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  • Call for Expressions of Interest: Community Representatives Group to Select Independent Review Process Standing Panel
    on November 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 18 November 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in consultation with ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, is seeking Expressions of Interest for appointment to a new Community Representatives Group. The Community Representatives Group will select a slate of nominees for an omnibus Standing Panel that will hear and resolve disputes filed under the Independent Review Process (IRP) described in the ICANN Bylaws. Nominations made by the Community Representatives Group are subject to confirmation by the ICANN Board of Directors. The deadline for Expressions of Interest to serve on the IRP Community Representatives Group is Friday 4 December 2020 at 23:59 UTC. The IRP Community Representatives Group is expected to represent a diversity of stakeholders and interests and comprise between seven and fifteen members. Collectively, the IRP Community Representatives Group must possess: Experience in selecting board members or similar officers, appointees with fiduciary duties, or service on a nominating committee for such selections. Experience working with recruitment firms and managing vendors. Relevant organizational and process experience (e.g., the ability to understand and evaluate the standing panelist criteria and responses, which includes legal and arbitration experience). Understanding of the IRP and its role as an ICANN accountability mechanism. Ability to work in a small team across multiple time zones. Ability to commit considerable time and effort to the selection process over a short but concentrated time period. Candidates interested in serving on the Community Representatives Group should review the Terms of Reference for the IRP Community Representatives Group prior to submitting their applications. This document includes the following information: Required skills and experience. Scope of work of IRP Community Representatives Group. Time commitment details. Expressions of Interest for appointment to the IRP Community Representatives Group should be submitted to [email protected] Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by the specific Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee whose endorsement is requested by the applicant. An application that does not specify the Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee from whom an applicant is seeking endorsement will not be considered. Applications must be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae and evidence of your qualifications to serve on the Community Representatives Group on behalf of a specific Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee. By submitting your personal data, you acknowledge that your personal data will be processed in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy, and you agree to abide by the electronic Terms of Service. ICANN IRP Background 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 accountable, and the seating of a Standing Panel to hear these claims is an important component to achieve consistent, binding outcomes. ICANN committed through its Bylaws that the ICANN community has a role in identifying the final composition of the Standing Panel slate. Additional information on the IRP Standing Panel is 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.

  • Registration Now Open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names Week
    on November 17, 2020 at 8:00 am

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 17 November 2020 – Registration is now open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names Week, which will be held virtually. The theme of this year's event is "Understanding the Ecosystem and Learning New Opportunities." The week of activities will include an entire day for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) community, two policy, technical and business days, and two days dedicated to interactive exchanges. Event: 2020 LAC Domain Names Week When: 23 to 27 November 2020 Where: Virtual Event (Zoom platform) Registration: https://icann.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItdeCgrTsvHNYajip3XCBQjVGnxsdh_A7D Event website: https://dnsweek.lat The LAC Domain Names Week brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues. The forum also provides an opportunity to engage and network with key players and experts in the field. The event is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes: Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers Registrants DNS experts gTLD applicants Regional TLD organizations IT and Internet businesses Entrepreneurs Legal and intellectual property firms This year's event is jointly organized by the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors and Selection Committee Members
    on November 16, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 November 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites its Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) to nominate volunteers to serve as mentors in its Fellowship Program and to serve on the Fellowship Program Selection Committee. There will be a total of seven mentors and seven Selection Committee members, and each group is welcome to nominate one individual for each role. Interested SOs/ACs should select their respective Fellowship Program mentor and Selection Committee representative by 31 January 2021 and notify [email protected] Individual self-nominations will not be considered. Mentors: Mentors generally must plan on a time commitment of approximately 30-40 hours before, during, and immediately after each ICANN Public Meeting. This includes extensive pre-meeting preparation, on-site support for their assigned fellows, and post-meeting reporting. Each mentor will serve a term that includes three consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, beginning with ICANN72. Mentors are expected to follow Fellowship Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities for fellows and to help fellows actively participate in ICANN's work. Mentors will receive travel funding support (if applicable). Selection Committee: Members should plan on a time commitment of approximately 30-40 hours over four to five weeks for each Public Meeting. Selection Committee members will typically serve for two years, which encompasses six Public Meetings. Work for this role will begin in April 2021 to select fellows for ICANN72. For more information on the guidelines and expectations, please go here for additional details on the Mentorship program and here for additional details on the Selection Committee. Mentors cannot serve on the Selection Committee while serving their terms as mentors. About ICANN: ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Deadline Extended – Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of Phase 2A GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on November 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

