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.HOMES will be launching as an unrestricted TLD

Dominion Registries, the registry of the new extension .HOMES, will be removing the current restrictive Nexus eligibility requirements. Anyone will be able to register or acquire available General Availability (GA) or premium names starting 14 January, 2019. Up until January 14 you must be an individual or a legal entity with a bona-fide nexus to …

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Draft PTI and IANA FY20 Operating Plan and Budgets

Open Date: 28 September 2018 Close Date: 12 November 2018
Originating Organization: Finance
  • Operations/Finance
  • Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview:

Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, ICANN Organization seeks public comment on the operating plan and budgets for delivering the IANA functions. This is comprised of two components — the Draft FY20 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY20 IANA Operating Plan and Budget. The PTI Operating Plan and Budget outlines the activities to deliver the core IANA functions and associated operational activities to enhance systems and processes. The IANA Operating Plan and Budget is comprised of these PTI activities, plus additional programs and costs associated with overseeing and delivering the IANA functions performed by ICANN in its role as the IANA Functions Operator that are not borne directly by PTI.

ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents.


ICANN – A catalyst for development

(EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog by Nii Quaynor, often referred to as to as "the father of the Internet in Africa" is one of a series of occasional pieces written by some of ICANN's early pioneers. They afford us a look back to the early days of ICANN, as we commemorate its 20th anniversary. These blogs by the pioneers are being posted to both and

In 1998 the idea of "Newco," ICANN's informal predecessor name, was dreamlike. It was so new, so unprecedented, that it was constantly being referred to as an "experiment."

It was not every day that one came across an organization conceived by one nation (e.g., the U.S.), that was available for global shared ownership. One that was defined, in large part, by international participation.

There were naturally varied interests. Many viewed the organization through different lenses. Some felt it would lead to better coordination of the global Internet. Others saw it as a secure and stable business environment for the Internet. And there were still others who simply wanted to witness first-hand an experiment in global governance. All these interests combined to contribute to the shaping of the ICANN of today

As a former elected At-Large Director, I have been reflecting on ICANN's desire in those early days, to find ways to increase diversity and also include unaffiliated individuals. Much effort was devoted to defining what that relationships might be.

One aspect of ICANN's early formation that particularly interests me is how - in its 20-year journey - ICANN may have unintentionally ended up influencing the information societies in the many emerging countries that participated in Internet expansion, particularly in the developing world. Naturally, I can speak with greater authority about what transpired in Africa, though my observations may hold true for other parts of the world.

In 1998, there were few Internet service providers (ISPs) in Africa, also few in-country country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators and even fewer Internet technical professionals. Personal computers and servers were in use, though connectivity was weak, and awareness was lacking.

Africa had just introduced computing in universities while industries were adopting enterprise computing, though they were largely proprietary manufacturer networks. Telecommunications was in its infancy and many governments in the region were struggling to determine telecommunication policy reform that would scale services. Back then, even telephone penetration was quite small.

Then along came ICANN to coordinate identifiers globally for a new form of communications. ICANN promised coordination of resources that would make communications more competitive. For some it ushered in global public interest considerations, for others it signaled that the inefficient circuit-switched communications would give way to the more efficient packet-based systems.

The engagements with the United Nations (UN), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) illustrated the importance of ICANN's involvement in other forums to provide information and engagement. There were often differences of opinion in approach. There were also conflicting interests, but it was important that ICANN had a voice.  

The novel community approach to decision-making through a multistakeholder bottom up process was stimulating for those looking for more inclusion in governance. This created many opportunities for dialog or the ability to lobby for a better local policy environment for the Internet. In short, there was alignment between forming an inclusive Internet governance structure and in so doing also influencing more inclusive governments for many African nations.

To seed African participation in ICANN was a real challenge, but we were rather fortunate that ICANN's conception of Internet governance was honestly global and thus totally inclusive by design.

Meanwhile in 1998, Africa had an Internet Governance conference at Cotonou, Benin to determine how best to participate in ICANN. It was proposed that we create several core technical institutions in Africa related to ICANN and the global Internet ecosystem. These technical institutions were named "Af."

