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What’s New with Reviews?

Reviews are one of several important ICANN accountability mechanisms. Find the latest news, updates, and opportunities to participate in the various ICANN reviews below.

Specific Reviews are led by community review teams to assess the performance of the ICANN organization in key areas pertaining to its core function and make recommendations to improve future performance.

  • RDS-WHOIS2 Review: Join the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team face-to-face meeting on 2-3 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Visit the "Opportunities to Participate" section of the RDS-WHOIS2 wiki homepage for meeting details, how to participate, and track progress.
  • SSR2 Review: Members of the "ICANN SSR" subgroup of volunteers from the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review Team (SSR2) will meet on 9-10 October in Los Angeles. Visit the "Opportunities to Participate" section of the SSR2 wiki homepage for meeting details, how to participate, and track progress.
  • CCT Review: The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is refining its draft report [PDF, 6.7 MB] based on public comments. The new draft report will contain additional sections including results from a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) cost impact survey [PDF, 1.4 MB] and the Statistical Analysis of Domain Name System (DNS) Abuse in gTLDs Final Report [PDF, 2.2 MB]. Bookmark the wiki home page to make sure you don't miss an update!

Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess to what extent ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve their effectiveness.

  • NomCom2 Review: The independent examiner, Analysis Group, is seeking broad community input to measure community perception of the Nominating Committee (NomCom). Please take this online survey to inform the NomCom Review http://nomcomsurvey.cloudssi.com/. The survey will close on 13 October 2017.

Interisle Appointed to Conduct RSSAC Review

Second Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2) Review

LOS ANGELES – 28 March 2017 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has appointed Interisle Consulting Group, LLC to conduct an independent review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC).

Selection of the Independent Examiner

The selection of an independent examiner is performed in accordance with ICANN's procurement process. All submitted proposals were carefully evaluated against selection criteria developed in collaboration with the RSSAC, including:

  • Technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ICANN.
  • Methodology.
  • Independence, including no conflict of interest.

RSSAC Organizational Review

In addition to assessing the effectiveness of the improvements resulting from the previous review conducted in 2008, the purpose of this review is to determine whether the RSSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. This review will also determine if the RSSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders, as mandated by ICANN Bylaws.

The review is scheduled to commence immediately and will conclude in July 2018.

RSSAC Role

The RSSAC serves to advise the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet's Root Server System. Membership of the RSSAC is made up of representatives from the organizations responsible for operating global root name services. Representatives of the organizations responsible for the maintenance of the authoritative root zone also participate as non-voting members and additional non-voting members also participate from external organizations and groups.

Resources

For more information, visit the RSSAC Review wiki page.

For additional information about Interisle, visit their website.

Visit the Organizational Reviews page at ICANN.org for a permanent file of essential milestones, outputs, and final deliverables.

The RSSAC Organizational Review is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4 "Periodic Review of ICANN Structure and Operations."

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.

SSR2 Review Team is Seeking an Independent Expert to Perform a Gap Analysis

LOS ANGELES – 28 SEPTEMBER 2017 – In collaboration with the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review Team, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking an independent expert to perform a gap analysis of the first SSR Review recommendations.

Read the Specifications for Gap Analysis [PDF 378 KB].

The selected party will perform an analysis of how ICANN implemented the Board-approved recommendations from the first SSR Review and identify gaps between the intent of the recommendations and implementation.

It is anticipated that the gap analysis will start in November 2017 and last for approximately 12 weeks. The date of submission for the final report is expected to be 16 January 2018.  The SSR2 Review Team reserves the right to modify or change this timeline at any time, as necessary. All responses (including proposals, supporting documentation, questions, etc.) must be submitted to ssr2-gap-analysis@icann.org by 16 October 2017.

Learn more about the SSR2 Review Team.

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.

A Week in Europe with Rick Lamb: Helping the Internet Community Contribute to a Stable and Secure Internet

Dr. Rick Lamb, ICANN's Senior Program Manager of DNSSEC, recently toured several European countries, as part of ongoing work from ICANN's Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) Team, offering free workshops on DNS Security and DNSSEC to the Internet community.

