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ICANN participates in LACNIC29 and prepares for ICANN62 in Panama

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 30 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the participation of Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement for Latin America and the Caribbean, at LACNIC29. This meeting will take place in Panama City, Panama from 30 April to 4 May 2018. Rodrigo will be available for interviews with the media on Monday, 30 April from 15:00 to 18:00 and Tuesday, 1 May from 9:00 to 13:00 (local time, -5 UTC).

In 2016, the ICANN org relocated ICANN56, originally planned for Panama City, due to concerns over the Zika outbreak in the Caribbean region. This year, ICANN will host two regional events in Panama:

  • LAC-i-Roadshow – 21 to 22 June 2018 Session dedicated to outreach focused on key topics related to the critical infrastructure of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the region.
  • ICANN62 Public Meeting – 25 to 28 June 2018 Policy Forum focused on current policy development work, outreach, and daily opportunities to network with the ICANN community.

ICANN Public Meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the world to encourage global participation. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and airing of opinions among knowledgeable people dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Internet. For more information visit the ICANN62 website.

Benefits of attending an ICANN Meeting:

  • Understand how Internet policies are created and how the Internet works.
  • Gain knowledge about the main issues facing the Internet today and in the future.
  • Enhance the ICANN org's work by participating in key developments.

Media contacts

Alexandra Dans
Sr. Communications Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean
+598 95 831 442
alexandra.dans@icann.org

Daniela Campos-Lopez
Global Communications Coordinator
+1 (202) 304-5984
daniela.campos@icann.org

About ICANN

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

Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

LOS ANGELES – 26 April 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of:

  • Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure;
  • How effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and
  • The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups.

The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB].

Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 24 May 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for:

  • Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains;
  • Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO's community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs;
  • Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN;
  • Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and
  • Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws.

For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website.

About ICANN

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

ICANN Publishes Staff Report of Public Comments on ICANN’s Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget

LOS ANGELES – 25 APRIL 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the Staff Report of Public Comments on ICANN's Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget, and an associated update to the Five-Year Operating Plan.

The report was based on the public comment proceeding that ran from 19 January to 8 March.

The report can be accessed here [PDF, 1.01 MB].

The documents will be revised to incorporate changes from the staff report. The final version will be posted for Public Comment in mid-May, then will be submitted for Board adoption on 30 May.

ICANN recognizes and thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation is important for ICANN's long-term planning and budget process.

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 to Participate in the 2018 Africa Internet Summit (AIS)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is sponsoring and participating in the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) from 29 April – 11 May 2018, in Dakar, Senegal. This annual summit is organized by the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG).

The AIS has evolved into a unique and important multistakeholder platform for information and communication technology. The summit brings together global and regional Internet industry stakeholders – including Af* and I* organizations – for a series of seminars, workshops, tutorials, and panels.

ICANN's main activities at the AIS include:

  • 5 May: Special Workshop for ICANN-Accredited Registrars in Africa

    The ICANN-accredited registrars based in Africa recently finalized the formation of the Afregistrar Association, part of the Af* family. Its main objective is to reinforce and strengthen the African domain name industry. It accomplishes this by increasing the number of ICANN-accredited registrars in the region, enforcing policy, and encouraging use of domain names both at the regional and national levels.

    The workshop will offer ICANN organization staff and AIS participants additional insights into specific operational needs and the challenges facing our contracted parties in Africa. A detailed agenda is available here.

  • 5 May: ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Capacity- Building Workshop

    This workshop, co-organized with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, will build momentum on raising awareness among African GAC representatives and governments. The workshop will cover how to participate and contribute effectively to policymaking in ICANN. Tarek Kamel, ICANN's Senior Advisor to President and SVP of Government and IGO Engagement, and Chérif Diallo, GAC Vice-Chair Elect, will lead the discussions. The full agenda is available here.

  • 6 May: ICANN Day

    ICANN will host ICANN Day for the fourth year in a row. The session's goal is to raise awareness of ICANN's role in the Internet governance ecosystem and to foster ICANN's engagement in Africa.

    This year's agenda will cover some of the current hot topics in the Internet governance ecosystem, such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of Global Stakeholder Engagement in Africa, will lead the sessions, and ICANN Board member, Mike Silber, will deliver a keynote address on the GDPR. Silber's keynote focuses on ICANN's efforts to ensure compliance with the GDPR and gives context on how the GDPR affects Africa. View the full agenda here.

