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WordPress announces free .blog subdomains

Up until now webpages on WordPress.com get a unique *.wordpress.com address. WordPress announced you can now get free .blog subdomains on 28 .blog domain names the company reserved in the .blog New gTLD launch. In February 2018 the company announced this was coming but now it is live. WordPress added 2 more domains in the …

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Namecheap launches new two-factor authentication (TOTP 2FA)

Namecheap announced the launch its new two-factor authentication TOTP 2FA (Time-based One-Time Password algorithm two-factor authentication). Two-factor authentication is done by verifying your identity through another device, such as a smartphone. Most often, a code is sent to this secondary device and then used on the primary device. TOTP 2FA differs from other types of …

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Cover.com was sold for $825,000

Karn Saroya, Co-founder & CEO at Cover, explained how his company decided to purchase the domain name cover.com for $825,000. The blog post he made had the title “You should never spend $825K on a domain — but here’s why I’m glad I did”. According to DomainTools.com the domain name was bought from DIGIMEDIA.COM sometime in the 2nd …

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NamesCon domain name auction switches to GoDaddy

The NamesCon 2019 domain name auction is switching to GoDaddy as its auction platform. It makes sense that the GoDaddy auction platform is replacing Namejet as GoDaddy is the owner of NamesCon. Auction submissions are now OPEN for the NamesCon / RightOfTheDot live and online auctions January 28 – February 7, 2019. The live/online auction …

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The EPDP Initial Report on gTLD Registration Data is Published – Public Comment Period is Now Open

On behalf of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team considering the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, we are pleased to announce the publication of the team's Initial Report and opening of the Public Comment period.

As noted in previous ICANN blogs, the Temporary Specification approved by ICANN Board on 25 May 2018, expires one year from that date. The EPDP Team is working in a short period of time to provide a replacement policy for ICANN Board approval before the expiration date. The publication of this Initial Report maintains the feasibility of the plan for a timely replacement of the Temporary Specification.

The Initial Report responds to the call on the EPDP Team, mandated by the charter, to answer a set of questions and determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or one with modifications.

To develop a firm understanding of GDPR requirements and of the data processing that occurs in the Domain Name System's ecosystem, the EPDP Team documented each of the data processing steps, purpose, and lawful basis for each. This documentation was necessary for the EPDP Team to develop GDPR-compliant solutions that can be found in the Report's Appendix workbooks.

This work has been accompanied by several innovations: the creation of a parallel Adobe Connect meeting room for alternates and observers, the use of mediation techniques to build consensus, and the development of a new comment forum, described below.

This Initial Report provides preliminary recommendations and questions for the public to consider. The EPDP Team reached tentative agreement on many of these but there was no call for consensus. The EPDP Team members did not reach agreement on many other areas of discussion. The Initial Report describes areas of disagreement and provides specific questions on which the public may consider and provide comments with the purpose of guiding the EPDP Team's deliberations.

While it is customary for the chair of a policy working group to laud the team's hard work, this team of 31 members and 19 alternates held 29 fully-attended, multi-hour meetings in the 13 weeks available to it and also held 45+ hours of face-to-face meetings in Barcelona (at the ICANN meeting) and in Los Angeles. Small team meetings punctuated the brief intervals in between.

The Initial Report is now open for public comment until 21 December 2018. The EPDP Team will read and consider the comments submit while continuing its work.

A new format for collecting public comment was implemented for the purpose of this EPDP. This online, web-based format seeks to:

  • Link comments to specific sections of the Initial Report.
  • Encourage commenters to provide reasoning or rationale for their answers.
  • Enable the sorting of comments so that the EPDP Team can more easily read all the comments on any topic.

The online comment tool's functionality enables comments to be categorized to the specific sections of the Initial Report for which the EPDP Team is seeking community input. This will facilitate an efficient and in-depth review of the comments received – the thinking and rationale of the commenters, as opposed to whether they simply agree or disagree with a position. In addition to answering the specific questions noted in the Initial Report, participants will have the opportunity to provide comments on the general content of the Initial Report.

To preview all questions in this online form, you are welcome to download the Word version here. If you are unable to access the online form, you may submit your feedback directly using the Word form, only if you are unable to access the form online. However, use of the online form is strongly encouraged. It is important that you read the instructions on the first page and learn how to navigate through the form and save your progress.

