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ICANN62 By the Numbers

Take a look at some of the numbers resulting from the #ICANN62 meeting in Panama City.

ICANN62 By the Numbers

Proposal for Generation Panel for Myanmar Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone

LOS ANGELES – 28 June 2018 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the formation of the Generation Panel to develop root zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Myanmar script.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Myanmar script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Myanmar Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 97 KB]. The ICANN organization reviewed the proposal, including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 771 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled.

"On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Myanmar script community for volunteering to develop the Myanmar script LGR proposal for the root zone," said Sarmad Hussain, Director of IDN Programs at ICANN.

With composition and work plan approved, the Myanmar script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure, the starting point of any Generation Panel's work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its third version (MSR-3 [PDF, 1.10 MB]) released on 28 March 2018. The full specification of Generation Panel's tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure, in particular, Section B.3. Variant Rule Generation Procedure.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to reiterate our appreciation for the efforts of many communities towards developing their root zone LGR proposals," added Hussain. "We still have more work to do including organizing script panels for Hebrew, Thaana, and Tibetan. I encourage interested parties to lend their skills in support of this effort.”

There are currently LGR efforts underway by Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Neo-Brahmi, and Sinhala script-using communities. In addition, the Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, and Thai script communities have finalized their root zone LGR proposals, many of which have been integrated in the second edition of the Root Zone LGR.

Learn more about how you can increase representation for your language by visiting the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules.

For further information about the IDN Program at ICANN, please visit www.icann.org/idn. To start a new Generation Panel or to get involved in an existing one, please email at IDNProgram@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.

ICANN62 Panama City GAC Communiqué

PANAMA CITY – 28 June 2018 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN62 issued its Panama City Communiqué.

It is available for review here.

Looking Ahead to ICANN63 in Barcelona

I'd like to thank everyone in the ICANN community who made ICANN62 a success. Policy Forums give stakeholders in our Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees the important opportunity to work closer together for four intensive days of policy work and outreach.

From 20–25 October, we return to Europe to the wonderful city of Barcelona for the ICANN63 Annual General Meeting. This year's meeting is particularly important, as the first two days will coincide with the High-Level Government Meeting (HLGM) hosted by the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

The HLGM is held every two years in addition to the usual GAC meetings. Barcelona will be the fourth HLGM – previous meetings were held in Toronto (2012), London (2014), and Marrakech (2016). HLGMs reinforce the critical role that governments play in providing advice to the ICANN Board on public policy relating to the secure and stable functioning of the Domain Name System. They also give participants an opportunity to discuss at a very senior level the current public policy issues and challenges at ICANN.

I look forward to welcoming both the local Spanish and international communities to Barcelona for ICANN63. An incomparable and must-see city, Barcelona is a major business hub with unforgettable structures and art everywhere you look.

I looking forward to seeing you there!

Update to Short-term and Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 27 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces an extension to both the Public Comments on Short-term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews and the Long-term Options to Adjust the Timeline of Reviews in response to community requests for additional time to prepare comments.

The Public Comment periods on both the Short-term Options and Long-term Options remain open and we encourage all stakeholders to contribute.

The Public Comment period on Short-term Options to adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews and the Public Comment period on Long-term Options to Adjust the Timeline of Reviews will close on 31 July 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

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.

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Panama

 

  1. The Panama hat is really from Ecuador – its name comes from the fact that the hats passed through Panama en route to other destinations around the world.
    By the 1840s, tens of thousands of these tropical hats were being sent from Ecuador to Panama. The hat became even more popular when U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was photographed wearing a Panama hat while inspecting the Panama Canal construction in 1906.

  2. Geologists believe that the formation of the Isthmus of Panama – the narrow strip of land joining the North and South America – is one of the most important geologic events in the Earth's history.
    Three million years ago, the formation of a land bridge between the two continents caused currents in the Atlantic and Pacific to be completely rerouted, creating the ocean current patterns we see today. Another outcome was that plants and animals could more easily migrate from one continent to the other.

  3. More than one million ships have passed through the Panama Canal since it opened in 1914.
    Built between 1904 and 1914 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Panama Canal is one of the world's greatest engineering accomplishments. A system of locks raises ships 85 feet (26 meters) above sea level during their 48-mile (77-kilometer) journey through the canal. About 14,000 ships pass through the canal each year.