Beginning in Tallinn, Estonia, Rick worked with the ccTLD registry for .ee (Estonia), which gathered key Internet stakeholders for a two-day in-depth DNSSEC training. The .lv (Latvia) registry organized a similar DNSSEC training in Riga, Latvia.

The support of these national registries makes it possible for ICANN to reach key stakeholders in local Internet ecosystems. The help and support is important for ICANN. Thank you, Eesti Interneti Sihtasutus and Nic.LV for your help organizing these workshops.

After the training in Latvia, Rick flew to Warsaw, Poland where he gave a keynote speech at the Security Case Study, a conference organized by the Polish Cybersecurity Foundation. Rick's speech, "Cybersecurity, Keys and Hollywood: The truth about the Internet's phonebook and the 7 Keyholders," included hands-on audience involvement and was very well received, with a robust question and answer session.

After the conference, Rick conducted an information session for government representatives, ISPs and energy providers, organized by the Polish registry NASK, where he explained how these institutions could benefit from DNSSEC workshops. Thank you to NASK for helping ICANN gather important stakeholders.

He also gave a talk at Hackerspace Warsaw, which is available online. We encourage you to watch – it went so well, it ran almost twice the expected time because of the amount of questions.

Rick then attended ION Malta, a conference organized by the Internet Society in Malta. He gave two presentations, an introduction to DNSSEC and an explanation of DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) and the future of Transport Layer Security (TLS). The following day, Rick gave a one-day DNSSEC training workshop attended by participants from the .mt (Maltese ccTLD registry), the Malta Information Technology Agency and others.

If you are interested in training possibilities for your community, please contact Gabriella Schittek at gabriella.schittek@icann.org

KSK Rollover Postponed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that the plan to change the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) is being postponed.

Changing the key involves generating a new cryptographic key pair and distributing the new public component to the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)-validating resolvers. Based on the estimated number of Internet users who use DNSSEC validating resolvers, an estimated one-in-four global Internet users, or 750 million people, could be affected by the KSK rollover.

The changing or "rolling" of the KSK Key was originally scheduled to occur on 11 October, but it is being delayed because some recently obtained data shows that a significant number of resolvers used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Network Operators are not yet ready for the Key Rollover. The availability of this new data is due to a very recent DNS protocol feature that adds the ability for a resolver to report back to the root servers which keys it has configured.

There may be multiple reasons why operators do not have the new key installed in their systems: some may not have their resolver software properly configured and a recently discovered issue in one widely used resolver program appears to not be automatically updating the key as it should, for reasons that are still being explored.

ICANN is reaching out to its community, including its Security and Stability Advisory Committee, the Regional Internet Registries, Network Operator Groups and others to help explore and resolve the issues.

In the meantime, ICANN believes it prudent to follow its process and to delay the changing of the key rather than run the risk of a significant number of Internet users being adversely affected by the changing of the key. ICANN is committed to continuing its education, communication and engagement with the relevant technical organizations to ensure readiness for the key change.

"The security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system is our core mission. We would rather proceed cautiously and reasonably, than continue with the roll on the announced date of 11 October," said Göran Marby. "It would be irresponsible to proceed with the roll after we have identified these new issues that could adversely affect its success and could adversely affect the ability of a significant number of end users."

A new date for the Key Roll has not yet been determined. ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer says it is tentatively hoping to reschedule the Key Roll for the first quarter of 2018, but that it will be dependent on more fully understanding the new information and mitigating as many potential failures as possible.

ICANN will provide additional information as it becomes available and the new Key Roll date will be announced as appropriate.

"It's our hope that network operators will use this additional time period to be certain that their systems are ready for the Key Roll," said Marby. "Our testing platform (http://go.icann.org/KSKtest) will help operators ensure that their resolvers are properly configured with the new key and we will continue our engagement and communications to these operators."