For transparency purposes, all comments submitted to the Public Comment forum will be PUBLICLY displayed via an automatically-generated Google Spreadsheet. All comments, the name of the sender, and the organization listed will be displayed publicly. Email addresses will be redacted. If you wish to comment anonymously, type "anonymous" into the appropriate place on the form.

During the Public Comment period, the EPDP Team will seek advice on legal issues from the European Data Protection Board and others, as it deliberating on outstanding issues.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on the EPDP Initial Report. Thank you in advance for contributing to the public comment.

Mike Mann sells 15 domains in October for $203,104 (VideoArchives[.]com, OffCampusLiving[.]com, etc.)

Mike Mann reported selling 15 domain names in October for a total of $203,104. Prices started at $2,888 and went up to $49,888. Mike Mann sold 14 .com domains and 1 .org. The average reported domain sales price was $13,540. Here is a look at some of Mike Mann’s domain sales and acquisitions from October …

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Engagement Trip to China – Shanghai and Wuzhen

Sally and Akinori with Chinese Academy of Information Communication Technology (CAICT) President Liu Duo (left) and Liu Yue, Director, Center of Internet Governance Research (right)

After wrapping up our work for ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, I visited Shanghai and Wuzhen for what has become my yearly China engagement trip. From 5-9 November, I met with a wide range of community members in both locations, and also attended the fifth World Internet Conference, which was held in Wuzhen.

With over 800 million Internet users, China is home to the most significant new generic top-level domain (gTLDs) and Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) market in the world. Over the past few years, participation by Chinese community members in ICANN has grown, and we are also seeing them take up leadership positions in the ICANN community.


Shanghai
During my trip to Shanghai, I was accompanied by Jian-Chuan Zhang, ICANN’s Head of China. I met with a registry operator, two registrars, as well as the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, which is a leading think tank based there. I learned quite a bit about China's domain name market, which has a lot of potential, particularly in the area of IDNs. The Chinese TLD market is one that could drive innovation, which is one of the goals of the new gTLD Program. 

While at the
Shanghai Institute of International Studies, we exchanged views about Internet governance, and agreed that academia plays a critical role in educating the public and policymakers about how the Internet really works. There is a strong academic community in China, and our APAC regional office will continue to explore new ways to ensure that academia is more aware of and involved in ICANN discussions. 

Wuzhen
In Wuzhen, we were joined by Akinori Maemura, an ICANN Board member from the Asia Pacific region. We spoke at different sessions, highlighting key messages such as the strength of ICANN's multistakeholder model; the importance of maintaining a single, secure, and stable Internet; and why it’s critical that we continue to advance and promote both IDNs and Universal Acceptance (UA), as they will be key to bringing the next billion Internet users online. 

We also took the opportunity to meet with some of our key stakeholders and partners in China, such as the Chinese government, the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT), the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), and Wuhan University. We are working on strengthening our collaboration in technical areas and contributing to a more stable, secure, and resilient unique identifier ecosystem in China – an objective led by ICANN Chief Technology Officer (CTO) David Conrad during his visit to China earlier this year. 

Overall, I learned a lot during my trip, and also received a lot of constructive feedback, which will help us further evolve our engagement strategy both for China and the APAC region as a whole. I hope to have more opportunities to be in the region, and to have more deep, meaningful interactions with APAC community members in the near future.

Is Censorship and De-Platforming of Domains moving upstream to the registry level?

Domain industry blogger DomainIncite broke a story on November 16 that revealed efforts by the Werte Initiative in Germany to compel ICANN to initiate a takedown request for a website. The notion of a takedown request directed to the CEO of ICANN is perhaps not novel. However, in the wake of the coordinated takedown of Gab.com in the exact same week as this letter was apparently transmitted is worth of note by the domain industry.

By way of orientation, here is the original letter dated 10/23/18:

 

The site in question, Judas.Watch, does not seem to have incitement to violence but rather catalogs information about various individuals organizations.  The content itself looks like “Free Speech”, a topic which is generating considerable controversy in the Digital Age. Whether or not ICANN advised the complainant informally, we now know that the formal response came nearly 3 weeks later, on November 13, from Göran Marby, CEO of ICANN:

What can we take away from this very current correspondence?