    This is an update to the announcement published on 4 November 2020. LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a neutral chair for the remaining Phase 2A work of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data. Candidates interested in serving in this role should review the Expressions of Interest document before submitting their application. The document details the role description, required skills and experience, time commitment, and selection process. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest has been extended to 23 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC. There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported by the ICANN org. Please note that face-to-face meetings are currently paused due to pandemic travel restrictions. Expressions of Interest should be submitted to [email protected] By submitting your personal data, you agree that your personal data will be processed in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy, and you agree to abide by the electronic Terms of Service. Background on EPDP Phase 2A The two remaining topics that are part of Phase 2A will be: Legal vs. natural persons Feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address Instructions for the EPDP Team to address the issues of Phase 2A: Legal vs. natural persons: The EPDP Team is expected to review the study undertaken by ICANN org (as requested by the EPDP Team and approved by the GNSO Council during Phase 1), the legal guidance provided by Bird & Bird LLP, as well as the substantive input provided on this topic during the Public Comment forum on the addendum. The Team will then answer: Whether any updates are required to the EPDP Phase 1 recommendation on this topic ("Registrars and Registry Operators are permitted to differentiate between registrations of legal and natural persons, but are not obligated to do so.", Rec. #17, EPDP Phase 1 Final Report) What guidance, if any, can be provided to registrars and/or registries who differentiate between registrations of legal and natural persons. In relation to the feasibility of unique contacts obtaining a uniform anonymized email address, the EPDP Team is expected to review the legal guidance and consider specific proposals that provide sufficient safeguards to address issues flagged in the legal memo. Groups that requested additional time to consider this topic, which include the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), will be responsible to come forward with concrete proposals to address this topic. This consideration is expected to address: Whether or not a uniform anonymized email address for unique contacts is feasible and, if feasible, whether it should be a requirement. If feasible but not a requirement, what guidance, if any, can be provided to contracted parties who may want to implement uniform anonymized email addresses. For clarity, the GNSO Council is not directing any particular outcome on either topic. As manager of the policy development process (PDP), it is sharing its expectations for which questions should be addressed as part of the EPDP Team's deliberations. Consistent with the Policy Development Process Manual, the GNSO Council does expect that all the required steps are followed in the consideration of these issues. These steps may include further Public Comment on an initial report as well as a final report that would be considered an addendum to the EPDP Phase 2 Final Report. Additional information about the EPDP is located in the Annex-A1 of the ICANN Bylaws and EPDP Manual. Additional Resources: EPDP Charter EPDP Wiki EPDP Phase 1 Final Report and EPDP Phase 2 Final Report About the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) As one of the three Supporting Organizations in the ICANN community, the GNSO develops policies relating to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Its membership consists of representatives advocating for the gTLD registry, gTLD registrar, noncommercial, not-for-profit, business, intellectual property, and Internet service provider and connectivity interests. The GNSO Council manages the policy development process relating to gTLDs. 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.

