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Chair’s Blog: Best Wishes for 2019

On behalf of the Board, I want to thank you for all your hard work and continued engagement this year. I wish everyone a peaceful holiday season and a happy and healthy year ahead.

In this blog, I will provide you with an end-of-year update on some outstanding items and an overview of our final Board meeting of the year and the Board calendar for 2019.

Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP)

The ICANN Board, via its two liaisons, has been closely following the EPDP. These are challenging and complex issues, as this is the first time in ICANN’s history that a Temporary Specification has been adopted and an EPDP has been launched. The Board stands ready to engage, listen, and support the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council, as appropriate. We appreciate the ongoing efforts being made by everyone in the community working on the EPDP, and those of you working on General Data Protection Regulation issues overall. The Board looks forward to our next steps, consistent with the ICANN Bylaws and ICANN’s contractual agreements with Contracted Parties.

Draft FY20 Budget

ICANN org recently published the Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and the current-year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan for community and public comment. I am sure, as always, that you will give these documents a thorough review and be forthright with your thoughts. As Göran Marby said in his letter, ICANN org has brought the timeline for public comment forward and extended the comment period to 53 days. But we need to improve and give the community more time for reviewing the draft budget.

Two-Year Budgeting Cycle

In the spirit of continuous improvement, please also review the public consultation on a two-year budgeting cycle. This change could allow for a budget development process that provides time for more in-depth community discussions, increased collaboration between ICANN org and the community, and increased transparency. This consultation paper does not propose a solution at this stage, but rather seeks to get a common understanding if a two-year budgeting cycle is truly required.  If a need is established, a second consultation paper will follow including suggested options and solutions.

Draft Strategic Plan 2021-2025

As promised in Barcelona, we have published the Draft ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2025 for your review. After the public comment process, we will hold discussions on the plan at ICANN64. We need your continued participation, feedback, and input at this stage to ensure that what we develop together is a plan that will set ICANN on the right course in the years ahead.

Operating Plan and Budget 2021-2025

The new strategic plan will be complemented by a fully-costed five-year operating plan and budget which will show how and at what cost we will implement our chosen strategy. It will include details of activities, dependencies, phasing and cost estimates.  The work on this plan will begin in January 2019 and ICANN org intends to post a first draft for consultation before the end of the current fiscal year.

Evolution of ICANN’s Governance Model

A key part of developing the draft strategic plan was the identification of the top five trends that will have an impact on ICANN’s future. One of those five trends is related to the evolution of ICANN’s governance model. The community articulated that trend as: “Our multistakeholder model of governance, which grew to fit ICANN’s needs, has the potential of becoming less effective and more expensive as it matures and scales up to respond to the increasing needs of our community.” 

At ICANN63 in Barcelona, the Board’s preliminary discussions on this topic with the community in multiple fora has indicated several common threads related to the evolution of ICANN’s governance and how it should adapt as ICANN matures.

The Board is currently working with ICANN org to prepare for further discussions and engagements with the community at ICANN64. Shortly after ICANN64, the Board intends to post a consultation paper seeking your views on the status of ICANN’s governance model and how should it evolve.

.AMAZON Update

I wish to update you on the progress of the facilitation process with the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) members states and the Amazon corporation about the .AMAZON applications. We have spent the past year engaged in a good-faith effort to facilitate a solution that supports the cultural heritage of the countries in the Amazonian region as well as the business interests of the Amazon corporation. Unfortunately, the facilitation process appears to have stalled. ICANN is now proceeding with a review of the Reconsideration Request that ACTO filed recently, using ICANN’s Accountability Mechanism. I have corresponded with the ACTO Secretary General expressing our regret for the recent turn of events and reiterating  our hope that we can put any misunderstanding behind us and move forward together in a constructive and positive manner. In addition, Göran has corresponded with the Governmental Advisory Committee on the same matter (18 December Letter to M. Ismail). You can find my two recent letters on ICANN’s correspondence page (18 December Letter to HE J. Mendoza, 3 December Letter to HE J. Mendoza).