  1. There is apparently a continuing, coordinated and perhaps accelerating theme of censorship that extends beyond content that is of a potentially threatening nature as has been alleged in the context of Gab.  Moreover, this effort is now global, not just the U.S., and it includes active lobbying of ICANN for takedown of specific domains.
  2. For now, ICANN is continuing to hold the position that they are not adjudicating about acceptable use of domains but are instead continuing to defer to registries and registrars as governed by their Terms of Service or as they may sovereignly rule by exception should they wish to do so.
  3. The website referenced in Werte’s letter remains online pending decisions from registry operator (Donuts), and registrar NameCheap (now part of Tucows) as to whether to comply with the take-down request. Given the recent November 13 response date from ICANN, we could expect to see governance action as soon as next week.

In the meantime, where does this recent news leave registrants in terms of reasonable expectations for Due Process?  Well, we have some very recent case history for both Registries and Registrars.

 

Key Lesson #1: Registries can banish a domain without Due Process

On October 15, 2018, the domain name Incels.me was set to the inoperable state of Server Hold by the .ME registry, the country code TLD of Montenegro.  The operators of the site reported in a press release without warning and also without given the registrant an opportunity to cure. This effectively means that anyone who buys a .ME from now on should put an asterisk next to their domain to footnote the risk that while they own the domain, it can be arbitrarily taken out of use as and when the registry chooses to do so.  This also adds registrar counter-party risk as the .ME registry does not explicitly require that a .ME registrant enter into an Acceptable Use agreement with the registry as part of the checkout process.  By contrast, when any registrant purchases an ICANN-governed domain, they are required to explicitly accept the ICANN terms, such as you can see in this example for a .COM:

Looking ahead, it remains to be seen whether Donuts takes action, particularly if they are pressed sufficiently either by lobbying groups or by social media. From my reading, the case for a takedown seems weak given the absence of incitement to violence on this particular website as was alleged in the case of Gab. For such a weak case as this one, I would expect that a takedown action by Donuts would cause widespread action by registrants to steer clear of Donuts registries on a going forward basis, just as the price increases of up to 3000% in March 2017 by Uniregistry raised important questions about whether Uniregistry has sufficient governance in place to protect stakeholder rights.

 

Key Lesson #2: Registrars can banish a domain without Due Process

Whether or not the registrar, in this case, Tucows, takes action on this domain name remains to be seen. As of today, just a few days after the ICANN letter, the site is up.  However, we know from the high profile takedown of Gab.com by Godaddy covered intensively by the media, that registrars can sovereignly take down any domain without warning, and can do so without giving the registrant an opportunity to cure as was the case with Gab. Epik is very familiar with this case having taken the position that Gab.com should have been eligible for Due Process, and opted to step in as registrar, as explained in this important blog post on why Epik accepted Gab.com.  In addition to stating Epik’s position through the blog, Epik also took the rather unusual step of indeed setting an expectation among the Gab user with regards to ongoing self-governance as a precondition for sustainable use of Free Speech.

 

The Future of the Domain Name Industry is being determined now!

Whether or not there is a viable domain industry 10-20 years from now, or whether it is supplanted by an alternate addressing system is being determined by the actions the industry takes now. In the specific case of Gab.com, a $300,000 domain was being held in escrow on behalf of a registrant while Gab made payments on a domain. The de-platforming action taken by Godaddy on October 29 placed a high value domain at risk of permanent impairment, leaving the domain in limbo, registered in the name of the escrow agent.  At the time of the take-down action, there were 4 counter-parties with claims on the domain:  (1) the registrant, (2) the user of the domain who was making payments, (3) the escrow agent, and (4) the registrar.  Talk about a messy takedown with collateral damage!

For now, I applaud ICANN for deflecting this latest request for censorship without Due Process. The drumbeat is getting louder for a global framework for governance and adjudication, similar to the UDRP process administered by WIPO. For adjudication of takedown requests, I believe the “high court” will need to be comprised of persons elected through a transparent democratic process rather than staffing the judiciary with appointees. Given ICANN’s ample $454 million in funds under management, it is not unreasonable to think that ICANN could easily fund a salaried high court comprised of democratically elected persons responsible for establishing and managing a global judiciary for governing takedown requests. This would protect registries and registrars from being crucified by public opinion for simply doing their jobs!

