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  • IANA Naming Function Review Team Community Webinar
    on September 21, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 21 September 2020 – Today, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Naming Function Review Team (IFRT) has announced that it is in the final stages of completing its Initial Report. The IFRT will be holding a webinar for the community regarding one of their proposed recommendations that would require an amendment to the IANA Naming Functions Contract between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). This amendment may be of particular interest to country code top-level domain (ccTLD) and generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry operators. Per the ICANN Bylaws, Article 18, Section 18.5.d.(a): "The IFRT may recommend, among other things to the extent reasonably related to the IFR responsibilities set forth in Section 18.3, amendments to the IANA Naming Function Contract, IANA Naming Function SOW and/or the CSC Charter. The IFRT shall, at a minimum, take the following steps before an amendment to either the IANA Naming Function Contract, IANA Naming Function SOW or CSC Charter is proposed:……(iii) Conduct a public input session for ccTLD and gTLD registry operators." The IFRT noted that the IANA Naming Functions Contract contains a requirement relating to the formatting of IANA's monthly Root Operations Audit Reports and this requirement can be considered obsolete. The IFRT therefore recommends that: In Article 7 Section 7.1 (a) the IFRT recommends that this statement "The relevant policies under which the changes are made shall be noted within each monthly report" be removed from the contract, as it is a legacy statement from the NTIA contract that is no longer required. The IFRT encourages all interested parties, and in particular ccTLD and gTLD registry operators, to join the scheduled informational webinar to learn more. Webinar Information Date: 29 September 2020Time: 17:00 – 17:30 UTCWebinar Link: https://icann.zoom.us/j/96824197988?pwd=TGpISnFnck1TblpQdkthd0lHUzRxdz09Passcode: IFRT_09/29 A recording of the webinar will be made available on the IFRT's Wiki page and you may submit questions and comments at any time via their public email list [email protected] For more information on the webinar, click here. About IFR The IANA Naming Functions Review (IFR) is one of the accountability mechanisms created as part of the IANA stewardship transition to ensure that ICANN, via its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), meets the needs and expectations of its naming customers. 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. About PTI Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is an affiliate of ICANN responsible for performing the IANA functions, which include management of the Domain Name System root zone, the global Internet Protocol address space and other protocol parameters that support Internet operation. PTI was formed in 2016 following a transition of stewardship to the multistakeholder community that relies upon the IANA functions. PTI performs the IANA functions under contract with ICANN.

  • Naela Sarras Appointed ICANN Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement in North America
    on September 17, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 September 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Naela Sarras has been appointed Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, North America. She is based in Los Angeles and reports to Sally Costerton, Senior Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement. "ICANN's North America region is home to many ICANN-accredited registries and registrars, established civil society organizations, and members of the technical community who participate in Internet standards organizations," Costerton said, "These stakeholders will benefit from the remarkable depth of Naela's experience." Sarras joined ICANN org in 2005 and is currently the Director of IANA Operations, overseeing many of the most important technical functions that ICANN facilitates. She is a highly respected member of and key liaison to ICANN's technical community. Sarras has been instrumental in many projects, such as the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) program, which is helping build a multilingual Internet for the next generation of Internet users across the globe. Sarras is fluent in English and Arabic, and has a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. She will transition to her new role in November, where she will help build and diversify ICANN's multistakeholder base across North America. ICANN org is recruiting for an operations director to fill her IANA position. 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.

