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  • Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data Begins Work
    on December 14, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2018 -- The Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data (TSG-RD) began its work this week. The group is made up of 10 invited members with expertise in the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), distributed authentication/authorization technologies, systems architecture, design-thinking and other relevant topics. The group is coordinated by Ram Mohan, the CTO of Afilias and the former Security and Stability Advisory Committee liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors. The group will explore technical solutions for providing third parties access to non-public data via RDAP. The particular technical implementation approach the group will study was described during a data protection/privacy update webinar held 8 October. That possible approach would place ICANN in the position of determining whether a third-party's query for non-public registration data ought to be approved to proceed. If approved, ICANN would ask the appropriate registry or registrar to provide the requested data to ICANN, which in turn would provide it to the third party. If ICANN does not approve the request, the query would be denied. This group's work will not interfere with community efforts to develop an RDAP profile prior to deployment of the protocol. In addition, this effort does not replace the community's policy development process. ICANN is exploring this approach to determine whether it would diminish the legal liability of contracted parties, who would provide access to non-public registration data. The TSG-RD's discussions anticipate discussing the following key issues: assessment of available tools and protocols; authentication/authorization; data transport/storage and audit; access control protocol; performance requirements; transparency and assignment of responsibility; error conditions; costs; maintenance and evolution; and governance. The group will be supported with technical input from John Crain, ICANN Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer, and Francisco Arias, Senior Director of Technical Services for the Global Domains Divisions (GDD). The invited members of the TSG-RD are: Benedict Addis Gavin Brown Jorge Cano Steve Crocker Scott Hollenbeck Jody Kolker Murray Kucherawy Andy Newton Tomofumi Okubo More information about the group is available here. You can follow the TSG-RD group's discussions on their publicly archived mailing list. 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 ICANN65 Is Now Open
    on December 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the application round for those interested in participating at the ICANN65 Meeting in Marrakech through the NextGen Program. The Meeting will take place from 24 June to 27 June 2019.The application round will remain opened until 11 January 2019. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 08 February 2019. For more information, click here. […]

  • IANA Functions Customer Survey Results Available
    on December 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Los Angeles – 6 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of its annual survey which measures customer satisfaction of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. Results of the 2018 survey, which accounts for transactions completed between September 2017 and August 2018, reported 96 percent of respondents being "satisfied" or "very satisfied." View Customer Survey Findings [PDF, 3.47 MB] The IANA Functions Customer Survey measures perception of satisfaction in relation to documentation quality, process quality, transparency, timeliness, accuracy, reporting and courtesy. In the 2018 survey, customers identified accuracy as the most important measure of performance for the sixth consecutive year, and 96 percent reported satisfaction on that metric. Notably, overall satisfaction ratings across all of the performance categories were the highest ever this year. While the results of the survey are consistently positive, ICANN continues to explore opportunities for improvement. For instance, some respondents expressed concerns regarding the resolution of customer service issues. To help address this,  a post-interaction survey was recently launched where customers can provide immediate feedback regarding the services, with resources dedicated to reviewing and responding in a timely manner. "Over the years our customers have reported that an annual survey doesn't allow them to provide immediate feedback on their interaction. The post-interaction survey will provide direct, actionable feedback from our customers, and offer a holistic view of our systems and processes to drive future improvements," said Kim Davies, President of PTI, the ICANN affiliate responsible for delivering the IANA functions. Davies added, "The first few years we ran this survey resulted in a 10-11 percent participation rate. But in the last two years, this number decreased in half which was another driver to revamp the surveying approach." ICANN commissioned Echo Research, LLC, a global reputation consultancy, to administer the survey. Those who make IANA functions transactions – top-level domain operators, protocol parameter and regional Internet registry managers, RFC authors, Internet Engineering Steering Group members, DNSSEC KSK ceremony participants and .INT domain registrants were invited to take the survey. This year, ICANN issued 3,710 invitations with a five percent response rate. 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. […]

  • Work Track 5 on Geographic Names at the Top Level - Supplemental Initial Report of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process
    on December 5, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 5 December 2018 Close Date: 22 January 2019 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Policy Development Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding is being opened in order to obtain input on the Supplemental Initial Report of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group (PDP WG) focused on Work Track 5. The PDP is chartered to evaluate what changes or additions need to be made to existing new gTLD policy recommendations. Work Track 5 focuses on one specific issue within the Working Group's charter, the topic of geographic names at the top level. The Working Group issued its first Initial Report, containing the output of the Working Group on the Overarching Issues as well as preliminary recommendations and questions for community feedback from Work Tracks 1-4, on 3 July 2018. This Supplemental Initial Report contains outputs from Work Track 5 only, which started later than the other PDP Work Tracks and has therefore operated on a different timeline. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/geo-names-wt5-initial-2018-12-05-en […]

  • ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Reviews
    on December 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 December 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below. Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. Participate in the face-to-face RDS-WHOIS2 Meeting in Brussels. The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is having a face-to-face meeting on 10-12 December 2018. At this meeting, the review team will analyze the public comments received and discuss how to finalize draft recommendations. For details, click here. Contribute to the public comment on the CCT Final Report and Recommendations (deadline extended). The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is now seeking input on its Final Report [PDF, 4.9 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 11 December 2018. Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and the NomCom fulfill their purpose and whether any changes in structure or operations are needed. Participate in the ccNSO Review Survey. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with the ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey's questions are based on learnings from Meridian Institute's research and interviews conducted to date. Click here to take the survey. 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. […]

  • ICANN’s Report on the Five Years of the LAC Strategy Highlight Increased Regional Engagement
    on December 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 4 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published "Five Years of the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Strategy," [PDF, 6.91 MB] highlighting the milestones achieved by the LAC community. The LAC region's participation in ICANN processes grew tremendously in the last five years. What started as few stakeholder meetings during ICANN Public Meetings, grew into formalized sessions during those meetings, including the LAC Space and the newly formed LAC Session on PDPs. Similarly, the level of awareness about ICANN improved significantly, due to regional events and outreach efforts that encouraged the participation of new voices in the region. Contributions from LAC community members opened the path for the creation of initiatives like Centro de Emprendimiento e Internet de América Latina y el Caribe and Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean, and the establishment of LAC regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a result, the vibrant regional community continues to grow and participate in ICANN processes. The ICANN org LAC team would like to thank all the community members who contributed to the development of the strategy 2013-2017. Learn more about the LAC Strategy for 2018-2020 here [PDF, 1.41 MB]. […]

  • ICANN Announces Extension of the Public Comment for the CCT Final Report
    on November 29, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has been extended until Tuesday, 11 December 23:59 UTC. This Public Comment proceeding is aimed at gathering community input on the CCT Review Team's Final Report and Recommendations. The CCT Review Team was formed in January 2016 to assess the New Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Program in three areas: competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The review also assesses safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from both the introduction of new gTLDs, and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process. The review, required by Section 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws, examines to what degree the process of implementing the New gTLD Program was successful in producing desired results and achieving the stated objectives. The CCT Review Team analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data to produce recommendations for the ICANN Board to consider and adopt. On 8 September 2018, the CCT Review Team submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. The Report was then issued for Public Comment to inform ICANN Board action on the CCT Review Team's final recommendations. Per the Bylaws, the ICANN Board shall consider the report and public comments to determine whether to approve the recommendations within six months of receipt of the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and Recommendations [PDF, 562 KB]. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that are approved and provide written rationale for the decision if any recommendations are not approved. Additional Resources Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] AR [PDF, 6.03 MB] ES [PDF, 6.26 MB] FR [PDF, 6.23 MB] RU [PDF, 6.47 MB] ZH [PDF, 2.93 MB] Executive Summary [PDF, 773 KB] AR [PDF, 348 KB] ES [PDF, 194 KB] FR [PDF, 233 KB] RU [PDF, 318 KB] ZH [PDF, 303 KB] Recommendations [PDF, 562 KB] AR [PDF, 502 KB] ES [PDF, 557 KB] FR [PDF, 582 KB] RU [PDF, 609 KB] ZH [PDF, 799 KB] About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Publishes ICANN63 By the Numbers Report
    on November 28, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN63 By the Numbers Report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics for the most recent ICANN Public Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The report summarizes the findings from ICANN's third Annual General Meeting of the current meeting strategy. The report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency and support for its multistakeholder model. ICANN63 By the Numbers Report highlights include: 2,639 checked-in participants, with 1,440 listing their region as Europe. 41% of attendees participated for the first time. 338 sessions were held for a total of 596.5 hours. 1,073 attendees logged into the schedule website and mobile platform. 13,665 gigabytes of data as network traffic. 10% of network traffic was IPv6 (1% increase from ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama). 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 ICANN63 By the Numbers Report [PDF, 6.73 MB]. Please send any questions to: meetings@icann.org […]

  • Two-Week Extension for the Public Comment Period on the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group
    on November 27, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 27 November 2018 – In order to ensure the community has sufficient time to respond, the public comment period for the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group has been extended to 11 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC. […]

  • ccNSO Review Survey Available for Community Input
    on November 27, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Los Angeles – 27 November 2018 – Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published a survey for community input. Click here to take the survey now. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute's research and interviews conducted to date. Following the close of the survey on 21 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with input received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019. As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. Background The purpose of the Bylaws-mandated ccNSO Review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfills its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. Meridian Institute was selected to conduct the second ccNSO Review in August 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. […]

  • Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 4 (MSR-4) for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)
    on November 26, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 26 November 2018 Close Date: 10 January 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: ICANN is releasing for public comment version 4 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-4: HTML, XML). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-3 and adds three code points to the repertoire of Latin script and twelve code points to the repertoire of Myanmar script. Under the Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels, the MSR is the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) proposals for relevant scripts. The contents of MSR-4 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-4 Overview and Rationale document. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/msr-4-2018-11-26-en […]

  • Proposed Consensus Policy on Protections for Certain Red Cross and Red Crescent Names in All Generic Top-Level Domains
    on November 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 21 November 2018 Close Date: 14 December 2018 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Policy Development; Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: In accordance with the ICANN Bylaws, this public comment proceeding is intended to provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to comment on a proposed Consensus Policy concerning certain Red Cross and Red Crescent names in all generic top-level domains, prior to consideration by the ICANN Board. The GNSO Council approved the proposed Consensus Policy in September 2018 and recommends its adoption by the ICANN Board. Following the close of this public comment proceeding, which is being opened for a minimum 21-day period as required by the ICANN Bylaws for this purpose, the proposed Consensus Policy and all relevant input received will be forwarded to the ICANN Board for its consideration and action. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/red-cross-names-consensus-policy-2018-11-21-en […]

  • Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team
    on November 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 21 November 2018 Close Date: 21 December 2018 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Policy Development Privacy Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team. The EPDP Team is tasked with evaluating the Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data (Temp Spec) and deciding whether it should become an ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or with modifications, while complying with the GDPR and other relevant privacy and data protection laws and regulations. The EPDP Team will hold a webinar on Thursday, 29 November at 14:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of the Initial Report as well as more information on how to submit public comments. If you would like to sign up for the webinar, please email gnso-secs@icann.org. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/epdp-gtld-registration-data-specs-initial-2018-11-21-en […]

  • Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report Now Available
    on November 20, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 20 November 2018 – The inaugural Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report from ICANN63 is now available here [PDF, 391 KB]. The post-meeting report is written by fellows and provides details on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved. The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is a part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative to increase program transparency and provide the community with more data and information on the activities of ICANN fellows. The report will continue to be published after every ICANN Public Meeting. To learn more, visit the Fellowship Program webpage. The ICANN organization welcomes suggestions on how to improve future post-meeting reports. To share your suggestions, please email fellowshipconsultation@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. […]

  • The Eastern European DNS Forum Comes to Moscow
    on November 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

    BRUSSELS – 19 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the third Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 4-5 December 2018, in Moscow, Russia, following the success of the first edition in Kiev, Ukraine (2016), and the second one in Minsk, Belarus (2017). The event is jointly organized by ICANN and the Coordination Center for National Domains .RU/.РФ (cctld.ru). This event is part of ICANN's regional outreach efforts to raise awareness on issues related to the Domain Name System (DNS), and collaborate with stakeholders on key areas. It comes as a continuation of the earlier engagement efforts to bring global discussions on the DNS to the regional level, and uncover the contexts surrounding the regional perspectives. Sessions on the first day will cover technical topics. The second day will be devoted to policy-related discussions. The Forum's topics include: The current state and evolution of the Root Server System Universal Acceptance Internationalized Domain Names Artificial Intelligence and the DNS DNS abuse Transborder legislative issues affecting the DNS ICANN's Chief Technology Officer David Conrad, and Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer John Crain will be at the event participating in discussions related to the evolution and security of the DNS, and the current challenges faced. Other regional and global actors of the DNS industry will also attend the forum, contributing to the sessions with their experiences and areas of expertise. Register here and visit the EEDNSF website for more information. You can track the event on social media with the hashtag #EEDNSF. Remote participation will be available for those interested in participating, but unable to attend in-person. Media Contacts: Luna Madi Communications Director, EMEA Istanbul, TurkeyTel: +90 533 0313505Email: luna.madi@icann.org Buket Coskuner Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA Istanbul, TurkeyTel: +90 533 4876254Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org About ICANN: ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • Application for New Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) Dispute-Resolution Service Provider
    on November 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 16 November 2018 Close Date: 4 January 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Legal/Regulatory Brief Overview: The ICANN organization requests community feedback on an application from an organization seeking approval as a new Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) dispute-resolution service provider. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/udrp-provider-2018-11-16-en […]

  • Policy Status Report: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP)
    on November 14, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 14 November 2018 Close Date: 24 December 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Inter-registrar transfers, domain name transfers, Inter-registrar transfer policy Brief Overview: ICANN Org seeks community input on the IRTP Policy Status Report. In addition to feedback on the report, ICANN Org also requests that interested registrars and registrants complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLQRD3K to provide further details on their experience with domain name transfers. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/irtp-status-2018-11-14-en […]