Final Board Meeting of 2018

We held our final Board meeting of 2018 in November, following ICANN63, where we passed two resolutions, the first on a reconsideration request and the second on reaffirming the Temporary Specification for gTLD registration data.

Board Calendar for 2019

For your information and planning, the Board will hold six workshops over the course of the year, as follows:

  • January 25-27, in Los Angeles
  • March 8-10, in Kobe (ahead of ICANN64)
  • May 1-3, in Istanbul
  • June 21-23, in Marrakech (ahead of ICANN65)
  • September 13-15, in Los Angeles
  • November 1-3, in Montréal (ahead of ICANN66)

You will hear from me in January ahead of our first Board workshop with an overview of our agenda and information about how to listen to any public sessions.  Please have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Technical Study Group Publishes Charter

Since starting our work in December, the Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data has finalized its charter and set a course for delivering a draft specification for community input in time for the ICANN64 Public Meeting in March 2019. We invite the ICANN community to read the charter here [PDF, 47 KB].

As previously described, this group is made of 10 invited members with expertise in the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), distributed authentication/authorization technologies, systems architecture, design-thinking, and other relevant topics. We are focused on exploring technical solutions for authenticating, authorizing, and providing access to non-public registration data for third parties with a legitimate interest, where ICANN would determine whether a third party’s query ought to be approved to proceed. The charter outlines assumptions and key questions the group plans to tackle as it works to produce a draft specification.

The group will resume its work in the new year and will hold its first face-to-face meeting from 14-15 January 2019 in Washington, D.C. We will continue to keep you posted as we make progress in our discussions. You can follow our mailing list here; recordings of meetings and other materials are available here.

First Consultation on a 2-Year Planning Process

Open Date: 21 December 2018 Close Date: 20 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Finance


Brief Overview:

Purpose: Obtain community input on needs and improvements to the planning process.

Current Status: First consultation to evaluate the potential benefit of implementing a 2-year planning process.

Next Steps: After receiving public comments, ICANN org will use the input to develop a proposed planning process that may include a 2-year duration.

ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021 – 2025

Open Date: 20 December 2018 Close Date: 11 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN organization - Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Strategic Planning
Brief Overview:

Purpose: The purpose of this public comment is to seek community input on ICANN’s draft five-year strategic plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

Current Status: Following community, Board, and ICANN organization inputs on key trends anticipated to impact ICANN in the coming years, the Board conducted an analysis. There were significant similarities across all the trend sessions that naturally converge into five primary focus areas: security; governance; unique identifier systems; geopolitics; and financials. These focus areas were shared with the community leading into and during ICANN63 in Barcelona.

Coming out of ICANN63 and following dialogue with and additional input from the community, the Board has developed a draft of ICANN’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2021-2025, to present for community consultation. This document includes ICANN’s mission, a vision of the future state of ICANN, and a set of strategic objectives and goals, along with desired outcomes and associated risks.

Share your Public Comment: Please click the link below to learn more.


Members Announced for the Third Review of ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3)

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2018 -- Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the selection of an 18-member team to conduct the third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3).

The ATRT3 members were selected by the chairs of ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SO) and Advisory Committees (AC), based on nominations received through the SOs and ACs. In addition, the ICANN Board appointed Maarten Botterman to serve as member of ATRT3, at ICANN63 in Barcelona. The review is required under Section 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws.

The SO/AC chairs have agreed to seat all individuals that had been nominated by the various SOs/ACs. Members of the ATRT3 include:




SO/AC Nomination


Sebastien Bachollet





Cheryl Langdon-Orr





Daniel Khauka Nanghaka





Vanda Scartezini





Demi Getschko





Liu Yue





Jacques Blanc





Patrick Kane


North America



Michael Karanicolas


North America



Wolfgang Kleinwaechter





Osvaldo Novoa





Adetola Sogbesan





Erica Varlese





Ramet Khalili Nasr





Jaap Akkerhuis





KC Claffy


North America



Geoff Huston





Maarten Botterman




Diversity Highlights of Selected Review Team Members

ATRT Gender Distribution
ATRT Region Distribution

It is anticipated that the ATRT3 Review Team will schedule its first face-to-face meeting in early 2019.