  • ICANN69 Prep Week Schedule Now Available
    on September 15, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 September 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the ICANN69 Prep Week schedule. These 12 webinars are intended to help prepare the community for the ICANN69 Virtual Annual General Meeting. To attend any of the webinars, please register for ICANN69 here. Upon registration, you will receive two emails: Registration confirmation An email with login information for the schedule Once you log into the schedule, you will be able to sign up for the Prep Week webinars. Please note that participation links will be posted 24 hours prior to the session start times for security purposes. The session schedule will display in your local time, based on the time set for your device where you view the website. Times on the schedule below are all in Central European Summer Time (CEST). ICANN69 Prep Week Schedule: Date / Time (CEST = UTC+2) Title Monday, 5 October 2020 13:30-15:00 CEST What to Expect at ICANN69: A Guide for Newcomers Monday, 5 October 2020 15:30-16:30 CEST At-Large Social Media Webinar Monday, 5 October 2020 17:00-18:00 CEST NomCom ICANN69 Public Meeting Monday, 5 October 2020 18:30-19:30 CEST Registrant Program Update Tuesday, 6 October 2020 15:30-16:45 CEST Update on ICANN's Reviews Tuesday, 6 October 2020 17:00-18:00 CEST Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Program Update Tuesday, 6 October 2020 18:30-20:00 CEST Planning at ICANN and FY22 Planning Process Wednesday, 7 October 2020 10:30-11:30 CEST At-Large ICANN69 Introduction Webinar Wednesday, 7 October 2020 17:00-18:00 CEST Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review (SSR2) Progress Update Wednesday, 7 October 2020 18:30-19:30 CEST Contractual Compliance Update Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:30-19:30 CEST Pre-ICANN69 Policy Webinar Thursday, 8 October 2020 20:00-21:00 CEST Q&A with ICANN Org Executive Team ICANN69 Prep Week webinar materials and recordings will be shared on the ICANN69 meeting schedule. Meeting registration is required to access this 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 org Responds to Digital Services Act Initiative Public Consultation Launched by European Commission
    on September 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

    BRUSSELS – 10 September 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced on 8 September 2020 that the ICANN org has responded to the European Commission's public consultation on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is a legislative initiative launched in response to growing concern over the roles and responsibilities of online platforms. It aims to update elements of the European Union's e-Commerce Directive, including the liability provisions for intermediaries. In ICANN org's response to the public consultation, which closed on 8 September 2020, it urged policy makers not to conflate the Internet's core infrastructure and operations with the applications that run on top of that infrastructure. Core infrastructure service providers, which are primarily engaged in maintaining stability and interconnectivity, should not be held responsible for third-party content that is outside of their control. The full set of responses submitted by ICANN org are available here. For more information about the potential impact of the DSA initiative on the ICANN community, please read this ICANN org Government Engagement publication. This paper provides an update and analysis of the DSA initiative, as well as its relevance to ICANN's technical role in the Internet ecosystem. 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 Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program Pilot
    on August 31, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 31 August 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the Pandemic Internet Access Program Pilot for ICANN69, following the ICANN Board's resolution in support of the pilot program. To facilitate participation during the remote Public Meeting, the pilot program offers community members who have limited Internet capacity financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth during ICANN69. Reimbursement amounts of up to USD 60 will be provided to eligible applicants who purchase additional Internet bandwidth (capacity or data limits) for the duration of the month or billing cycle for October 2020. The services must be rendered by a business entity or Internet service provider, specifically for Internet or cellular data service. The provider must also provide digital or paper documentation of the upgrade costs. "It is important that we continue to find new, innovative ways of lowering the barriers to participation, so that community members have an opportunity to contribute and have their voices heard," said Maarten Botterman, Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors. "This pilot program is an important step towards that goal." Interested community members must apply in advance of ICANN69, and those who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected to participate. The application deadline is Friday, 2 October 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application is available here. For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements, click here. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is also available 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.

  • Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level
    on August 24, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 24 August 2020 Close Date: 15 October 2020 Originating Organization: Global Domains and Strategy (GDS) Categories/Tags: Second-Level Domains Brief Overview: To improve the transparency and consistency of the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) table review process to facilitate the registry operations of new gTLDs, ICANN has developed additional reference IDN Tables in machine-readable format, called reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the second level. The reference IDN tables are based on the Guidelines for Developing Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs), which were finalized after community review. These reference LGRs will be used in reviewing IDN tables submitted by the gTLD registries, e.g. through the Registry Service Evaluation Policy (RSEP) process. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reference-lgrs-second-level-2020-08-24-en

