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Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House Registration

Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House
Monday, 6 March 2017
10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC

Please register via this form by 3 March 2017!

27 February 2017

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions for the Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House on Monday, 6 March 2017 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC.

The Policy Open House builds on the previous Policy Update Webinar and incorporates more interaction. The focus of each open house session is an active question and answer session with the Policy Development Support Team.

The new format will feature:

This improved structure will allow the ICANN community to ask questions about policy and advice development work taking place at ICANN58. The Policy Team also welcomes questions through the registration form and via email at policyinfo@icann.org.

The Policy Team will provide brief overviews and answer questions regarding current work within each Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO)
  • Address Supporting Organization Address Council Annual Meeting
  • Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Numbering Services Review Committee Meeting
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
    • Implementation of the Processes and Mechanisms Related to The Empowered Community
    • Interim Report Cross-Community Working Group: Framework for Use of Country and Territory Names as Top Level Domains open for Public Comment
    • Policy Development Process regarding the retirement of country code Top Level Domains and the development of a review mechanism for the decisions on delegation, revocation and retirement of country code Top Level Domains
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
    • Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Processes (including new generic Top Level Domain Subsequent Procedures, the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All generic Top Level Domains, the Next-Generation Registration Directory Service (RDS) to Replace WHOIS, the International Governmental Organization (IGO)-International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms)
    • Non-Policy Issues (such as Generic Names Supporting Organization Review Implementation, Bylaws updates and Generic Name Supporting Organization Standing Selection Committee)
    • Cross-Community Working Groups (including new generic Top Level Domain Auction Proceeds and Use of Country & Territory names as Top Level Domains)
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and At-Large Community
    • The At-Large Review
    • The work of the At-Large Structures Criteria and Expectations Taskforce
    • At-Large and Work Stream 2 Issues
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
    • Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent national names & Protection of International Governmental Organization acronyms
    • Accountability Work Stream 2 Issues
    • Input to Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process on Subsequent Procedures for new generic Top Level Domains and Registration Directory Services
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
    • [RSSAC023]: History of the Root Server System
    • [RSSAC024]: Key Technical Elements of Potential Root Operators
    • [RSSAC025]: Root Server System Advisory Committee October 2016 Workshop Report
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Update
    • [SAC091]: Security and Stability Advisory Committee Comment on Identifier Technology Health Indicators (20 January 2017)
    • [SAC090]: Security and Stability Advisory Committee Advisory on the Stability of the Domain Namespace (22 December 2016)
    • [SAC089]: Security and Stability Advisory Committee Response to ccNSO Comments on SAC084 (12 December 2016)

    The open house will run in English and will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Recordings of the sessions will be made available here.

    The Policy Team looks forward to assisting the ICANN community prepare for ICANN58!

    Please register via this form by 3 March 2017!

    February 27, 2017   No Comments

    León Felipe Sánchez Ambía Selected by At-Large Community as Next ICANN Board Director

    On behalf of Tijani Ben Jemaa, Chair of the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC), we are announcing the final result of the ICANN Board Director seat (#15) election, which was selected by the At-Large Community.

    The At-Large Community’s ICANN Board Director selection process was a six-month effort, and officially ended on 27 February 2017. León Felipe Sánchez Ambía has been selected by At-Large as the successor of Rinalia Abdul Rahm, and will begin his three-year term as an ICANN Board Director at the end of ICANN60 (3 November 2017).

    The selection process began in September 2016, and started with the formation of two committees tasked with managing the timeline, calling for and evaluating the candidates, and organizing the final election.

    Out of the six individuals who submitted Expressions of Interest for the position, Alan Greenberg and León Felipe Sánchez Ambía were chosen as the finalists. Before the election took place, the At-Large Community was given several opportunities to ask questions to the finalists, both verbally and in writing, in order to make an informed choice. At-Large Structures also participated in the final election by directing the votes of Regional At-Large Organization Chairs.

    Click here to review the result, as well as detailed information about the election process.

    Below, you’ll find a biography and photo of León Felipe Sánchez Ambía.

    Heidi Ullrich, Ariel Liang, and Yesim Nazlar
    At-Large Board Member Selection Program Admin Staff

    León Felipe Sánchez Ambía

    León Felipe Sánchez Ambía is an intellectual property attorney who graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He also completed his postgraduate studies on intellectual property at the UNAM and Internet law at Harvard Law School.

    Since 2006, León has been a partner at Fulton & Fulton, a law firm specializing in intellectual property and IT law based in Mexico City, and is the head of their Intellectual Property division.

    In 2008, he was admitted as professor on intellectual property at the UNAM law school.

    León also serves as the co-lead for the Mexican chapter of Creative Commons, and as an advisor to different government bodies, including the Digital Strategy Coordination Office of the Mexican Presidency, the Special Commission on Digital Agenda and IT of the Mexican House of Representatives, and the Science and Technology Commission of the Mexican Senate.

