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  • ICANN Terminates Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with Net 4 India Limited
    on February 26, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 26 February 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the termination of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with Net 4 India Limited as a result of its failure to cure multiple breaches of the RAA. The termination notice can be found here. For information about the next steps in the termination process, please go 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.

  • 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Extends Deadline to 29 March
    on February 23, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 February 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) announced today that it has extended the deadline for ICANN leadership applications to 29 March 2021, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Open Leadership Positions The NomCom invites interested individuals to apply for key leadership positions within ICANN. Those selected will work with accomplished colleagues from across the globe, helping to shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development. The NomCom is accepting applications for the following positions: Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors Three regional representatives for the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one each representing the Africa region; Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region; and Latin America and Caribbean region Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council – one representing the Contracted Parties House and one representing the Non-Contracted Parties House One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council How to Apply Applications for open positions are due on 29 March 2021, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Additional information about the selection process and the application portal can be found here. Those selected will make a valuable contribution by helping to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. The Selection Process Timeline Although the NomCom cannot meet in person, it is working closely with the ICANN Board and organization to ensure that its work continues during these challenging times. The selection meeting is currently scheduled to take place in July. The NomCom selection process operates in five phases: Phase One: Planning (September 2020 to January 2021) Phase Two: Recruitment (January 2021 to March 2021) Phase Three and Four: Assessment and Selection (April 2021 to July 2021) Phase Five: Reporting (August 2021 to October 2021) More information about the 2021 NomCom and the selection process can be found here. Please note that due to the pandemic and the unique circumstances it presents, the timeline is subject to change. The 2021 NomCom looks forward to receiving candidate applications. Find more information and apply 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.

  • ICANN70 Prep Week Schedule Now Available
    on February 22, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the ICANN70 Prep Week schedule to help the community prepare for the upcoming ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum, which will be held 22 – 25 March 2021. There will be ten sessions from 8 – 11 March 2021. To attend any of the sessions, please register for ICANN70. After registering, you will receive two emails: A registration confirmation An email with login information for the schedule Once you log into the schedule, you will be able to sign up for ICANN70 Prep Week sessions. Please note that for security purposes, participation links will be posted 24 hours prior to the session start times. The session schedule will display in your local time, based on the time set on your device used to view the website. ICANN70 Prep Week Schedule Date and Time Eastern Standard Time (EST) Session Monday, 8 March 2021 09:00-10:00 EST Global Stakeholder Engagement Update Monday, 8 March 2021 10:30-12:00 EST What to Expect During ICANN70: A Guide for Newcomers Tuesday, 9 March 2021 10:30-12:00 EST Planning Update Tuesday, 9 March 2021 14:30-16:00 EST Generic Names Supporting Organization Council Policy Update Wednesday, 10 March 2021 09:00-10:00 EST Nominating Committee Review Update Wednesday, 10 March 2021 14:30-16:00 EST Reviews and Implementation Update Wednesday, 10 March 2021 16:30-17:30 EST Contractual Compliance Update Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:00-10:00 EST Universal Acceptance Readiness Update Thursday, 11 March 2021 11:00-12:00 EST Policy Update Thursday, 11 March 2021 16:30-17:30 EST Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Program Update Remote simultaneous interpretation will be available for some ICANN70 Prep Week sessions via Zoom. For more information, including materials and recordings, please visit the ICANN70 website. Registration is required to access this information. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • ICANN Publishes FY21 Q2 Unaudited Financial Results
    on February 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 February 2021 – On 10 February 2021, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its unaudited financial results through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. The ICANN financials are available here. In addition, on 1 February 2021, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published its unaudited financial results through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. The PTI financials are available here. ICANN remains in a strong financial position despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Through December 2020, ICANN's actual funding is in line with prior years. Moreover, expenses have been lower than prior years primarily due to travel restrictions. Please see both sets of financials for more details. ICANN and PTI publish quarterly financials in an effort to be transparent and accountable. The financial results have been published quarterly for many years but the accompanying announcement is a new measure meant to create more awareness of the results, which are usually posted 45 days after the quarter end. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. About PTI Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is an affiliate of ICANN responsible for performing the IANA functions, which include management of the DNS root zone, the global IP address space and other protocol parameters that support Internet operation. PTI was formed in 2016 following a transition of stewardship to the multistakeholder community that relies upon the IANA functions. PTI performs the IANA functions under contract from ICANN.