About DNSSEC

To easily identify resources on the Internet, the underlying numerical addresses for these resources are represented by human readable strings. The conversion of these strings to numbers is done by the distributed hierarchical Domain Name System (DNS). Increased sophistication in computing and networking since its design in 1983 have made this "phone book" vulnerable to attacks. In response to these threats, the international standards organization, IETF, developed DNSSEC to cryptographically ensure DNS content cannot be modified from its source without being detected. Once fully deployed, DNSSEC will stop the attacker's ability to redirect users using the DNS.

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To keep informed about KSK Rollover developments go here: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/ksk-rollover

On social media use: #Keyroll

ICANN Webinar: Data Protection/Privacy Activities

LOS ANGELES – 27 Sept. 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") invites you to join us in a webinar on 4 October 2017 from 1400 to 1500 UTC to discuss data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We also welcome updates on the webinar from the community and community groups on their GDPR related activities. Topics of discussion will include:

  • ICANN's focus with respect to GDPR
  • Recap of recent activities
    • Personal data use matrix
    • Engagement activities
  • Update on legal analysis of matrix data
  • ICANN60 session in Abu Dhabi
  • Community updates on their GDPR activities

In order to facilitate global participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. During the course of the webinar, participants may submit questions using the chat function in Adobe Connect. In advance of the webinar, questions may be submitted to gdpr-questions@icann.org. We will make every effort to answer the questions during the webinar or in an FAQ document to be circulated after the webinar. Please submit your requests no later than Monday, 2 October. A recording of the webinar will be made available for future reference.

Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 4 October 2017

Time: 1400 – 1500 UTC

Join via Adobe Connect (please send dial-in requests to gdpr-questions@icann.org)

View Dial-in Information

Participant Codes:

English – Participant Code: 9001
Français – Participant Code: 9002
Español – Participant Code: 9003
中文 – Participant Code: 9004
Pусский – Participant Code: 9005
العربية – Participant Code: 9006
Português – Participant Code: 9007

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.

Creating Content Governance and Rebuilding the Infrastructure of ICANN’s Public Sites

It probably comes as no surprise to many of you who use www.icann.org that our content can be difficult to find. It's an issue we have grappled with for a long time that needs a permanent fix. On 23 September 2017, at the ICANN Board meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Board approved the Information Transparency Initiative to address this and other problems related to our content governance. One of the primary objectives of this initiative is to improve the findability of ICANN's public content in all six U.N. languages. This objective is in service of ICANN's Mission and Bylaws, will help you, the community, do your work, and will help us meet our commitments to accountability and transparency.

How will improving content findability benefit the community?

Finding relevant content in all six U.N. languages shouldn't be a chore. It should be easy for you to find content in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, on whichever device you are using. The Information Transparency Initiative's effect on improving findability will help ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SO), Advisory Committees (AC), and all of our stakeholders do the important policy work you do each and every day, and will help newcomers navigate ICANN by:

  • Providing better search capabilities in the six U.N. languages by applying a consistent taxonomy to all www.icann.org content.
  • Enabling ICANN ecosystem wide search by using the www.icann.org taxonomy as a foundation for all SO/AC sites.
  • Allowing you to find content more easily by enhancing site navigation.
  • Providing links to relevant content based on what you are searching for or looking at.
  • Making better use of databases to simplify search of specific content types like correspondence, registry reports, and glossaries.
  • Creating a new, intuitive user experience, which has been based on your input, feedback, and user journeys. This experience will include improved features like Public Comment, and Public and other ICANN meeting registration.
  • Ensuring you can access content on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop by adhering to mobile-first standards.
  • Improving content accessibility for people with disabilities by following Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

The Information Transparency Initiative also:

  • Strengthens the security and stability of our external platforms.
  • Increases the efficiency and scalability of our technical architecture, by using the www.icann.org infrastructure as the foundation for the entire ecosystem of ICANN sites, including the SO/AC sites. This platform consolidation will decrease the cost of maintaining ICANN's public sites.
  • Improves content management by imposing clear processes and automation to ensure all documents and other materials are tagged, stored, and administered using best practices.