The ATRT3 will post periodic updates on its progress on, at ICANN public meetings and on the Review Team's wiki page here.

Learn how to become an ATRT3 Observer here.

Find more information on the ATRT3 members here.

Find more information on the ATRT3 here.

About Specific Reviews

Specific Reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws and are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Specific Reviews serve as ICANN's progress report to the world. They demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identify areas where ICANN can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance. Click here to learn more about Reviews and how you can get involved.


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.

Deadline Extended: ccNSO Review Survey Available for Community Input

Los Angeles – 19 December 2018 – The deadline to take the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Review survey has been extended until Friday 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC.

Click here to take the survey now. Community input contributes to the effectiveness of organizational reviews, which are an important component of ICANN's accountability and transparency commitments.

Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the ccNSO, published the survey for community input on 27 November 2018. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute's research and interviews conducted to date.

Following the close of the survey on 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with feedback received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019.

As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment.


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. Meridian Institute was selected to conduct the second ccNSO Review in August 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.

Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Now Available for Your Feedback

As a not-for-profit organization working in the public interest, one of the ICANN organization's most important responsibilities is to develop an annual operating budget. We posted our Draft Operating Plan and Budget for Fiscal Year 2020.

Long-term financial planning and fiscal responsibility is necessary, and can only be achieved when the ICANN org, Board, and community work together to properly plan. In FY20, we continue to anticipate minimal growth in funding; it is forecasted at $140.1 million, up 2% from FY19.

Expenses are budgeted below funding at $137.1 million.

As a result of the budgeted increase of the Reserve Fund, the budgeted funding is slightly higher than last year. We've budgeted to contribute approximately $3 million (2 to 3% of the total budget) to the Reserve Fund, which will not have any negative impact to planned work. Annual allocation to the Reserve Fund will be the standard approach, at least until it is replenished to the minimum target level. This simply is the right thing to do.

Constituency and fellowship travel support will remain at the same level as FY19, as will the ICANN org staff, which stands at approximately 400 people. To ensure the best support for the community's work, we have controls in place to hire or replace staff only when clearly required, but we still ensure the best support for the community's work after driving efficiency improvements.

We've also brought the timeline for Public Comment forward to begin before the end of 2018. We've extended the comment period to 53 days to give you more time to review the documents. You will find five detailed documents, with content broken into six modules by topic: Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards, Direct Policy Support, DNS Marketplace and Identifier Ecosystem, Technology and DNS Security, Engagement, and Reviews.

The FY20 planning cycle is the final year of the current strategic plan, which makes it a transition year, as we are developing the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan in parallel. During FY20, we will use the new strategic plan to plan for FY21.

You, the community, play an essential role in planning for the year ahead. We need and want your feedback and input. I look forward to productive discussions about this proposed Budget over the coming months before it's finalized in March 2019. Please take action! Share your comments here during the Public Comment process.

Chair’s Blog: Key Take-Aways from the Board’s 360° Evaluation

Earlier this year, the Board completed its self-evaluation, which is conducted once every two years. The assessment is managed by independent consultants and consists of a written, 25 question survey and supplemented by telephonic interviews with the independent consultants that enables Board members to expand on their responses to the written survey. The responses are then compiled and circulated to the Board. The goal of the assessment is for the Board as a group to identify what's working and what needs work and, over time, to measure changes – both positive and negative – in how we rate our effectiveness.

The self-evaluation questions in the survey fall into four broad categories:

  1. The Board environment, including mutual respect, openness, and collaboration;
  2. The operational effectiveness of the Board, including preparation, training, competencies, succession planning, and committee effectiveness;
  3. Ethics and adherence to conflicts protocols; and
  4. The Board's relationship with the ICANN org and with the community; its fidelity to ICANN's mission, commitments and core values; and the role of the Board in budgeting, strategic planning, and risk management.

