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October 31, 2016   No Comments

Greek Script Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing Root Zone Label Generation Rules

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Greek script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Greek Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 79 KB]. ICANN staff has reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 7.90 MB], 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 Greek script community for volunteering to develop the Greek script LGR proposal for the root zone,” said Sarmad Hussain from the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Program at ICANN. “I also want to thank the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks for coordinating this effort.”

With composition and work plan approved, the Greek script Generation Panel will start its work on the Label Generation Rules. According to the LGR Procedure, 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 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 Hussain. “We still have more work to do including organizing script panels for Hebrew, Myanmar, Sinhala and Tibetan. I encourage all interested parties to lend their skills in support of this effort.”

There are currently LGR efforts underway by Chinese, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Neo-Brahmi and Thai communities. In addition, the Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Khmer and Lao script communities have finalized their root zone LGR proposals. The Arabic script proposal has been integrated in the first 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 idntlds@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 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.

October 31, 2016   No Comments

Call for Volunteers for the Registration Directory Service (formerly WHOIS) Review Team

DEADLINE – Applications to be appointed to the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review Team are due on 7 December 2016, 23:59 UTC.

ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the second review of Registration Directory Service (formerly known as the WHOIS Review). Interested individuals are invited to provide the following information, in the template provided:

  • A biography, detailing relevant work and/or academic experience, as well as subject matter knowledge
  • Your motivation for detailing your interest in serving on the Review Team and what you will bring to the team.;
  • Specify the Supporting Organization (SO) or Advisory Committee (AC) that you would like to have consider you for nomination.

Candidates are asked to submit their application materials to reviews@icann.org by 7 December 2016, 23:59 UTC.

Note that all applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the RDS wiki page

Limited Scope Proposal

Recent discussions among the leadership of the ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO/AC) and the Board Working Group on Registration Directory Service have highlighted concerns with the expected workload and community bandwidth in light of all the WHOIS related activities currently underway. To address these concerns, and to ensure that the RDS Review is conducted efficiently and effectively, the SO/AC leaders are considering a proposal to limit the scope and timeline for this review. The current proposal would ask that the RDS Review Team limit its review to conducting an investigation of the implementation results from the last WHOIS Review Team.

More details on this limited scope will be published after the ICANN 57 Meeting in Hyderabad.

Selection of the Review Team

Under the new Bylaws, each SO/AC will have an opportunity to nominate up to seven applicants to serve on the Review Team. An applicant’s name will only be presented to the SO/AC identified by the applicant for consideration. After SO/AC nomination process concludes, all nominations will be provided to the SO/AC Leaders to conduct the selection process for the Review Team according to the specified expertise and diversity (gender and geographic) requirements from the nominations received, The Review Team may contain up to 21 members, plus an ICANN Board member (designated by the ICANN Board.)

Timeline

Call for volunteers published 28 October 2016
Deadline to apply for Review Team 7 December 2016
Application processing and SO/AC Review Team Selection December 2016 – February 2017
Review Team selected and announced 23 February 2017

Time Commitment

Applicants should be prepared to devote their time to the review process. Review Team work is expected to include regular conference calls (some of which may not be held during business hours in all time zones), and possibly up to three face-to-face meetings, each lasting two to three days.

Under the Limited Scope Proposal, the RDS Review Team may be asked to complete its work within six months of its first meeting.

Compensation

RDS Review Team members will not receive compensation from ICANN for their service on the team. However, travel, meal and lodging costs for Review Team members who participate in Review Team meetings will be reimbursed upon request in accordance with ICANN’s community travel support guidelines.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
  • Consider public, community and Board input and incorporate it as appropriate in Review Team recommendations;
  • Determine whether additional data or analysis is needed and participate in an ensuing provider selection, if necessary;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team’s work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful and feasible recommendations;
  • Provide guidance on prioritization of recommendations and definition of desired outcomes;
  • Post the draft report of the Review Team for public review and comment;
  • Deliver a final Review Team report; and
  • Designate Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the final Review Team report

Skills and Experience

To compose a well-balanced Review Team, ICANN seeks members who, in the aggregate, possess the following skills and experience:

  • Prior member of the 1st WHOIS Review Team or was an active contributor to its work
  • Prior member of the Expert Working Group on Registration Directory Service
  • Familiarity with operation of the Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Familiarity with WHOIS registrant data collection, compliance, directory service (RDDS) management
  • Familiarity with Translation and Transliteration of WHOIS Contact Information
  • Familiarity with ICANN Procedure for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Law
  • Familiarity with malware and abuse vectors and mitigations, including cybercrime
  • Familiarity with WHOIS Data Retention Waiver Process

Composition of the Review Team, depending on expertise and skills required, will aim to achieve:

  • Diversity in general, with particular attention on:
  • Geographic diversity; and
  • Gender diversity.

