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  • Invitation: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Discussion Group
    on April 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking participants for the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) discussion group. The NCAP discussion group, as defined by the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) proposal and revised by ICANN's Office of the CTO, is an open and public group tasked with discussing issues pertaining to the work of the NCAP Study 1. The NCAP Study 1 was authorized by the ICANN Board of Directors on 14 March 2019. The study will: examine all prior work on the issue of name collisions and produce a summary report that brings forward important knowledge from prior work into this study, and which can act as a primer for those new to the subject. create a list of data sets used in past studies, identify gaps, if any, and list additional data that would be required to successfully complete Studies 2 and 3. decide if the project should proceed based on the results of the survey of prior work and the availability of data. There are two ways to participate in the NCAP discussion group: Individual participants – Participants are expected to actively contribute to mailing list conversations as well as meetings. Each potential participant will be required to provide a Statement of Interest (SOI) before gaining posting rights to the mailing list. It is anticipated that participants will provide essential input to the process. Mailing list observers – The position of observer is for those only interested in monitoring the NCAP discussions. Observers are offered read-only access to the mailing list. At any point in time, a mailing list observer can join the NCAP discussion group as a participant simply by submitting a SOI. To operate in a transparent manner, all mailing list exchanges are publicly archived. All participants are responsible for abiding by ICANN's Expected Standards for Behavior. To join the Name Collision Analysis Project discussion group, please fill out the following questionnaire by 6 May 2019. Background For more information on NCAP study 1, 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. […]

  • ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators
    on April 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced publication of the first wave of the Domain Name Marketplace Indicators report, which presents statistics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). View the Report This report is an evolution of the previous gTLD Marketplace Health Index report (Beta), which was first published in July 2016 with twice annual reports through June 2018. This report includes expanded coverage to include ccTLD data. ICANN plans to further expand its coverage of shortlisted indicators and continue to publish these statistics twice a year to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted. A community Advisory Panel worked with ICANN to refine these indicators in preparation for publishing this version. Concurrent to the release of these Version 1.0 marketplace indicators, ICANN org will continue to work with the community and the Advisory Panel to evaluate additional enhancements that might be incorporated into this initiative in the future. 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. […]

  • Updated Request for Proposal: ICANN's Technical Compliance Monitoring System
    on April 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 April 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a provider to develop and maintain a Technical Compliance Monitoring system. The Technical Compliance Monitoring system is intended to enable the ICANN organization to help generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars ensure compliance with ICANN's consensus policies, as well as the provisions described in the 2017 gTLD Base Registry Agreement and the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (contracted parties' agreements). This system will allow the ICANN org to operate more efficiently and engage contracted parties in a consistent, transparent manner for issues related to compliance with their agreements. The objective of the system is to automate the monitoring of compliance with approximately 77 provisions in the contracted parties' agreements and consensus policies. The system is intended to pull information from internal and external data sources, check compliance with relevant provisions, and push results to a central repository. ICANN is seeking to identify a provider to develop this system based on ICANN's requirements, as well as to maintain the system and develop additional enhancements. For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 133 KB]. This announcement updates the previously announced request for proposals, by including additional control points covered by more recent policy documents. Indications of interest should be emailed to TechnicalComplianceMonitoring-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 on 14 May 2019 UTC using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email. Participants who have already requested access to the sourcing tool for the previous announcement may continue to use the same credentials and do not need to request access again. 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 ICANN64 By the Numbers Report
    on April 9, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 April 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN64 By the Numbers Report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics for the most recent ICANN Public Meeting in Kobe, Japan. The report summarizes the findings from ICANN's third Community Forum of the current meeting strategy. The report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency and support for its multistakeholder model. ICANN64 By the Numbers Report highlights include: 1,759 checked-in participants, with 721 listing their region as Asia/Australia/Pacific. 35% of attendees participated for the first time. 275 sessions were held for a total of 516 hours. 918 attendees logged into the schedule website and mobile platform. 10,938 gigabytes of data as network traffic. 24% of network traffic was IPv6 (14% increase from ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain). ICANN is committed to being responsive to the community's needs. Information from the data collected gives the ICANN organization greater insight into how to maximize attendee satisfaction and identify opportunities for improvement. Click here to download the full ICANN64 By the Numbers Report [PDF, 6.95 MB]. Please send any questions to: meetings@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. […]

