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ICANN Publishes Staff Report On ICANN’s Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding

LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the staff report on the public comment proceeding of ICANN’s Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget, and an update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. The proceeding ran from 17 December 2018 to 8 February 2019.

The report can be found here.

The ICANN organization will send the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget document to the Board for adoption on May 6. At the same time, ICANN will publish this document so the community has the opportunity to review it.

ICANN thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation in ICANN’s planning and budgeting process is critical to continuously enhance ICANN’s accountability and transparency.

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.

March 22, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 21, 2019   No Comments

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

March 18, 2019   No Comments

Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags:
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

March 18, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 15, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 14, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 11, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 8, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 6, 2019   No Comments

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.

March 4, 2019   No Comments