    He drafted the Internet Users Rights Protection Act for Mexico, and has been very active on issues such as the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA), Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other local initiatives of the same kind, always advocating to defend users’ and creators’ rights in order to achieve a balance between regulation and freedom.

    He currently serves as the ALAC Vice-Chair and the Co-Chair of the CCWG on Accountability, where he has been deeply involved with the IANA Transition as well as the post-Transition activities.

    February 27, 2017   No Comments

    Interim Paper Cross-Community Working Group on Use of Names of Countries and Territories as Top Level Domains

    Open Date: 24 February 2017 Close Date: 21 April 2017
    Originating Organization: ccNSO/GNSO, Chartering Organizations
    Categories/Tags: Policy Development, ccTLDs, Security/Stability, ISO 3166, Top-Level Domains, New gTLDs
    Brief Overview:

    The Cross-Community Working Group ccNSO WG on Use of Names of Countries and Territories as Top-Level Domains (CWG-UCTN) is seeking public comments on its Interim Paper (https://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/ccwg-ctn-interim-paper-09feb17-en.pdf [PDF, 1.31 MB]), specifically on its draft conclusions and recommendations:

    • The group is of the view that a harmonized framework on the use of country and territory names is not feasible due to various reasons
    • The CWG intends to recommend to continue work in this area, after some of the issues limiting this effort have been resolved
    • Members of the CWG have varying views on structure of the new effort

    After the closure of the public comment forum, the CWG will review the comments received and revise its conclusions and recommendations, if deemed appropriate, to include in the Final Paper. This paper will be submitted to the ccNSO and GNSO Councils for discussion, adoption and next steps.

    Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cwg-uctn-interim-paper-2017-02-24-en

    February 24, 2017   No Comments

    Revised Report of the Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse Now Available

    LOS ANGELES – 23 February 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Revised Report of the Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse.

    Read the report [PDF, 1.28 MB].

    The review was conducted by Analysis Group, a third-party consulting firm. The firm examined whether domains that relate to, but do not exactly match trademarks should be considered for use in the Claims periods of a new generic top-level domain’s lifecycle. The review also explores if extending the number of days of the Claims service would be of value and measures how frequently trademark holders use the Sunrise period.

    A draft report was published for comment on 25 July 2016. The revised version available today incorporates suggestions received during the public comment period and provides clarifications regarding the data used (view the redlined report [PDF, 70 KB]). The report of public comments, which includes summary and analysis of the comments received regarding the study’s findings, was published on 26 September 2016.

    An independent review of the Trademark Clearinghouse was initially advised [PDF, 110 KB] by the Governmental Advisory Committee in May 2011 to be completed after the launch of the New gTLD Program. The review is informed by an analysis of Trademark Clearinghouse and third-party data sources, including data collected from stakeholders via interviews and surveys.

    The revised report is expected to help inform discussions and policy development regarding Rights Protection Mechanisms in the New gTLD Program.

    Learn more about the Trademark Clearinghouse Independent Review.

    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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

    February 23, 2017   No Comments

    Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House

    Monday, 6 March 2017
    10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC

    The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions of the Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House on Monday, 6 March 2017 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC.

    The Policy Open House builds on the previous Policy Update Webinar and incorporates more interaction.

    The new format will feature:

    • Decreased Duration | Two 60-minute sessions, rather than two 90-minute briefings
    • Interactive Format | A question and answer exchange with the Policy Team
    • Preparatory Materials | The Pre-ICANN58 Policy Report and Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process Briefings will be published one week prior to the open house

    This improved structure will allow the ICANN community to ask questions about policy and advice development work taking place at ICANN58. The Policy Team also welcomes questions through the upcoming registration form and via email at policyinfo@icann.org. Registration begins on Monday, 27 February 2017.

    The open house will run in English and will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Recordings of the sessions will be made available here.

    The Policy Team looks forward to assisting the ICANN community prepare for ICANN58!

    February 22, 2017   No Comments

    Call for Volunteers for the Registration Directory Service (formerly WHOIS) Review Team

    DEADLINE EXTENSION – Applications to be appointed to the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review Team are due on 7 March 2017, 23:59 UTC.

    ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the second review of Registration Directory Service (formerly known as the WHOIS Review). Interested individuals are invited to provide the following information, in the template [PDF, 2.7 MB] provided:

    • A biography, detailing relevant work and/or academic experience, as well as subject matter knowledge;
    • Your motivation for detailing your interest in serving on the Review Team and what you will bring to the team;
    • Specify the Supporting Organization (SO) or Advisory Committee (AC) that you would like to have consider you for nomination.

    Candidates are asked to submit their application materials to reviews@icann.org by 7 March 2017, 23:59 UTC.

