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ICANN Releases its Third Report on Global Legislative and Regulatory Developments

31 January 2019 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released its third report on global legislative and regulatory developments [PDF, 403 KB], highlighting a limited list of recent and pending legislative and regulatory initiatives on privacy/data protection and cybersecurity across the world. The report is a continuation of the initiative launched last year to identify legislative efforts across the globe early-on, to raise awareness within ICANN, and consider potential impacts.

Moving forward, the global legislative and regulatory developments reports will be published three times a year, parallel to the publishing of the ICANN Organization Report to the Board.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has provided feedback on the previous two reports. We look forward to hearing from you about any high-impact developments in the e-privacy and cybersecurity ecosystem that should be tracked in future reports. You can send your comments and/or information about new developments in your region to trackingfeedback@icann.org.

About ICANN

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

2021 ICANN Public Meeting – Annual General Meeting Location Announced

LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Seattle, Washington, US, has been selected as the location for the ICANN Public Meeting in 2021. ICANN's 72nd Public Meeting will be held from 23-28 October 2021 at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle.

ICANN will announce the meeting locations for ICANN70 and ICANN71 soon. The ICANN72 Annual General Meeting location was announced out of sequence due to contractual obligations.

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

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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.

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

Originating Organization: ICANN Organization
Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance
Brief Overview:

On 17 December 2018, ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and the current year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan were posted for public comment.

The five budget documents are located in section III of the Public Comments (see link below).

In the Draft FY20 Five Year Operating Plan Update document on page 25, under goal 2.3, the FY20 information was unintentionally omitted. We have corrected the document and re-published it. You can find the updated document using the link below. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Public Comment Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fy20-budget-2018-12-17-en

Escrow.com revealed the 10 highest-grossing domain brokers of 2018

Escrow.com recognizes the domain name industry’s biggest players, revealing the 2019 Master of Domains Awards winners at NamesCon 2019 in Las Vegas. Escrow.com has revealed the winners of the 2019 Master of Domains Awards, which recognises the top names in the domains industry for the deals they’ve closed in the preceding year (2018). The 2019 …

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NamesCon 2019 day 3: Best sessions on Tuesday

The NamesCon 2019 live domain name auction was held yesterday in Las Vegas. The total sales were $2,237,000. OL.com sold for $900k, DomainNames.com sold for $370k and leads.com sold for $435k. Here are the complete results of the live NamesCon domain name auction. Here is what caught my eye from the Tuesday’s sessions and events …

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ICANN Board Reaffirms Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted this week to reaffirm the "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data" for an additional 90 days. The full text of the Board's resolution is available here.

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

The Temporary Specification was originally approved by the Board on 17 May 2018, and was reaffirmed by the Board on 21 August 2018 and 9 November 2018. The Temporary Specification establishes temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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

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.

NamesCon domain auction results: $2,2m total sales, OL.com sells for $900k

RightOfTheDot conducted the live auction today January 28, 2019 at the NamesCon conference at the New Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. 132 lots went into the live auction which was conducted in the room at NamesCon. Online participation for the live auction was possible using a Namejet account. OL.com sold for $900k, …

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Complete list of domains in the live NamesCon auction

RightOfTheDot will conduct the live auction today January 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time at the NamesCon conference at the New Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. 132 lots will be into the live auction which will be conducted in the room at NamesCon. Online participation for the live auction will be …

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NamesCon 2019 day 2: Best sessions on Monday

NamesCon 2019 started yesterday in Las Vegas. This will be the last year the event is held in Las Vegas. Next year NamesCon Global moves to Austin, Texas. This is a welcomed change for me. I just hope the event keeps moving every year so I can visit more places in the US. Here is …

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Community Dialogues on Consumer Safeguards

LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a recording of a recent discussion on consumer safeguards in the Domain Name System (DNS). The recording, presentation [PDF, 1.0 MB], and supplementary documents are now available.

The meeting, held on 11 January 2019, in Washington, D.C., was intended to gauge local interest in holding a community-wide dialogue on consumer safeguards topics, such as DNS infrastructure abuse, at a future ICANN meeting. Nearly 50 ICANN community members participated and concluded that a sub-group of the participants should attempt to draft an agenda for a community-wide dialogue at a future ICANN meeting.

