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ICANN Launches Age Diversity and Participation Survey

LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching a survey to determine current perceptions of age diversity in the ICANN community. It is also aimed at identifying potential barriers to participation.

The Age Diversity and Participation Survey will help to clarify perceptions of diversity, equality, leadership, and inclusiveness, which in turn will help inform community discussions.

All community members are encouraged to share their views. Please take the survey here: https://go.icann.org/agesurvey.

The survey closes on 19 April (23:59 UTC). Responses will be anonymous and will be used in accordance with ICANN's Privacy Policy. The survey is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The Age Diversity and Participation Survey was created in response to calls from the community for additional data on these topics. It is a follow-up to the pilot survey on gender diversity in 2017. The ICANN organization will share a report with an analysis of gaps, perceptions, and potential next steps. This data will help ICANN identify ways to improve age diversity and support broad, inclusive participation.

Please email any questions to agesurvey@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.

Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
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Brief Overview:

ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2013 .org Registry Agreement (herein referred to as ".org renewal agreement"), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .org renewal agreement is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Public Interest Registry, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, the Registry Operator for the .org top-level domain (TLD).

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/org-renewal-2019-03-18-en

Proposed Renewal of .info Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview:

ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the .info Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the .info renewal agreement), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .info renewal agreement proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Afilias Limited, the Registry Operator for the .info top-level domain (TLD).

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/info-renewal-2019-03-18-en

ICANN Invokes Process to Protect Registrants

LOS ANGELES – 15 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced it has terminated the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with registrar Alpnames Limited (IANA #1857), effective immediately.

The RAA was terminated after the ICANN organization determined that Alpnames was no longer performing required registrar functions as specified in the agreement. These functions include allowing existing registrants to renew domain name registrations and processing new registrations. 

ICANN org has invoked the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (DARTP) to enable the successful transition of the names to an ICANN-accredited registrar and protect registrants. Once the gaining registrar is identified and confirmed, it will be listed on the Bulk Transfers page

The time required to complete the transfer process varies by the number of registrations with the terminated registrar. ICANN org will work to facilitate the transfer of registrations to the gaining registrar as expeditiously as possible. Once the transfer of registrations has been completed, the new registrar will contact registrants with information on how to access and maintain their domain name registrations.

All domain name registrants are encouraged to visit this page for important information about managing their domain names.

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.

ICANN64 Kobe GAC Communiqué

KOBE – 14 March 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN64 issued its Kobe Communiqué. It is available for review here.

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.

ICANN66 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 11 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching an application round for candidates interested in participating in the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN66 will take place from 2-7 November 2019 in MontrĂ©al, Canada. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful applicants will be announced on 2 July 2019 on https://icann.org/.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants 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 program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows 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
  • Becoming leaders themselves

Click here for 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.

ICANN 2018 LAC Year in Review Report Shows Engagement Growth

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 8 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Year in Review report [PDF, 5.28 MB] detailing the contributions and achievements of ICANN's LAC community. Compiled by ICANN organization's LAC regional team, the Report highlights growth last year made possible by collaboration with the regional and global community.

In 2018, the LAC community participated in programs key to implementation of our renewed five-year LAC Strategy, our roadmap for regional outreach. Today, initiatives like the Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean (VDECC), post-ICANN Public Meeting readouts, and the LAC-i-Roadshows are actively engaging hundreds of new stakeholders in the LAC region in ICANN's ecosystem.

In 2018, the LAC team prioritized providing regional stakeholders with tools to facilitate greater participation in ICANN's policy development processes (PDPs) and other policy discussions. The Report outlines a number of new projects launched with that goal in mind, including improved sessions on PDPs at ICANN meetings and the LAC PDP Experiences series.

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 Announces Successful String Evaluation for Bahrain IDN ccTLD

LOS ANGELES – 6 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful completion of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) string for Bahrain. Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion.

