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ICANN Board to Hold Public Session and Board Meeting During Montevideo Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 13 September 2017 – The ICANN Board will be holding one public session and a Board Meeting during its upcoming workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay, which will be taking place from 20-23 September, 2017.

The agenda of the sessions is provided below.

Date Time (UTC) Session
22 September 13:30 – 14:30 Discussion on how Board responds to the GAC Advice in its ICANN59 Johannesburg Communiqué
23 September 12:00 – 13:00 Public Board Meeting

The sessions will be in English only. The format for each will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/

Participant Code: 5969429891

Additional access numbers:

https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5969429891&num=1-719-457-6209

For more information about the Montevideo workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2017-board-meetings.

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.

September 13, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Publishes NomCom2 Review Survey for Community Input

ICANN Publishes NomCom2 Review Survey for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 12 September 2017 – Today, the Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom2), announced a survey to collect input from those who have interacted with NomCom and/or have ideas for ways to improve it. Please share your input by taking the survey found at this link: http://nomcomsurvey.cloudssi.com/.

Background

The NomCom plays a critical role within ICANN. It nominates appointees to the ICANN Board, the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Councils, and the At-Large Advisory Committee. Organizational reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4. This organizational review will assess how effectively the NomCom is operating, how well it is achieving its purpose, and if it is accountable to the multistakeholder community.

Next Steps

Following the survey, the independent examiner will attend ICANN60 to conduct further review work. The draft final report of the independent examiner will be posted for public comment, and the review is expected to conclude by mid-2018.

NomCom Resources

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.

September 12, 2017   No Comments

WEBINAR: Compliance & Consumer Safeguard Overview

LOS ANGELES – 11 September 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN will host an interactive webinar on 25 September 2017 to discuss Compliance and Consumer Safeguard matters within ICANN’s remit, including:

  • Review and discuss existing safeguards within ICANN’s contracts and By-laws.
  • Identify types DNS abuse that may fall within ICANN’s remit.
  • Discuss voluntary efforts to address abuse within the DNS.
  • Consider possible topic(s) for discussion during a session at ICANN 60.

This webinar will allow for an open discussion on these topics as well as any other related issues raised by members of the community. Hosted by ICANN’s Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards team, the webinar will also include representatives from ICANN’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Global Domains Division.


Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 25 September 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 UTC

Join via Adobe Connect: https://participate.icann.org/safeguardsandcompliance/

View Dial-In Conference Number(s):

US (Toll): 1-605-475-5603

US (Toll): 1-712-770-4202

US (Toll Free): 1-888-619-1583

Canada, Montreal (Local): +1 514 669 5944

Canada, Toronto (Local): +1 647 426 9168

Participant Code: 1941584829

URL to additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&…

The webinar will be conducted in English. Recordings will be published 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.

September 11, 2017   No Comments

Quarterly Stakeholder Update for FY17 Q4 Posted and Registration for the Q&A Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 8 September 2017 – Today, ICANN released its latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update for the quarter ending 30 June 2017.

The report is accompanied by a brief executive summary and a recording available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish to highlight the report. Transcripts of the recording will also be posted shortly.

On 13 September 1830 – 1900 UTC, there will be a webinar where you can ask questions on the report. Please register here by 12 September 1830 UTC to receive joining instructions. You can also pre-submit questions to: engagement@icann.org. If there are no questions or participants within 10 minutes, the call will close. These calls will be recorded and available on our website if you are unable to attend.

This is the first report in the new format to help increase participation, while meeting the your needs to view and access information in your own time and providing an opportunity to ask questions.

This evolution is part of our broader ongoing efforts to continue to be transparent, accountable, accessible, and engaging. These efforts include the Executive Team Q&A sessions at ICANN Public Meetings, the CEO Report to the Board, and the new Accountability Indicators webpage.

Please register here by 12 September 1830 UTC to receive joining instructions for the Q&A webinar.

More information

September 8, 2017   No Comments

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Pilot Program Launches

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced a voluntary Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) pilot program, which will begin on 5 September 2017 and conclude on 31 July 2018. RDAP enables users to access current registration data and was created as a replacement for the WHOIS protocol.

The goal of the pilot program is to develop a baseline profile (or profiles) to guide implementation, establish an implementation target date, and develop a plan for the implementation of an RDAP-based solution. Proceeding with a pilot program will provide an opportunity for Registration Data Services (RDS) operators to gain operational experience and for producers and consumers of RDS data to participate and provide valuable feedback.

The voluntary RDAP pilot program was initiated at the request [PDF, 93 KB] of the gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group, with the support of the Registrar Stakeholder Group. Interested parties can participate in the pilot as described in the community wiki workspace.

About RDAP

Some of RDAP advantages over WHOIS protocol include:

  • Standardized query, response and error messages.
  • Secure access to data (i.e., over HTTPS).
  • Extensibility (e.g., makes it easy to add output elements).
  • A bootstrapping mechanism that makes it easy to find the authoritative server for a given query.
  • Redirection/reference mechanism (e.g., from a thin registry to a registrar).
  • Builds on top of the well-known web protocol HTTP.
  • Internationalization support for registration data.
  • Provides the option to enable differentiated access (e.g., limited access for anonymous users and full access for authenticated users).