  • AIS Plenary Presentations

    ICANN will also participate in plenary sessions covering topics including Domain Name System (DNS) abuse and mitigation, the root zone key signing key (KSK) Rollover, and Universal Acceptance.

    For more information, visit the AIS website.

We thank everyone in advance and look forward to seeing you in Dakar!

The Information Transparency Initiative (ITI) Feedback Site is Now Live

I'm pleased to announce that today, we launched the ITI feedback site (feedback.icann.org). As I have written about in previous blogs and discussed at ICANN60 and ICANN61 sessions, this site is intended to provide you, the ICANN community, with the ability to share your input on the content and features the ITI team is working on to improve the findability, transparency, and accessibility of ICANN public content.

The first item we are looking for your comments on is an updated Acronyms and Terms feature to replace the existing feature. Our update doubles the number of terms available, provides up-to-date definitions for the terms, and improves search. Unlike most of the ITI project, we will launch this updated feature on the current https://icann.org before 31 May 2018. The deadline to provide your input on the proposed updates to Acronyms and Terms is 30 April 2018, 23:59 UTC. Please visit feedback.icann.org to experience the proposed changes and complete a short survey.

How the ITI Feedback Site Works

The ITI Team will regularly post documents, mockups, or video walkthroughs of new content and features. The proposed content or feature items are listed on the homepage under the heading "Feedback Needed." Each item lists a deadline by which you need to provide input. Simply click on the item you're interested in. This will take you to another page, which provides you with the option to either download a mockup or watch a video walkthrough. Once you have completed that task, click on the "Feedback" button to complete a short survey or email your feedback to informationtransparency@icann.org.

Once the deadline has passed, the ITI Team will collect and publish all comments to feedback.icann.org. All published results of the survey will be anonymous, unless otherwise requested by the submitter.

We will review all submissions and make our best efforts to implement the feedback, prioritizing input that serves the goals of improving search and accessibility, and increasing the transparency of our content.

Feedback Deadlines

We do have a tight deadline for community comments – one week for each new item. The reason for this timeline is we need to maintain a rigorous development schedule to ensure we are delivering the project on time and within budget. However, feedback.icann.org is not your only avenue to share input. ITI has many other opportunities to learn about ITI and provide comments including:

  • Regular sessions at ICANN Public Meetings.
  • Special sessions or webinars for Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/ACs) on request or for special features and content like Public Comment.
  • Monthly blogs and newsletters.
  • Via email at informationtransparency@icann.org

Feedback Translations

As I outlined above, we are working at a brisk development pace. This does limit our ability to fully translate feedback.icann.org and its survey. But, if you want to share feedback in another language, email us at informationtransparency@icann.org. It is important to emphasize that one of the primary goals of ITI is a multilingual https://icann.org, and the sooner we complete this project, the sooner we can deliver on that goal.

ITI Goals

ITI's goal is not a revamp of https://icann.org. While the ITI team is working on making improvements to your User Experience (UX) on https://icann.org, the vast majority of our efforts are focused on:

  • Creating content governance through new, enforced workflows and the creation of a consistent, multilingual taxonomy.
  • Building new technical infrastructures including a first-ever for ICANN document management system (DMS) and a new content management system (CMS). This new infrastructure will enforce this governance and enable improved content findability.

Much of this foundational work won't be available on the feedback site for your input, but we will show the intended benefits of this work through the content and features we will share.

ITI Update

The ITI team has been hard at work completing that foundational work I mentioned above. We have completed the following tasks since the January 2018 launch of ITI:

  • The foundational build of the DMS and CMS, and the integration between the two platforms.
  • Sixty percent of the content audit and the taxonomy creation.
  • Interviews with SO/AC leaders, registrants, registrars, Fellows, and other ICANN stakeholders.

We have also begun work on the following items:

  • Content modelling, workflow creation, and content governance enforcement in the DMS.
  • Accessibility guidelines and multilingual site implementation planning.

ITI will launch in December 2019.

ITI Backgrounders

For those of you unfamiliar with ITI, you can read about what it is and how it will benefit the ICANN community in my kickoff blog.

