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Apply Now for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit an expression of interest in key leadership positions within ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet’s technical coordination and policy development. The deadline to submit applications is 18 March 2019 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). NomCom is also accepting recommendations of suggested candidates.

We are inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
  • Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region.
  • Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN’s mission to coordinate the global Internet’s system of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. The selected leaders will make a valuable public service contribution toward the evolution of the Domain Name System as an essential global resource.

Qualifications

Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions.

Other qualifications, skills, and time commitments vary depending on the position. For information, visit the NomCom webpage.

Application Deadline and Process

There is a new online candidate portal that replaced the previous platform. Candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com after creating an account. In addition, candidates can contact NomCom Staff Support at nomcom2019@icann.org if there are any questions.

For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 18 March 2019, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms on the new online candidate portal. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered.

All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced by September 2019. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN’s Annual Meeting scheduled to be held during ICANN66, which runs from 2 –7 November 2019.

Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN’s three annual Public Meetings. Meetings will be held in Montreal, Canada (2 –7 November 2019); Cancún, Mexico (7-12 March 2020); and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (22-25 June 2020).

Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed.

Each ICANN Board member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.)

For More Information

Learn more by visiting the 2019 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2019@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.

January 17, 2019   No Comments

Initial Report on CSC Effectiveness

Open Date: 16 January 2019 Close Date: 25 February 2019
Originating Organization: ccNSO and GNSO
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview: The Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Effectiveness Review Team seeks comments on its Initial Report, particularly its findings and recommendations. The Effectiveness Review is required under Article 17 of the ICANN Bylaws and the Charter of the CSC, two years after the first meeting of the CSC (October 2016).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/csc-effectiveness-initial-2019-01-16-en

January 16, 2019   No Comments

SSAC2 Review: Final Report Available

LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2019 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review, has published its final report.

Read the report [PDF, 1.45 MB].

The final report includes an assessment of the SSAC, and 22 findings and 30 recommendations for improving its operations. The findings and recommendations broadly fall under the following topic areas:

  • The effectiveness of the SSAC, and the timing with which the SSAC’s advice is provided and acted upon.
  • The relationship and interconnectedness between the SSAC and both other Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees and the broader ICANN community, including on issues of transparency.
  • The existing membership and structure of the SSAC.
  • The implementation state of the SSAC’s prior review.

Analysis Group considered public comments on the draft final report, as well as comments from the public webinar and any other relevant feedback it received throughout the course of the review for inclusion in the final report.

Next Steps

In the coming months, the SSAC Review Work Party (RWP) will prepare a feasibility assessment and initial implementation plan (FAIIP) based on the final report. This document will include an analysis of recommendations in the final report for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources, and a proposed implementation timeline.

Analysis Group and the RWP will then present the final report and the FAIIP to the ICANN Board’s Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). Following the presentation, the OEC will make a recommendation to the Board on next steps, including implementation of recommendations.

Background

An independent review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN’s Bylaws and is part of ICANN’s commitment to its own evolution, improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in February 2018.

The purpose of the SSAC Review, according to the Bylaws, is to determine “(i) whether [the SSAC] has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether [the SSAC] is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders.” The review also includes an assessment of the implementation state of the SSAC’s prior review.

Visit the SSAC2 Review wiki and the SSAC2 Review page on ICANN.org for more information and resources related to the second SSAC 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 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.

January 7, 2019   No Comments

Amendment to the IANA Naming Functions Contract, Annex A

Open Date: 7 January 2019 Close Date: 18 February 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: IANA Naming Function Contract, ICANN/PTI Contract
Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed Amendment to the IANA Naming Functions Contract between ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). If approved, the Amendment would allow the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) and PTI/ICANN to change the IANA Naming Function’s Service Level Agreements (SLAs) without the need to do a contract amendment every time an SLA change is needed. Instead, the SLA change would follow an SLA Change Process that provides a process to achieve amendments to the SLAs in a timely fashion while requiring consultations with the IANA Function naming customers and broader ICANN community as appropriate.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/iana-naming-amend-2019-01-07-en

January 7, 2019   No Comments

First Consultation on a 2-Year Planning Process

Open Date: 21 December 2018 Close Date: 20 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Finance
Categories/Tags:

Operations/Finance

Brief Overview:

Purpose: Obtain community input on needs and improvements to the planning process.

Current Status: First consultation to evaluate the potential benefit of implementing a 2-year planning process.

Next Steps: After receiving public comments, ICANN org will use the input to develop a proposed planning process that may include a 2-year duration.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/two-year-planning-2018-12-21-en

December 21, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021 – 2025

Open Date: 20 December 2018 Close Date: 11 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Strategic Planning
Brief Overview:

Purpose: The purpose of this public comment is to seek community input on ICANN’s draft five-year strategic plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

Current Status: Following community, Board, and ICANN organization inputs on key trends anticipated to impact ICANN in the coming years, the Board conducted an analysis. There were significant similarities across all the trend sessions that naturally converge into five primary focus areas: security; governance; unique identifier systems; geopolitics; and financials. These focus areas were shared with the community leading into and during ICANN63 in Barcelona.