The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:

  • The script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
  • The languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and
  • A specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external Domain Name System (DNS) Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

  • Preparation (by the requester in the country or territory): Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation. Requests are submitted through an online system together with additional material supporting the process at http://forms.icann.org/idn/apply.php.
  • String Evaluation: Requests are evaluated in accordance with the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s) criteria described above.
  • String Delegation: Requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. Requesters submit string delegation requests to IANA root zone management: root-mgmt@iana.org.

With this announcement, 59 string requests for a total of 41 countries/territories have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 57 IDN ccTLDs representing 39 countries/territories are delegated in the DNS root zone, with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying, for delegation of the string. Up-to-date information about the IDN Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/fast-track-2012-02-25-en.

ICANN looks forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country code domains for countries that meet the Fast Track Process requirements. ICANN will continue to accept new string evaluation requests in the Fast Track Process. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email IDNProgram@icann.org for any inquiries for participation.

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.

GNSO Council Adopts EPDP Final Report on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

GNSO Council

LOS ANGELES – 4 March 2019 – Today, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council voted to approve all of the policy recommendations in the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team's Final Report on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Final Report will now be submitted to the ICANN Board for consideration. The EPDP Team has been chartered to determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become an ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or with modifications.

The EPDP Team's Final Report includes 29 policy recommendations that broadly address the following areas:

  • Purposes for processing data.
  • Data elements for collection, transfer, and retention.
  • Data elements for public display.
  • Data elements to be redacted.
  • Changes and/or review of current ICANN Consensus Policies.
  • Update to reasonable requests for the lawful disclosure of data.
  • Continued course for an implementation bridge, or how contracted parties may handle the policy recommendations and Temporary Specification requirements following its expiration and before EPDP policy recommendations are officially implemented.

In developing its Final Report, the EPDP Team reviewed all public comments received on its Initial Report and incorporated changes where the Team believed warranted.

Public Comment

The GNSO Council has submitted the EPDP Team's Final Report for the ICANN Board's consideration. Prior to any action by the Board, the ICANN organization must provide a reasonable opportunity for parties to comment on the adoption of the proposed policies.

Accordingly, ICANN org has commenced a Public Comment period today on the EPDP Team's Final Report, which will close on 17 April 2019. Members of the ICANN community and the general public are welcome to participate and contribute.

EPDP Phase 2

Today, the GNSO Council also provided its non-objection to the EPDP Team starting its work on Phase 2 of the charter, which will include a system for standardized access to non-public registration data and issues in the Annex to the Temporary Specification ("Important Issues for Further Community Action"). In addition, Phase 2 will also include a number of items that were deferred from the EPDP Team's Phase 1 deliberations. The EPDP Team will begin planning for its Phase 2 work during ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan. The GNSO Council is now seeking expression of interest to chair Phase 2 of the EPDP. Learn More.

About EPDP

On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws." This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a system for standardized access to non-public registration data. However, the discussion of a standardized access system will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of "gating questions" and non-objection by the GNSO Council.

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.

Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2

Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP

LOS ANGELES –1 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is looking for expressions of interest to chair Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The EPDP Team recently completed its Phase 1 work and is expected to commence planning for Phase 2 at ICANN64 meeting in Kobe, Japan. During Phase 2, the EPDP Team will work on a system for standardized access to non-public registration data, topics identified in the annex to the Temporary Specification, as well as a number of carry over items from Phase 1.

The GNSO Council is looking to appoint a neutral Chair to the EPDP Team. With such an important issue under consideration, significant responsibility comes with the role to ensure the success of deliberations.

The EPDP Team is expected to have regular calls, although it may be necessary to hold calls more frequently if need arises. Additionally, the EPDP Team may have face-to-face meetings in order to meet the required milestones of the EPDP. The EPDP Team is expected to start developing the work plan for Phase 2 at ICANN64 in Kobe for which the GNSO Council may provide further guidance.