  • Fourth Version of Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR-4) Published
    on November 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 November 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the publication of the fourth version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-4). Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) define a set of rules to determine valid Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels for the root zone of the Domain Name System (DNS) and their variant labels. RZ-LGR-4 integrates 18 scripts, adding Chinese and Bangla scripts in this version, in addition to Arabic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Thai. These rules were developed using the proposals submitted by the Generation Panels (GPs) formed for these scripts, which were finalized after Public Comment proceedings. The Armenian and Cyrillic script proposals have also been completed by the respective GPs but have been deferred from integration by the Integration Panel until proposals for related scripts are also finalized. RZ-LGR development follows the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels. A total of 28 scripts have been identified in the Maximal Starting Repertoire for inclusion in RZ-LGR. The remaining scripts will be included in future releases of RZ-LGR as relevant proposals become available from the community. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of Phase 2A GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on November 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 November 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a neutral chair for the remaining Phase 2A work of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data. Candidates interested in serving this role should review the Expressions of Interest document before submission. The document details the role description, required skills and experience, time commitment, and selection process. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest has been extended to 23 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC. There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported by ICANN org. Please note, face-to-face meetings are currently paused due to pandemic travel restrictions. Expressions of Interest should be submitted to [email protected] By submitting your personal data, you agree that your personal data will be processed in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy, and you agree to abide by the electronic Terms of Service. Background on EPDP Phase 2A The two remaining topics that are part of Phase 2A will be: Legal vs. natural persons Feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address Instructions for the EPDP Team to address the issues of Phase 2A: Legal vs. natural persons: The EPDP Team is expected to review the study undertaken by ICANN organization (as requested by the EPDP Team and approved by the GNSO Council during Phase 1), legal guidance provided by Bird & Bird, as well as the substantive input provided on this topic during the Public Comment forum on the addendum. The Team will then answer: Whether any updates are required to the EPDP Phase 1 recommendation on this topic ("Registrars and Registry Operators are permitted to differentiate between registrations of legal and natural persons, but are not obligated to do so.", Rec. #17, EPDP Phase 1 Final Report) What guidance, if any, can be provided to registrars and/or registries who differentiate between registrations of legal and natural persons. In relation to feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address, the EPDP Team is expected to review the legal guidance and consider specific proposals that provide sufficient safeguards to address issues flagged in the legal memo. Groups that requested additional time to consider this topic, which include the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), will be responsible to come forward with concrete proposals to address this topic. This consideration is expected to address: Whether or not a uniform anonymized email address for unique contacts is feasible and, if feasible, whether it should be a requirement. If feasible but not a requirement, what guidance, if any, can be provided to contracted parties who may want to implement uniform anonymized email addresses. For clarity, the GNSO Council is not directing any particular outcome on either topic. As manager of the policy development process (PDP), it is sharing its expectations for which questions should be addressed as part of the EPDP Team's deliberations. Consistent with the Policy Development Process Manual, the GNSO Council does expect that all the required steps are followed in the consideration of these issues. These steps may include further Public Comment on an Initial Report as well as a Final Report that would be considered an addendum to the EPDP Phase 2 Final Report. Additional information about the EPDP is located in Annex-A1 of the ICANN Bylaws and the EPDP Manual. Additional Resources: EPDP Charter EPDP Wiki EPDP Phase 1 Final Report and EPDP Phase 2 Final Report About the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) One of three Supporting Organizations in the ICANN community. The GNSO develops policies relating to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Its membership consists of representatives advocating for gTLD registry, gTLD registrar, noncommercial, not-for-profit, business, intellectual property, and Internet service provider and connectivity interests. The GNSO Council manages the policy development process relating to gTLDs. 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 Fifth Eastern European DNS Forum Goes Virtual
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Brussels – 27 October 2020 – The fifth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place online from 18-19 November 2020. The event is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in partnership with Caucasus Online, which is hosting the event. The EEDNSF is part of ICANN's regional outreach efforts to raise awareness about DNS-related issues; and collaborate with stakeholders through discussions on topics currently under development. The Forum will bring together interested parties and experts to share experiences, and update participants on regional and global domain industry trends. This year's program includes the following key topics: Regional focus on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Universal Acceptance (UA) ICANN's Identifier Technology Health Indicators (ITHI) and Health of the DNS Ecosystem DNS Operations and Security Business Continuity for Registries: A Regional Approach The EEDNSF gives participants an opportunity to interact with one another and discuss the many business, technical, and policy aspects of the domain industry. Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair, and Danko Jevtović, Board member, will attend along with leading regional and global experts in the DNS industry. Register here and visit the EEDNSF website for more information. You can follow the event on social media with the hashtag #EEDNSF2020. Media Contacts: Luna Madi Communications Director, EMEA Istanbul, TurkeyTel: +90 533 0313505Email: [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.

