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View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 7 December

LOS ANGELES – 30 November 2017 – Today, ICANN published its FY18 Q1 Stakeholder Update, for the quarter ending 30 September 2017.

You can view the report on the ICANN website as well as an Executive Summary recording from Göran Marby, President and CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board.

You are invited to attend a question and answer (Q&A) call on 7 December at 1700 UTC to ask any questions on this report. Please click here to register and receive the instructions for joining the call. If you are unable to access the form, please email us your full name and an email address to be registered.

The call is recorded and open for all to attend with live interpretation provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings will be posted 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 ICANN organization has done in line with ICANN's mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

ICANN in Wuzhen, China – Fourth World Internet Conference and More

In a few days, I will be visiting China for the Fourth World Internet Conference (WIC), and will also visit Chinese community members in the vicinity.

ICANN is not new to the WIC, also known as the Wuzhen Summit. Members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization have attended the last three summits. Each year, over 2000 participants have attended the summit. This is an opportunity for us to interact with different stakeholder groups to raise awareness of ICANN and the multistakeholder model.

Our approach this year is to continue engaging with multistakeholders. While the ICANN Chinese community has grown, given China’s 751 million Internet users, more participation in ICANN is needed. Furthermore, China has the second largest domain name market in the world. China’s developments in the domain industry will have an impact on the world.

Joining me this year will be Akinori Maemura, our Board member from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and Jian-Chuan Zhang, our Head of China. Akinori and I will speak at different sessions in Wuzhen. I will speak at the “Internet Talent Development and Exchange Forum,” organized by the China Association of Science and Technology, and the Internet Society of China. I will share about ICANN’s participation model, as well as our experience in stakeholder engagement in the Internet ecosystem, particularly with the next generation.

Akinori will speak at the session “International Rules in Cyberspace: Consensus and Outlook.” This is a closed session organized by academia – China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Wuhan University, and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. It is an opportunity for us to speak about rulemaking in the unique identifier ecosystem, where ICANN and other technical organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Regional Internet Registries – such as the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in the APAC region – have proven the multistakeholder model successful.

Finally, due to the proximity to Hangzhou, one of China's Internet centers, we plan to visit Hangzhou after WIC to meet with Chinese community members. We hope to discuss and explore collaboration opportunities for the Chinese community to be more plugged into ICANN’s work. 

I look forward to meeting you in Wuzhen.  

Inaugural Central European Internet Governance Forum Held in Warsaw

Last week marked an important milestone for Internet governance in Central Europe, as the region held its first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Warsaw, Poland.

This regional IGF comes on the heels of the Polish IGF, which was held for the first time last year and supported by ICANN. The success of the event prompted the Polish Ministry for Digital Affairs and other Polish Internet stakeholders to expand this year's event to the entire region. The ministry called for institutionalizing the event, so that it would rotate between the four countries in the Visegrád group, which is made up of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

In partnership with representatives from academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, and the technical community, ICANN was once again a strong supporter of this initiative. Representatives from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Albania actively contributed to shape the content of the meeting, which attracted over 250 participants.

The Polish Minister of Digital Affairs, Anna Streżyńska, opened the meeting, underlining the importance of Internet freedom, safety, and security, while also calling for a stronger set of online ethics.

Streżyńska's remarks were followed-up with a speech by ICANN's Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director for Europe, Jean-Jacques Sahel, who highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and urged regional participants to strengthen their voice in international fora. Sahel also congratulated the organizers for initiating the event and expressed a desire to see more regional IGFs in the future, as well as increased engagement from regional participants in the ICANN community.

The event covered 12 different themes, including website blocking, 5G Networks, digital based economy, digital skills, the free flow of data, and cybercrime.

ICANN is very happy to be a partner in the development of this region's IGF initiative. We are also looking forward to seeing other IGFs being held in Central Europe, and will continue to be a strong supporter of these important events.

ICANN Publishes RSSAC2 Review Survey for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 27 November 2017 – Interisle, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2), is launching a survey to collect input from those who have interacted with RSSAC and/or have ideas for ways to improve it. Please share your input by taking the survey found at this link: https://rssac2017.limequery.net/168544. The survey will close on 27 December 2017.

Background

A periodic review of the RSSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4 "Periodic Review of ICANN Structure and Operations".