You can learn more about how the content audit and taxonomy will help your search experience in my January blog.

We also outlined the differences between ITI and the Open Data Initiative (ODI) in our pre-ICANN61 blog.

We Need Your Feedback

Remember, we need your input to help us make the specific improvements to search, transparency, and accessibility that you need and want.

Please visit the ITI feedback site and email us anytime at informationtransparency@icann.org.

Improving our Planning and Preparation

Over the last year, we all have worked hard to understand the European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. One question that has been asked many times is: why didn’t we start the process earlier? I guess there are many answers to that question, but one might be lack of awareness. GDPR is, to my understanding, the first time a local law has an effect on the community’s ability to create policies, impact the scope of pending policy work, set limits on future policies, and impact contractual enforcement – but it surely will not be the last. 

ICANN is not a political institution, and there are many things that are not and should not be in our mission, but we need to be better prepared. It’s becoming increasingly important that we, as both an org and a community, pay closer attention to any potential legislative efforts that may impact ICANN’s mission or operations. After several discussions with you during ICANN meetings, we decided to assemble a list of legislative proposals that could have an effect on current policies and future policy development.

This reporting effort is intended to help us look at how these legislative initiatives impact ICANN and avoid unintended consequences; the effort is not focused on how ICANN can inform and impact the development of any legislation.

Being able to identify any legislative efforts early-on is critical to ensuring that we’re prepared for any impacts those efforts may have on issues within ICANN’s remit. It also affords an opportunity for stakeholders and the community to provide factual information on how the technology works to avoid unintended consequences of legislative efforts. But, just as importantly, we’re interested in the ICANN community’s views and inputs on new legislative and regulatory efforts, and hearing your thoughts on how those efforts might impact ICANN and its mission. We can have early, collective discussions on issues such as how to address potential policy impacts, or how ICANN community participants – including members of the Governmental Advisory Committee – might help spread broader understanding of ICANN’s role in the wider Internet governance ecosystem, or other ideas to inform, educate and prepare for impacts on the work we undertake to execute our mission.

As ICANN’s President and CEO, part of my remit is ensuring the ICANN org is ready for any and all challenges that may impact the way we operate and support the community. To this end, I’ve asked that our Governmental Engagement (GE) team begin identifying and regularly reporting on high-impact legislative developments around the world. This is a new effort, so we may change the format and some other details as we hear feedback from you. Please review the initial report, and let us know your comments on this blog.

We see this as a joint effort between the ICANN org and the community, so we want to hear from you regarding any high-impact developments in the e-privacy and cybersecurity ecosystem that should be tracked in this report. We encourage you to provide our GE and Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) teams with information on new developments in your region, or leave comments here on this blog. The aim is to provide useful information for you. I hope that you appreciate the effort and look forward to your input if we missed something.

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: Summarizing our Recent Meeting with Article 29

I'd like to provide an update on our ongoing discussions relating to the GDPR. Today in Brussels, ICANN org's Akram Atallah, John Jeffrey, Elena Plexida, and Theresa Swinehart joined me along with Board member Maarten Botterman, to meet with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Technology Subgroup and representatives of the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology and Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. This meeting was in follow-up to the Article 29 Working Party 11 April letter. I was grateful for this opportunity to share with them additional details on the ICANN org's work with the community to develop an interim compliance model. We also reiterated ICANN's mission and how it relates to the purposes of WHOIS defined in the model. The Bylaws (Section 1.2) require ICANN to perform its mission "for the benefit of the Internet community as a whole;" and that ICANN must take into account that WHOIS, "meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data." (Section 4.6 (e)(ii)).

During the meeting we hand-delivered communications received from the Business Constituency [PDF, 108 KB], Intellectual Property Constituency [PDF, 137 KB], International Trademark Association [PDF, 202 KB], Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group [PDF, 179 KB], and the U.S. Government [PDF, 259 KB].

We also provided the following materials:

We reiterated to the WP29 that we are committed to compliance with the law and that we, along with the community and ICANN's 2,500 contracted parties, still need additional time for implementation. Also, without further guidance from the data protection authorities (DPAs) on a working model, it is difficult to retain a single approach to a GDPR compliant WHOIS system. During the discussion regarding the timeline, the DPAs requested information regarding the implementation of anonymized email addresses in WHOIS contact information. It is clear from our meeting that registrant, administrative, and technical contact email addresses must be anonymized.

