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ICANN Launches New Empowered Community Webpages

25 May 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today launched three new websites for the Empowered Community.

The primary Empowered Community page includes information about the purpose and scope of this new community structure. It also includes procedural details and timelines for executing a community power, and current news on any power being exercised, such as consideration of the Board’s Approval of a Fundamental Bylaw Change [PDF, 238 KB]. ICANN has also created pages for the Empowered Community Administration and correspondence related to the Empowered Community.

“The ICANN organization is committed to supporting the ICANN community in its work to make the Empowered Community mechanism as effective and transparent as possible.” said David Olive, ICANN’s Senior Vice President of Policy Development Support. “These new pages aim to provide the community with clear information about any powers currently being exercised and how those processes are progressing.”

The Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers. The community powers and governance rules are defined in ICANN’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

For more information on the Empowered Community visit here.

May 25, 2017   No Comments

Issues Report – ccNSO PDP Retirement and Review Mechanism

Open Date: 24 May 2017 Close Date: 10 July 2017
Originating Organization: Country code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
Categories/Tags: Policy Development, Security/Stability, ISO 3166, country code Top-Level Domains, review mechanisms
Brief Overview:
  • The ccNSO Council initiated the third ccNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) at its meeting in Copenhagen during ICANN58. As part of the launching process feed-back, comment and input is sought on the issues as defined in the Issues Report.
  • After closure of the public comment period the input received will be collated by the ccNSO PDP Issue Manager in a Comments Report which will then be provided to the ccNSO PDP Working Group (WG) on the retirement of ccTLDs and – later – to the ccNSO PDP WG to develop a review mechanism pertaining to delegation, transfer, revocation and retirement decisions.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccnso-pdp-retirement-review-2017-05-24-en

May 24, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Hires First Consumer Safeguards Director

LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2017 – ICANN announced today that Bryan Schilling will be joining as the organization’s first Consumer Safeguards Director, reporting directly to Jamie Hedlund, SVP Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards. Bryan brings over 15 years of international law and government affairs experience to ICANN, the majority of which is derived from working on data privacy and technology issues in the global law enforcement and security space.

ICANN Hires First Consumer Safeguards Director

Speaking about the role, Schilling commented, “Over the years, I’ve developed a passion for finding ways to balance the competing rights and needs of individual users, businesses, intellectual property owners and law enforcement.”

He went on to add, “I’m excited to bring that passion to Jamie’s team and to the ICANN community to raise awareness of ICANN’s current safeguards, facilitate discussion across stakeholders concerning additional ways ICANN could potentially improve its safeguard mechanisms and help the community formulate other collaborative means to address illegal, infringing, and abusive activity impacting the DNS.”

A wide array of strong, experienced candidates applied for the role, but Schilling stood out due to his work on Internet public policy issues with industry, civil society and government. “Bryan’s experience, energy and passion are a great addition to ICANN,” said Hedlund. “He will hit the ground running, meeting with stakeholders in Johannesburg and afterwards to catalyze the community discussion on consumer safeguards. Bryan will apply his strong analytical and engagement skills to facilitate community dialogue on the efficacy of existing consumer safeguards, potential enhancements, limits on ICANN’s authority and expertise, and voluntary initiatives to combat abuse.”

For several years, Bryan served as an Assistant General Counsel with the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Office of General Counsel. Working in the agency’s National Security Law Branch, he collaborated with U.S. and international law enforcement officers, prosecutors and analysts on cross-border terrorism matters. He also provided legal support to criminal and cyber investigations including matters impacting the Internet and the Domain Name System.

After the FBI, Bryan went on to work for global technology and manufacturing companies, including Microsoft and Google. In those roles, he worked with his colleagues, non-governmental organizations, industry counterparts and government agencies on cross-border regulatory compliance matters, cybersecurity, privacy, transparency, and legal issues surrounding government access to user data.

Bryan began his legal career in private practice in Washington, D.C. and he is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law and the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Bryan will work out of ICANN’s Los Angeles office starting 1 June 2017.

May 23, 2017   No Comments

Pre-ICANN59 Policy Update Webinar

Please RSVP via this form by 13 June 2017.
You will receive remote participation details the week of 12 June 2017.

The ICANN Policy Development Support Team will host a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), in preparation for the upcoming ICANN59 Policy Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The purpose of the webinar is to summarize policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and to brief the community on the Empowered Community consultation and cross-community sessions taking place in Johannesburg.

Briefings on the Empowered Community Consultation and Cross-Community Sessions:

  • Special session on the Proposed Fundamental Bylaws Amendments
  • Next-Generation Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Directory Services (RDS) policy requirements
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Geographic names
  • Operational side of ICANN’s Operating Plan and Budget
  • Who sets ICANN’s priorities?

