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  • ICANN 2019 Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Selections
    on August 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2019 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce selections for ten leadership positions. ICANN Board of Directors Mandla Msimang Africa Ihab Osman Africa Maarten Botterman Europe Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors Lise Fuhr Europe At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Dr. Abdulkarim Oloyede Africa Justine Chew Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands Carlos Raul Gutierrez Latin America / Caribbean Islands Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council Marie-Noémie Marques Europe Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council Thomas (Tom) Dale Contracted Parties House Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands Carlton Samuels Non-Contracted Parties House Latin America / Caribbean Islands Those selected will begin their terms after the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting 2-7 November 2019 in Montréal, Canada. Profile of Applicants The 2019 Nominating Committee received 127 applications from 42 women and 85 men during its nomination period from 17 January 2019 to 22 March 2019. The regional breakdown of this year's applicants was: 56 from Africa 35 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands 13 from Europe 21 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands 2 from North America The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN's overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should have the following basic criteria: Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment. Support decision-making within groups. Work effectively in English. Understand ICANN's mission and operation. Are committed to ICANN's success. Have experience in world affairs. Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise. Can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust. A Message From The Chair This year's Nominating Committee was fortunate in that we received many applications from highly qualified candidates. Of significant note, we received more applications from the African region than any other region. This was critically important as we were mandated to select at least one Board candidate from Africa to meet ICANN's geographic diversity requirements. Through our rigorous process we selected two extremely well qualified Board candidates from Africa. Also, we were delighted to be able to reappoint Maarten Botterman (Europe) to a second term on the ICANN Board. On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I want to thank all those who applied for leadership positions at ICANN. While we could not appoint the vast majority that applied, we encourage all to continue participation within ICANN as the involvement is valued and important to ICANN's mission. Finally, we want to extend our congratulations and best wishes for the successful applicants. The Nominating Committee has the utmost confidence in their ability to help lead the organization forward and we are thrilled that they will be joining or continuing with ICANN in a leadership position. To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit: http://nomcom.icann.org/ About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Accountability and Transparency Review: Survey Available for Community Input
    on August 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) has published a survey for community input. Click here to take the survey now. The aim of this survey is to collect opinions from individuals in the ICANN community on ICANN's accountability and transparency, and to help the ATRT3 Review Team to identify areas which require improvement and could benefit from a recommendation. The Review Team has published a separate survey to collect opinions from groups in the ICANN community. Following the close of both surveys on 13 September 2019 at 23:59 UTC, the ATRT3 Review Team will evaluate responses as input to its draft final report. The survey questions are available in PDF format here (for reference purposes only). Background The Accountability and Transparency Review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community." Learn more about the ATRT3 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. […]

  • ICANN Mentors Young Leaders in Asia Pacific
    on August 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 15 August 2019 – The Internet of tomorrow might well be influenced by 53 young people from the Asia Pacific region who are meeting this week to learn about a wide range of subjects relating to Internet governance. They are attending the fourth Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) now taking place in Seoul, South Korea from 12 – 16 August. The five-day academy is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). APIGA aims to improve participants' understanding of how the Internet works, the "bottom-up consensus building" model of Internet governance, and how they can take part in shaping the evolution of the Internet for the next generation. "Developing the leaders of tomorrow is critical to strengthening the diversity of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer. "Events such as APIGA are key to achieving this goal, and ensuring that today's students are equipped to shape the future of the Internet tomorrow." APIGA has been successful in nurturing relationships with alumni that remain involved in the Internet governance ecosystem, including ICANN. Today, it is recognized as a premier platform in the Asia Pacific region for youth engagement on Internet governance issues. Since its inaugural launch in 2016, 124 young adults have attended APIGA. Approximately 25 percent of these are currently active alumni, participating in ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, Working Groups; or joining Internet governance related groups like Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) and Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters. APIGA is an extension of ICANN's youth engagement programs. They aim to reach out to the next generation and mentor future leaders. Other ICANN programs include: NextGen@ICANN – held on the sidelines of ICANN Public Meetings, for youths interested in becoming active in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policies. ICANN Fellowship – targeted at individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in ICANN. APIGA is co-organized by ICANN and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA), and supported by partners such as the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), DotAsia, and the Internet Society (ISOC). For more information about APIGA, please visit 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 have 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report and ICANN66 Statements of Interest Are Now Available
    on August 8, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 08 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the publication of its ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report [PDF, 356 KB]. The report, authored by fellows, provides information on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved. The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative aimed to increase program transparency and provide the community with more data and information on the ICANN fellows' activities. The report will continue to be published after every ICANN Public Meeting. The New Fellowship Program Approach also mandates the publication of Statements of Interest (SOI) from incoming fellows before and during each ICANN Public meeting. SOIs from ICANN66 fellows are now available here and will continue to be accessible until the end of this meeting. Read past reports and visit the Fellowship Program webpage to learn more. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – 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 2019 LAC DNS Forum
    on July 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 31 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that registration for the 2019 LAC DNS Forum is now open. The forum will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 August 2019 during LACTLD's DNS Week and .PR's 30th anniversary celebration. Event: 2019 LAC DNS Forum When: 22 August 2019, 09:00–17:00 (AST) Where: Hyatt Place Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico Registration: http://lacdnsforum.lat/ The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating Domain Name System (DNS)-related issues with a focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The forum also provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders to engage and network with global 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 The annual LAC DNS Forum was first held in 2013 and is jointly organized by 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 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. […]

