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Call for Volunteers: NomCom Review Implementation Working Group

LOS ANGELES – 25 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), together with the Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review Implementation Planning Team (IPT), is seeking volunteers to join the NomCom Review implementation working group. The results of this working group will impact all of ICANN’s community so it is critical that all of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, as well as relevant stakeholder groups and constituencies participate.

As requested by the ICANN Board (see the 14 March 2019 resolution here), the NomCom Review implementation working group will:

  • develop a detailed implementation plan, including appropriate costing, for the 27 recommendations of the NomCom Review, based on the guidelines detailed in the IPT’s Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan [PDF, 515 KB]; and
  • oversee the implementation of these recommendations, once approved by the Board. The detailed implementation plan, including appropriate implementation costing, shall be submitted to the Board as soon as possible, but no later than six months after approval of the 14 March 2019 Board resolution, i.e. 14 September 2019.

The work commitment for this group is anticipated to be no less than two years with calls likely to take place every other week. No travel support will be provided for implementation working group members.

To join the NomCom Review implementation working group, please send an email to reviews@icann.org with your request to join.

Please note, the implementation working group’s first meeting will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 20:00 UTC and volunteers are encouraged to join before this date. However, the implementation working group will remain open to new members throughout its work so volunteers will be able to join at any time.

Background

On 14 March 2019, the Board accepted the NomCom Review final report [PDF, 629 KB] from the independent examiner, and the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan [PDF, 515 KB] (FAIIP) from the NomCom Review Implementation Planning Team, subject to appropriate implementation costing. The Board requested that the ICANN organization work with the NomCom Review Implementation Planning Team, who had drafted the FAIIP, to convene a working group to draft a detailed implementation plan of the recommendations, and oversee the implementation of the recommendations.

Details of elements to be included in the detailed implementation plan are outlined in the 14 March Board resolution 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.

March 25, 2019   No Comments

Deadline Extended: Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2

LOS ANGELES – 25 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is extending the deadline for submitting expressions of interest (EOIs) to chair Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data to Monday, 8 April 2019. Learn more about the background by reading the announcement here.

Following the initial discussions of the EPDP Team during ICANN64 (March 2019) in Kobe, Japan, the GNSO Council leadership would like to provide some further details in relation to the expected workload and pace for Phase 2:

  • The topics to be addressed in Phase 2 have been mapped out on the EPDP Team Phase 2 Mind Map.
  • Following the appointment of the EPDP Team Chair, the EPDP Team is expected to commence with 90-minute weekly meetings (potentially on Tuesday or Thursday at 14:00 UTC) but with the possibility to increase the frequency. Additional meeting(s) may be purposed for either another weekly plenary session that would focus on a different stream of work or small team(s) meetings.
  • Although there is agreement on the importance and urgency of addressing the topics in Phase 2, there is also general agreement that it is not sustainable to continue on the same pace and intensity of work as for Phase 1.
  • Additional resources, such as mediation support, are expected to be made available to support the EPDP Team Chair, in addition to the support that is already being provided by policy staff. Candidates are encouraged to include in their EOI if there is any type of support or resource that is considered essential in supporting the EPDP Team Chair in his/her role.
  • In light of this new information, the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to Monday, 8 April 2019

About EPDP

On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board approved the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Board took this action to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties would continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies related to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Temporary Specification has been adopted under the procedure for Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement (RA) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Following adoption of the Temporary Specification, the Board “shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN’s Bylaws.” This Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification would need to be carried out within a one-year period. Additionally, the scope includes discussion of a System for Standardized Access to Non-Public Registration Data. However, the discussion of a Standardized Access System will occur only after the EPDP Team has comprehensively answered a series of “gating questions” and non-objection by the GNSO Council.

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.

March 25, 2019   No Comments

ICANN Publishes Staff Report On ICANN’s Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding

LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the staff report on the public comment proceeding of ICANN’s Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget, and an update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. The proceeding ran from 17 December 2018 to 8 February 2019.

The report can be found here.

The ICANN organization will send the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget document to the Board for adoption on May 6. At the same time, ICANN will publish this document so the community has the opportunity to review it.

ICANN thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation in ICANN’s planning and budgeting process is critical to continuously enhance ICANN’s accountability and transparency.

