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Application for New Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) Dispute-Resolution Service Provider

Open Date: 16 November 2018 Close Date: 4 January 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Legal/Regulatory
Brief Overview: The ICANN organization requests community feedback on an application from an organization seeking approval as a new Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) dispute-resolution service provider.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/udrp-provider-2018-11-16-en

November 16, 2018   No Comments

Policy Status Report: Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP)

Open Date: 14 November 2018 Close Date: 24 December 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Inter-registrar transfers, domain name transfers, Inter-registrar transfer policy
Brief Overview: ICANN Org seeks community input on the IRTP Policy Status Report. In addition to feedback on the report, ICANN Org also requests that interested registrars and registrants complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLQRD3K to provide further details on their experience with domain name transfers.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/irtp-status-2018-11-14-en

November 14, 2018   No Comments

ICANN65 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 14 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN65. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN65 is a Policy Forum. The meeting is from 24–27 June 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The deadline to apply is 14 December 2018, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 28 February 2019 on https://icann.org/.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are 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 ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals 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
  • Personal leadership development

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.

November 14, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below.

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement.

  • Share your public comment on the RDS-WHOIS2 Draft Report and Recommendations. The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is now seeking input on its Draft Report [PDF, 1.98 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 18 November 2018.
  • Share your public comment on the CCT Final Report and Recommendations. The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is now seeking input on its Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 27 November 2018.

Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and the NomCom fulfill their purpose and whether any changes in structure or operations are needed.

  • Join the webinar to learn about the SSAC2 Draft Final Report. Join the webinar on 20 November at 21:00 UTC [local time] to receive an update and pose questions to the independent examiner. The Draft Final Report [PDF, 3.18 MB] is out for public comment until 3 Dec 2018.

Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on Specific and Organizational Reviews and additional key 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 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.

November 13, 2018   No Comments

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN64 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 12 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce 45 individuals from 36 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN’s Fellowship program at the 64th ICANN Public Meeting in Kobe, Japan to be held 9-14 March 2019.

These successful candidates represent all sectors of society including: civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end-user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN’s work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

518 applications were received for the ICANN64 Fellowship application round.

Click this link to see the list of selected candidates and learn more about the Fellowship 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.

November 12, 2018   No Comments

Successful Candidates Selected for NextGen@ICANN64

LOS ANGELES – 9 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the successful candidates who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN64 to be held in Kobe, Japan, from 9 to 14 March 2019.

The 12 individuals currently study law, economics, cybersecurity or computer science in universities across the Asia Pacific region. In addition, 3 individuals who attended a previous ICANN Public Meeting with the NextGen program will serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

An independent committee assessed and selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done on global policy and Internet governance.

The individuals selected as NextGen@ICANN64 participants are:

Han Bo Tsinghua University
Ananya Singh Utkal University
Wenkai Jin Tsinghua University & School of Journalism and Communications
Elliott John Mann Swinburne University of Technology / Law School
Desh Deepak Dwivedi Peking University HSBC Business School, Shenzhen
Nisal Dileepa Waduge University of Moratuwa
Dikchya Raut National Law College, Tribhuvan University
Aisyah Shakirah Suhaidi Universiti Malaya
Korry Tyler Kin Ping Luke Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Jaewon Son Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University
Do Tuan Anh Keio University
Mariko Kobayashi Keio University

The individuals selected as ICANN64 ambassadors are:

Sávyo Vinícius de Morais ICANN62
Peter Cihon ICANN58
Haley Lepp ICANN61

Click here for more information about the NextGen@ICANN 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.

November 9, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Board Reaffirms Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

LOS ANGELES – 8 November 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to reaffirm the “Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data.” The full text of the Board’s resolution is available here.

The Temporary Specification was originally approved by the Board on 17 May 2018 and reaffirmed on 21 August 2018, in order to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Under the procedures for adopting Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the Board must reaffirm the adoption every 90 days, and may continue to do so for no more than a year.

For more information and to follow the latest updates, please visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy issues page.

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.