  • Updated Request for Proposal: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1
    on July 22, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a contractor to perform the research, analysis, and writing necessary to produce Study 1 of the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP). Name collision refers to the situation where a name that is defined and used in one namespace may also appear in another. Users and applications intending to use a name in one namespace may attempt to use it in a different one, and unexpected behavior may result where the intended use of the name is not the same in both namespaces. The ICANN Board asked the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to study the impact of name collisions and advise the Board on their effects and possible mitigation. In response, SSAC started the NCAP effort and designed Study 1, the first of three name collision studies intended to address the Board's request. The scope of NCAP Study 1 is larger than usual work undertaken by SSAC, so the ICANN organization's Office of the CTO (OCTO) is facilitating the work and is engaging a contractor to perform Study 1. More details about NCAP and Study 1 can be found in a document written by SSAC entitled SSAC Proposal for the Name Collision Analysis Project (Revised by ICANN Office of the CTO). For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 340 KB]. This announcement is an update to the previously announced request for proposal. The deadline has been extended to 23:59 UTC on 23 August 2019. Indications of interest should be emailed to NCAP-Study1-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 23 August 2019 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email. 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. […]

  • ICANN67 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
    on July 18, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 18 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening the application round for the ICANN Fellowship Program taking place at the ICANN67 Public Meeting from 7-12 March 2020 in Cancún, Mexico. The deadline to apply is 18 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 1 November 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 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. […]

  • The Annual ICANN APAC Space Survey is Now Open
    on July 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    SINGAPORE – 15 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the APAC Space Survey, which will remain open until 1 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Your input will help to make the APAC Space more relevant to the Asia Pacific (APAC) community, and improve the APAC Space as a platform that fosters community discussion. If you are from the APAC region, we invite you to take the survey now: https://survey.clicktools.com/app/survey/go.jsp?iv=3pm87mkw6ubxy The APAC Space is the APAC community's "practice ground" for discussions on ICANN-related topics such as the ICANN policy development processes, ICANN reviews, and the Domain Name System (DNS) industry. The purpose is to foster a platform for our community to network, interact, and discuss relevant issues, as well as encourage participation in ICANN-related work. A community-led initiative, the APAC Space is held bi-monthly via web conference, or face-to-face during ICANN Meetings. You can join the APAC Space mailing list by emailing subscribe@apacspace.asia. For more information, please go to https://community.icann.org/display/GSEAPAC/APAC+Space. 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 Participants NextGen@ICANN66
    on July 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019. The 11 individuals are currently engaged in studies in North American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and international security. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers. An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy and Internet governance. The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are: Abdeali Hatim Saherwala York University, Toronto Akshay Broota University of Colorado Boulder Lukas Paul Bundonis Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Diler Cavdar Berkeley Law School Josh Gold University of Toronto Austin Bollinger Grand Rapids Community College Kushagra Bhargava University of Southern California Arjun Sanya University of Toronto Ariane Nakpokou Houessou HEC Montréal Lilia Dawn Herdegen Ferris State University Shreya Richharia University of Southern California The individuals selected as ICANN66 ambassadors are: João Pedro Damas Martin ICANN63 Jaewon Son ICANN64 Stefan Filipovic ICANN63 Click here for more information about the NextGen program. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • GNSO Policy Development Process on IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration
    on July 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 July 2019 Close Date: 20 August 2019 Originating Organization: Policy Development Support Categories/Tags: Policy Development Brief Overview: Purpose: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on certain final policy recommendations from the Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process on IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms. Current Status: The GNSO Council approved PDP Recommendations 1-4 during its meeting on 18 April 2019. The GNSO Council did not approve PDP Recommendation 5 which therefore does not form part of this public comment proceeding. Next Steps: The ICANN Board is expected to meet to discuss taking action on the four approved recommendations following the close of this public comment proceeding. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/igo-ingo-crp-recommendations-2019-07-11-en […]