  • ccNSO Review Assessment Report for Community Input; Join the Upcoming Webinar
    on April 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 April 2019 – Meridian Institute, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN's Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published its assessment report for community consultation. Read the report [PDF, 940 KB]. Your comments are encouraged and can be sent to reviews@icann.org until 23:59 UTC on 26 April 2019. All comments will be forwarded to the ccNSO Review Working Party mailing list which is publicly archived. The assessment report contains important and valuable findings from the ccNSO and surrounding community on how the ccNSO fulfills its purpose, manages its structure and operations, and strives for accountability. Findings Based upon the findings, Meridian Institute's overall determination is that: The ccNSO has a strong continuing purpose; There do not seem to be significant needs to make structural or operational changes; and The ccNSO is accountable to its constituencies, including its members. The goal of the assessment report is to achieve agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the ccNSO work well and which may benefit from improvements. Recommendations for continuous improvement based on the findings will be presented in the draft final report, expected to be published for public comment in June 2019. All organizational reviews convened after the second At-Large Review follow this two-phased approach, which helps bolster the organizational review process and the accountability of the organizations under review. Join the Webinar Meridian Institute will host a community webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions. Date: 17 April 2019 Time: 21:00 – 22:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter) To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive a calendar invite and dial-in details (also available here). A recording will be made available here. Background An independent review of the ccNSO is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws. The purpose of the review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. This is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Meridian Institute was selected to perform the review and began its work in August 2018. Learn more about the ccNSO Review here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Proposed Renewal of .biz Registry Agreement
    on April 3, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 3 April 2019 Close Date: 14 May 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN org is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2013 Registry Agreement for .biz, which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The proposed agreement is the result of bilateral discussions between ICANN org and Registry Services, LLC, the Registry Operator for the .biz top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/biz-renewal-2019-04-03-en […]

  • ICANN Publishes Staff Report On First Consultation on Two-Year Planning Process
    on April 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 April 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the staff report on the Public Comment proceeding of the First Consultation on a Two-Year Planning Process. The proceeding ran from 21 December 2018 to 5 March 2019. ICANN organization was seeking community input on extending the planning process beyond its current 15-month duration to offer more time for community engagement. However, based on the feedback received, ICANN org will not extend the duration of the planning process. The full report can be found here. ICANN thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this Public Comment period. Stakeholder participation in ICANN's planning and budgeting process is a critical contribution to ICANN's accountability and transparency. 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. […]

  • NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN66 Is Now Open
    on April 1, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 01 April 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched 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 10 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. […]

  • Updated IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Including Risk Mitigation Measure Evaluation Released
    on March 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the updated Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Fast Track Process Final Implementation Plan (FIP), which includes changes proposed by the Joint ccNSO SSAC Response [PDF, 214 KB] as approved by the ICANN Board on 29 October 2017. The updated IDN ccTLD FIP [PDF, 988 KB] includes the implementation of the risk mitigation measures evaluation step after the string similarity review process. This evaluation for the relevant requesters of IDN ccTLD strings will be undertaken based on the Guideline for Risk Mitigation Measures Evaluation [PDF, 285 KB]. ICANN will be notifying relevant IDN ccTLD Fast Track requesters regarding their eligibility to ask for an evaluation for the submitted IDN ccTLD string. The requesters will have three months to file the request, along with the mitigation measures, based on the updated IDN ccTLD FIP [PDF, 988 KB]. The updated plan [PDF, 988 KB] supersedes the previous version of the IDN ccTLD FIP [PDF, 850 KB] published on 5 November 2013. Previous versions of the FIP are available at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fast-track-2012-02-25-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. […]