The implementation of this proposal resulted in creation of African Network Operator Group (AfNOG), African numbers Registry (AfriNIC), African ccTLD registries (AfTLD), African Research and education network (AfREN), community of Registrars, African emergency response teams (AfricaCERT) and others.

The Internet has been remarkably stable over the past two decades, demonstrating that ICANN is fulfilling an important part of its mission. The improved competition policy has made it possible for new registrars and registries in Africa to join our efforts. The openness of ICANN coupled with its desire to be diverse has been welcoming to many of us.

In the evolution of the At-Large community we chose the path of indirect representation of end users, which is fine, however we need to continue efforts to increase transparency while making certain that end users help define ICANN's leadership.

Regional engagement is very important to ICANN in fulfilling its global obligations and Africa is looking forward to deepening and expanding our engagement.

Happy 20th ICANN!

ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below.

Join the strategic planning webinar for updates and next steps. The ICANN Board and organization are hosting a webinar on 9 October 2018 at 14:00 UTC [local time] to provide an overview of the strategic planning process, and present findings from the strategic outlook trend sessions and the subsequent impact analysis conducted by the Board and ICANN org. The goal of the webinar is to provide the community with the background information and the context needed to participate in a productive strategic planning session scheduled at ICANN63. Please email to receive information to join.

Join a webinar on operating standards for Specific Reviews.

ICANN is hosting two webinars on 4 October 2018 at 16:00 UTC [local time] and one on 5 October 2018 at 00:00 UTC [local time] to share an overview of proposed updates, provide opportunity for questions and answers, and explain next steps. The goal of the Bylaws-mandated operating standards (see Section 4.6) is to document rules and procedures in order to provide for a transparent and consistent review process. Click here for information on how to join.

Share your public comment on Specific Reviews – see below:

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement. ICANN currently has several opportunities for public comment:

  • Share your public comment on the RDS-WHOIS2 Draft Report and Recommendations. The Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is now seeking input on its Draft Report and its 23 draft recommendations. Please share your public comment by 4 November 2018.
  • Share your public comment on next steps on reviews. A public comment forum on short-term and long-term options to adjust the timeline of reviews was opened to address the impact that the existing review schedule is having on the volunteer community workload and ICANN resources. The purpose of this public comment is to provide further opportunity for consultation due to the limited

Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on Specific and Organizational Reviews and additional key resources.


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.

NamesCon confirms .GLOBAL as title show sponsor, publishes agenda plus other news

NamesCon shared today some announcements and updates as we gear up towards the NamesCon Global 2019 show. .GLOBAL is confirmed as a title show sponsor, and NamesCon will be announcing a new event site for NamesCon 2019 this Monday that is already live at Fall Pricing is on now, only until the end of …

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Cloudflare is launching a registrar with wholesale domain prices

Cloudflare is launching a domain name Registrar that according to the company “lets you securely register and manage your domain names with transparent, no-markup pricing that eliminates surprise renewal fees and hidden add-on charges.” The registrar will offer wholesale prices for all domain name registrations and renewals as well as some other common registrar features. …

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The new auDA constitution was approved

The new Constitution of auDA, Australia’s .au domain name administrator and regulator, was approved by members at the Extraordinary General Meeting. Members voted to approve the new constitution which will see a new governance model introduced. Here is how the auDA announcement continued: In April this year the Department of Communications and the Arts released …

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Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar – Date Set for 8 October

LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it will hold a webinar on 8 October 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 UTC to provide an update on recent ICANN data protection and privacy activities related to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

To facilitate global participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Participants are encouraged to email questions prior to the call via email to We will also hold a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. A full recording of the webinar will be published on for future reference.

More information on ICANN's Data Protection/Privacy Issues is available here:

Webinar Details & How to Attend:

Date: 8 October 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect
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Participant Codes:

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


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.

Blog: Celebrating ICANN@20 through your recollections

ICANN will soon be celebrating its birthday in Barcelona, specifically at ICANN63, 20-25 October 2018. This will be an historic meeting for a number of reasons, a primary one being that it will mark the 20th anniversary of ICANN's formation.

It's no secret that ICANN's growth over the last two decades has been built on a foundation of community involvement and it is the community's contributions that will be explored during a special session in Barcelona, entitled ICANN@20. I hope you can attend.

