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  • Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2019 Chairing Skills Program
    on October 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for registrations for the 2019 Chairing Skills Program (CSP). The CSP addresses the chairing skill challenges that ICANN community contributors can face when taking up the responsibility of leading a working group or stakeholder group. It is essentially a peer-coaching program that focuses on new ICANN Chairs that wish to be coached by their peers. For more information please click here. The registration deadline is Friday, 21 December 2018, 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The registration form can be found here. The Chairing Skills Program does not provide financial support for travel to Kobe. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors
    on October 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 October 2018 – ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) are invited to nominate one individual each (total of 7) to serve in the capacity of mentor for the ICANN Fellowship Program. Mentors will serve for three (3) consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, starting with ICANN65. They are expected to provide extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned fellows and to complete a survey after each meeting. Mentors are expected to follow program guidelines to help ensure consistency in the provision of capacity development opportunities for fellows. They will also play an important role in enabling and facilitating the active participation of fellows in ICANN's work. Mentors will receive travel funding support. For more information on the guidelines and expectations for mentors, please visit this link. Each of the seven (7) SOs/ACs should indicate their chosen Fellowship Program Mentor by 14 December 2018 via email to fellowshipconsultation@icann.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • First Root KSK Rollover Successfully Completed
    on October 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has determined that the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) has been completed with minimal disruption of the global Internet. It was the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010. After evaluation of the available data, there does not appear to be a significant number of Internet end-users who have been persistently and negatively impacted by the changing of the key. The few issues that have arisen appear to have been quickly mitigated and none suggested a systemic failure that would approach the threshold (as defined by the ICANN community) to initiate a reversal of the roll. In that context, it appears the rollover to the new Key Signing Key, known as KSK 2017, has been a success. At this point, there are no indications it is necessary to back out of the rollover and ICANN will now proceed to the next step in the rollover process: revoking the old KSK, known as KSK 2010 during the next key ceremony in the first quarter of 2019. "This successful exercise of the infrastructure necessary to roll the root zone's key has demonstrated it is possible to update the key globally," said David Conrad, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer. "It also provided important insights that will help us with future key rolls," The final decision to roll the root zone Key Signing Key (KSK) was made by ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby after reviewing the outcomes of the efforts of ICANN and others, particularly in the Domain Name System (DNS) technical community. These outcomes were the result of significant global outreach efforts, in consultation with the ICANN community, and after extensive analysis of available data.  With the final approvals in place, ICANN implemented the 16 September 2018 resolution of ICANN's Board. The resolution stated that the organization should proceed with its revised plans to change or "roll" the key for the DNS root on 11 October 2018. To learn more about the Root KSK Rollover, visit its dedicated webpage and primary source of information: http://www.icann.org/kskroll 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 Hebrew Script Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)
    on October 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the formation of the Generation Panel to develop root zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Hebrew script. Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Hebrew script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Hebrew Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 141 KB]. The ICANN organization reviewed the proposal, including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 771 KB] are fulfilled. In particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. "On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Hebrew script community for volunteering to develop the Hebrew script LGR proposal for the root zone, and we are also thankful for the institutional support being provided by ISOC chapter of Israel." said Cyrus Namazi, Vice President of Global Domains Division at ICANN. With composition and work plan approved, the Hebrew script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure, the starting point of any Generation Panel's work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its third version (MSR-3 [PDF, 1.10 MB]) released on 28 March 2018. The full specification of the Generation Panel's tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure, specifically, Section B.3. Variant Rule Generation Procedure. There are currently LGR efforts underway by Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Myanmar, Neo-Brahmi, and Sinhala script-using communities. In addition, the Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, and Thai script communities have finalized their root zone LGR proposals, many of which have been integrated in the second edition of the Root Zone LGR. Learn more about how you can increase representation for your language by visiting the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. For further information about the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Program at ICANN, please visit www.icann.org/idn. To start a new Generation Panel or join an existing one, please email IDNProgram@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. […]