There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team Chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported by ICANN org.

To express interest in this role, please submit an Expression of Interest to EOI-EPDPTeam-Chair@icann.org by 22 March 2019 at 14:00 UTC.

Please answer the following questions:

  • What is your interest in this position?
  • What particular skills and attributes do you have that will assist you in chairing the EPDP?
  • What is your knowledge of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, EPDP Team's Phase 1 work and associated challenges and requirements particularly as it relates to the EPDP?
  • What is your experience in and knowledge of the GNSO Policy Development Process, ICANN's consensus policies, ICANN's registry agreements and the Registrar Accreditation Agreement related to gTLD registration data?
  • Are you able to commit the time required and necessary work needed to chair the EPDP, noting that this to a certain extend will be dependent on the EPDP Team's work plan for phase 2 which is under development?
  • Conflict of Interest Statement – do you have any affiliation with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial or non-financial interest in the subject matter of this EPDP?
  • Please also include:

Application materials will be reviewed by the Council leadership and will not be shared publicly. Names of applicants, including the recommended candidate, will be shared with the GNSO Council for its consideration. The Council leadership is expected to provide its recommendation to the GNSO Council in time for the GNSO Council meeting on 18 April 2019.

Additional questions and inquiries can be sent to EOI-EPDPTeam-Chair@icann.org.

More Information

About EPDP

On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws." This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a System for Standardized Access to Non-Public Registration Data. However, the discussion of a Standardized Access System will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of "gating questions" and non-objection by the GNSO Council.

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.

ANNEX A – CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

As outlined in the GNSO Working Group Guidelines, the purpose of a Chair is to call meetings, preside over working group (WG) deliberations, manage the process so that all participants have the opportunity to contribute, and report the results of the WG to the Chartering Organization. These tasks require a dedicated time commitment as each call has to be prepared, the agenda concretized, and relevant material has to be reviewed. The Chair shall be neutral. While the Chair may be a member of any group which also has representation on the EPDP Team, the Chair shall not act in a manner which favors such group. The Chair shall not be a member of the PDP Team for purposes of consensus calls.

In addition, it is required – that interested candidates have considerable experience in Chairing working groups, and direct experience with at least one GNSO Policy Development Process throughout its lifecycle would be an advantage. Familiarity with the functioning of a Working Group is important to understand the various leadership skills that are necessary to employ during a WG's lifecycle. For example, a chair has to ensure that debates are conducted in an open and transparent matter and that all interests are equally represented within the WG's discussions. During the later stages of a WG when recommendations are drafted, a Chair will benefit from understanding the viewpoints of various members to ensure that an acceptable and effective outcome – ideally in form of consensus – can be achieved.

In short, the EPDP Team Chair is expected to:

  1. Attend all EPDP Team meetings to ensure continuity and familiarity with the subject matter and the on-going discussions;
  2. Prepare meetings by reading all circulated materials;
  3. Be familiar with the subject matter, including but not limited to GDPR and data protection laws, and actively encourage participation during the calls
  4. Be active on the EPDP Team mailing list and invite EPDP Team participants to share their viewpoints;
  5. Drive forward the EPDP Team and assure that discussions remain on point;
  6. Work actively towards achieving policy recommendations that ideally receive full consensus;
  7. Ensure that particular outreach efforts are made when community reviews are done of the EPDP Team's output;
  8. Underscore the importance of achieving overall representational balance on any sub-teams that are formed;
  9. Encourage and, where necessary, enforce the ICANN Standards of Behavior and resolve any conflicts in a timely manner.
  10. Co-ordinate with ICANN staff and ensure that the EPDP Team is supported as effectively as possible
  11. Conduct consistent timely reporting to the GNSO Council on the progress of the EPDP.

