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Proposed gTLD-Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Profile

Open Date: 31 August 2018 Close Date: 13 October 2018
Originating Organization:

Global Domains Division

Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview:

The Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data adopted by the ICANN Board on 17 May 2018 directed the creation of a gTLD-RDAP Profile(s) as a prerequisite to launching the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) service across the gTLD space. ICANN org has received a proposal from a discussion group of gTLD registries and registrars and is seeking input from the community.


Request for Information: ICANN Meetings Shipping and Logistics

LOS ANGELES – 31 August 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting information from vendors qualified to provide global shipping and logistics services for the tri-annual ICANN meetings. The intent is to identify a qualified shipping and logistics vendor that will be responsible for managing all aspects of shipping ICANN's equipment to and from various global meeting locations.

Expertise in international shipping and logistics is necessary to ensure the successful temporary import of our equipment and that critical deadlines for delivery are met. Logistics may include carnet document management, import and customs clearance, regional temporary storage logistics, and timely pickup/delivery logistics to multiple cities each year.

For an overview of the RFI including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 106 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing, following which access will be provided to ICANN's sourcing tool (SciQuest/Jaggaer). Responses to the RFI should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 21 September 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool.


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.

Meridian Institute to Conduct Independent Review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization

LOS ANGELES - 31 August 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has appointed Meridian Institute to conduct the second independent review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). This review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of its ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency. Meridian Institute will begin work on the review immediately, and is expected to submit its final report in July 2019.

Selection of the Independent Examiner

The selection of an independent examiner followed ICANN's rigorous procurement process. The process was led by the ICANN organization and validated by the Board's Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). The OEC is responsible for overseeing ICANN's Organizational Reviews process.

The selection criteria for the independent examiner was developed in collaboration with the ccNSO Review Working Party. The criteria included: understanding of the assignment, comprehension of the ccNSO's role within the ICANN structure, and the independence of the proposed team.

ccNSO Review Activity at ICANN63

As part of their data collection, the Meridian Institute team leads will be conducting in-person interviews at ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, with current and past members of the ccNSO, informed community members, and members of the ICANN organization and Board. If you are traveling to ICANN63 and would like to be considered for a one-on-one interview, please send an email to

Members of the Meridian Institute team will also provide an update to the community on the progress of the review during a public session at ICANN63. Details of the public session will be posted to the ccNSO review wiki in due course.

About Meridian Institute

Meridian Institute is a trusted third-party not-for-profit organization that has specialized in multistakeholder processes for more than 20 years. To ensure the integrity of both processes and results, Meridian Institute involves representatives from diverse sectors, communities, and stakeholder groups in its work. Team members bring objectivity as independent process experts, strategic advisors, and as a trusted third party.

Past projects have resulted in:

  • Private sector and civil society partnerships;
  • Multistakeholder consensus policy recommendations and implementation plans; and
  • Incorporation of diverse stakeholder input in regulatory agencies and institutions.

The Meridian Institute team is led by Kristy Buckley, and includes Mallorie Bruns, Annie Shapiro, and Sara Suriani. To learn more about Meridian Institute, click here.

About the ccNSO

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 (ccTLDs);
  • Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO's community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs;
  • Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies;
  • Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and
  • Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the ICANN Bylaws.

For more information about the ccNSO, visit the dedicated website.


The purpose of the bylaws-mandated ccNSO review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) 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 (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. To learn more about the ccNSO Review, click here.


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 Releases its Second Report on Global Legislative and Regulatory Developments

ISTANBUL - 30 August 2018… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published today the second report [PDF, 214 KB] l highlighting a limited list of recent and pending legislative and regulatory initiatives on privacy/data protection and cybersecurity across the world. The report is a continuation of the initiative launched earlier this April, to identify legislative efforts across the globe early-on to raise awareness within ICANN and consider potential impacts, including how these legislative initiatives may have unintended consequences, which may be avoided.

As a result of the community discussions over the past year or so leading up to the GDPR going into full effect, ICANN CEO and President Göran Marby committed to identify key legislative efforts around the globe while in their earlier stages. To this end, ICANN org initiated reporting efforts on global legislative and regulatory developments during the third quarter of FY18. The first report [PDF, 97 KB] was a limited list of some recent legislative and regulatory initiatives around the world that relate to privacy/data protection and cybersecurity issues and that could impact ICANN's mission, operations or issues within ICANN's remit. It was the first product of a realization that ICANN, as both an org and a community, must pay closer attention to potential legislative efforts of interest across the world.