If you have additional input on these topics as well as the safeguards summary document, please send it to Jamie Hedlund, Senior Vice President for Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguards at jamie.hedlund@icann.org, or Bryan Schilling, Consumer Safeguards Director at bryan.schilling@icann.org.

About ICANN

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

ICANN Board Creates Working Group on Anti-Harassment

LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment was created by the Board in resolution 2019.01.16.01 to oversee a review of the community's understanding of the existing Community Anti-Harassment Policy and the procedures and practices that follow from it.

The working group is a subset of the ICANN Board. Any recommendations it develops shall be presented to the entire Board for review and consideration.

Suggestions for improvements to existing procedures and practices in the implementation of the current Anti-Harassment Policy will be informed through dialogue and in consultation with the community.

The members of the working group are: Becky Burr, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Manal Ismail, Merike Kaeo, and Tripti Sinha. Sarah Deutsch will serve as Chair of the working group.

The Board is committed to enabling a culture of trust and mutual respect in efforts to prevent harassment in ICANN's multistakeholder community.

About ICANN

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

Have Your Say on the Eastern European DNS Forum

Since 2016, ICANN org has held a series of successful events in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with the purpose of engaging local stakeholders in discussions about emerging issues and future challenges to the Domain Name System (DNS). In December 2018, we ran the third edition of ICANN's Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) in Moscow, Russia. With your input, we would like to determine how we can improve future forums. Participate in a short survey and help the EEDNSF become a more rewarding, informative and productive experience for the Eastern European and Central Asian DNS community to engage with ICANN.

Each one of the three forums we held so far has been unique in terms of audience, topics, and discussion dynamics. Our initial intention of taking the EEDNSF to travel across the region has been fulfilled by hosting an annual meeting space for the local community in different areas of the region to discuss relevant issues related to the DNS.

A Recap on the last EENDSF

The Moscow EEDNSF marked a milestone as the first ICANN-led event in Russia; hosted by one of our long-standing partners, the Coordination Center for national domains .RU/.РФ. ICANN was strongly represented at the event, with nine staff and a Board Member participating. The Forum's rich agenda, on both technical and policy days, helped address and facilitate discussions around some high-interest topics for both the local and regional community.

The Forum discussed one of the most mystifying and misinterpreted topics in the region - the functioning of the DNS root service, and its evolution trends. We also touched upon the latest achievements in the DNS protocol cryptographic development such as DNS over Transport Layer Security (TLS), and DNS over Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), which might create new privacy realities for Internet users around the world. Countering DNS abuse and devising ways of cooperation is of great interest for the local community. In Russia, for example, the so-called 'competent organizations' (reputable security firms) not only closely work with the ccTLD registry (Coordination Center) to fight DNS abuse, but also have the potential to become vehicles for registries and registrars for cooperation with foreign partners. Additionally, with ICANN's 20th anniversary in 2018, and .RU's upcoming 25th anniversary this year, we had the perfect opportunity to examine in retrospect the DNS development and evolution in the country and the region.

During the Forum, we also looked at the effects of national legislations in the region and the challenges they pose for organizations such as ICANN as these can potentially affect the way the Internet and DNS specifically operate. And for the first time at an EEDNSF, we looked at how the local community is represented in the global ICANN community policy development processes and working groups, and explored the benefits and challenges for participants when contributing to this work.

As the Chair of the Russian State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications Leonid Levin pointed out during his opening speech that Russia's leading achievements in the Information Technology (IT) industry were made possible through its focus on science, technology and IT oriented education since the Soviet era. In some ways, this holds true across the whole of the region and helps attract the best local DNS experts to the EEDNSF.

The EEDNSF 2018 was a success thanks to our partners, colleagues, and over 250 participants. Looking back at three years of the EEDNSF, we hope that it has proven worthwhile and relevant to the regional community as well as to our co-organizers in this journey so far: the Ukrainian, Belorussian and Russian country code top-level domains (ccTLDs).

