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Kobe and Montréal Identified as ICANN Meeting Sites for 2019

26 June 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced Kobe and Montréal as the locations for ICANN’s 64th and 66th Public Meetings.

Kobe, Japan has been selected as the location in the Asia Pacific region to host ICANN’s 64th Public Meeting. The meeting will be held from 9-14 March 2019 and will be hosted by the Japan Network Information Center.

Montréal, Canada has been selected as the location in the North America region to host ICANN’s 66th Public Meeting. The meeting will be held from 2-8 November 2019 and will be hosted by Montréal Cyberjustice Laboratory.

ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. ICANN public meetings are a central principle of ICANN’s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, learning about ICANN, and interacting with other members of the ICANN Community, Board and Organization. Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the various ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy development. Participants may attend in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

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June 27, 2017   No Comments

2017 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Honors Two Members of the Global Internet Community

26 June 2017 – JOHANNESBURG – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This year, the community evaluation panel recognized two long-time members of the ICANN community: Hiro Hotta and Patricio Poblete. The awards were presented today at ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have made outstanding contributions to ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Hiro Hotta and Patricio Poblete were selected from a list of 14 nominees as those who best demonstrate the spirit of collaboration, strongly promoting consensus. These recipients have proven their commitment to ICANN’s multistakeholder model through decades of active participation and dedication.

The community panel felt that each recipient met the award criteria in distinctive ways and recognizes them for the examples they set in supporting and encouraging ICANN’s multistakeholder model in their respective regions.

Hiro Hotta, based in Japan, was recognized for his unwavering commitment to volunteer service, serving in ICANN’s community for over 18 years. Starting in 1999, he spent 2 years as a member of the Names Council of the ICANN Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO). He is one of the most long-standing members of its successor body, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. Hiro embodies the spirit of the Multistakeholder Ethos Award through his keenness to engage at all times with fellow councilors and other community members to mobilize consensus on critical policy decisions that affect the names community and ICANN.

Hiro also played a pivotal role in developing and deploying Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), including IDN country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). He spearheaded and contributed to multiple exercises to help communities across the Asia Pacific region to build meaningful Label Generation Panels. These panels ultimately led to the creation of IDN ccTLDs – making the global Internet truly multilingual, accessible, and available to all. Hiro’s contributions to this effort cannot be overstated.

Chile’s Patricio Poblete is recognized for his participation in the ICANN process before the incorporation of ICANN itself. Like Hiro, he was also a member of the DNSO. Patricio was instrumental in moving this diverse community forward to create what today are called the ccNSO, Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Business Constituency, and Intellectual Property Constituency. He was then one of the original councilors of the ccNSO, on which he served until 2011.

Throughout his time in the ICANN community, Patricio has worked both with individuals and across communities to maintain a secure, stable, and trusted Internet that continues to evolve. His commitment to equity, access, and freedom of participation in the digital world has been unwavering. The ability to achieve consensus is the foundation on which the multistakeholder model is built, and Patricio epitomizes this aspect of the multistakeholder environment.

Patricio is unique in his ability to think globally while acting locally. Patricio was a driving force in building the Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD). He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the unique needs and views of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community are represented globally. He served as an effective bridge between the policy and technical communities in Latin America, ICANN, and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) – leading to the creation of the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Center (LACNIC).

Launched in 2014 at ICANN50 in London, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledged the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance, and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN’s organization and community.

June 26, 2017   No Comments

2017 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Honors Two Members of the Global Internet Community

26 June 2017 – JOHANNESBURG – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This year, the community evaluation panel recognized two long-time members of the ICANN community: Hiro Hotta and Patricio Poblete. The awards were presented today at ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have made outstanding contributions to ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Hiro Hotta and Patricio Poblete were selected from a list of 14 nominees as those who best demonstrate the spirit of collaboration, strongly promoting consensus. These recipients have proven their commitment to ICANN’s multistakeholder model through decades of active participation and dedication.

The community panel felt that each recipient met the award criteria in distinctive ways and recognizes them for the examples they set in supporting and encouraging ICANN’s multistakeholder model in their respective regions.