This review is designed and intended to deliver critical peer insights and feedback to improve the effectiveness of the Board. The Board Governance Committee (BGC) reviewed the survey results in detail in Panama City, noting areas for improvement and areas reflecting improvement from the self-evaluation conducted in May 2016, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and strategies for further improvement. At our September workshop in Brussels, the full Board also reviewed the evaluation results in detail along with the BGC's recommended strategies to address areas where improvement is needed. Most of the Board members seated at the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona were able to participate in the Board discussion in Brussels, giving us a solid, shared basis for work going forward.

Although this is primarily a self-assessment tool for the Board, we wanted to share some of our key take-aways from this exercise with the ICANN community.

Overall, the results reflected significant improvement across the spectrum from the May 2016 survey results. In particular:

  • Scores improved across the board and in all categories from 2016.
  • The survey results reflect particularly strong improvement with respect to the Board environment. There's room for further improvement, but the Board expressed strong agreement that we work as a team in a respectful, open, and inclusive manner. Board members also reported a high – and improved - degree of respect between the Board and the ICANN organization.
  • Scores in the operational effectiveness category also rose significantly from 2016, demonstrating that we are on the right track, though some work remains to be done. Board members awarded high marks to Board meeting organization, agenda planning, and efficiency, reflecting changes in meeting planning introduced and shepherded by Cherine Chalaby in 2017. Likewise, evaluation and training effectiveness received solid, significantly improved scores. We've identified work streams to consolidate improvements and will focus on succession planning and committee effectiveness in particular.
  • The survey reflects strong agreement that the Board adheres to the Conflicts of Interest Policy, that potential conflicts are disclosed, and that members abstain from participating in Board deliberations on topics where doing so might create a possible conflict or even the appearance of a conflict.
  • The bulk of the survey questions focused on the role of the Board in the ICANN ecosystem, and ratings for this category also rose across the board. In particular, improvements were noted in connection with the Board's involvement in strategic planning and clarity regarding the respective roles of the Board and the ICANN organization. We identified a need to continue improving communication between the Board and Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/AC) to ensure that SO/AC input is fully understood and that its consideration is documented. We will also continue to focus on articulating how our decisions further ICANN's Mission and are consistent with ICANN's Commitments and Core Values (and we want to reiterate our call for the SO/ACs to formally adopt this discipline as well).

The results of this survey confirm the Board's sense that we are coming together as a team and enhancing the Board's effectiveness in the ICANN ecosystem. At the same time, the survey has helped the Board to identify areas for focus in our continuous improvement efforts. In particular, we identified several initiatives (existing and new) to address areas where we think we can do better, including: moving to a two-year budget cycle; increased risk management and strategic planning; deliberate succession planning and capacity-building; continued improvement in meeting planning and materials preparation; and stronger communication with the ICANN community.

Proposed Changes to The Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) Charter

Open Date: 18 December 2018 Close Date: 5 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO, RrSG
Categories/Tags: Bylaws, Engagement/Participation
Brief Overview:

Purpose: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on proposed changes to the charter of the GNSO Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG). The changes have been approved by the membership of the RrSG and are awaiting ICANN Board review and approval. Due to the extent of the revisions and consistent with the ICANN Board Process for Amending GNSO Stakeholder Group and Constituency Charters, the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee has authorized this public comment proceeding.

Current Status: Charter changes have been approved by the membership of the RrSG. As part of its Phase II process responsibilities, ICANN staff conducted a review of the document, with policy staff further examining the language, form and structure of the document and the legal team making an assessment of any potential fiscal or liability concerns in the proposed changes. As part of the Phase II process, ICANN Org provided input back to the RrSG of potential fiscal or liability concerns. While most issues were addressed, ICANN Org identified that there are some potential fiscal or liability concerns that persist, and those were flagged to the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee in preparation for the opening of the public comment proceeding.

Next Steps: Pending community feedback, the ICANN Board will review the proposed changes to the RrSG charter.

Mike Mann sells 8 domains in November for $122,788 (LungCancerCenter[.]com, AfricaPartners[.]com, etc.)