The RSSAC plays a critical role within ICANN, advising the ICANN community and Board on matters related to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet's Root Server System. It communicates on matters relating to the operation of the Root Servers and their multiple instances with the Internet technical community and the ICANN community. The RSSAC gathers and articulates requirements to offer to those engaged in technical revision of the protocols and best common practices related to the operation of Domain Name System servers, as well as ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Root Server System, among other related activities.

Next Steps

Following the close of the survey, the independent examiner will analyze survey responses received along with input received via interviews at ICANN60, IETF100, and other forums, as input into its assessment report, to be posted in February 2018.

RSSAC Resources

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to 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.

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team – New Sections to Draft Report of Recommendations

Open Date: 27 November 2017 Close Date: 8 January 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvement, Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview:

The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team published its draft report and recommendations for Public Comment in March 2017. It is now issuing a call for input on new sections to its draft report. The new sections seek to reflect results from the "Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs" Report (see here for more information), and address costs of the New gTLD Program for trademark holders, based on the results from a survey conducted by the International Trademark Association (INTA) (see here [PDF, 1.4 MB] for more information). In addition, the CCT Review Team requests feedback on updates made to its parking and consumer choice related sections.

The CCT Review Team aims to publish its final report in Q1 2018.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cct-recs-2017-11-27-en

ICANN62 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 27 November 2017 – Today, ICANN opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN62. ICANN62 is a Policy Forum, so this round is open only to Fellowship Program Alumni, those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship. The meeting is from 25–28 June 2018 in Panama City, Panama. The deadline to apply is 28 December 2017. Successful candidates will be announced on 9 March 2018 on https://icann.org/.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities:

  • Writing articles and blogs
  • Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking
  • Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
  • Joining working groups
  • Mentoring newcomers
  • Assisting our regional leaders
  • Becoming leaders themselves

Click here for 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.

Assisting Registrants in Areas Affected by Hurricane Maria

We have recently heard from community members that registrants affected by Hurricane Maria may be unable to renew their domain name due to ongoing issues with the electric power grid and telecommunications infrastructures in the Caribbean and surrounding areas. This means these registrants risk losing their domain name due to circumstances beyond their control.

To help these individuals, ICANN approved Hurricane Maria and other similar natural disasters as extenuating circumstances under RAA section 3.7.5.1. This means that registrars now have the flexibility to extend the registration renewal period for individuals in affected areas. We hope that registries will support this action and that registrars will consider this option when reviewing renewal delinquencies from these regions.

The devastating impact of Hurricane Maria also highlights the need for a broader policy to protect registrants when they are unable to renew their domains as a result of natural disasters or other extraordinary circumstances. We encourage the community to consider this topic during policy development discussions.

We continue to join the rest of the world in extending good thoughts for a speedy recovery for those affected by Hurricane Maria.

ICANN Fellowship Program: Taking Stock of the Past and Looking Towards the Future

Anyone familiar with the ICANN Fellowship Program will tell you about the wide range of benefits that it has brought to the ICANN community. It was formed a decade ago with the goal of bringing people to ICANN from underserved and underrepresented communities around the world. The program's footprint is highly visible. ICANN fellows fill a number of leadership positions across the ICANN community, are members of the ICANN Board of Directors and ICANN Organization, and many community participants have come to ICANN through the program.

Since 2007, over 640 people have been awarded a fellowship, representing a wide diversity of gender, background, region, experience, and expertise.

Who are the fellows and where do they come from?

Fellowships have been awarded to participants from 133 countries. The region with the greatest number of fellows is Latin America and the Caribbean, followed by Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Applicants from North America and some additional European countries became eligible only recently, starting with ICANN55.

Overall, from the data available, 33% of fellows are female and 67% are male (only male/female self-declarations have been available to fellows to date).

Almost three-quarters of all fellows come from three sectors: civil society, governments and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), and academia. This pattern is consistent across all regions.

If you'd like more details, take a look at the recent ICANN Fellowship Program 10-year Survey [PDF, 981 KB]. This survey provides valuable insight into the roles that fellows play in the ICANN Community. It shows that while the program has achieved a great deal already, there is some progress to be made towards increasing the participation of fellows in most areas of ICANN's work. For example:

  • 69% (218) of respondents said that they are engaged with their respective ICANN's regional team; 30% (96) are involved in developing a regional strategy.
  • 62% (198) are currently involved in a community, as illustrated in the graph (right). (Survey participants could select multiple options.)
  • 39% (125) are active contributors, leaders, or ambassadors. The survey defines 'active contributors' as engaged and active in the community; 'leader' as currently holding, or having held, a leadership position within the community; and 'ambassador' as a current or former leader, a mentor to newcomers, or regularly engaged and actively learning and teaching others.
  • Further, 31% (67) are members or observers who have joined a community or group.

