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2022 ICANN Public Meeting – Community Forum Location Announced

MONTREAL, Canada – 7 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been selected as the location for the first ICANN Public Meeting of 2022. ICANN73 will be held from 5-10 March 2022 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. The San Juan meeting will represent the North America region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central part of ICANN’s multistakeholder model, and provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, negotiating business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization.

Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are an important opportunity for individuals and representatives from ICANN’s various stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend either in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone, and registration is free.

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About ICANN

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

November 7, 2019   No Comments

ICANN66 Montréal GAC Communiqué Now Available

MONTRÉAL, CANADA – 6 NOVEMBER 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting at ICANN66 issued the Montréal Communiqué.

It is available for review here. Previous GAC Advice and past communiqués are available at https://gac.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.

November 6, 2019   No Comments

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN67 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 40 individuals from 33 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico, from 7-12 March 2020.

To view the selected candidates, click here.

The chosen participants represent all sectors of society, including government, academia, business, technical, security, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, civil society, 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 357 applications for the ICANN67 Fellowship Program.

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.

November 1, 2019   No Comments

Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers

Open Date: 1 November 2019 Close Date: 13 December 2019
Originating Organization: IANA
Categories/Tags:
  • Operations/Finance
  • Security/Stability
Brief Overview: We are seeking feedback on our proposal for how future Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) changes are made. We are proposing a predictable approach by establishing a standard KSK rollover process and interval.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposal-future-rz-ksk-rollovers-2019-11-01-en

November 1, 2019   No Comments

ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19

LOS ANGELES – 29 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Audited Financial Statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

View the ICANN FY19 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 473 KB]

View the PTI FY19 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 226 KB]

In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, these documents are posted to the ICANN Current Year (FY19) Financial Information page and the Financial Information for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) page.

In addition, the following documents are also being published on ICANN.org: the FY19 Report on Board Expenses [PDF, 33 KB], the ICANN FY19 Annual Report [PDF, 9.3 MB], and the FY19 Funding by Source.

In accordance with the Section 22.3 of ICANN’s Bylaws, and Section 9.8 of PTI’s Bylaws, these financial statements must be posted within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year, or by 1 November 2019.

ICANN invites the community to review the FY19 Audited Financial Statements. Please submit questions and comments to: planning@icann.org.

About PTI

Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers and maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible, and effective manner. Mainly, PTI is responsible for the operation of the IANA functions:

Domain Names

Number Resources

Protocol Parameter Assignments

Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) was incorporated in August 2016 as an affiliate of ICANN, and, through contracts and subcontracts with ICANN, began performing the IANA functions on behalf of ICANN in October 2016.

Learn more about the delivery of the IANA services at iana.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.

October 29, 2019   No Comments

Implementation Plan for the GNSO Consensus Policy Relating to the Protection of Certain Red Cross Names

Open Date: 23 October 2019 Close Date: 12 December 2019
Originating Organization: GDD
Categories/Tags: Consensus Policy Implementation
Brief Overview: This public comment forum is intended to gather community feedback on the proposed policy changes related to the 191 full names of the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which are to be placed into the Reserved Names List. This new consensus policy is intended to supplement the previously-adopted Protection of International Governmental Organization (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Identifiers in All gTLDs Policy by which the specific terms Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Lion & Sun and Red Crystal were withheld from registration.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/red-cross-names-implementation-2019-10-23-en

October 23, 2019   No Comments

Call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the At-Large Board Member Position 2019-2020 Cycle

LOS ANGELES – 21 October 2019 – On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC), the At-Large community is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from individuals who wish to serve as an ICANN Board Director. The selected candidate will serve a 3-year term starting at the end of ICANN69, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 17-22 October 2020.

Background

Seat number 15 of the ICANN Board of Directors is dedicated to a member selected by the At-Large community. This seat is currently occupied by León Sánchez, who assumed the position at the end of ICANN60 (2017 AGM). His 3-year term will be completed at the closing of ICANN69 (2020 AGM), and he will be eligible for re-appointment.

Pursuant to Section 19 of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Rules of Procedure (RoP), the At-Large community began the selection process for the next Board Director in September 2019, with the appointment of the Chairs and Members of the BCEC and the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC).

The BCEC is responsible for outlining candidate requirements and expectations; calling for, identifying, and evaluating applications; and compiling the initial slate of candidates. The BMSPC oversees the entire selection process, including the development of the selection timeline and the election process.