How will the community provide input and gain insight into the project?

We need your feedback to get this right. We'll be conducting open sessions at ICANN Public Meetings (beginning with ICANN60), hosting webinars, and posting monthly blogs to update the community on our progress. More importantly, we'll be launching a test site, which will allow stakeholders to see, use, and test features as they are developed. Through this online tool, you will be able to provide direct feedback on what works and what can be improved.

How will we implement the Information Transparency Initiative?

The Information Transparency Initiative is an operational activity to improve ICANN's content governance and infrastructure. This two-year initiative has two goals – rebuilding ICANN's technical infrastructure and improving content findability through the implementation of a new information architecture with concrete content governance. We will begin this work with a thorough audit and tagging of all www.icann.org content. This will form the basis of our content strategy and the ICANN ecosystem-wide taxonomy. This tagged content will be stored in a new document management system (DMS), which will enable and enforce content governance. The DMS will be married to a new content management system (CMS) which will surface this newly tagged and improved content on www.icann.org.

Why is the Information Transparency Initiative important now?

We take our commitments to our accountability and transparency very seriously. We have built up a sizable debt in both content and technology that we need to address. Unless we pay back this debt, it will only worsen each year. ICANN's public content is growing at 25% each year, so the lack of governance and metadata on our content means the findability of ICANN content worsens each year. Further, the technical infrastructure of ICANN's public sites is increasingly creaky, costly to maintain, and needs to be replaced. It is crucial that we begin to resolve our content governance and technical infrastructure problems now, to help us meet our accountability and transparency commitments, and allow us to deliver results for the ICANN community.

What's next?

We'll be posting information about the date, time, and agenda for the upcoming Information Transparency Initiative session at ICANN60. We encourage you to join us, and share your thoughts and feedback. We look forward to seeing you at this session, and engaging with you throughout this project.

This project will take time, as we will be focused on building improved foundational elements – our technical infrastructure and content governance. This work is not a simple website refresh. We are aware of the challenges of undertaking this initiative, but we are confident that with your feedback, and our focus on a narrow set of goals to improve content governance, search, and our technical infrastructure, that we will deliver an improved experience for our stakeholders.

Chairman’s Blog: The Montevideo Workshop Wrap-Up

The ICANN Board just finished our workshop in beautiful Montevideo, Uruguay and I wanted to share some updates with you. It was good to be joined by our incoming Board members León Sanchez, Matthew Shears, Avri Doria and Sarah Deutsch, who will be seated to the Board in Abu Dhabi. We covered a wide range of topics, as always, with a busy and productive workshop. A few things we discussed include:

  • The need to establish long term financial planning during the upcoming strategic plan development process. The Board requested the ICANN organization develop an approach for long term financial planning, including how to engage and inform the community.
  • The details of the work the ICANN organization is undertaking with the Community, and in its own internal assessments, related to the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • An update to the Board on the background of .HOME, .CORP and .MAIL applications, where the organization shared the current status of the applications, followed by a discussion of the possible options available to the Board given the requests of the applicants to move the applications forward.
  • A presentation by the Executive team on opportunities and priorities they see for the year ahead, including discussion on some challenges the organization is facing. This included topics ranging from resource demands vs. funding through to the implementation of the Thick Whois policy vs the implications of the GDPR and data privacy law changes globally.
  • A discussion on FY18 Board Priorities, what they are and how to measure and track them.
  • Final review of the Board resolution addressing the GAC Advice from the ICANN59 GAC Johannesburg Communiqué [PDF, 469 KB]. The Board agreed on a draft proposal put forward by the Board-GAC Review Implementations (BGRI) working group Co-Chairs on clarifying the definition of GAC Advice, and the Board reviewed all GAC Communiques from ICANN46 to ICANN59, including responses or actions to address GAC Advice.
  • A briefing and discussion about the Root Zone and related issues and developments.
  • An update about the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) roll, resulting in direction from the Board to the ICANN organization to roll the DNS root KSK as soon as is practical, so long as there are no significant observed effects on the security, stability, or resiliency of the DNS as a whole.