    Note that all applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the RDS wiki page.

    Scope of the Review

    Recent discussions among the leadership of the ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/AC) and the Board Working Group on Registration Directory Service have highlighted concerns with the expected workload and community bandwidth in light of all the WHOIS related activities currently underway.

    One of the first tasks that the team will face is to develop and deliver to the Board a Terms of Reference and Work Plan by 15 May 2017 that describes the scope of the work to be undertaken by the team. The time commitment for Review Team members will be determined by the team’s agreed scope of work and Terms of Reference, and may range from 6 -18 months depending upon whether a full scope or a limited scope is adopted.

    Selection of the Review Team

    Under the new Bylaws, each SO/AC will have an opportunity to nominate up to seven applicants to serve on the Review Team. An applicant’s name will only be presented to the SO/AC identified by the applicant for consideration. After SO/AC nomination process concludes, all nominations will be provided to the SO/AC Leaders to conduct the selection process for the Review Team according to the specified expertise and diversity (gender and geographic) requirements from the nominations received, the Review Team may contain up to 21 members, plus an ICANN Board member (designated by the ICANN Board).

    Timeline

    Original Call for volunteers published 28 October 2016
    Revised Deadline to Apply for Review Team 7 March 2017

    Time Commitment

    Applicants should be prepared to devote their time to the review process. Review Team work is expected to include regular conference calls (some of which may not be held during business hours in all time zones), and possibly up to three face-to-face meetings, each lasting two to three days.

    Under a full Review, the Review Team members will be asked to commit their time for 12 to 18 months. Under the Limited Scope Proposal, the RDS Review Team may be asked to complete its work within six months of its first meeting.

    Compensation

    RDS Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN’s community travel support guidelines.

    Responsibilities

    • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
    • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
    • Consider public, community and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
    • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary;
    • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team’s work;
    • Analyze findings;
    • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful and feasible recommendations;
    • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
    • Post the draft report of the Review Team for public review and comment;
    • Deliver a final Review Team report; and
    • Designate Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the final Review Team report.

    Skills and Experience

    To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

    • Prior member of the 1st WHOIS Review Team or was an active contributor to its work
    • Prior member of the Expert Working Group on Registration Directory Service
    • Familiarity with operation of the Domain Name System (DNS)
    • Familiarity with WHOIS registrant data collection, compliance, directory service (RDDS) management
    • Familiarity with Translation and Transliteration of WHOIS Contact Information
    • Familiarity with ICANN Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Law
    • Familiarity with malware and abuse vectors and mitigations, including cybercrime
    • Familiarity with WHOIS Data Retention Waiver Process

    Composition of the Review Team, depending on expertise and skills required, will aim to achieve:

    • Diversity in general, with particular attention on:
      • Geographic diversity; and
      • Gender diversity.

    Desired Attributes

    Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

    • Multistakeholder community understanding
    • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
    • Willingness to learn
    • Readiness to contribute
    • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
    • Analytical skills

    Methodology, Budget & Support

    ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget at the start. Throughout the review, there will be periodic reporting by the Review Team on its progress relative to planned schedule and budget. A clear and focused review scope is expected to assist the Review Team with prioritizing recommendations in order to optimize finite ICANN resources (time and budget).

    ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support could include assistance with project management; organization of work, documents and activities; as well as sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review.

    English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies.

    Background

    Community-led reviews are an important mechanism for furthering ICANN’s obligations outlined in the new Bylaws that went into force on 1 October 2016.

    • Ensuring accountability, transparency and the interests of global Internet users;
    • Preserving security, stability and resiliency of the DNS;
    • Promoting competition, consumer trust and consumer choice;
    • Registration Directory Service (WHOIS) policy.

    These Specific Reviews replace the reviews that were formerly mandated under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC). The specific objectives for the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review are to review the effectiveness of WHOIS, and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data.

    The first WHOIS review concluded in 2012 and was conducted under the AOC. The Final Report [PDF, 1.44 MB] from the First Review Team was submitted to the ICANN Board on 11 May 2012, with Board action to approve the report and recommendations, including the implementation plan [PDF, 119 KB] occurred on 8 November 2012. For more information on the status of the implementation activities arising out of the 1st WHOIS Review team, please visit the WHOIS Implementation Wiki.

    Additional Materials

    RDS Call for Volunteers presentation

    Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact Margie Milam or Karen Mulberry at reviews@icann.org.

    February 22, 2017   No Comments

    Recommendations to Improve ICANN’s Transparency

    Open Date: 21 February 2017 Close Date: 10 April 2017
    Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
    Categories/Tags:
    • Bylaws
    • Transparency/Accountability
    Brief Overview:

    Purpose: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 draft recommendations to improve ICANN’s transparency. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability, Work Stream 1).

