details on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved. The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is a part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative 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. In addition, the New Fellowship Program Approach involves published Statements of Interest (SOI) from the incoming fellows before and during the meeting. SOIs for ICANN65 fellows are available here and will continue to be available until the end of this meeting. Visit the Fellowship Program webpage to learn more and to read past reports. The ICANN organization welcomes suggestions on how to improve future post-meeting reports. To share your suggestions, please email fellowshipconsultation@icann.org. […]

  • ICANN Board Adopts the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget
    on May 9, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the Board of Directors adopted ICANN's Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Operating Plan and Budget and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan Update 3 May 2019. The Empowered Community, a mechanism under the ICANN Bylaws to ensure the ICANN Board and organization are accountable, has an opportunity to consider whether it will raise an objection to either or both of these documents before they go into effect. The FY20 Operating Plan and Budget were the result of 11 months of collaboration between the ICANN org, the community, the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, and the ICANN Board's Finance Committee. These documents include: An overview of the key elements, cross-functional projects, and activities contained in the FY20 Operating Plan. A summary of six work modules planned for FY20 and a breakdown of the Operating Plan with the budget organized by strategic goal. A high-level five-year overview on ICANN's progress implementing its Strategic Plan. A detailed breakdown of the budget for each portfolio and project. These documents will go into effect after the Empowered Community have time to consider if it will raise a petition rejecting the Budget, Operating Plans, or the Five-Year Operating Plan Update. Find more information on the Empowered Community actions and upcoming opportunities for participation, here. 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 contributed 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. […]

  • Webinar Invitation: Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model
    on May 7, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to continue an ongoing conversation about evolving ICANN's multistakeholder model of governance. Please join one of two webinars on 14 May 2019 at 1600 UTC or 15 May at 2300 UTC. When the community came together at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan, they engaged in a facilitated conversation about how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of ICANN's multistakeholder model of governance. Based on those comments and additional input received at ICANN63, a paper requesting further feedback was posted for Public Comment on 25 April 2019. This webinar is intended to continue that discussion. Facilitator Brian Cute, who will lead the webinar, has asked those who attend to come prepared to discuss the following topics: Provide a specific example that describes one or more of the issues that have been identified. Use fact-based examples only. Describe the nature of the issue and specifically how it hampers the more effective functioning of the multistakeholder model. Describe how the multistakeholder model would more effectively function if a solution or new approach to the issue could be implemented. Describe how the multistakeholder model would more effectively function while respecting the open and inclusive nature of the multistakeholder model. Webinar Details & How to Attend Date and time: 14 May 2019, 1600 – 1700 UTC Join via Zoom: https://icann.zoom.us/j/612538404 15 May 2019, 2300 – 0000 UTC 16 May 2019 Join via Zoom: https://icann.zoom.us/j/964732040 For a complete list of dial-in phone numbers for this webinar, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance-plan-improve-multistakeholder-model-2019-04-08-en. 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. […]