We also shared some further thinking on the accreditation model and will provide them with a more detailed version based on their input during the meeting. This information will also be shared with the community.

We appreciate the feedback we received during the meeting. From our discussions, we agreed that there are still open questions remaining, and that ICANN will provide a letter seeking additional clarifying advice to better understand our plan of action to come into compliance with the law. We also understand that the community may have opinions regarding the clarifications or interpretations of the law provided by the DPAs. All of this information is needed for the ICANN org and community to move forward, so that we can continue to establish the necessary milestones for compliance, and ultimately implement a model that is fully compliant with the law.

We continue to work with the ICANN Board on the important next steps to be in compliance with the law, together with the community.

Our dialogue with the DPAs is part of our overall work including evaluating all of our available options to ensure we maintain a stable and secure Internet and comply with our bylaw obligations relating to WHOIS. We will continue to publish questions, proposals, and solicit community input as your feedback remains a vital part of the discussions.

As always, you can follow the latest updates on our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page including the updates to the FAQs [PDF, 76 KB]. We welcome the community's input and invite you to email your thoughts to gdpr@icann.org.

ADOBE CONNECT – WHAT NEXT?

As you know, the ICANN organization took down its Adobe Connect service midway through the ICANN61 meeting in response to reported issues with this service. Concurrently, we began to conduct our own forensic analysis of the reported incident and began working with our Adobe cloud service provider, CoSo Cloud LLC, and through them with Adobe to learn more. Shortly thereafter, we rolled out instances of Zoom and WebEx for the community to support remote participation (RP) and collaboration. Here's where we are now:

The Forensics Investigation

With respect to our forensics work, we received application logfiles from CoSo Cloud, going back for a period of one year. ICANN Engineering and Security teams have examined these application log files and the results of our investigation clearly show "fingerprints of incursion" by the researcher who reported the issue. We were unable to find any other indication that anyone else either identified or exploited this issue. Thanks to the person who found the bug again.

Working closely with CoSo Cloud, we were able to recreate the reported issue, and understand the conditions required to trigger it. This information has been communicated to Adobe, and Adobe is working on a software fix to address the root cause of the issue.

We have also been working with CoSo on options to re-enable Adobe Connect in the shorter term. We have determined there are two viable paths to accomplish this goal. They are:

  1. Deploy a hardened configuration to eliminate "man-in-the-middle" exploitations by encrypting relevant traffic, or
  2. Implement a programmatic fix from CoSo Cloud to substantially reduce the window during which the issue can be exploited.

With respect to the first option, we attempted to hack the hardened configuration in a test environment last week, and were not able to do so over the course of 7 hours. Separately, CoSo Cloud and Adobe conducted similar tests and confirmed that this configuration is protected from exploitation of the issue.

Community Feedback and Next Steps

For the last three weeks, we have been gathering limited feedback regarding users' experiences with WebEx and Zoom. So far, we have input from about 200 people, including ICANN org meeting organizers and the ICANN community. Our analysis of this feedback indicates a desire to revert back to an Adobe Connect, providing the security of the service is ensured.

Accordingly, we would like to propose the following plan to the broader community for consideration:

  1. We would like to restore Adobe Connect services with both the new hardened configuration and the programmatic fix discussed above. Our intent would be to restore service by 3 May. This would allow us to use Adobe Connect during several upcoming events including the Board Workshop, the GDD Industry Summit, and ICANN62.
  2. Once Adobe releases a new version of the software with a fix for this issue from their perspective, and provides assurance the update has been adequately tested, we will move toward that release of Adobe Connect in a prudent manner, with the help of CoSo Cloud.

We believe that this approach will ensure the security of our content, and of our community interactions, while also enabling our community to use the collaboration tools of their choice.

Before we make these changes, we want to hear from you. What do you think? Please submit your thoughts on this contemplated move before May 2nd here: RP-tool@icann.org

Meanwhile, we will continue to offer WebEx and Zoom for RP and collaboration purposes. We will also continue to follow industry developments, including the research ALAC is doing on the RP and collaboration space, to ensure we are using secure and cost-effective tools that are appropriate for our needs.