    Current Status: The CCWG-Accountability reviewed these draft recommendations at its 8 February 2017 plenary meeting and approved their publication to gather public comments.

    Next Steps: Following the public comment period the inputs will be analyzed by the CCWG-Accountability WS2 who will consider amending its recommendations in light of the comments received and will publish a report on the results of the public consultation. If significant changes are required as a result of the public consultation the CCWG-Accountability WS2 may opt to have a second public consultation on the amended recommendations. If there are no significant changes required, the CCWG-Accountability WS2 will forward the final recommendations on improving ICANN’s Transparency to its Chartering Organizations for approval and then to the ICANN Board for consideration and adoption.

    Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccwg-acct-draft-recs-2017-02-21-en

    February 21, 2017   No Comments

    What to Expect at ICANN58: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

    RSVP via this form

    This webinar is an introduction to ICANN and the Commercial Stakeholder Group. It is designed for people in the business world who are new to the ICANN community and interested in the upcoming ICANN58 Public Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11-16 March 2017.

    When: Tuesday, 21 February 2017
    14:00-15:00 UTC

    Where: Adobe Connect

    Topics:

    • ICANN58 Public Meeting in Copenhagen and sessions of interest
    • Opportunities to follow, participate and join the work of business stakeholders in their various constituency groups
    • Latest topics in the Internet domain name and addressing systems

    Speakers:

    • Chris Mondini, Riccardo Ruffolo, Jean-Jacques Sahel – ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement team
    • Chris Wilson – Business Constituency
    • Petter Rindforth – Intellectual Property Constituency
    • Wolf-Ulrich Knoben – Internet Service Providers & Connectivity Providers Constituency

    To join the webinar, please complete this online form: http://survey.clicktools.com/app/survey/go.jsp?iv=21ea4jpnxm8th

    February 14, 2017   No Comments

    Selection of the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS (SSR2) Review Team Members Announced

    Today ICANN announced the selection of a 16-member team to conduct the second review on the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS (SSR2).

    The selection of the SSR2 Review Team followed the new post-Transition process which assigned the responsibility for the selection of Review Team members to the chairs of ICANNs Supporting Organizations (SO’s) and Advisory Committees (AC’s). The SSR review was formerly required under the affirmation of commitments and is now one of the Specific Reviews under the ICANN Bylaws.

    The members of the SSR2 Review Team include….

      Name Gender SO/AC Nomination Region
    1 Jabhera Matogoro M ALAC AF
    2 Alain Aina M ccNSO AF
    3 Mohamad Amin Hasbini M GAC AP
    4 Noorul Ameen M GAC AP
    5 Geoff Huston M SSAC AP
    6 Ramkrishna Pariyar M ALAC AP
    7 James Gannon M GNSO EUR
    8 Boban Krsic M ccNSO EUR
    9 Emily Taylor F GNSO EUR
    10 Žarko Kecić M ccNSO EUR
    11 Kerry-Ann Barrett F GAC NA
    12 Cathy Handley F RSSAC NA
    13 Denise Michel F GNSO NA
    14 Don M. Blumenthal M SSAC NA
    15 Eric Osterweil M RSSAC NA

    In addition, Kaveh Ranjbar will be the ICANN Board representative on the SSR2.

    SSR2 Diversity Highlights

    Under the ICANN Bylaws, the SO/AC chairs are responsible for selecting a group that is balanced for diversity and skill. The SSR Review Team announced today includes:

    • Review Team Gender Diversity
      • Four females and eleven males
    • Review Team Regional Diversity
      • North America and Europe have five members
      • Europe and Asia have four members
      • Africa is represented with two members
      • Latin America/Carribean is not represented

    The SSR2 review team is expected to convene for its first meeting during ICANN 58 in Copenhagen in March 2017. There will be an SSR2 Public Consultation session during ICANN 58 prior to the SSR2 Review Team meeting in order to gather input from the community on items for the Review Team to consider as they develop the scope of their work.

    Periodic updates on the progress of the review will be made available on icann.org, at ICANN public meetings and on the review team’s wiki page here.

    Find more information on the Review Team members here.

    Find more information on the SSR2 review here.

    About Specific Reviews

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

    February 14, 2017   No Comments

    ICANN Publishes “Identifier System Attack Mitigation Methodology” Document

    Today, ICANN published “Identifier System Attack Mitigation Methodology” document, authoring of which commenced on 25 August 2016, as part of ICANN’s effort to contribute to enhancing the Stability, Security, and Resiliency (SSR) of the Internet’s system of unique identifier by working with the Community to identify and increase awareness of related attacks and to promote broader adoption of attack mitigation practices.

    View Identifier System Attack Mitigation Methodology [PDF, 876 KB] document.

    This effort also addresses Recommendation #12 of the Security, Stability & Resiliency (SSR) Review.

    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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

    February 13, 2017   No Comments