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Root Stability Study Final Report Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 8 March 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the final report regarding the Continuous Data-Driven Analysis of Root Server System Stability (CDAR). The study examines the New gTLD Program’s technical impact of the delegation of new gTLDs on the security and stability of the root Domain Name System (DNS) and is informed by publicly available, historical measurement data.

Read the report [PDF, 3.49 MB].

The CDAR study was conducted by independent research organization TNO and its consortium partners, SIDN and NLnet Labs. The findings will help the ICANN community going forward to determine if any additional steps are necessary if more TLDs are to be added the root zone system.

A draft report was published for comment on 27 October 2016. The revised, final version available today incorporates suggestions received during the public comment period. The revisions include additional discussion regarding the data used and recommendations presented in the original report. Additionally, some of the presented analysis results in the draft report are updated based on data that became available after the publication of the draft report. The report of public comments [PDF, 520 KB], which includes summary and analysis of the comments received regarding the study’s findings, was published on 9 February 2017.

ICANN commissioned this study in response to a recommendation from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to examine the technical impact of the delegation of new gTLDs on the security or stability of the root DNS system. The final report is expected to serve as input for community discussions regarding the future expansion of the root zone. The findings and recommendations will also be presented to the ICANN Board for consideration.

New gTLD Program Reviews

ICANN’s New gTLD Program has enabled hundreds of new top-level domains to enter into the Internet’s root zone since the first delegations occurred in October 2013. The CDAR study is part of a series of comprehensive reviews of the program that are currently underway in a number of areas, including competition, consumer trust and choice, security and stability, rights protection and other areas.

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. That address has to 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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

March 8, 2017   No Comments

ICANN’s Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, and Five-Year Operating Plan Update

Open Date: 8 March 2017 Close Date: 28 April 2017
Originating Organization: ICANN
Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance
Brief Overview: Focusing on ICANN’s commitment to the multistakeholder model, ICANN’s Draft FY18 Operating Plan & Budget and an associated update to the Five-Year Operating Plan are provided for community discussion and public comment. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plan described in these two linked documents. These documents incorporate refinements on previous years based on regular interaction with the ICANN Community and reflect FY17’s planned accomplishments towards the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the Board in October 2014.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fy18-budget-2017-03-08-en

March 8, 2017   No Comments

Enhancing Accountability Guidelines for Good Faith

Open Date: 7 March 2017 Close Date: 24 April 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
Categories/Tags:
  • Bylaws
  • Legal/Regulatory
  • Policy Development
  • Transparency/Accountability
Brief Overview:

This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 draft recommendations [PDF, 596 KB] on Guidelines for standards of conduct presumed to be in good faith associated with exercising removal of individual Directors of the ICANN Board (Guidelines for Good Faith or GGF). These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability, Work Stream 1).

The CCWG-Accountability reviewed these draft recommendations at its 22 February 2017 plenary meeting and approved their publication to gather public comments.

Following the public comment period the inputs will be analyzed by the CCWG-Accountability WS2 who will consider amending its recommendations in light of the comments received and will publish a report on the results of the public consultation. If significant changes are required as a result of the public consultation the CCWG-Accountability WS2 may opt to have a second public consultation on the amended recommendations. If there are no significant changes required, the CCWG-Accountability WS2 will forward the final recommendations on improving ICANN’s Transparency to its Chartering Organizations for approval and then to the ICANN Board for consideration and adoption.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/enhancing-accountability-guidelines-good-faith-2017-03-07-en

 

March 7, 2017   No Comments

Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team Draft Report of Recommendations For New gTLDs Available for Public Comment

LOS ANGELES – 7 March 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the publication of the Draft Report from the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team with its recommendations for the New gTLD Program.

Executive summary. [PDF, 71 KB]

Summary of Recommendations. [PDF, 1.34 MB]

Read the report. [PDF, 3.91 MB]

The report examines the extent to which the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice in the domain name system. It also assesses the effectiveness of the safeguards ICANN has implemented to mitigate issues related to the introduction of new gTLDs. The report is available for public comment through 27 April 2017. Feedback will be incorporated into a Final Report.

Comment on the report.

The review team findings include the following:

  • New gTLDs currently account for about 9 percent of registrations in all gTLDs, which suggests that registrants are making use of a broader range of gTLDs.
  • More than half of new registrations of gTLDs have been in new gTLD strings. If ccTLDs are included, registrations are divided roughly into thirds among new gTLDs, legacy gTLDs and ccTLDs.
  • ICANN contractual compliance has reported that 96 percent of registries are performing the analysis that is required to determine if they are being used to perpetrate security threats.
  • At present, there is no mechanism in place to ensure that voluntary public interest commitments do not negatively impact the public interest prior to going into effect. Therefore, it is important for voluntary PICs to be made available to the community during the public comment period of the application process.
  • Outreach programs that were put in place to facilitate and encourage applications from the Global South were thought to be both poorly monitored and largely ineffective.