Updates on Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and regional Internet registries (RIR) policy development
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and At-Large Community
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session runs in English for 90 minutes. The webinar will be conducted via Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, participants may submit questions using the chat function in Adobe Connect. Recordings of the webinars will be made available here. The Policy Development Support Team is always available to answer any questions via email at policyinfo@icann.org.

Please RSVP via this form by 13 June 2017.
You will receive remote participation details the week of 12 June 2017.

May 22, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Registration System Email Validation

As part of an ongoing process to improve the security of our web applications, the ICANN Registration website will now require that all potential meeting participants verify their email address to complete the registration process.

This added layer of security is designed to ensure the validity of user email addresses and reduce the amount of malicious and spam email accounts currently being utilized.

Once a user has verified their email address, they will not need to re-verify for future meeting registrations, unless they update their email address or use a new one. Unverified email accounts will be unable to complete the registration process, nor will they be able to receive printed credentials at the meeting.

This new verification process will be implemented by 20 May 2017.

Users are encouraged to log into https://registration.icann.org after 20 May 2017 to receive a prompt to validate their email address. Users can then utilize the validation link sent to their email address, or they can enter the emailed confirmation code into the registration site confirmation code prompt.

If users have pre-registered for upcoming meetings, and are unable to visit https://registration.icann.org before the meeting, they will be prompted on-site at the registration kiosks to validate their registration account email address. They can simply enter the email confirmation code at the kiosk prompt.

Registration email validation links and confirmation codes are only valid for 24 hours after they are requested.

If you have any questions about this new process, please send an email to meetings@icann.org.

May 19, 2017   No Comments

Call for Volunteers as Trusted Community Representatives

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking interested individuals who wish to act as Trusted Community Representatives (TCRs). These individuals play an important role in managing the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK), the trust anchor for the global Domain Name System (DNS). By inviting recognized members of the DNS technical community to be part of the Root Zone KSK operations, the ICANN organization seeks to improve transparency and confidence in the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) security mechanism among the wider Internet community.

About the TCR Role

TCRs serve as one of the multi-layered safeguards that protect the key material used to secure the DNS Root Zone.

There are two primary types of TCRs: cryptographic officers, who are actively involved in Root Zone KSK ceremonies conducted throughout the year; and recovery key share holders, who are involved in our disaster recovery planning. The cryptographic officers make a commitment to travel to a least one Root Zone KSK ceremony per year.

All TCRs maintain custody of essential pieces required for the successful operation of the Root Zone KSK. To guard against unauthorized access, management of the KSK is spread across multiple individuals who must come together to operate the key.

TCRs are ambassadors on behalf of the broader technical and operational communities. To support trust in the system, TCRs report back to the community that the Root Zone KSK is being managed in an appropriate and trustworthy way.

All TCRs need to maintain a state of readiness should there be an unforeseen need to hold a ceremony at short notice.

Travel support is provided to TCRs who need to attend ceremonies. This support includes arranging and paying for airfare and accommodation, and providing a stipend for incidental costs.

More Information

Those who are interested in applying to be a TCR are invited to review detailed materials posted on the IANA website, which includes the process to submit a statement of interest. Statements of interest will be collected and assessed to fill current vacancies, and in the event of new vacancies. Visit here for these materials

About ICANN

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

May 18, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Supports the Africa Internet Summit as Part of Its Regional Outreach Efforts

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is sponsoring and participating in the Africa Internet Summit (AIS), organized by the Internet Numbers Registry for Africa (AFRINIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG). The summit will take place from 21 May to 2 June in Nairobi, Kenya, and will bring together key players of the Internet industry with the global and regional Internet community for a series of seminars, workshops, tutorials and panels.

Hon. Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology in Kenya, will deliver remarks and officially open the summit.

ICANN is actively involved in the program on three levels:

  • 27 May – ICANN Day
  • 28 May – Workshop on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
  • 2 June – Plenary Session

This is the third time ICANN Day will be held during the summit, and it aims to raise awareness on ICANN’s role in the Internet Governance ecosystem and foster ICANN’s outreach in Africa. It will consist of the following activites:

  • An introduction to ICANN
  • Panels and presentations on policy development, the regional domain name industry,
  • ICANN’s NextGen, Fellowship and Newcomers Programs, and domain name dispute resolution
  • Presentations on becoming an ICANN accredited registrar, civil society’s role in ICANN, Internet security and the upcoming Key Signing Key (KSK) rollover

Those who are interested in one or more of the following are encouraged to attend ICANN Day:

  • Learning more about ICANN and connecting with ICANN leadership
  • Hearing about recent developments and top trends in the global domain industry
  • Discussing various business, technical and policy aspects of the industry
  • Joining the ICANN Community and participating in policy-making processes

You can view the full agenda for ICANN Day here [PDF, 80 KB]. Live streaming and remote participation will be available.