  • IANA Naming Function Review: Recommendation for an IANA Naming Function Contract Amendment
    on February 10, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 10 February 2021 Close Date: 22 March 2021 Originating Organization: ICANN organization, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements Brief Overview: Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding has been opened on behalf of the ICANN organization (ICANN org) to prepare the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Naming Function Review (IFR) Final Report for ICANN Board consideration. The IFR is an evaluation of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) performance of the IANA naming function against the contractual requirements in the IANA Naming Function Contract and the IANA Naming Function SOW. The IFR Review Team's Recommendation 4 (page 5 of the IFR Final Report [PDF, 2.2MB]) calls for an amendment to Article 7, Section 7.1 (a) of the IANA Naming Function Contract. Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Article 18.6 (iv), there must be "public comment on the amendments that are under consideration by the IFRT through a public comment period that complies with the designated practice for public comment periods within ICANN." Current Status: Recommendation 4 of the IFR Final Report [PDF, 2.2MB] outlines an amendment to the IANA Naming Function Contract. The IFR Review Team (IFRT) is seeking community input. Next Steps: Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Section 18.6 (b)(i), IFR Recommendations requiring a contract amendment must be approved by a supermajority vote of the ccNSO and GNSO Councils. Within 45 days of the conclusion of this Public Comment, or the ccNSO and GNSO Councils' approvals, whichever occurs later, the ICANN Board shall take action on the Final Recommendations. Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Section 18.6 (d), for IFR Recommendations that are approved by the Board, the Secretary shall provide a Board Notice to the Empowered Community (EC) Administration and the Decisional Participants. The EC Administration shall promptly commence and comply with the procedures and requirements specified in Article 2 of Annex D. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/iana-naming-function-contract-amend-2021-02-10-en

  • EPDP Phase 2 Policy Recommendations for Board Consideration
    on February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 8 February 2021 Close Date: 30 March 2021 Originating Organization: ICANN org Categories/Tags: Policy Development, Privacy, Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on a subset of final policy recommendations of the Generic Names Supporting Organization Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP) – Phase 2. Specifically, this Public Comment proceeding is seeking input on a set of final recommendations that relate to a proposed System for Standardized Access/Disclosure to non-public domain name registration information ("SSAD"). Current Status: The GNSO Council approved the policy recommendations during its meeting on 24 September 2020. Next Steps: Following this Public Comment proceeding and operational assessment, the ICANN Board is expected to take action on the approved policy recommendations. Your Comment: Your submission, including your name, will be published in the Public Comment archive on ICANN org's website. If you have any questions regarding Public Comment, please contact [email protected] Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/epdp-2-policy-recs-board-2021-02-08-en

  • Extension: [email protected] Application Round for ICANN71
    on February 3, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 3 February 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that the deadline to submit applications for the [email protected] program at ICANN71 has been extended through 12 February 2021. The [email protected] program is open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs and who live in the European region. If the ICANN71 Policy Forum, currently scheduled 14-17 June 2021 in The Hague, Netherlands, is held as a virtual meeting then all [email protected] program activities will be conducted online. The [email protected] application window will remain open until 12 February 2021. Successful candidates will be announced 5 March 2021 on the ICANN website. For more information on the program and how to apply, 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.