Finally, as also pointed out the in GNSO Working Group Guidelines, 'appointing a co-chair(s) or vice-chair(s) may facilitate the work of the Chair by ensuring continuity in case of absence, sharing of workload, and allowing the Chair to become engaged in a particular debate.' As a result, similar tasks and skills are expected from vice chairs, although the overall workload may be reduced as a result of being able to share this with the Chair.

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN65 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 28 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 34 individuals from 32 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24-27 June 2019.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business, 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 (DNS), 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 creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

The ICANN organization received 57 applications for the ICANN65 Fellowship Program.

Click this link to see the list of selected candidates. To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click here.

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 Submits Application to International Telecommunications Union for ITU-D Sector membership

LOS ANGELES – 28 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has applied for sector membership to the Telecommunication Development Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-D).

"In order to effectively fulfill ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems, ICANN must participate in discussions where its mission may be impacted," said Göran Marby, President & CEO, ICANN. "After many years of successful collaboration and engagement with the ITU, we look forward to sector membership, as it could allow ICANN to help meet our responsibility and desire to lend our technical expertise to help ensure any deliberations are considered and informed with a full technical understanding of the consequences that they may have for the future of the Internet."

The ITU-D fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication equipment and networks in developing countries. As it relates to ICANN, the ITU-D spends significant efforts on matters regarding Internet development, with special attention to international public policy matters and capacity building efforts.

Since ICANN's formation in 1998, it has operated within a specific remit as a technical coordination body designed to ensure the security and stability of the Internet's unique identifier systems. ICANN has always worked closely with technical partners around the world to fulfill its mission, and now must work more closely with governments and intergovernmental organizations as they tackle potential legislative and regulatory efforts that may impact ICANN's mission or operations.

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.

David Conrad to Oversee IANA Services and Public Technical Identifiers

LOS ANGELES – 25 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that David Conrad has been appointed to oversee Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) Services and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). David will maintain his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ICANN, as well as a member of the ICANN Executive Team.

"As CTO, David and his team play a critical role in executing ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifiers," said Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN. "Delivering IANA services is an important part of what keeps the Internet running smoothly. David is a natural fit to oversee these synergistic functions, particularly given his current CTO role and having previously served as the General Manager of IANA Services."

"I've had the pleasure of working with David for many years and have always been rewarded by his perspective and support," said Kim Davies, Vice President, IANA Services, and President, PTI. "Moving the oversight of the IANA functions under David is a logical choice and allows us to align more closely with other technical activities his team undertakes."

"I'm delighted to rejoin the team that provides IANA services and PTI, as well as continue my role as CTO at ICANN," said Conrad. "I look forward to the opportunity to deepen the collaborative efforts of the Office of the CTO and the IANA Services teams in accomplishing our mission."

The IANA functions predate ICANN. In 1998, ICANN was established to be the home for the IANA functions. These functions coordinate the top-most level of the Internet's globally unique identifiers, and are provided by PTI, an affiliate of ICANN. The IANA team is responsible for the implementation of the IANA services and for maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible, and effective manner. Conrad first joined ICANN in 2005 and returned as the CTO in 2014. As the CTO, Conrad is at the heart of ICANN's mission to help maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. His role at ICANN has progressed into that of CTO.

Prior to joining ICANN, Conrad helped found a number of Internet startups, including Nominum, a firm focused on Internet name and address management products and services. He was also involved in the creation of the second Regional Internet Registry (RIR), Asia Pacific Network Information Center, which is the Internet address allocator for the Asia and Pacific Rim region. In 2011, Conrad provided senior-level advice and technical input for CloudFlare. Prior to that, Conrad was the Executive Director of the Internet Software Consortium during the development of the "BIND version 9" domain name server. He was also the seventh employee at the Internet Initiative Japan Corporation in Tokyo, and has held a number of software and infrastructure research and development positions throughout his career.

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 Calls for Full DNSSEC Deployment, Promotes Community Collaboration to Protect the Internet

LOS ANGELES – 21 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) believes that there is an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure.

