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ICANN Publishes FY17 Annual Report

LOS ANGELES – 28 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors published its FY17 Annual Report.

View the ICANN FY17 Annual Report [PDF, 8.84 MB].

In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, current and previous Annual Reports are posted to the Annual Reports page.

This is the first year that the Bylaws require an ICANN Annual Report that is separate from ICANN’s Audited Financial Statements. Section 22.3 of ICANN’s Bylaws sets out the required topics on which the Board must report. The Annual Report must be posted within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year, or by 28 October 2017.

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.

October 28, 2017   No Comments

EXTENSION – SSR2 Review Team is Seeking an Independent Expert to Perform a Gap Analysis

LOS ANGELES – 27 October 2017 – In collaboration with the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review Team, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking an independent expert to perform a gap analysis of the first SSR Review recommendations. The deadline for expressions of interest has been extended until 7 November 2017.

Read the Specifications for Gap Analysis [PDF 414 KB].

The selected party will perform an analysis of how ICANN implemented the Board-approved recommendations from the first SSR Review and identify gaps between the intent of the recommendations and implementation.

It is anticipated that the gap analysis will start in December 2017 and last for approximately 12 weeks. The date of submission for the final report is expected to be 13 February 2018. The SSR2 Review Team reserves the right to modify or change this timeline at any time, as necessary. All responses (including proposals, supporting documentation, questions, etc.) must be submitted to ssr2-gap-analysis@icann.org by 7 November 2017.

Learn more about the SSR2 Review Team.

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.

October 27, 2017   No Comments

ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY17

LOS ANGELES – 27 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their FY17 financial statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, these and other financial documents are posted to the ICANN Current Year (FY17) Financial Information page and the Financial Information for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) page.

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 28 October 2017.

ICANN invites the community to review the audited financial statements. Please 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:

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.

October 27, 2017   No Comments

ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

LOS ANGELES – 26 October 2017 – The ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors.

PTI Board of Directors

Lise Katrine Fuhr
Europe
(Two-year term)

Wei Wang
Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands
(Three-year term)

Fuhr and Wang will take up their positions immediately after ICANN’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place from 28 October to 3 November in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should have the following basic criteria:

  • Understand ICANN’s mission and operation.
  • Are committed to ICANN’s success.
  • Work effectively in English.
  • Have integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment.
  • Support decision-making within groups. Have experience in world affairs.
  • Contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise.
  • Can work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust.

To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit http://nomcom.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.

October 26, 2017   No Comments

Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Diversity

Open Date: 26 October 2017 Close Date: 15 December 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
Categories/Tags: Diversity
Brief Overview:

This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations to Improve Diversity. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1).

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/accountability-diversity-2017-10-26-en

October 26, 2017   No Comments

Request for Information: Address Validation Solutions

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking information regarding commercial services that focus on global address validation.

The Request for Information is intended to educate ICANN organization and its contract parties on various tools in the marketplace that support physical address validation including geographic coverage, service availability and response times. The findings will assist with education and awareness of possible solutions that will be able to support our objectives to protect registrants and support greater accuracy of WHOIS information.

The RFI is scheduled to take place from 26 October 2017 through 27 November 2017.

For a complete overview of the RFI, please see here [PDF, 162 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing addressvalidation-rfi@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 27 November 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

October 26, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for GAC Members from the Middle East and GAC Newcomers

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Middle East members and GAC newcomers. The workshop is organized by ICANN in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group. It will be held on 28 October, on the first day of ICANN’s 60th Public Meeting (ICANN60), in Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates (UAE) with the support of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

This is the first capacity building workshop targeting GAC members in the Middle East. From ICANN, Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, and Thomas Schneider, Chair of the GAC, will be present at the workshop along with executives, the regional ICANN team, and community members.

The workshop will focus on raising awareness about ICANN policy making processes and assisting the GAC members and governments in the Middle East on how to effectively participate and contribute to ICANN. It will also introduce policy topics and working groups relevant to the work of the GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the participants on how ICANN can help them foster and boost their participation.

The workshop will cover wide a range of topics including:

  • Introduction to ICANN and its role and work in the Middle East region
  • Role of ICANN in the global Internet Governance Ecosystem
  • Update on ICANN constituencies and cross community work at ICANN60

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 316 KB].

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/

October 23, 2017   No Comments

Revisions to Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023

LOS ANGELES – 23 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is announcing changes to the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Read the report and revised dates: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/report-comments-icann-meetings-dates-23oct17-en.pdf [PDF, 388 KB].

On 21 August, ICANN posted initial proposed dates for Public Comment: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/icann-meetings-dates-2017-08-21-en. After reviewing the comments received to date, ICANN has revised the dates for five of the nine ICANN Public Meetings to be held from 2021 to 2023.

The Public Comment period has been extended 10 days following the posting of the report to give the community an opportunity to comment on the revised dates. The new close date for the Public Comment period is 2 November 2017.

The final step will be for the ICANN organization to announce and publish the official dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Background

In choosing meeting dates, ICANN takes care to avoid conflicts with global, national, and religious holidays and other community events. The dates are posted for Public Comment to give the community an opportunity to review the proposed dates and bring any concerns or potential conflicts to our attention before we post the official meeting dates.