Looking Towards the Future

While we celebrate the successes of the past, it is also time to plan for the future. Over the past few months, we have been looking at how the ICANN community can further increase the success of the program in the future, particularly in light of ICANN's new mission and goals.

As ICANN continues to evolve, the Fellowship Program must keep a steady pace. This will require a careful review of what works and what needs to improve.

We look forward to engaging with the community over the coming weeks and months in a broad consultation that defines the program's vision for the future and empowers it to prioritize based on identified needs.

ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program Call for Nominations by SOs/ACs

LOS ANGELES – 20 November 2017 – ICANN has issued a call for nominations by the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) to the Community Onboarding Pilot (COP) Program for ICANN61. The COP seeks to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates through mentorship and knowledge and experience sharing. Nominations are due no later than Friday, 15 December 2017, 23:59 UTC. Additional details can be found 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.

Increasing the Asia Pacific Community’s Participation in the Multistakeholder Model, Part 2

In an earlier blog, I wrote about why our Asia Pacific (APAC) community needs to participate in ICANN. To do that, we need to understand the multistakeholder model, which is applied from the bottom-up, not the top-down.

In this blog, I will illustrate how this model works with an example closer to home.

Bottom-Up Governance in Action: The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF)

To give you some background, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum where policy discussions take place on issues related to Internet governance. For the uninitiated, learn more about the IGF here.

A regional version of the IGF, the APrIGF serves as a platform for discussion, exchange, and collaboration with the aim of advancing Internet governance development in the APAC region. What many people don't know is that the APrIGF is convened from the bottom-up by – you guessed it – multistakeholders.

Following the global IGF's lead, members of the Internet community in the APAC region felt the need for a platform in the region for Internet-related discussions. In 2010, an open process began that resulted in the creation of a regional IGF, and the APrIGF has convened every year since.

A self-organizing group called the Multistakeholder Steering Group (MSG) "governs" the APrIGF. Membership is open to anyone from the region, and includes representatives from different stakeholder groups. Everything at the APrIGF is done on a volunteer basis, and in the MSG no one person or organization dominates the discussions.

In the beginning, the MSG came together and by consensus settled on a few "rules," including how it is structured: the operating principles and election procedures that govern how it chooses its leadership. The MSG meets periodically (on conference calls mostly) to plan and organize each year's APrIGF. It agrees to more rules as required, such as the process for organizations to bid to host an APrIGF; or the formation of a program committee to determine how to evaluate workshop proposals that will shape the agenda of the year's APrIGF.

So the APrIGF is a group of interested stakeholders coming together to work on issues or to solve problems related to the Internet from the bottom-up. That, in my view, is the multistakeholder approach.

The size of the MSG has grown over the years, and so has the participation and depth of conversation at the APrIGF. The most recent APrIGF meeting held in Bangkok saw over 500 attendees from 45 economies in the region.

ICANN: Another Model of Multistakeholder Internet Governance

ICANN is another example of a platform where an open collection of global stakeholders from different groups – including academia, business, technical experts, civil society, governments, and end users – convene based on an open, bottom-up process. As I highlighted in Part 1 of this blog, in ICANN, the discussions focus largely on Internet domain names.

How does the multistakeholder approach in ICANN work?

  • Any interested stakeholder can participate.
  • Stakeholders can represent themselves, their organizations, their governments, or other stakeholder groups.
  • Stakeholders are publicly accountable.
  • Participants have agreed on operating procedures, and to participate effectively, it helps to understand them.
  • Participants are the ones who raise issues or problems. They work from the bottom-up to develop the necessary processes to take issues forward.
  • Much of the work takes place through conference calls, which help to broaden participation. In addition, ICANN hosts three Public Meetings per year, held in different regions of the world. At these meetings, stakeholders meet face-to-face. Our next ICANN Public Meeting will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 10–15 March 2018.

I hope that this blog has helped you better understand the governance and participation model of ICANN. Your involvement is key; if we are not involved, our region's voices will not be heard.

Come join us and help shape the future of the Domain Name System. Our focus at the APAC regional office is to facilitate your participation. If you are interested but don't know how to start, email us at apachub@icann.org.