  • Recommendations for ICANN’s Root Name Service Strategy and Implementation
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 27 October 2020 Close Date: 08 December 2020 Originating Organization: Office of the CTO Categories/Tags: Engagement/Participation and Security/Stability  Brief Overview: ICANN's Office of the CTO is soliciting review of its recommendations for DNS root name service strategy and implementation. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/root-name-service-implementation-2020-10-27-en

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of the Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Work Track
    on October 26, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 October 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is seeking expressions of interest for a chair of the Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Work Track, a subteam within an ongoing Policy Development Process (PDP) to review all trademark-related rights protection mechanisms at the second level of the domain name system. The GNSO Council intends to appoint a single, neutral chair to the IGO Work Track. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is 30 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC. Candidates interested in serving in this role should review the Expressions of Interest document before submission. The document includes the following information: Description of the role Required or highly preferred skills Required or highly preferred experience Time commitment Selection process and criteria Expressions of Interest should be submitted to [email protected] By submitting your personal data, you agree that your personal data will be processed in accordance with the ICANN Privacy Policy, and you agree to abide by the electronic Terms of Service. Background on the Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Work Track IGOs may face certain challenges when using existing second-level domain name dispute resolution processes to protect their acronyms from misuse (i.e. curative rights). After much consideration, a GNSO International Governmental Organization (IGO) – International Non-governmental Organization (INGO) PDP Working Group has recommended that, in the admittedly rare case where the below conditions are met, the original Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) or Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) panel decision is to be set aside: An IGO has prevailed in a UDRP or URS proceeding. The losing registrant files suit in a court of competent jurisdiction. The IGO successfully claims immunity from the jurisdiction of that court. Assuming an IGO is able to avail itself of the UDRP process, the effect of this recommendation is that the parties to the dispute will be placed in the original situation as if the UDRP or URS proceeding had never been commenced. During the GNSO Council's deliberations over the final PDP recommendations, concerns were expressed as to whether this particular recommendation will: Require a substantive modification to the UDRP and URS (notwithstanding that these two dispute resolution procedures are currently under consideration in the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms PDP). Result in a potential reduction of the existing level of curative protections currently available to IGOs (notwithstanding the fact that the Access to Curative Rights PDP had been chartered to determine "whether to amend the UDRP and URS to allow access to and use of these mechanisms by IGOs and INGOs …or whether a separate, narrowly-tailored dispute resolution procedure at the second level modeled on the UDRP and URS that takes into account the particular needs and specific circumstances of IGOs and INGOs should be developed"). Consequently, the GNSO Council did not approve this particular recommendation and tasked the IGO Work Track to develop an appropriate policy solution. This solution should be consistent with the other recommendations in the PDP Final Report and: Account for the possibility that an IGO may enjoy jurisdictional immunity in certain circumstances. Leave intact the right and ability of registrants to file judicial proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction whether following a UDRP/URS case or otherwise. Recognize that the existence and scope of IGO jurisdictional immunity in any particular situation is a legal issue to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction (see https://gnso.icann.org/en/council/resolutions#20190418-03). More Information Addendum to the Review of All RPMs in All gTLDs PDP Charter creating the new IGO Work Track – https://gnso.icann.org/sites/default/files/file/field-file-attach/rpms-charter-addendum-09jan20-en.pdf Project page for the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms PDP – https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/igo-ingo-crp-access 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 and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY20
    on October 26, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 October 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its audited consolidated financial statements and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2020, in accordance with Section 22.3 of ICANN's Bylaws and Section 9.8 of PTI's Bylaws. The financial statements are accompanied by an "unqualified" opinion report from BDO LLP, ICANN's and PTI's independent auditors, indicating that the audit did not identify any issues. In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, these and other financial documents are posted to the ICANN Current Year Financial Reports page and the Financial Information for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) page. View the ICANN FY20 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements View the PTI FY20 Audited Financial Statements Annual Report In addition, the ICANN Board has also published the FY20 Annual Report, which contains the FY20 Report on Board Expenses as required by the Bylaws. View the ICANN FY20 Annual Report View the FY20 Report on Board Expenses These financial documents and the Annual Report are required by the Bylaws to be posted within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year, or by 28 October 2020. ICANN invites the community to review all of the documents. Please submit questions and comments 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 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 responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet's unique identifiers and maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible, and effective manner. Mainly, PTI is responsible for the operation of the IANA functions: Domain NamesNumber ResourcesProtocol Parameter Assignments Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) was incorporated in August 2016 as an affiliate of ICANN, and, through contracts and subcontracts with ICANN, began performing the IANA functions on behalf of ICANN in October 2016. Learn more about the delivery of the IANA services at iana.org.

