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Call for Volunteers for the Third Review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3)

Represent the global stakeholder community by participating in ICANN Reviews. Apply today to join the team of global experts that will help improve the transparency and accountability of ICANN, and ensure it meets its commitments to the global community.

ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the third review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3). To apply, please click here [PDF, 2.78 MB] to fill out your Statement of Interest. You may also print out the Statement of Interest form and submit it to reviews@icann.org.

Candidates are asked to submit their application materials by Friday, 21 April 2017, 23:59 UTC. All applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the public ATRT3 wiki page.

Context and Chronology

The specific objectives for the Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3) Review are to review ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountabile to the Internet community.

ICANN's Accountability and Transparency Review originated under the Affirmation of Commitments in 2009. Effective 1 October 2016, ICANN's obligation to conduct this review was incorporated into ICANN Bylaws. The composition of the Review Team will be determined by the ICANN community. For more information, please see Section 4.6. of the ICANN Bylaws.

More information is included in the "Background" section below to provide an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

Scope of the Accountability and Transparency Review

The ICANN Bylaws mandate that the community conduct a periodic Review to assess how ICANN is executing its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency. This ensures that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community. The focus of the ATRT3 Review may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Assess and improve Board governance which may include an ongoing evaluation of Board performance, the Board selection process, the extent to which the Board's composition and allocation structure meets ICANN's present and future needs, and the appeal mechanisms for Board decisions contained in the Bylaws;
  • Assess the role and effectiveness of the GAC's interaction with the Board and with the broader ICANN community; make recommendations for improvements to ensure effective consideration by ICANN of GAC input on the public policy aspects of the technical coordination of the DNS;
  • Assess and improve the processes by which ICANN receives public input (including adequate explanation of decisions taken and rationale);
  • Assess the extent to which ICANN's decisions are supported and accepted by the Internet community;
  • Assess the policy development process to facilitate enhanced cross community deliberations, and effective and timely policy development;
  • Assess and improve the Independent Review Process; and
  • Assess the extent to which prior Accountability and Transparency Review recommendations have been implemented and the extent to which implementation of such recommendations has resulted in the intended effect.

Compensation

ATRT3 Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN's community support travel guidelines.

Responsibilities

Review Team members will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
  • Consider public, ICANN Organization and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
  • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary, in accordance with ICANN procurement practices;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team's work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful, feasible and implementable recommendations;
  • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
  • Post the Draft Report of the Review Team for public review and comment;
  • Deliver a Final Report of the Review Team;
  • Designate several Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the Final Report of the Review Team and Board action on the recommendations.

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

  • Performance assessment and audits
  • Good governance and board performance
  • Performance measurement
  • Process improvement
  • Knowledge of recognized frameworks for organizational excellence
  • Principles of accountability applicable to organizations broadly similar to ICANN

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Commitment and time to participate
  • Multistakeholder community understanding
  • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Readiness to contribute
  • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
  • Analytical skills
  • Good communication skills using multiple methods and tools

Methodology, Budget and Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget. Throughout the Review, the Review Team will periodically report on its progress related to planned schedule and budget.

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support will include assistance with project management, organization of work, documents and activities, and sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review.

English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies [PDF, 277 KB].

Background

The ICANN Bylaws stipulate that "The Accountability and Transparency Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous Accountability and Transparency Review Team was convened." That would mean that the Call for Volunteers would take place no later than 4 October 2017. However, prior to the incorporation of this review into the ICANN Bylaws, several events took place leading up to ICANN's current commitment to launch the Call for Volunteers for ATRT3 in January 2017.