The workshop [PDF, 61 KB] on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), also organized by ICANN, will cover topics such as an overview of African languages and writing systems, label generation Rules (LGR) for IDNs, Ethiopic Script LGR proposal for the root zone and the use of Latin script for African languages.

The plenary session, in which ICANN Board Member Akinori Maemura is scheduled to speak, will cover topics such as:

  • An update on the Africa DNS Market Study
  • Key results from the Africa strategy since the last AIS meeting
  • Information on ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is taking place from 26-29 June 2017
  • Information on the Africa DNS Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A year ago, ICANN celebrated the opening of the first African engagement office in Nairobi, Kenya. This initiative was also a recognition of Africa’s increased awareness and participation in ICANN and the greater Internet ecosystem.

Given Africa’s potential for a greater online presence, ICANN is committed to its engagement with African stakeholders, from governments to the private sector. The Africa Internet Summit is one of the key events in the region for ICANN to fulfill this commitment. We hope to enhance our efforts in interacting with the region, and want to help connect the region to the global Internet ecosystem.

You can find out more about the Africa Internet Summit on the event website.

Media Contacts:

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

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

About ICANN:

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

For more information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/

May 18, 2017   No Comments

Proposed Implementation of GNSO Consensus Policy Recommendations for the Protection of IGO&INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs

Open Date: 17 May 2017 Close Date: 10 July 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level Domains
  • Second-Level Domains
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Policy Development
Brief Overview: This public comment forum is intended to gather community feedback on the proposed implementation of consensus policy recommendations governing the protection of identifiers for International Governmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) in all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Specifically, this proposed implementation is limited to those Consensus Policy recommendations adopted by the ICANN Board on 30 April 2014, which were not inconsistent with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advice received on the topic. These recommendations relate to protection at the top- and second-level for certain specific names of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), certain IGOs, and INGOs. This implementation does not address Red Cross or IGO acronyms, which are under discussion by the ICANN Board, the GAC, and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/igo-ingo-protection-2017-05-17-en

May 17, 2017   No Comments

The Latin Script Community Forms the Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

ICANN is pleased to announce the formation of the Generation Panel to develop root zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Latin script.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Latin script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Latin Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone (Proposal [PDF, 687 KB], Appendix [PDF, 2.4 MB]). ICANN organization has reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled.

“On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Latin script community for volunteering to develop the Latin script LGR proposal for the root zone,” said Sarmad Hussain from the IDN Program at ICANN.

With composition and work plan approved, the Latin script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], the starting point of any Generation Panel’s work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its second version (MSR-2) released on 27 April 2015. The full specification of Generation Panel’s tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB] in particular, Section B.3 “Variant Rule Generation Procedure”.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate our appreciation for the efforts of many communities towards developing their root zone LGR proposals,” said Sarmad Hussain. “We still have more work to do including organizing script panels for Hebrew, Myanmar, Sinhala and Tibetan. I encourage interested parties to lend their skills in support of this effort.

There are currently LGR efforts underway by Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin and Neo-Brahmi communities. In addition, the Arabic, Armenian, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai script communities have finalized their root zone LGR proposals, of which the Arabic script proposal has been integrated in the first edition of the Root Zone LGR.

Learn more about how you can speak up for your language by visiting the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules.

For further information on the IDN Program at ICANN, please visit www.icann.org/idn. To start a new Generation Panel or to get involved in an existing one, please email at IDNProgram@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to 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 coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org

May 15, 2017   No Comments

NextGen@ICANN Program Opens Application Round for ICANN60

ICANN is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming more engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you’re ready to start your journey, ICANN60 could be the place to start!

The ICANN60 Public Meeting will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 28 October – 3 November 2017. To be eligible for the NextGen@ICANN Program, you must live in the region, be between the ages of 18 and 30, and be interested in Internet governance. If selected, you will receive a grant that includes airfare, hotel and a stipend.

The application round for ICANN60 opens on 15 May 2017. The deadline to apply is 23 June 2017.

  • If you’re new to NextGen@ICANN, please apply here.
  • If you’ve participated previously in NextGen@ICANN and would like to mentor new participants, consider becoming an Ambassador. Apply here.

Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 24 July 2017.

Learn more about NextGen@ICANN!

May 15, 2017   No Comments