  • ICANN Issues Third Breach Notice to Net 4 India Limited; Continues to Take Steps to Protect Registrants
    on January 29, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2021 – To protect the rights and interests of domain name registrants, today the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued a third breach notice against Net 4 India Limited (Net 4 India) for its repeated and ongoing failures to comply with the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). This notice, as with the first two issued by ICANN against Net 4 India over the past two months, addresses numerous RAA violations detected through the processing of complaints submitted to ICANN Contractual Compliance. When a registrar fails to allow registrants to renew, transfer, and manage their domain names, ICANN will not hesitate to take whatever actions are necessary, up to and including termination of the registrar, to protect registrants' rights and interests. "We are committed to using all available means to protect the rights and interests of domain name registrants, including terminating agreements with parties that fail to cure breaches and fail to deliver on their contractual commitments," said Jamie Hedlund, Senior Vice President, ICANN Contractual Compliance. "ICANN org will continue to monitor issues related to Net 4 India and will continue to respond by email and telephone to registrants seeking guidance and information." Net 4 India is in insolvency proceedings in India, but is still required to continue to meet its obligations under the RAA. Over the last several months, Net 4 India has failed to cure numerous breaches of the RAA, and has failed to respond in a timely manner to registrant requests to transfer, renew, and/or update domain name registrations. As a result, in addition to the third notice issued today, ICANN issued two breach notices in December 2020 (addressed below).  Net 4 India has asked the insolvency court to prevent ICANN from terminating the RAA for Net 4 India's failure to cure the numerous breaches. While maintaining its challenges to jurisdiction, ICANN explained to the court why Net 4 India's request should not be granted. ICANN provided the court with extensive information regarding Net 4 India's breaches, and the significant harm Net 4 India's actions are causing to hundreds, if not thousands, of registrants.    On 25 January 2021, the insolvency court issued an order that acknowledged ICANN's input and specifically noted that the court was concerned with ensuring that the breaches were remedied so that the public interest and ICANN's interests are not harmed. The court then ordered Net 4 India, among other things, to provide services in a timely fashion to registrants pursuant to the RAA. In addition, without determining whether the court has jurisdiction over ICANN, the court requested (but did not order) that ICANN not terminate the RAA for three months while the insolvency proceedings continue, so long as Net 4 India complies with the RAA. ICANN is evaluating this request in light of Net 4 India's conduct and the harm it continues to inflict on registrants. ICANN Contractual Compliance will continue to enforce the RAA with Net 4 India, including through today's issuance of a third breach notice within less than a two-month period. The third breach notice does not encompass all complaints that are currently in process as many continue to be within the informal resolution phase and dozens from the first two breach notices remain uncured. Background on Notices of Breach and Potential Next Steps The ICANN organization (ICANN org) issued prior breach notices on 10 December 2020 and 24 December 2020. To date, Net 4 India has failed to cure all the breaches noted. Failing to cure a breach notice within 21 days of its issuance is grounds for termination of the RAA. In addition, having been in fundamental and material breach three times within a 12-month period is a separate ground for termination of the RAA. All notices of breach, suspension, termination, and non-renewal are published here. If ICANN terminates Net 4 India's RAA, ICANN will invoke the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure, which would allow ICANN org to transfer domain names currently under the management of Net 4 India to an ICANN-accredited registrar in good standing. Once a gaining registrar is identified and confirmed, it would then be listed on the Bulk Transfers page. Additional Information for Registrants Registrants encountering issues regarding renewal, transfer, or management of domain name registrations can submit complaints to ICANN Contractual Compliance using the relevant forms at https://www.icann.org/compliance/complaint. Registrants are encouraged to provide all information and evidence relevant to their complaints with their initial submission so ICANN is able to expeditiously launch an investigation into the matter. Additional information related to ICANN support for registrants and those impacted by Net 4 India is available here.  There are certain areas where ICANN does not have the contractual authority or the technical ability to help registrants. These include renewing domain names, generating AuthInfo codes, or unlocking domain names. 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.

  • Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Final Report
    on January 28, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 28 January 2021 Close Date: 9 March 2021 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization – Review Support and Accountability Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency Brief Overview: On 25 January 2021, the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team submitted its final report to the ICANN Board. The report is now issued for Public Comment to inform Board action on the SSR2 Review Team's final recommendations. The SSR Review is a Specific Review mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to enhance the operational stability, reliability, resiliency, security, and global interoperability of the systems and processes, both internal and external, that directly affect and/or are affected by the Internet's system of unique identifiers that ICANN coordinates." Specific Reviews are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Specific Reviews serve as ICANN's progress report to the world and demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identifies areas where it can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions, and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance. The SSR2 Review Team Final Report contains 63 full consensus recommendations in the following areas: SSR1 implementation and intended effects; Key stability issues within ICANN; Contracts, compliance, and transparency around Domain Name System (DNS) abuse; and Additional SSR-related concerns regarding the global DNS. The SSR2 Review Team considered comments received on its draft report and amended its report as it deemed appropriate. Appendix H of the SSR2 Final Report contains the SSR2 Review Team's response to the public comments. The SSR2 Review Team will host a webinar on 11 February 2021 at 15:00 UTC to brief the community on its final recommendations. Please see the wiki page for webinar details. Per the Bylaws (Section 4.6(a)(vii)(C)) the Board shall consider the final report within six months of receipt, i.e., by 25 July 2021. The Board will consider the Public Comment submissions received as well as a feasibility analysis and impact assessment of the implementation of recommendations, which will take into account initial cost and resource estimates and dependencies with other ongoing efforts within the community. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that were approved subject to planning, scheduling, and prioritization, and provide written rationale for any recommendations that are not approved. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssr2-final-report-2021-01-28-en