  • ICANN69 Governmental Advisory Committee Communiqué Now Available
    on October 23, 2020 at 7:00 am

    HAMBURG, Germany – 23 October 2020 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued the ICANN69 GAC Communiqué. 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.

  • Ramanou Biaou Honored with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building
    on October 19, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 19 October 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the first recipient of the 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building is Ramanou Biaou. The ICANN Board recognizes Biaou's commitment to local and regional capacity-building programs in his home country of Benin as well as across Africa. He has worked to improve the technical skills of women in Africa and encouraged their participation in endeavors related to the Internet and Domain Name System (DNS). Through his efforts, the diversity and number of new ICANN community members increased. Since 2018, Biaou has been the President of the Internet Society, Benin Chapter. He introduced a program to enable local community members' participation in meetings with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and ICANN. Biaou is active in the African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO) at ICANN and also serves as a member of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Caucus. ICANN first introduced the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building in January 2020 to honor members of the ICANN community who have contributed significantly to national, regional, or global capacity-development programs related to ICANN's mission. This 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, Dr. Kamel was ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement. You can watch an interview with Ramanou Biaou and learn more about the award 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. This 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 the European Data Protection Board’s Public Consultation on the Board’s Guidelines on the Concepts of Controller and Processor
    on October 19, 2020 at 7:00 am