Both groups have regionally balanced membership and operate in accordance with a strict code of conduct and confidentiality, where applicable. For more information, please visit the At-Large Board Member Selection Home – 2019-2020.

In accordance with the ALAC Rules of Procedure (RoP), Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs) may petition to have a candidate added to the slate. The BCEC is expected to finalize its selection by the end of 2019. Following the publication of the BCEC slate, unsuccessful applicants may opt to have their candidacy considered by the five RALOs.

The overall selection process will conclude by Wednesday, 22 April 2020. The successful applicant will be announced on or before that date.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) Form

Interested individuals should begin the process by reviewing the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements 2019-2020 and the At-Large Board Member Candidate Reference Links & Resources. In particular, please ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements detailed under “Additional Bylaws Qualifications” on the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements page.

Those interested and are eligible should email BCEC Staff to briefly indicate their interest. Upon receipt, At-Large staff will provide access to an online EoI Form for completion. Specifically, applicants are requested to name three (3) to four (4) referees who are willing, at short notice, to provide a written reference for their candidacy when contacted by the BCEC and At-Large staff.

The deadline for submitting an EoI Form for the BCEC’s consideration is 23:59 UTC on Monday, 11 November 2019.

Please email the BCEC Staff if you have more questions.

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.

October 21, 2019   No Comments

Proposed Changes and new Additions to the IANA SLAs for ccTLD Creation and ccTLD Transfers

Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019
Originating Organization:

ICANN

Categories/Tags:

IANA Naming Function Contract, ICANN/PTI Contract, PTI, IANA SLAs, ccTLD creation, ccTLD transfer, SLA Change Process

Brief Overview:

Purpose: As required by the IANA Naming Function Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed change to one SLA and three proposed new SLAs which would define expectations of request processing timeliness for ccTLD creation and ccTLD transfers. If adopted, the changed SLA and new requirements will be added to the performance metrics as defined in the Service Level Agreements for the IANA Naming Functions Contract. The ccTLD delegation and transfer process is designed to assign or re-assign a ccTLD to a manager, taking into account a number of technical and public interest criteria. There is currently a single measurement of staff processing time for ccTLD delegation and transfer requests, representing the cumulative time the request is being processed by the IANA team for the life of a request. However, the processing time for this type of request varies greatly from several weeks to several months. the CSC and PTI determined that perhaps identifying new SLAs that measure these transactions in a totally different manner is necessary.

Current Status: According to the Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the Customer Standing Committee and PTI have agreed upon the new metrics, and now seek community consultation through this public comment process.

Next Steps: Feedback from this public comment period will be considered for the final SLA recommendation.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-sla-for-cctld-creation-transfer-2019-10-14-en

October 14, 2019   No Comments

DRAFT PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets

Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 27 November 2019
Originating Organization:

Finance

Categories/Tags:
  • Operations/Finance
  • Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview:

Focusing on ICANN’s commitment to the multistakeholder model, the ICANN organization seeks public comment on the operating plan and budgets for delivering the IANA functions. This is comprised of two components — the Draft FY21 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY21 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Operating Plan and Budget. The PTI Operating Plan and Budget outlines the activities to deliver the core IANA functions and associated operational activities to enhance systems and processes. The IANA Operating Plan and Budget is comprised of these PTI activities, plus additional programs and costs associated with overseeing and delivering the IANA functions performed by ICANN in its role as the IANA Functions Operator that are not borne directly by PTI.

ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-pti-iana-fy21-op-budget-2019-10-14-en

October 14, 2019   No Comments

Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Final Report

Open Date: 8 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvement
Brief Overview:

In its Final Report, the Registration Directory Service Review Team assessed the extent to which prior Directory Service Review recommendations have been implemented and whether the implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team also assessed the effectiveness of the then current generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust, and safeguards registrant data. The report contains 22 recommendations, covering requests for more and better data collection, policy issues to be addressed by the community, a correction of the ICANN Bylaws, and suggested reforms relating to transparency and data collection within ICANN Contractual Compliance. The recommendations were adopted with full consensus from the Review Team.

Per the ICANN Bylaws, each final report of a review team shall be published for Public Comment in advance of the Board’s consideration. The Public Comment process on the Final Report was started on 8 October 2019 and is expected to close on 25 November 2019. To review the Final Report and provide your feedback, click here.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rds-whois2-rt-final-report-2019-10-08-en

October 8, 2019   No Comments