  • Additional Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level
    on January 28, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 28 January 2021 Close Date: 11 March 2021 Originating Organization: Global Domains and Strategy (GDS) Categories/Tags: Second-Level Domains Brief Overview: To improve the transparency and consistency of the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) table review process and facilitate the registry operations of new gTLDs, ICANN has developed four additional reference IDN tables in machine-readable format, called reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the second level. Arabic, Hebrew, and Sinhala script-based LGRs, and the Hebrew language-based LGR, are included in this release. The reference IDN tables are based on the Guidelines for Developing Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs), which were finalized after community review. These will be used in reviewing IDN tables submitted by gTLD registries, e.g., through the Registry Service Evaluation Policy (RSEP) process. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/lgr-additional-reference-2021-01-28-en

  • 2020 IANA Functions Customer Engagement Survey Shows Increased Satisfaction in Performance
    on January 27, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 27 January 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of the 2020 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions Customer Engagement Survey which aims to measure engagement and satisfaction among IANA's customers and external stakeholders. The IANA functions are key Internet coordination functions supporting the interoperability of the global Internet performed by Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), an affiliate of ICANN. View Customer Survey Findings. The 2020 IANA Functions Customer Engagement Survey asked respondents to rate the IANA functions' performance according to 22 key statements relating to engagement, communication, attentiveness, fairness, responsiveness, and reporting. Each statement was rated on a one to five scale, with one being the lowest and five being the highest level of satisfaction. The overall score amongst all customer segments was 4.1, an increase from 3.9 in 2019. Survey Results Overview The IANA team scored the highest ratings for its ability to achieve its objectives (4.3), established credibility (4.3), and ability to cooperate with the community when concerns arise (4.3). The IANA team also received its highest ratings ever from community leadership groups on the quality of its performance reporting (4.4). The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) community rated IANA high on its outreach, help desk, and other engagements. Overall, the IANA team received positive feedback in engagement (4.2), transparent communication (4.1), attentiveness (4.1), fairness to customers (4.1), responsiveness (4.1), and quality reporting (4.0). An area of focus for the IANA team in 2020 was increasing overall participation in the survey. The 2020 annual survey was simplified over previous years, and this contributed to an increase in responses from three percent in 2019 to five percent. While overall participation rates remain relatively low, IANA service is measured with additional mechanisms like the post-interaction survey, which encourages customers to provide immediate feedback after a receipt of service. The IANA team dedicates ongoing resources to constantly review and respond to all customer feedback in a timely manner. "The annual engagement survey is a useful tool in evaluating our relationship with customers and stakeholders, as well as the quality of service we provide. We're pleased we've been able to sustain our positive relationship with our community, while identifying additional opportunities for improvement," said Kim Davies, VP, IANA Services and President, PTI. "While the survey is just one of the ways we get feedback from our customers, this year's results specifically help us refine our strategy and collaboration with the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic." ICANN commissioned Echo Research, LLC, a global reputation consultancy, to administer the annual engagement survey. Stakeholders who oversee IANA functions performance (Regional Internet Registry managers, Internet Engineering Steering Group members, and the Customer Standing Committee) and direct customers who engage with the IANA team through request changes or during industry events (Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) key signing key (KSK) ceremony participants and Trusted Community Representatives, root server operators, top-level domain operators, IETF community, and the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Councils) were invited to take the survey. 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 (DNS) 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.

  • Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions
    on January 25, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 25 January 2021 – Today, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites interested individuals to submit applications for key leadership positions within ICANN. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development. The deadline to submit applications is 18 March 2021 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). We are inviting applications for the following positions: Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors. Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one each representing the Africa region, Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, and Latin America and Caribbean region. Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council – one representing the Contracted Parties House and one representing the Non-Contracted Parties House. One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's system of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. The selected leaders will make a valuable public service contribution toward ensuring the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. Qualifications Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions. Other qualifications, skills, and time commitments vary depending on the position. For information, visit the NomCom webpage. 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). The remaining positions are voluntary. Application Deadline and Process There is an online candidate portal to submit applications. All applications are confidential. For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 18 March 2021, 23:59 UTC. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered. Following receipt of the applications, the NomCom will consider all applicants and select a shortlist of qualified candidates. Selections are expected to be announced in August 2021. Successful candidates will assume their positions at the conclusion of ICANN72 Annual General Meeting in October 2021. Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation These positions require regular participation in virtual meetings via telephone and Zoom. The positions may involve significant international travel when pandemic-related travel restrictions lift. Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service by Board Directors and volunteers will be reimbursed. For More Information Learn more by visiting the NomCom webpage. If you have any questions or comments, email [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.