The information presented below provides an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

  • October 2012Call for Volunteers for the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).
  • February 2013 – Review Team (ATRT2) announced.
  • December 2013 – ATRT2 issued Final Report [PDF, 3.46 MB] and Recommendations.
  • June 2014 - the ICANN Board of Directors accepted all twelve ATRT2 Recommendations and directed the President and CEO of ICANN, through his designee(s), to proceed with the implementation - Resolution 2014.06.26.14. For more information on the status of the implementation activities, please visit the ATRT2 Implementation Wiki.
  • July 2015 - In response to community concerns about workload, the ICANN Board delayed the start of ATRT3 until July 2017 via Resolution 2015.07.28.09. Note that under the Affirmation of Commitments, reviews were on a shorter cycle.
  • January 2016 - In response to concerns raised by The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) about delaying ATRT3 until July 2017, ICANN noted [PDF, 469 KB] that the Call for Volunteers to form the ATRT3 Review Team will be launched in January 2017.
  • August 2016 - the Co-Chairs of the Cross Community Working Group on ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) wrote [PDF, 118 KB] to the ICANN Board, presenting possible options of how to combine Work Stream 2 (WS2) efforts and the ATRT3 work, to avoid work duplication. The co-Chairs took this step because as the IANA Stewardship Transition was being completed, and the ICANN Community was engaged in WS2 to address remaining issues, many of the WS2 topics were related to issues expected to be addressed in the ATRT3, i.e. accountability and transparency.
  • October 2016 - The ICANN Board responded [PDF, 439 KB] that, "It is not up to the Board to dictate the scope of this important community review. While we share the concerns raised of avoiding duplication of resources, it is essential that the broader ICANN community have a voice in determining how the ATRT3 should be scoped in alignment with the Bylaws. The Board and the ICANN Organization stand ready to support the community's direction."
  • December 2016 - the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs contacted the SO/AC Chairs, proposing a limited scope for ATRT3 as well as a reduced-size Review Team. They suggested that, if the broader ICANN Community agrees with the proposal and rationale, the SO/AC chairs issue a public statement or a letter to the ICANN CEO and Board Chair that explains why a limited scope is appropriate and indicate the level of support among the ICANN community for this limitation. ICANN organization is not aware of any collective community response to the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chair's note.

Additional Materials

Contact

If you have any questions, please send an email to: reviews@icann.org.

BCEC Announces the Final Slate of ICANN Board Director Candidates Selected by the At-Large Community

The optional Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) petition process in the ICANN Board Director selection did not result in a successful petition to add names to the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC) Slate of Candidates and this stage of the process has now concluded.

As such, the Final Slate of Candidates, who were selected by the BCEC and will go forward to the next stage of the selection process organized by the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC), are (listed in alphabetical order of the last name):

  • Alan Greenberg (Canada)
  • Leon Felipe Sanchez Ambia (Mexico)

Expressions of Interest (EoIs) of the Final Slate of Candidates

You may view the EoIs (with personal and private information removed) of the Final Slate of Candidates HERE.

Next Steps

In the coming weeks, before the start of the final election, the BMSPC will organize activities and mechanisms that facilitate interactions between the At-Large Community Members and the Final Slate of Candidates. The methods of interaction will incorporate input from ALAC Members, RALO members, and the Final Slate of Candidates themselves. The BMSPC will announce the planned interactions in due course.

In accordance with the selection timeline, the first round of voting in the final election will be initiated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. Any internal RALO decision making processes, such as confirming the electorates and directing RALO Chairs' votes in the final election, should be conducted and completed before 21 February. The selection process is planned to be completed by Friday, 21 April 2017, with the announcement of the successful Candidate on that date.

Background Information

For background information of the ICANN Board Director Selection Process, please visit the At-Large Board Member Selection workspace.

Any questions regarding the process should also be directed by email to program-admin@atlarge.icann.org. They will be answered as quickly as possible.

On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC)

Heidi Ullrich, Ariel Liang, Terri Agnew, and Yesim Nazlar
At-Large Board Member Selection Program Admin Staff

Reference Japanese Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Second Level

Open Date: 27 January 2017 Close Date: 8 March 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Second-Level Domains
Brief Overview: ICANN has developed reference Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) tables in machine readable format, called Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs) for the Second Level, to facilitate Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) and the Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP) for the relevant gTLDs. At this time reference Japanese language LGR for the second level (XML, HTML) is being released for public comment for addition to this repository.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/japanese-lgr-second-level-2017-01-27-en

Webinar On the GNSO’s Policy Development Process On Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms for International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations

You are invited to an interactive webinar on 7 February 2017 at 14:00 UTC, to discuss the preliminary recommendations just published for public comment by the Working Group for the GNSO Policy Development Process on access by International Governmental Organizations’ (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organizations’ (INGO) access to domain name dispute resolution processes. The public comment period for the Working Group’s Initial Report (https://gnso.icann.org/en/issues/igo-ingo-crp-access-initial-19jan17-en.pdf) closes on 1 March 2017.