Mike Mann reported selling 8 domain names in November for a total of $122,788. Prices started at $6,500 and went up to $30,000. Mike Mann sold 7 .com domains and 1 .org. The average reported domain sales price was $15,349. Here is a look at some of Mike Mann’s domain sales and acquisitions from November …

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Nomination Period Opens For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN65 | Nominations Close 22 March 2019

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's Multistakeholder Ethos Award. Launched in 2014 at ICANN50 in London, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledging the importance of ICANN's multistakeholder model of Internet governance, and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN's organization and its community.

The ideal recipient(s) will have served in roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and collaborated with more than one Supporting Organization and/or Advisory Committee in a significant capacity.

Candidates for the award will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN Community.

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of community members appointed by the Chairs of each Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria:

  1. Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN's multistakeholder model;
  2. Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests; and
  3. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees.

Please submit your nominations via this Nomination Form including detailed information outlining why the nominee meets the award criteria. Any additional information in support of nominations and/or questions about the award process may be submitted via email

Award recipient(s) will be announced in June 2019 at ICANN65 Marrakech.

For more insights on the award program, please consult the ICANN Community Wiki.

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update

Open Date: 17 December 2018 Close Date: 08 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Organization
Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance
Brief Overview:

Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and the current year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan are provided for community discussion and public comment. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents. The documents incorporate improvements on previous years based on regular interaction with the ICANN community and reflect FY20's planned accomplishments towards the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the ICANN Board in October 2014.

Please review the 5 documents (see section III of the Public Comments webpage link below) and participate in the public comment process. Please review the documents in the order provided.

More information

The organization will hold a webinar on 18 December to provide an overview of the documents and answer any questions. Click here for more information.

Updated Operating Standards for Specific Reviews

Open Date: 17 December 2018 Close Date: 11 February 2019
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview:

This public comment proceeding seeks to solicit input on the updated Draft Operating Standards for Specific Reviews (Operating Standards). The Operating Standards aim to ensure that ICANN's Specific Reviews are conducted in a transparent, consistent, efficient, and predictable manner, while supporting the community's work to derive the expected benefit and value from review processes. Areas of guidance in the Operating Standards, as mandated by the ICANN Bylaws, include review team selection process, conflict of interest practices, confidential disclosure to review teams, review team decision-making practices, and guidelines on how review teams are to work with and consider independent expert advice. Specific Review teams currently conducting reviews are encouraged to use these Draft Operating Standards as a reference for their work.

The current draft is an update to the Draft Operating Standards that were published for public comment in October 2017.


Uniregistry removes TopCoin

Say goodbye to TopCoin as Uniregistry (now Uni) removes TopCoin from its platform in 2019. Starting January 1st, 2019 Uniregistry will no longer issue TopCoin as a reward currency. Existing TopCoin owners will have until March 31st, 2019 to redeem their TopCoins with Uni. At least this is what Uni said as I have never …

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Remote Participation at ICANN Meetings

Each year ICANN hosts three large Public Meetings as a means of providing stakeholders with in person meeting opportunities. ICANN Meetings include workshops, public forums, and working meetings where Internet policies can be discussed and developed. The Meetings are crucial to our bottom-up multistakeholder policy development model.

Onsite and remote participation in ICANN Meetings is facilitated by the ICANN org Meetings, Language Services, and Meetings Technical Services (MTS) Teams coordinating extensive network and audiovisual logistics. As the SVP of Engineering, I’d like to give you a snapshot of how our technical team worked at the recent ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain.

MTS plays a pivotal role in the success of ICANN Meetings by building the connection architecture at the meeting. MTS ships 11 tons of equipment to each meeting. This includes network, audiovisual, and remote participation equipment. The MTS Team, which expands from three people to a team of twenty during ICANN Meetings, deploys to the ICANN Meetings Network in all contracted spaces.

Additionally, each meeting room is set up by MTS with Remote Participation equipment. These components interface with the audiovisual and interpretation equipment provided by the Meetings Team and Language Services so that audio and video can be streamed live, often in multiple languages, via Adobe Connect, Live Stream, various phone bridges, and mp3 audio.