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.

March 22, 2019   No Comments

ICANN Launches Age Diversity and Participation Survey

LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching a survey to determine current perceptions of age diversity in the ICANN community. It is also aimed at identifying potential barriers to participation.

The Age Diversity and Participation Survey will help to clarify perceptions of diversity, equality, leadership, and inclusiveness, which in turn will help inform community discussions.

All community members are encouraged to share their views. Please take the survey here: https://go.icann.org/agesurvey.

The survey closes on 19 April (23:59 UTC). Responses will be anonymous and will be used in accordance with ICANN’s Privacy Policy. The survey is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The Age Diversity and Participation Survey was created in response to calls from the community for additional data on these topics. It is a follow-up to the pilot survey on gender diversity in 2017. The ICANN organization will share a report with an analysis of gaps, perceptions, and potential next steps. This data will help ICANN identify ways to improve age diversity and support broad, inclusive participation.

Please email any questions to agesurvey@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.

March 21, 2019   No Comments

Proposed Renewal of .info Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview:

ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the .info Registry Agreement (herein referred to as the .info renewal agreement), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .info renewal agreement proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Afilias Limited, the Registry Operator for the .info top-level domain (TLD).

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/info-renewal-2019-03-18-en

March 18, 2019   No Comments

Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags:
Brief Overview:

ICANN organization is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2013 .org Registry Agreement (herein referred to as “.org renewal agreement”), which is set to expire on 30 June 2019. The .org renewal agreement is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Public Interest Registry, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, the Registry Operator for the .org top-level domain (TLD).

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/org-renewal-2019-03-18-en

March 18, 2019   No Comments

ICANN Invokes Process to Protect Registrants

LOS ANGELES – 15 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced it has terminated the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with registrar Alpnames Limited (IANA #1857), effective immediately.

The RAA was terminated after the ICANN organization determined that Alpnames was no longer performing required registrar functions as specified in the agreement. These functions include allowing existing registrants to renew domain name registrations and processing new registrations.

ICANN org has invoked the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (DARTP) to enable the successful transition of the names to an ICANN-accredited registrar and protect registrants. Once the gaining registrar is identified and confirmed, it will be listed on the Bulk Transfers page

The time required to complete the transfer process varies by the number of registrations with the terminated registrar. ICANN org will work to facilitate the transfer of registrations to the gaining registrar as expeditiously as possible. Once the transfer of registrations has been completed, the new registrar will contact registrants with information on how to access and maintain their domain name registrations.

All domain name registrants are encouraged to visit this page for important information about managing their domain names.

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.

March 15, 2019   No Comments

ICANN64 Kobe GAC Communiqué

KOBE – 14 March 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN64 issued its Kobe Communiqué.
It is available for review 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.

March 14, 2019   No Comments

ICANN66 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 11 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching an application round for candidates interested in participating in the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN66 will take place from 2-7 November 2019 in MontrĂ©al, Canada. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful applicants will be announced on 2 July 2019 on https://icann.org/.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN’s work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities:

  • Writing articles and blogs
  • Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking
  • Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
  • Joining working groups
  • Mentoring newcomers
  • Assisting our regional leaders
  • Becoming leaders themselves

Click here for more information.

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.

March 11, 2019   No Comments

ICANN 2018 LAC Year in Review Report Shows Engagement Growth

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 8 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Year in Review report [PDF, 5.28 MB] detailing the contributions and achievements of ICANN’s LAC community. Compiled by ICANN organization’s LAC regional team, the Report highlights growth last year made possible by collaboration with the regional and global community.

In 2018, the LAC community participated in programs key to implementation of our renewed five-year LAC Strategy, our roadmap for regional outreach. Today, initiatives like the Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean (VDECC), post-ICANN Public Meeting readouts, and the LAC-i-Roadshows are actively engaging hundreds of new stakeholders in the LAC region in ICANN’s ecosystem.

In 2018, the LAC team prioritized providing regional stakeholders with tools to facilitate greater participation in ICANN’s policy development processes (PDPs) and other policy discussions. The Report outlines a number of new projects launched with that goal in mind, including improved sessions on PDPs at ICANN meetings and the LAC PDP Experiences series.

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.

March 8, 2019   No Comments