Hiro Hotta, based in Japan, was recognized for his unwavering commitment to volunteer service, serving in ICANN’s community for over 18 years. Starting in 1999, he spent 2 years as a member of the Names Council of the ICANN Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO). He is one of the most long-standing members of its successor body, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council. Hiro embodies the spirit of the Multistakeholder Ethos Award through his keenness to engage at all times with fellow councilors and other community members to mobilize consensus on critical policy decisions that affect the names community and ICANN.

Hiro also played a pivotal role in developing and deploying Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), including IDN country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). He spearheaded and contributed to multiple exercises to help communities across the Asia Pacific region to build meaningful Label Generation Panels. These panels ultimately led to the creation of IDN ccTLDs – making the global Internet truly multilingual, accessible, and available to all. Hiro’s contributions to this effort cannot be overstated.

Chile’s Patricio Poblete is recognized for his participation in the ICANN process before the incorporation of ICANN itself. Like Hiro, he was also a member of the DNSO. Patricio was instrumental in moving this diverse community forward to create what today are called the ccNSO, Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Business Constituency, and Intellectual Property Constituency. He was then one of the original councilors of the ccNSO, on which he served until 2011.

Throughout his time in the ICANN community, Patricio has worked both with individuals and across communities to maintain a secure, stable, and trusted Internet that continues to evolve. His commitment to equity, access, and freedom of participation in the digital world has been unwavering. The ability to achieve consensus is the foundation on which the multistakeholder model is built, and Patricio epitomizes this aspect of the multistakeholder environment.

Patricio is unique in his ability to think globally while acting locally. Patricio was a driving force in building the Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD). He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the unique needs and views of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community are represented globally. He served as an effective bridge between the policy and technical communities in Latin America, ICANN, and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) – leading to the creation of the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Center (LACNIC).

Launched in 2014 at ICANN50 in London, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledged the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance, and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN’s organization and community.

June 25, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Releases its Final Report on Africa DNS Market Study

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the release of its Final Report on Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Market Study. This study serves as part of ICANN’s outreach efforts to support and improve the regional DNS industry. The report is the first of its kind in the region, which includes 54 countries. It was commissioned to:

  • Highlight the strengths and weaknesses in the DNS sector in Africa,
  • Develop recommendations on how to advance the industry to better exploit the opportunities available and to address identified challenges,
  • Explore options for establishing an observatory to continuously monitor the growth, development and emerging needs of the DNS market in Africa.

The findings of the report, which will guide the next steps for capacity-building in Africa, lead to significant conclusions and recommendations highlighted below:

  • There are, as of May 2017, some 5.1 million domain names associated with Africa. The total annual value of the African Domain Name market is some $52 million.
  • Many countries could usefully remove or reduce barriers to growth of the Internet industry generally and the Domain Name market in particular.
  • There is considerable potential for growth in the Domain Name market in Africa for the foreseeable future.

On 27 June, from 15:15-16:45 at Pavillon S8, ICANN will hold a public presentation to discuss the report during ICANN’s 59th Public Meeting (ICANN59), in Johannesburg. ICANN59 is also the 2nd Policy Forum, the 1st one being in Helsinki last year.

You can view and download the report here [PDF, 5.02 MB].

For more details on ICANN59, please visit: https://meetings.icann.org/en/johannesburg59

The full schedule of ICANN59 events and meetings, where you can join remotely, is available at https://schedule.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: www.icann.org

June 24, 2017   No Comments

Empowered Community Powers Triggered: FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, and Updates to Five-Year Operating Plan

On 24 June 2017, the ICANN Board adopted ICANN’s FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, the FY18 IANA Budget, and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan. Under ICANN’s post-IANA Stewardship Transition Bylaws, the Empowered Community has the power to consider and, if they choose, to reject these documents before they go into effect.