In addition to these topics, the Board began planning for the election of the Board’s leadership positions [PDF, 44 KB], in advance of the Annual Meeting at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, where the formal election will take place. Following the outlined procedures, the ICANN Board as a whole discussed and considered the succession of the Board's leadership. The Board took this action to support transparency and to demonstrate its commitment to a well-supported transfer of responsibilities in leading the Board. Because I have been in this role for six years, our advance planning for the transfer of those responsibilities will help support continuity in ICANN's service of its mission.

All continuing and incoming members of the Board had an opportunity to participate in the discussion of the Board's future leadership, and have indicated unanimous support for the future election of Cherine Chalaby as the next Chair of the ICANN Board. I am proud and excited to welcome Cherine as my successor, and look forward to supporting him and working with him for a smooth and orderly transition of responsibilities.

The Board has also indicated its support for the future election of Chris Disspain as the next Vice-Chair. Many congratulations to Chris as he transitions into this important role.

The Board also held a full Board Meeting as we usually do. For more details on the workshop, including minutes from the public Board Meeting, please see the Board Page.

Thank you to the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC), who were hosting their annual meeting while we were in Montevideo. We were able to spend time with the LACNIC Board and the LACNIC community, which was a rewarding addition to our workshop.

See you all in Abu Dhabi!

Anne-Rachel Inne to Leave ICANN on 30 September

Along with ICANN's management team, I'd like to share the news that Anne-Rachel Inne, VP for Government Engagement, is leaving ICANN effective 30 September 2017. Anne-Rachel has been with ICANN in a variety of roles for 11 years, excluding her brief leave from 2012 to July 2014.

Anne-Rachel has contributed tirelessly to ICANN and the Internet community over the years, continuously giving her highest level of commitment and service. For the past three years, she has worked for the Government and Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement Department – first out of the Geneva office, then more recently out of Washington, D.C. Her work has focused on the missions of U.N. organizations and IGOs in Geneva, particularly those from developing economies.

In her earlier years at ICANN, Anne-Rachel contributed to building up the organization in the Los Angeles office. There, she served in various capacities – policy, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), processes, and global partnerships in support of constituencies. Later, in the ICANN Brussels office, as Manager of Regional Relations for Africa for ICANN, she was instrumental in our first steps toward becoming a global organization.

On behalf of the Government Engagement team, I thank Anne-Rachel for her many contributions and steadfast dedication to ICANN over the years. Anne-Rachel's departure is a clear loss to ICANN and the community, but we wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

NTI.com domain name saved in UDRP

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Request for Proposal: gTLD Marketplace Health Index Assessment

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking to identify one or more suppliers qualified to (a) assess a proposed framework for domain name system (DNS) marketplace indicators, (b) create a detailed taxonomy of the final set of recommended indicators, and (c) identify sources for any requisite data external to the ICANN organization.

The gTLD Marketplace Health Index originated to further the ICANN organization's strategic objective (2.3) of "supporting the evolution of the gTLD marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted." The results of this initiative will foster greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace.

The assessment is scheduled to take place from 15th January 2018 through 30 March 2018.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 284 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing gTLDMktHealthIndexAssessment-rfp@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 30 October 2017 using ICANN's sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

LACNIC: Celebrating 15 Years of Regional Excellence

We're currently in Montevideo, Uruguay, for LACNIC28 and the last intercessional ICANN Board Workshop of the year. We can't speak about being at the LACNIC meeting without first conveying our best wishes to our friends and colleagues in the Caribbean and in Mexico who have been dealing with devastating natural disasters over the past few weeks. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

Having these two meetings coincide was no coincidence. We are using this opportunity to meet with the LACNIC Board, to see how our two organizations can collaborate in more meaningful and beneficial ways.