In the meantime, Registries and Registrars that choose to play fast and loose with Intellectual Property Rights can expect to see l brand damage as individuals, organizations, and business owners begin to amplify a counterbalancing message relating to the impact of unilateral takedown operations. In the absence of incontrovertible demonstration of bad faith  (e.g. blatant phishing operations where time-sensitive action may be imperative), it is reasonable for any domain registrant to expect (1) appropriate due process, (2) reasonable opportunity to remediate, and (3) orderly transition planning to another registrar in the event of continuing non-compliance with Terms of Service.

Namecheap had an outage, so I guess I will now try them!

Have you ever thought of trying a service AFTER you heard about an outage it had? Well this is what happened to me after I read a post by Namecheap explaining, in detail, how the outage they had happened on November 13 and the steps they plan to take to ensure this does not happen …

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Liquid domains market: $9.2M+ in publicly reported sales, $16.7M in Escrow.com sales

GGRG Brokerage Consulting and Giuseppe Graziano published the 3rd quarter of 2018 Liquid Domains Market Overview partnering with Escrow.com and Estibot’s parent company Intelium and ShortNames.com. This report is focused on 2018 Q3 and presents key statistics of the domains that are considered liquid in the domain name aftermarket. There are separate sections for each liquid domain name category: LL.com, LLL.com, LLLL.com …

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Policy Status Report: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP)

Open Date: 14 November 2018 Close Date: 24 December 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Inter-registrar transfers, domain name transfers, Inter-registrar transfer policy
Brief Overview: ICANN Org seeks community input on the IRTP Policy Status Report. In addition to feedback on the report, ICANN Org also requests that interested registrars and registrants complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLQRD3K to provide further details on their experience with domain name transfers.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/irtp-status-2018-11-14-en

ICANN65 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 14 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN65. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN65 is a Policy Forum. The meeting is from 24–27 June 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The deadline to apply is 14 December 2018, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 28 February 2019 on https://icann.org/.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

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

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

More information.

About ICANN

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

The ICA says that Verisign’s attempt to increase .com fees is still unjustified

The ICA released a very important statement written by Zak Muscovitch on the price increase of .com domains. The ICA said that Verisign’s attempt to increase .com fees is still unjustified the despite diversionary tactic. The important thing here, that is also noted in the statement, is that we should not really care too much …

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Trending domain name keywords: corporation, studio, istanbul, beach, marijuana

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET domain names during the month of October 2018 were published by Verisign, the .com and .net registry. You can find the list from last month here. My experience shows that 700 or 800 (or even less) domain registrations are enough to bring a keyword into the …

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Report: The global TLD market is estimated at 344 million domains.

A report that covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with additional focus on the European ccTLD market has been published by CENTR. CENTRstats Global TLD Report is CENTR’s quarterly publication covering status and trends in global top-level domains with a focus on European ccTLDs …

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ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below.

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

  • Share your public comment on the RDS-WHOIS2 Draft Report and Recommendations. The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is now seeking input on its Draft Report [PDF, 1.98 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 18 November 2018.
  • Share your public comment on the CCT Final Report and Recommendations. The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is now seeking input on its Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 27 November 2018.

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

  • Join the webinar to learn about the SSAC2 Draft Final Report. Join the webinar on 20 November at 21:00 UTC [local time] to receive an update and pose questions to the independent examiner. The Draft Final Report [PDF, 3.18 MB] is out for public comment until 3 Dec 2018.

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

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.

SSR2 Review Team: Seven Highlights from Our Meeting at ICANN63

The Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team has continued to make significant progress since restarting our work in June 2018. We held our most recent face-to-face meeting over two days at ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain. While there, we also held a public outreach session and met with various ICANN groups. Below are seven highlights from our productive few days.