  • ICANN Org Launches Audit of Registrar Compliance with DNS Security Threat Obligations
    on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the launch of an audit program aimed at reviewing how registrars are fulfilling their contractual obligations related to addressing reports of potentially abusive domains. This audit follows the 2019 audit program that included all active registry operators, with the objective of understanding how registries were fulfilling their contractual obligations relating to the performance of Security Threats Reporting. On 11 January 2021, ICANN Contractual Compliance sent pre-audit notifications to the registrars selected for the audit. The selected registrars will receive a Request for Information (RFI) on 25 January 2021 containing the audit questions. The audit includes those registrars that either: Had at least five (5) domains listed in November 2020 by public reputation blocklists (RBLs). The RBLs identified these domains as potentially being used to perpetrate phishing, malware and/or command and control botnet abuse and/or Had domains identified in the Security Threat Reports received in the 2019 Registry Operator Compliance Audit Program. Of the more than 2,380 ICANN-accredited registrars, we identified only 153 that had more than five potentially abusive domains listed in RBLs reviewed in November 2020. The RFIs will ask registrars to provide any documentation related to how they may have addressed the potentially abusive domains. ICANN Contractual Compliance intends to complete the audit before the end of 3Q 2021. 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.

  • ICANN70 Will Be Held as Virtual Community Forum
    on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that the ICANN Board of Directors has made the decision to convene ICANN70 as a Virtual Public Meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting was initially planned to be held in Cancún, Mexico. In consultation with community leaders, the ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum dates have been modified and the meeting is now scheduled to be held 22-25 March 2021. The health and safety of the ICANN community is always a top priority, and as such, holding ICANN70 as an in-person meeting would not be feasible on its scheduled date. Along with its resolution, the Board details its rationale. A number of challenges to in-person meetings still remain, including uncertainties around the ability and willingness of participants to travel, whether physical distancing requirements are possible to implement, the impact of a potential case among participants, and the progress of the second wave of the virus across the world. The Board fully appreciates the importance of face-to-face interaction and looks forward to a return to in-person ICANN Public Meetings as soon as is practical. The Board has directed ICANN org to work in coordination with the ICANN community to meet the expected outcomes of an ICANN Community Forum and support the community's ongoing priorities, policy advice, and development work in a virtual format. ICANN70 will be the fourth ICANN Virtual Public Meeting since the pandemic began. ICANN org began a community engagement process in September 2020 to consider lessons learned from previous virtual meetings and how those learnings can impact future ICANN Public Meetings. ICANN org will implement several community suggestions to enhance the virtual experience for ICANN70. ICANN thanks our regional partners in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as well as the local host committee in Mexico that worked tirelessly to prepare for this meeting in Cancún. We appreciate their understanding and we look forward to returning to the LAC region in the coming years. Those interested in attending ICANN70 must register to participate. To learn more about the meeting time zone, language interpretation options, and schedule, visit https://70.schedule.icann.org. You can sign up to receive ICANN announcements in your inbox here. For more information, visit the ICANN Meetings 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.