The initial report received wide attention with a viewership of over six hundred unique visits. The community feedback on the report was positive, which paved the way for the continuation of the report on a quarterly basis. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has reviewed and provided feedback on the first report.

We look forward to hearing from you about any high-impact developments in the e-privacy and cybersecurity ecosystem that should be tracked in future reports. You can send your comments and/or information about new developments in your region to


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

Changes to the ICANN Fellowship Program

In my last blog about the ICANN Fellowship Program, I wrote about the impending community consultation to review and revise the program to reflect the needs of the community. That process is now complete and we have a proposed way forward.

The program's goal is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating a broader base of knowledgeable constituents from underserved and underrepresented communities around the world.

Over the past few months, we have taken a closer look at existing processes to ensure the goals and purpose reflect current and anticipated future community needs. The community has also asked that we implement mechanisms to help collect the necessary data in order to better measure and evaluate program activities. Understanding the return on investment is key to these efforts.

Changes will go into effect beginning with the ICANN65 application cycle which opens in November 2018.

What Has Been Done

We began with a consultation to assess the community's perceptions on several aspects of the program, including purpose, goals, size, and fellows' engagement.

We then summarized the input which informed the proposal that went out for public comment. The staff report [PDF, 210 KB] on the public comments was released on 10 August 2018. A comprehensive community input status report can be found here.

ICANN Fellowship Program Changes

Feedback Highlights

The community offered valuable insight and recommendations. Overall, there is a call for increased Supporting Organizations (SOs)/Advisory Committees (ACs) involvement selecting and mentoring fellows, more data collection to measure the program's impact, and an enhanced focus on active policy engagement.

Category Community Consultation Public Comment

SO/AC Input

GNSO Council


Additional Input

Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget community comments

Travel Support Guidelines Community Consultation Process

Middle East and Adjoining Country Strategy Working Group (MEAC SWG)

GAC Underserved Regions Working Group individuals



Native Public Media (NARALO At-Large structure)

10 former fellows and 2 additional individuals

The New Fellowship Program

New Program Numbers

Future fellowship cohorts will consist of 45 participants per ICANN meeting, a 25% reduction from years past. Of the 45 slots, seven (7) will go to Fellowship mentors. We will uphold and enforce the rule which states an individual can only serve as a fellow a total of three instances.

New Program Metrics

Fellows will self-report in their applications on the metrics desired by the community. Returning fellows will be required to provide proof of engagement, with links and attachments where possible (and explanations where not feasible due to the nature of information). Diversity metrics will follow the categories of diversity suggested by the WS2 diversity subgroup.

New Program Metrics

New Program Processes

SOs/ACs will have increased involvement in the program by defining targets for desired skills, appointing Selection Committee members, and identifying mentors. SOs/ACs will each nominate one mentor, who will serve for one year; mentors will be empowered to suggest specific SO/AC tasks and work collaboratively to maximize the time and opportunity to actively contribute. Mentors will be evaluated in a uniform process.

New Program Processes

What's Next

We have updated the Selection Committee Criteria and issued an announcement calling for SO/AC nominees and diversity goals; the goals will be used to inform the outreach and promotion for the Fellowship Program carried out by ICANN org. We have also revised the selection criteria to reflect the input to date. The new Selection Committee will have the opportunity to review the new selection criteria before they are made public.

Roadmap | Fellowship Program Review

We will require ICANN Learn courses at the application stage to ensure fellows are better prepared. Concurrently, we are enhancing the existing pre-meeting ICANN Learn courses to improve fellows' knowledge of ICANN.

In addition, we will pilot the ICANN Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report starting with ICANN63; this report will be produced by fellows and shared broadly with the community for increased transparency.

We are grateful for the support and guidance to date and look forward to working closely with the community and continuing to improve the ICANN Fellowship Program.

ICANN’s Asia Pacific Office Turns Five

The Asia Pacific (APAC) office is marking an important milestone as we celebrate our fifth anniversary. The regional office, walking hand in hand with you, our APAC community, have come a long way in five years.