I look forward to your comments!

SSAC2 Review Survey Available for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 19 April 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2), has published a survey for community input. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with SSAC or have suggestions for ways to improve it.

Take the survey

The survey will close on 18 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC. Following the close of the survey, Analysis Group will evaluate responses received along with input received via interviews and other forums as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in July 2018.

Background

A periodic review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. The review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders. Analysis Group was selected to conduct the SSAC2 Review in February 2018.

As do all Organizational Reviews, the SSAC2 Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This approach contributes to more useful and relevant recommendations by providing an opportunity for the community and the independent examiner to discuss what works and what needs improvement before the independent examiner develops recommendations to address the observed situations.

Learn more about the SSAC2 Review.

About SSAC

The SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational, administrative, and registration matters. SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly.

Learn more about SSAC.

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.

What I’ve Learned in a Year of Complaints

In March 2017, the ICANN Complaints Office was established, and I was named the ICANN org Complaints Officer. Since we started accepting submissions in May 2017, we have received 858 from around the globe. Of those 858, 22 were complaints regarding the ICANN org, and 836 were submissions related to other processes.

It’s been a really interesting and rewarding year. I spent a lot of time establishing the process, navigating the submissions, and, of course, addressing the complaints and issues underlying them. The 22 complaints about the org led to improved processes, and truly added opportunity and value for the org to research, analyze, and improve upon its work, all in a transparent manner.

Above all, this has been a learning experience, and I’ve gained additional insight into how the org and the community can work together to improve ICANN. The org made improvements to several processes as a result of complaints that were filed. For example, processes such as the public comment submissions and amendments to contracts between registries and registrars were improved upon, to name a few.

The first Complaints Office Semi-Annual Report describes the key activities and metrics for the reporting period, and has my observations and recommendations, all of which have been reviewed by and discussed with the ICANN President and CEO, Göran Marby. Göran will be acting on them to varying degrees, and I expect we’ll hear more on that in the coming months.

As you can tell by the numbers, there were many complaints outside of my scope, and several related to issues the org is not permitted to change – such as requests to override consensus policy or to re-architect the Domain Name System. One of my major focuses for the next six-months is clarifying the complaints process across the ICANN org so we are more efficient, the paths for various complaints are more clear, and we can ensure we are not wasting anyone’s time or efforts.

I will also be continuing my engagement efforts to raise awareness about the office and its importance to improving processes within the org, working to improve the office’s reporting capabilities, and establishing process timing expectations.

This new role has given me the opportunity to work with some incredibly passionate, engaged community members. Their input is a critical pillar of the org’s transparency and accountability efforts, and I encourage anyone who has an issue they’d like to discuss to reach out to me. I’m here to help in any way I can.

Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-Year Scheduled Maintenance Is Overdue!

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2018 – The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce that the ICANN Domain Name System (DNS) Symposium (IDS 2018) will be held Friday, 13 July 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It takes place back-to-back with this trimester's conference of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF 102). The theme for IDS 2018 is "Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-year scheduled maintenance is overdue."

The Domain Name System is well into its thirties. The DNS began as an exercise to improve the scaling properties of mapping host names on the ARPANET to Internet addresses, and to help decentralize email box names. In thirty years, we have evolved from the early experimentation and implementation of the formative domain name standards to a distributed name resolution system with millions of name servers that process billions of queries daily.

The DNS runs exceptionally well – most users think of it as rock solid. But perhaps the system could be made healthier, or could be improved to support further innovation. What if we put the DNS through a scheduled maintenance with the kind of full diagnostic assessment routinely recommended for high-performance vehicles?

For IDS 2018, we are extending an invitation to members of the research, academia, and operational communities. We'd like you to share experiences, data, or innovative thinking on how we might improve the DNS, or how we might foster innovation by adapting the DNS to support emerging identifier needs.

Symposium topics include:

  • Transport issues such as DNS over Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and protocols for DNS beyond User Datagram Protocol (UDP).
  • Operational issues related to the DNS's maturity level, such as those stemming from scaling or protocol complexity.
  • Security issues relating to confidentiality, integrity, and authentication.
  • Role of the DNS in Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDOS) incidents and mechanisms for mitigation.
  • Use of the DNS for new applications and new useful DNS data types.
  • Emerging identifier systems and their competition and coexistence with the DNS.