  • Proposed Renewal of .asia Registry Agreement
    on March 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 27 March 2019 Close Date: 7 May 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN is posting the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2006 .asia Registry Agreement for public comment, which is set to expire on 25 March 2020. The .asia 2010 Registry Agreement was originally set to expire in May 2017, and at the time ICANN was in the process of updating the base generic top-level domain (gTLD) Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the base registry agreement). It was mutually agreed that the terms of the .asia 2010 Registry Agreement would be extended while the base registry agreement was finalized, and that both parties would work in good faith to update the agreement in alignment with the base registry agreement as soon as practical. The .asia renewal agreement proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and dotAsia Organisation Limited, the Registry Operator for the .asia top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/asia-renewal-2019-03-27-en […]

  • ICANN Systems Controls Validated by Annual IANA Functions Audit
    on March 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has completed audits of the key systems used to deliver the IANA functions by Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Accounting firm, RSM US LLP, conducted the audits of the Registry Assignment and Maintenance Systems (RAMS) and the Root Zone Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) services for the period of 1 October 2017 through 30 November 2018. For the sixth consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 audit of PTI's RAMS shows that the ICANN organization has the appropriate controls in place to ensure the security, availability, and integrity of IANA request processing. For the ninth consecutive year, an exception-free SOC3 has been achieved for the management of the DNSSEC Root Key Signing Key (KSK), which is the trust anchor of the Domain Name System. The SOC 3 demonstrates that effective security, availability, and process integrity controls exist to manage the Root KSK. The report is publicly available at https://www.iana.org/reports/2019/soc3-pe-201811.pdf. "Ensuring appropriate controls are in place is an essential part of our commitment to the community. This year our team has achieved a commendable result under review by a new audit firm, while executing an ambitious hardware and software replacement program and successfully completing the first KSK rollover" said Kim Davies, Vice President, IANA Services and President, PTI. SOC audits evaluate an organization's controls in relation to "trust services principles and criteria" and are managed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 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 Volunteers: NomCom Review Implementation Working Group
    on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES - 25 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), together with the Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review Implementation Planning Team (IPT), is seeking volunteers to join the NomCom Review implementation working group. The results of this working group will impact all of ICANN's community so it is critical that all of ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, as well as relevant stakeholder groups and constituencies participate. As requested by the ICANN Board (see the 14 March 2019 resolution here), the NomCom Review implementation working group will: develop a detailed implementation plan, including appropriate costing, for the 27 recommendations of the NomCom Review, based on the guidelines detailed in the IPT's Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan [PDF, 515 KB]; and oversee the implementation of these recommendations, once approved by the Board. The detailed implementation plan, including appropriate implementation costing, shall be submitted to the Board as soon as possible, but no later than six months after approval of the 14 March 2019 Board resolution, i.e. 14 September 2019. The work commitment for this group is anticipated to be no less than two years with calls likely to take place every other week. No travel support will be provided for implementation working group members. To join the NomCom Review implementation working group, please send an email to reviews@icann.org with your request to join. Please note, the implementation working group's first meeting will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 20:00 UTC and volunteers are encouraged to join before this date. However, the implementation working group will remain open to new members throughout its work so volunteers will be able to join at any time. Background On 14 March 2019, the Board accepted the NomCom Review final report [PDF, 629 KB] from the independent examiner, and the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan [PDF, 515 KB] (FAIIP) from the NomCom Review Implementation Planning Team, subject to appropriate implementation costing. The Board requested that the ICANN organization work with the NomCom Review Implementation Planning Team, who had drafted the FAIIP, to convene a working group to draft a detailed implementation plan of the recommendations, and oversee the implementation of the recommendations. Details of elements to be included in the detailed implementation plan are outlined in the 14 March Board resolution 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. […]