  4. The lowest toll charged to go through the Panama Canal was $0.36 – paid by adventurer Richard Halliburton, who swam through the canal in 1928.
    All vessels using the canal pay a toll that is based on vessel type, size, and cargo. Richard Halliburton obtained permission to swim through the canal, a feat that took him took 10 days with 50 hours of swimming time [PDF, 2.57 MB]. Halliburton was charged an all-time low toll of $0.36, which was based on his body weight.

  5. On 31 December 1999, the United States ceded jurisdiction of the Panama Canal – marking the first time in its almost 100-year history as an independent country that Panama had full control of everything within its national boundaries.
    The 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties set the transfer in motion. The U.S. and Panama operated the canal jointly from 1977 to 1999. Just before the end of the 20th century, Panama assumed sovereignty of the canal in what was a momentous event in the country's history.

  6. Panama's Darien Gap is the only break in the Pan-American highway, the longest highway in the world. It is nearly 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) of road running from Alaska to the tip of Argentina.
    The Darien region is an expansive tropical forest between Panama and Colombia that spans from north to south, and is between 60 to 80 kilometers (37 to 50 miles) wide. The jungle is nearly impenetrable – anyone who wants to cross the Darien Gap successfully must go by boat.

  7. Panama City's Biomuseo, which highlights the contributions of Panama to the Earth's biodiversity, is the only structure in Latin America designed by architect Frank Gehry.
    Panama's rainforests are among the world's most biologically diverse. The Biomuseo, which opened in October 2014, focuses on how the history of Panama has affected the ecological landscape of the Western Hemisphere.

  8. Panama City has a rainforest entirely within its city limits.
    Panama has the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere, second in size only to the Amazon region. In Panama City, the Parque Natural Metropolitano de Panamá provides 265 hectares (655 acres) of rainforest with hiking trails popular with those who want to experience Panama's wilderness.

  9. Panama is home to five UNESCO World Heritage sites – two recognized for their cultural heritage and two for their natural heritage.
    Founded in 1519, Panamá Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas, and is the original capital of Panama. Portobelo-San Lorenzo, military fortifications built by Spain on the Caribbean side of Panama, contain excellent examples of 17th and 18th-century military architecture. Three natural sites are also listed: Coiba National Park, with its special zone of marine protection, Darien National Park and its variety of habitats, and the Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park along the Colombian border.

  10. On 10 October 2017, Panama qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup – the first time the country has ever qualified for the tournament.
    To qualify, Panama defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in Panama City. This victory, combined with the loss of the United States to Trinidad and Tobago, resulted in Los Caneleros (Canal Men) reaching the World Cup. The next day, Juan Carlos Valera, President of Panama, declared a national holiday in celebration.

Co-Chairs Statement from CCWG-Accountability Meeting in Panama City

On 24 June 2018, the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) held a face-to-face meeting in Panama City, Panama to complete its discussions on Work Stream 2. 61 members and participants attended in-person and remotely using the virtual meeting room.

As a part of Work Stream 1, the CCWG-Accountability defined areas where further accountability discussions needed to take place. These discussions, called Work Stream 2, have been underway since June 2016 with the objective of completing the development of accountability measures which could not be completed in Work Stream 1.

During the meeting the CCWG-Accountability reviewed and approved the Implementation Guidance developed to address the four recommendations for which the ICANN Board had concerned (See May 14 letter from the Board to the CCWG-Accountability WS2). The Implementation Guidance will be attached to the WS2 Final Recommendations.

This then concludes the work of the CCWG-Accountability. The WS2 Final Report and Implementation Guidance will now be transmitted to the CCWG-Accountability Chartering Organisations for approval which the Co-Chairs hope can be completed by the end of ICANN 63 in Barcelona. Once approved by the Chartering Organizations the CCWG-Accountability will forward this material to the ICANN Board for approval.

The WS2 Implementation Oversight Team composed of the Co-Chairs and rapporteurs will continue to be available to provide assistance as needed during the approval and implementation processes.

The Co-Chairs would like to thank all the Participants for their sustained contributions to this effort, the Rapporteurs for their outstanding dedication and tireless work in guiding their respective groups to producing the recommendations which will help make ICANN better for all in the years to come. The Co-Chairs would also like to recognize the excellent work of the MSSI staff which was highly professional and without whom this would have been impossible.

All the work of the CCWG-Accountability WS2 can be found on the CCWG-Accountability WS2 wiki at https://community.icann.org/display/WEIA including its Final Report which will posted in early July 2018.