In our fifth anniversary report, we've put together key milestones of our journey. Looking back, we have formed many partnerships with our community. ICANN Readouts and APAC Space have since become established platforms to help our community network and stay up-to-date on current issues that facilitate participation in ICANN. Today, our APAC community has a clear presence within ICANN. In this year's report, we also profile those that have taken on leadership positions in the past year. We want to thank you for your passion and hard work.

Looking ahead, we aim to take on a more data-driven approach to continue to improve and address any gaps. In case you missed it, check out Joyce's recent blog, highlighting feedback we have collected from our APAC Space Survey, and where we will work to improve APAC Space.  

We will continue to focus on contributing to the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet. To date, we have trained over 3,000 community members to strengthen their DNS operations and to adopt DNSSEC. This will continue to be a key pillar of our work, and Champika will soon share a blog on this.

Another key pillar of our regional office is to develop operational excellence, and the ICANN APAC team is becoming even more cohesive. Amongst others, we have strengthened our cross-functional support to the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Programs team. Our support as a regional team to the community has helped them make significant progress, such as by the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel and the recent formation of the Myanmar Generation Panel. On a similar note, we have also stepped up efforts to support and partner the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) to facilitate more engagement and awareness around Universal Acceptance. IDNs and Universal Acceptance are important topics for our diverse region and will continue to be key areas of our engagement work.

Please join us in celebrating our regional office's fifth anniversary. Look out for our posts on social media using the hashtag #APAC5. We look forward to creating more milestones with you!

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN64 Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 27 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the application round for the NextGen program at ICANN64. The ICANN64 Community Forum will be held from 9-14 March 2019 in Kobe, Japan. The deadline to apply is 5 October 2018; successful candidates will be announced on 09 November 2018.

For more information on the NextGen program and eligibility requirements, please click here.


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.

Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance Turns Five

The fifth Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG) took place from 5-9 August, with 31 attendees from governments, private sector, civil society, academia, and technical communities of 14 countries. This year's MEAC-SIG was held in Cairo, Egypt, and hosted by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). The previous editions were held in Kuwait (2014), Tunisia (2015), Lebanon (2016), and Turkey (2017).

One of ICANN's strategic objectives is to promote its role in the multistakeholder Internet ecosystem. To achieve this, ICANN encourages engagement at national, regional, and global levels. The MEAC-SIG program, an initiative that emerged from the ICANN regional engagement strategy in the Middle East, offers participants a unique opportunity to better understand the roles of different Internet stakeholders, including ICANN. Over a period of five days, the program informs and strengthens the regional Internet community to help ensure effective participation in Internet governance. The school also encourages participants to engage in group discussions and projects around key policy issues such as cybersecurity, content regulation, competition access, and the Domain Name System (DNS), among others.

As ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement team in the Middle East, our focus has been to continuously enhance and build on our activities to better serve the regional community. To that end, we have sought to partner with diverse stakeholders who share our goal of strengthening the Middle East community's engagement in ICANN as well as other global Internet governance processes.

This year, we were fortunate to have the Arab World Internet Institute (AWII) and the Internet Governance Project (IGP) of Georgia Tech School of Public Policy involved in MEAC-SIG. Historically organized by ICANN and supported by the Internet Society and RIPE NCC, the addition of AWII and IGP brought new insights to the program. AWII, which focuses on supporting policy-focused research and analysis around Internet related topics, provided secretariat and logistical support, while IGP brought academic expertise on Internet governance-related areas by taking the lead in curriculum design.

The fifth year of MEAC-SIG was a milestone for us, so two surveys were conducted – one at the beginning and one at the end of the program. The pre-program survey aimed to measure the participants' familiarity with Internet governance-related issues, while the post-program survey sought participant feedback on different sessions and suggestions for improving the MEAC-SIG. Overall, the participants provided positive feedback about the program, with the majority rating it either as "good as expected" or "better than expected." The suggestions for improvement were very useful and will be considered by the program committee moving forward. Preparations for MEAC-SIG 2019 have already begun.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt for being a wonderful host, as well as our partners and faculty members for helping MEAC-SIG 2018 become another success. We look forward to bringing the school to other parts of the Middle East.