  • Deadline Extended: Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2
    on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 25 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is extending the deadline for submitting expressions of interest (EOIs) to chair Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to Monday, 8 April 2019. Learn more about the background by reading the announcement here. Following the initial discussions of the EPDP Team during ICANN64 (March 2019) in Kobe, Japan, the GNSO Council leadership would like to provide some further details in relation to the expected workload and pace for Phase 2: The topics to be addressed in Phase 2 have been mapped out on the EPDP Team Phase 2 Mind Map. Following the appointment of the EPDP Team Chair, the EPDP Team is expected to commence with 90-minute weekly meetings (potentially on Tuesday or Thursday at 14:00 UTC) but with the possibility to increase the frequency. Additional meeting(s) may be purposed for either another weekly plenary session that would focus on a different stream of work or small team(s) meetings. Although there is agreement on the importance and urgency of addressing the topics in Phase 2, there is also general agreement that it is not sustainable to continue on the same pace and intensity of work as for Phase 1. Additional resources, such as mediation support, are expected to be made available to support the EPDP Team Chair, in addition to the support that is already being provided by policy staff. Candidates are encouraged to include in their EOI if there is any type of support or resource that is considered essential in supporting the EPDP Team Chair in his/her role. In light of this new information, the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to Monday, 8 April 2019 About EPDP On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board “shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN’s Bylaws.” This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a System for Standardized Access to Non-Public Registration Data. However, the discussion of a Standardized Access System will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of “gating questions” and non-objection by the GNSO Council. 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 Staff Report On ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding
    on March 22, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the staff report on the public comment proceeding of ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget, and an update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. The proceeding ran from 17 December 2018 to 8 February 2019. The report can be found here. The ICANN organization will send the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget document to the Board for adoption on May 6. At the same time, ICANN will publish this document so the community has the opportunity to review it. ICANN thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation in ICANN's planning and budgeting process is critical to continuously enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency. 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 Launches Age Diversity and Participation Survey
    on March 21, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching a survey to determine current perceptions of age diversity in the ICANN community. It is also aimed at identifying potential barriers to participation. The Age Diversity and Participation Survey will help to clarify perceptions of diversity, equality, leadership, and inclusiveness, which in turn will help inform community discussions. All community members are encouraged to share their views. Please take the survey here: https://go.icann.org/agesurvey. The survey closes on 19 April (23:59 UTC). Responses will be anonymous and will be used in accordance with ICANN's Privacy Policy. The survey is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The Age Diversity and Participation Survey was created in response to calls from the community for additional data on these topics. It is a follow-up to the pilot survey on gender diversity in 2017. The ICANN organization will share a report with an analysis of gaps, perceptions, and potential next steps. This data will help ICANN identify ways to improve age diversity and support broad, inclusive participation. Please email any questions to agesurvey@icann.org. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Proposed Renewal of .info Registry Agreement
    on March 18, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the .info Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the .info renewal agreement), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .info renewal agreement proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Afilias Limited, the Registry Operator for the .info top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/info-renewal-2019-03-18-en […]

  • Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement
    on March 18, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Brief Overview: ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2013 .org Registry Agreement (herein referred to as ".org renewal agreement"), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .org renewal agreement is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Public Interest Registry, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, the Registry Operator for the .org top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/org-renewal-2019-03-18-en […]

  • ICANN Invokes Process to Protect Registrants
    on March 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced it has terminated the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with registrar Alpnames Limited (IANA #1857), effective immediately. The RAA was terminated after the ICANN organization determined that Alpnames was no longer performing required registrar functions as specified in the agreement. These functions include allowing existing registrants to renew domain name registrations and processing new registrations.  ICANN org has invoked the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (DARTP) to enable the successful transition of the names to an ICANN-accredited registrar and protect registrants. Once the gaining registrar is identified and confirmed, it will be listed on the Bulk Transfers page.  The time required to complete the transfer process varies by the number of registrations with the terminated registrar. ICANN org will work to facilitate the transfer of registrations to the gaining registrar as expeditiously as possible. Once the transfer of registrations has been completed, the new registrar will contact registrants with information on how to access and maintain their domain name registrations. All domain name registrants are encouraged to visit this page for important information about managing their domain names. 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 Kobe GAC Communiqué
    on March 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    KOBE – 14 March 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN64 issued its Kobe Communiqué. It is available for review here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN66 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
    on March 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 11 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching an application round for candidates interested in participating in the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN66 will take place from 2-7 November 2019 in MontrĂ©al, Canada. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful applicants will be announced on 2 July 2019 on https://icann.org/. ICANN Fellowship Program The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage. Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities: Writing articles and blogs Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions Joining working groups Mentoring newcomers Assisting our regional leaders Becoming leaders themselves Click here for more 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. […]