This year marks LACNIC's 15th anniversary, but the story of their regional success starts at the very beginning, when it was officially ratified as a Regional Internet Registry by the ICANN Board at ICANN14 in Shanghai, China. In 2002, LACNIC had just four employees and 147 associated entities, but thanks to its hard work, LACNIC has grown to nearly 60 employees and more than 6,000 associated entities.

Their expansion is a testament to its hard work and dedication to developing and increasing the stability of the Internet in the region. LACNIC's success is a sign of trust, continuity, and leadership, and can be attributed to the combined efforts of every individual involved in this great adventure.

LACNIC's story is also the story of La Casa de Internet for Latin America and the Caribbean, which, since 2012, has become home to several Internet organizations. This unique experience promotes collaboration between the organizations that work there. But above all, it has created a family that shares a common goal. The Casa de Internet is the product of a visionary organization that has been tireless and fervent in its efforts toward the development of its regional communities. ICANN is honored to call the Casa its regional home since 2013.

We wish our friends at LACNIC continued growth, and know they will continue to inspire us all with their successes to come.

Chairman’s Blog: ICANN Congratulates the Internet Society on Turning 25

On behalf of ICANN, we extend our congratulations to the Internet Society (ISOC) on its 25th anniversary.

ISOC is a worldwide advocate for a free and open Internet, for everyone. We respect the work done by ISOC members and chapters, Board of Trustees, and Staff to fulfill the mission of ISOC: By connecting the world, working with others, and advocating for equal access to the Internet, the Internet Society strives to make the world a better place.

Of obvious importance to us is the partnership we have enjoyed as both of our organizations have collaborated and supported each other over the years. In particular, ISOC provided enormous support to ICANN over the long-running and ultimately successful IANA stewardship transition process. For this partnership, we thank you.

The orchestration of your 25th anniversary will be remembered by all who participated. We particularly enjoyed hearing the encouraging stories of the 25 people under 25 years of age from around the world who have already, and certainly will continue to contribute greatly to the Internet. The Internet Hall of Fame inductees were inspiring, too. We were particularly happy to see Jaap Akkerhuis, an active member of the ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee since its inception, and ICANN's liaison to the 3166 Maintenance Agency, honored. Great congratulations to Jaap and all other inductees for this great honor. It was a pleasure and an honor to be there.

We salute you and wish ISOC many more decades of success.

Here is TNT’s Best of the Drop List for 9/15/2017!

 TNTNames.com: Here is TNT’s Best of the Drop List for 9/15/2017. I will not be back-ordering or bidding on any of these domains myself. There are some really valuable domains on this list! If you have any thoughts/input please leave a … Continue reading →

ICANN Board to Hold Public Session and Board Meeting During Montevideo Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 13 September 2017 – The ICANN Board will be holding one public session and a Board Meeting during its upcoming workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay, which will be taking place from 20-23 September, 2017.

The agenda of the sessions is provided below.

Date Time (UTC) Session
22 September 13:30 – 14:30 Discussion on how Board responds to the GAC Advice in its ICANN59 Johannesburg Communiqué
23 September 12:00 – 13:00 Public Board Meeting

The sessions will be in English only. The format for each will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/
Participant Code: 5542211258

Additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5542211258&num=1-605-475-5606

For more information about the Montevideo workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2017-board-meetings.

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.

Chairman’s Blog: Previewing the Montevideo Workshop

On a regular basis, both in-between ICANN meetings and at the beginning of each ICANN Meeting, the ICANN Board meets in a workshop format. During these workshops, the Board and ICANN’s management team come together for in-depth consideration of important and timely ICANN issues.

These workshops provide the Board with face-to-face time for discussion and decision-making on matters of interest to the ICANN community and requirements regarding the work of the ICANN organization. The Board generally uses one day for committee and working group meetings and two days as a full group on timely topics and longer-term strategic issues. The Board usually selects 10-12 topics during each Workshop.

