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  • ICANN to Hold First-Ever Remote Public Meeting
    on February 19, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that its ICANN67 Public Meeting, which was to be held in Cancún, Mexico, will now be held via remote participation-only. This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, considered a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. The meeting, scheduled for 7-12 March 2020, marks the first time in ICANN's history that it will hold a Public Meeting solely with remote participation. Each ICANN Public Meeting attracts thousands of attendees from more than 150 countries. With cases in at least 26 of those countries, there is the potential of bringing the virus to Cancún and into the ICANN meeting site. If this were to happen, there could be accidental exposure of the virus to attendees, staff, and others who come in contact with an infected individual. COVID-19 continues to be a rapidly evolving global situation, with new cases emerging daily. "This is a decision that the ICANN Board has been considering since the outbreak was first announced and it is one that we haven't taken lightly," said Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair. "We know that changing this meeting to remote participation-only will have an impact on and cause disruption to our community; however, this decision is about people. Protecting the health and safety of the ICANN community is our top priority." The community will have many questions about travel arrangements, scheduling, and other meeting-related issues. ICANN will consult with community leaders and groups to focus the virtual program on the most essential sessions, and will publish a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to https://icann.org in the coming days. ICANN thanks its regional partners in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) who had worked tirelessly to host this meeting in Cancún. We appreciate their understanding and we look forward to returning to the LAC region for ICANN70 in 2021. Remote participation is an integral part of any ICANN Public Meeting, but it will be vastly expanded for ICANN67, and will leverage the robust technology platform in use by the community today. Those interested in attending the remote meeting should still register here, if they have not done so previously. To learn more about remote participation, visit ICANN Public Meetings. ICANN will continue to make further announcements as circumstances warrant. In the meantime, ICANN org will hold a webinar to provide a short update and take questions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, 20 February at 1800 UTC. ICANN also is reviewing upcoming meetings, such as the GDD Summit in Paris and the ICANN68 Meeting in Malaysia. So far, no decisions have been made and these are proceeding as planned. ICANN will keep the community informed of any changes. 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.

  • Implementation of Consensus Policy for the Protection of Red Cross & Red Crescent Identifiers
    on February 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 18 February 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has revised the Protection of International Governmental Organization (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Identifiers in All gTLDs Policy, to reflect an updated reserved names list for certain Red Cross and Red Crescent names at the second level of the Domain Name System (DNS). To view the revised policy, click here. This policy update is the implementation of the consensus policy developed by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and adopted by the ICANN Board in January 2019. ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) contracted parties (registries and registrars) will have until 1 August 2020 to comply and update their reserved names. Additional information is available at the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Working Group and IGO and INGO Implementation Review Team (IRT) wiki pages. 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.

  • Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC) Strategy 2021-2025
    on February 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 18 February 2020 Close Date: 3 April 2020 Originating Organization: Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Categories/Tags: Engagement/Participation, Strategy Brief Overview: To align with ICANN's 2021-2025 Strategic Plan at the regional level, the Middle East and Adjoining Countries Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG) developed a draft regional strategy document for the Middle East summarizing the engagement priorities for the region. The document is now open for public comment. The MEAC-SWG is looking forward to receiving feedback and input from both the regional and wider ICANN community. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/meac-strategy-2020-02-18-en

  • Revised Community Travel Support Guidelines
    on February 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 13 February 2020 Close Date: 13 April 2020 Originating Organization: ICANN org Categories/Tags: Travel Support Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding seeks input on the revised Community Travel Support Guidelines, reflecting feedback from supported travelers and observations of ICANN Travel Support since October 2018. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/community-travel-guidelines-2020-02-13-en

  • Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1
    on February 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 13 February 2020 Close Date: 31 March 2020 Originating Organization: Office of the CTO Categories/Tags: Security/Stability Brief Overview: Seeking community input on Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ncap-study-1-2020-02-13-en

  • Draft Proposal for NextGen@ICANN Program Improvements
    on February 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 11 February 2020 Close Date: 31 March 2020 Originating Organization: Public Responsibility Support Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Engagement/Participation Brief Overview: The public comment proceeding is to gather community input on the draft Proposal for the NextGen@ICANN Program Improvements, as part of the community consultation process to review existing practices and define the vision for the future of the NextGen@ICANN Program. The document reflects input from a questionnaire circulated to Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs), and relevant stakeholder groups and communities from the first phase of the community consultation. Taking into account feedback received, Public Responsibility Support will prepare a final report and brief the community on updates and implementation plans. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-proposal-nextgen-2020-02-11-en

  • Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
    on February 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended its application deadline for ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) leadership positions. The new deadline is Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). The NomCom is accepting applications and recommendations for the following positions: Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors. One member of the PTI Board of Directors. Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region. One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. Application Deadline and Process Candidates must submit applications through the online candidate portal. For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 25 February 2020, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms through the online candidate portal. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered. Candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com after creating an account. In addition, candidates can contact NomCom Operations staff at nomcom2020@icann.org if there are any questions. All applications are confidential. Selections are expected to be announced by August 2020. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held during ICANN69, which runs from 17-22 October 2020. Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings will be held in Hamburg, Germany (17-22 October 2020); Cancún, Mexico (20-25 March 2021); The Hague, Netherlands (14-17 June 2021); and Seattle, United States (23-28 October 2021). Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed. Each ICANN Board member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.) For More Information Learn more by visiting the 2020 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2020@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.

  • Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – PHASE 2
    on February 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 7 February 2020 Close Date: 23 March 2020 Originating Organization: Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Policy Development Privacy Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – Phase 2. The Phase 2 EPDP Team is tasked with evaluating a System for Standardized Access/Disclosure of non-public gTLD registration data ("SSAD"). The EPDP Team will hold a webinar on Thursday, 13 February at 14:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of the Initial Report as well as more information on how to submit Public Comments. If you would like to sign up for the webinar, please email gnso-secs@icann.org. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/epdp-phase-2-initial-2020-02-07-en

  • Invitation to Join Webinar on Draft Report from SSR2 Review Team
    on February 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 February 2020 – The second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team invites the community to participate in a webinar on its draft report [PDF, 1.01 MB]. This periodic review is mandated to examine ICANN's commitment to enhance the operational stability, reliability, resiliency, security, and global interoperability of the Internet identifiers that ICANN coordinates. The SSR2 Review Team will present an overview of the key findings and recommendations in its draft report. Participants will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions. There are two options to participate: 10 February 2020 at 21:30 – 22:30 UTC 13 February 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00 UTC Participation instructions are available here. The draft report is available for Public Comment until 23:59 UTC on 4 March 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.

  • ICANN Receives Letter from California Attorney General Regarding .ORG Change of Control
    on January 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 30 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California (CA-AGO) has requested information from ICANN regarding the proposed transfer of Public Interest Registry (PIR) from the Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos Capital in order to "analyze the impact to the nonprofit community, including to ICANN". ICANN received the letter last week, and is fully cooperating with the Attorney General's request for information. ICANN is subject to regulation by the CA-AGO, which is responsible for supervising charitable organizations in California. ICANN is a California public benefit, nonprofit corporation. ICANN and PIR have agreements in place regarding PIR's operation of the .ORG registry and other registries (PIR Registry Agreements). This afternoon, after initial discussions with the CA-AGO, ICANN is publicly posting the Attorney General's letter. ICANN also is providing formal notice to PIR, pursuant to the terms of the PIR Registry Agreements, because the CA-AGO has requested that ICANN provide information that PIR designated as confidential. In addition, the CA-AGO has asked for more time, surpassing the current ICANN deadline to review the proposed change of control of the PIR Registry Agreements that is currently set as 17 February 2020. Accordingly, the letter from ICANN to PIR requests additional time, up to 20 April 2020, to conclude both the CA-AGO and ICANN reviews. Throughout this inquiry, ICANN will continue to conduct thorough due diligence in its consideration of the proposed change of control and related conversion of PIR from a nonprofit to a for-profit. PIR is currently a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation. As part of the proposed sale, PIR has proposed to the Pennsylvania Attorney General that it be turned into a for-profit entity. ICANN remains committed to being as transparent as possible in the processing of PIR's request, as we are demonstrating by the posting of both letters. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • ICANN66 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report Now Available
    on January 28, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the publication of its ICANN66 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report [PDF, 390 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 at increasing program transparency and providing the community with more data and information on the activities of the ICANN fellows. These  reports will be published after every ICANN Public 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.