    BRUSSELS – 19 October 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that it has responded to the European Data Protection Board's (EDPB) public consultation on its Guidelines 07/2020 on the concepts of controller and processor in the GDPR. The EDPB is an independent European body whose purpose is to ensure consistent application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to promote cooperation among the European Union data protection authorities. The issue of controllership has been critical throughout the work of the Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP) and remains important for the implementation of a System for Standardized Access/Disclosure as recommended by the EPDP Phase 2 Team. In ICANN org's response to the public consultation, which closed today, it was noted that while the guidelines are a helpful step, ICANN org believes that further clarity would be beneficial in three areas: Precise attribution of "control" to particular stages in the processing under a micro-level analytic framework. When and how is "control" inferred from a contract, absent a party's actual involvement in processing contemplated under any such agreement. The newly introduced concept of "converging decisions." The full response submitted by ICANN org is available here. All contributions to the public comment will be available on the EDPB website. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • ICANN Publishes FY20 Financial Results
    on October 15, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced financial results for the fourth quarter of the financial year ending 30 June 2020, which reflects ICANN's unaudited financials for the full fiscal year. ICANN remains in a strong financial position despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The domain name market was resilient in the second half of fiscal year 2020 (FY20), despite the pandemic. As a result, ICANN's funding is USD 0.6 million (0.4%) higher than the budget. However, ICANN is uncertain if these market trends will continue. ICANN's expenses were USD 11.1 million (8%) lower than budgeted, resulting in a net excess of USD 14.6 million. This was a result of several factors, including: USD 6.2 million savings from the travel & meetings category, as a result of holding ICANN67 and ICANN68 as virtual Public Meetings as well as travel restrictions to other meetings. Lower personnel expenses, primarily due to slowed recruitment during the pandemic. ICANN was able to cover unplanned expenditures while still spending less than budgeted. These expenditures included Information Transparency Initiative (ITI) costs delayed from FY19; costs associated with the .ORG change of control request; and installation of the ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) cluster in Singapore. ICANN's funds under management increased by USD 15.8 million when compared to the previous year, largely due to net excess and investment gains despite market volatility. Investment accounts are comprised of proceeds that ICANN holds from the New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program auctions of last resort, New gTLD Program application fees, the Reserve Fund, and the Operating Fund. Replenishing ICANN's Reserve Fund to achieve at least 12 months of operating expenses by FY25 has been a top priority, and at the end of August 2020, the Reserve Fund balance reached the minimum target level. FY20 Reports Published The following reports are now available: FY20 Q4 Unaudited Financials: These reports are posted every quarter as a summarized update of ICANN's year-to-date financials. The FY20 Q4 report reflects ICANN's unaudited financials for the full fiscal year. ICANN expects to publish the audited FY20 financial statements as soon as the independent auditor has completed review. Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) Contributions: Voluntary contributions paid to ICANN from ccTLD registries are listed by ICANN fiscal year and reflect the fiscal year for which the contribution was intended, regardless of the date the contribution was issued. Funding by Source: This report includes funding by customer and customer class. Board Expenses Report – This report includes reimbursements and compensation paid to (or paid on behalf of) the ICANN Board of Directors. 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.

  • Preliminary Issue Report on a Policy Development Process to Review the Transfer Policy
    on October 12, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 12 October 2020 Close Date: 30 November 2020 Originating Organization: Generic Names Support Organization (GNSO) Categories/Tags: Policy Development Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input on the Preliminary Issue Report on a Policy Development Process to Review the Transfer Policy. Current Status: In accordance with the GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) rules, ICANN org is publishing the Preliminary Issue Report for Public Comment to allow for community input on additional information, or the correction or updating of any information provided so far. ICANN org is seeking in particular input on the draft policy questions proposed in Section 3.2.2 of this Preliminary Issue Report, as well as the text provided in the draft Preliminary Charter in Annex A. Next Steps: Following review of the Public Comments received, ICANN org will update the Preliminary Issue Report and submit a summary of the comments received together with the Final Issue Report to the GNSO Council for its consideration and potential action. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/transfer-policy-pdp-review-2020-10-12-en

  • ICANN Board Approves Two-Year Extension of President and CEO’s Term
    on October 9, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 9 October 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that the ICANN Board of Directors has approved a two-year extension to President and CEO Göran Marby's Executive Services Agreement term. It will now expire on 23 May 2024. "I'm pleased to announce that the ICANN Board has voted to offer Göran a two-year extension to his current contract," said Maarten Botterman, Chairman of the ICANN Board. "Göran is a CEO who has excelled in reaching out and working closely with the community and Board to address the challenges and opportunities we face." In its rationale for the resolution, the Board noted that Marby is "dedicated to ICANN's mission, including supporting the ICANN Community in its policy development work, and is very committed to continuing help ensure and solidify the understanding of ICANN's role within the Internet community." An extension to May 2024 will provide continuity in leadership during the initial implementation of the FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan, as well as the ongoing work over its first several years of operation. "In the nearly four and a half years that I have served as ICANN President and CEO, it has been my honor and privilege to lead the ICANN organization staff and work hand-in-hand with the ICANN Board and community. I thank the ICANN org staff for their commitment, support, and exceptional work," said Marby. "ICANN provides an important service to the global Internet community, and our work is never done. I am humbled by the Board's trust in me, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead." 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.