If you have specific questions about the community's role in making ICANN what it is today, I would like to invite you to submit those questions in advance to Your questions will be addressed during this session, currently scheduled for 25 October at 17:00 (15:00 UTC).

Immediately following this exploration of community involvement, I would like to invite you to join us at 18:30 (16:30 UTC) for an ICANN@20 cocktail reception. It's been 20 years of hard work by an organization that is unlike most others in the world. It is now time to toast the historical accomplishments that will undoubtedly frame our future.

Leading up to the Barcelona meeting, CircleID is posting blogs from community members who want to share their memories and impressions of ICANN's first 20-years. It can be a brief story of an event that carries special meaning for you, or a personal tale of why you have been part of our community.

We would like to encourage community members to send CircleID your stories and thoughts. Your recollections are a vital part of our history that should not be forgotten.

Early ICANN pioneers will also be submitting blogs in the weeks leading up to ICANN63. Those will be posted on both and CircleID in the weeks leading up to the Barcelona meeting.

ICANN's on-going History Project has revealed that the organization's first 20-years are filled with fascinating stories of an organization like few others. You have the great stories and we are asking you to share them with the rest of us.

I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona, where we will celebrate ICANN@20.

MMX 6-month report: domain registrations up 38%, gross profit increased 14% to $3.3 million

Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX) announced the Group’s unaudited interim results for the six month period ended 30 June 2018 (the “period”). Highlights Registrations within the MMX portfolio, excluding those from the acquisition of ICM Registry LLC (“ICM”), up 38% year on year to 1.5 million with particularly strong growth in the US; Group …

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CentralNic 6 month report: revenue was £11.2m and gross profit was £3.9m

CentralNic Group plc (AIM: CNIC), announced its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2018. Mike Turner, Chairman of CentralNic, commented: “Our first half results are most encouraging as CentralNic continues to deliver consistent organic growth whilst at the same time concluding earnings enhancing acquisitions.   “CentralNic’s organic growth and roll-up strategy …

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New Report: Issues and Challenges Impacting Domain Name Registrants

We have been compiling and analyzing data from various sources within the ICANN organization to try and identify pain points, and to raise awareness around the ICANN community about some of the common issues and challenges that registrants are having managing their domain names.

Today we published a new report [PDF, 294 KB] with this data, which was collected from the ICANN Global Support Center (GSC), Contractual Compliance department, and Complaints Office. We encourage you to have a look at the report and share any data you might have regarding issues impacting registrants to inform conversations and work. Moving forward, we will publish an updated report on a semi-annual basis, which may allow us to capture trends within this industry segment.

What's Next?

We will continue to work towards two primary objectives: 1) educating registrants about their rights and responsibilities, the domain name ecosystem and how to navigate it, and the ICANN policies that impact them and, 2) identifying and raising awareness about issues and challenges that registrants are facing.

For example; earlier this year we published an educational blog for registrants with some tips and best practices for protecting against hijacking or unauthorized transfer of domain names. This blog was the fourth in an ongoing series of educational blogs written for registrants. We are also developing additional educational content such as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) which are informed by information gathered by departments across ICANN org that have touch-points with registrants.

One of the key observations in the first Semi-Annual Report of the ICANN Complaints Office was that many registrants do not fully understand ICANN's remit and scope of authority and are sometimes confused about the role of the ICANN org. There is also some confusion about the roles of others in the domain name ecosystem including registrars, who have the knowledge and authority to help registrants properly manage their domain names.

To help address these issues and misunderstandings, we recently updated a number of pages on with information written for registrants about the domain name industry and domain names. We'll continue to publish new educational content for registrants on issues such as domain name registration and renewals, among other topics, on an ongoing basis moving forward and would appreciate any feedback that the community (registrants in particular!) might have.

Five Years of Technical Training in APAC to Ensure the Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Internet

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of ICANN's Asia Pacific (APAC) regional office, we've been reflecting on our training involvement with the community we support, and our collective contribution towards a more secure, stable, and resilient Internet.

The Challenges

Our region is large, with some locations tucked in remote corners of the vast Pacific Ocean. It is also diverse, consisting of big and small economies, each at a different stage of development and growth.