  • Register Now to Participate in the 7th Middle East DNS Forum
    on January 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 27 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced its Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) from 24-25 March this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, hosted by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC). There are billions of Internet users of different cultures, languages, economic strata, and education levels. Much of ICANN's work, such as helping mitigate DNS abuse, or raising awareness about Internationalized Domains and Universal Acceptance, is towards protecting these users, and creating an environment that is welcoming for the next billion users. It is also an ICANN focus area to encourage participation, representation, and engagement from people all around the world, for whom access to one global Internet has much to offer. The Forum features presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), and the policy discussions on developments on the DNS ecosystem, as well as the benefits of using the Arabic script on the Internet. ICANN's Chief Technology Officer David Conrad will give a keynote on the DNS of Tomorrow discussing the current DNS landscape and ecosystem, emerging standards and challenges including the DNS Over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over TLS (DoT), and other technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and Smart Cities, and how they impact ICANN's work. To register and view the full agenda, please click here. Remote participation will be available. For more information or inquiries, please contact meac.swg@icann.org. The Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) was created to help support the regional domain name industry. This initiative was part of ICANN's Engagement Strategy in the Middle East for 2013-2016 [PDF, 984 KB], created by the regional community in 2013. The Forum is aimed at increasing regional stakeholders' knowledge of the Domain Name System. Since its inception in 2014, the Middle East DNS Forum has been held in the UAE (2014), Jordan (2015), Tunisia (2016), Egypt (2017), Turkey (2018), and UAE (2019). Media Contacts: Luna Madi Communications Director, EMEA Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 533 0313505 Email: luna.madi@icann.org Buket Coskuner Global Communications Coordinator Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 533 4876254 Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – 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 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award and Opens Nomination for ICANN Community Excellence Award
    on January 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES - 27 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a new award, the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building. This award recognizes ICANN community members for significant efforts in developing capacity in areas related to ICANN's mission. Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building The award is 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 presented to one individual during ICANN's Annual General Meeting, held in the fourth quarter each year. The ideal recipient will have: Contributed significantly to national, regional, or global capacity-development programs related to ICANN's mission. Developed capacity-building programs that positively influenced the multistakeholder and diversified participation at ICANN. Details about the award selection process will be available in May 2020. Nomination Opens for ICANN Community Excellence Award The Multistakeholder Ethos Award has been renamed the ICANN Community Excellence Award. ICANN is accepting nominations for this year's award, which will be presented at ICANN68 Kuala Lumpur in June 2020. The ICANN Community Excellence Award recognizes community members who have significantly invested in consensus-based solutions and have contributed substantively to the ICANN multistakeholder model. The ideal recipient(s) will have: Participated in the ICANN community for a minimum of five years. Served in multiple ICANN working groups or committees. Collaborated significantly with more than one Supporting Organization (SO) or Advisory Committee (AC). Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of ICANN community members appointed by the SO/AC chairs using a merit-based point system, using three criteria: Demonstrates an ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN stakeholders with the aim of building consensus. Facilitates dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner through the spirit of collaboration, showing empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests. Demonstrates additional support for the ICANN multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees. Please submit nominations via this nomination form. Include detailed information outlining why the nominee meets the award criteria. Any additional information in support of nominations and questions about the award process may be submitted to excellenceaward2020@icann.org. For more information, please consult the 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. # # #

  • Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Draft Report
    on January 24, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 24 January 2020 Close Date: 4 March 2020 Originating Organization: SSR2 Review Team via Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding is on behalf of the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review Team (SSR2). The SSR2 Review Team seeks to solicit input on its draft report. The report contains findings and recommendations in four key areas: Implementation and impact of recommendations from the first SSR review. Key stability issues within ICANN. Security, stability, and resilience of the Domain Name System (DNS). Future challenges. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssr2-rt-draft-report-2020-01-24-en

  • Public Interest Registry, ICANN Extend Deadline
    on January 17, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Interest Registry (PIR) have mutually agreed to a 30-day extension of ICANN's time to review PIR's submissions. Also, ICANN will be requesting further information from PIR. The agreement can be found here. This is an update to ICANN's Announcement on 11 January 2020.