About the CCWG-Accountability

The CCWG-Accountability was established in 2014 as a part of the IANA stewardship transition. The group's goal is to ensure that ICANN's accountability and transparency commitments to the global Internet community are maintained and enhanced in the absence of the IANA functions contract with the U.S. Government.

The group divided its work into two Work Streams:

  • Work Stream 1 was focused on identifying mechanisms to enhance ICANN's accountability that must be in place or committed to within the timeframe of the IANA stewardship transition.
  • Work Stream 2 is focused on addressing accountability topics for which a timeline for developing solutions and full implementation may extend beyond the IANA stewardship transition.

The CCWG-Accountability proposed twelve recommendations to enhance ICANN's accountability as a part of the IANA stewardship transition. The consensus Work Stream 1 proposal was approved and transmitted by the ICANN Board to the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration on 10 March 2016. On 1 October 2016, the IANA functions contract lapsed, and CCWG-Accountability's Work Stream 1 recommendations went into effect.

The CCWG-Accountability is comprised of 227 people, organized as members appointed by and accountable to Chartering Organizations; individual participants; one ICANN Board liaison; one ICANN staff representative; and one former ATRT member who serves as a liaison. The group also has over 130 mailing list observers.

CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs
Thomas Rickert, Jordan Carter, Tijani Ben Jemaa

2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Honors Stéphane Van Gelder

ICANN announces Stéphane Van Gelder as 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award recipient

PANAMA CITY – 25 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This year, the community selection panel posthumously recognized a long-time member of the ICANN community: Stéphane Van Gelder. The award was presented today at ICANN62 in Panama City to Stéphane Van Gelder’s wife Julie Talfournier Van Gelder.

Community member Keith Drazek presented the award on behalf of the community selection panel. He enumerated Stéphane Van Gelder’s many contributions and attested to how he was admired for “his passion, his fairness, his ability to find the best in people, and his true gift for uniting people.”

Cherine Chalaby, Chair, ICANN Board, and Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN, also remembered Stéphane Van Gelder. Chalaby stated that Van Gelder’s “impact on the ICANN community, and many of us individually, cannot be overstated.” Marby urged community members present to continue in Stéphane Van Gelder’s spirit and “see the people behind the discussions.” Marby turned the podium over to Julie Talfournier Van Gelder, who spoke movingly about her husband, a man who she said “helped reveal the strength and skills in so many people.”

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have made outstanding contributions to ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Stéphane Van Gelder was selected from a list of 16 nominees as the person who best demonstrated the spirit of collaboration, strongly promoting consensus. The community selection panel composed of nine members from different Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Van Gelder for his immense dedication and commitment to ICANN’s multistakeholder model, which served as an example to others in the community. The multistakeholder model is built on achieving consensus, and Van Gelder’s contributions epitomize this ideal, making him the perfect recipient for the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award.

A unique point that stood out from the beginning of the community selection panel’s process was that Stéphane Van Gelder received nominations or endorsements from at least 10 different community groups, and also from several individuals and community leaders. It was an unprecedented level of support and something that the selection committee immediately recognized as important. The breadth and depth of cross-community support spoke directly to his impact representing each of the award’s criteria – breaking down silos, working across multiple groups, engaging in a collegial manner, and a record of substantive and meaningful contribution over many years.

Stéphane Van Gelder’s contributions were distinct, and the level of support from the ICANN community was undeniable. From 2008 to 2012, he served on the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council as an elected representative of what was then called the Registrars Constituency (now the Registrar Stakeholder Group). On the GNSO Council, he served as vice chair in 2010 and was elected and served two consecutive terms as chair in 2011 and 2012. During his tenure as GNSO chair, Van Gelder oversaw and shepherded multiple key projects, including:

  • Completion of an extensive update of the GNSO's operating procedures.
  • Establishment of the Domain Name System Security (DNS) Security and Stability Analysis Working Group, working jointly with the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), and Number Resource Organization (NRO).
  • Completion of the Fast Flux, Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery and Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part B Policy Development Processes (PDPs), and the joint ccNSO-GNSO Internationalized Domain Name Working Group.
  • Launch of the IRTP Part C, Thick WHOIS, and Locking of Domain Names subject to Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy Proceedings PDPs.
  • Completion of the Applicant Guidebook for the 2012 New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program and the launch of the program.

Van Gelder was also a long-time contributor to the ICANN Nominating Committee, beginning in 2013, serving as its chair in 2015 and associate chair in 2017.