  • GNSO New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Draft Final Report
    on August 20, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 20 August 2020 Close Date: 30 September 2020 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Policy Development Brief Overview: The objective of this Public Comment period is to share the Working Group's draft Final Report and present draft final recommendations and implementation guidance on topics within the Working Group's charter. The draft recommendations and implementation guidance included in this report are the culmination of years of Working Group deliberations and community input that take into account input received through a number of Public Comment periods, including a survey of existing Stakeholder Group / Constituency / Advisory Committee statements from the 2012 round of new gTLDs, a set of dozens of initial questions aimed at getting input on the processes and results of the 2012 new gTLD round, as well as comments on the Working Group's Initial Report and Supplemental Initial Reports. Given that some of the recommendations have been substantively updated since these earlier reports, this draft Final Report is being published for an additional Public Comment period. While the full report is open for comment, the Working Group would like input to focus on areas that have substantively changed since publication of the Initial Report and Supplemental Initial Report and in limited instances, questions that the Working Group has posed to the community for feedback. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/gnso-new-gtld-subsequent-draft-final-report-2020-08-20-en

  • PTI and IANA FY22 Budget Webinar
    on August 19, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that its affiliate, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), is inviting the community to participate in a webinar with Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) staff and members of the PTI Board to discuss PTI's Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Operating Plan and Budget (PTI OP&B) for delivering the IANA functions. The PTI OP&B includes two components – both an IANA budget and a PTI budget. The IANA budget includes the direct costs for ICANN's IANA department, all costs for PTI, direct costs for shared resources between ICANN and PTI, and support functions provided by ICANN to PTI. The PTI budget includes PTI's performance of the IANA functions. Please join one of the two scheduled informational webinars to learn more. ICANN welcomes the community's questions and comments. Webinar #1 Information 27 August 2020 1500 – 1600 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/99682866787, Passcode: [email protected] Webinar #2 Information 28 August 2020 0000 – 0100 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/93665089105, Passcode: [email protected] 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. About PTI Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is an affiliate of ICANN responsible for performing the IANA functions, which include management of the DNS root zone, the global IP address space and other protocol parameters that support Internet operation. PTI was formed in 2016 following a transition of stewardship to the multistakeholder community that relies upon the IANA functions. PTI performs the IANA functions under contract with ICANN.

  • Baher Esmat Appointed Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Regional Office
    on August 17, 2020 at 7:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 17 AUGUST 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Baher Esmat has been appointed Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) office in Istanbul, Turkey. He is replacing Nick Tomasso who has served as Managing Director for MEA since 2017 in addition to his role as Vice President, Global Meeting Operations, in which he will continue to serve. Esmat is taking on this responsibility in addition to his role as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East, which he has held since 2012. Esmat will continue to report to Sally Costerton, Senior Advisor to President & Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement. Esmat joined ICANN in 2006 as Regional Manager, Global Partnerships, Middle East. During his 14-year tenure at ICANN org, he has led the organization's engagement efforts in the Middle East and overseen the development of regional engagement plans. In his new role, Esmat will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the regional office in Istanbul. He will work with its functional teams to facilitate engagement and outreach activities in the region and ensure that the office serves the MEA region needs in alignment with ICANN's 2021-2025 strategic plan. Prior to joining ICANN, Esmat worked in public and private organizations, and led efforts to advance telecommunication infrastructure and Internet services in Egypt and the Middle East. He began his career as a network engineer and contributed to the introduction of the Internet in Egypt in the 1990s. He also worked for Newbridge Networks and was part of its regional pre-sales team developing technical solutions for telecom operators and ISPs across the Middle East. He later joined the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt and led the planning of key national infrastructure projects and Internet Governance related work. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University, and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo. 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.