Engaging with the New Generation of Cyber Fighters

During the third week of August, I visited São Paulo, Brazil, and Asunción, Paraguay, with the goal of engaging with the community and local law enforcement organizations. We were looking to increase awareness regarding domain name system (DNS) abuse, providing training to police cyber units, explaining what ICANN is, and inviting them to join the ICANN policy development process on the matters that are relevant to them (from a security, stability and resiliency perspective, given my team's focus areas). We do these activities all year round and in all the regions of the world.

The engagement exercises during that week were particularly positive. We provided training to different authorities, made recommendations to the private sector on security improvements regarding the operation of their domains, and explained how to mitigate threats via domain name resolution. All my presentations were very well received and attendees expressed a high level of interest.

One group in particular deserves a special mention: the 129 last-year cadets from the National Police Academy of Paraguay that attended one of our sessions in Asunción. These young and vibrant cadets ranged in age from 21 to 23 years of age. While some knew more than others about cyber-investigations, others were completely new to these topics.

At first, the cadets seated in the front rows were the most engaged of the group, paying attention and asking great questions. While some of those seated in the back didn't seem particularly engaged at the beginning, their interest grew as the discussions progressed. They quickly started to realize how interesting these topics actually are, how they will impact the work they do, and how their own personal lives can also be affected by different forms of DNS abuse.

It was amazing to see them realize how important the DNS is, for both good and evil, and how they can use it, in ways they never suspected, to protect users and infrastructure from malicious actors.

It's not that often that we get to interact with the next generation of cybercrime fighters. And when we do, it's rare that they demonstrate this level of commitment, interest, and desire to start investigating. My hat is off to them.

When I returned home I realized that we, the older generations, are responsible for guiding the new generation of cybercrime fighters with our example and help them achieve their best. We can guide them in distinguishing between right and wrong and teach them to opt for what is right. We need to share what we have learned throughout the years. We need them to be better than we are.

ICANN´s regional strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean travels to Montevideo

Speakers at the outreach track of the South America LAC-i-Roadshow, which was held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

For a little over four years, I've been involved in supporting the LAC-i-Roadshow as the Latin American and Caribbean Communications Manager. The LAC-i-Roadshow, a project created as part of the Latin America and the Caribbean Strategy [PDF, 212 KB], travels across the region to outreach to regional stakeholders on key topics related to the domain name system (DNS).

Having been involved since the creation of the first meeting logo, the distribution of the first press release, and the printing of first roll-up banner, I have been able to witness 18 successful editions held in cities across the Andean Region, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. This year, Uruguay hosted our South American LAC-i-Roashow on 16 August 2018. As a Uruguayan, I was proud and excited to see that the LAC Internet community gather in Montevideo.

Montevideo, home to one of ICANN's regional offices, played host to more than 40 participants. The roadshow had a packed agenda, with three separate tracks: outreach, technical, and business. Session topics ranged from the security, stability, and resiliency of the DNS and the root zone Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover to Universal Acceptance and the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. The roadshow also offered a comprehensive overview of key issues being discussed within both the ICANN community and the wider Internet Ecosystem.

This edition was particularly interesting, because hosting the roadshow in Uruguay gave us an opportunity to bring together local community members from ICANN's various constituencies and programs, including the Governmental Supporting Organization (GAC), Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Address Supporting Organization (ASO), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and Fellowship and NextGen programs. During the outreach track, each member gave an overview of their work, objectives, and current activities. Having someone from each one of these groups in attendance was a unique chance to demonstrate how involved the Uruguayan community is in the Internet governance ecosystem. It was a great reminder that Uruguay, and the rest of the LAC region, has quite a lot to offer to global Internet discussions.

We want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our local hosts, UYNIC, AGESIC, and MIEM, as well as our partner organizations at the Casa de Internet, for their support in making this all possible.

For Rodrigo de la Parra, ICANN's Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Managing Director of the LAC Regional Office, it was good to be back "home" during a sunny week full of activities. Prior to the roadshow, our regional office in Montevideo was also the venue for another important activity, which you can read more about in Rodrigo Saucedo's recent blog.

ICANN Board Reaffirms Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

LOS ANGELES – 23 August 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to reaffirm the “Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data.” The full text of the Board’s resolution is available here.