He was a well-respected and much appreciated member of not only the GNSO, but of the broader ICANN community.  His genuine passion, energy, and commitment to ICANN’s mission and his achievements in various roles across the community were second to none. All of these qualities and accomplishments strongly support the selection of Stéphane Van Gelder as the recipient of ICANN’s 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. At this time when we celebrate his contributions, ICANN also extends our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Launched in 2014 at ICANN50, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledged the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance, and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN’s organization and community.

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2020 ICANN Public Meeting Locations Announced

LOS ANGELES – 25 June 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the locations for the 2020 ICANN Public Meetings. Cancun, Mexico, has been selected as the location in the Latin America and Caribbean region to host ICANN's 67th Public Meeting, from 7–12 March 2020. The Community Forum will be held at the Cancun International Convention Center.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been selected as the location in the Asia Pacific region to host ICANN's 68th Public Meeting, from 22–25 June 2020. The Policy Forum will be hosted by Dr. Suhaidi Hassan of the Internet Society Malaysia Chapter at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Hamburg, Germany, has been selected as the location in the European region to host ICANN's 69th Public Meeting, from 17–22 October 2020. The Annual General Meeting will be hosted by eco association, DENIC and the City of Hamburg at the Congress Center Hamburg.

ICANN holds three Public Meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN's multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization. Usually comprising more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy development. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

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 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’s Strategic Outlook Program Helps Identify Trends to Meet Challenges & Opportunities Ahead

As ICANN62 gets underway, I wanted to share a quick update with you on the progress being made in ICANN's Strategic Outlook Program, a key part of developing the next ICANN strategic plan. As you may have heard Göran Marby and Cherine Chalaby mention before, long-term strategic planning is important for ICANN to navigate its way moving into the future. The Strategic Outlook Program is a key tool designed to help in this effort.

The Strategic Outlook Program is a joint effort between the ICANN organization, the community and the Board to identify and track trends that relate to ICANN and its mission to make sure that these opportunities and challenges are incorporated into ICANN's current and future strategy. You may have already participated in one of the Trends Identification sessions or you may be planning to participate in one during ICANN62. So far, this year ICANN org has conducted 17 sessions with the community, organization, and Board and we have 9 more sessions scheduled to take place with different community stakeholder groups at ICANN62.

The results of this ongoing annual effort will also serve as input for the revision of ICANN's five-year strategic plan, which then provides a framework for our operational planning work. We plan to establish regular communications to the community of the planning activities underway.

We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of this effort. Thank you for your time and interest.

Stéphane Van Gelder Announced as Recipient of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award

PANAMA CITY – 24 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This year, the community selection panel is posthumously recognizing a long-time member of the ICANN community: Stéphane Van Gelder.

Please join us for the presentation of the Multistakeholder Ethos Award, which will take place on Monday 25 June at ICANN62:

Date, Time: Monday 25 June, 08:30–09:00 (local)
Location: Convention Center Foyer, Megapolis Convention Center,
Panama City, Panama

The award will be presented to Stéphane Van Gelder’s wife Julie Talfournier Van Gelder on behalf of the community selection panel and the ICANN community.

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.

Welcome to ICANN62!

I'm excited to welcome you to Panama City, Panama, for ICANN62. This is the second time an ICANN meeting has been held in Central America, and the first time we've come to Panama.

ICANN meetings represent an important opportunity for our diverse stakeholders to meet face-to-face and discuss in person the policies that will shape the future of the Domain Name System (DNS). As outlined in the current meeting strategy, the second meeting of each year is a Policy Forum, which is shorter than the other two yearly meetings and doesn't include an Opening Ceremony or Public Forums. Instead, more time is dedicated to policy work and close interaction between ICANN's stakeholder groups.

This meeting comes at a critical time for ICANN's multistakeholder community, as it works together to navigate the implications the European Commission's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has on the future of the WHOIS system. I expect that a significant amount of time will be spent during the meeting's various sessions discussing and debating the best path forward.

Whether you're attending in person or remotely, I encourage you to download and read the latest ICANN org Report to the Board, which will provide you with an overview of the different projects each department is currently working on and the org's current priorities. I also recommend reading ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby's preview of the Panama Board Workshop, which will be taking place right before ICANN62. I'll be working closely with the Executive Team to prepare for and support the Board's workshop, during which the Board will be tackling a staggering amount of issues and topics.