  • Second Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC2): Draft Final Report Released for Public Comment and Webinar
    on October 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 15 October 2018 Close Date: 3 December 2018 Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC2), has published its draft final report for public comment. Analysis Group will present the draft final report to the community during ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, and during a webinar on 20 November 2018 at 21:00 UTC. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssac-review-final-2018-10-15-en […]

  • Participate in Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Reviews at ICANN63
    on October 11, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 11 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities at ICANN63 for community input and participation around strategic planning, operating standards and Specific and Organizational Reviews. Please see below: Sunday, 21 October 2018: SSR2 Face-to-Face Meeting Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team as they hold day one of their face-to-face meeting. 8:30 – 17:30 CET, Room 120. Learn more. NomCom Review: Implementation Planning Team Public Meeting Join the NomCom implementation planning team for an overview of the work of the implementation planning team to-date and share input and feedback before the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan is finalized. 10:30 – 11:45 CET, Room 134. Learn more Monday, 22 October 2018: SSR2 Review Team Engagement Session Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team during this engagement session and share your input with the review team as it continues its fact-finding phase and develops initial findings and recommendations. 9:45 – 10:45 CET, Room 111/112. Learn more. SSAC Review: Review Working Party Public Meeting Join the independent examiner who will provide an overview of recommendations made in the draft final report of the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review, out for public comment as of 15 October 2018. 12:15 – 13:15 CET, Room 127/128. Learn more. ICANN 5-Year Strategic Planning Session Following the recent webinar, join members of the Board and the Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives team (MSSI) to share your input on approaches to addressing strategic issues and areas for prioritization in the development of ICANN's next 5-year strategic plan. 13:30 – 15:00 CET, Room 111/112. Learn more. Wednesday, 24 October 2018: SSR2 Review Team Face-to-Face Meeting Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team as they hold day two of their face-to-face meeting. 8:30 – 13:15 CET, Room 131/132. Learn more. Operating Standards: Update, Discussion, Next Steps Following the recent webinars, join this session for an update, community discussion, next steps, and provide feedback on the latest draft of the Operating Standards for Specific Reviews. 15:30 – 16:45 CET, Room 133. Learn more. Thursday, 25 October 2018: ccNSO Review Working Party Meeting Join the independent examiner as they provide progress of the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO2) and answer questions. 9:00 – 10:15 CET, Room 129/130. Learn more. RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team Engagement Session Join the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team to learn about the final report and recommendations and provide your input as the review team finalizes their recommendations and submits the final report to the ICANN Board for consideration. 10:30 – 12:00 CET, Room 117. Learn more. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address 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. […]

  • Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) Final Report Now Available for Public Comment
    on October 10, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 October 2018 - The Final Report and Recommendations [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review has been published for public comment. On 8 September 2018 the CCT Review Team submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. Informed by multiple studies, research, and data gathering initiatives, as well as input from the ICANN community and ICANN Board, the review team produced a final report that examines the extent to which the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has promoted competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice in the domain name system. The review team report also assesses the effectiveness of the safeguards ICANN has implemented to mitigate issues related to the introduction of new gTLDs, and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process. The report contains 35 recommendations, covering requests for more and better data collection, policy issues to be addressed by the community, and suggested reforms relating to transparency and data collection within ICANN Contractual Compliance. The recommendations were adopted with full consensus from the Review Team. Per the ICANN Bylaws, each final report of a review team shall be published for public comment in advance of the Board's consideration. The Public Comment process on the Final Report was started on 08 October 2018 and is expected to close on 27 November 2018. To review the Final Report and Recommendations and provide your feedback, click here. Next Steps By 8 March 2019 - within six months of receipt of the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and Recommendations - the ICANN Board shall consider the report and public comments to determine whether to approve the recommendations. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that were approved and provide written rationale for the decision if any recommendations are not approved. ICANN organization will prepare a feasibility assessment on the final recommendations to inform Board consideration. About the CCT Review Launched under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), the CCT Review Team was formed to assess the New gTLD Program in three areas: competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The review also assesses the effectiveness of safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from the introduction of new gTLDs and the Program's application and evaluation process. The review, now a Specific Review under ICANN Bylaws section 4.6, examines the degree to which the process of implementing the New gTLD Program was successful in producing desired results and achieving the stated objectives. About Specific Reviews Specific Reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws and are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Specific Reviews serve as ICANN's progress report to the world. They demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identifies areas where ICANN can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions, and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance. Click here to learn more about Reviews and how you can get involved. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Request for Proposal: ICANN Meetings Shipping and Logistics
