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Short-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews

Open Date: 14 May 2018 Close Date: 6 July 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability and Transparency Review, Registration Directory Service Review
Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding proposes short-term options pertaining to current reviews to address the workload of the volunteer community and impact on ICANN resources. Specifically, the aim of this public comment proceeding is to invite feedback on options on whether and how to adjust the timeline for two Specific Reviews to alleviate existing strain on volunteer and ICANN resources. The two reviews for consideration for short-term options are the third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) and the second Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/specific-reviews-short-term-timeline-2018-05-14-en

May 14, 2018   No Comments

Webinar on Proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Scheduled

LOS ANGELES – 14 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to participate in a webinar on the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, to be held from 09:15-10:30 Pacific Daylight Time (16:15-17:30 UTC) on 15 May 2018. View the proposed Temporary Specification here [PDF, 153 KB].

Remote Participation Information

https://participate.icann.org/webinar/
Participant Code: 2819028087

URL to additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=2819028087&num=1-605-475-5604

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.

May 14, 2018   No Comments

Final Proposed Draft v. 4.0 of the IDN Guidelines

LOS ANGELES – 10 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the Final Proposed Draft version 4.0 [PDF, 486 KB] of Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Implementation Guidelines. This draft is currently pending ratification from the ICANN Board of Directors.

The IDN Implementation Guidelines relate to the IDN registration policies and practices, designed to minimize the risk of cybersquatting and consumer confusion. Following the Call for Community Experts, the IDN Guidelines Working Group (IDNGWG) was formed in October 2015 to review the current version (3.0) of the IDN Implementation Guidelines, last updated in 2011.

While developing these Guidelines, the IDNGWG has interacted with the community to gather public feedback, as per the following details:

  1. Initial issues list [PDF, 334 KB] presented at ICANN55
  2. Interim draft [PDF, 314 KB] presented at ICANN57
  3. Complete draft [PDF, 364 KB] for Public Comment released in March 2017
  4. Complete draft for Public Comment presented at ICANN58
  5. Final draft [PDF, 317 KB] for Second Public Comment released in December 2017
  6. Final draft for Second Public Comment presented at ICANN60

The IDNGWG has incorporated the feedback received from the community to finalize the Guidelines. Further details of the IDNGWG’s work are available at the wiki page. The Final Proposed Draft v. 4.0 of the IDN Guidelines will be presented to the ICANN Board of Directors for approval.

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.

May 10, 2018   No Comments

Release for Registration one .COM Domain Name with a Single-Character Label: O.COM

Open Date: 10 May 2018 Close Date: 20 June 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding is to gather community input on the proposed amendment to implement the approved Registry Service request from the registry operator VeriSign, Inc., (“Verisign”), to release for registration one domain name with a single-character label, O.COM, in the .COM generic top-level domain (gTLD). The ICANN organization conducted a review of the proposed Registry Service and did not identify significant Security or Stability issues, but determined that the proposed Registry Service might raise significant competition issues. On 7 December 2017, the ICANN organization referred the matter to the appropriate governmental competition authority, the United States Department of Justice. On 14 December 2017, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice communicated to the ICANN org that it did not intend to open an investigation on the matter. Upon approving the proposed Registry Service, ICANN org determined the Registry Service requires an amendment to the .COM Registry Agreement to enable the implementation of this service. The ICANN org is seeking public comments on the proposed amendment.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/o-com-single-char-2018-05-10-en

May 10, 2018   No Comments

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 14 May

LOS ANGELES – 9 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its FY18 Q3 Stakeholder Update for the quarter ending 31 March 2018. Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair, have prepared an executive summary highlighting key updates from the report. The report and the executive summary are available here.

The ICANN community is invited to attend a question and answer (Q&A) call on 14 May at 20:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to ask questions about the FY18 Q3 Stakeholder Report. To join the call, please register here, or send an email to icann.communications@icann.org with the participant’s full name and email address.

The call will be recorded and open for all to attend, with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings in all languages will be posted on ICANN’s Quarterly Reports page.