However one thing remains consistent – the ever-increasing demand for technical training and capacity development.

During the last five years, we have offered over 110 technical capacity development courses and trained over 4,000 professionals in 35 countries. Recipients of our technical capacity development can be grouped into the following 'communities:' country code top-Level domain (ccTLD) operators, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) community, Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Law Enforcement Agencies, Network Operator Groups (NOGs), government and regulatory agencies, and others.

The courses offered include lessons on the Domain Name System (DNS), DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), network security, DNS abuse handling, cybersecurity, and much more. These training workshops last from three to five days, so out of the 52 weeks in a year, we are on the road conducting technical training nearly half the time!

Our APAC community strives to build more secure and resilient networks. We share this same vision and have worked together tirelessly to achieve it. One key focus areas is helping to increase DNSSEC deployment.

From Technical Training to DNSSEC deployment

What's Next?

With limited resources, we struggle to meet the ever-increasing demand for technical capacity development. However, we remain committed to working with you. Looking ahead, we hope to work more closely with community members who can deliver trainings to their respective communities. This will allow technical trainings to be delivered in a more scalable manner.

We are also working on providing more technical content on our e-learning platform, ICANN Learn. We hope that this will shorten the amount of face-to-face training required.

Please take a moment to read our fifth anniversary report for a high-level infographic of our training coverage so far, and let's continue to work together to make the Internet more stable, secure, and reliable.

Proposals for Malayalam and Tamil Scripts’ Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 25 September 2018 Close Date: 7 November 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 multiple sets, releasing proposals for the scripts which share cross-script variant code points together to the extent possible. The first and the second sets are already undergoing public comment and the third set, being released now, includes the following proposals: (1) Proposal for the Malayalam Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone, (2) Proposal for the Tamil Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], 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.


Domain name auction house auctioning trademark domains

About a month back a well known domain name auction house was auctioning some trademark domains. This is no big news if the domains were expired or dropped. But in this case the domain names were auctioned by a “well-known” broker/seller in domain name industry. Well, he actually became “well-known” just a few months back. …

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Register Now: Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House – 11 October 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two open house sessions to assist with the community`s preparations for the ICANN63 Annual General Meeting:

Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House
Thursday, 11 October 2018
10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

The open house will run in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. The presentation materials will be translated into Spanish, and posted following the open house with the recordings of the sessions here.

Please register via this form by 8 October 2018!

In this interactive 60-minute open house, the focus will be an active question and answer session with the Policy Development Support Team. To ensure that your questions about policy activities are addressed during the session, the Policy Team invites you to submit your questions through the registration form or email them to We will endeavor to address specific questions received about current policy and advisory work in ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees during the open house.

We suggest that you download and review the "Pre-ICANN63 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN63 Edition" in preparation for the open house and ICANN63. These materials will be published by Thursday, 4 October 2018 and provide helpful background on policy activities and topics that the Policy Development Support Team will discuss during the open house, such as:

  • Overview of the cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN63:
    • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data
    • Innovation in Top-Level Domains
  • The various policy development processes underway in the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), such as:
    • Policy work on the retirement of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)
    • Progress on the ccNSO study about the use of emoji as second level domains
    • Policy review on Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)
    • Policy development work reviewing trademark rights protection mechanisms in all gTLDs
    • Status of policy recommendations on curative rights protections for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations (IGO/INGOs)
    • Policy development work on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
    • Report on the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group
    • Improvements to the GNSO policy development process (PDP 3.0)
    • Regional Internet Registry policy development activities
  • Advisory Committee activities within the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), including:
    • Implementation of the organizational review of the At-Large community
    • At-Large Summit (ATLAS) III
    • High Level Governmental Meeting at ICANN63 (HLGM)
    • RSSAC recommendations on Anonymization Processes for Source Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses for Future Analysis
    • RSSAC, SSAC & Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC) statements regarding ICANN`s Updated Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Plan
    • SSAC work concerning name collisions
  • Other topics of note:
    • Organizational review of the ASO, RSSAC, and SSAC
    • Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Effectiveness Review

The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN63!

Please register via this form by 8 October 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.