In the context of increasing reports of malicious activity targeting the DNS infrastructure, ICANN is calling for full deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across all unsecured domain names. The organization also reaffirms its commitment to engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems.

As one of many entities engaged in the decentralized management of the Internet, ICANN is specifically responsible for coordinating the top-most level of the DNS to ensure its stable and secure operation and universal resolvability.

On 15 February 2019, in response to reports of attacks against key parts of the DNS infrastructure, ICANN offered a checklist of recommended security precautions for members of the domain name industry, registries, registrars, resellers, and related others, to proactively take to protect their systems, their customers’ systems and information reachable via the DNS.

Public reports indicate that there is a pattern of multifaceted attacks utilizing different methodologies. Some of the attacks target the DNS, in which unauthorized changes to the delegation structure of domain names are made, replacing the addresses of intended servers with addresses of machines controlled by the attackers. This particular type of attack, which targets the DNS, only works when DNSSEC is not in use. DNSSEC is a technology developed to protect against such changes by digitally 'signing' data to assure its validity. Although DNSSEC cannot solve all forms of attack against the DNS, when it is used, unauthorized modification to DNS information can be detected, and users are blocked from being misdirected.

ICANN has long recognized the importance of DNSSEC and is calling for full deployment of the technology across all domains. Although this will not solve the security problems of the Internet, it aims to assure that Internet users reach their desired online destination by helping to prevent so-called “man in the middle” attacks where a user is unknowingly re-directed to a potentially malicious site. DNSSEC complements other technologies, such as Transport Layer Security (most typically used in HTTPS) that protect the end user/domain communication.

As the coordinator of the top-most level of the DNS, ICANN is in the position to help mitigate and detect DNS-related risks, and to facilitate key discussions together with its partners. The organization believes that all members of the domain name system ecosystem must work together to produce better tools and policies to secure the DNS and other critical operations of the Internet. To facilitate these efforts, ICANN is planning an event for the Internet community to address DNS protection: The first is an open session during the upcoming ICANN64 public meeting on 9-14 March 2019, in Kobe, Japan.  

As we learn more information, updates may be provided. For information about ICANN64, visit https://meetings.icann.org/kobe64.

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.

Cyrus Namazi Appointed to Senior Vice President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division

LOS ANGELES – 21 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Cyrus Namazi has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), and a member of the Executive Team. Namazi reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.

"I have seen first-hand that Cyrus has the knowledge, leadership, and management skills required to effectively lead the Global Domains Division, particularly as the domain name industry continues to grow and mature," said Marby. "I also look forward to his continued contributions as a member of the ICANN Executive Team."

Marby went on to note that with the appointment of Namazi to this new position, ICANN is discontinuing the search for a President of GDD.

"I'm pleased to lead such a strong team, and I am personally committed to delivering outstanding levels of service to our global stakeholders," said Namazi. "We will do this by being responsive, collaborative, and proactively looking for ways to improve our service delivery and address new challenges that may arise in the ever-changing domain name landscape."

The Global Domains Division was initially established in 2013 to handle the increase in scale resulting from the New gTLD Program and to ensure ICANN's operational excellence. Since joining ICANN in 2013, Namazi has served as Vice President of the group's Domain Name Services & Industry Engagement activities, responsible for managing ICANN's relationships with contracted parties; implementing and supporting the lifecycle of policies, services and contracts; and providing subject matter expertise across the ICANN organization and community. He has served as second in command of GDD since 2016, and most recently as interim head of GDD.

Prior to joining ICANN, Namazi served in a number of executive and management roles in the technology sector, providing consulting services and guidance to bring products from concept, design, and manufacturing to market as Principal and Co-founder at Claro Concepts. Previously, he also managed global marketing and application engineering teams at Conexant Systems, Inc. and held leadership positions at AMD, Broadcom, Infineon Technologies, and Solarflare Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the University of Southern California, both with honors.

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.