Just to give you an idea of our scope through numbers: During ICANN63 Barcelona, MTS deployed 58 switches, 77 wireless access points, 29 Mac Minis, 33 laptops, 24 iPads, 28 VoIP phones, 10 video kits, 300 international power strips, and thousands of meters of cabling to facilitate on-site and remote participation of 338 individual sessions. ICANN publishes a post meeting report which includes technical statistics and benchmarks. ICANN63 By the Numbers report can be found here:

Remote participation is very important to us. We want as many people to take part as possible, even if they cannot make the journey in person. We are proud to say that we provided 3,700 various remote participation links at ICANN63 via Adobe Connect, livestream video, live scribing stream text, as well as live streaming audio of English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Portuguese. Additionally, we posted over 880 hours of mp3 recordings, 450 hours of Adobe Connect recordings, 175 hours of livestream video recordings, and 600 documents including session presentations and transcripts. All of this was completed with a less than 1% error rate across all touch points.

Due to the size, scope, and nature of the meetings themselves, Meetings Technical Services faces challenges to get everything perfect. We know at times technology fails and human error can lead to mistakes. We always strive for continuous improvement for onsite and remote participants and value your feedback to reach our goals. 

To see the Meetings Team, Language Services Team, and MTS in action visit

Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data Begins Work

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2018 -- The Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data (TSG-RD) began its work this week. The group is made up of 10 invited members with expertise in the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), distributed authentication/authorization technologies, systems architecture, design-thinking and other relevant topics. The group is coordinated by Ram Mohan, the CTO of Afilias and the former Security and Stability Advisory Committee liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors. The group will explore technical solutions for providing third parties access to non-public data via RDAP.

The particular technical implementation approach the group will study was described during a data protection/privacy update webinar held 8 October. That possible approach would place ICANN in the position of determining whether a third-party's query for non-public registration data ought to be approved to proceed. If approved, ICANN would ask the appropriate registry or registrar to provide the requested data to ICANN, which in turn would provide it to the third party. If ICANN does not approve the request, the query would be denied. This group's work will not interfere with community efforts to develop an RDAP profile prior to deployment of the protocol. In addition, this effort does not replace the community's policy development process. ICANN is exploring this approach to determine whether it would diminish the legal liability of contracted parties, who would provide access to non-public registration data.

The TSG-RD's discussions anticipate discussing the following key issues: assessment of available tools and protocols; authentication/authorization; data transport/storage and audit; access control protocol; performance requirements; transparency and assignment of responsibility; error conditions; costs; maintenance and evolution; and governance.

The group will be supported with technical input from John Crain, ICANN Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer, and Francisco Arias, Senior Director of Technical Services for the Global Domains Divisions (GDD). The invited members of the TSG-RD are:

  • Benedict Addis
  • Gavin Brown
  • Jorge Cano
  • Steve Crocker
  • Scott Hollenbeck
  • Jody Kolker
  • Murray Kucherawy
  • Andy Newton
  • Tomofumi Okubo

More information about the group is available here. You can follow the TSG-RD group's discussions on their publicly archived mailing list.


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. announces the appointment of former HSBC Vice President has appointed former HSBC Vice President, Senior Manager Regional Regulatory Compliance Officer – West Coast, Fereba Ashufta, to lead its Anti Money Laundering Compliance Program. Ms Ashufta joins as BSA / AML Compliance Officer from HSBC, where she provided guidance in an advisory capacity to the Retail Banking and Wealth Management segment of …

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Your Feedback Needed on the Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget

The Draft FY20 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget documents will be posted for public comment on 17 December. We will host a webinar on 18 December to give an overview of the documents and help prepare you to submit feedback.

The webinar will cover:

  • Documents Structure
  • Highlights of FY20 Operating Plan and Budget
  • Q&A
  • Next Steps

Webinar #1
18 December 2018, 17:00 UTC
Join here:

A recording will be posted on the Community Wiki here.

I look forward to your participation and invite you to share this information with other community members interested in ICANN's FY20 planning.

Trending domain name keywords: token, college, custody, litigation, paradise

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET domain names during the month of November 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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