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The Sinhala Script Community Forms the Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

LOS ANGELES – 3 January 2018 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today announced the formation of the Generation Panel to develop root zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Sinhala script.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Sinhala script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Sinhala Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 391 KB]. The ICANN org reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled.

“On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Sinhala script community for volunteering to develop the Sinhala script LGR proposal for the root zone,” said Sarmad Hussain, the Director of IDN Programs at ICANN. “We would also like to thank Theekshana Company and the University of Colombo School of Computing in Sri Lanka for providing the institutional support to the panel.”

With composition and work plan approved, the Sinhala script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], the starting point of any Generation Panel’s work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its second version (MSR-2) released on 27 April 2015. The full specification of Generation Panel’s tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB] in particular, Section B.3 “Variant Rule Generation Procedure”.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate our appreciation for the efforts of many communities towards developing their root zone LGR proposals,” said Sarmad Hussain. “We still have more work to do including organizing script panels for Hebrew, Myanmar and Tibetan. I encourage interested parties to lend their skills in support of this effort.

There are currently LGR efforts underway by Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Neo-Brahmi and Sinhala script using communities. In addition, the Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai script communities have finalized their root zone LGR proposals, of which many have been integrated in the second edition of the Root Zone LGR.

Learn more about how you can speak up for your language by visiting the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules.

For further information on the IDN Program at ICANN, please visit www.icann.org/idn. To start a new Generation Panel or to get involved in an existing one, please email at IDNProgram@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org

January 3, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Publishes ICANN60 By the Numbers Report

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN60 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. This report summarizes our findings from ICANN’s second Annual General Meeting of the new meeting strategy. This report is part of ICANN’s commitment to transparency.

By the Numbers Report highlights include:

  • 1,929 checked-in participants, with 718 listing their region as APAC
  • 23% of attendees participating for the first time
  • 407 sessions held, for a total of 696 hours
  • 84,955 schedule website page views
  • 116.6 terabytes of data as network traffic
  • 13% of network traffic was Interrnet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a 3% increase from ICANN58 Copenhagen

Our goal is to improve on the statistics we collect, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make.

Click here to download the full ICANN60 by the Numbers Report [PDF, 8.4 MB].

If you have questions, please email: meetings@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.

December 20, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Seeking Mentor for Global Indigenous Ambassador Program for ICANN61

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a call for a volunteer to serve as a mentor for the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program during ICANN61.

ICANN announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program in June 2017. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, which will be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities, as well as one mentor. Through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community.

ICANN is now accepting applications for anyone interested in serving as a mentor for the two Global Indigenous Ambassadors during ICANN61. Mentors must be familiar with ICANN and At-Large, and have been active in one of the constituencies. Mentors must also meet a number of criteria listed on this webpage and follow the requirements for coaches as described in the ICANN Fellowship handbook.

The selected mentor will receive travel and hotel accommodations, as well as a per diem, for ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will be held from 10-15 March 2018.

The deadline for submitting applications is 8 January 2018. Applications are available here.

ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity!

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, 2017   No Comments

New Report Presents Syntax and Operability Accuracy of WHOIS Data in gTLDs

LOS ANGELES – 19 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) Phase 2 Cycle 5 Report. This is a follow-up to previous ARS Reports which have been published semi-annually since December 2015.

Read the Report.

The report explores both the syntax and operability accuracy of WHOIS records in generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as compared to the requirements of the 2009 and 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAAs). It also examines the leading types of nonconformance, trends, and comparisons of WHOIS accuracy across gTLD types, ICANN regions, and RAA versions.

The ICANN org developed accuracy tests to answer questions about the syntax (format and content) and operability (e.g., does an email sent to the email address provided in the WHOIS record go through?) of a sample of WHOIS records. Then, using statistical methods, syntax and operability accuracy estimates were provided for the population of domains in gTLDs as a whole, as well as for several subgroups of interest.

Key Findings

The analysis found that:

  • Nearly all WHOIS records contain information that can be used to establish immediate contact: In 98 percent of records, at least one email or phone number meets all operability requirements of the 2009 RAA.
  • Approximately 94 percent of email addresses, 67 percent of telephone numbers, and 98 percent of postal addresses were operable (see Table 1 below for more information).

Table 1: Overall gTLD Operability Accuracy by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval)

  Email Telephone Postal Address All Three Accurate
All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 93.8% ± 0.4% 66.9% ± 0.8% 98.4% ± 0.3% 63.4% ± 0.9%
  • In terms of syntax accuracy, approximately 99 percent of email addresses, 90 percent of telephone numbers, and 89 percent of postal addresses were found to meet all the requirements of the 2009 RAA (see Table 2 below for more information).