  • Third Version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-3) Released
    on July 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the release of the third version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-3). These rules define a set of criteria for determining valid Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels for the Root Zone of the Domain Name System (DNS) and their variant labels. A total of 16 scripts, out of the 28 scripts identified in the Maximal Starting Repertoire, are now integrated in the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR). The first version (RZ-LGR-1), released in March 2016, integrated the Arabic script. The second version (RZ-LGR-2), released in August 2017, integrated five more scripts, including Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai. RZ-LGR-3 integrates 10 additional scripts: Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Telugu, and Tamil. Armenian and Cyrillic script proposals have also been completed but have been deferred from integration until related script proposals are also finalized. The remaining scripts will be included in the future releases of RZ-LGR, as relevant proposals become available. These label generation rules have been defined by the respective community-based Generation Panels and evaluated and integrated by the Integration Panel after the public comment period, following the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels [PDF, 1.4 MB]. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org. […]

  • Request for Proposal: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1
    on July 9, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 July 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a contractor to perform the research, analysis, and writing necessary to produce Study 1 of the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP). Name collision refers to the situation where a name that is defined and used in one namespace may also appear in another. Users and applications intending to use a name in one namespace may attempt to use it in a different one, and unexpected behavior may result where the intended use of the name is not the same in both namespaces. The ICANN Board asked the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to study the impact of name collisions and advise the Board on their effects and possible mitigation. In response, SSAC started the NCAP effort and designed Study 1, the first of three name collision studies intended to address the Board's request. The scope of NCAP Study 1 is larger than usual work undertaken by SSAC, so the ICANN organization's Office of the CTO (OCTO) is facilitating the work and is engaging a contractor to perform Study 1. More details about NCAP and Study 1 can be found in a document written by SSAC entitled SSAC Proposal for the Name Collision Analysis Project (Revised by ICANN Office of the CTO). For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 331 KB]. Indications of interest should be emailed to NCAP-Study1-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 30 July 2019 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email. 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 Announced for ICANN66 Fellowship
    on July 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 35 individuals from 32 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN66 Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada, from 2-7 November 2019. To view the selected candidates, click here. The chosen participants represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, academia, business, technical, security, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, 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 (DNS), 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 creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. The ICANN organization received 454 applications for the ICANN66 Fellowship Program. To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, 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. […]

  • Proposed Definition of Name Collisions and Scope of Inquiry for the Name Collisions Analysis Project
    on July 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 2 July 2019 Close Date: 12 August 2019 Originating Organization: The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Categories/Tags: Security and Stability Brief Overview: As part of the project plan for the name collision analysis project (NCAP), the SSAC would like to seek public input on the definition of name collision and scope of inquiry for the name collision analysis project. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-definition-name-collisions-2019-07-02-en […]

  • ICANN65 Marrakech GAC Communiqué
    on June 27, 2019 at 7:00 am

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – 27 JUNE 2019 – Today, the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN65 issued its Marrakesh Communiqué. It is available for review here. […]

  • 2019 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Honors Kurt Pritz
    on June 24, 2019 at 7:00 am

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – 24 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2019 Multistakeholder Ethos Award is long-time member of the ICANN community, Kurt Pritz. The selection panel of representatives from ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Pritz's dedication to ICANN's multistakeholder model and his ability to achieve consensus among groups with disparate views and priorities. The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed in a substantive way to policymaking within the ICANN ecosystem. Pritz recently chaired a working group mandated to resolve one of the most significant issues in the ICANN community, a replacement framework for WHOIS. In addition to his work with the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Temporary Specification for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data, Pritz has also participated in other ICANN working groups and Policy Development Processes such as the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process. Pritz is a Strategic Planning Board member of UK Creative Ideas, operator of the .art domain registry. He is a former ICANN organization employee, serving in a number of senior roles between 2003 and 2012. 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. […]