The Temporary Specification was originally approved by the Board on 17 May 2018, in order to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Under the procedures for adopting Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the Board must reaffirm the adoption every 90 days, and may continue to do so for no more than a year.

For more information and to follow the latest updates, please visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy issues page.


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 Comprehensive Guide on What to Expect During the Root KSK Rollover

LOS ANGELES – 22 August 2018 – As the ICANN Organization prepares, for the first time ever, to change the cryptographic keys that help protect the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS), the organization has published a guide to let people know what to expect.

The changing of the keys, known as the "Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover", is currently scheduled for 11 October 2018. The new ICANN guide is intended for those with all levels of technical expertise. It will help everyone prepare for the rollover by detailing what to expect. It is part of the ICANN Organization's ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the rollover and will also afford details about the rollover process.

The guide can be accessed here [PDF, 107 KB]. Those who will find the guide most useful are operators of validating resolvers seeking clear direction on what to look for once the rollover occurs; non-technical journalists, bloggers and others who intend to write about the rollover before, during, and after the event will also benefit. Additionally, the document can be of value researchers who will be monitoring the DNS for indications of resolver failure after the rollover occurs.

While ICANN org expects user impact from the root KSK rollover to be minimal, a small percentage of Internet users are expected to see problems in resolving domain names, which in lay terms means they will have problems reaching their online destination. There are currently a small number of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) validating recursive resolvers that are misconfigured, and some of the users relying upon these resolvers may experience problems. This document describes which users are most likely to see problems, and among those - what types of issues they will face at various times. To summarize:

Those who will not be affected:

  • Users who rely on a resolver that has the new KSK
  • Users who rely on a resolver that does not perform DNSSEC validation

Those who will be affected and how:

  • If all of a users' resolvers do not have the new KSK in their trust anchor configuration, the user will start seeing name resolution failures (typically "server failure" or SERVFAIL errors) at some point within 48 hours of the rollover. NOTE: It is impossible to predict when the operators of affected resolvers will notice that validation is failing for them.

Data analysis suggests that more than 99% of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected by the KSK rollover. Users who use at least one resolver that is ready for the rollover will see no change in their use of the DNS or the Internet in general after the rollover. (The same is true for users whose resolvers do not perform DNSSEC validation at all. Current estimates are that about two-thirds of users are behind resolvers that do not yet perform DNSSEC validation.)

Lastly, while the rollover is currently planned to take place on 11 October 2018, this date is pending ratification by the ICANN Board.


To keep informed about KSK Rollover developments go here:

On social media use: #Keyroll



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.

From Venezuela to Montevideo: LAC Community Member Visits Casa de Internet

Harold Arcos with members of ICANN´s Latin American and Caribbean Global Stakeholder Engagement team at the Casa de Internet in Montevideo, Uruguay

As Project Manager of the Latin America and Caribbean Strategy, it is a joy to see projects become a reality. One of these projects began last year when LACRALO leadership members Humberto Carrasco and Maritza Aguero wanted to increase the Latin American community's participation in the PDP Webinars. To reach this goal, they decided to create "contest and awards," a project designed to support and incentivize the participation of regional stakeholders in ICANN's ecosystem by awarding a prize – a trip to one of the regional offices – to the person who participated in the most webinars that year.

The winner of the award was Harold Arcos from Venezuela. Those who know Harold can confirm that he is very active in the ICANN community, where he is currently a member of the new gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP and where he recently concluded his time in ALAC to become the new LACRALO secretary.

During Harold's visit to ICANN's regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay, he met with each of the regional organizations at the Casa de Internet: the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Ibero-American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET), the Latin American and Caribbean Association of ccTLDs (LACTLD), the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI), and RedCLARA. This gave him the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how ICANN and the regional organizations work. On the last day of his visit, Harold attended LAC-i-Roadshow South America (another project of the Latin America and Caribbean Strategy) where he was able to speak about ALAC. Stay tuned for my colleague Alexandra Dans' blog on this roadshow.

Harold's experience at Casa de Internet was important because he saw first-hand the amount of work that these organizations put into ensuring that the Internet is secure, stable, and interoperable. He also had the opportunity to interact with different community members and discuss relevant topics related to the Internet ecosystem.