    on October 9, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals from suppliers qualified to provide global shipping and logistics services for the tri-annual ICANN meetings. The intent is to identify a qualified shipping and logistics supplier that will be responsible for managing all aspects of shipping ICANN's equipment to and from various global meeting locations. Expertise in international shipping and logistics is necessary to ensure the successful temporary import of our equipment and that critical deadlines for delivery are met. Logistics may include carnet document management, import and customs clearance, regional temporary storage logistics, and timely pickup/delivery logistics to multiple cities each year. For an overview of the RFP including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 104 KB]. Indications of interest are to be received by emailing ShippingandLogistics.RFP@icann.org, following which access will be provided to ICANN's sourcing tool (SciQuest/Jaggaer). Responses to the RFI should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 29 October 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group
    on October 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 8 October 2018 Close Date: 27 November 2018 Originating Organization: New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group, chartered by the ASO, ALAC, ccNSO, GNSO, GAC, SSAC and RSSAC Categories/Tags: Operations/finance Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG is tasked with providing guidance on a framework to disburse the funds generated from auctions of last resort in 2012 application round of the new gTLD Program. According to the CCWG's charter, the objective of the group is to develop a proposal(s) for consideration by the chartering organizations: Address Supporting Organization (ASO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/new-gtld-auction-proceeds-initial-2018-10-08-en […]

  • Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2019 Leadership Program
    on October 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for nominations for the 2019 Leadership Program, to be held 7–8 March in Kobe, Japan, just prior to ICANN64. The program helps current and incoming leaders to better understand the complexities of ICANN and to develop facilitation skills. Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organization, Advisory Committee, or stakeholder group. The registration deadline is Thursday, 8 November 2018, 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The registration form can be found here. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Kobe, but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days of the program. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Proposal for Sinhala Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules
    on October 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 2 October 2018 Close Date: 14 November 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Sinhala script community has formed the Sinhala script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a Proposal for the Sinhala Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (Proposal [XML, 17 KB] and Supporting Documentation [PDF, 1.8 MB]). As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal is being posted for public comment to allow those who have not participated in the Sinhala script GP to make their views known. The Sinhala Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) follow the posting of eight related Neo-Brahmi Scripts' LGR proposals, which have been published in three sets. The first set includes Devanagari, Gujarati and Gurmukhi scripts' LGRs, the second set includes Kannada, Telugu, and Oriya scripts' LGRs and the third set includes Malayalam and Tamil scripts' LGRs. Overlapping the comment periods of these LGRs of related scripts, to the extent possible, will allow the community to consider these proposals in the context of each other. Based on the feedback, the Sinhala script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/sinhala-lgr-2018-10-02-en […]

  • ICANN Announces a Webinar to Update the Community on Strategic Planning
    on October 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 1 October 2018 - Join the ICANN Board and organization for a webinar on 9 October 2018 at 14:00 UTC [local time] for an update on ICANN strategic planning. This webinar will provide an overview of the strategic planning process, and present findings from the strategic outlook trend sessions and the subsequent analysis by the Board and ICANN org. The webinar will provide background information and context ahead of the strategic planning session scheduled at ICANN63 (to be announced). A recording of the webinar will be made available. To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org. Background Information Strategic planning is a fundamental part of ICANN's governance. Mandated by the organization's Bylaws, the strategic plan articulates ICANN's vision; restates ICANN's mission; and sets forth strategic objectives / goals for the next five years. The approach to develop the next iteration of the next strategic plan consists of four phases: trends identification, prioritization and analysis, drafting, and finalization of the plan. The community, Board, and ICANN org completed the process of identifying strategic outlook trends in June 2018. The Board and ICANN org then conducted an analysis of key priority trends and their impacts on ICANN. These findings will inform the strategic plan for the fiscal period 2021 to 2025. Once finalized, the strategic plan will be put into action through ICANN's five-year and annual operating plans, which specify how we will execute our work in order to meet the objectives laid out in the strategic plan. Learn more about the strategic planning process in this blog post 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. […]

  • ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Specific Reviews
    on September 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below. Join the strategic planning webinar for updates and next steps. The ICANN Board and organization are hosting a webinar on 9 October 2018 at 14:00 UTC [local time] to provide an overview of the strategic planning process, and present findings from the strategic outlook trend sessions and the subsequent impact analysis conducted by the Board and ICANN org. The goal of the webinar is to provide the community with the background information and the context needed to participate in a productive strategic planning session scheduled at ICANN63. Please email mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive information to join. Join a webinar on operating standards for Specific Reviews. ICANN is hosting two webinars on 4 October 2018 at 16:00 UTC [local time] and one on 5 October 2018 at 00:00 UTC [local time] to share an overview of proposed updates, provide opportunity for questions and answers, and explain next steps. The goal of the Bylaws-mandated operating standards (see Section 4.6) is to document rules and procedures in order to provide for a transparent and consistent review process. Click here for information on how to join. Share your public comment on Specific Reviews – see below: Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. ICANN currently has two opportunities for public comment: Share your public comment on the RDS-WHOIS2 Draft Report and Recommendations. The Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is now seeking input on its Draft Report and its 23 draft recommendations. Please share your public comment by 4 November 2018. Share your public comment on next steps on reviews. A public comment forum on short-term and long-term options to adjust the timeline of reviews was opened to address the impact that the existing review schedule is having on the volunteer community workload and ICANN resources. The purpose of this public comment is to provide further opportunity for consultation due to the limited number of comments received in order to confirm the way forward with the community. Please share your public comment by 5 October 2018. Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on Specific and Organizational Reviews and additional key resources. 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. […]

  • Draft PTI and IANA FY20 Operating Plan and Budgets
    on September 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 28 September 2018 Close Date: 12 November 2018 Originating Organization: Finance Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, ICANN Organization seeks public comment on the operating plan and budgets for delivering the IANA functions. This is comprised of two components — the Draft FY20 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY20 IANA Operating Plan and Budget. The PTI Operating Plan and Budget outlines the activities to deliver the core IANA functions and associated operational activities to enhance systems and processes. The IANA Operating Plan and Budget is comprised of these PTI activities, plus additional programs and costs associated with overseeing and delivering the IANA functions performed by ICANN in its role as the IANA Functions Operator that are not borne directly by PTI. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/pti-iana-fy20-2018-09-28-en […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar – Date Set for 8 October
    on September 27, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it will hold a webinar on 8 October 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 UTC to provide an update on recent ICANN data protection and privacy activities related to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To facilitate global participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Participants are encouraged to email questions prior to the call via email to gdpr@icann.org. We will also hold a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. A full recording of the webinar will be published on icann.org for future reference. More information on ICANN's Data Protection/Privacy Issues is available here: Webinar Details & How to Attend: Date: 8 October 2018 Time: 15:00 - 16:00 UTC Join via Adobe Connect View Dial-in Information Participant Codes: English – Participant Code: 9001 Français – Participant Code: 9002 Español – Participant Code: 9003 中文 – Participant Code: 9004 Pусский – Participant Code: 9005 العربية – Participant Code: 9006 Português – Participant Code: 9007 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. […]

  • Proposals for Malayalam and Tamil Scripts' Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules
    on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 25 September 2018 Close Date: 7 November 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Neo-Brahmi Script Generation Panel (NBGP) was formed by nine communities that use scripts derived from the Brahmi script. NBGP is developing Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu scripts. The GP is publishing the proposals for the LGRs of these nine scripts in multiple sets, releasing proposals for the scripts which share cross-script variant code points together to the extent possible. The first and the second sets are already undergoing public comment and the third set, being released now, includes the following proposals: (1) Proposal for the Malayalam Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, (2) Proposal for the Tamil Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], these proposals are being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the NBGP to make their views known. Based on the feedback, the NBGP will finalize each proposal for its evaluation and integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/malayalam-tamil-2018-09-25-en […]