For more information, send an email to globalsupport@icann.org with “RDAP Pilot Program” in the subject line.

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.

September 5, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Academy Launches New Intercultural Awareness Program to take Place at ICANN60

LOS ANGELES – 5 September 2017 – Today, the ICANN Academy Working Group announced a new ICANN Academy, the Intercultural Awareness Program. The first face-to-face meeting is scheduled for 3 November 2017, 06:00-12:00 UTC (10:00 – 16:00 GST), during ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi.

If you are already funded for ICANN60 and would like to participate in this course please register now through 15 September. Please note, the course will be taught in English with no interpretation.

Developing Cultural Intelligence at ICANN

Every global organization has the challenge of understanding cultural nuances and differences. ICANN is rich in its cultural diversity and global reach. Developing cultural intelligence at ICANN is a learning experience focused on improving cultural knowledge and awareness. We will examine our behaviors and beliefs and how they impact our awareness and interaction when working with people from different cultures. This program will explore the dual dimensions of culture.

The Intercultural Awareness program will include interaction, discussion, and activity about similarities and difference around the world and around the room. Additionally, we will consider specific cultural challenges ICANN faces and how to best overcome them.

When

The program will begin with a webinar prior to the meeting on 3 November in Abu Dhabi. We will have follow-up phone calls to address related topics that come up during the meeting.

Why Participate

The topic of culture has come up repeatedly during the ICANN Academy Leadership Program. The request was made to address this in a separate program.

Who Should Attend

Ideally participants will have attended the ICANN Academy Leadership Program. However, any interested community members are welcome to participate.

Who is Designing the Intercultural Awareness Program

Like ICANN’s Academy Learning Program, developing cultural intelligence will be designed by the ICANN Academy Working Group members in partnership with Incite Learning, Inc., a professional development firm. Incite Learning, Inc. has been working with ICANN for several years. A team will be created to solicit and provide input on program content and structure.

Draft Outline for 3 November 2017 (listed in GST):

10:00 Program and personal introductions around the room to focus on culture and challenges like sharing a story
10:30

Overview of cultural intelligence, perhaps combined with emotional intelligence including behavior, knowledge, and awareness activities to explore dimensions of culture including:

  • Individualist versus Collectivist
  • Direct versus Indirect
  • Formal versus Informal
  • View of time: linear, flexible, and cyclical
  • Hierarchical versus Equality
  • Task versus Relationship
12:30 Lunch
13:30 ICANN panel representing cultures from around the world and their challenges at ICANN
14:30 Strategies for addressing ICANN challenges and ideas
Other topics that came up during the day
16:00 Adjourn

Number of Participants

We are looking for a group size of 15-30 people.

For questions, please contact Sandra Hofericter, Chair of the ICANN Academy Working Group or Heidi Ullrich, ICANN staff supporting this program.

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.

September 5, 2017   No Comments

ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

LOS ANGELES – 01 September 2017 – The ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for eight leadership positions within ICANN. The selections include:

ICANN Board of Directors

Avri Doria (North America)
Sarah Deutsch (North America)

At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

Hadia Elminiawi (Africa)
Kaili Kan (Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands)
Richardo Holmquist (Latin America, Caribbean Islands)

Council of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Marita Moll (North America)

Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

Carlos Gutierrez (Latin America, Caribbean Islands)
Syed Ismail Shah (Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands)

Selectee photos and biographies will be posted to icann.org in the coming days.

Those selected will take up their positions after the end of ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place during ICANN60, scheduled for 28 October – 3 November in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

There will be an announcement coming soon about the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board seats, which is also part of the Nominating Committee work for this year.

The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should have the following basic criteria:

  • Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment.
  • Support decision-making within groups.
  • Work effectively in English.
  • Understand ICANN’s mission and operation.
  • Are committed to ICANN’s success.
  • Have experience in world affairs.
  • Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise.
  • Can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust.

An Independent Body at the Community’s Service

Hans Petter Holen, the Chair of the 2017 Nominating Committee, shared the following statement about the 2017 Nominating Committee results:

“As Chair, it is my honor, pleasure, and duty to report that the 2017 Nominating Committee has completed the task assigned to it by the ICANN community and made the selections shown above.

I want to thank the Nominating Committee for its work and dedication, in working constructively and efficiently together to reach final agreement.

I want to extend special thanks to Joette Youkhanna and Jia Kimoto for excellent support to the committee. I also want to thank Zahid Jamil and Stephane van Gelder for supporting me on the Leadership Team throughout the year, and Stephane van Gelder for providing the Committee and the community with regular report cards on our work.

During this year’s Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Committee will present the ICANN community with a Final Report detailing its work and providing in-depth data on the applications received.”