From 20-23 September 2017, the ICANN Board of Directors will be meeting in Montevideo for our last intersessional Board workshop of the year. Ahead of that meeting, I want to give you a brief overview of what we expect to be covering and discussing.

Recently, the Board has adopted a five-block structure to help guide how we spend our time at workshops and we will be conducting the upcoming workshop in this manner.

The five blocks for this workshop are:

  1. Oversight of Policy Development & Cross-Community Initiatives
  2. ICANN Org Oversight
  3. Strategic & Forward Thinking
  4. Governance & Fiduciary Responsibilities
  5. Community Engagement & External Relationships

We’re meeting in Montevideo in part to facilitate attendance and interaction with the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC), who will be in town for one of their annual meetings. The extra day associated with this workshop will give us time to interact with the LACNIC Board and the LACNIC community. Two key committee meetings this time are the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC), which will be looking at ongoing At-Large Review and addressing community coordination issues for the Specific Reviews, and the Board Audit Committee, which will review the draft audited financials and hear from the Independent Auditors about their work.

On the Friday, 22 September, our schedule is divided up into three blocks, following the opening and a dialogue with ICANN CEO Göran Marby. During these blocks, we’ll be hosting one public session, the details of which you can find here. The public session will address how the ICANN Board intends to respond to the Governmental Advisory Committee’s (GAC) advice in its Johannesburg Communiqué.

In addition to the public session, which I highly encourage you to join and listen to, the Board will discuss the path to reaching resolution of open issues on name collision. The Board will also start planning for the election of the Board’s leadership positions, as well as slating for the Board’s committees in advance of the Annual Meeting at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, where these selections will be made.

The final day of the workshop, the Saturday, 23 September, will start with a webcasted Board meeting, which I hope you’ll be able to join. The remainder of the day will be focused on strategic issues and the road ahead for both the Board and the organization, including conversations about priorities for FY18 and long-term financial planning.

This workshop comes few weeks ahead of the Annual General Meeting. For the last several years we have made a practice of inviting incoming Board members to join us even before they are formally seated. I am pleased that León Sanchez, Matthew Shears, Avri Doria and Sarah Deutsch will all be able to join us. This facilitates smooth transition and helps the new members come up to speed quickly.

As many of you are aware, this is my last year as Chairman of the ICANN Board, with my term ending at the beginning of November. I look forward to sharing my personal reflections with the Board during this workshop. Personally, I’m also looking forward to enjoying some delicious Uruguayan asado. We’ll plan to update you in the days following the Board workshop to share key takeaways and updates from the sessions discussed here.

WEBINAR: Compliance & Consumer Safeguard Overview

LOS ANGELES – 11 September 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN will host an interactive webinar on 25 September 2017 to discuss Compliance and Consumer Safeguard matters within ICANN’s remit, including:

  • Review and discuss existing safeguards within ICANN’s contracts and By-laws.
  • Identify types DNS abuse that may fall within ICANN’s remit.
  • Discuss voluntary efforts to address abuse within the DNS.
  • Consider possible topic(s) for discussion during a session at ICANN 60.

This webinar will allow for an open discussion on these topics as well as any other related issues raised by members of the community. Hosted by ICANN’s Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards team, the webinar will also include representatives from ICANN’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Global Domains Division.


Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 25 September 2017
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 UTC

Join via Adobe Connect: https://participate.icann.org/safeguardsandcompliance/

View Dial-In Conference Number(s):

US (Toll): 1-605-475-5603

US (Toll): 1-712-770-4202

US (Toll Free): 1-888-619-1583

Canada, Montreal (Local): +1 514 669 5944

Canada, Toronto (Local): +1 647 426 9168

Participant Code: 1941584829

URL to additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&...

The webinar will be conducted in English. Recordings will be published 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.