  • Additional Second-Level Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs) Published
    on January 13, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the publication of additional second-level reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs). Second-level reference Label Generation Rules are published to improve the transparency and consistency of the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) table review process that facilitates the registry operations of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). The reference IDN tables are based on the Guidelines for Developing Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs), which were finalized after community review. These reference LGRs will be used in reviewing IDN tables submitted by the gTLD registries, e.g., through the Registry Service Evaluation Policy (RSEP) process. Additional reference LGRs have been developed based on the detailed analysis and finalized solutions completed by the script community for the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGRs). Seventeen second-level reference LGRs have been finalized and released after Public Comment proceedings, including the Bangla, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu script-based LGRs, and the Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Thai language-based LGRs. A total of 30 language-based reference LGRs and 13 script-based reference LGRs have been published. The remaining languages and scripts will be included in future releases as relevant community input becomes available. 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 Continues the Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program
    on January 13, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the continuation of the Pandemic Internet Access Program for ICANN70. This program was first piloted for ICANN69 with the support of ICANN's Board in their resolution from August 2020. How to Apply Interested community members must apply in advance of ICANN70, and those who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected to participate. The application deadline is Friday, 5 March 2021 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application process will open 8 February 2021 and program details are available here. Background The goal of this program is to facilitate participation in ICANN Public Meetings during this global pandemic. It offers community members who have limited Internet capacity financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth. In the pilot program for ICANN69, 24 recipients met the eligibility requirements and received reimbursement. A detailed reporting of the information can be found here. ICANN is continuing and enhancing this program for ICANN70. Leaders from three Supporting Organizations, four Advisory Committees, four Stakeholder Groups and five Constituencies from the Generic Names Supporting Organization, and five Regional At-Large Organizations from the At-Large community all will have the opportunity to nominate a limited number of recipients to the program, focusing on members who are actively engaged in the ICANN community but may not have previously been eligible to apply. Reimbursement amounts of up to USD 60 will be provided to eligible applicants who purchase additional Internet bandwidth (capacity or data limits) for the duration of the month or billing cycle for March 2021. The services must be rendered by a business entity or Internet service provider, specifically for Internet or cellular data service. The provider must also provide digital or paper documentation of the upgrade costs. For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements, click here. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is also available here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Announcement Reminder for Planning Webinars
    on January 11, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 11 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to join us for a public webinar to discuss the Draft FY22 Plans, which are currently out for Public Comment. There are two times available: 12 January 2021 at 16:00 UTC – please register here. 13 January 2021 at 01:00 UTC – please register here. The Draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan continues to define and demonstrate how ICANN org will implement the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 21–25, which enables ICANN to continue to fulfill its mission and to meet new and continuously evolving challenges and opportunities. The Draft FY22-26 Operating and Financial Plan is intended to serve as an overarching holistic view of the activities ICANN org performs or will support to satisfy ICANN's FY21–25 Strategic Plan. The Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plan, but is meant to complement it by providing a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission in the public interest over the next five years. The Draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY22, and the anticipated funding sources and levels. During the webinar ICANN org will present information to aid the attendees in a deeper awareness and understanding of ICANN's plans, as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers designed to assist in Public Comment participation. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a non-profit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Changes Coming to Registry Reports on the ICANN Open Data Platform
    on January 7, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that beginning on 15 March 2021, ICANN's Open Data platform will become the permanent home of Registry Reports. With this change, these reports will no longer be available on https://icann.org as of 15 March 2021. ICANN org is providing this update to inform the community of these upcoming changes. Which Registry Reports Are Available on ICANN's Open Data Platform? Registry Functions Activity Reports Per-Registrar Transactions Reports What's Changing? Both the Registry Functions Activity Reports and Per-Registrar Transactions Reports will only be available on ICANN's Open Data platform. As noted above, these reports will no longer be available on https://icann.org as of 15 March 2021. If you have links bookmarked to these reports or pages, you will be redirected to the Open Data platform. If you have an automated script that downloads registry reports from https://icann.org, you will need to modify your script to use the ICANN Open Data API to download the reports. Before you can access the Open Data platform, you must create an ICANN Account. Once you have an account, you will be able to use the Open Data platform API. Why Are We Making This Change? A goal of the Open Data platform is to increase the transparency and accessibility of data managed by ICANN org. The platform's creation is the result of collaborative work between the community and the org. ICANN org launched the Open Data platform in March 2020 with a series of datasets. Registered users can search, browse, view, download, and analyze the data, according to the platform's terms and conditions and the license(s) applied to each dataset. Registration also allows users to save customized analysis, receive notifications when selected datasets are updated, generate API keys, and view API quota usage. Background on Registry Reports Registry operators provide a set of monthly reports per generic top-level domain name (gTLD) to ICANN org. The monthly reports include the Per-Registrar Transactions Report and Registry Functions Activity Report. ICANN org publishes these reports, on a monthly basis, three months after the end of the month to which the reports provided by the registry operators relate. This is done to preserve the confidentiality of the reported information during that period as required by the registry agreement. Monthly reports consist of data that reflects the state of the registry at the end of the month. For additional information about the data contained in these reports, please see Specification 3 of the Base gTLD Registry Agreement found on the Registry Agreement landing page. For more information about the Open Data API, please visit ICANN's Open Data platform or the Open Data Soft Help page. Helpful Links Open Data Platform Registry Reports on ICANN website If you have questions about this change, please email us at: [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.