  • In joint effort, ICANN and Transtelco install Managed Root Server Instance in Mexico
    on August 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO – 10 August 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), today announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in Monterrey, Mexico. Increasing the number of instances improves the overall fault tolerance of the Domain Name System (DNS), bolsters the resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and can reduce the response time that local Internet users experience during DNS queries. The installation of the third instance in Mexico is a joint effort between ICANN and Transtelco. The instance was installed on 21 July. Transtelco supplied the equipment necessary for the installations and the bandwidth needed to support it. "We appreciate Transtelco's efforts to host this IMRS instance. This commitment improves root zone Domain Name System service and augments the technical stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System in the region," said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer. "The new IMRS instance will advance the quality of experience for every Internet user in Mexico," said Max Velazquez, engineer manager at Transtelco. "Transtelco is proud to collaborate with ICANN to make it happen." ICANN manages more than 166 IMRS instances around the world, most of which are hosted by third parties. There are now 35 IMRS instances installed in Latin America, located in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. 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. ABOUT TRANSTELCO Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Transtelco offers innovative, customer-driven communication solutions for telecom carriers and blue-chip enterprise customers throughout the Americas. Overlaid with an award-winning, proprietary Software Defined Network ("SDN") backbone, Transtelco's state-of-the-art fiber network spans from the Southwestern United States to the East Coast, into Mexico and throughout all of LATAM by leveraging its use of multiple sub-sea cable systems and terrestrial fiber rings, linking international markets to operate contiguously. Transtelco's market-leading portfolio of customer solutions includes Dedicated Internet Access, Long-Haul & Metro Transport, Cloud Connectivity, Managed SD-WAN, IP VPNs, Data Center Colocation, Telephony and other professional services. With the acquisition of Neutrona, an innovative SDN provider, Transtelco continues to extend its network coverage and provide its customers with superior customer experience, reliability, network intelligence and process automation. For more information, visit www.transtelco.net FACT SHEET What is a root server? A root server is a name server for the Domain Name System (DNS) root zone. Root servers respond to DNS lookup requests made by DNS resolvers generally operated by Internet service providers. When the request is a query about the root zone itself, the root server will respond authoritatively with the answer. For all other queries, the root server will respond with either a referral to the appropriate top-level domain (TLD) name server or an error response (e.g., to indicate a non-existent TLD). Each root server is made up of a number of machines at multiple locations. These machines are known as instances. What is a root server instance? An instance makes use of an Internet traffic routing technique known as "anycast" that allows all the root server's instances to have the same two IP addresses (an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address) and to serve the same DNS content, including information about the name servers for TLDs. Benefits of root server instances Increasing the number of instances improves the overall fault tolerance of the DNS, bolsters the resilience against certain types of cyber threats such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and can reduce the response time that local Internet users experience during DNS queries. Contrary to common misconception, root servers do not control the Internet. The operation of an instance also does not provide any mechanism to alter content of the DNS. Any modification of root zone content will be mitigated by a part of the DNS protocol known as the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and if an instance fails to respond to a query, resolvers will ask the same question to another instance or root server. Regardless of which root server the resolvers are sending queries to, spreading more instances geographically leads to a more resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of Internet users being taken offline by a problem or attack. The increased distribution of instances also ensures that the turnaround time of a DNS query and response is as fast as possible, resulting in better experiences for Internet users. Historically, there were 13 individual machines that provided root service, with each one of those machines having one of 13 unique IPv4 addresses. However, today, there are 26 unique IP addresses - 13 IPv4 and 13 IPv6, that are used to provide root service via over 1000 individual machines. The equipment, hardware, and connectivity for the machines that use those 26 addresses are administered by 12 organizations known as "root server operators." ICANN, which administers the ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS), is one of those 12 organizations. Each of the root server operators manages their constellation of instances independently of the others, although they do coordinate with one another when needs arise. While the service provided by each root server operator may differ in how the service is offered, they are identical in the answers to DNS questions they receive. No root server operator is unique - all 12 root server operators obtain root zone data as defined by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and make that data available via the IPv4 or IPv6 address associated with their server.