Data Protection/Privacy Activity Recap

We have just returned from a very busy ICANN60 meeting in Abu Dhabi, where there were many productive community discussions focused on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We want to provide you with a brief recap of these dialogues, recent developments and what's next in terms of the legal analysis. As you'll recall from previous blogs on this topic, we are taking the following steps to determine the GDPR's scope of impact: We published a Personal Data Use Matrix based on contributions from stakeholders, and we commissioned a legal analysis from European law firm Hamilton to assess the data in the matrix and answer other questions related to the legislation's impact.

At ICANN60 we published a statement from Contractual Compliance on the ability of registries and registrars to comply with their WHOIS and other contractual requirements. Moving forward, we shared in Abu Dhabi our plan for the next phase of the Hamilton legal analysis, which will incorporate questions from the community, and will inform the publication of 2-3 models for compliance with the GDPR, as well as our contracts. We plan to solicit your input on these models in the coming months.

Also at ICANN60, at the cross-community session on the GDPR many of the discussions revolved around the continued availability of WHOIS, including changes that may be required in light of the legislation. We also heard concerns from registries and registrars about their ability to comply with contractual agreements with ICANN and the GDPR, as well as topics such as looking beyond WHOIS to include registration data more broadly, including data required to be escrowed and retained under ICANN's contracts. If you weren't able to attend, you can listen to an audio recording of the session.

Given that enforcement of the GDPR will become effective on 25 May 2018, these discussions and progress on the legal analysis are important to the contracted parties' ability to comply with GDPR from that day onwards without breaching their agreements with ICANN.

Göran Marby, our president and chief executive officer, made it clear during the meeting, including at several stakeholder sessions, that finding a path forward to ensure compliance with the GDPR while maintaining WHOIS to the greatest extent possible is a high priority. In this regard, as was also shared at ICANN60, the ICANN org is working with external legal counsel, Hamilton, on the next iteration of the legal analysis. This includes ultimately identifying potential models that address both GDPR and ICANN compliance obligations. 

As also noted above, at ICANN60 ICANN Contractual Compliance published a statement indicating that it would defer taking action against any registry or registrar for noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the processing of personal data under certain conditions. We encourage you to read the full statement here.

To be clear, we will defer enforcement on a temporary basis during this period of uncertainty. We also want to clarify that submission of a model does not mean that it will qualify for deferral or that any deferral granted will be permanent. ICANN is currently considering the process for reviewing deferral submissions.  The sharing of models is also an important contribution to feed into subsequent iterations of analysis from the Hamilton law firm.

In parallel the Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group is working on the next generation of WHOIS, which includes privacy requirements. The outcome of this PDP will be the long-term solution to ensure consistency with the GDPR as well as other local data privacy laws. If you are interested in participating in the Registration Directory Services PDP, or follow the progress of the Working Group, please visit their wiki page.

We also have heard that you want to understand what the ICANN org is doing to make sure it complies with the new regulation. We continue to assess the data we collect from internal and external sources as we determine how to comply with the GDPR as an organization. This includes data from community members such as statements of interest, funded traveler requests and other non-registration information. We will continue to apprise the community of our efforts on our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page, just as we know that many of you are already working on your own efforts to address compliance with the law, just like ICANN org.

What's Next

Here's where we are now:

  • At ICANN60, we listened to the discussions and captured questions that were posed by the community. We will provide these questions, along with questions based on our own understanding of the issues, to Hamilton to help inform the next iteration of the legal analysis [PDF, 253 KB]. As a part of this, we will ask Hamilton to tailor and supplement the questions as needed to help ensure the scope of the analysis is appropriate. A list of those questions is published here.

    As noted above, we anticipate that the next phase of the Hamilton analysis will help clarify possible models for compliance by all parties.

  • As noted in the contractual compliance statement, we strongly encourage contracted parties to submit their models so we can also share them with Hamilton to incorporate in their follow-up legal analysis. Other stakeholders in the community may also propose models to be considered as part of the discussion.

    This feedback is essential to helping inform next steps and how to move forward, including finding a model or models that fulfill obligations for both the GDPR and ICANN compliance. We will provide additional information including detailed guidance regarding the process and eligibility as it evolves. To submit a model, email globalsupport@icann.org.

    On a related note, we are encouraged to know that various contracted parties are discussing the possibility of aligning models prior to submission. We commend this effort. Fewer models will ease the impact on end-users and operational processes for all of us including the contracted parties themselves.

  • We will continue to engage with the multistakeholder community, data protection authorities, and other parties including law enforcement and the intellectual property community.