  • Register Now: Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House – 11 October 2018
    on September 24, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two open house sessions to assist with the community`s preparations for the ICANN63 Annual General Meeting: Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) The open house will run in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. The presentation materials will be translated into Spanish, and posted following the open house with the recordings of the sessions here. Please register via this form by 8 October 2018! In this interactive 60-minute open house, the focus will be an active question and answer session with the Policy Development Support Team. To ensure that your questions about policy activities are addressed during the session, the Policy Team invites you to submit your questions through the registration form or email them to policyinfo@icann.org. We will endeavor to address specific questions received about current policy and advisory work in ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees during the open house. We suggest that you download and review the "Pre-ICANN63 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN63 Edition" in preparation for the open house and ICANN63. These materials will be published by Thursday, 4 October 2018 and provide helpful background on policy activities and topics that the Policy Development Support Team will discuss during the open house, such as: Overview of the cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN63: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data Innovation in Top-Level Domains The various policy development processes underway in the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), such as: Policy work on the retirement of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) Progress on the ccNSO study about the use of emoji as second level domains Policy review on Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Policy development work reviewing trademark rights protection mechanisms in all gTLDs Status of policy recommendations on curative rights protections for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations (IGO/INGOs) Policy development work on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Report on the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group Improvements to the GNSO policy development process (PDP 3.0) Regional Internet Registry policy development activities Advisory Committee activities within the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), including: Implementation of the organizational review of the At-Large community At-Large Summit (ATLAS) III High Level Governmental Meeting at ICANN63 (HLGM) RSSAC recommendations on Anonymization Processes for Source Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses for Future Analysis RSSAC, SSAC & Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC) statements regarding ICANN`s Updated Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Plan SSAC work concerning name collisions Other topics of note: Organizational review of the ASO, RSSAC, and SSAC Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Effectiveness Review The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN63! Please register via this form by 8 October 2018! 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 Postpones Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September
    on September 24, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 24 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it is postponing its planned 26 September 2018 webinar to a later date, prior to ICANN63. ICANN is taking this step to allow for the community to continue its focused discussions planned for this week, including the Expedited Policy Development Process' scheduled face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles the week of 24 September. ICANN will announce the new date and time of the webinar as soon as possible. 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: Proposed Updates to Draft Operating Standards
    on September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to attend one of two webinars. The purpose of these webinars is to highlight proposed updates to the draft Operating Standards in several key areas. The presentation will be identical for both one-hour webinars, scheduled as follows: Webinar 1: 04 October 2018: 16:00 UTC [local time] Webinar 2: 05 October 2018: 00:00 UTC [local time] Webinar agenda: Overview of proposed updates to the Operating Standards Community Q&A Next steps toward publication of Operating Standards To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org and indicating which webinar you will join. If you do not indicate a preference you will receive invites for both webinars. The overview document and webinar slides will be posted to the wiki here ahead of the webinar. Recordings of the webinars will also be posted to the wiki page once available. Background Information The ICANN Bylaws call for the development of Operating Standards to provide guidance to review teams to conduct Specific Reviews efficiently and effectively. The ICANN organization is in the process of modifying the Draft Operating Standards based on public comments received on the October 2017 draft and on the Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews. Best practices and process improvements from Specific Reviews that were launched and/or conducted under the new Bylaws1 are also being incorporated in the updated draft. 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. 1 Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT); the second Security, Stability and Resiliency Review (SSR2), and the second Registration Directory Service Review, formally WHOIS Review (RDS-WHOIS2) […]

  • German Appellate Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data