  • ICANN75 Annual General Meeting Location Announced
    on August 7, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 August 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been selected as the location for ICANN75. The Annual General Meeting will be held from 17-22 September 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). ICANN holds three Public Meetings each calendar year in different regions around the world. The Kuala Lumpur meeting will represent the Asia Pacific region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central part of ICANN's multistakeholder model, and provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, negotiating business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization. Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are an important opportunity for individuals and representatives from ICANN's various stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend either in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free. More Information ICANN Board Resolution on ICANN75 meeting location: https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2020-05-07-en-1.a ICANN Meetings website: https://meetings.icann.org/en/calendar 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 Extends Call for Expressions of Interest: Standing Panel for ICANN's Independent Review Process
    on July 23, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES - 23 July 2020 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking Expressions of Interest for panelists to serve on the omnibus Standing Panel for ICANN's Independent Review Process (IRP). The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is extended to 31 August 2020 at 23:59 UTC. Candidates for the IRP omnibus Standing Panel should review the Expressions of Interest document before submission. The document includes the following information: Panel Position Description Required or Highly Preferred Skills Required or Highly Preferred Experience Time Commitment Compensation and Selection Expressions of Interest should be submitted to: [email protected] Background on ICANN's IRP ICANN's IRP is a form of arbitration, which provides for independent third-party review of ICANN actions alleged by an affected party to be inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws. The IRP is an essential accountability mechanism to hold the ICANN Board and organization (org) accountable. The seating of a Standing Panel to hear these claims is an important component to achieve consistent, binding outcomes. ICANN is committed through its Bylaws to a role for the ICANN community in identifying the final composition of the Standing Panel slate. ICANN org has and continues to consult with the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) on how the community can participate in the process. A summary of community feedback received to date and next steps is available here. Submit Your Expression of Interest ICANN org encourages the ICANN community to circulate the Call for Expressions of Interest broadly across your networks to help us attract a skilled and diverse set of candidates. The deadline for submission is extended to 31 August 2020 at 23:59 UTC and Expressions of Interest should be submitted to: [email protected] 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 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.

  • Nomination Opens for Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building
    on July 20, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 20 July 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a one-month nomination period for the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building. ICANN first introduced the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building in January to recognize ICANN community members for significant efforts in developing capacity in areas related to ICANN's Mission. The award was established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an Internet pioneer known for his contributions to global Internet governance. At the time of his passing, Kamel was ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement. This annual award will be awarded to one individual during ICANN's Annual General Meeting, held in the fourth quarter each year. The ideal recipient will have at least five years of: Significant contributions to national, regional, or global capacity-building programs related to ICANN's Mission. Developing capacity-building programs that positively influenced the multistakeholder model and diversified participation at ICANN. In addition: All nominations must include detailed information and documentation to demonstrate the nominee's fulfilment of the award criteria. Any ICANN community member or ICANN community group (e.g., Supporting Organization (SO), Advisory Committee (AC), or a SO/AC constituent group) may submit a nomination. All nominations must be submitted via the nomination form. Self-nominations are not allowed. The ICANN Board will evaluate a shortlist of candidates. Please submit your nominations via this nomination form by 21 August 2020 23:59 UTC. Any additional information in support of nominations or questions about the award process may be submitted via email to [email protected] This year's award recipient will be announced in October 2020 at ICANN69. For more information, please refer to ICANN Community Wiki. 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 Eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum 2020 Goes Virtual
    on July 6, 2020 at 7:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 6 JULY 2020 – The eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which was to be held in Dakar Senegal under the auspices of Senegal Network Information Centre with the support of the government of Senegal, will now be held virtually. This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting, scheduled for 27-28 July 2020, is an annual open event for stakeholders in the domain name industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the Africa Registrar Association (AfRegistrar), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This year, the Africa DNS Forum has been restructured to adapt to the virtual platform, with a total of four sessions that will be spread over a two-day period. Each session will be two hours long and will cover thematic topics focused on policy, technical, and marketing, as well as emerging issues under the current pandemic and other emergencies. Holding this meeting virtually will provide the opportunity to test the resilience of the infrastructure in the region. Remote participation will be available through Zoom and live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. To register and learn more about the Africa DNS Forum, please click here. The first edition of the Forum was held in Durban, South Africa in 2013. Since then the model has been replicated in the Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Forum has also been held in Abuja, Nigeria (2014); Nairobi Kenya (2015); Marrakech, Morocco (2016); Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (2017); Cotonou, Benin (2018); and Gaborone, Botswana (2019). Organizing Partners About AFTLD Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD) is the association of country code top level domain (ccTLD) registry managers in the Africa region. The main objective of AFTLD is to provide a forum for ccTLD managers from the Africa region to discuss issues regarding management of ccTLD registries. AFTLD then presents their common position on key global issues in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry in international meetings About AfRegistrar AfRegistrar association includes all ICANN accredited registrars based in the African continent, The AfRegistrars shall fulfil the role, responsibilities, and functions of the AfRegistrar as defined within the ICANN Bylaws. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • First ICANN Managed Root Server Instance Installed in Palau
    on July 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