  • ICANN Root Server Cluster in Singapore Now Live
    on October 8, 2020 at 7:00 am

    SINGAPORE – 8 October 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful activation of the ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) cluster in Singapore. This cluster, composed of dozens of servers with substantial Internet connectivity, will help to increase the root server capacity for the Asia Pacific region and bolster the resiliency of the entire Root Server System. Adding an IMRS Cluster in Singapore "The Singapore IMRS cluster will be our fourth cluster, in addition to two in North America and one in Europe," said David Conrad, ICANN SVP and Chief Technology Officer. "Our existing, smaller IMRS sites in the Asia Pacific region already receive twice as many queries as Europe, the next-busiest region. Adding an IMRS cluster in Singapore is both strategic and a good use of ICANN org resources." As documented in the OCTO-008 paper, global Domain Name System (DNS) traffic increased by nearly 30 percent during the current COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The IMRS cluster in Singapore will enable more of the queries originating in Asia Pacific to be answered regardless of the behaviour of networks or servers in other regions. In the event of an attack resulting in significant additional traffic globally, the extra capacity provided by the Singapore cluster will absorb the traffic and help to mitigate the attack. Queries in the region can then continue to be answered, thus reducing the risk of downtime caused by an inability to query the top of the DNS name hierarchy. Domain Name System queries and root servers Root servers respond to initial DNS lookup requests made by DNS resolvers generally operated by Internet service providers. 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). For example, a query sent to a root server by a DNS resolver for "company.example" will elicit a response that directs the DNS resolver to query one of the name servers for the ".example" TLD. The root name server system is comprised of over 1,000 instances operated by 12 independent organizations, including ICANN. Each root server is made up of a number of independent machines at multiple locations. The IMRS is made up of nearly 170 large and small sites across the world. The machines at the large sites are known as clusters, while the ones at small sites are known as instances. ICANN's Asia Pacific regional office is located in Singapore, where the Internet infrastructure is highly developed and robust, making it well-suited to support an IMRS cluster. "We are very grateful to the Singapore government for its support in establishing the IMRS cluster," said Conrad. For more information about the IMRS cluster in Singapore, please refer to David Conrad's blog. 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.

  • IANA Naming Function Review (IFR) Initial Report
    on October 8, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 8 October 2020 Close Date: 2 December 2020 Originating Organization: Office of the CEO, ICANN organization Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements Brief Overview: This Public Comment proceeding is on behalf of the IANA Naming Function Review Team (IFRT). The team conducted the review in accordance with the scope specified in Article 18 of the ICANN Bylaws, which centers around a review and evaluation of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI)'s performance of the IANA naming function against the contractual requirements in the IANA Naming Function Contract and the IANA Naming Function Statement of Work (SOW). The IFRT is posting their Initial Report for Community input. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ifr-initial-report-2020-10-08-en

  • DRAFT PTI and IANA FY22 Operating Plan and Budgets
    on October 8, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 08 October 2020 Close Date: 30 November 2020 Originating Organization: Finance Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, the ICANN organization seeks Public Comment on the operating plan and budgets for delivering the IANA functions. This is comprised of two components – the Draft FY22 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY22 IANA Operating Plan and Budget. The PTI Operating Plan and Budget outlines the activities to deliver the core IANA functions and associated operational activities to enhance systems and processes. The IANA Operating Plan and Budget is comprised of these PTI activities, plus additional programs and costs associated with overseeing and delivering the IANA functions performed by ICANN in its role as the IANA Functions Operator that are not borne directly by PTI. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents to inform these Operating Plans and Budgets being presented to ICANN and PTI Boards. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-pti-iana-fy22-budgets-2020-10-08-en

