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NextGen@ICANN Program Opens Application Round for ICANN60

ICANN is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming more engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you’re ready to start your journey, ICANN60 could be the place to start!

The ICANN60 Public Meeting will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 28 October – 3 November 2017. To be eligible for the NextGen@ICANN Program, you must live in the region, be between the ages of 18 and 30, and be interested in Internet governance. If selected, you will receive a grant that includes airfare, hotel and a stipend.

The application round for ICANN60 opens on 15 May 2017. The deadline to apply is 23 June 2017.

  • If you’re new to NextGen@ICANN, please apply here.
  • If you’ve participated previously in NextGen@ICANN and would like to mentor new participants, consider becoming an Ambassador. Apply here.

Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 24 July 2017.

Learn more about NextGen@ICANN!

May 15, 2017   No Comments

ICANN FY16 Form 990 Announcement

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues to provide accountability and transparency on its financial results with the publication of its US tax return (“Form 990”), which is available on the Financial Information for ICANN page of The Form 990 is the United States tax return for organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Form 990 contains information and disclosures as required by the IRS on financial statements, funding sources, compensation practices, and much more. It is a useful source of information, which we invite the ICANN community to review and offer comments or questions as desired (

ICANN filed its Form 990 [PDF, 5.54 MB] for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2016 with the Internal Revenue Service on 12 May 2017 in compliance with the extended due date of 15 May 2017.

May 15, 2017   No Comments

ICANN59 Community Webinar

Webinar ICANN59

ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be ICANN’s second ever Policy Forum. This four-day meeting will be focused on policy and advice development work, as well as outreach activities.

ICANN will be holding an informational webinar on Tuesday, 16 May 2017, at 1600 UTC to provide the community with a full update on ICANN59, including information on logistics, accommodations and travel. Details on the meeting schedule for Johannesburg will also be shared during the webinar, as well as being posted on the ICANN59 meeting website.

The Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/ACs) have taken the lead in organizing the meeting’s program. As a reminder, there will be no official opening ceremony and no public forums, but networking receptions held each night will allow participants to interact outside of work sessions. Mornings will be dedicated to individual and joint sessions of the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, and aft­ernoons will feature cross-community sessions exploring a variety of topics, including ongoing policy development efforts.

The call is open for all to attend. The presentation and recording will be posted shortly after the conclusion of the webinar.

While we understand that there is a short notice period for this call, we wanted to hold the call as soon as feasible and allow people to listen to the recording when convenient for them. If you have questions, but are unable to attend, please email them to We will answer submitted questions during the call as best we can, which you can then listen to once the recording has been posted to the ICANN site.

How to participate:

Link to Adobe Connect:
Upon logging into Adobe Connect, a pop up window will provide you the option to Listen Only or Dial Out to your Phone. Enter your Phone Number (remember to change the Country Code if needed). After joining the call, as a courtesy to others and the presenters, please MUTE your phone. This can be done by selecting *6 on your keypad. To UNMUTE select *6 again.

If you are Unable to log into Adobe Connect and can only join via phone:
List of International dial-In numbers:
Participant Passcode: 353 525 7619

If you have questions, please send an email

May 11, 2017   No Comments

LAC DNS Marketplace Study – Now Available in Spanish and Portuguese!

MONTEVIDEO – 11 May 2017 – We are happy to announce that the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Domain Name System (DNS) Marketplace Study is now available in Spanish and Portuguese. On 13 March 2017, ICANN published the final report, which was completed after receiving feedback through the Public Comments process.

Translating this important resource into the languages of the region will facilitate a wider distribution and a higher level of awareness about the domain name industry in the region. Commissioned in January 2016, the study investigates the current state of the Internet and domain name industry, explores best practices for the uptake of domain names and analyzes the ecosystem. It recommends new business potentials based on global benchmarks and proposes a way forward for the region.

Read the LAC DNS Marketplace Study:

May 11, 2017   No Comments

The Fourth Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum to Take Place in Cairo, Egypt

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC), is organizing the fourth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum. The event, hosted by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt, will take place on 22 and 23 May under the theme “Strengthening Digitial Presence in the Middle East”.

The Forum will cover topics related to the global domain marketplace, with regional perspectives from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and new industry trends resulting from the introduction of over 1000 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Other topics to be covered will include the regional digital economy, hosting businesses and entrepreneurship in Egypt, and the role of women in the tech industry.