    SINGAPORE – 2 July 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in the Republic of Palau (Palau). The installation of the first Palau instance is a joint effort between ICANN and the Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC). PNCC supplied the equipment necessary for the installations and the bandwidth needed to support the instance. "We appreciate the joint effort by PNCC to host the IMRS instance. This commitment improves root zone Domain Name System service, and augments the technical stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System in the region," said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer. "Having an IMRS instance in Palau should not be considered a PNCC accomplishment," said Leo Ben Teriong, PNCC Chief Executive Officer. "It is an advancement in the quality of experience that every Internet user in Palau will benefit from, as we continue to build our Republic of Palau hand-in-hand." ICANN manages more than 165 IMRS instances around the world, most of which are hosted by third parties. There are now 22 IMRS instances installed in Oceania, located in Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Solomon Islands. 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. FACT SHEET What is a root server? A root server is a name server for the Domain Name System (DNS) root zone. Root servers respond to DNS lookup requests made by DNS resolvers generally operated by Internet service providers. When the request is a query about the root zone itself, the root server will respond authoritatively with the answer. For all other queries, the root server will respond with either a referral to the appropriate top-level domain (TLD) name server or an error response (e.g., to indicate a non-existent TLD). Each root server is made up of a number of machines at multiple locations. These machines are known as instances. What is a root server instance? An instance makes use of an Internet traffic routing technique known as "anycast" that allows all the root server's instances to have the same two IP addresses (an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address) and to serve the same DNS content, including information about the name servers for TLDs. Benefits of root server instances Increasing the number of instances improves the overall fault tolerance of the DNS, bolsters the resilience against certain types of cyber threats such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and can reduce the response time that local Internet users experience during DNS queries. Contrary to common misconception, root servers do not control the Internet. The operation of an instance also does not provide any mechanism to alter content of the DNS. Any modification of root zone content will be mitigated by a part of the DNS protocol known as the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and if an instance fails to respond to a query, resolvers will ask the same question to another instance or root server. Regardless of which root server the resolvers are sending queries to, spreading more instances geographically leads to a more resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of Internet users being taken offline by a problem or attack. The increased distribution of instances also ensures that the turnaround time of a DNS query and response is as fast as possible, resulting in better experiences for Internet users. Historically, there were 13 individual machines that provided root service, with each one of those machines having one of 13 unique IPv4 addresses. However, today, there are 26 unique IP addresses - 13 IPv4 and 13 IPv6, that are used to provide root service via over 1000 individual machines. The equipment, hardware, and connectivity for the machines that use those 26 addresses are administered by 12 organizations known as "root server operators." ICANN, which administers the ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS), is one of those 12 organizations. Each of the root server operators manages their constellation of instances independently of the others, although they do coordinate with one another when needs arise. While the service provided by each root server operator may differ in how the service is offered, they are identical in the answers to DNS questions they receive. No root server operator is unique - all 12 root server operators obtain root zone data as defined by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and make that data available via the IPv4 or IPv6 address associated with their server.