November 8, 2018   No Comments

Registration Now Open for 2018 LAC DNS Forum

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 6 November 2018 – Registration is now open for the 2018 LAC DNS Forum to be held in São Paulo, Brazil. The theme of this year’s event, which is part of AbraHosting Day, is “New Technologies and Digital Security.”

Event: 2018 LAC DNS Forum
When: 29 November 2018, 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Where: Centro Fecomercio de eventos – São Paulo, SP
Registration:
(Portuguese only)
https://eventos.locaweb.com.br/proximos-eventos/abrahosting-day-lac-dns-forum/
Admission: To request an invitation please contact your GSE representative or Daniel Fink – daniel.fink@icann.org

The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues. The forum also provides an opportunity to engage and network with key players and experts in the field.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes:

  • Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Registrants
  • DNS experts
  • gTLD applicants
  • Regional TLD organizations
  • IT and Internet businesses
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Legal and intellectual property firms

This will be the fifth edition of the LAC DNS Forum, which was first held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. This year’s event is jointly organized by Abrahosting, the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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.

November 6, 2018   No Comments

Public Comment Period Extended: Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report of Recommendations

LOS ANGELES – 06 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB] of the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team has been extended until Monday 18 November 23:59 UTC.

Comment on the new sections.

The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team published its draft report and recommendations for public comment on 4 September 2018. The Registration Directory Service Review Team assesses the extent to which prior Directory Service Review recommendations have been implemented and implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team also assesses the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust and safeguards registrant data. Informed by ICANN organization briefings and available documentation, the review team has formulated draft recommendations based on a factual analysis. This public comment proceeding aims at gathering community input on the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team’s proposed draft findings and recommendations.

The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team aims to publish its final report in Q1 2019.

Additional Resources

Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report [PDF, 1.97 MB]

Executive Summary [PDF, 285 KB]

  • AR [PDF, 264 KB]
  • ES [PDF, 212 KB]
  • FR [PDF, 183 KB]
  • RU [PDF, 277 KB]
  • ZH [PDF, 323 KB]

Listen to the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Engagement Session at ICANN63 for more information on their findings and recommendations. See here for details and recordings.

Listen to the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Webinars on the Draft Report. See here for details.

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.

November 6, 2018   No Comments

Annual Publication of Financial Information

LOS ANGELES – 5 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the publication of several documents containing financial information in accordance with bylaw requirements. The financial information published relates to ICANN, inclusive of its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), and to PTI as a separate entity.

Audited Financial Statements:

ICANN published its FY18 Consolidated Financial Statements, accompanied by the “unqualified” audit report from BDO LLP, the independent auditors, which means that the audit was clean and no material issue was found.

View the ICANN FY18 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 508 KB]

PTI published its FY18 Financial Statements, accompanied by the “unqualified” audit report from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

View the PTI FY18 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 225 KB]

In accordance with the Section 22.3 of ICANN’s Bylaws, and Section 9.8 of PTI’s Bylaws, these financial statements must be posted within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year, or by 31 October 2018.

ICANN also posted the FY18 Annual Report of Expense Reimbursement and Other Payments to ICANN Directors [PDF, 545 KB] for the period 1 July 2017 through 30 June 2018. This is part of its accountability and transparency commitments, and in accordance with the ICANN Bylaws.

This report includes a description of any payments made by ICANN to and on behalf of Directors, including compensation, reimbursements of expenses, payments made to third-party vendors such as hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies.

In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, these and other financial documents are posted to the ICANN Current Year (FY18) Financial Information page and the Financial Information for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) page.

ICANN invites the community to review this information and submit questions and comments to: controller@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.

About PTI

Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers and maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible, and effective manner. Mainly, PTI is responsible for the operation of the IANA functions:

Domain Names
Number Resources
Protocol Parameter Assignments

Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) was incorporated in August 2016 as an affiliate of ICANN, and, through contracts and subcontracts with ICANN, began performing the IANA functions on behalf of ICANN in October 2016.

Learn more about the delivery of the IANA services at iana.org.

November 5, 2018   No Comments