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Proposed Renewal of .MUSEUM Sponsored Registry Agreement

Open Date: 24 August 2017 Close Date: 3 October 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements
Brief Overview: ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2007 Registry Agreement for .MUSEUM, which is set to expire on 2 November 2017. The renewal proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN and Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma), the Registry Operator for the .MUSEUM TLD).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/museum-renewal-2017-08-24-en

August 24, 2017   No Comments

Alexandra Kulikova to head Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe & Central Asia at ICANN

21 August 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Alexandra Kulikova will take over for Michael Yavushev as Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe & Central Asia. She will be assuming this role in September, following Yakushev’s departure from ICANN.

“We would like to thank Michael Yakushev for playing an integral part in building ICANN’s presence and engagement strategy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and we hope to work with him in the future, as a member of the ICANN community,” said Sally Costerton, ICANN’s Senior Vice President for Global Stakeholder Engagement. “Building on the excellent work already done by Michael in this important part of the world, Alexandra brings substantial knowledge of ICANN, Internet governance and cybersecurity to the role. She will be using that experience to further enhance our engagement program for ICANN and the community. I’m looking forward to working with her.”

Alexandra will continue to work closely with the rest of the ICANN organization and its senior management, including Regional Vice President for Europe, Jean-Jacques Sahel, to serve the region and its users.

Alexandra joined the organization in 2015, as Global Stakeoholder Engagement (GSE) Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In this role, she drove engagement initiatives across the region in close partnership with local Internet communities.

Alexandra has a strong background in Internet governance and cybersecurity, having led the Global Internet Governance and International Information Security research programme at the PIR Center, the Moscow-based non-governmental think-tank that focuses on global security issues. Alexandra holds an MSc (Hons) in Media and Communication Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, and an undergraduate degree in linguistics and multicultural communication from Moscow State Linguistic University in Russia.

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.

August 21, 2017   No Comments

Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023

Open Date: 21 AUG 2017 Close Date: 2 OCT 2017
Originating Organization: Meetings Team – Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE)
Categories/Tags:
  • Events/Conferences
  • Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview: ICANN has proposed dates for Public Meetings to be held in 2021, 2022, and 2023. In choosing meeting dates, ICANN took care to avoid conflicts with global, national, and religious holidays and other community events. The public comment period is an opportunity for the community to review the proposed dates, and bring any concerns or potential conflicts to our attention before we post the official meeting dates.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/icann-meetings-dates-2017-08-21-en

August 21, 2017   No Comments

Second Version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-2) Released

ICANN is pleased to announce that the second version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-2) has been released. RZ-LGR comprises of rules which define a set of criteria for determining valid Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels for the DNS Root Zone and their variant labels.

The first version (RZ-LGR-1), released in March 2016, integrated the Arabic script. RZ-LGR-2 integrates five additional scripts, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai. These label generation rules have been defined by the respective community-based Generation Panels and evaluated by the Integration Panel, following the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels [PDF, 1.4MB].

As additional script proposals for the RZ-LGR are developed and meet the requirements for integration, new versions of the RZ-LGR will be released. Further mechanisms are being investigated for determining how the variant labels may be allocated to those who have applied for top-level domains.

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.

August 17, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: ICANN Designated Agent for Registrar Data Escrow Services

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow (RDE) agent(s) suitable to provide RDE services to accredited registrars.

In 2007, the ICANN organization began implementing an RDE program that required accredited registrars to regularly deposit a back-up copy of gTLD registration data with the ICANN organization, through its arrangement with ICANN organization’s designated Registrar Data Escrow agent, or alternatively, an ICANN-approved RDE agent pursuant to the terms of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and the Registrar Data Escrow Specification.

Since the program launched, the industry has grown. Regulations have changed and, in turn, needs have evolved. Registrars are located throughout the world; thus, the ICANN organization will be considering RDE agents with the capability to offer broad global or multiregional support.

The objective of this request for proposal (RFP) is to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow agent(s) suitable to support the ICANN organization and its accredited registrars in their selection of designated agents across the ICANN organization regions.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 225 KB].

Indications of interest should be emailed to RrDataEscrowServices-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 06 Oct 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN organization sourcing tool may be requested via the same email (RrDataEscrowServices-RFP@icann.org).

August 17, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: Human Rights Impact Assessment RFP

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent internal Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of ICANN’s organizational operations.

The HRIA is intended to review ICANN organization’s internal operational commitment to respect human rights, including mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve global business operations. The findings will enhance the transparency of internal operations and optimize planning and budgeting necessary to meet the ICANN organization’s continued commitment to respect human rights.

The HRIA is scheduled to take place from 20th October 2017 through 15 March 2018.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF 421 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing HRIA-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 18:00 PDT on 8 September 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

August 15, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: PTI Service Organization Control Audits

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking a provider to conduct information systems audits mandated by the various contracts between the ICANN organization and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Regional Internet Registries (RIR). The audits are also part of the contract between the ICANN organization and its affiliate, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI).

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. Mainly, PTI is responsible for the operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions; domain names, number resources, and protocol parameter assignments.

The objective of this request for proposal (RFP) is to select an independent audit firm to examine the security, process integrity and availability of the controls created as part of the Trust Services Criteria for the SOC 2® and the SOC 3®. The defined audit periods are 1 October 2017 through 30 September 2018 for the SOC 2® and 1 December 2017 through 30 November 2018 for the SOC 3®.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 545 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing PTI.SOC2nSOC3.Audits-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 18:00 PDT on 8 September 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

August 11, 2017   No Comments

“Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” Report Available for Public Comment

LOS ANGELES – 9 August 2017 – ICANN today announced the publication of the report, “Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” [PDF, 2.23 MB]. The study was requested by the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCTRT). In defining the parameters of the study, the CCTRT sought to measure rates of common forms of abusive activities in the domain name system, such as spam, phishing, and malware distribution. The study aims to compare rates of these activities between new and legacy gTLDs, as well as employs inferential statistical analysis to measure the effects of DNSSEC, domain parking, and registration restrictions on abuse rates using historical data covering the first three full years of the New gTLD Program (2014 – 2016).

Comment on the report.

ICANN commissioned the study on behalf of the CCTRT in order to inform the review team’s work. It was conducted by researchers from SIDN and the Delft University of Technology.

The report is available for public comment through 19 September 2017. The CCTRT will review public comments on the study’s findings and incorporate them into their final report as they deem appropriate.

Key Findings:

  • The amount of “compromised” (i.e. “hacked”) domains appear higher in legacy gTLDs
  • The amount of “maliciously registered” (i.e. domains registered for malicious purposes) appear higher in new gTLDs
  • Registration restrictions appear to have an impact on reduced abuse rates
  • Abuse counts—or absolute number of abused domains—show relatively constant and higher levels of abuse in legacy gTLDs and an upward trend of abuse in new gTLDs
  • With some exceptions and spikes, rates of phishing and malware domains in new gTLDs, which are based on an “abused domains per 10,000” ratio, tend to be lower than in legacy gTLDs. Phishing and malware trends in new and legacy gTLDs appear to be converging to similar levels by the end of 2016
  • Privacy and proxy service-associated domains do not appear to correlate with abnormally high levels of abuse

August 9, 2017   No Comments

Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Review Final Report

Open Date: 08 August 2017 Close Date: 06 September 2017
Originating Organization: ASO
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to solicit and collect feedback on the ASO Review Final Report by ITEMS International.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/aso-review-final-2017-08-08-en

August 8, 2017   No Comments

2017 Base New gTLD Registry Agreement Now Effective

August 4, 2017   No Comments