  • Webinar Invitation: Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Final Report
    on June 29, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 June 2020 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) invites the community to participate in a webinar on its Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB]. There are two opportunities to participate: 15 July 2020 at 15:30-16:30 UTC 16 July 2020 at 07:00-08:00 UTC During the webinar, the ATRT3 will present an overview of the recommendations in its Final Report and answer questions. Details on how to attend are available here. Background The ATRT3 Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB] contains five recommendations with regard to ICANN accountability and transparency in the following areas: Prioritization of review and Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (WS2) recommendations. Amending Specific and Organizational Reviews. Accountability and transparency relating to Strategic and Operational Plans including accountability indicators. Public input. Assessment of the implementation of ATRT2 recommendations. On 16 June 2020, the ATRT3 Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB] was issued for Public Comment to inform Board action on the ATRT3's final recommendations. The Public Comment proceeding will close at 23:59 UTC on 31 July 2020. 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.

  • Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Version 4 (RZ-LGR-4)
    on June 29, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 29 June 2020 Close Date: 11 August 2020 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Integration Panel (IP) has successfully evaluated the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) proposals for Bangla and Chinese scripts, as well as the updated proposal for Malayalam script. These proposals were finalized and submitted by the respective Generation Panels (GPs), following their release for Public Comment. The IP has integrated these proposals, along with other scripts already integrated into the third version of the Root Zone LGR (RZ-LGR-3), to develop the fourth version of the Root Zone LGR (RZ-LGR-4). As per the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels, the RZ-LGR-4 is being released for Public Comment to gather community feedback for its finalization. RZ-LGR will be used to determine valid top-level Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels and their variant labels. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rz-lgr-4-2020-06-29-en

  • ICANN68 Governmental Advisory Committee Communiqué Now Available
    on June 27, 2020 at 7:00 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 27 June 2020 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued the GAC Communiqué – ICANN68 Virtual Policy Forum. It is available for review here. Previous GAC advice and past communiqués are available at https://gac.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 Announces [email protected] Participants
    on June 26, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the individuals selected to participate in the [email protected] program for ICANN69 from 17-22 October 2020. ICANN69 was originally intended to be held in Hamburg, Germany, but has been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All [email protected] program activities for ICANN69 will be held virtually as well. The 12 selectees attend universities in the European region, where they study computer science, law, and business. An independent committee selected the ICANN69 NextGen participants based on their current studies and interest in global policy and Internet governance. ICANN69 [email protected] program participants: Oier Albizuri Gomez Mondragon University Zokirov Ugli Far Eastern Federal University Marko Paloski Ss.Cyril and Methodius University Güllü Akcaova Open Universiteit Ferran Farré de Febrer Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Fabio Monnet Université de Genève Neli Odishvili University of Georgia School of Law Kris Shrishak Sridaran Technical University Darmstadt Mariam Tsiklauri University of Georgia Ares Jakupi University for Business and Technology Daniel Kalemi American College of Thessaloniki Lennart Schulze Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart   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.

  • Adopted FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and Adopted FY21 Budget Take Effect 1 July 2020
    on June 24, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 24 June 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and the FY21 Budget will take effect on 1 July 2020. Click here to view these documents. The ICANN Board adopted both documents on 8 May. ICANN's Empowered Community did not raise a petition to reject any of the approval decisions. The Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers. For more information on the Empowered Community, please click here. Community participation and engagement in ICANN's planning process is a cornerstone of transparency and accountability to the public. The FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and FY21 Operating Plan and Budget were the result of 11 months of collaboration between the ICANN org, the community, the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, and the ICANN Board's Finance Committee (BFC). ICANN thanks all community members who participated in this important process and contributed to improving its outcome. 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.