Coming out of ICANN63 and following dialogue with and additional input from the community, the Board has developed a draft of ICANN’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2021-2025, to present for community consultation. This document includes ICANN’s mission, a vision of the future state of ICANN, and a set of strategic objectives and goals, along with desired outcomes and associated risks.

Share your Public Comment: Please click the link below to learn more.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/strategic-plan-2018-12-20-en

December 20, 2018   No Comments

Members Announced for the Third Review of ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3)

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2018 — Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the selection of an 18-member team to conduct the third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3).

The ATRT3 members were selected by the chairs of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SO) and Advisory Committees (AC), based on nominations received through the SOs and ACs. In addition, the ICANN Board appointed Maarten Botterman to serve as member of ATRT3, at ICANN63 in Barcelona. The review is required under Section 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws.

The SO/AC chairs have agreed to seat all individuals that had been nominated by the various SOs/ACs. Members of the ATRT3 include:

Name

Gender

Region

SO/AC Nomination

1

Sebastien Bachollet

M

Europe

ALAC

2

Cheryl Langdon-Orr

F

A/A/PI

ALAC

3

Daniel Khauka Nanghaka

M

Africa

ALAC

4

Vanda Scartezini

F

LA/CI

ALAC

5

Demi Getschko

M

LA/CI

ccNSO

6

Liu Yue

F

A/A/PI

GAC

7

Jacques Blanc

M

Europe

GNSO

8

Patrick Kane

M

North America

GNSO

9

Michael Karanicolas

M

North America

GNSO

10

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter

M

Europe

GNSO

11

Osvaldo Novoa

M

LA/CI

GNSO

12

Adetola Sogbesan

M

Africa

GNSO

13

Erica Varlese

F

LA/CI

GNSO

14

Ramet Khalili Nasr

M

A/A/PI

RSSAC

15

Jaap Akkerhuis

M

Europe

SSAC

16

KC Claffy

F

North America

SSAC

17

Geoff Huston

M

A/A/PI

SSAC

18

Maarten Botterman

M

Europe

ICANN Board

Diversity Highlights of Selected Review Team Members

ATRT Gender Distribution
ATRT Region Distribution

It is anticipated that the ATRT3 Review Team will schedule its first face-to-face meeting in early 2019.

The ATRT3 will post periodic updates on its progress on icann.org, at ICANN public meetings and on the Review Team’s wiki page here.

Learn how to become an ATRT3 Observer here.

Find more information on the ATRT3 members here.

Find more information on the ATRT3 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.

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.

December 20, 2018   No Comments

Deadline Extended: ccNSO Review Survey Available for Community Input

Los Angeles – 19 December 2018 – The deadline to take the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Review survey has been extended until Friday 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC.

click here to take the survey now. Community input contributes to the effectiveness of organizational reviews, which are an important component of ICANN’s accountability and transparency commitments.

Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the ccNSO, published the survey for community input on 27 November 2018. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute’s research and interviews conducted to date.

Following the close of the survey on 11 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with feedback received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019.

As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment.

Background

The purpose of the Bylaws-mandated ccNSO Review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO’s effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. Meridian Institute was selected to conduct the second ccNSO Review in August 2018.

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.

December 19, 2018   No Comments

Proposed Changes to The Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) Charter

Open Date: 18 December 2018 Close Date: 5 February 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO, RrSG
Categories/Tags: Bylaws, Engagement/Participation
Brief Overview:

Purpose: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on proposed changes to the charter of the GNSO Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG). The changes have been approved by the membership of the RrSG 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.

Current Status: Charter changes have been approved by the membership of the RrSG. As part of its Phase II process responsibilities, ICANN staff conducted a review of the document, with policy staff further examining the language, form and structure of the document and the legal team making an assessment of any potential fiscal or liability concerns in the proposed changes. As part of the Phase II process, ICANN Org provided input back to the RrSG of potential fiscal or liability concerns. While most issues were addressed, ICANN Org identified that there are some potential fiscal or liability concerns that persist, and those were flagged to the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee in preparation for the opening of the public comment proceeding.

Next Steps: Pending community feedback, the ICANN Board will review the proposed changes to the RrSG charter.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rrsg-charter-2018-12-18-en

December 18, 2018   No Comments

Nomination Period Opens For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN65 | Nominations Close 22 March 2019

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN’s Multistakeholder Ethos Award. Launched in 2014 at ICANN50 in London, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledging the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance, and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN’s organization and its community.

The ideal recipient(s) will have served in roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and collaborated with more than one Supporting Organization and/or Advisory Committee in a significant capacity.

Candidates for the award will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN Community.

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of community members appointed by the Chairs of each Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria:

  1. Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN’s multistakeholder model;
  2. Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests; and
  3. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN’s multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees.

Please submit your nominations via this Nomination Form including detailed information outlining why the nominee meets the award criteria. Any additional information in support of nominations and/or questions about the award process may be submitted via email ethosaward2019@icann.org.

Award recipient(s) will be announced in June 2019 at ICANN65 Marrakech.

For more insights on the award program, please consult the ICANN Community Wiki.

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

December 17, 2018   No Comments