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

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

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

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

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

    Los Angeles – 14 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. In September 2018, the ICANN Board appointed J. Damon Aschraft as the 2019 NomCom Chair and Cheryl Ann Miller as the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2018-09-16-en#1.e.)  In the Spring of 2019, Ms. Miller stepped down from the position as Chair-Elect. Thereafter, in May 2019, the ICANN Board appointed Jay Sudowski as the NomCom Chair-Elect for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-05-03-en#1.h.) Article 8, section 8.3(d) of the Bylaws states, "It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair." While it is anticipated that the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2020 NomCom Chair, in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency, the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership, and the results of that evaluation will be available to the Board Governance Committee (BGC) before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on the 2020 NomCom leadership. These reviews will be conducted by an independent third party provider and will consist of interviewing other NomCom leadership, NomCom members, and designated NomCom staff. The BGC will utilize the outcomes of these reviews in their processes leading up to the Board's formal appointment of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. The NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN's supporting organizations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs) in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN's Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual Meeting. The Chair-Elect, a position created as a result of an independent review of the NomCom, is not intended to fill an advisory role. Rather, the Chair-Elect will receive the benefit of training while serving alongside the Chair, gaining skills and knowledge to be applied for the Chair-Elect's anticipated succession into the role of the Chair. Candidates for Chair-Elect should possess the same skills as candidates for the Chair. Position Description This position blends time management and negotiation skills with the practical aspects of conducting a worldwide search for individuals to fill various ICANN leadership positions. The NomCom Chair will be called on to schedule, organize and lead numerous in-person and telephonic meetings with a large committee of community members. The NomCom Chair is also responsible for managing the candidate identification and statement of interest process, with other committee members, and for managing the due diligence to be performed on nominated candidates, in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any retained outside firm(s). Throughout all NomCom activities, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that all NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed, and that all required documentation and reports are prepared in a timely fashion and provided to the proper parties as necessary. Skills and Experience To properly serve as the NomCom Chair, the selected individual must have: adequate time available to undertake the role; excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members; a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates; experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN; strong organization and leadership skills; ability to remain unbiased; no conflicts of interest, and a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN Bylaws relating to the NomCom (see http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#article8). Specific Duties and Responsibilities Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including: Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates. Conducts outreach with ICANN Stakeholder groups, Constituencies, Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others. With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during the NomCom process. Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel's office and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN org's website. Ensures NomCom records are properly established, maintained and archived. Eligibility Exclusion No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN org (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair or Chair-Elect. Expenses All reasonable travel expenses and administrative costs incurred as a result of performing the duties as NomCom Chair or Chair-Elect in accordance with ICANN org's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN org upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN org of valid receipts and invoices. Expressions of Interest Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to NomComChair2020@icann.org no later than 5 July 2019. A suggested form for submitting an Expression of Interest is available here. For more information about the NomCom see http://nomcom.icann.org/. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

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

    LOS ANGELES – 13 June 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of its Five-Year NextGen@ICANN Survey. Nearly all respondents said that participating in the NextGen Program has enhanced their academic and professional development. As part of the program's five-year anniversary, the survey was sent to former participants to determine the program's impact on their academic and professional lives and engagement with ICANN, as well as to collect feedback on ways to increase participation and improve the program. Click here to download the full Five-Year NextGen@ICANN Program Survey Report [PDF, 570 KB]. The NextGen Program aims to broaden participation in ICANN by providing opportunities for university students to attend ICANN Public Meetings. It is intended for undergraduate and graduate students aged 18-30 studying in the region where the ICANN Public Meeting is taking place. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LOS ANGELES – 5 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced two successful completions of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) strings for the European Commission (in Greek), requested by EURid; and Laos, requested by Lao National Internet Center (LANIC). Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion. The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements: The script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin; The languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and A specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external Domain Name System (DNS) Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts). The request and evaluation processes entail three steps: Preparation (by the requester in the country or territory): Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation. Requests are submitted through an online system together with additional material supporting the process at http://forms.icann.org/idn/apply.php. String Evaluation: Requests are evaluated in accordance with the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s) criteria described above. String Delegation: Requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. Requesters submit string delegation requests to IANA root zone management: root-mgmt@iana.org. With this announcement, 61 string requests for a total of 42 countries/territories have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 57 IDN ccTLDs representing 39 countries/territories are delegated in the DNS root zone, with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying, for delegation of the string. Up-to-date information about the IDN Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fast-track-2012-02-25-en. ICANN looks forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country code domains for countries that meet the Fast Track Process requirements. ICANN will continue to accept new string evaluation requests in the Fast Track Process. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email IDNProgram@icann.org for any inquiries for participation. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]