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Multistakeholder community understanding
  • Team spirit, adaptability, consensus-seeking attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Readiness to contribute
  • Capacity to reason objectively, putting aside personal opinions or preconceptions
  • Analytical skills

Methodology, Budget & Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget at the start. Throughout the review, there will be periodic reporting by the Review Team on its progress relative to planned schedule and budget. A clear and focused review scope is expected to assist the Review Team with prioritizing recommendations in order to optimize finite ICANN resources (time and budget).

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support could include assistance with project management; organization of work, documents and activities; as well as sharing of tools and best practices for conducting an effective review.

English is the working language of the Review Team. Key communications and documents will be translated in accordance with the ICANN Language Services policies.

Background

Community-led reviews are an important mechanism for furthering ICANN’s obligations outlined in the new Bylaws that went into force on 1 October 2016.

  • Ensuring accountability, transparency and the interests of global Internet users;
  • Preserving security, stability and resiliency of the DNS;
  • Promoting competition, consumer trust and consumer choice;
  • Registration Directory Service (WHOIS) policy.

These Specific Reviews replace the reviews that were formerly mandated under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC). The specific objectives for the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review are to review the effectiveness of WHOIS, and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data.

The first WHOIS review concluded in 2012 and was conducted under the AOC. The Final Report from the First Review Team was submitted to the ICANN Board on 11 May 2012, with Board action to approve the report and recommendations, including the implementation plan occurred on 8 November 2012. For more information on the status of the implementation activities arising out of the 1st WHOIS Review team, please visit the WHOIS Implementation Wiki.

Additional Materials

RDS Call for Volunteers presentation

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Margie Milam or Karen Mulberry at reviews@icann.org

October 28, 2016   No Comments

Call for Public Comment on the Middle East and Adjoining Countries’ (MEAC) 2016-2019 Strategy

Today, ICANN’s Middle East and Adjoining Countries Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG) announced a call for public comment on the draft MEAC 2016-2019 strategy. Consisting of 48 members and 2 observers, the MEAC-SWG was formed in June 2016 to develop ICANN’s regional engagement strategy. In developing the strategy, the MEAC-SWG followed the ICANN 2016-2020 strategic plan laid down in the ICANN bylaws, addressing the plan’s five strategic objectives below in the region.

  • Evolve and further globalize ICANN;
  • Support a healthy, stable, and resilient unique identifier ecosystem;
  • Advance organizational, technological and operational excellence;
  • Promote ICANN’s role and multistakeholder approach;
  • Develop and implement a global public interest framework bounded by ICANN’s mission.

The overall strategic objective is to “attract more active and engaged participants from the region to contribute to ICANN’s policy development processes and to acquire leading roles within the ICANN community”. The strategy has identified three main focus areas:

  • Support a Secure, Stable and Resilient DNS Infrastructure in the MEAC Region
  • Promote a Healthy and Competitive Domain Name Marketplace in the MEAC Region
  • Clarify ICANN’s Role in an Evolving Internet Ecosystem through Engaging with the MEAC Community

The draft MEAC 2016-2019 strategy can be found here [PDF, 1 MB]. Comments are due by Friday 18 November at 23.59 UTC. Comments should be submitted via email to meac.swg@icann.org.

Background

In late 2012, ICANN consulted Internet community members in the Middle East on the need for a strategy that defines ICANN’s engagement in the region. In early 2013, 22 community members from across the region came together to develop this new strategy. The group was called the Middle East Strategy Working Group (MESWG). The strategy document went through a public comment period before it was finalized and ready to be implemented. In implementing the strategy, the MESWG suggested developing implementation plans on an annual basis, in close collaboration with ICANN staff.

While the three-year mandate of the Middle East strategy concluded on 30 June 2016, ICANN staff, along with the MESWG, rolled-up their sleeves early on to evaluate the strategy and, at the same time, seek input from the regional Internet community on the need of continuing the strategy for another three years.

After public consultation at ICANN55 in Marrakech (5-10 March 2016) and productive discussions over the MEAC ICANN mailing list, the community suggested the establishment of a Charter Drafting Group (CDG) that would define the work methods of the new MEAC-SWG. The CDG worked from mid-April until mid-May of 2016, and published their work.

In mid-May 2016, a public call was announced, seeking members and observers to join a new MEAC-SWG. 50 community members responded to that call, with 48 joining as members and two as observers.

October 28, 2016   No Comments

ICANN FY16 Annual Report of Expense Reimbursement and Other Payments to ICANN Directors for the Period 1 July 2015 Through 30 June 2016

As part of its accountability and transparency processes, ICANN publishes a report in accordance with Article XVI, section 3 of the ICANN Bylaws which provides, in part, that “The Board shall publish, at least annually … a description of any payments made by ICANN to Directors (including reimbursements of expenses).”

“ICANN FY16 Annual Report of Expense Reimbursement and Other Payments to ICANN Directors for the Period 1 July 2015 Through 30 June 2016” is now posted [PDF, 380 KB] and is available to community review.