During ICANN63, we:

  1. Completed our assessment of ICANN's implementation of 25 of the 28 SSR1 recommendations. We expect to wrap up the first draft of this part of our report by the end of November 2018.
  2. Planned out specific topics we intend to review under each of the three other areas of our focus, listed in this blog below.
  3. Updated our work plan based on the Team's progress and planning efforts. We are preparing a final version for the team's adoption and submission to the ICANN Board.
  4. Met with members of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team to discuss intersections between the CCT and SSR2 Review Team mandates.
  5. Conducted several community outreach sessions.
  6. Continued to work together productively and reaffirmed our commitment to our aggressive timeline.
  7. Began planning to meet face-to-face again in early 2019, ahead of ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan.

Our Areas of Focus

We are addressing relevant mandates of ICANN's Bylaws as they relate to four key areas:

  • ICANN's implementation of 28 recommendations from the first SSR review in 2012.
  • ICANN's key security, stability, and resiliency activities.
  • Activities that impact the security, stability, and resiliency of the unique identifier system (that ICANN contributes to and facilitates).
  • Strategic challenges to the secure and resilient operation of the unique identifiers system.

We will investigate and analyze all considerations with a clear intent to produce specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based (SMART) recommendations that fall within ICANN's purview.

Share Your Views

The SSR2 Review Team views our work as a community-focused review and we encourage everyone to share their views throughout our work. We welcome feedback at any time, including your thoughts on questions such as:

  • Do our topics cover all the necessary elements for the SSR2 review?
  • Is the material and focus of our team what you think SSR2 should be investigating?

We hope that community members will send their feedback and input any time to input-to-ssr2rt@icann.org (publically archived). Visit our wiki for the latest news, updates, and opportunities to take part, including how to become a review team observer.

Our Next Steps

In the coming months, we will finish gathering facts and drafting our recommendations. We aim to meet face-to-face in January or February 2019, and present our draft recommendations to the community during ICANN64 in Kobe.

Chair’s Blog: ICANN63 Meeting & Board Workshop

Thank you all for your participation in ICANN, and your efforts in Barcelona. Everyone worked hard and I hope you're all back safely home and catching up.

In this blog, I will briefly summarize the salient points from the Board workshop, share some thoughts on the Annual General Meeting (AGM) itself, and finally provide a summary of the key reolutions that the Board passed on the final day of the AGM.

If you haven't already done so, please take a look at the blog I posted leading up to the meeting to learn about the Board's FY19 activities and priorities.

Five New Board Members

In Barcelona, we welcomed the new directors of the Board: Harald Alvestrand, Danko Jevtovic, Merike Kaeo, Nigel Roberts and Tripti Sinha. All five were seated at our public Board Meeting. I look forward to their contributions. We also thanked departing directors, Lousewies van der Laan, Jonne Soininen, Mike Silber, Ram Mohan and George Sadowsky for their service to the ICANN Board.

Board Workshop

Ahead of ICANN63, the Board held a workshop in preparation for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The first two days provided onboarding activities for incoming Board members, followed by Constituency Day preparation to ensure that discussions with the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) conducted throughout the week would be productive. We also held sessions to discuss the Board Finance Committee's recommended strategy to replenish the ICANN Reserve Fund, we reviewed the FY18 Audited Financial Statement and report of the Board's expenses, and we received an update on the status of the .AMAZON applications. In addition, we held sessions dedicated to strategic planning and Board leadership slating.

During one session, our departing Board members shared their thoughts and advice for the future: Lousewies encouraged the Board to be very cognizant of political realities outside of ICANN and reminded us that clear and strategic communication is important to our success as a Board. Jonne reminded us that the Board operational effectiveness is a process of continuous improvement, and encouraged us to continue to work on improving our relationships with the community and the staff.

Mike reminded us to be kind and courteous to each other and to respect and embrace the diversity of cultures, skill sets, points of views and experiences on the Board. Ram focused on the reality of the marketplace and encouraged us to always take into account the views of countries and groups that are traditionally not the most vocal, as they to have an important role to play in the future of the Internet. George's message was to make sure that ICANN's mission is at the forefront of our minds, and to make sure that all of ICANN's activities are in service of that mission.