Your Input Matters

We are aware that there is always room to make the EEDNSF a more rewarding, informative and productive experience for the Eastern European and Central Asian DNS community and a platform for engaging with ICANN. We have some ideas and would certainly welcome yours! Please help us shape the future of EEDNSF by participating in this survey until 15 February 2018. Your opinion matters to us, and builds our collaborative efforts to spread knowledge and share expertise around the DNS. We will share the survey results shortly after the submission deadline via a blog on icann.org. 

Again, a big thank you to our colleagues and partners, who helped make the third Eastern European DNS Forum a success. As we start 2019, we will start planning the fourth edition later this year!

For the Adobe recordings of the Forum, visit here.

For the presentations, check out sessions on the agenda page.

For photos from the 2018 Forum, click here.

NamesCon moves to Austin, Texas in 2020

It was announced today in LasVegas that NamesCon will move to Austin, Texas next year. The first NamesCon took place in Las Vegas in 2014 and stayed there for a total of 6 years. This year is the last event to be held in Las Vegas. The 2020 event will be in Austin, Texas. The …

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Welcome to NamesCon 2019! Best sessions on Sunday!

Welcome to NamesCon 2019! I may not be attending this year but my am paying close attention to what is happening in Las Vegas. Sunday is the first day of the conference and it seems that Sunday has become the new Wednesday at least in terms of attendance. Wednesday has almost nothing on the agenda …

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Names.club starts accepting any extension, including .COM names

.CLUB domains announced today that at NamesCon Global 2019 in Las Vegas the Names.club marketplace will begin allowing premium names with any extension, including .COM names, to be listed for sale. .Club is excited to make a much wider range of brandable and keyword domains available with 60-month Easy Payments, as they say they are …

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EPDP Team Makes Substantial Progress Toward Final Report

The Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team on the Temporary Specification for generic top-level domain (gTLD) Registration Data is making substantial progress as we prepare to deliver our Final Report in early February.

Starting at the beginning of the year, the EPDP Team has resumed meeting twice a week. We would like to thank everyone that provided public comments in response to the Initial Report. The Leadership and Staff Support Team compiled the submissions into an organized format to ensure a comprehensive and efficient review of all comments received. The Team's Public Comment Review page provides a separate page for each purpose statement and recommendation, as well as all comments received on a specific recommendation, from the Team's Initial Report.

We received a total of 42 unique submissions. Nine ICANN community groups commented on the Initial Report, including Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies in the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). In addition, 33 submissions came from individuals, external companies, and organizations.

The Team met in Toronto, Canada from 16 to 18 January to make the final preparations for the report. In order to effectively prepare for the face-to-face meeting, each member was asked to review all public comments received. Prior to the meeting, members were asked to (1) prepare updated language if he or she believed the public comments highlighted a necessary change; (2) provide a rationale if he or she believed no change was warranted; (3) highlight issues needing full Team discussion; and (4) use a discussion summary tool to compile concerns.

The meeting was very productive in the preparation of our Final Report. Through the assistance of mediators from the Consensus Building Institute and using breakouts when needed, the Team was able to provide support to six purposes for processing data and nine policy recommendations. We will continue working diligently over the next two weeks until the Final Report is delivered.

From the outset of this EPDP, we knew the work before us would be challenging and require patience, flexibility, and hard work. On behalf of the Leadership Team, we would like to personally thank each member of the EPDP Team for their contribution to this process towards publication of the Final Report.

More Information

The transcripts, recordings, and outputs of the EPDP Team's Toronto meeting is published on this wiki page.

We welcome the ICANN community to follow the EPDP by subscribing to our weekly update newsletter. All editions can be accessed here.

I am not going to NamesCon Global 2019

I am not going to NamesCon Global in Las Vegas this year. After 4 years in a row I will miss this year’s event. Although I had my NamesCon pass for many months now something was holding me back from booking my flights and hotel to Las Vegas. I then decided before Christmas to take …

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ICANN Publishes Documents Regarding the Implementation of the Procedure for Release of Two-Character Labels

LOS ANGELES - 22 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) org published two documents regarding ICANN organization’s procedure for the release of two-character labels at the second level. These documents were prepared to provide additional background information for an ongoing discussion between the ICANN Board and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) regarding the GAC’s advice on two-character country codes at the second-level, including its most recent advice in the GAC Barcelona Communiqué.

The first document details the specific steps taken by the ICANN org leading up to the release of two-character labels in November 2016. This document also responds to specific questions raised by the GAC regarding the release.