October 28, 2016   No Comments

Provide Input to the CCT Review Team at ICANN57

Provide Input to the CCT Review Team at ICANN57

The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review team (CCT-RT) is at a critical stage in its work. After 10 months of meetings and discussions, the group will soon begin to share its findings. The CCT-RT invites all stakeholders to join a community engagement session at ICANN57 in Hyderabad, India on Friday, November 4 from 09:00-10:30 IST (time conversion here) in Hall 3 to share input on the Review Team’s findings and help inform next steps.

Session Agenda

  1. CCT-RT Process update (09:00-09:05)
  2. Take-away from surveys/studies (09:05-09:20)
    • Global Consumer Survey and Global Domain Name Registrant Survey (Nielsen)
    • Economic Analysis on New gTLD Program’s Competition Effects (Analysis Group)
    • Interviews (AM Global)
  3. CCT-RT narratives and high-level findings (09:20-10:00)
    • Competition & Consumer Choice followed by Q&A
    • Safeguards & Trust followed by Q&A
    • Application & Evaluation Process followed by Q&A
  4. Work plan & timeline (10:00-10:05)
  5. Open microphone (10:05-10:30)

How can I participate?

Join us in-person on Friday, November 4 from 09:00 – 10:30 IST (time conversion here) in Hall 3 or remotely via the Adobe Connect Room to voice your unique feedback. Audio transcripts of the session will be made available on the sessions detail page.

Suggestions can also be sent to the CCT-RT’s dedicated mailing-list: input-to-cctrt@icann.org, which is publicly archived.

What is the focus of the CCT Review?

The CCT Review is examining how the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice in the domain name space. It is also examining the effectiveness of the application and evaluation procesess, as well as the safeguards put in place to mitigate issues involved in the introduction or expansion of gTLDs.

What are Reviews?

The CCT Review is a part of ICANN’s “Specific Reviews.” Specific Reviews are led by the global Internet community, and serve as a tool for the community to provide input into ICANN’s processes. Specific Reviews look at past performance and current processes to make recommendations that will help ICANN improve future performance. The reviews take a fact-driven approach to measure progress and deliver a health-check that identifies recommendations for improvement.

How can I find out additional information?

Note: The CCT-RT will be holding a two-day face-to-face meeting on 2-3 November. For details on how to listen in or join in-person, visit here.

October 27, 2016   No Comments

Root Stability Study Draft Report Available for Public Comment

LOS ANGELES – 27 October 2016 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published [PDF, 2.74 MB] a draft report regarding the Continuous Data-Driven Analysis of Root Server System Stability (CDAR). The study examines the technical impact of the New gTLD Program on the security and stability of the root Domain Name System (DNS).

Comment on the study.

ICANN commissioned the CDAR study, which was conducted by independent research organization TNO and its consortium partners, SIDN and NLnet Labs. The findings will help the ICANN community determine if additional steps are required to safeguard the root zone’s security and stability as more new gTLDs are delegated in the future. The ICANN Board of Directors adopted Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) recommendation to:

  • Study the effects of the New gTLD Program on the operations of the DNS root system.
  • Postpone delegation of new gTLDs until it can be determined that the delegations in the current round have not jeopardized the root system’s security or stability.

Key Findings and Recommendations:

The study did not find any evidence that the delegation of new gTLDs degraded the security and stability of the root DNS system. In the New gTLD Program, the rate of delegation has been kept at a gradual rate to ensure that timely mitigation actions can be taken in case signs of degradation are observed. The study’s authors advise that the rate of new gTLD delegations remain gradual.

They also recommended continuous monitoring of a set of risk parameters, most importantly the volume of DNS queries across all root servers, and the increase in the amount of processing required of root name servers, which would reduce traffic handling capacity of the servers.

Representatives from the CDAR research consortium will discuss the reported findings and solicit feedback during a session at ICANN57.

New gTLD Program Reviews

The CDAR study is part of a series of reviews assessing whether the objectives of the New gTLD Program are being met. The reviews are exploring a number of areas including the effects of the Program on competition, consumer trust and consumer choice; the effectiveness of the application and evaluation process, as well as the effectiveness of Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) and other safeguards built in to the Program.

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.

October 27, 2016   No Comments

Updated PDT Specifications: Whois Test Updates

October 26, 2016   No Comments

Updated PDT Specifications: Whois Test Updates

October 26, 2016   No Comments

ICANN Audited Financial Statements for FY16 Have Been Published

In support of its continued commitment to accountability and transparency, ICANN today published FY16 financial results accompanied by an unqualified audit report from its independent auditors, BDO LLP. The Report of Independent Auditors and Financial Statements for ICANN for the years ending 30 June 2016 and 2015 is available on the "Financial Information for ICANN" page of www.icann.org and is also included in this announcement.

In accordance with Article XVI of ICANN’s Bylaws, the audited financial statements are to be posted within 120 days following the close of the fiscal year, or by 31 October 2016. ICANN’s FY16 Audited Financial Statements are now posted [PDF, 184 KB] and are available to the community. The Community is invited to review ICANN’s audited financials and to provide commentaries and/or questions.

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.

October 26, 2016   No Comments