  • ICANN 2018 LAC Year in Review Report Shows Engagement Growth
    on March 8, 2019 at 8:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 8 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Year in Review report [PDF, 5.28 MB] detailing the contributions and achievements of ICANN's LAC community. Compiled by ICANN organization's LAC regional team, the Report highlights growth last year made possible by collaboration with the regional and global community. In 2018, the LAC community participated in programs key to implementation of our renewed five-year LAC Strategy, our roadmap for regional outreach. Today, initiatives like the Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean (VDECC), post-ICANN Public Meeting readouts, and the LAC-i-Roadshows are actively engaging hundreds of new stakeholders in the LAC region in ICANN's ecosystem. In 2018, the LAC team prioritized providing regional stakeholders with tools to facilitate greater participation in ICANN's policy development processes (PDPs) and other policy discussions. The Report outlines a number of new projects launched with that goal in mind, including improved sessions on PDPs at ICANN meetings and the LAC PDP Experiences series. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Announces Successful String Evaluation for Bahrain IDN ccTLD
    on March 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful completion of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) string for Bahrain. Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion. The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) 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, 59 string requests for a total of 41 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. […]

  • GNSO Council Adopts EPDP Final Report on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on March 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 March 2019 – Today, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council voted to approve all of the policy recommendations in the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team's Final Report on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Final Report will now be submitted to the ICANN Board for consideration. The EPDP Team has been chartered to determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become an ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or with modifications. The EPDP Team's Final Report includes 29 policy recommendations that broadly address the following areas: Purposes for processing data. Data elements for collection, transfer, and retention. Data elements for public display. Data elements to be redacted. Changes and/or review of current ICANN Consensus Policies. Update to reasonable requests for the lawful disclosure of data. Continued course for an implementation bridge, or how contracted parties may handle the policy recommendations and Temporary Specification requirements following its expiration and before EPDP policy recommendations are officially implemented. In developing its Final Report, the EPDP Team reviewed all public comments received on its Initial Report and incorporated changes where the Team believed warranted. Public Comment The GNSO Council has submitted the EPDP Team's Final Report for the ICANN Board's consideration. Prior to any action by the Board, the ICANN organization must provide a reasonable opportunity for parties to comment on the adoption of the proposed policies. Accordingly, ICANN org has commenced a Public Comment period today on the EPDP Team's Final Report, which will close on 17 April 2019. Members of the ICANN community and the general public are welcome to participate and contribute. EPDP Phase 2 Today, the GNSO Council also provided its non-objection to the EPDP Team starting its work on Phase 2 of the charter, which will include a system for standardized access to non-public registration data and issues in the Annex to the Temporary Specification ("Important Issues for Further Community Action"). In addition, Phase 2 will also include a number of items that were deferred from the EPDP Team's Phase 1 deliberations. The EPDP Team will begin planning for its Phase 2 work during ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan. The GNSO Council is now seeking expression of interest to chair Phase 2 of the EPDP. Learn More. About EPDP On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws." This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a system for standardized access to non-public registration data. However, the discussion of a standardized access system will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of "gating questions" and non-objection by the GNSO Council. 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. […]

  • Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2
    on March 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES –1 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is looking for expressions of interest to chair Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The EPDP Team recently completed its Phase 1 work and is expected to commence planning for Phase 2 at ICANN64 meeting in Kobe, Japan. During Phase 2, the EPDP Team will work on a system for standardized access to non-public registration data, topics identified in the annex to the Temporary Specification, as well as a number of carry over items from Phase 1. The GNSO Council is looking to appoint a neutral Chair to the EPDP Team. With such an important issue under consideration, significant responsibility comes with the role to ensure the success of deliberations. The EPDP Team is expected to have regular calls, although it may be necessary to hold calls more frequently if need arises. Additionally, the EPDP Team may have face-to-face meetings in order to meet the required milestones of the EPDP. The EPDP Team is expected to start developing the work plan for Phase 2 at ICANN64 in Kobe for which the GNSO Council may provide further guidance. There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team Chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported by ICANN org. To express interest in this role, please submit an Expression of Interest to EOI-EPDPTeam-Chair@icann.org by 22 March 2019 at 14:00 UTC. Please answer the following questions: What is your interest in this position? What particular skills and attributes do you have that will assist you in chairing the EPDP? What is your knowledge of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, EPDP Team's Phase 1 work and associated challenges and requirements particularly as it relates to the EPDP? What is your experience in and knowledge of the GNSO Policy Development Process, ICANN's consensus policies, ICANN's registry agreements and the Registrar Accreditation Agreement related to gTLD registration data? Are you able to commit the time required and necessary work needed to chair the EPDP, noting that this to a certain extend will be dependent on the EPDP Team's work plan for phase 2 which is under development? Conflict of Interest Statement – do you have any affiliation with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial or non-financial interest in the subject matter of this EPDP? Please also include: A link to an up-to-date Statement of Interest (SOI) - https://community.icann.org/display/gnsosoi/New+SOIs A statement confirming your commitment and ability to act neutrally. Application materials will be reviewed by the Council leadership and will not be shared publicly. Names of applicants, including the recommended candidate, will be shared with the GNSO Council for its consideration. The Council leadership is expected to provide its recommendation to the GNSO Council in time for the GNSO Council meeting on 18 April 2019. Additional questions and inquiries can be sent to EOI-EPDPTeam-Chair@icann.org. More Information Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Additional information about the EPDP is located in Annex-A1 of the ICANN Bylaws and the EPDP Manual [PDF, 345 KB]. EPDP Charter EPDP wiki EPDP Phase 1 Final Report [PDF, 2.7 MB] About EPDP On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws." This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a System for Standardized Access to Non-Public Registration Data. However, the discussion of a Standardized Access System will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of "gating questions" and non-objection by the GNSO Council. 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. ANNEX A – CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS As outlined in the GNSO Working Group Guidelines, the purpose of a Chair is to call meetings, preside over working group (WG) deliberations, manage the process so that all participants have the opportunity to contribute, and report the results of the WG to the Chartering Organization. These tasks require a dedicated time commitment as each call has to be prepared, the agenda concretized, and relevant material has to be reviewed. The Chair shall be neutral. While the Chair may be a member of any group which also has representation on the EPDP Team, the Chair shall not act in a manner which favors such group. The Chair shall not be a member of the PDP Team for purposes of consensus calls. In addition, it is required – that interested candidates have considerable experience in Chairing working groups, and direct experience with at least one GNSO Policy Development Process throughout its lifecycle would be an advantage. Familiarity with the functioning of a Working Group is important to understand the various leadership skills that are necessary to employ during a WG's lifecycle. For example, a chair has to ensure that debates are conducted in an open and transparent matter and that all interests are equally represented within the WG's discussions. During the later stages of a WG when recommendations are drafted, a Chair will benefit from understanding the viewpoints of various members to ensure that an acceptable and effective outcome – ideally in form of consensus – can be achieved. In short, the EPDP Team Chair is expected to: Attend all EPDP Team meetings to ensure continuity and familiarity with the subject matter and the on-going discussions; Prepare meetings by reading all circulated materials; Be familiar with the subject matter, including but not limited to GDPR and data protection laws, and actively encourage participation during the calls Be active on the EPDP Team mailing list and invite EPDP Team participants to share their viewpoints; Drive forward the EPDP Team and assure that discussions remain on point; Work actively towards achieving policy recommendations that ideally receive full consensus; Ensure that particular outreach efforts are made when community reviews are done of the EPDP Team's output; Underscore the importance of achieving overall representational balance on any sub-teams that are formed; Encourage and, where necessary, enforce the ICANN Standards of Behavior and resolve any conflicts in a timely manner. Co-ordinate with ICANN staff and ensure that the EPDP Team is supported as effectively as possible Conduct consistent timely reporting to the GNSO Council on the progress of the EPDP. Finally, as also pointed out the in GNSO Working Group Guidelines, 'appointing a co-chair(s) or vice-chair(s) may facilitate the work of the Chair by ensuring continuity in case of absence, sharing of workload, and allowing the Chair to become engaged in a particular debate.' As a result, similar tasks and skills are expected from vice chairs, although the overall workload may be reduced as a result of being able to share this with the Chair. […]