ICANN Postpones Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September

LOS ANGELES – 24 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it is postponing its planned 26 September 2018 webinar to a later date, prior to ICANN63. ICANN is taking this step to allow for the community to continue its focused discussions planned for this week, including the Expedited Policy Development Process' scheduled face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles the week of 24 September.

ICANN will announce the new date and time of the webinar as soon as possible.


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 GDPR and Data Protection/Privacy Update

As part of our ongoing work together on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and seeking clarity for any access mechanism for non-public registration data, I promised to provide regular updates. These updates and any clarity received are input into the community's policy work, and do not replace it, as we continue our efforts together on this issue.

Since our last blog updating on the publication of a possible unified access model, we have been exploring different avenues to address the tension between ICANN's public interest requirements that contractually obligate registries and registrars to provide access to WHOIS data, and the potential liability faced by ICANN, registries and registrars as data controllers when making non-public registration data available to third-parties in response to WHOIS queries.

Lowering the legal risks for contracted parties as data controllers is necessary to develop a workable unified access model.

With that in mind we have been considering variations involving technical and legal approaches. A technical solution for authentication implementation for a possible unified access model for continued access to registration data could be implemented building on the technology available via the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP).

In addition to a technical approach, other approaches such as ICANN playing a role in possible terms of use or codes of conduct to satisfy requirements under the GDPR may also be worth exploring. As noted in our previous updates and discussions with the community, by exploring these possible approaches, we are also continuing to seek more guidance and certainty for all parties to reduce the legal risks for contracted parties who offer registration directory services. Achieving clarification and the information we receive is intended as input to the policy work, not to replace the community's policy development work.

The avenues we are exploring are also in line with correspondence and discussions with the European Commission1 and community2, where ICANN has stated that it wants to understand whether there are opportunities for ICANN, beyond its role as one of the 'controllers' with respect to WHOIS or its contractual enforcement role, to be acknowledged under the law as the coordinating authority of the WHOIS system.

We are looking forward to discussing these issues with the community to determine support for shifting the liability for providing access to non-public registration data to ICANN and establishing a globally scalable unified solution for access to non-public WHOIS data. Needless to say, that any avenue we pursue needs to be compliant under the GDPR. As such, it will be important to engage with the European Data Protection Board to test with them whether the approaches and interpretations of the law may ultimately provide a feasible solution meeting the needs of stakeholders seeking access to non-public WHOIS.

As to community engagement, as you may be aware, we had planned to hold a community webinar and are now working to find a new date in light of several stakeholder meetings that conflicted with the proposed time for the week of 24 September.

As you know, the ICANN Board of Directors held a workshop in Brussels recently where, in the margins,  Board Chair Cherine Chalaby and I had the opportunity to meet with Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.  You may have seen her tweet following the meeting.

As a reminder, please also review the next iteration of the Draft Framework for a Possible Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS DATA published on 20 August. Your input to this is important as we continue our dialogue with the European Data Protection Board and decision makers in order to seek clarity on such an access mechanism. You can send your comments to You can also check our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page for the latest updates on this and related topics.



Chair’s Blog: A Wrap-Up of the Genval Board Workshop

Last weekend, the ICANN Board met in Genval, Belgium, to hold our fifth workshop of calendar year 2018. Four incoming Board members were able to join us: Merike Kaeo, Danko Jevtovic, Nigel Roberts, and Tripti Sinha.

On Friday, 14 September, Ram Mohan kicked off the workshop with a session on strategic planning. During that session, the Board reviewed the feedback on the strategic outlook work, including the input from the community on trends that could impact the future of ICANN. We talked about our approach, our vision, engaging with the community, and how we see the timing of the development of the strategic plan unfolding.

In the afternoon we held Board committees’ sessions for the Board’s Governance, Organizational Effectiveness, and Technical Committees. Then we all attended an engagement event held at ICANN's regional office in Brussels, where we met local stakeholders and thanked them for their time and contributions to ICANN.

On Saturday morning,15 September, Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, began the day, as we do at each workshop, with a dialogue regarding his key priorities for the organization. He also led an extensive conversation with the Board on the status of the .AMAZON applications, which was the subject of a Board resolution in our public Board meeting on Sunday morning.