Click here to download the ICANN Organization Memo on the Implementation of the Procedure for Release of Two-Character Labels and Standard Measures to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes [PDF, 395 KB]

The second document is a historical overview of two-character labels at the second level. The overview includes actions taken by both the ICANN Board and org based on GAC Advice. The document also includes an appendix of communications between the ICANN Board, org and the GAC during the development of the procedure for release of two-character labels.

Click here to download the Historical Overview of Events Regarding Two-Character Labels at the Second Level in the New gTLD Namespace [PDF, 500 KB]

Both documents are also available on the Two-Character ASCII Labels information page.

During its meeting scheduled in Los Angeles later this week, from 26 - 27 January 2019,
the ICANN Board plans to formally respond to the GAC advice contained in the Barcelona Communiqué via the established GAC Advice Consideration Process.

BACKGROUND

On 8 November 2016, the ICANN Board approved a resolution directing the ICANN org to authorize the release of reserved two-character labels at the second level. The release was subject to standard measures to avoid confusion with corresponding country codes. The ICANN org implemented the standard framework of measures in December 2016.

On 25 October 2018, the GAC issued consensus advice in its Barcelona Communiqué regarding two-character country codes at the second level. The GAC advised the ICANN Board to explain in writing how and why it considered it is implementing GAC advice on the release of country codes at the second level. The GAC also advised the ICANN Board to explain in writing whether the Board’s Resolution of 8 November 2016 is compatible with GAC advice or whether it constitutes a rejection of GAC advice.

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.

Opportunities to Participate: ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 22 January 2019 – 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.

  • Comment on the updated Operating Standards for Specific Reviews. 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. The Operating Standards are subject to the relevant provisions in the ICANN Bylaws that govern Specific Reviews (see Article IV, Section 4.6). To share your input before the 11 February 2019 close date, please click here.

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

  • Read the Nominating Committee [PDF, 515 KB] and Root Server System Advisory Committee [PDF, 466 KB] Review Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plans in response to the final reports issued by the independent examiners. The Board is expected to take action on these reviews in March 2019.
  • The second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Final Report is now available. Click here to read it.

Visit the Reviews Status Update Table, which will guide you to the work in progress and latest developments; review facts sheets that present progress of the specific review teams and the resources dedicated to supporting their work; and review outputs.

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.

The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum Returns to Dubai

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ISTANBUL – 21 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the 2019 Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, will take place from 20-21 February. This will be the second time that Dubai has hosted the MEDNSF.

The sixth MEDNSF will feature international and regional field experts and industry stakeholders who will discuss the latest developments and issues in the global and regional domain marketplace. The forum will also have panel discussions and presentations on topics of interest to the regional community in an effort to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East.

Some of the key topics of this year's program are:

  • Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Universal Acceptance (UA) with a focus on domain names and email addresses in Arabic script.
  • The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • New generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and future expansion.
  • DNS operations and security.
  • Case studies on emerging trends in the DNS.

Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair, will be in attendance along with leading regional and global experts from the technical, policy, and legal fields of the DNS industry.

For the first time, the MEDNSF will be held in conjunction with another regional event – the 75th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Top-Level Domain Association (APTLD75). The collaboration will allow participants to attend sessions from both events including joint sessions. This initiative was developed from the Middle East DNS Forum Assessment Survey that was distributed to the regional ICANN community in May 2018. Among the survey results was the suggestion to organize the forum in conjunction with similar events in the region to help maximize attendance and value.

Information and Registration

  • Event information including the program, speakers, and logistics is available at the forum's website.
  • Registration is available here, and is open to everyone.
  • Remote participation will be made available here.
  • For more information or inquiries, please email meac.swg@icann.org.

Background

The Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) was created to help support the regional domain name industry. This initiative was part of ICANN's Engagement Strategy in the Middle East for 2013-2016 [PDF, 983 KB], which was released by the regional community in 2013. The forum is aimed at increasing regional stakeholders' knowledge of the Domain Name System. Since its inception in 2014, the Middle East DNS Forum has been held in the UAE (2014), Jordan (2015), Tunisia (2016), Egypt (2017), and Turkey (2018).

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address 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.

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