During this webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following a brief presentation of the Working Group’s preliminary recommendations by the Working Group co-chairs. Attendees will learn about the Working Group’s initial proposals for:

  • Whether to modify the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) or the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) process to address the specific needs of IGOs and INGOs;
  • How an IGO may demonstrate standing to file a complaint under the UDRP or URS in the absence of trademark rights;
  • A Policy Guidance document to clarify the scope of application of the UDRP and URS to IGOs; and
  • Considerations relating to possible claims of jurisdictional immunity by IGOs in appeals from UDRP and URS determinations.

Details:

Date – 7 February 2017
Time – 1400 UTC for 60 minutes

How to Join:

Please sign up here or send an email to gnso-secs@icann.org confirming your participation.

The webinar will be conducted in English. A recording and transcript will be posted on the GNSO website following the webinar.

PTI Board Adopts FY18 Budget and Publishes Report of Public Comments

The PTI Board has adopted its FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, following a seven-week Public Comment period on a draft published in October 2016. The ICANN Board will consider PTI's Budget at its March meeting, to be held during the ICANN58 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ICANN and PTI have also published the Report of Public Comments on PTI's draft FY18 plans. This detailed report responds to each of the 21 individual comments submitted. The report has been structured thematically and is accompanied by a sortable spreadsheet, to help readers find the comments and responses they are most interested in.

The FY18 PTI Operating Plan and Budget is the result of months of collaborative work by the community and staff. It includes:

  • Highlights of all PTI operations
  • Overview of the PTI Implementation Costs
  • Overview of PTI's FY18 budget
  • Detailed FY18 operating plan

PTI's fiscal year runs from 1 July through 30 June and the adopted Operating Plan and Budget will run from 1 July 2017.

Budget documents are published here.

GNSO Initial Report on the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Development Process

Open Date: 20 January 2017 Close Date: 1 March 2017
Originating Organization: GNSO
Categories/Tags: Policy Development
Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding is being opened in order to obtain community input on the Initial Report from the GNSO's Policy Development Process Working Group that is evaluating IGO and INGO's access to curative rights protection mechanisms.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/igo-ingo-crp-access-initial-2017-01-20-en

Request for Proposal: NomCom Review

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of its Nominating Committee (NomCom).

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) is an independent committee tasked with selecting members of the Board of Directors as well as other key positions within ICANN's structure.

It is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

NomCom members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent assessor to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the NomCom including (but not limited to) the continued purpose of the NomCom within the ICANN structure; how effectively the NomCom fulfills its purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed; and the extent to which the NomCom as a whole is accountable to the wider ICANN community.

The Review is scheduled to take place from 17 April 2017 through 31 May 2018.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 548 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing NomComReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 PST on 17 February 2017 using ICANN's sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

NextGen@ICANN Program Opens Application Round for ICANN59

ICANN is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming more engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you're ready to start your journey, ICANN59 could be the place to start!

The ICANN59 Public Meeting will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26–29 June 2017. To be eligible for the NextGen@ICANN Program, you must live in Africa, be between the ages of 18 and 30, and be interested in Internet governance. If selected, you will receive a grant that includes airfare, hotel and a stipend.

The application round for ICANN59 opens on 16 January 2017. The deadline to apply is 24 February 2017.

  • If you're new to NextGen@ICANN, apply here.
  • If you've participated previously in NextGen@ICANN and would like to mentor new participants, consider becoming an Ambassador. Apply here.

Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 27 March 2017.

Learn more about NextGen@ICANN!

New EE Result Published: 1 Application Completed Extended Evaluation

ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for African GAC Members

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Africa GAC Members for better Participation in ICANN” will be held from 23-24 January 2017 with the support of the Communication Authority and the Government of Kenya.

This is the first regional workshop organized by ICANN’s recently established Nairobi Engagement Office. From ICANN, Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, Thomas Schneider, GAC Chair will both be present with executives, the regional ICANN team and community members. The keynote address and Official Opening will be done by Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT – Republic of Kenya.