Join a Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguards Conversation

Over the past few years there has been an increase in reports of DNS abuse, including malware, phishing and botnets. We have also seen the advent of voluntary agreements between registries and content producers aimed at reducing massive online copyright infringement. In light of these developments, we are initiating a community-wide discussion of contractual compliance and consumer safeguards, including ICANN’s authority and capabilities to address DNS abuse.

Please join us for an initial community discussion on contractual compliance and consumer safeguard matters on 25 September 2017. We developed a flexible agenda based on input gathered from the community to facilitate an informal discussion around:

  • Existing safeguards [PDF, 316 KB] within ICANN’s contracts and Bylaws
  • Types of DNS abuse that may fall within ICANN’s remit; and
  • Gaps within ICANN’s capabilities to address abuse that may be filled by other entities within the community.

We will also ask participants to consider a dedicated session at ICANN60. We are looking forward to this initial discussion. If you cannot join the webinar and would like to share your thoughts, or if you have any questions, please contact ICANN’s Consumer Safeguards Director, Bryan Schilling, at bryan.schilling@icann.org.

Data Protection and Privacy: Progress Update and Next Steps

In this blog, we want to provide you with an update on our data protection and privacy work as it relates to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In late July, we published the first draft of a matrix of user stories related to registrants' data that registries and registrars collect, display, and process, pursuant to ICANN contracts. We thank everyone who contributed to the initial matrix, and provided feedback during the 30-day public review period.

We have now consolidated the information that was collected into a more easily readable format [PDF, 686 KB]. A high-level summary is also included in the document. We encourage you to review the submissions, and the summary.

As a reminder, the intent of this exercise is to inform discussions on the possible effect of the GDPR, on ICANN's contracts with registries, and registrars. The information in the matrix, is intended to explain the multiple uses of the data to the appropriate legal entities, such as the Data Protection Authorities, to help them understand their uses in regards to the registries' and registrars' legal obligations, related to GDPR.

We also want to reiterate, that this effort is not intended to replace existing policies, policy work that is underway, or ICANN's Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Law.

Next Steps

With the data collection stage completed, we will now move on to the following activities:

  • We have engaged a specialist European law firm, Hamilton Advokatbyrå, to assist us with the legal analysis of the data in the matrix. A draft of the initial phase of the analysis from Hamilton, is expected to be ready to be shared for feedback from the community, prior to the ICANN meetings in Abu Dhabi, beginning in October 2017.
  • Engagement Information: During the past few months, we have had several discussions with stakeholders, including data protection authorities (DPAs), to inform them of ICANN's work in this area. We look forward to continuing to engage with the DPA community and other stakeholders, including the ICANN ecosystem, as our work and analysis progress over the coming weeks and months.

We also expect to participate in discussions on GDPR at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi. The meetings schedule will be posted soon. Please check back regularly for pertinent sessions, and information on remote participation, if you won't be there in person.

We will keep you updated on our progress, and hope that your organization's efforts to comply with GDPR are going well.

Quarterly Stakeholder Update for FY17 Q4 Posted and Registration for the Q&A Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 8 September 2017 – Today, ICANN released its latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update for the quarter ending 30 June 2017.

The report is accompanied by a brief executive summary and a recording available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish to highlight the report. Transcripts of the recording will also be posted shortly.

On 13 September 1830 - 1900 UTC, there will be a webinar where you can ask questions on the report. Please register here by 12 September 1830 UTC to receive joining instructions. You can also pre-submit questions to: engagement@icann.org. If there are no questions or participants within 10 minutes, the call will close. These calls will be recorded and available on our website if you are unable to attend.

This is the first report in the new format to help increase participation, while meeting the your needs to view and access information in your own time and providing an opportunity to ask questions.

This evolution is part of our broader ongoing efforts to continue to be transparent, accountable, accessible, and engaging. These efforts include the Executive Team Q&A sessions at ICANN Public Meetings, the CEO Report to the Board, and the new Accountability Indicators webpage.

Please register here by 12 September 1830 UTC to receive joining instructions for the Q&A webinar.

More 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.

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