Many of you will be participating remotely, so I want to remind you that ICANN's Adobe Connect services have been fully restored. We're confident that any issues with the service have been worked out, and once again we will be using it to enable participants from around the globe to experience ICANN meetings to the fullest extent possible.

Having just recently visited Moscow, Russia, to engage with the local DNS community and New York City, New York, to address representatives at the United Nations, I'm looking forward to soaking in some of the warm Panamanian sun.

My team and I will be on the ground to support you in any way we can, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. Safe travels, and see you all in Panama City!

Greetings from Panama City

David Olive, Senior Vice President, Policy Development, extends a warm welcome to everyone attending ICANN62, the third Policy Forum and the first in the Latin American and Caribbean region. ICANN62's intensive program was organized by ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees – and features four days of outreach, cross-community, and high interest sessions.

Olive points to what promises to be a highlight of the meeting – the presentation of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This annual award recognizes an ICANN community member whose outstanding service in multiple roles across the community has exemplified the values of collaboration, cooperation, and consensus building.

The presentation of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award will take place at the welcome session on Monday morning at 08:30 in CC Foyer.

Click here to watch the video.

Community Onboarding Pilot Program ICANN62 Update

ICANN62 marks the conclusion of the ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program (COP). In Panama City, Panama, 20 individuals from eight community groups came together on 24 June to take stock of the progress to date and discuss plans for how each individual community group will carry its own “onboarding” for new participants, moving forward.

For those less familiar with the COP, here are some details. The program aimed to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates through mentorship, knowledge, and experience-sharing.

The pilot followed a two-pronged approach to accomplish this goal; first, agreeing on the need to create, update and refine onboarding materials as needed to ensure that newcomers would have access to information that is easily understood and can guide them through ICANN processes. We then paired one or two newcomers from each participating community with more experienced ICANN community members. The exchanges between these groups proved invaluable in helping to identify key challenges and approaches.

Participants from ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) worked collaboratively to create new materials and tools to enable a supportive environment for newcomers. One of the agreed-upon outcomes while at the ICANN61 COP meeting was the cross-organizational sharing of perspectives about the different needs each group has when “onboarding” newcomers. Many communities enhanced and strengthened existing initiatives with an onboarding focus, while others created new materials that not only support their newcomers, but are also used to inform the broader community about their priorities.

ICANN62 participants noted the important role the program played providing an opportunity for individual communities to better structure their onboarding efforts. A solid baseline of onboarding materials has been prepared; individual communities are now better positioned to carry on with the task of maintaining and updating their onboarding materials.

We encourage you to explore these additional materials created by each COP group here.

To view the list of COP participants and the program activities, please visit the COP Wiki space here.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the development of materials and the advancement of dialogue both within and across different community groups.

Welcome to ICANN’s First Policy Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean

Welcome to Panama City, a city both historical and modern, situated where the Atlantic meets the Pacific. We are honored to host the global Internet community in this city for ICANN62, the first ICANN Policy Forum to be held in the region.

Over the course of four days of meetings, we will focus on current policy development work. I encourage you to take advantage of the shorter meeting and fewer number of sessions to make your voices heard and to learn more about the work of other constituencies.

The ICANN62 Policy Forum is also a great opportunity for our regional community to expand its involvement in policy development relating to the Domain Name System, and its participation in ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Through these and other groups, the ICANN community develops policies using a bottom-up, transparent, and multistakeholder model. For this model to work, we need as many global stakeholders as possible to get involved in the ICANN community.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, email our regional team at: lac_team_gse@icann.org. We will be happy to guide you and put you in contact with other community members involved in ICANN's policy work. I also encourage you to explore the Developing Policy at ICANN webpage, which features a policymaking infographic and a short educational video, both available in all six U.N. languages.

Bringing new voices to the ICANN community is crucial to strengthening our policy development processes. I look forward to seeing you at ICANN62 in Panama City!

ICANN org Republishes Reserve Fund Replenishment Strategy Public Comment Report

LOS ANGELES – 22 June 2018 – ICANN org has republished its Report of Public Comments on "ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy" to include public comments and their corresponding responses that were inadvertently omitted from the original 30 May 2018 posting.

The report can be found here: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reserve-fund-replenishment-2018-03-06-en

While the topics in the omitted comments were addressed in the initial publication because other commenters raised the same topics, ICANN org has republished a complete report including all comments received and responses to those comments.