To learn more about the report findings and recommendations, read the blog.

More Information

The CCT Review Team will meet at ICANN58 and brief the community on its findings and recommendations at their consultation session on 12 March – 9 AM CET in Hall A3. The CCT Review Team work and detailed ICANN58 Program can also be followed via their dedicated wikipage.

Background

The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team was convened in 2015 under the Affirmation of Commitments. Under ICANN’s new Bylaws, the review is now referred to as a “Specific Review”.

Specific Reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws and are crucial to the legitimacy and accountability of ICANN. Specific Reviews serve as ICANN’s progress report to the world. The reviews demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments and identify areas where ICANN can improve. Specific Reviews are conducted by members of the stakeholder community who look at past processes, actions and outcomes in order to make recommendations to improve future performance.

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. That address has to 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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

March 7, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

March 3, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

March 3, 2017   No Comments

Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Implementation Guidelines

Open Date: 3 March 2017 Close Date: 17 April 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Second-Level Domains
Brief Overview: The Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Implementation Guidelines relate to the IDN registration policies and practices, designed to minimize the risk of cybersquatting and consumer confusion, to cater to the interests of communities using local languages and scripts. Following the Call for Community Experts, a Working Group (WG) was formed in to review the current version (3.0) of the IDN Implementation Guidelines, last updated in 2011. The WG has finalized its work and solicits feedback of the community on the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Internationalized Domain Names 4.0 [PDF, 363 KB], the proposed update to the current Guidelines.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/idn-guidelines-2017-03-03-en

March 3, 2017   No Comments

Annual IANA Functions, DNSSEC Audits Validate ICANN Systems Controls

LOS ANGELES – 2 March 2017 ­– The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has completed audits of the IANA registry management systems and the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) services it provides. International accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted the audits for the period of 1 December 2015 through 30 September 2016.

For the fourth consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 audit of the IANA registry maintenance systems shows that ICANN has the appropriate controls in place to ensure the security, availability and processing integrity of IANA functions transactions.

For the seventh consecutive year, ICANN has achieved SOC 3 certification for its management of the DNSSEC root key signing key, which is the trust anchor of the domain name system. SOC 3 certification demonstrates that ICANN’s root key signing key processes contain appropriate security measures, and that these processes have been executed as planned. The certificate is publicly available at http://iana.org/audits.

During the period, ICANN upgraded the physical security systems of the Key Management Facilities. “Physical security is an important line of defense to protect the root key signing key,” said Elise Gerich, ICANN’s Vice President of IANA and Technical Operations. “The upgrade helped us stay SOC compliant and promotes the prevention and detection of unauthorized access.” Gerich also serves as President of Public Technical Identifiers, an affiliate of ICANN.

SOC audits evaluate an organization’s controls in relation to "trust services principles and criteria" managed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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. That address has to 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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

March 2, 2017   No Comments

Inaugural ICANN DNS Symposium to be Held in Madrid

LOS ANGELES – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced a new event that will be held in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday, 13 May 2017. The ICANN DNS Symposium is intended to provide a technical forum for individuals to discuss topics related to all aspects of the Domain Name System (DNS).

Attendees should have a foundational understanding of the DNS. Topics for the initial event will focus on DNS-related activities within ICANN, including research, security, root server operations, IANA functions and more. To learn more about the symposium or to register for the event, please visit https://www.icann.org/ids.

The ICANN DNS Symposium will be co-located with OARC 26 (DNS-OARC Workshop), which will be held 14-15 May. Additional events occurring in Madrid earlier that week are the ICANN GDD Industry Summit from 9-11 May, which is targeted at new gTLD Program contracted parties, followed by the 6th Registration Operations Workshop on 12 May.

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. That address has to 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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

March 1, 2017   No Comments

Reminder: Nomination Period For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Now Open | Nominations Close 20 March 2017

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN is pleased to remind community members that the nomination period for ICANN’s Multistakeholder Ethos Award will be open until 20 March 2017.

The ideal recipient(s) will have served in roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and collaborated with more than one Supporting Organization and/or Advisory Committee in a significant capacity.

Candidates for the award will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN Community.

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of community members appointed by the Chairs of each Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria:

  1. Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN’s multistakeholder model;
  2. Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests; and
  3. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN’s multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees.

Please submit your nominations via this Nomination Form including detailed information outlining why the nominee meets the award criteria. Any additional information in support of nominations and/or questions about the award process may be submitted via email at ethosaward2017@icann.org.

Award recipient(s) will be announced in June 2017 at ICANN59 Johannesburg. For more insights on the award program, please consult the ICANN Community Wiki.

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

March 1, 2017   No Comments