The workshop will focus on raising awareness and assist in building capacity of the African GAC representatives and governments on how best to effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN. It will also introduce critical active relevant policy topics, working groups including relevant GAC and cross-community working groups that require the immediate attention and participation of GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the African GAC representatives on how to better help them improve their regional footprint as well as at ICANN.

The workshop will cover a range of topics that will include:

  • Understanding the ICANN Ecosystem
  • Policy development process at ICANN
  • ICANN Africa Strategy - an Overview
  • New gTLDs and the Role of GAC:
  • Understanding ccTLD Re-delegation

ICANN looks towards creating a stronger association with the community in Africa, including governments in the region, to help increase awareness and participation in ICANN’s work and the Internet policy processes under ICANN’s remit.

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 441 KB].

The event will be livestreamed.

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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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.

For more information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/

ICANN and CA Collaborate on an African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop in Kenya

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) are pleased to announce their collaboration on a law enforcement agencies capacity building workshop this month from 25th-26th January, 2017. The workshop is hosted by the Communication Authority of Kenya, the GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG), with support from ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) , Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) and Compliance teams.

The workshop aims to raise awareness and build capacity in the African law enforcement community on how to participate in ICANN and engage effectively in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ICANN policy making. It will also focus on capacity building within the Law Enforcement Agencies and review the Domain Name System (DNS) and its impact on public safety.

A range of topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to ICANN’s mission and multistakeholder bottom-up policy development model
  • Introduction to the GAC: role, organisation and membership
  • Introduction to the Public Safety Working Group (PSWG): mandate and work plan
  • Definition of Abuse of the DNS that can be addressed through ICANN’s processes and contracts
  • Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and obligations of contracted parties
  • Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and tools of ICANN’s Security Stability and Resiliency Team
  • How Law Enforcement agencies should engage with ICANN

The African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences with around 15 African Heads of Cybercrime units, members of the Public Safety working group as well as other representatives from governments and industry.

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 330 KB].

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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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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.

For more information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY17 Q2 Call on 15 February, 15:00 UTC‬‬‬

ICANN has announced its FY17 Q2 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 15 February 2017 at 15:00 UTC. The call will focus on how ICANN has implemented community policy for the quarter ending 31 December 2016. The call will also provide an Africa and Middle East update, as part of a new format aimed at spotlighting regional activities.

Please click here to register for the call and to receive joining instructions. If you are unable to access the form, please email us to register with your full name and an email address.

The call is open for all to attend and live interpretation is offered in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. There will be a Questions & Answers (Q&A) session and all materials (recordings, transcripts and presentations) will be archived and made available on the ICANN website.

These calls were set up to enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency efforts, and are a great way for you to stay informed on what the organization has done in line with ICANN's mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

More information

Please visit the Reporting page on the ICANN website for more information, including recordings of previous calls. The presentation will be posted 24-48 hours in advance.

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .IKANO, .SAXO, .SCOR, .SANDVIK, .WALTER, .SANDVIKCOROMANT, .VISTA, .VISTAPRINT, .BARCLAYS, .BARCLAYCARD and .HERMES TLDs

Open Date: 12 January 2017 Close Date: 24 February 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level Domains
  • Second-Level Domains
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Security/Stability
Brief Overview:

Eleven (11) Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) requests were submitted by the registry operators listed below to allow the release of country and territory names for the below TLDs. In total, the requests concern 11 New gTLDs.

Proposal

TLD

Registry Name

Documents

2016051

hermes

HERMES INTERNATIONAL

HERMES INTERNATIONAL Request 12 October 2016

2016050

barclaycard

Barclays Bank PLC

Barclays Bank PLC Request 12 October 2016

2016049

barclays

Barclays Bank PLC

Barclays Bank PLC Request 12 October 2016

2016048

vistaprint

Vistaprint Limited

Vistaprint Limited Request 12 October 2016

2016047

vista

Vistaprint Limited

Vistaprint Limited Request 12 October 2016

2016046

sandvikcoromant

Sandvik AB

Sandvik AB Request 12 October 2016

2016045

walter

Sandvik AB

Sandvik AB Request 12 October 2016

2016044

sandvik

Sandvik AB

Sandvik AB Request 12 October 2016

2016043

scor

SCOR SE

SCOR SE Request 12 October 2016

2016042

saxo

Saxo Bank A/S

Saxo Bank A/S Request 12 October 2016

2016039

ikano

Ikano S.A.