  • 2020 ICANN Community Excellence Award Honors Olivier Crépin-Leblond
    on June 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 22 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2020 Community Excellence Award is Olivier Crépin-Leblond. The Community Excellence 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. The selection panel of representatives from ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Crépin-Leblond's dedication to ICANN's multistakeholder model and long record of substantial contributions to the ICANN community. The panel noted his energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to engage across the diverse ICANN community contributed to his effective facilitation of community dialogues. Crépin-Leblond is a former Chair and Vice Chair of ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee and Board member and former Chair of the European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO). He has participated in a number of key ICANN policy development processes and working groups and was a member of the 2010 Nominating Committee. Long active in the Internet governance ecosystem, he is the Chair of the United Kingdom chapter of the Internet Society, a founder and Board member of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), and the current co-Chair of the Cross-Community Working Group on Internet Governance. Crépin-Leblond is the founder of Global Information Highway, an Internet policy, services, and equipment consultancy. You can watch an interview with him about the honor and hear from the Community Excellence Award Selection Panel. 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 Extends Call for Expressions of Interest for 2021 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect through 7 July 2020
    on June 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking Expressions of Interest for the Chair and Chair-Elect of the 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom). 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, and recent experience on the NomCom for both positions is highly desirable. In September 2019, the ICANN Board appointed Jay Sudowski as the 2020 NomCom Chair and Ole Jacobsen as the 2020 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-09-08-en#1.c.) 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 2020 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2021 NomCom Chair, the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency. 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 2021 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 2021 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. Position Description The Chair 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 and Chair-Elect, 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; recent experience on the NomCom is highly desirable. 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. A thorough understanding of, and ability to satisfy, all criteria set forth in the 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 and 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 org 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 [email protected] no later than 7 July 2020. 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.

  • Domain Name Marketplace Indicators Published on the Open Data Platform
    on June 17, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the release of updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators through the ICANN Open Data Platform. The indicators reflect industry metrics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), with the aim of fostering greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace. The launch of the Domain Name Marketplace Indicators within the Open Data Platform represents a key milestone as the new platform allows for improved access to, and presentation of, metrics and data. Through the Open Data Platform, users can now search, browse, view, and download available indicators, as well as utilize various analysis and visualization tools. For more information on how to register and use the platform, click here. "The Domain Name Marketplace Indicators are an important resource that aims to provide reliable and pertinent information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace," said Theresa Swinehart, ICANN Senior Vice President of Global Domains Division (GDD) and Multistakeholder Strategy & Strategic Initiatives (MSSI). "Having these metrics available through the Open Data Platform will greatly enhance access, transparency, and increase their utility for the community." ICANN plans to continue to expand the coverage of shortlisted Domain Name Marketplace Indicators and publish these metrics twice a year in order to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted. ICANN org will also continue to work with the community and the project Advisory Panel to evaluate additional enhancements that might be incorporated into the 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.

  • Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Final Report
    on June 16, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 16 June 2020 Close Date: 31 July 2020 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: On 1 June 2020, the third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) submitted its final report to the ICANN Board. The report is now issued for Public Comment to inform Board action on the ATRT3's final recommendations. Per the Bylaws (Section 4.6(a)(vii)(C)) the Board shall consider the final report within six months of receipt, i.e. by 1 December 2020. The Board will consider a feasibility analysis and impact assessment of the implementation of recommendations, which will take into account initial cost and resource estimates and dependencies with other ongoing efforts within the community, and the report of the Public Comment submissions received. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that were approved and provide written rationale for the decision if any recommendations are not approved. The ATRT3 Final Report contains five recommendations with regard to ICANN accountability and transparency in the following areas: Prioritization of review and Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (WS2) recommendations Amending Specific and Organizational Reviews Accountability and transparency relating to Strategic and Operational Plans, including accountability indicators Public input Assessment of the implementation of ATRT2 recommendations The ATRT3 makes a further suggestion in its 1 June 2020 letter to the ICANN Board, on which the Board welcomes community feedback during this Public Comment proceeding: "Given the recommendation in Section 8 of its report ATRT3 is proposing significant changes to Organizational Reviews and Specific Reviews. ATRT3 strongly suggests that the ICANN Board implement a moratorium on launching any new Organizational and Specific Reviews until it has made a decision on this recommendation." The Accountability and Transparency Review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6), which require the review of "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." Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/atrt3-final-report-2020-06-16-en