  • Register for ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars
    on January 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN67 Prep Week, which features a series of nine webinars to prepare the community ahead of the Community Forum in March. To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 14 February 2020 to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process. Note: If you are having trouble accessing the registration link above and you are using Chrome, try the following: Clear your browser cookies and caches. Enable third-party cookies. If issues still persist, please try using a different browser such as Safari. ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars Schedule Tuesday, 18 February 2020 16:00 UTC | ICANN Open Data Platform Overview of the ICANN Open Data Platform and planned soft launch at ICANN67 18:00 UTC | ICANN67 Health, Safety, and Security Overview 20:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update ICANN's FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget ICANN's FY21-25 Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan Wednesday, 19 February 2020 16:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update Registrar & Registry Compliance Update Contractual Compliance Audit Update 21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Webinar Update on GNSO projects and activities, including Policy Development Process (PDP) work, projected timelines, and current challenges Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:00 UTC | Policy Briefing Updates on current work across ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees 18:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update: What to Expect GSE briefing (e.g., ICANN Learn, Newcomers Day) and useful resources Monday, 24 February 2020 15:00 UTC | Registration Data Policy (Expedited PDP Phase 1): Implementation and Related Activities Registration Data Policy Implementation Review Team (IRT) work 17:00 UTC | Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Engagement Activities Engagement with local/regional community and special sessions for the LAC community All webinars will be conducted in English. The Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update will offer Spanish interpretation. Recordings and presentation materials will be posted here. Additionally, the Pre-ICANN67 Policy Briefing materials will also be available in Spanish. ICANN Prep Week was established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, increase awareness of current topics of importance, and enhance briefings and readout sessions conducted around an ICANN Public Meeting. 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.

  • Chris Mondini Appointed ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels
    on January 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Chris Mondini has been appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for the Brussels, Belgium office. He reports to Sally Costerton, Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement. In his new role, Mondini will oversee ICANN org's operations in the region and will continue to lead ICANN org's Global Business Engagement initiatives worldwide. He brings an ideal mix of engagement and managerial experience to this role, along with language skills. Mondini currently serves as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America. During his nearly eight-year tenure at ICANN org, he has worked in several ICANN offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Mondini joined ICANN org as Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and was a founding member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team upon its formation. This experience enabled Mondini to build an extended network of colleagues and stakeholders around the world. Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world's largest corporate corruption cases, while working with non-governmental organizations and business organizations on ways to mitigate corruption risks. Mondini also led grant-making teams for the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization addressing economic development challenges. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. Mondini will be based in Brussels. 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.

  • Attend Informational Webinar on ICANN’s Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget
    on January 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking community input on its draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget. Tomorrow, 14 January, is the last opportunity to attend an informational webinar that offers an overview of the draft plans to aid in understanding and participation. To participate, simply click on the link below at the time of the webinar. 14 January 2020 at 16:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/257109807 The webinars are recorded and links will be published on the Community Finance Wiki. The draft Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of its FY21–25 Strategic Plan. It is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans, it is intended to complement them through a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission over the next five years. The draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY21, and the anticipated funding sources and levels. Click here for more information on how to share your feedback. 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.

  • Update on Proposed Acquisition of Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Ethos Capital
    on January 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

    On 20 December 2019, PIR submitted confidential responses to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) request for additional information regarding the proposed acquisition of PIR by Ethos Capital. PIR has provided to ICANN a redacted version for publication. ICANN received a revised version of the submission on 10 January 2020. The document can be found here.

  • ICANN68 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program Application Now Open
    on January 8, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has begun accepting applications for its Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program for ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program aims to facilitate in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN Public Meetings and eligible ICANN events. Grants of up to USD 750.00 per family are available for ICANN Public Meeting participants who are bringing children and will incur expenses associated with babysitting and/or local childcare services. There will be no on-site meeting or conference-sponsored childcare services during ICANN68. The deadline to apply for the ICANN68 grant is Wednesday, 4 March 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application is available here. For more information on the 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.

  • Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report
    on January 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft ReportLOS ANGELES – 7 January 2020 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) invites the community to participate in a webinar on its draft report [PDF, 1.60 MB]. There are two options to participate: 13 January 2020 at 20:00 UTC 14 January 2020 at 12:00 UTC Dial-in instructions are available here. The ATRT3 will present an overview of the key findings, suggestions, and recommendations in its draft report. Participants will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions. The draft report is available for Public Comment until 23:59 UTC on 31 January 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.

  • Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement
    on January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 3 January 2020 Close Date: 14 February 2020 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN organization is posting proposed Amendment No. 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement between ICANN and VeriSign, Inc. (Verisign) for public comment. Verisign is the registry operator of the .COM top-level domain. ICANN org and Verisign have reached preliminary agreement on an amendment to the .COM Registry Agreement, as well as a framework for working together on additional initiatives related to enhancing the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System in the form of a proposed binding Letter of Intent between the two organizations. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/com-amendment-3-2020-01-03-en