Possible Unified Access Model Published for Community Input

The ICANN org has been working to further develop its proposal for a possible unified access model, in order to engage in discussions with the community and relevant data protection authorities. Following the June publication of the Framework Elements for a Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS Data [PDF, 93 KB], we have striven to deepen our understanding of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Today, we published the Draft Framework for a Possible Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS Data – For Discussion [PDF, 521 KB], and we are seeking your input on this proposal. Your feedback will be important as we continue our dialogue with the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in order to seek legal clarity for any such access mechanism. Lowering the legal risks for data controllers/contracted parties is necessary to develop a workable unified access model.

This proposal is a working draft intended to facilitate further discussions with the EDPB and the ICANN community. It outlines basic parameters based on ICANN org's current understanding of the GDPR, so that we can continue to seek input from the EDPB. Having clear guidance may increase legal certainty for data controllers about whether a unified access model could be implemented, as well as assist the community in the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) to consider the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Temp Spec).

As communicated before, ICANN org's work to develop a proposed model is not intended to replace the community's policy development process. Rather, we are seeking to be responsive to a range of stakeholder communications, including the EDPB's statement on 27 May 2018 which noted "to develop and implement a WHOIS model which will enable legitimate uses by relevant stakeholders." Additionally, there is a need for guidance about what may legally be permitted in a model so that this information can be factored into policy work.

While the Temp Spec requires access to non-public WHOIS data for those with legitimate purposes as defined by the law, registrars and registry operators have differing approaches to meeting that requirement. ICANN's proposal explores whether it is possible to develop an automated and unified approach across all gTLD registrars and registry operators in a manner consistent with the GDPR, including the obligations placed on data controllers.

This next iteration seeks to address and help clarify the technical and legal foundation upon which a unified access model could potentially be built. It does not attempt to design the final unified access model or how it could be implemented. The details, including how a model may be operationalized, would require further and deeper community discussion and engagement. Indeed, the Temp Spec's annex contemplates and encourages further community discussions on this topic.

The proposal also includes various open questions, where we see the community's opinions currently diverge. These include: whether authenticated users must provide a legitimate interest for each individual authenticated query; what the logging requirements should be; if the full WHOIS data set must be returned for authenticated query; who must provide access (registry, registrar, or both); whether there should be a fee for access; and whether there should be a centralized portal (operated by ICANN) from which authenticated users are able to perform queries of non-public WHOIS data.

We are seeking your input on all of these key issues, so please send your comments to As we continue to move forward, I will keep you apprised of our discussions with the EDPB. As always, you can find updates and other relevant documents at our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page.

Modification of Domains Protected Marks List Service

Open Date: 15 August 2018 Close Date: 24 September 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: This public comment period is to gather community input on the proposed amendment [PDF, 204 KB] to modify Donuts Inc.'s Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) service across all generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in its portfolio. The modification to the service adds the following provision: "In some instances, approval from the applicable DPML holder may be required for a third party with the same trademark to register the blocked name." This amendment is intended to implement the request submitted by the registry operator under the Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) process to modify its DPML service.

ICANN´s Montevideo Regional Office at Works – ICANN62 Read Out Session

Remote participation hubs in Mexico, Bolivia, and Brazil

You may have heard about ICANN's readout sessions – an engagement tool first implemented by our colleagues of the Asia Pacific (APAC) team a few years ago. Since then, other regions have followed suit, including our team in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC).

Session readouts are a great way to increase regional engagement and summarize the events of ICANN Public Meetings for those who could not attend in person. They are often composed with local flavor and tend to be content-friendly for newcomers. A member from ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team is usually on hand to facilitate the readout and to guide the discussion around meeting highlights and important topics. This formula has worked well in the LAC region, but for ICANN62, we wanted to do things a little differently.