Table 2: Overall gTLD Syntax Accuracy to 2009 RAA Requirements by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval)

  Email Telephone Postal Address All Three Accurate
All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 99.6% ± 0.1% 90.2% ± 0.5% 88.9% ± 0.6% 81.5% ± 0.8%

The report also shows a breakdown of accuracy rates by ICANN region (see Figure 1 below for more information).

Figure 1: Overall gTLD Syntax and Operability Accuracy by ICANN Region

Overall gTLD Syntax and Operability Accuracy by ICANN Region

Next Steps

Results included in the report have been provided to ICANN’s Contractual Compliance team, which will assess the types of errors found and follow up with registrars on potentially inaccurate records. If WHOIS inaccuracy and/or format complaints are created from the WHOIS ARS data, ICANN Contractual Compliance will issue tickets in accordance with the Contractual Compliance Approach and Process [PDF, 292 KB]. Compliance provides updates on a quarterly basis, which include updates on WHOIS ARS tickets and can be found here. In response to ICANN community requests, the ICANN org now publishes additional metrics on the WHOIS ARS Contractual Compliance Metrics page here.

The ICANN org will begin work on the next WHOIS ARS report in January 2018, with a targeted publication date of June 2018.

Learn more:

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – 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, 2017   No Comments

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Response from Legal Firm Hamilton to Community Questions Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2017 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today published a memo from the Hamilton law firm, which provides responses to questions raised by the community regarding generic top-level domain name (gTLD) registration directory services and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This memo is the second in a series [PDF, 253 KB] of memoranda that will address these matters. Read the memo here [PDF, 577 KB].

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 18, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Office of the Ombudsman 2017 Annual Report

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2017 – Herb Waye, ICANN Ombudsman, is pleased to announce the publication of the ICANN Office of the Ombudsman 2017 Annual Report.

View the report.

The report is available in all official ICANN languages. If you have any questions for the Ombudsman, contact him at ombudsman@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.

December 18, 2017   No Comments

Kim Davies Appointed VP, IANA Functions and President, PTI

LOS ANGELES – 15 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that Kim Davies, Director of Technical Services, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has been appointed to the position of Vice President, IANA Services and President, 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.

Following Elise Gerich’s departure announcement, the ICANN organization, in conjunction with the PTI Board, conducted an extensive and exhaustive search for a replacement. The opening attracted a wide array of applicants, many of which were well qualified.

As VP of IANA Services, Davies will be reporting to the President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD), Akram Atallah. “Kim was a natural choice for this position. He has a deep and wide understanding of both IANA and PTI, which he has cultivated during his long tenure as Director of Technical Services,” said Atallah. “I’d also like to extend our gratitude to Elise, who was pivotal in establishing the IANA Department as an example of reliability and customer service.”

In this role, Davies will be responsible for ensuring that the IANA functions are performed in a secure, stable, and efficient manner with a commitment towards operational excellence. As President of PTI, he will also serve as one of the five directors on the PTI Board.

“The IANA team has worked hard to establish themselves as a leader within the technical community,” said Davies. “As we move forward, I want us to focus on continuing to optimize our business process and solidifying the community’s confidence in our ability to deliver on the services we provide.”

Davies will be assuming the role starting 1 January 2018, following Gerich’s official departure from the organization.

Davies joined the organization in 2005, serving as Manager of Root Zone Services and Technical Liaison prior to his role as Director of Technical Services. Prior to joining ICANN, he worked as Technical Policy Advisor at the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, and has been involved in various facets of the ICANN community since the mid-1990s.

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 15, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN published an update to the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta), which presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

View the Health Index [PDF, 2.65 MB]

The gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) was first published in July 2016. ICANN plans to publish these statistics twice a year to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted. A community Advisory Panel is working with ICANN to refine the Index in preparation for publishing version 1.0.

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 14, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Publishes Report of Public Comments on PTI and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Draft FY19 Plans

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Report of Public Comments [PDF, 128 KB] on draft FY19 operating and budget plans for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). This detailed report includes responses to each of the 16 individual comments submitted. The report has been structured by comment theme and is accompanied by a sortable spreadsheet, to make it easier to find related comments and responses.

The PTI Board will consider PTI’s budget at its January 2018 meeting and the ICANN Board will consider IANA’s budget at its February 2018 meeting.

The Draft FY19 PTI and IANA operating plans and budgets documents are published 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.

December 14, 2017   No Comments

Proposed Incremental Changes to the ICANN Meetings Strategy

Open Date: 14 December 2017 Close Date: 01 February 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Meetings
Categories/Tags: Events / Conferences
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on proposed incremental changes to the current strategy for ICANN Public Meetings. The proposed changes were developed by community leaders during a call on 17 August 2017 and subsequently detailed in a report for the purposes of this consultation.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-changes-meetings-strategy-2017-12-14-en

December 14, 2017   No Comments