We are soliciting proposals for presentations. Please send a one-paragraph description of your proposed topic to ids-proposals@icann.org by 1 June 2018.

For more information, including schedule and venue information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/ids.

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.

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: Soliciting Community Input on Article 29 Guidance

Following another busy week for our team focused on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are writing to recap the latest milestones. On Thursday, we a received a letter [PDF, 400 KB] from the Article 29 Working Party where they provided recommendations on ICANN org's Interim Model for Compliance [PDF, 922 KB] with ICANN's agreements and the GDPR. In my reply [PDF, 313 KB] to Article 29 I again emphasize the need for additional time to further develop and implement the model, including a moratorium on enforcement until our model is in place.

Allow me to reiterate that ICANN recognizes the importance of the GDPR and its goal of protecting personal data, but also notes the importance of balancing the right to privacy with the need for information.

While we continue our work to understand, clarify and address the Article 29 Working Party's recommendations and make any necessary adjustments to the model, we encourage and request the community's involvement and input on each of the proposed recommendations.

We have accepted an invitation to meet with the WP 29 Technology Subgroup on 23 April in Brussels. Please share your input with Article 29 and the relevant European member state data protection authorities, as well as with us at gdpr@icann.org. We continue to welcome the dialogue and your time and input.

ICANN Receives Data Protection/Privacy Guidance from Article 29 Working Party

LOS ANGELES – 12 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that it has received a letter from the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) [PDF, 400 KB] that provides guidance on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on the collection, retention and publication of domain name registration data and the WHOIS system. ICANN organization’s response to the letter from the Article 29 Working Party will be published shortly here.

“We appreciate the guidance provided by the Article 29 Working Party on this important issue and have accepted an invitation to meet with the WP29 Technology Subgroup in Brussels on 23 April for further discussions,” said Göran Marby, ICANN president and CEO. “However, we are disappointed that the letter does not mention our request for a moratorium on enforcement of the law until we implement a model. Without a moratorium on enforcement, WHOIS will become fragmented and we must take steps to mitigate this issue. As such, we are studying all available remedies, including legal action in Europe to clarify our ability to continue to properly coordinate this important global information resource. We will provide more information in the coming days.”

A moratorium on enforcement action by DPAs would potentially allow for the introduction of an agreed-upon accreditation model and for the registries and registrars to implement the accreditation model in conjunction with the measures in the agreed final interim compliance model. It will also allow for reconciliation between the advice ICANN has received from its Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Article 29 Working Party. Unless there is a moratorium, we may no longer be able to give instructions to the contracted parties through our agreements to maintain WHOIS. Without resolution of these issues, the WHOIS system will become fragmented until the interim compliance model and the accreditation model are implemented.

A fragmented WHOIS would no longer employ a common framework for generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration directory services. Registries and registrars would likely implement varying levels of access to data depending on their interpretations of the law.

“In parallel, we will carefully consider this advice, along with all of the input we have received from the multistakeholder community, before making changes to the current iteration of the proposed interim model,” Marby continued. “As a part of this, we will explore all options as we continue dialogues with DPAs and the interested parties that comprise the multistakeholder community.”

It’s important to balance the right to privacy with the need for information. While ICANN recognizes the importance of the GDPR and its goal of protecting personal data, parts of the ICANN community have noted the negative impact of a fragmented WHOIS. For example, it will hinder the ability of law enforcement to get important information and the anti-spam community to help ensure the Internet protects end-users. It will also:

  • Protect the identity of criminals who may register hundreds of domain names specifically for use in cyberattacks;
  • Hamper the ability of consumer protection agencies who track the traffic patterns of illicit businesses;
  • Stymie trademark holders from protecting intellectual property; and
  • Make it significantly harder to identify fake news and impact the ability to take action against bad actors.

These are just a few examples from a long list of potentially adverse scenarios.

Marby also requested that the DPAs include ICANN in any proceedings relating to WHOIS, and asks that it be included in all discussions and actions of the privacy regulators with the other WHOIS data controllers. He also said that ICANN org is continuing its efforts to prepare for implementation of a new model. Additional information on ICANN’s data protection/privacy activities, including legal analyses, proposed compliance models, and community feedback is published here.  