In closing, we understand that there is more work to be done, including understanding the precise impact of the GDPR on ICANN's contracts. Let's keep the lines of communication open and work together towards a solution.

Partnership between .xyz Domains and Ethereum announced for secure coin management and trading

At Ethereum’s DevCon3 last week, the popular blockchain cryptocurrency announced a partnership with XYZ to allow users to pair their Ethereum wallets with .xyz domains for secure coin management and trading.

Transparency of Security Efforts in ICANN

Security vulnerabilities in systems are an unfortunate fact of life. The Engineering and Information Technology team in the ICANN org is working hard on many fronts to protect and enhance the security of our systems. From time to time events occur that result in specific and focused security-related activity that can impact the ICANN org and/or community. Because of our commitment to openness and transparency, we are disclosing the following two events to the community. To our current knowledge, neither of these incidents resulted in any compromise of ICANN data.

Intermedia Email Services Issue

The ICANN org outsources email services to a cloud services provider, Intermedia. On 21 August 2017, the ICANN org Information Technology (ICANN IT) department discovered an issue with the client administrative control console for Intermedia-hosted email services. ICANN IT immediately notified Intermedia, conducted a thorough investigation of the issue, and determined that no breach of ICANN Board, org, or community data had occurred as a result of this issue. On 22 August 2017, Intermedia, following its own rapid incident response process, applied remediation.

Apache Struts Jakarta Multipart Parser Vulnerability

On 18 September 2017, the ICANN org conducted a review of internally managed ICANN services and after a preliminary evaluation, found none to be affected by the Apache Struts Vulnerability (CVE-2017-5638). We also initiated a process to contact our externally managed service providers to obtain their assessments of the impact of this issue. We have currently received reports that 16 services are unaffected, and are awaiting responses from our vendors regarding the remaining services.

In light of these two disclosures, we have identified the need to formalize our procedures for appropriately disclosing events like these in the future. We have begun the work of defining this process. When that effort is complete, we will communicate the new transparency guidelines to the community.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email me directly: terry.manderson@icann.org

Recommendations on ICANN Jurisdiction

Open Date: 14 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018
Originating Organization: Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (CCWG-Accountability, WS2)
Categories/Tags: Accountability; Jurisdiction
Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks community input on the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on jurisdiction. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability, WS2 as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the CCWG-Accountability, Work Stream 1 (WS1).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/recommendations-on-icann-jurisdiction-2017-11-14-en

Radix Claims 77% Renewal Rates After Two Years

New gTLD registry Radix says that three of its larger TLDs have seen a 77% renewal rate two years after launch. The company said today that .online had 75% renewals, with .tech at 78% and .site at 81%. It appears to have carved out these three from its portfolio for attention, ignoring the rest of…

Amazon and Google to Fight Over .kids at Auction

Amazon, Google and a third applicant are scheduled to fight for control of the new gTLDs .kid or .kids at auction. It’s the first ICANN gTLD auction to be scheduled since a Verisign puppet paid $135 million for .web in July 2016. According to ICANN documentation, .kid and .kids will go to auction January 25,…

Recommendations to Improve ICANN Staff Accountability

Open Date: 13 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
Categories/Tags: Staff Accountability; Accountability
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on ICANN Staff Accountability. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/accountability-recs-2017-11-13-en

Recommendations to Improve ICANN’s Office of Ombudsman (IOO)

Open Date: 10 November 2017 Close Date: 22 December 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
Categories/Tags: Office of Ombuds
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on the ICANN Ombuds Office (IOO). These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ioo-recs-2017-11-10-en

Chairman’s Blog: ICANN60 Meeting & Board Workshop

Before I share my thoughts on the latest Board Workshop and some aspects of ICANN60, I want to take a moment to reflect. I am deeply honored to have been selected as the new Chair of the ICANN Board and do not take lightly the responsibilities concomitant with my new role. I look forward to the future with great hope and enthusiasm, and to working with all of you in partnership and in service of ICANN’s mission.

I want to thank Steve Crocker one more time for his leadership and friendship. Steve and I sat down together for a quick interview after ICANN60, which you can see here. I also want to thank our departing Board members, Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Asha Hemrajani, Markus Kummer, and Thomas Schneider for all their contributions and dedication to the ICANN mission. We will miss them all.

In Abu Dhabi, we welcomed the new directors of the Board: Sarah Deutsch, Avri Doria, León Sanchez, and Matthew Shears, as well as Manal Ismail the new Governmental Advisory Committee liaison to the Board. All five were seated at our public Board Meeting. If you haven’t already, please take a look at the blog I posted leading up to the meeting about the Board’s FY18 activities and priorities.