Ikano S.A. Request 28 July 2016

Currently, .IKANO, .SAXO, .SCOR, .SANDVIK, .WALTER, .SANDVIKCOROMANT, .VISTA, .VISTAPRINT, .BARCLAYS, .BARCLAYCARD and .HERMES Registry Agreements require country and territory names contained in specific internationally recognized lists to be withheld from registration or allocated to the registry operator at all levels.

As required by the RSEP, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether these RSEP proposals might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN’s preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues.

Following ICANN’s preliminary determination that the proposals do not raise significant competition, security or stability issues, it was further determined that the change would require a material change to the respective Registry Agreements and that an amendment is needed in order to effect the change.

The proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .IKANO, .SAXO, .SCOR, .SANDVIK, .WALTER, .SANDVIKCOROMANT, .VISTA, .VISTAPRINT, .BARCLAYS, .BARCLAYCARD and .HERMES TLDs. It should be noted that Specification 13 has been granted for .IKANO on 9 July 2015, Specification 13 has been granted for both .SAXO and .SCOR on 31 October 2014, Specification 13 has been granted for .SANDVIK, .WALTER, .SANDVIKCOROMANT, .BARCLAYS, and .BARCLAYCARD on 4 December 2014, Specification 13 has been granted for both .VISTA and .VISTAPRINT on 13 August 2015, and Specification 13 has been granted for .HERMES on 9 October 2014.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ctn-release-tlds-2017-01-12-en

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions: Deadline Is 21 March 2017

The ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. 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.

We are inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

  • Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • Three representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one each from Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific Islands and Latin America/Caribbean regions
  • Two members of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Currently, the eight NomCom-selected Board members are: Maarten Botterman, Cherine Chalaby, Steve Crocker, Asha Hemrajani, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Khaled Koubaa, George Sadowsky and Lousewies Van der Laan.

Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. They will gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility, culture and geography. They will make a valuable public service contribution toward the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource.

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.

Application Deadline and Process

For full consideration, ICANN must receive applications by 21 March 2017, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced in August or September 2017. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting, to be held from 28 October to 3 November 2017.

Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement and Compensation

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including travel to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings during 2017 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark (11–16 March); Johannesburg, South Africa (26–29 June); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (28 October – 3 November).

Reasonable direct expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed.

Each Board Member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but is not required to do so. (See Board Member Compensation.)

Background

The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting eight members of the Board of Directors and other key positions within ICANN's structure.

It is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

NomCom members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.

The challenge for the NomCom is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN bodies, individual NomCom members are not accountable to their appointing bodies.

NomCom members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the NomCom.

For More Information

Learn more by visiting the 2017 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2017@icann.org.

IANA Functions Customer Survey Results Available

11 January 2017 – Los Angeles – Today, ICANN published the results of an annual survey that measures the perception of satisfaction among IANA functions customers regarding the services they receive. In the 2016 survey, which accounts for transactions completed between September 2015 and August 2016, 94 percent of respondents reported being "satisfied" or "very satisfied."

View Customer Survey Findings [PDF, 2.15 MB].

The IANA Functions Customer Survey measures satisfaction in relation to documentation quality, process quality, transparency, timeliness, accuracy, reporting and courtesy. In the 2016 survey, 99 percent of respondents reported being satisfied with the accuracy of their transactions. Customers also identified accuracy as the most important measure of performance for the fourth consecutive year. Notably, 94 percent of customers reported satisfaction in regard to transparency this year, an increase from 89 percent in the 2015 survey.

While the results of the survey are generally positive, ICANN continues to explore opportunities for improvement. This year, there was a drop in satisfaction regarding process quality, from 95 percent to 89 percent. there are projects underway to enhance the IANA processes and systems that were mentioned in the survey.