Cherine Chalaby, Vice-Chairman of the ICANN Board, and Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD), will be giving keynote speeches at the forum’s opening session. The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser El-Kady will also address the audience at the opening ceremony along with officials from the NTRA and ISOC.

The objective of this annual event is to bring together interested parties from the region and world experts in the field, to share experiences and update the audience on new developments in the domain industry on both a global and regional level. The forum provides participants with an opportunity to:

  • Interact with ICANN leadership and industry experts on recent developments and top trends in the global domain industry
  • Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry
  • Learn about new approaches to establish and expand commercial online presence

This edition of the Middle East DNS Forum builds on the previous forums held across the region, namely in the UAE (2014), Jordan (2015) and Tunisia (2016). By holding the forum in different parts of the Middle East, ICANN aims to provide equal opportunity to inform the region’s different communities about the domain industry and engage with them on how best to strengthen the Middle East’s digital presence.

ICANN is committed to helping develop a stronger and dynamic regional domain industry, and we look forward to this fourth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum.

The agenda and full list of speakers are available at the forum’s website.

You can register for the event here.

Remote participation will be available to those interested in participating, but unable to attend. The link will be provided as the event approaches.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254

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:

May 10, 2017   No Comments

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .PIONEER, .FUJITSU, .OBI, .SHARP, .TOYOTA, and .LEXUS TLDs

Open Date: 8 May 2017 Close Date: 20 June 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
  • Top-Level Domains
  • Second-Level Domains
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Security/Stability
Brief Overview:

Five (5) Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) requests were submitted by the registry operators listed below to allow the release of country and territory names for the below TLDs. In total, the requests concern six (6) new gTLDs.

Proposal TLD Registry Name Documents
2017008 .PIONEER Pioneer Corporation Pioneer Corporation Requested 03 March 2017
2017007 .FUJITSU Fujitsu Limited Fujitsu Limited Requested 03 March 2017
2017004 .OBI OBI Group Holding SE & Co. KGaA OBI Group Holding SE & Co. KgaA Requested 17 February 2017
2016022 .SHARP Sharp Corporation Sharp Corporation Requested 29 April 2016

Currently, the .PIONEER, .FUJITSU, .OBI, .SHARP, .TOYOTA, and .LEXUS Registry Agreements require country and territory names contained in specific internationally recognized lists to be withheld from registration or allocated to the registry operator at all levels.

As required by the RSEP, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether these RSEP proposals might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN’s preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any such issues.

Following ICANN’s preliminary determination that the proposals do not raise significant competition, security or stability issues, it was further determined that the change would require a material change to the respective Registry Agreements and that an amendment is needed in order to effect the change.

The proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .PIONEER, .FUJITSU, .OBI, .SHARP, .TOYOTA, and .LEXUS. It should be noted that Specification 13 has been granted for .PIONEER on 16 July 2015, .FUJITSU on 30 July 2015, .OBI on 25 September 2014, .SHARP on 03 September 2015, and .TOYOTA and .LEXUS on 23 April 2015.


May 8, 2017   No Comments

Draft Framework of Interpretation for Human Rights

Open Date: 5 May 2017 Close Date: 16 June 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
  • Bylaws
  • Human Rights
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 (CCWG-Accountability, WS2) draft Framework of Interpretation for Human Rights. This draft was developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the CCWG-Accountability, Work Stream 1.

May 5, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

May 4, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

May 4, 2017   No Comments

The ICANN History Project Goes Live

LOS ANGELES – 4 May 2017 – ICANN is pleased to announce the launch of the ICANN History Project. The project seeks to preserve ICANN’s institutional memory by capturing stories from key figures who helped to shape the organization from its origins to the present day.

To get started, visit There, you’ll find interviews with key figures such as Ira Magaziner, former Senior Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton; Larry Strickling, former Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Vint Cerf, one of the “fathers of the Internet”; Dr. Stephen Crocker, ICANN Board Chair; and many other major players from ICANN’s past.

We’re presenting the ICANN History Project through thematic tracks so that you can delve into the topics that interest you most. The first track focuses on ICANN’s relationship with the United States Government, from the U.S. Government’s role in the establishment and development of ICANN to the steps leading up to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition.

If you want to contribute your own experiences to this project, we encourage you to share your ICANN memories with us. Send us a link to your blogs, videos or pictures via Twitter using the hashtag #ICANNHistory.

If you have any questions, please email us at

May 4, 2017   No Comments