  • ICANN65 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
    on November 14, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN65. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN65 is a Policy Forum. The meeting is from 24–27 June 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The deadline to apply is 14 December 2018, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 28 February 2019 on https://icann.org/. ICANN Fellowship Program The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are 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 ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals 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 Personal leadership development 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 Opportunities to Participate: Reviews
    on November 13, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below. Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. Share your public comment on the RDS-WHOIS2 Draft Report and Recommendations. The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is now seeking input on its Draft Report [PDF, 1.98 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 18 November 2018. Share your public comment on the CCT Final Report and Recommendations. The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is now seeking input on its Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 27 November 2018. Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and the NomCom fulfill their purpose and whether any changes in structure or operations are needed. Join the webinar to learn about the SSAC2 Draft Final Report. Join the webinar on 20 November at 21:00 UTC [local time] to receive an update and pose questions to the independent examiner. The Draft Final Report [PDF, 3.18 MB] is out for public comment until 3 Dec 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. […]

  • Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN64 Fellowship
    on November 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce 45 individuals from 36 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 64th ICANN Public Meeting in Kobe, Japan to be held 9-14 March 2019. These successful candidates represent all sectors of society including: civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end-user groups. The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. 518 applications were received for the ICANN64 Fellowship application round. Click this link to see the list of selected candidates and learn more about the Fellowship 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. […]

  • Successful Candidates Selected for NextGen@ICANN64
    on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the successful candidates who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN64 to be held in Kobe, Japan, from 9 to 14 March 2019. The 12 individuals currently study law, economics, cybersecurity or computer science in universities across the Asia Pacific region. In addition, 3 individuals who attended a previous ICANN Public Meeting with the NextGen program will serve as ambassadors for these newcomers. An independent committee assessed and selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done on global policy and Internet governance. The individuals selected as NextGen@ICANN64 participants are: Han Bo Tsinghua University Ananya Singh Utkal University Wenkai Jin Tsinghua University & School of Journalism and Communications Elliott John Mann Swinburne University of Technology / Law School Desh Deepak Dwivedi Peking University HSBC Business School, Shenzhen Nisal Dileepa Waduge University of Moratuwa Dikchya Raut National Law College, Tribhuvan University Aisyah Shakirah Suhaidi Universiti Malaya Korry Tyler Kin Ping Luke Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance Jaewon Son Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University Do Tuan Anh Keio University Mariko Kobayashi Keio University The individuals selected as ICANN64 ambassadors are: Sávyo Vinícius de Morais ICANN62 Peter Cihon ICANN58 Haley Lepp ICANN61 Click here for more information about the NextGen@ICANN program. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN Board Reaffirms Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on November 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 November 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to reaffirm the "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data." The full text of the Board's resolution is available here. The Temporary Specification was originally approved by the Board on 17 May 2018 and reaffirmed on 21 August 2018, in order to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under the procedures for adopting Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the Board must reaffirm the adoption every 90 days, and may continue to do so for no more than a year. For more information and to follow the latest updates, please visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy issues page. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Public Comment Period Extended: Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report of Recommendations
    on November 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB] of the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team has been extended until Monday 18 November 23:59 UTC. Comment on the draft report. The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team published its draft report and recommendations for public comment on 4 September 2018. The review team has been assessing the extent to which prior registration directory service review recommendations have been implemented and whether or not implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team is also assessing the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust and safeguards registrant data. Informed by ICANN organization briefings and available documentation, the review team has formulated draft recommendations based on a factual analysis. This public comment proceeding aims at gathering community input on the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team's proposed draft findings and recommendations. The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team aims to publish its final report during the first quarter of 2019. Additional Resources Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB] Executive Summary [PDF, 285 KB] AR [PDF, 264 KB] ES [PDF, 212 KB] FR [PDF, 183 KB] RU [PDF, 277 KB] ZH [PDF, 323 KB] Listen to the RDS-WHOIS2 Review engagement session at ICANN63 for more information on their findings and recommendations. See here for details and recordings. Listen to the RDS-WHOIS2 Review webinars on the Draft Report. See here for details. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Registration Now Open for 2018 LAC DNS Forum
    on November 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 6 November 2018 – Registration is now open for the 2018 LAC DNS Forum to be held in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme of this year's event, which is part of AbraHosting Day, is "New Technologies and Digital Security." Event: 2018 LAC DNS Forum When: 29 November 2018, 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM Where: Centro Fecomercio de eventos - São Paulo, SP Registration:(Portuguese only) https://www.abrahosting.org.br/teste/abrahostingday/ Admission: To request an invitation please contact your GSE representative or Daniel Fink – daniel.fink@icann.org The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues. The forum also provides an opportunity to engage and network with key players and experts in the field. The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes: Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers Registrants DNS experts gTLD applicants Regional TLD organizations IT and Internet businesses Entrepreneurs Legal and intellectual property firms This will be the fifth edition of the LAC DNS Forum, which was first held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. This year's event is jointly organized by Abrahosting, the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]