ICANN’s FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, the FY18 IANA Budget, and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan are the result of 11 months of collaborative work by the organization, community, PTI Board, and ICANN Board Finance Committee. They include:

  • Highlights of all ICANN Operations
  • Overview of ICANN’s FY18 Budget
  • Detailed FY18 Operating Plan
  • Detailed descriptions of portfolios of activities to support the goals and objectives described in the ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2016–2020, and the updated Five-Year Operating Plan
  • Detailed lists of projects for each portfolio, with project-level budgeted costs
  • Summary of changes from the Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget

The community’s continuously increasing participation in the planning process is a cornerstone of ICANN’s transparency and accountability to the global multistakeholder community. ICANN thanks all community members who contributed to the development of the budget. Budget documents for FY18 and previous years are published here.

In accordance with the ICANN Bylaws Annex D, Section 6.2, the Empowered Community now has the opportunity to trigger the following three actions:

  • Rejection of the ICANN FY18 Operating Plan and Budget
  • Rejection of the FY18 IANA Budget
  • Rejection of updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan

Each of these documents will come into effect only after giving the Empowered Community time to consider whether it will raise a petition rejecting the budgets and/or operating plans. Decisional Participants of the Empowered Community have 28 days to bring forth a petition to reject any of these documents.

If the Empowered Community does not raise a petition, both budgets will go into effect on 22 July 2017. In accordance with the ICANN Bylaws Sections 22.4(a)(ix) and 22.4(b)(ix), until the budgets are adopted, including throughout an Empowered Community Petition Process, both IANA and ICANN will operate under separate Caretaker Budgets during the period of FY18.

With the FY18 Caretaker Budget in effect, the ICANN organization will manage with limited operational impact. As noted in the FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, the ICANN FY18 Caretaker Budget prohibits ICANN from posting new positions and reduces travel and professional fees by 10%. The IANA Caretaker Budget is equal to the FY18 IANA Budget to ensure the stability of the IANA functions.

What Is the Empowered Community?

The Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers. The community powers and rules that govern the Empowered Community are defined in the ICANN Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Who Can Participate in the Empowered Community?

All of ICANN’s SOs, as well as the At-Large and Governmental ACs, are Decisional Participants, and can participate in the Empowered Community, including:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO)
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)

How Does the Empowered Community Use Its powers?

The Empowered Community has an escalation process to reject ICANN’s FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, the FY18 IANA Budget, and updates to the Five-Year Operating Plan. This escalation process gives SOs and ACs opportunities to discuss solutions with the ICANN Board.

For more information on the Empowered Community, click here.
For more information on ongoing Empowered Community petitions, click here.
For more information on upcoming Empowered Community opportunities, click here.

June 24, 2017   No Comments

ICANN holds its second African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop in South Africa

Building on the success of the first workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2017, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under Served Regions and Public Safety Working Groups are pleased to announce their collaboration with the ZA Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) on the second law enforcement agencies capacity development workshop this month from 23rd-24th June 2017 taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. With cyber security issues becoming a growing concern for Africa it is important that African Law Enforcement and consumer protection Agencies are involved in various Internet governance processes.

The underlying theme of this series of workshops is to harness the potential of African governments for participation in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) policy processes.

The workshop aims to continue to raise awareness amongst the joining African law enforcement community, particularly from our host country South Africa, on how to participate in ICANN and engage effectively in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ICANN policy making. A roundtable with ICANN community and industry will focus on collaboration around security, stability and resiliency of the Internet and a half day will be devoted to the Africa Convention on Cybersecurity and Data Protection.

A range of topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to ICANN’s mission and multistakeholder bottom-up policy development model
  • Introduction to the GAC: role, organisation and membership
  • Introduction to the PSWG: mandate and work plan
  • Definition of Abuse of the DNS that can be addressed through ICANN’s processes and contracts
  • Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and obligations of contracted parties
  • Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and tools of ICANN’s Security Stability and Resiliency Team
  • How Law Enforcement and consumer protection agencies should engage with ICANN
  • Areas of collaboration with other stakeholders (industry, technical community, RIRs, among others)
  • Discussion on WHOIS and related storage and retention of personal data;

Potential implications of European Data Protection legislation (GPDR) and African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection

The African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences on issues of DNS abuse, security, stability and resiliency with the South African Police Services, African Heads of Cybercrime units, Regional Economic Communities, the African Union as well as other representatives from governments and industry.