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.

October 23, 2017   No Comments

Call for Volunteers: GNSO New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP WG Work Track 5 (Geographic Names at the top-level)

In Brief

The New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group seeks volunteers to serve on a new sub team, known as Work Track 5, which will focus exclusively on the treatment of geographic names at the top level. This issue is one of the topics in the WG’s charter [PDF, 196 KB].

What This Team Will Do

Work Track 5 will focus on developing proposed recommendations regarding the treatment of geographic names at the top-level. The Work Track may make recommendations on policy and/or implementation related to 2-letter codes, 3-letter codes, short form and full country and territory names, city/state/region names, and other geographically significant names.

How This Team Will Work

ICANN WGs use transparent, open processes. The meetings of this Work Track will be recorded, transcribed, and the recordings will be made available to the public. The mailing list for the Work Track will be archived publicly. The group will collaborate using a public workspace for draft materials and all final work products and milestones will be documented on the WG’s wiki. In addition to a Terms of Reference, the Work Track will be governed under the GNSO Working Group Guidelines [PDF, 349 KB] as well as the GNSO PDP Manual [PDF, 260 KB].

The Work Track will be structured to encourage broad and balanced participation from different parts of the community, and includes joint community Work Track leadership from ALAC, GAC, ccNSO and GNSO. As with the other Work Tracks, WT5 leadership will be coordinated by the PDP WG co-chairs.

How to Participate

There are two ways to volunteer:

  • Members – anyone interested can volunteer to join the Work Track as a member, regardless of whether they are members of the ICANN community. Members are expected to actively contribute to mailing list conversations as well as meetings – it is anticipated that the Work Track will meet on a weekly basis via teleconference. Members are expected to provide essential input to the process, orally or through written input. Members will be required to provide a Statement of Interests (SOI).
  • Mailing list observers – for those who are merely interested in monitoring the Work Track’s conversations, there is the possibility to sign up as a mailing list “observer” which offers read-only access to the mailing list. Mailing list observers will not be permitted to post, will not receive invitations to the various meetings or calls of the Work Track and will not have to complete a Statement of Interest. At any point in time, a mailing list observer can join the Work Track as a member simply by informing the GNSO Secretariat.

In addition, there may be opportunities to provide input through public consultations and public comment processes. Note, joining Work Track 5 as a member or mailing list observer does not require joining or participating in the full Working Group, though it is encouraged.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining Work Track 5 as a member or mailing list observer, please fill in the sign up form. If you are having trouble using the sign-up form, please email gnso-secs@icann.org for assistance.

All members and observers will be listed on the PDP WG’s wiki page.

Next Steps

The call for volunteers will be circulated as widely as possible in order to ensure broad representation and participation in Work Track 5. This initial call will remain open until 20 November. Volunteers are also welcome to join the Work Track at any time after 20 November. Members who join the Work Track after work has begun will be responsible for reviewing all Work Track deliberations, agreements, and documents so that they are prepared to participate fully. Regular online meetings will be scheduled in accordance with the Work Track’s work plan, which it is expected to develop as one of its first tasks.

Drafting of WT5 Terms of Reference is currently underway with the WT leadership and will be finalized in the near future.

Background

In 2005, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) began a Policy Development Process (PDP) to consider the introduction of new gTLDs. The two-year PDP process resulted in a set of 19 GNSO policy recommendations for implementing new gTLDs. In order to implement the policy recommendations of the GNSO, a number of draft Applicant Guidebooks (AGBs) were developed by ICANN staff in consultation with the community. In June 2011, ICANN’s Board of Directors approved the final AGB and authorized the launch of the New gTLD Program.

The New gTLD Program application window opened on 12 January 2012 and a total of 1930 complete applications were received. The first set of Initial Evaluation results were released on 22 March 2013, followed by the first set of new gTLD delegations on 21 October 2013.

All applications have now completed the evaluation process and as of mid October 2017, there are over 1,200 gTLDs delegated. Although the 2012 round is ongoing, efforts to examine the round have already begun, which included the initiation of the GNSO’s PDP on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures in early 2016.

Although the original charter [PDF, 196 KB] approved by the GNSO Council put the topic of geographic names at the top level in Work Track 2 dealing with legal and regulatory issues, the full PDP Working Group approved the creation of this new Work Track 5 to focus exclusively on the treatment of geographic names at the top level.

October 22, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Board to Hold Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Abu Dhabi Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 20 October 2017 – The ICANN Board will be holding two public sessions and a Board Meeting during its upcoming workshop in Abu Dhabi, which will be taking place from 27-29 October, 2017.

The agenda of the sessions is provided below.

Date Time (UTC) Session
27 October 11:30 – 13:00 Board Technical Committee discussion on blockchain naming systems impact, design for a tamperproof root zone update system, next steps for KSK rollover
28 October 13:30 – 14:00 Discussion on FY 17 Audited Financial Statements
29 October 5:00 – 6:00 Public Board Meeting

 

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

Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/
Participant Code: 5542211258

Additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5542211258&num=1-605-475-5606

For more information about the Abu Dhabi workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2017-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.

October 20, 2017   No Comments