At the ICANN62 readout session, we wanted to make sure there was a healthy mix of both face-to-face interaction and remote participation in an effort to deepen our engagement with the local community, while expanding our reach regionally. A key element of this new readout format was hosting the session at our regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay. As you may know, the LAC team is lucky to share its office space with various Internet-related regional organizations (LACNIC, LACTLD, ISOC, ASIET, ALAI, RED CLARA, eCOM-LAC), thus making it easy for them to attend the session. Oscar Robles, CEO of LACNIC, also joined the readout and presented on global policies currently being discussed by the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

In addition, we invited various Uruguayan stakeholders to join the readout in person. We had the pleasure of welcoming the Uruguayan GAC representative, a member of an active LACRALO's At-Large Structure (ALS) from Montevideo, a colleague from the .UY country code top-level domain (ccTLD), and a representative from the domain name industry in Uruguay.

While we gathered at the regional office in Montevideo, others from our community organized "remote hubs" for the readout in Brazil, Mexico, and Bolivia. The remote hubs invited their local communities to attend and held introductory discussions about the Domain Name System (DNS) and ICANN prior to the session.

The readout agenda was organized into two main sections. The first part was a report of what happened in each of the Advisory Committee (AC) and Supporting Organization (SO) sessions at ICANN62. The second part focused on high-level topics such as GDPR and EPDP, among others. To cover these topics, two members of the ICANN Board from the LAC region, Lito Ibarra and Leon Sanchez, joined, along with other regional leaders from various groups representing Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Guatemala.

The ICANN62 readout session strengthened our belief in the importance and usefulness of the readouts, which not only provide a helpful meeting summary for people who could not attend in person, but also serve as a great platform for those who want to share their ICANN experiences with their respective organizations.

We hope to replicate this experience after each ICANN Public Meeting, so stay tuned for the next readout session after ICANN63.

Call for SO/AC Nominations to the New ICANN Fellowship Selection Committee and Guidance on Outreach Goals

LOS ANGELES – 13 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced upcoming changes to the New Fellowship Program Approach following the end of its public comment period. ICANN Supporting Organizations (SO) and Advisory Committees (AC) are invited to contribute as follows:

  1. Set two-year outreach and promotion goals

    As part of the revised Fellowship Program, the ICANN organization will implement targeted outreach and promotion. SOs/ACs are being asked to provide guidance on diversity goals for the program. These may include, but are not limited to, skills and experience, stakeholder group affiliation, region, gender, and language. ICANN org will use this list of goals to inform the program’s outreach and promotion strategy. Input is welcome on any specific local, regional, or global events where promoting the Fellowship Program would help identify strong candidates. These goals will be revised by the SOs/ACs every two years.

  2. Nominate ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee Members for two-year terms

    The revised program will feature a new ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee starting on 26 October 2018. The Selection Committee will be composed of seven members, one from each participating SO/AC. SOs/ACs are encouraged to visit this link for more information on responsibilities and expectations associated with this role. Please nominate one Selection Committee member from your respective SO/AC who wishes to participate and is prepared to meet the expectations.

SOs/ACs must complete this form [DOCX, 80 KB] to indicate their goals and their nominee and send it to by 10 September 2018.


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

Join Us in Vanuatu for Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum 2018

On Sunday, 12 August, I will be joining our hosts in Port Vila, Vanuatu, to welcome participants from around the world that are attending the annual Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), which is being held from 13-16 August. Every year, we gather to engage in discussions, exchanges, and collaboration at a regional level around Internet-related issues. Our ultimate goal is to advance the development of Internet governance in the Asia Pacific region.

The theme for the 2018 APrIGF is “Empowering Communities in Asia Pacific to Build an Affordable, Inclusive, Open and Secure Internet.” The sub-themes include:

  • Cybersecurity;
  • Online privacy and protection;
  • Access and empowerment;
  • Digital economy and emerging Internet technologies;
  • Diversity; and
  • Multistakeholder participation in Internet governance.

This is the first time that APrIGF will be held in the Pacific Islands, and we want to extend our sincerest thank you to the Government of Vanuatu, as well as local representatives, for agreeing to host this event. Ongoing support and contributions from volunteers, individuals, governments, and organizations are important to ensuring the success of multistakeholder forums like this one.

Participation in regional or global Internet-related conferences has always been a challenge for community members from the Pacific Islands, largely due to accessibility and budget constraints. By bringing this year’s forum to Vanuatu, APrIGF will provide a platform for local interested stakeholders and communities to participate in an open forum, where they can learn or comment on Internet and technology-related issues.