It will also provide an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and lessons learnt with other agencies from a wide range of countries during the ICANN, GAC, PSWG sessions taking place the following week at ICANN’s 59th public meeting in Johannesburg from 27th -29th June 2017.

The workshop is supported by the Government Engagement Department at ICANN in collaboration with ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE), Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR), Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) and Compliance teams, as well as the ZADNA.

The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 436 KB].

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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/

June 19, 2017   No Comments

GNSO Operating Procedures and ICANN Bylaws

Open Date: 19 June 2017 Close Date: 10 August 2017
Originating Organization: Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
Categories/Tags: Operating Procedures, Bylaws
Brief Overview: On 1 December 2016, the GNSO Council directed ICANN Policy Staff to draft proposed language for any necessary modifications or additions to the GNSO Operating Procedures and, if applicable, those parts of the ICANN Bylaws pertaining to the GNSO as a result of the work of the GNSO Rights & Obligations under Revised Bylaws Drafting Team. This Drafting Team was tasked to identify the GNSO’s new rights and obligations under the revised ICANN Bylaws which were adopted following the IANA Stewardship transition. A redline version of the GNSO Operating Procedures incorporating these changes, as well as the section of the ICANN Bylaws pertaining to the GNSO are now published for public comment.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/gnso-op-procedures-2017-06-19-en

June 19, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Board to Hold Public Session During Johannesburg Workshop

The ICANN Board will be holding a public session during its upcoming workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa, which will be taking place from 23-25 June, 2017, ahead of ICANN59. This session will be similar to previously held public sessions in Geneva, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark, among others.

The session, Board Review of the FY18 Final Budget, will be held on Friday, 23 June, from 15:15 – 16:45 (13:15 – 14:45 UTC).

The session will be in English only. Because of physical and logistical constraints, the format will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/
Participant Code: 5969429891

Additional access numbers:
https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5969429891&num=1-719-457-6209

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

June 16, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Announces Global Indigenous Ambassador Program

LOS ANGELES – 14 June 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, to be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities. 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. “This is an exciting opportunity for two Indigenous Ambassadors to learn about ICANN and the At-Large community, representing the best interests of Internet end users,” states Loris Taylor, President & CEO, Native Public Media.

ICANN is now accepting applications for two Global Indigenous Ambassadors. Applicants must be members of unserved or underserved tribal or native communities and meet the ICANN Fellowship Program criteria. Selected participants will receive travel, hotel, and per diem for the ICANN60 Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to be held 28 October – 3 November 2017.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 July 2017.

ICANN wants participants to learn as much as possible during ICANN60. As part of the program, Indigenous Ambassadors will:

  • Work with an indigenous mentor for the duration of the conference.
  • Attend the ICANN Newcomer Sunday meeting with a Public Responsibility Support team representative who will facilitate the session to ensure inclusion.
  • Participate in the Fellowship Morning sessions Monday through Thursday to gain an understanding of and experience with ICANN and its multi-stakeholder community.
  • Submit a detailed report within 30 days after the conference – describing activities and assessing the Ambassador’s experience. These reports help ICANN in evaluating future Fellowship efforts.

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

June 14, 2017   No Comments

Draft Framework for the Registry Operator to Respond to Security Threats

Open Date: 14 June 2017 Close Date: 31 July 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags:
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Security/Stability
  • Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview:

This public comment forum is intended to gather community feedback on the proposed Framework for the Registry Operator to Respond to Security Threats [PDF, 197 KB] that has been a collaborative effort of the members of the Security Framework Drafting Team (SFDT) on behalf of the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG), Public Safety Working Group (PSWG), Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) and ICANN organization.

The SFDT, consisting of representatives from registries, registrars, and the GAC PSWG, has collaborated with ICANN organization over the past two years to produce this draft document (“Framework”). The draft document has been reviewed by the RySG, RrSG, PSWG of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and those organizations did not object to or express concern with the draft.

ICANN organization will prepare a public comment summary report at the conclusion of the comment period. SFDT will consider in-scope comments and after finalizing the Framework document, it will be publicly posted on the ICANN website for the benefit of the community.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-framework-registry-respond-security-threats-2017-06-14-en

June 14, 2017   No Comments