The call is an important way for the community to stay informed about the ICANN organization’s efforts toward accountability and transparency, while complying with ICANN’s mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable.

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.

May 9, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 02 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN reviews below. ICANN reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need community input to help ICANN deliver on its commitments.

Public Comment on Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

  • Comment on the Draft Final Report of the second review of the Nominating Committee (NomCom) to help inform the final recommendations of the independent examiner. Close date: 7 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Public Comment on Draft Final Report of the RSSAC2 Review

  • Comment on the Draft Final Report of the second review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2). Close date: 10 June 2018 at 23:59, UTC. Join the webinar on 9 May 2018 at 20:00 UTC for a presentation of the Draft Final Report and an opportunity to ask questions.

SSAC2 Review Survey

  • Do you have experience with the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) or suggestions to improve it? Take the SSAC2 Review survey to share your input. Close Date: 18 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Request for Proposals to Conduct the ccNSO2 Review

  • Please share this RFP to help ICANN seek candidates to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). Close Date: 24 May2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Specific and Organizational Reviews.

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.

May 2, 2018   No Comments

Draft Final Report of the RSSAC2 Review

Open Date: 01 May 2018 Close Date: 10 June 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview: Public comment on the independent examiner’s Draft Final Report is invited as part of the second Root Server System Advisory Committee Review (RSSAC2). A webinar on the Draft Final Report will be hosted by the independent examiner, Interisle.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rssac2-review-final-2018-05-01-en

May 1, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Board to Hold Three Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Vancouver Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 1 May 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding three public sessions and a public Board meeting during its upcoming workshop in Vancouver, Canada, which will be taking place from 11-13 May 2018.

The agenda of the sessions is provided below.

Date Time (UTC) Session
12 May 17:30 – 18:15 Review the Board’s Responses to the Governmental Advisory Committee’s (GAC) Puerto Rico Communiqué
12 May 00:30 (UTC 13 May) – 01:30 (UTC 13 May) Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)
13 May 16:30 – 17:30 Public Board Meeting
13 May 17:30 – 18:00 Board FY18 Priorities – Status of Deliverables

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

This page will be updated with remote participation details on Monday, 7 May 2018.

For more information about the Vancouver workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2018-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.

May 1, 2018   No Comments

ICANN participates in LACNIC29 and prepares for ICANN62 in Panama

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 30 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the participation of Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement for Latin America and the Caribbean, at LACNIC29. This meeting will take place in Panama City, Panama from 30 April to 4 May 2018. Rodrigo will be available for interviews with the media on Monday, 30 April from 15:00 to 18:00 and Tuesday, 1 May from 9:00 to 13:00 (local time, -5 UTC).

In 2016, the ICANN org relocated ICANN56, originally planned for Panama City, due to concerns over the Zika outbreak in the Caribbean region. This year, ICANN will host two regional events in Panama:

  • LAC-i-Roadshow – 21 to 22 May 2018 Session dedicated to outreach focused on key topics related to the critical infrastructure of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the region.
  • ICANN62 Public Meeting – 25 to 28 June 2018 Policy Forum focused on current policy development work, outreach, and daily opportunities to network with the ICANN community.

ICANN Public Meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the world to encourage global participation. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and airing of opinions among knowledgeable people dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Internet. For more information visit the ICANN62 website.

Benefits of attending an ICANN Meeting:

  • Understand how Internet policies are created and how the Internet works.
  • Gain knowledge about the main issues facing the Internet today and in the future.
  • Enhance the ICANN org’s work by participating in key developments.

Media contacts

Alexandra Dans
Sr. Communications Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean
+598 95 831 442
alexandra.dans@icann.org

Daniela Campos-Lopez
Global Communications Coordinator
+1 (202) 304-5984
daniela.campos@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.

April 30, 2018   No Comments

Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

LOS ANGELES – 26 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of:

  • Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure;
  • 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
  • The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups.

The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB].

Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 24 May 2018 using ICANN’s sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for:

  • Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains;
  • Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO’s community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs;
  • Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN;
  • Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and
  • Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws.

For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website.

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.

April 26, 2018   No Comments