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ICANN Publishes Findings of ICANN59 Community Feedback and By the Numbers Reports

24 July 2017 – LOS ANGELES – Today, ICANN published the results of the ICANN59 participant survey, and the technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. There are two reports – the Community Feedback report and the By the Numbers report. These reports summarize our findings from ICANN’s second Public Forum Meeting of the new meeting strategy. These reports are part of ICANN’s commitment to transparency.

By the Numbers Report highlights include:

  • 1,353 checked-in participants, with 498 listing their region as Africa
  • 33% of attendees participating for the first time
  • 236 sessions held, for a total of 423 hours
  • Top three sessions by attendance:
    1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its Potential Impact: Looking for Practical Solutions
    2. Cross-Community Discussion on Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) Policy Requirements
    3. Who Sets ICANN’s Priorities?
  • 39,729 schedule website page views
  • 8.2 terabytes of data as network traffic

Our goal is to improve on the feedback and statistics we collect, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make.

Click on this link to download the full ICANN59 Community Feedback report [PDF, 734 KB].

Click here to download the full ICANN59 By the Numbers report [PDF, 6.06 MB].

If you have questions, please email: meetings@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.

July 24, 2017   No Comments

Fifth Africa DNS Forum to Take Place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The fifth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum is being organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD). The forum, which is being hosted by the Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC), will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 26-28 July 2017. This year’s theme will be “Taking Stock of the Africa DNS Industry and Planning Ahead.”

The forum comes on the heels of the recently released Africa DNS Market Report, the first of its kind in the region, which provides a detailed analysis of the DNS market for 54 countries. As such, one of the highlights of the forum will be a session dedicated to discussing the report and determining the key outcomes and next steps. Other topics to be covered during panel discussions will include securing the African DNS, legal issues affecting African registries, registrars and resellers, IPv6 deployment, and emerging trends in the DNS industry.

The objective of this annual event is to bring together interested parties from Africa and world experts in the field to share experiences and update the audience on new developments in the domain industry on both a global and regional level.

This year’s forum follows on success of the preceding forums, which were held in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015) and Marrakech, Morocco (2016). By holding the forum in different parts of Africa, ICANN aims to provide equal opportunities to regional stakeholders, inform the continent’s different communities about the domain industry and engage with attendees on how best to strengthen Africa’s digital presence.

ICANN supports the development of a stronger and more dynamic regional domain industry, and we look forward to this fifth edition of the Africa DNS Forum.

You can register here for the event and visit the Africa DNS Forum website for more information.

A livestream of the event will be available here.

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/

July 12, 2017   No Comments

Extended Deadline: Request for Proposal for the RSSAC Organizational Review

The deadline has been extended for the Request for Proposal for the Independent Review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). The new deadline is 24 July 2017 at 12:00 PDT.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). The provider should have technical knowledge in domain name or Internet server operations, or have experience working with the RSSAC or Root Server Operators. The provider should also have an understanding of the root server ecosystem and/or DNS protocol knowledge.

The objective of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of RSSAC. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The continued purpose of RSSAC within the ICANN structure;
  • How effectively RSSAC fulfills its purpose;
  • Whether any change in structure or operations is needed; and
  • The extent to which RSSAC as a whole is accountable to the wider ICANN community.

The review is scheduled to take place from September 2017 through June 2018. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF 642 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing RSSACReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 PDT on 10 July 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the role of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (“Root Server System Advisory Committee” or “RSSAC“) is to advise the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet’s Root Server System. It shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. Communicate on matters relating to the operation of the Root Servers and their multiple instances with the Internet technical community and the ICANN community. The RSSAC shall gather and articulate requirements to offer to those engaged in technical revision of the protocols and best common practices related to the operation of DNS servers.
  2. Communicate on matters relating to the administration of the Root Zone with those who have direct responsibility for that administration. These matters include the processes and procedures for the production of the Root Zone File.
  3. Engage in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Root Server System and recommend any necessary audit activity to assess the current status of root servers and the root zone.
  4. Respond to requests for information or opinions from the Board.
  5. Report periodically to the Board on its activities.
  6. Make policy recommendations to the ICANN community and Board.

July 11, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: SSAC Organizational Review

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

The provider should have technical knowledge or experience with security matters with the Internet technical community and the operators and managers of critical DNS infrastructure services; demonstrate an understanding of the SSAC’s charter and its Operational Procedures [PDF, 420 KB]; demonstrate knowledge of the technical areas covered by the SSAC’s charter, including security and integrity of the Internet’s naming and address allocation systems.

The objective of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of SSAC. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • An assessment of the implementation state of SSAC’s prior review;
  • An assessment of whether SSAC has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure;
  • An assessment of how effectively SSAC fulfills its purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve effectiveness; and
  • An assessment of the extent to which SSAC as a whole is accountable to the wider ICANN community.