  • ICANN and Verisign Announce Proposed Amendment to .COM Registry Agreement
    on January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES and RESTON, Va. – Jan. 3, 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign, Inc. (Verisign), the registry operator of the .COM top-level domain (TLD) today announced that they have reached a proposed agreement to amend the .COM Registry Agreement (RA). In addition, ICANN and Verisign announced a new proposed framework for working together on initiatives related to the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the form of a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two organizations. Together, these agreements fulfill commitments that ICANN and Verisign made in 2016 when they previously amended the .COM RA. The new terms, which are now open for public comment, will enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS; provide limited and transparent pricing flexibility for .COM registry services; and standardize the .COM RA by including certain technical and reporting requirements based on terms in other registry agreements between ICANN and the registry operators of other TLDs. Verisign's operation of the .COM TLD is governed by two separate agreements: the .COM RA, and the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2016, Verisign and ICANN formally agreed that if and when the Department of Commerce and Verisign made changes to the Cooperative Agreement, ICANN and Verisign would negotiate in good faith to ensure those changes were reflected in the .COM RA. On Oct. 26, 2018, following a review and deliberation by the U.S. Government, Verisign and the Department of Commerce entered into an amendment that included an extension of the Cooperative Agreement. Under the amended Cooperative Agreement, the Department of Commerce noted that the domain name marketplace had grown more dynamic and concluded that it was in the public interest that, among other things, Verisign and ICANN may agree to amend the .COM Registry Agreement to permit an increase to the price for .COM registry services, up to a maximum of 7 percent in each of the final four years of each six-year period (the first six-year period commenced on Oct. 26, 2018). The proposed agreement announced today updates the .COM RA to reflect those changes. ICANN is not a price regulator and defers to the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Justice for the regulation of pricing for .COM registry services. While Verisign does not set retail prices for .COM domain names, the proposed amendment to the .COM RA will provide pricing certainty by limiting the potential maximum wholesale price for .COM domain names. For example, if the four standard price increases are taken in this six-year period, the maximum wholesale price for .COM domain names would be $8.39 no earlier than Oct. 26, 2020 (compared to $7.85 today), and cannot exceed $10.26 until October 2026. In addition to aligning the pricing for .COM registry services with the Cooperative Agreement, the updated .COM RA and LOI achieve four additional important objectives: Alignment with certain technical and reporting obligations for the .COM TLD with those in the Base gTLD Registry Agreement Incorporation of commitments related to the implementation of the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Formalization of a framework by which ICANN and Verisign will work together to support additional enhancements to security and stability of the DNS, including to help combat DNS security threats Additional funding to ICANN to continue to conduct, facilitate and support activities that preserve and enhance the security and stability of the DNS, in support of Verisign's and ICANN's longstanding commitment in this area and ICANN's core mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the internet's unique identifier systems Because of the significance of the .COM TLD, these security, stability and resiliency enhancements will benefit internet users worldwide. The .COM TLD is an important part of the internet's global addressing system, providing the foundation for hundreds of millions of websites, apps, email accounts and core internet infrastructure elements across the globe. The .COM TLD is an important part of global commerce, making its continued secure, stable and resilient operation a top priority for both ICANN and Verisign. These obligations expand on Verisign's long-standing commitment to evolving and improving DNS security, stability and resiliency, through technical innovation, active participation in groups like ICANN's Root Server System Advisory Committee and the Security and Stability Advisory Committee, as well as in Verisign's role as root zone maintainer, and operator of two of the world's 13 authoritative root servers. For more than 22 years, Verisign has maintained 100 percent operational accuracy and stability for the .COM DNS. ICANN facilitates the coordination of the 12 operators of the 13 authoritative root servers. These root servers are the foundation of the DNS. In keeping with ICANN's mission to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global internet, a pillar of its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan is to strengthen the security of the DNS and the DNS Root Server System by partnering with relevant stakeholders to strengthen DNS root server operations governance and coordination; improve awareness of security threats to the DNS; and foster greater diversity of thought to best anticipate, respond to and mitigate potential threats. 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 Verisign Verisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world's most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by Verisign, please visit Verisign.com. MEDIA CONTACTS: Brad White ICANN Director of Communications, North America +1 202-570-7118brad.white@icann.org David McGuire Verisign +1 703-948-3800dmcguire@verisign.com

  • Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2024-2028 and Revised Dates in 2022
    on January 2, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 2 January 2020 Close Date: 11 February 2020 Originating Organization: Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN Meetings Categories/Tags: Events/Conferences Brief Overview: ICANN is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028, and the revised dates for ICANN75, Annual General Meeting in 2022. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/icann-meetings-dates-2020-01-02-en