  • Recommendations for Early Warning for Root Zone Scaling
    on October 5, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 05 October 2020 Close Date: 23 November 2020 Originating Organization: Office of the CTO Categories/Tags: Engagement/Participation and Security/Stability Brief Overview: ICANN's Office of the CTO is soliciting review of its recommendations for mechanisms to detect whether the size of the DNS root zone is growing faster than the DNS can handle. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/recommendations-early-warning-root-scaling-2020-10-05-en

  • ICANN 2020 Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Selections
    on October 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2020 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the selections for seven leadership positions as follows: ICANN Board of Directors Sarah Deutsch (North America) Avri Doria (North America) Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors James Gannon (Europe) At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Pari Esfandiari (Europe) Gregory Shatan (North America) Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council Javier Rúa-Jovet (North America) Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council Olga Cavalli (Latin America and the Caribbean Islands) Those selected will begin their terms after the ICANN69 Virtual Annual General Meeting, which runs from 13-22 October 2020. Profile of Applicants The 2020 Nominating Committee received 96 applications from 65 men and 18 women (13 applicants chose not to disclose) during the application period from 18 December 2019 to 25 February 2020. The regional breakdown of this year's applicants was: 22 from Africa 28 from Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands 7 from Europe 22 from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands 17 from North America The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. In doing so, the Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN's overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Further, selectees should: Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment. Support decision-making within groups. Work effectively in English. Understand ICANN's mission. Be committed to ICANN's success. Have experience in world affairs. Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise. Be able to work long and hard, generally as volunteers. A Message From The Chair The 2020 Nominating Committee was fortunate to receive applications from many highly qualified candidates. The entire 2020 Nominating Committee thanks all those who applied for leadership positions. While we could not appoint everyone who applied, we encourage all applicants to continue participating, as your involvement is valued and important to ICANN's mission. Finally, we want to extend our congratulations and best wishes to the selected candidates. The Nominating Committee has the utmost confidence in their ability to help lead their respective groups forward and we are thrilled that they will join or continue working with the ICANN community, the ICANN Board, and the PTI Board in leadership positions. To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit: http://nomcom.icann.org/ About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a non-profit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Proposed Amendment 1 to the .JOBS Registry Agreement
    on September 30, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 30 September 2020 Close Date: 16 November 2020 Originating Organization: ICANN Global Domains and Strategy Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN org is posting for Public Comment the proposed Amendment 1 to the .JOBS Registry Agreement to effectuate a change in the .JOBS TLD Sponsor. The proposed Amendment 1 is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN org and Employ Media, the Registry Operator for the .JOBS top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-amendment-1-jobs-registry-agreement-2020-09-30-en

  • Call for Community Groups to Nominate [email protected] Mentors and Selection Committee Members
    on September 28, 2020 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, Stakeholder Groups, Constituencies, and Regional At-Large Organizations to nominate volunteers to serve on the [email protected] Selection Committee and to serve as [email protected] mentors. Each group is welcome to nominate one individual for each role. Selection Committee: A time commitment of approximately 20 hours over three weeks for each application round is required. Selection Committee members will typically serve for two years, or six application rounds. Mentors: A time commitment of approximately 24 hours each round is expected, including extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned NextGen mentees. Mentors spend about 10 hours per week during the 6-week preparation period in advance of the meeting and about two hours per day providing on-site support at the ICANN meeting. Mentors will typically serve for one year, or three meetings. Mentors are expected to follow [email protected] Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities. Mentors will receive travel funding support. Mentors cannot serve on the Selection Committee at the same time they are serving as mentors. If several community groups nominate volunteers for each role, the length of service may be reduced to allow for greater stakeholder diversity. For more information on the guidelines and expectations, please visit this page for more information about Mentors and this page for the Selection Committee. Interested community groups should select their respective [email protected] volunteers by 15 October and notify Deborah Escalera at [email protected] Individual self-nominations will not be considered. 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.

  • 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.