ICANN commissioned Ebiquity, a global reputation consultancy, to administer the survey. Those who make IANA functions transactions – top-level domain operators, protocol parameter and regional Internet registry managers, RFC authors, Internet Engineering Steering Group members, DNSSEC KSK ceremony participants and .INT domain registrants – were invited to take the survey. This year, ICANN issued 4,286 invitations and 10 percent of customers responded.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

Call for Volunteers for the Registration Directory Service (formerly WHOIS) Review Team

DEADLINE EXTENSION – Applications to be appointed to the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review Team are due on 20 January 2017, 23:59 UTC.

ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the second review of Registration Directory Service (formerly known as the WHOIS Review). Interested individuals are invited to provide the following information, in the template [PDF, 2.7 MB] provided:

  • A biography, detailing relevant work and/or academic experience, as well as subject matter knowledge;
  • Your motivation for detailing your interest in serving on the Review Team and what you will bring to the team;
  • Specify the Supporting Organization (SO) or Advisory Committee (AC) that you would like to have consider you for nomination.

Candidates are asked to submit their application materials to reviews@icann.org by 20 January 2017, 23:59 UTC.

Note that all applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the RDS wiki page.

Limited Scope Proposal

Recent discussions among the leadership of the ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/AC) and the Board Working Group on Registration Directory Service have highlighted concerns with the expected workload and community bandwidth in light of all the WHOIS related activities currently underway. To address these concerns, and to ensure that the RDS Review is conducted efficiently and effectively, the SO/AC leaders are considering a proposal to limit the scope and timeline for this review. The current proposal would ask that the RDS Review Team limit its review to conducting an investigation of the implementation results from the last WHOIS Review Team.

Selection of the Review Team

Under the new Bylaws, each SO/AC will have an opportunity to nominate up to seven applicants to serve on the Review Team. An applicant's name will only be presented to the SO/AC identified by the applicant for consideration. After SO/AC nomination process concludes, all nominations will be provided to the SO/AC Leaders to conduct the selection process for the Review Team according to the specified expertise and diversity (gender and geographic) requirements from the nominations received, the Review Team may contain up to 21 members, plus an ICANN Board member (designated by the ICANN Board).

Timeline

Call for volunteers published 28 October 2016
Deadline to apply for Review Team 20 January 2017

Time Commitment

Applicants should be prepared to devote their time to the review process. Review Team work is expected to include regular conference calls (some of which may not be held during business hours in all time zones), and possibly up to three face-to-face meetings, each lasting two to three days.

Under the Limited Scope Proposal, the RDS Review Team may be asked to complete its work within six months of its first meeting.

Compensation

RDS Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN's community travel support guidelines.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
  • Consider public, community and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
  • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team's work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful and feasible recommendations;
  • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
  • Post the draft report of the Review Team for public review and comment;
  • Deliver a final Review Team report; and
  • Designate Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the final Review Team report.

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

  • Prior member of the 1st WHOIS Review Team or was an active contributor to its work
  • Prior member of the Expert Working Group on Registration Directory Service
  • Familiarity with operation of the Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Familiarity with WHOIS registrant data collection, compliance, directory service (RDDS) management
  • Familiarity with Translation and Transliteration of WHOIS Contact Information
  • Familiarity with ICANN Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Law
  • Familiarity with malware and abuse vectors and mitigations, including cybercrime
  • Familiarity with WHOIS Data Retention Waiver Process

Composition of the Review Team, depending on expertise and skills required, will aim to achieve:

  • Diversity in general, with particular attention on:
    • Geographic diversity; and
    • Gender diversity.

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Multistakeholder community understanding
  • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Readiness to contribute
  • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
  • Analytical skills

Methodology, Budget & Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget at the start. Throughout the review, there will be periodic reporting by the Review Team on its progress relative to planned schedule and budget. A clear and focused review scope is expected to assist the Review Team with prioritizing recommendations in order to optimize finite ICANN resources (time and budget).

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support could include assistance with project management; organization of work, documents and activities; as well as sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review.

English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies.

Background

Community-led reviews are an important mechanism for furthering ICANN's obligations outlined in the new Bylaws that went into force on 1 October 2016.