    on September 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced a German High Court has ruled against ICANN's plea to reconsider the Court's own decision. ICANN has been pursuing a preliminary injunction from the German Court to require EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar (that is part of the Tucows Group) to continue to collect elements of WHOIS data, as required under ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreement, which permits the registrar to sell domain name registrations for generic top-level domains. ICANN received a ruling from the German Higher Regional Court in Cologne ("Appellate Court") last week, that rejected ICANN's request for review ("plea of remonstrance") filed by ICANN on 17 August 2018. ICANN's plea was filed to continue the immediate appeal in the ICANN v. EPAG injunction proceedings. ICANN initiated such proceedings against EPAG, to seek assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. The Appellate Court again has determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In making its ruling, the Appellate Court found that the preliminary injunction proceeding does not provide the appropriate framework for addressing the nature of the contractual disputes at issue, and that a decision in preliminary proceedings does not appear to be urgently needed. Again, the Appellate Court did not address the merits of the underlying issues with respect to the application of GDPR as it relates to WHOIS. ICANN is continuing to evaluate its next steps in light of this ruling, including possible additional filings before the German courts, as part of its public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system. 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 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Updated Selections
    on September 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2018 – The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee announces that Danko Jevtovic will begin a three-year term with the ICANN Board of Directors at the conclusion of ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain. This is an update to the ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee’s 2 August announcement introducing selections for leadership positions within ICANN, after the Committee was informed by Lousewies van der Laan that, due to unforeseen family obligations, she is unable to extend her service to the Board after this current term. The three 2018 Nominating Committee selectees for the ICANN Board of Directors are: Rafael Ibarra Latin America / Caribbean Islands Tripti Sinha North America Danko Jevtovic Europe The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should meet the following basic criteria: Integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment. Support decision-making within groups. Ability to work effectively in English. Understanding of ICANN’s mission and operation. Commitment to ICANN’s success. Experience in world affairs. Ability to contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise. Willingness to work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust. To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit http://nomcom.icann.org/ About ICANN ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September 2018
    on September 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it will hold a webinar on 26 September 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 UTC to provide an update on recent ICANN data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Participants are encouraged to email questions prior to the call via email to gdpr@icann.org. We will also hold a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. A full recording of the webinar will be published on icann.org for future reference. More information on ICANN's data protection/privacy activities is available here: Webinar Details & How to Attend: Date: 26 September 2018 Time: 15:00 - 16:00 UTC Join via Adobe Connect View Dial-in Information About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Request for Proposal: DNSSEC KSK Management Tools
    on September 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN"), is soliciting proposals to identify a provider that will develop and maintain software for its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) that will replace the existing Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Key Signing Key (KSK) Management Tools. These tools comprise a critical component of the delivery of the IANA functions by PTI. The selected provider, in coordination with PTI, will be responsible for all aspects of development and implementation including design, programming, testing and configuration. All deliverables must be created under formal guidelines with comprehensive documentation. The software will be published under an open source license and must incorporate industry best practices with documented test cases that will be shared with the Internet community. The DNSSEC KSK Management Tools are a set of software utilities to manage the KSK life cycle, including processing Key Signing Requests (KSRs) and generating Signed Key Responses (SKRs), as part of executing the Root Zone KSK ceremonies. PTI seeks a well-qualified provider to develop and maintain this new software based on provided requirements, to provide ongoing maintenance and to develop potential future enhancements. This software will help improve the efficiency and resiliency of management of the Root Zone KSK, which can also be leveraged by other DNSSEC practitioners in their operations. For an overview of the RFP including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 182 KB] Indications of interest should be emailed to DNSSEC.KSK.Management.Tools-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 10 October 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email above. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Board to Hold Public Board Meeting During Genval Workshop
    on September 6, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 September 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding a public Board meeting during its upcoming workshop in Genval, Belgium, which will be taking place from 14-16 September 2018. The agenda of the meeting is provided below. Date Time (UTC) Session 16 September 08:00 – 09:00 Public Board Meeting The meeting will be in English only. The format will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/ Participant Code: 5542211258 Additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5542211258&num=1-605-475-5606 For more information about the Genval workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2018-board-meetings. 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. […]