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 Independent Review Process Implementation Oversight Team (IRP-IOT) Draft Recommendations

Open Date: 22 June 2018 Close Date: 10 August 2018
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
Categories/Tags: Accountability
Brief Overview: The Independent Review Process Implementation Oversight Team (IRP-IOT) is seeking further public comments on the Time for Filing rule (Updated Supplementary Procedure rule #4, Time for Filing).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccwg-acct-jurisdiction-recs-2018-06-22-en

SSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 21 June 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), has published its assessment report.

Read the report [PDF, 761 KB].

Your comments on the report are encouraged and can be sent to mssi-secretariat@icann.org until 23:59 UTC on 20 July 2018.

Analysis Group will present the assessment report and host a community discussion at ICANN62 in Panama City on Wednesday, 27 June at 14:15 – 15:15 UTC (9:15 – 10:15 EST). The community is invited to attend the presentation and contribute to the feedback process. More details, including remote attendance information, can be found here.

Webinar

In addition to the session at ICANN62, Analysis Group will host a webinar on Thursday, 12 July at 20:00 UTC, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions. To request dial-in information for the webinar, please send an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org.

About the Assessment Report

The goal of the assessment report is to achieve maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the SSAC work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected to be published in November 2018.

Read the executive summary [PDF, 85 KB]. (Note: The executive summary will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish in due course. Translated versions of the executive summary will be posted here as soon as they are available.)

Background to the SSAC2 Review

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 began its work on the review in February 2018.

As with 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 ICANN4

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.

German Regional Court to Revisit Ruling in Injunction Proceedings on Request to Preserve WHOIS data

LOS ANGELES – 21 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was informed today that the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany, has decided to revisit its ruling in the injunction proceedings that ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group.

On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court's initial decision to reject ICANN's application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought a court order requiring EPAG to reinstate collection of administrative and technical contact data for new domain name registrations.

Upon receipt of an appeal, the Regional Court has the option to re-evaluate its decision that is being appealed, or affirm its decision and immediately forward the matter to the Higher Regional Court for consideration of the appeal.

In this instance, the Regional Court has decided to revisit its initial decision and has asked EPAG to comment on ICANN's appellate papers within two weeks.

ICANN is pursuing this matter as part of its public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system. To that end, ICANN continues to seek clarity of how to maintain a global WHOIS system and still remain consistent with legal requirements under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Background:

On 25 May 2018, ICANN filed the injunction proceedings against EPAG. ICANN asked the Court for assistance in interpreting the GDPR in an effort to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN sought a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data. The intent was to assure that all such data remains available to parties that demonstrate a legitimate purpose to access it, and to seek clarification that under the GDPR, ICANN may continue to require such collection.

ICANN filed the proceedings because EPAG had informed ICANN that as of 25 May 2018, it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information when it sells new domain name registrations. EPAG believes collection of that particular data would violate the GDPR. ICANN's contract with EPAG requires that information to be collected.

EPAG is one of over 2,500 registrars and registries that help ICANN maintain the global information resource of the WHOIS system. ICANN is not seeking to have its contracted parties violate the law. Put simply, EPAG's position spotlights a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted.

On 30 May 2018, the Regional Court determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the administrative and technical data for new registrations. However, the Court did not indicate in its ruling that collecting such data would be a violation of the GDPR. Rather, the Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement, or security problems).

The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion.

On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court's ruling to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany, and again asked for an injunction that would require EPAG to reinstate the collection of all WHOIS data required under EPAG's Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN.

ICANN appreciates and understands the dilemma of EPAG in trying to interpret the GDPR rules against the WHOIS requirements, but if EPAG's actions stand, those with legitimate purposes, including security-related purposes, law enforcement, intellectual property rights holders, and other legitimate users of that information may no longer be able to access full WHOIS records.

In addition to the court proceedings, ICANN is continuing to pursue ongoing discussions with the European Commission and the European Data Protection Board to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services.

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 the Protections for Certain Red Cross Names in all gTLDs – Policy Amendment Process

Open Date: 21 June 2018 Close Date: 31 July 2018
Originating Organization: GNSO
Categories/Tags: Policy Development
Brief Overview: Obtain community input on proposed recommendations for amending prior consensus recommendations with respect to the reservation protection of ICRC, IFRC, and National Societies, as instructed by the GNSO Council. This is the IGO-INGO Working Group's Initial Report.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/red-cross-protection-initial-2018-06-21-en
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