Annual General Meeting

On the first day of the AGM, the fourth High-Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM) held in conjunction with an ICANN meeting was hosted by the Spanish government. In attendance were nearly 200 ministers, vice ministers, senior officials and heads of delegations from governments and various inter-governmental organizations representing 124 delegations from around the world. Delegates discussed and acquainted themselves with the technical, legal, and geopolitical challenges that ICANN faces as it works to fulfill its mission in an ever-changing Internet ecosystem. The delegates also expressed, from their own points of view as government officials and active participants in the Governmental Advisory Committee, input related to ICANN's strategic priorities.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Spanish government and all the attendees for their continued commitment to the multi-stakeholder model that ICANN embodies.

Overall, ICANN63 was extremely productive, with nearly 2,400 attendees participating in more than 300 community sessions. The Board had a particularly fruitful Constituency Day that gave us the opportunity to spend hours with the various Community members from stakeholder and constituency groups, the SOs and ACs. The Board heard about the 2019 priorities of these groups and addressed specific questions relating to the ICANN budget, the Temporary Specification, a unified access model, contractual compliance, and the current review process, to name a few. We had good exchanges on how ICANN's multistakeholder model of governance should evolve in a manner that balances the increasing needs of inclusivity, accountability and transparency, while at the same time ensuring that our work gets done and our policies get developed in an effective and timely manner. We welcomed the Community's comments on this topic.

Board Meeting

On the last day of the AGM, the Board held two Board Meetings: a regular meeting and an organizational meeting. We passed several important resolutions, including a few I would like to highlight here. During the regular meeting we:

  • Appointed Maarten Botterman as Board Designee to the third Accountability and Transparency Review Team to ensure ongoing support and engagement of this important Review.
  • Accepted the recommendations presented in the Geographic Regions Review Working Group Final Report and directed the org to implement those recommendations to ensure continued certainty in the community's operations as well as geographic diversity and representation in its policy and advisory activities.
  • Directed the CEO to reach out to and meet with the ACTO organization, in order to ensure a clear, acceptable solution to the delegation of .AMAZON.
  • Adopted the Independent Review Process Interim Supplementary Procedures, making sure there is a process in place for third-party review of ICANN Board or staff actions (or inactions) alleged by any harmed party to be inconsistent with ICANN's Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.
  • Directed the CEO to take two actions that will further strengthen ICANN's financial stability: (i) implement the Reserve Fund replenishment strategy approved by the Board, and (ii) transfer US$3 million from operational excesses in FY18 to the Reserve Fund.

We passed several additional resolutions in the organizational Board meeting to appoint the Chair and Vice-Chair, Board members and liaisons to membership and leadership of Board Committees, and to appoint the Officers of the Organization. For more details about the public Board Meetings, please see the Board Page.

The Board will hold its next workshop in January 2019, but I expect you will hear from me sooner. I look forward to seeing you again in March 2019 at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan.

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN64 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 12 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce 45 individuals from 36 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 64th ICANN Public Meeting in Kobe, Japan to be held 9-14 March 2019.

These successful candidates represent all sectors of society including: civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end-user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

518 applications were received for the ICANN64 Fellowship application round.

Click this link to see the list of selected candidates and learn more about the Fellowship Program.

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.

Successful Candidates Selected for NextGen@ICANN64

LOS ANGELES – 9 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the successful candidates who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN64 to be held in Kobe, Japan, from 9 to 14 March 2019.

The 12 individuals currently study law, economics, cybersecurity or computer science in universities across the Asia Pacific region. In addition, 3 individuals who attended a previous ICANN Public Meeting with the NextGen program will serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

An independent committee assessed and selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done on global policy and Internet governance.

The individuals selected as NextGen@ICANN64 participants are:

Han Bo Tsinghua University
Ananya Singh Utkal University
Wenkai Jin Tsinghua University & School of Journalism and Communications
Elliott John Mann Swinburne University of Technology / Law School
Desh Deepak Dwivedi Peking University HSBC Business School, Shenzhen
Nisal Dileepa Waduge University of Moratuwa
Dikchya Raut National Law College, Tribhuvan University
Aisyah Shakirah Suhaidi Universiti Malaya
Korry Tyler Kin Ping Luke Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Jaewon Son Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University
Do Tuan Anh Keio University
Mariko Kobayashi Keio University

The individuals selected as ICANN64 ambassadors are:

Sávyo Vinícius de Morais ICANN62
Peter Cihon ICANN58
Haley Lepp ICANN61

Click here for more information about the NextGen@ICANN program.

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.

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