Like the other supporting organizations, regional ICANN staff based out of our Singapore office will be attending to participate and contribute to various sessions. We look forward to engaging with you on-site or via remote participation.

More information about 2018 APrIGF sessions and remote participation is available here. We hope to see you there soon!

Proposals for Kannada, Oriya and Telugu Scripts’ Root Zone Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 8 August 2018 Close Date: 20 September 2018
Originating Organization:

Global Domains Division

Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview:

The Neo-Brahmi Script Generation Panel (NBGP) was formed by nine communities that use scripts derived from the Brahmi script. NBGP is developing Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu scripts. The GP is publishing the proposals for the LGRs of these nine scripts in three sets, releasing proposals for the scripts which share cross-script variant code points together to the extent possible. The first set is already undergoing public comment and the second set, being released now, includes the following proposals: (1) Proposal for the Kannada Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, (2) Proposal for the Oriya Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, and (3) Proposal for the Telugu Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. As per the LGR Procedure, these proposals are being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the NBGP to make their views known. Based on the feedback, the NBGP will finalize each proposal for its evaluation and integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.


Update on ICANN’s Strategic Planning Process

The future of ICANN depends on our ability to work together to anticipate new challenges and opportunities ahead. The strategic outlook and strategic planning processes represent a joint effort between the community, the Board, and the ICANN organization to identify and track trends that relate to ICANN and its mission to ensure these opportunities and challenges are accounted for in ICANN's current and future strategy.

This process has evolved since it was last completed in 2014, based on feedback from the community, the Board, and the ICANN organization. I'd like to take a moment to share some information about where we are, and what the next steps will be.

Each year, the community, Board, and ICANN org participate in a strategic outlook program to identify key trends. The trends identified through these sessions inform the strategic planning process as outlined below.

The phases of the strategic planning process

Phase 1. Strategic Outlook Trends Identification: (Jan – Sept 2018) - In process

  • Community stakeholder groups, Board, and the ICANN org participate in annual trend identification sessions.
  • The Board uses the trends identified by community, Board members, and ICANN org to identify top trend priorities.
  • The Board shares initial findings on trend priorities with the community for their consideration and input during September webinars (to be announced). These webinars also provide the community with the information needed to engage in a strategic planning session to be held at ICANN63.

Phase 2. Prioritization, Strategic Objectives and Goals: (July – Oct 2018) In process

  • The Board shares initial proposal with community for consultation on prioritization of trends and strategic response to the trends during a public session at ICANN63 (opportunities to attend remotely will also be provided).
  • Following community input, the Board defines objectives and goals that will serve as a foundation for the framework and key elements of the Strategic Plan.

Phase 3. Drafting of Strategic Plan: (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019)

  • The Board overseas the creation of a draft of the Five-Year (2021-2025) Strategic Plan.
  • The draft of the strategic plan undergoes discussion with the community, with community provided through feedback on the Draft Strategic Plan via the public comment process.

Phase 4. Finalization of Strategic Plan: (Feb – Mar 2019)

  • The ICANN org revises plans based on public comment from the community.
  • The Board finalizes and adopts new Strategic Plan (FY2021-FY2025).
  • The Strategic Plan will not go into effect until after the Empowered Community considers whether it will reject the plan. If the Strategic Plan is rejected, ICANN will consider the reasons for that rejection when proposing a revised plan.

Once finalized, the Strategic Plan is then put into action through ICANN's five-year and annual Operating Plans, which specify how we will execute our work in order to meet the objectives laid out in the Strategic Plan.

Where we are now

The community, Board, and the ICANN org have completed the process of identifying strategic outlook trends. The ICANN org has consolidated the results of the trend identification work.

What to expect as we head into ICANN63

Findings will be shared with the community in September via webinars. This will help inform further discussion during a session planned for ICANN63. A draft Strategic Plan will be assembled and posted for public comment following ICANN63. Members of the Board's Strategic Planning Caucus Group will participate in the webinars and the session during ICANN63 alongside the community and ICANN org.

Stay Up-To-Date with the Strategic Planning Wiki Page

The ICANN org will create a wiki page to help share progress and opportunities for community input. A link to this wiki will be provided on ICANN's Strategic Planning Page.

I look forward to working with you all to help prepare ICANN for the future. Thank you for your time, interest, and participation.