We encourage the community to provide feedback and continue our dialogues on future activities. You may share your views with us via email at gdpr@icann.org.

About ICANN

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

Initial Report on Review of the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Charter

Open Date: 11 April 2018 Close Date: 1 June 2018
Originating Organization: ccNSO & RySG
Categories/Tags:
  • Reviews/Improvements
  • Accountability/Transparency
  • Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview: The Customer Standing Committee (CSC) was established on 1 October 2016 and has been operating in accordance with a Charter that was developed by the Cross Community Working Group IANA Transition (CWG). The ICANN Bylaws (section 17.3) and CSC Charter include a provision that the first review of the Charter of the CSC needs to be conducted one year after the first meeting of the CSC. The CSC Charter Review Team seeks your comment and input on its findings and proposed amendment of the CSC Charter, as included in its Initial Report.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/csc-charter-rt-initial-2018-04-11-en

Accountability Indicators Feedback – January to March 2018

We launched the Accountability Indicators seven months ago demonstrating ICANN Organization's continuing commitment to improve accountability and transparency. It is a dynamic and interactive web page that helps you track our progress against our strategic objectives by exploring various dimensions of our activities.

In previous blog posts we talked about the feedback from the community and how we are engaging through regular use of social media with the community about these accountability measurements.

Feedback in FY18 Q3

In the most recent quarter, we received feedback on the metric we published in Goal 1.1 relating to remote participation usage for ICANN Public Meetings. The feedback is about whether we could show the breakdown of on-site and off-site participation. Our Meeting Planning Operations team appreciates the feedback and is planning to look into the feasibility of generating this breakdown to help further improvements.

New Version (v1) in May 2018

Next month, we are working towards a version update of the Accountability Indicators. In addition to data and display improvements, v1 includes new charts to increase our accountability and transparency to the community. These new improve our transparency in two Strategic Goals so far, with more to come.

  • Strategic Goal 3.3 "Develop a globally diverse culture of knowledge and expertise available to ICANN's Board, organization, and stakeholders" has a new chart showing Nominating Committee regional and stakeholder diversity.

Upcoming improvements include:

  • Strategic Goal 3.2 "Ensure structured coordination of ICANN's technical resources" has several new charts:
    • ICANN's readiness for Universal Acceptance of domain names.
    • The proportion of anycast instances of the Root Server operated by ICANN with IPv6 enabled.
    • The proportion of domains in ICANN's portfolio signed with DNSSEC.
    • The proportion of ICANN org services with IPv6 enabled.
    • Our annual assessment score against the Center for Internet Security Controls (CIS20) framework.

We have also been automating our data collection to further improve data integrity and reduce resource requirements.

We have started planning for the next version of Accountability Indicators. A key focus is to further improve our accountability and transparency. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Your Feedback

We hope you find the new information useful. Your feedback is essential to help us better meet your needs. Please click on the feedback link at the top of each page to tell us what you like and where you'd like to see improvements.

ICANN Organization’s Report on the Draft FY19 Budget Operating Plan Now Due 24 April

LOS ANGELES – 11 April 2018 - Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the ICANN organization's response to the public comments received in the Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget has been moved from 12 April to 24 April. This will allow the ICANN org and the Board to have the appropriate time to provide thoughtful and detailed responses.

The ICANN org has received valuable and substantive comments from the public comment proceeding and wishes to thank everyone for your contributions in this important planning process.

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.

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: An ICANN Update & Most Frequently Asked Questions

Since my last blog, we've heard from many, both inside and outside our community, about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on WHOIS. I have received questions from many of you and I think these topics may be interesting for a wider audience. As I write this, I'm eagerly awaiting information from the Article 29 Working Party.

The GDPR's impact on the domain name space remains a hot topic and here [PDF, 22 KB] are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions. It is also important to remember that the changes ICANN has proposed to WHOIS are meant to make ICANN and our contracted parties compliant with the new laws on a temporary basis. Ultimately, it will be the ICANN community policy development processes that recommend the necessary changes to policies guiding registration directory services.