  • Ensuring accountability, transparency and the interests of global Internet users;
  • Preserving security, stability and resiliency of the DNS;
  • Promoting competition, consumer trust and consumer choice;
  • Registration Directory Service (WHOIS) policy.

These Specific Reviews replace the reviews that were formerly mandated under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC). The specific objectives for the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review are to review the effectiveness of WHOIS, and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data.

The first WHOIS review concluded in 2012 and was conducted under the AOC. The Final Report [PDF, 1.44 MB] from the First Review Team was submitted to the ICANN Board on 11 May 2012, with Board action to approve the report and recommendations, including the implementation plan [PDF, 119 KB] occurred on 8 November 2012. For more information on the status of the implementation activities arising out of the 1st WHOIS Review team, please visit the WHOIS Implementation Wiki.

Additional Materials

RDS Call for Volunteers presentation

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Margie Milam or Karen Mulberry at reviews@icann.org.

2017: Introducing the New ICANN Korea Team

Minjung Park (left) and Billy Cheon (right), the new seconded staff from the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) to ICANN.

 

Our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) established the ICANN Seoul Office, including the secondment of staff from KISA to ICANN. I would like to announce that Mr. Billy Cheon will replace In-Pyo Hwang as Head of Korea; and Ms. Minjung Park will replace Kang Soo Song as Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Korea.

I would like to thank In-Pyo and Kang Soo for their contributions to ICANN, particularly for enhancing the cooperation between KISA and ICANN. A key deliverable in the past year was the inaugural Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy in Seoul last August. This initiative helped to build the capacity of future leaders from Korea and the region to participate in Internet governance conversations in ICANN and around the globe. We look forward to continuing this model for regional collaboration in 2017.

I wish In-Pyo and Kang Soo all the best in their future endeavors as they return to KISA and serve in their respective new roles.

Billy and Minjung are hardly new faces to the Asia Pacific Internet community. They have both been involved in ICANN and Internet governance-related work for over ten years. Let us welcome them warmly.

Feel free to email Billy at billy.cheon@icann.org and Minjung at minjung.park@icann.org.

Request for Proposal: Assessment of the ICANN Office of Ombudsman

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman).

The Ombudsman serves an important function; it acts as an informal dispute resolution office for the ICANN community, who may wish to lodge a complaint about ICANN staff, board or problems in supporting organizations. The purpose of the office is to ensure that the members of the ICANN community have been treated fairly.

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent assessor to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the current Office of the Ombudsman charter and operations, including its unique role in the ICANN community, against relevant best practices and provide recommendations necessary to ensure that the Office of the Ombudsman has the tools, independence, and authority needed to be an effective voice for ICANN stakeholders.

The Review is scheduled to take place from 1 March 2017 through 15 April 2017.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 589 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing OmbudsmanAssessment-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 PST on 31 January 2017 using ICANN's sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

Implementation Update

As you are aware, last year the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability's Work Stream 1 Report recommended that the key parts of the Affirmation of Commitments be brought into the ICANN Bylaws, and that the Affirmation itself be terminated.

As of 1 October 2016, the Affirmation reviews are incorporated into ICANN's Bylaws, as well as an annual reporting requirement on those reviews. ICANN's obligation to support broad, informed participation is now part of ICANN's Core Values; the obligation to produce rationales for ICANN decisions is part of ICANN's Bylaws-mandated commitment to transparency. ICANN's commitment to remain a not-for-profit corporation, headquartered in the United States of America is embedded into ICANN's Articles of Incorporation, and in the Bylaws, which specify that ICANN's California office is its principal place of business.

This week, ICANN and NTIA have finalized the formal termination of the Affirmation of Commitments here [PDF, 252 KB].

Proposed Charter Amendments of the GNSO Business Constituency

Open Date: 6 January 2017 Close Date: 15 February 2017
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO, BC
Categories/Tags: Bylaws, Engagement/Participation
Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment period is to obtain community input on proposed changes to the charter of the GNSO's Business Constituency. The changes have been approved by the membership of the Business Constituency and are awaiting Board review and approval. Consistent with the Board's 2013 process for review of changes to community charter documentation, the Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee has authorized this public comment period for a period of 40 days.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/bc-charter-amend-2017-01-06-en
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