  • ICANN and APTLD Join Efforts to Promote Universal Acceptance in the APAC Region
    on January 6, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 6 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in partnership with the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), today announced the creation of a collaborative Universal Acceptance (UA) training program for members of the Asia Pacific (APAC) community. The APAC Regional Universal Acceptance Training Program will provide a series of trainings on the technical aspects of UA and also serve as a forum to discuss how to effectively address UA issues in the region. Universal Acceptance is key to achieving a digitally inclusive Internet by ensuring that all domain names and email addresses – regardless of script, language or character length – are accepted equally by all Internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. This includes supporting all country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), new and long generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). The program is a joint effort between ICANN and APTLD designed to raise awareness of UA challenges in the APAC region, help build capacity to address those challenges, and assist ccTLDs and other stakeholders in developing and implementing robust IDN and UA-related systems and policies. The APTLD is the regional association for ccTLDs in the APAC region, which is home to over 3,200 languages written in a variety of scripts resulting in the greatest number of potential IDNs. APTLD membership currently includes 50 ccTLDs from the APAC region, and an additional 19 associate members made up of leading registries and registrars. "In pursuit of its mission, APTLD always welcomes a collaborative approach as the most efficient tool to tackle industry challenges in the largest and most populated region on the planet," said Leonid Todorov, General Manager of APTLD. "For decades, ICANN and APTLD have partnered on a number of occasions and the time has now come to tackle the global challenge of UA and IDNs in a consistent and coherent way on equal footing." "Building relationships and programs with forward-thinking organizations like the APTLD will strengthen our efforts to reach a more diverse Internet user base and help foster consumer choice and innovation through UA and the implementation of IDNs," said Sarmad Hussain, ICANN Sr. Director of IDN and UA Programs. "We look forward to working with the APAC community and launching similar efforts with other organizations committed to helping make UA a reality globally." The new joint training program will consist of monthly webinars starting in January 2021. The online sessions, delivered by leading industry experts and practitioners, will address various UA and IDN-related topics each targeted at relevant regional audiences including policymakers, technical administrators, ccTLD managers, registrars and their resellers, and local regulators and businesses. To view the training schedule and register for a session, click here. APAC UA Training Program Schedule Dates and times are tentative and subject to change. Date (tentative) Session Audience Description 20 January 2021 Configuring for Email Address Internationalization (EAI) Technical (systems) A detailed training on how to configure email systems to support EAI. 7 April 2021 Programming for supporting Universal Acceptance Technical (programmers) A detailed training on how to design and develop applications and systems to support UA. 5 May 2021 Universal Acceptance: Its Impact and Next Steps ccTLD managers, local regulators, tech, and business A dialogue on how UA issues impact the APAC community, how best to address these issues, and highlight business opportunities by being UA-ready. In addition to building partnerships like the one with APTLD, ICANN continues to support the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), which was organized by the community to help promote UA efforts around the world. For more information, click here. The APAC Universal Acceptance Training Program is formulated under the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICANN and APTLD. For more information, please contact [email protected] or [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 APTLD APTLD (Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association) is an organisation for ccTLD (country-code top-level domain) registries in the Asia Pacific region. APTLD was originally established in 1998 and in 2003 legally established in Malaysia. APTLD works as the forum of information exchange regarding technological and operational issues of domain name registries in the Asia Pacific region. Also, as an interface to other international Internet coordinating bodies, APTLD fosters and elevates participation of AP ccTLDs in these global fora, as well as acting in the best interest of APTLD members in the global Internet policy making process.