The review is scheduled to take place from October 2017 through July 2018. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 608 KB]

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing SSACReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 PDT on 4 August 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the role of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (“Security and Stability Advisory Committee” or “SSAC”) is to advise the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet’s naming and address allocation systems. It shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. To communicate on security matters with the Internet technical community and the operators and managers of critical DNS infrastructure services, to include the root name server operator community, the top-level domain registries and registrars, the operators of the reverse delegation trees such as in-addr.arpa and ip6.arpa, and others as events and developments dictate. The SSAC shall gather and articulate requirements to offer to those engaged in technical revision of the protocols related to DNS and address allocation and those engaged in operations planning.
  2. To engage in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and to advise the ICANN community accordingly. The SSAC shall recommend any necessary audit activity to assess the current status of DNS and address allocation security in relation to identified risks and threats.
  3. To communicate with those who have direct responsibility for Internet naming and address allocation security matters (IETF, RSSAC (as defined in Section 12.2(c)(i)), RIRs, name registries, etc.), to ensure that its advice on security risks, issues, and priorities is properly synchronized with existing standardization, deployment, operational, and coordination activities. The SSAC shall monitor these activities and inform the ICANN community and Board on their progress, as appropriate.
  4. To report periodically to the Board on its activities.
  5. To make policy recommendations to the ICANN community and Board.

July 7, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

July 6, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

July 6, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index

LOS ANGELES – 6 July 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN published an update to the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta), which presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

View the Health Index [PDF, 2.09 MB]

The gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) was first published in July 2016. ICANN plans to publish these statistics twice a year to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted. A community Advisory Panel is working with ICANN to refine the Index in preparation for publishing version 1.0.

July 6, 2017   No Comments

Security Framework Drafting Team to Present Draft Framework for Registry Operators to Respond to Security Threats

LOS ANGELES – 6 July 2017 – The Security Framework Drafting Team (SFDT) consisting of representatives from registries, registrars, the Public Safety Working Group (PSWG), and the ICANN organization today announced it will present the draft Framework document that has been published for public comment. The Framework includes results of a two-year collaborative effort by the SFDT that addresses registries’ responses to notifications of security threats.

The objective of this framework is to deliver on the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN board’s (NGPC) commitment to the GAC regarding ICANN soliciting community participation to develop a framework for how a Registry Operator (RO) may respond to identified security threats.

The meeting will take place on 12 July 2017 at 14:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and will be hosted by members of the SFDT to present the draft framework and provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions directly to the SFDT.

The meeting will be presented in English. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the meeting using the chat function in Adobe Connect.

Speakers will include:

  • Brian Cimbolic, Deputy General Counsel, Public Interest Registry
  • Dennis Chang, GDD Services and Engagement Program Director, ICANN
  • Iranga Kahangama, GAC PSWG Member; Science and Technology Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States
  • Alan Woods, Compliance Manager, Rightside

Meeting Details & How to Attend

Date: 12 July 2017
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect
View Dial-In Information
Participant Code: 8653177963

A recording of the webinar will be made available here. https://community.icann.org/display/S1SF/Meetings+Agenda+and+Log#MeetingsAgendaandLog-Futuremeetings:xxJune2017-Webinar;June2017-ICANN59

July 6, 2017   No Comments

WEBINAR: WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System June 2017 Report

LOS ANGELES – 6 July 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN will host an interactive webinar on 20 July 2017 to review findings of the “WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System June 2017” report published 12 June 2017.

Participants will learn about:

  • The methodology used in the WHOIS report.
  • Regional differences in WHOIS accuracy.
  • Trends across reports.
  • A new interactive data display tool for community users.
  • Contractual Compliance updates.
  • Next steps following the report.

This latest report acts as a follow-on to the “WHOIS ARS Phase 2 Cycle 3 Report: Syntax and Operability Accuracy,” published in December 2016. The report includes comparisons based on Registrar Accreditation Agreements (2009 RAA v. 2013 RAA) and top-level domain types (e.g., new or "legacy" gTLDs) across ICANN regions.


Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 20 July 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect
View Dial-In Information
Participant Code: 8021705257

The webinar will be conducted in English. Recordings will be published in the knowledge center of the WHOIS website at: http://whois.icann.org/en/knowledge-center.

July 6, 2017   No Comments

ICANN59 Johannesburg GAC Communiqué

29 June 2017 – JOHANNESBURG – The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa has issued its Johannesburg Communiqué. It is available for review at GAC Johannesburg Communiqué [PDF, 468 KB].

June 29, 2017   No Comments