Proposal for Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 20 February 2019 Close Date: 18 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview: The Hebrew community has formed the Hebrew Script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a Proposal for Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (Proposal and Supporting Document). As per the LGR procedure, this proposal is being posted for public comment to allow those who have not participated in the Hebrew Script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Hebrew Script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR)
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/hebrew-lgr-2019-02-20-en

Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 19 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended its application deadline for ICANN and PTI leadership positions. The new deadline is Friday, 22 March 2019 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The NomCom is accepting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
  • Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region.
  • Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

New Application Process and Deadline

There is a new online candidate portal that has replaced the previous platform. After creating an account, candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com. For additional questions, please contact NomCom Staff Support at nomcom2019@icann.org.

For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 22 March 2019, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms on the new online candidate portal. Applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered.

All applications are confidential. The successful candidates will be announced by September 2019 and will assume their positions after ICANN66 Annual General, which runs from 2-7 November 2019.

Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation

The open ICANN and PTI leadership positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. The three Public Meetings directly following the start of the new positions are: ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada (2-7 November 2019), ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico (7-12 March 2020), and ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur (22-25 June 2020).

Reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred during the course of service will be reimbursed.

ICANN Board members have the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.)

More Information

To learn more, visit the 2019 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, please email nomcom2019@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.

Alert Regarding Published Reports of Attacks on the Domain Name System

LOS ANGELES – 15 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it is aware of several recent public reports regarding malicious activity targeting the Domain Name System (DNS). We have no indication that any ICANN organization systems have been compromised, and we are working with relevant community members to investigate reports of attacks against top-level domains (TLDs). For some reporting on this issue, please refer to these sources:

ICANN believes it is essential that members of the domain name industry, registries, registrars, resellers, and related others, take immediate proactive and precautionary measures, including implementing security best practices, to protect their systems, their customers’ systems and information reachable via the DNS.

We trust that DNS industry actors are already taking strong security precautions in your business. However, here is a checklist to consider.

  • Ensure all system security patches have been reviewed and have been applied;
  • Review log files for unauthorized access to systems, especially administrator access;
  • Review internal controls over administrator (“root”) access;
  • Verify integrity of every DNS record, and the change history of those records;
  • Enforce sufficient password complexity, especially length of password;
  • Ensure that passwords are not shared with other users;  
  • Ensure that passwords are never stored or transmitted in clear text;
  • Enforce regular and periodic password changes;
  • Enforce a password lockout policy;
  • Ensure that DNS zone records are DNSSEC signed and your DNS resolvers are performing DNSSEC validation;
  • Ideally ensure multi-factor authentication is enabled to all systems, especially for administrator access; and
  • Ideally ensure your email domain has a DMARC policy with SPF and/or DKIM and that you enforce such policies provided by other domains on your email system.

The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) previously published advice and information on security best practices relevant to this threat:

ICANN strives to be a trusted partner in the multistakeholder community, and engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems. For more information on ICANN’s role in the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s identifier systems, visit https://www.icann.org/octo-ssr.

The ICANN community will continue the discussion on this critical topic at its upcoming ICANN64 meeting in Kobe. In addition, ICANN org is available to provide consultation on security best practices by emailing globalsupport@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.

ICANN64 Prep Week

ICANN org is piloting a new initiative called Prep Week to consolidate all pre-ICANN Public Meeting webinars into one week. Starting with ICANN64, Prep Week will streamline the pre-meeting experience, so deeper conversations can be had in the ICANN meeting sessions.

There are four webinars scheduled for ICANN64 Prep Week. The org will present updates on the community's work.

Wednesday, 27 February
16:00 UTC | Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Webinar. Topics include:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025
  • The latest update and progress on various ICANN Reviews
  • The next steps on WorkStream 2 recommendations

Wednesday, 27 February
23:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update Webinar. Topics include updates on:

  • Registrar compliance
  • Registry compliance
  • The Registry Contractual Compliance Audit underway

Thursday, 28 February
16:00 UTC | Policy Update Webinar. Topics include updates on activities of various Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.