Then, Göran and Becky Burr held a GDPR-related discussion about the status of current work, including topics around a possible unified access model, which would seek to provide a unified approach for how parties with a legitimate interest would access non-public WHOIS data. Chris Disspain and León Sanchez provided an update on the Generic Name Supporting Organization's (GNSO) Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. We discussed how the EPDP team is following a challenging work program, and that its upcoming face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles will be an important milestone to demonstrate progress on the development of an Initial Report and recommendations.

Avri Doria led a session about the most recent developments concerning second level protections for International Governmental Organization (IGO) acronyms. The GNSO is close to completing the IGO-INGO Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Development Process (PDP). The GNSO Council acknowledged receipt of a final report from the working group but has not yet voted on the recommendations. Inconsistencies remain between the PDP Working Group’s recommendations and GAC advice issued to date on the topic of curative rights protections for IGOs.

On Saturday afternoon, David Conrad led a robust discussion around Domain Abuse Activity Reporting, followed by a demonstration of the progress made to-date on the Information Transparency Initiative. Then Göran facilitated a discussion on how ICANN org should navigate incoming requests from contracted parties, when ongoing community work could result in a process change that might impact the request.

Akinori Maemura led a session about the KSK Rollover, which was the subject of a resolution in our public Board meeting the following day. We had a beneficial in-depth discussion, exploring the concerns expressed as a result of the public comments and advice received, given the potential impact of the rollover.

Ram then hosted a session where the Board discussed the ICANN org's recommendations for the strategy to reduce effects of security attacks on the root server system managed by ICANN. In our final session of the day, Akinori, and Ron da Silva led a discussion of the Board's response to concerns raised by the Numbers Resource Organization and Regional Internet Registries about how to effectively participate in ICANN.

On Sunday morning, 16 September, we began the day with a public Board meeting, as we usually do. We passed resolutions with regards to:

  • The KSK Rollover;
  • Response to the GAC advice from the Panama Communiqué;
  • Further consideration of the .AMAZON applications;
  • Appointing a new member of SSAC;
  • Convening the first IANA Naming Function Review;
  • Appointment of 2019 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect; and
  • The renewal of the .COOP Registry Agreement.

For more details on the workshop, including the full text of the resolutions from the public Board Meeting, please see the Board Page.

After our public Board Meeting Becky Burr led a session aimed at reviewing the results of the Board's 360-degree review.

On Sunday afternoon, Maarten Botterman and Becky facilitated an ongoing discussion about disbursement mechanisms for auction proceeds. They provided the Board with an update on current community work, and the planned initial report from the Cross-Community Working Group on Auction Proceeds.

We then held a meeting where we finalized the Board’s FY19 operational priorities, led by Maarten. You can expect an update on these in a blog ahead of ICANN63.

At the end of the day, Becky led a discussion regarding the Board's leadership roles and the slates for the various committees and working groups, ahead of the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona.

I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona for ICANN63.

Webinar: Proposed Updates to Draft Operating Standards

LOS ANGELES – 19 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to attend one of two webinars. The purpose of these webinars is to highlight proposed updates to the draft Operating Standards in several key areas. The presentation will be identical for both one-hour webinars, scheduled as follows:

  • Webinar 1: 04 October 2018: 16:00 UTC [local time]
  • Webinar 2: 05 October 2018: 00:00 UTC [local time]

Webinar agenda:

  • Overview of proposed updates to the Operating Standards
  • Community Q&A
  • Next steps toward publication of Operating Standards

To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending an email to and indicating which webinar you will join. If you do not indicate a preference you will receive invites for both webinars.

The overview document and webinar slides will be posted to the wiki here ahead of the webinar. Recordings of the webinars will also be posted to the wiki page once available.

Background Information

The ICANN Bylaws call for the development of Operating Standards to provide guidance to review teams to conduct Specific Reviews efficiently and effectively.

The ICANN organization is in the process of modifying the Draft Operating Standards based on public comments received on the October 2017 draft and on the Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews. Best practices and process improvements from Specific Reviews that were launched and/or conducted under the new Bylaws1 are also being incorporated in the updated draft.


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.

1 Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT); the second Security, Stability and Resiliency Review (SSR2), and the second Registration Directory Service Review, formally WHOIS Review (RDS-WHOIS2)