Some recent news reports indicate that ICANN is taking arbitrary or unilateral action to change WHOIS. Far from it. We've been working with the community for nine months to discuss how we may change the existing WHOIS system and ICANN's practices to ensure compliance with the law while preserving the current information contained in WHOIS to the greatest extent possible. To do this, we have requested feedback from the European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) on whether our Proposed Interim Model [PDF, 922 KB] is compliant with the GDPR. We've heard from many of you who wonder what happens if that feedback is not received soon, or at all. At a high level, this could, at least temporarily, jeopardize a common, implementable solution with access to registration data for legitimate purposes. Furthermore WHOIS, as it exists today, could become fragmented if sufficient advice is not received and an action plan is not adopted. Contracted parties might employ their own methods and processes for displaying, partially displaying or not displaying registration data, which may not match ICANN's model, possibly putting them out of compliance with ICANN contracts.

We continue to reach out and work in consultation with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), DPAs and contracted parties to make the appropriate adjustments to our model. In parallel, we have offered [PDF, 464 KB] secretariat support to a community initiative drafting recommendations for the accreditation process to provide access to non-public WHOIS data to users with a legitimate basis for access.

Let me reiterate here that ICANN remains fully committed to complying with the GDPR and following the law and maintaining the existing WHOIS to the greatest extent possible.

We have confirmed that ICANN is on the upcoming Article 29 Working Party plenary's agenda for 11 April 2018. We hope to receive the necessary guidance from the DPAs subsequent to that meeting so that we may move forward. We also remain hopeful of the possibility for a moratorium on enforcement that would allow sufficient time to implement the model and build the appropriate accreditation system together with the community.

As always, you can follow the latest updates on our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page including the recently posted FAQ. We invite you to email your thoughts to gdpr@icann.org.

ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 10 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN Reviews below. Reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need community input to help ICANN deliver on its commitments.

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

  • Provide your Public Comment on the NomCom2 Review Draft Final Report Click here to share your public comment, learn about the current status of the review, and next steps. Please share your feedback by 7 May 2018 23:59 UTC [local time]
  • Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Organizational Reviews and links to background information.

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement.

  • Join the Second Face-to-Face Meeting of the Registration Directory Services Review Team (RDS-WHOIS2) On 16,17,18 of April, observe the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team from 07:00 - 15:30 UTC for their second face-to-face meeting where they will discuss the subgroups' findings and potential recommendations. Click here for more information.
  • Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest information on all Specific Reviews and links to background 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 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.

ICANN Publishes ICANN61 By the Numbers Report

LOS ANGELES – 9 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN61 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. This report summarizes our findings from ICANN's third Community Forum of the new meeting strategy. This report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency.

By the Numbers Report highlights include:

  • 1,565 checked-in participants, with 604 listing their region as North America
  • 36% of attendees participating for the first time
  • 342 sessions held, for a total of 630.5 hours
  • 167,907 schedule platform page views, a 198% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi
  • 11,106 gigabytes of data as network traffic
  • 14% of network traffic was Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a 1% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi

Our goal is to improve on the statistics we collect, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make.

Click here to download the full ICANN61 by the Numbers Report [PDF, 6.26 MB].

If you have questions, please email: meetings@icann.org.

About ICANN

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

The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum is Turning Five Years Old in Ankara

ISTANBUL – 9 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is organizing the fifth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum. The event, hosted by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), will take place on 25 and 26 April in Ankara, Turkey.

The Middle East DNS Forum brings together field experts and affected parties to discuss the latest developments in the global domain marketplace and ways to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. Internationalized Domain Names, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Universal Acceptance and the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) are among this year's key discussion topics.

The DNS forum offers participants opportunities to:

  • Network with other stakeholders and experts
  • Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry
  • Develop a better understanding of ICANN's work so that they can play a bigger role in shaping the future of Internet
  • Learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence

ICANN is pleased to hold this year's Middle East DNS Forum in Turkey. This country has demonstrated increasing interest and participation in ICANN over the past few years, especially during the recent Turkey DNS Forums.

ICTA was established to constitute a competitive telecommunication sector in Turkey. The Authority oversees tasks on sectoral competition, information technologies, and technical regulations. ICTA has previously supported the Turkey DNS Forums.

Information is available on the forum's website.

You can register for the event here.

Remote participation will be available. The link will be provided as the event approaches.

For more information or inquiries, please email meac.swg@icann.org.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN:

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address 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.

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