Regional Breakdown of Applicants

As noted above, the 2017 Nominating Committee received 99 applications from candidates all over the world (36 women and 63 men) during its nomination period. This nominating period took place from 11 January 2017 to 21 March 2017.

The regional breakdown of this year’s candidates is:

16 from Africa
23 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands
25 from Europe
13 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands
22 from North America

To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit http://nomcom.icann.org/.

September 1, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Provides Update on Review of the Community Priority Evaluation Process

LOS ANGELES – 1 September 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today issued an update on the review of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) process.

Community Priority Evaluation is a method to resolve string contention, described in full detail in section 4.2 of the Applicant Guidebook (AGB). The evaluation determines if the community based application qualifies to earn priority and eliminate all non-community applicants in the contention set as well as any other non-prevailing community applicants. In CPE, the application is evaluated against the following four criteria: Community Establishment; Nexus between Proposed String and Community; Registration Policies, and Community Endorsement. The evaluations were conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The EIU was selected for this role because it offers premier business intelligence services, providing political, economic, and public policy analysis to businesses, governments, and organizations across the globe.

At various times in the implementation of the New gTLD Program, the ICANN Board has considered aspects of CPE process, including certain concerns that some applicants have raised regarding the process. On 17 September 2016, the ICANN Board directed the President and CEO, or his designees, to undertake a review of the process by which ICANN has interacted with the CPE provider. In his letter of 26 April 2017 to concerned parties [PDF, 405 KB], Chris Disspain, the Chair of the Board Governance Committee, provided additional information about the scope and status of the review. Below is additional information about the review, as well as the current status of the CPE process review. On 2 June 2017, the ICANN organization published an update on the Review.

Below is the current status of the Review since the last update.

Current Status of the Review

The 2 June 2017 update made clear that the Review is being conducted in two parallel tracks by FTI Consulting Inc.’s (FTI) Global Risk and Investigations Practice (GRIP) and Technology Practice. The work of the first track, which focuses on gathering information and materials from the ICANN organization, has been completed. The work of the second track, which focuses on gathering information and materials from the CPE provider, is still ongoing. The interview process of the CPE provider personnel that had involvement in CPEs has been completed. FTI is also working with the CPE provider to obtain the reference materials for the evaluations that are the subject of pending Reconsideration Requests. The CPE provider has been producing documents on a rolling basis. FTI is currently evaluating whether the CPE provider’s production is complete. Once the underlying information and data collection is complete, FTI anticipates that it will be able to inform ICANN of its findings within two weeks.

Recently, the ICANN Board and the ICANN organization have received numerous inquiries for documentation and information about the Review. These inquiries have been and will continue to be addressed through ICANN’s Documentary Information Disclosure Policy (DIDP), and are published on the DIDP page at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/transparency-en.

The ICANN Board recognizes the desire by many to conclude this Review and proceed with the process. The ICANN Board also looks forward to concluding the Review and proceeding as appropriate.

For more information about the CPE process, please visit https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe.

September 1, 2017   No Comments

Webinar: “Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” (SADAG) Study

LOS ANGELES – 31 August 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that they will host an interactive webinar entitled, “The Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” (SADAG). The webinar is based on a study commissioned by the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCTRT) as part of its examination of consumer trust and effectiveness of safeguards that were built into the New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program. In defining the parameters of the study, the CCTRT sought to measure rates of common forms of abusive activities in the domain name system, such as spam, phishing, and malware distribution. The study compares rates of these activities between new and legacy gTLDs, as well as employs inferential statistical analysis to measure the effects of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), domain parking, and registration restrictions on abuse rates using historical data covering the first three full years of the New gTLD Program (2014 – 2016).

Researchers from SIDN and the Delft University of Technology conducted the study.

Join the webinar to receive a briefing from the study’s researchers on its methodology and findings. Attending the webinars will also allow you to provide feedback and ask clarifying questions prior to submitting your public comment on the study. This public comment period is scheduled to close on 19 September 2017. The CCTRT will consider the public comments as it works toward developing its final report and recommendations.

On 13 and 14 September 2017, the ICANN organization will host two separate sessions to accommodate the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, respectively: 14:00 – 15:30 UTC and 04:00 – 05:30 UTC (time zone support here).

Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 13 September 2017
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect
View Dial-In Information
Participant Code: 1429847649

Date: 14 September 2017
Time: 04:00 – 05:30 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect
View Dial-In Information
Participant Code: 1429847649

The webinars will be conducted in English. Recordings of the webinars will be published on the New gTLD DNS Abuse Review page here:

August 31, 2017   No Comments

Proposed Changes to the NCUC Charter

Open Date: 24 August 2017 Close Date: 3 October 2017
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO, NCUC
Categories/Tags: Bylaws
Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on proposed changes to the charter of the GNSO Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC). The changes have been approved by the membership of the NCUC and are awaiting ICANN Board review and approval. Due to the extent of the revisions and consistent with the ICANN Board Process for Amending GNSO Stakeholder Group and Constituency Charters, the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee has authorized this public comment proceeding.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ncuc-charter-2017-08-24-en

August 24, 2017   No Comments