  • Webinar Operational Design Phase Concept Paper: Update and Community Discussion
    on January 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 4 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to join us for a public webinar on 13 January 2021 at 20:00 UTC [local times] to discuss the updated draft of the Operational Design Phase Concept Paper. The concept paper proposes an Operational Design Phase (ODP) that is to become part of the policy and implementation life cycle. The ICANN organization will conduct the ODP for consensus policy recommendations that are approved by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council. The purpose of the ODP is to provide the Board with relevant information to decide, as required by the Bylaws, whether a recommendation is in the best interest of the ICANN community or ICANN. An initial draft of the ODP paper was distributed to the Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee (SO/AC) chairs on 2 October 2020. Following community input during ICANN69 and several written community submissions, ICANN org updated the draft and shared it with the SO/AC chairs on 17 December 2020, requesting community input by 22 January 2021. ICANN org will use the webinar to present the updated paper, answer any questions, and provide a forum for feedback. All feedback will feed into an updated final version of the ODP Concept Paper. The ODP framework will ultimately be incorporated into the Consensus Policy Implementation Framework (CPIF). For more information, please, see also the ODP wiki space: https://community.icann.org/x/04omCQ. Webinar Information Date: 13 January 2021 Time: 20:00 - 21:00 UTC (local times) Webinar Link: https://icann.zoom.us/j/96414008558?pwd=VDVDbnd4SEEwcVY3RU91T25ucFNodz09 Passcode: qKC=b1.T!x Webinar ID: 964 1400 8558 Passcode: 5509245358 International numbers available: https://icann.zoom.us/u/aehepF5PE2 About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

  • Domain Name System Security Extensions Now Deployed in all Generic Top-Level Domains
    on December 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization (ICANN org) announced that all of the current 1,195 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have deployed Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). DNSSEC allows registrants to digitally sign information they put into the Domain Name System (DNS). This protects consumers by ensuring that DNS data that has been corrupted, either accidentally or maliciously, doesn't reach them. A strategy of defense in depth, in which several independent layers of security controls are used so that if one fails another will be operative, can improve security of the overall system. DNSSEC can provide one tier of defense in depth for the Internet. In order to improve the security of the Internet, DNSSEC must be widely deployed across all TLDs. With .AERO signing its zone, 100% of gTLDs are now signed. This news is an important milestone as all now have DNSSEC, enabling its availability to their registrants. "This is important news because it means that more users everywhere can have increased trust in the responses to DNS lookups" said David Conrad, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ICANN org. "As DNSSEC deployment grows, the DNS can also become a foundation for other protocols that require a way to store data securely". ICANN will continue to encourage those country code top-level domains that have not DNSSEC-signed to their zones to do so, and will encourage operators of DNS resolvers, which check DNSSEC signatures to verify the data has not been modified, to enable DNSSEC validation. Interested in learning more about DNSSEC? Click the hyperlinks to access our dedicated webpage, explore our infographic, and read our DNSSEC Explainer. 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.

  • [email protected] Application Round for ICANN71 is Now Open
    on December 21, 2020 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 21 December 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that applications for the [email protected] program at ICANN71 are now being accepted. The ICANN71 Policy Forum is scheduled to be held 14-17 June 2021 in The Hague, Netherlands. The [email protected] program is open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs and who live in the European region. If ICANN71 is held as a virtual meeting, all [email protected] program activities will be conducted online. The [email protected] application window will remain open until 22 January 2021. Successful candidates will be announced on 26 February 2021 on the ICANN website. For more information on the program and how to apply, 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.

  • ICANN Org Comments on European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Recommendations 01/2020 on Measures That Supplement Transfer Tools to Ensure Compliance with the EU Level of Protection of Personal Data
    on December 21, 2020 at 8:00 am

    BRUSSELS – 21 December 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization (ICANN org) submitted a comment to the European Data Protection Board, concerning its recommendations 01/2020 on measures that supplement transfer tools to ensure compliance with the European Union (EU) level of protection of personal data. This comment follows ICANN org's comment submitted to the European Commission (EC) on 10 December 2020 concerning the EC's updated standard contractual clauses for transferring personal data to non-EU countries. ICANN org's comment raises concerns related to the potential impact of the recommendations, particularly related to transfers of personal data from the European Union to the United States. This comment encourages the European Data Protection Board to adopt a risk-based approach to determining the safeguards that must be applied to make the transfer of data GDPR-compliant. The full comment submitted by ICANN org is available here. All contributions to 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.

  • Draft FY22-26 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY22 Operating Plan & Budget
    on December 17, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 17 December 2020 Close Date: 15 February 2021 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization Functions: Planning Categories/Tags: Planning, Finance, FY22-26 Operating & Financial Plan, (FY22-26 O&FP), FY22 Operating Plan & Budget, (FY22OP&B) Brief Overview: The purpose of this Public Comment proceeding is to seek community input on the draft FY22-FY26 Operating & Financial Plan, and the draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-opplan-budget-fy22-26-2020-12-17-en