 

Board Workshop

Ahead of ICANN60, which seems like a long time ago already, the Board held a workshop that you may have read about in Steve’s blog here. We covered a wide range of topics, mostly preparing for the Annual General Meeting. In particular, our extensive preparation for Constituency Day was very helpful, and we were able to hold productive discussions with the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) throughout the meeting. We also talked about long term financial planning and discussed a strategy for participating in Internet Governance fora. We passed four important resolutions regarding .Amazon, Thick WHOIS, IDN implementation and name collisions including Corp/Home/Mail.

The last session of our workshop was quite interesting. During that session, our departing Board members shared their thoughts and advice for the future. Rinalia spoke about needing to find a sustainable way forward with Reviews, Asha encouraged continued dedication to our fiscal obligations, Markus suggested continuing our effective participation in the wider Internet governance community, and Thomas welcomed the improvements made in Board and Government Advisory Committee interactions and trusted this would continue going forward.

 

Public Meeting

As you can imagine, much of the discussion at ICANN60 focused on data protection and privacy rules, mainly the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I’d like to commend the community for the productive discussions that took place in Abu Dhabi, and encourage continued exchanges as we address near term GDPR compliance issues, recognizing that this does not replace the community’s policy development work.

You may know that during ICANN60 the Board sent a letter to the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review Team. In this communication, the Board temporarily paused the Review for a few reasons, including our publicly stated concerns, the advice we received from the Security and Stability Advisory Committee and our fiduciary responsibilities, in order to ensure the appropriate use of ICANN resources that we are entrusted with by the community. We also sent a separate communication to the SOs and ACs explaining the background for pausing the Review and requesting the SOs and ACs to consider the concerns and to determine whether or not adjustments are needed. The Board wants to reassure the community that it is fully committed to this Review. The Board received favorably the statement from the community collectively accepting the responsibility for getting the SSR2 Review restarted as expeditiously as possible.

As we implement the new Bylaws, we are likely to discover that some processes are missing. When these instances occur, I encourage the Board and the community to engage openly and objectively. We have also learned from the SSR2 experience that better communication leads to better cooperation.

With regard to Board member integrity screening, the Board took steps to address this issue. The Board has been actively reviewing this issue, which was raised in the first Public Forum, and the Board Governance Committee carefully considered this matter in detail at its meetings on 11 October 2017 and 27 October 2017. I published a blog on this topic on Wednesday 1st November. I have no doubt that we agree that all Board members should be held to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and credibility.

Finally, the Board 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.

The Board will hold its next workshop in February 2018, but I expect you will be hearing from me sooner. To everyone who was in Abu Dhabi, I hope you had a safe trip home. I look forward to seeing you again in March 2018 at ICANN61 in Puerto Rico.

Community Onboarding Pilot Program ICANN60 Update

ICANN60 marked the beginning of the second year of the ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program (COP). In our two pre-ICANN60 meetings with participants of the COP, we agreed to use our face-to-face meeting in Abu Dhabi to take stock of progress to date and to identify future opportunities.

Before getting into the details, here is a bit of background about what the program is and what it aims to accomplish. The COP seeks to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates. Representatives from ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) work collaboratively to create the materials and tools to enable a supportive environment for newcomers. Participating SOs and ACs are represented by a mentor and one or two mentees. They engage in capacity development activities and knowledge and experience sharing.

In Abu Dhabi, the group recognized the need for the COP to continue trying to bridge the gap that currently exists between newcomers and those who actively contribute to ICANN's advice and policymaking activities. The materials developed in the program will help newcomers better navigate the ICANN environment by providing a roadmap within different communities. The materials can also serve as a resource for those who are currently participating in ICANN and who wish to develop more in-depth knowledge about specific communities.

We also agreed to improve overall communication and the process for selecting program participants. To this end, we will help maintain a robust Wiki space and increase the frequency of blogs and other materials published. Moving forward, both the process and the decisions concerning the selection of program participants will be determined by each respective community.

Over the coming weeks, the COP participants will work collectively to identify and set both individual and common objectives, with the end goals of building additional structure around program activities, and promoting mechanisms to foster the effective engagement of newcomers.

To view the list of ICANN60 participants, the activities within the program, and the onboarding materials created, please visit the program Wiki space here.

Community Onboarding Pilot Program ICANN60

ICANN60 Onboarding Program Participants

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