Thursday, 28 February
23:00 UTC | Finance/Operating Plan and Budget Planning Webinar. Topics include:

  • Key dates in the ICANN Planning process and cycle
  • An overview of the ICANN64 Finance/Planning Session

Please register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 22 February 2019.

The webinars will be in English. Recordings and materials will be posted here.

With this new initiative, we not only hope to improve community preparation, but also to increase awareness of cross-community and high-interest topics and enhance briefings and readout sessions.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Independent Financial Expert to ICANN Board Audit Committee

LOS ANGELES – 12 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking expressions of interest to serve as an external independent Financial Expert to the ICANN Board Audit Committee.

Background

ICANN's Board Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing the annual financial report of ICANN's operations and financial position and overseeing ICANN's internal financial and accounting controls and procedures. To continue to improve controls and procedures, the Board Audit Committee adopts many of the best practices used by private company audit committees. One practice is the use of an external volunteer to serve as an independent consultant to the Board Audit Committee to provide financial expertise, advice and assistance on questions related to ICANN's financial statements (the "Financial Expert to Audit Committee").

Currently, the ICANN Board Audit Committee is seeking to fill this opening as soon as possible. It is not expected that the Financial Expert will attend every Audit Committee meeting but will serve at the pleasure of the Audit Committee to discuss or analyze issues as appropriate.

Key responsibilities, qualifications and expectations of the Financial Expert include:

Key Responsibilities

  • Be available to attend Board Audit Committee meetings (typically four to six per year) telephonically or as agreed upon, in person. Each committee meeting typically lasts 90 to 120 minutes, and the Financial Expert will provide oral or written reports to the Audit Committee summarizing observations or analyses, as necessary.
  • Review materials circulated prior to Board Audit Committee meetings.
  • Be available by email or phone call to Board Audit Committee to advise on issues related to the duties of the Audit Committee.
  • Assist Board Audit Committee in its oversight of ICANN's financially-related risks.
  • Other duties as assigned or requested.

Proposed Qualifications

  1. Certified CPA (or equivalent) with a minimum of 15 years of experience in accounting, with an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and financial statements, as well as non-US-based accounting principles including International Financial Reporting Standards, with the ability to assess the general application of such principles in connection with the accounting for estimates, accruals, and reserves.
  2. Served on or consulted with both not-for-profit and for-profit Audit Committees.
  3. Experience analyzing financial statements and accounting and financial controls for both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses similar to ICANN in both size and industry.
  4. Expertise with Audit Committee best practices for for-profit and not-for-profit companies.
  5. Fluency in English required.
  6. Proven ability to communicate complex information and concepts, both orally and in writing.
  7. Knowledge of the Internet and Domain Name System preferred.
  8. Independent from ICANN's accounting firm, Independent Audit firm, Internal Audit function provider, and other ICANN-contracted parties.
  9. Independent from ICANN staff and ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.
  10. No conflicts of interest.

Compensation and Reimbursement

The Financial Expert to the Audit Committee will be a voluntary position and will not receive compensation for his or her time or expertise. All reasonable expenses for work performed as the Financial Expert to the Audit Committee shall be paid for by ICANN. These expenses may include, but are not limited to, travel costs incurred due to work for ICANN including airfare, lodging, meals, and ground transportation.

Should specific and significant amount of work pertaining to the role of the Financial Expert but not included above would be requested from the Financial Expert, reasonable compensation for the time spent shall be paid by ICANN.

Timing

The goal is to identify potential candidates in time for ICANN organization to make a presentation about the top candidates to the Audit Committee by May 15, 2019 and for the consultant to be engaged by June 30, 2019, ICANN's fiscal year end.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to auditcomm-finex@icann.org no later than by 5 April 2019.

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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