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Reminder: Nomination Period For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN59 | 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. Launched in 2014 at ICANN50 in London, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledging 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 its community.

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

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

February 7, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

February 3, 2017   No Comments

New Contracting Statistics Released

February 3, 2017   No Comments

At-Large Draft Report for Public Comment: Announcement

Provide your public comment [PDF, 1.43 MB] on the Draft Report [PDF, 2.3 MB] issued by ITEMS International (ITEMS) on the Review of the At-Large.

The At-Large is the community of individual internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN and provide policy advice to the ICANN Board. Currently, more than 160 groups representing the views of individual Internet users are active throughout the world. At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is responsible for considering and providing advice on the activities of ICANN.

The criteria for the Review was developed in collaboration with the At-Large Review Working Party and focuses on At-Large Community components (ALAC, RALOs and ALSes) to assess the following:

Fulfilment of mission; adherence to Policies and Procedures, and organizational support; accountability and transparency to the public; membership processes and participation; communication; governance and management, effectiveness of execution; evaluation and measurement of outcomes; effectiveness of implementation of prior review recommendations.

View the Report:

This second At-Large Review started in May 2016. For this Draft Report, ITEMS has reviewed the At-Large community over the past nine months. The Report is based on over 100 face-to-face interviews, the analysis of 242 online survey responses, and the review of relevant documents. In addition, ITEMS has attended ICANN56 and ICANN57, interacting with the community and observing At-Large meetings, discussions, and procedures. Find the At-Large Draft Report here [PDF, 2.3 MB].

Share your Public Comment:

Provide your public comment via the Public Comment Feedback Form [PDF, 1.43 MB].

Following the review of public comments, ITEMS will provide a Final Report to be presented, together with the At-Large Review Working Party’s Feasibility Assessment, to the ICANN Board’s Organizational Effectiveness Committee for its consideration.

For more information, visit the At-Large Review wiki.

February 2, 2017   No Comments

Thick WHOIS Registration Data Directory Services Requirements to Take Effect

LOS ANGELES – 1 February 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that all ICANN gTLD contracted parties must update their registration data directory services to comply with the Thick Whois Transition Policy for .COM, .NET and .JOBS and Registry Registration Data Directory Services Consistent Labeling and Display Policy.

The policies require all gTLD registrations to be Thick with a consistent labeling and display of WHOIS output. gTLD registry operators currently providing Thin WHOIS services – .COM, .NET and .JOBS – must submit all new domain name registrations as Thick WHOIS by 1 May 2018. These registries must also migrate all data required for Thick WHOIS services for existing domain names by 1 February 2019. These changes are required by the Thick Whois Transition Policy for .COM, .NET and .JOBS. In addition, registries and registrars are required to implement the data specifications defined in the Registry Registration Data Directory Services Consistent Labeling and Display Policy by 1 August 2017. ICANN has notified contracted parties of their new responsibilities.


ICANN’s agreements with accredited registrars and with gTLD registry operators require compliance with various specifically stated procedures and “consensus policies.” Consensus policies are developed through a bottom-up, multistakeholder policy development process in accordance with ICANN Bylaws. The ICANN Board adopted GNSO consensus policy recommendations regarding the use of Thick WHOIS by all gTLD registries on 7 February 2014. The recommendations state that, “The provision of Thick Whois services, with a consistent labeling and display as per the model outlined in specification 3 of the 2013 [Registrar Accreditation Agreement], should become a requirement for all gTLD registries, both existing and future.”

Learn more:


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:

February 1, 2017   No Comments

At-Large Review: Draft Report

Open Date: 1 February 2017 Close Date: 24 March 2017
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: At-Large, Organizational Review
Brief Overview:

This Draft Report [PDF, 2.45 MB] was prepared by ITEMS International (ITEMS) who is the independent examiner conducting the At-Large Review. Please consult the Report closely before you comment. In addition to providing free-text comments, you may also use our comment template [PDF, 1.43 MB], indicating your support (or lack thereof) of the 18 recommendations contained in the ITEMS Report.

This report covers many aspects of ICANN’s At-Large Community, its structure, current functions and adherence to its mission as defined in ICANN Bylaws. Since the start of the Review process the ITEMS Review team has carried out extensive interviews (100+), as well as a global survey with 242 responses, the results of which are all presented in this report. Following the closure of this public comment, ITEMS will update its report based on feedback received and publish its Final Report.


February 1, 2017   No Comments

Call for Volunteers for the Third Review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3)

Represent the global stakeholder community by participating in ICANN Reviews. Apply today to join the team of global experts that will help improve the transparency and accountability of ICANN, and ensure it meets its commitments to the global community.

ICANN is seeking volunteers to serve on the third review of ICANN Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3). To apply, please click here [PDF, 2.78 MB] to fill out your Statement of Interest. You may also print out the Statement of Interest form and submit it to

Candidates are asked to submit their application materials by Friday, 21 April 2017, 23:59 UTC. All applications and supporting materials will be published as they are received on the public ATRT3 wiki page.

Context and Chronology

The specific objectives for the Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3) Review are to review ICANN’s execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountabile to the Internet community.

ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency Review originated under the Affirmation of Commitments in 2009. Effective 1 October 2016, ICANN’s obligation to conduct this review was incorporated into ICANN Bylaws. The composition of the Review Team will be determined by the ICANN community. For more information, please see Section 4.6. of the ICANN Bylaws.

More information is included in the “Background” section below to provide an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

Scope of the Accountability and Transparency Review

The ICANN Bylaws mandate that the community conduct a periodic Review to assess how ICANN is executing its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency. This ensures that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community. The focus of the ATRT3 Review may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Assess and improve Board governance which may include an ongoing evaluation of Board performance, the Board selection process, the extent to which the Board’s composition and allocation structure meets ICANN’s present and future needs, and the appeal mechanisms for Board decisions contained in the Bylaws;
  • Assess the role and effectiveness of the GAC’s interaction with the Board and with the broader ICANN community; make recommendations for improvements to ensure effective consideration by ICANN of GAC input on the public policy aspects of the technical coordination of the DNS;
  • Assess and improve the processes by which ICANN receives public input (including adequate explanation of decisions taken and rationale);
  • Assess the extent to which ICANN’s decisions are supported and accepted by the Internet community;
  • Assess the policy development process to facilitate enhanced cross community deliberations, and effective and timely policy development;
  • Assess and improve the Independent Review Process; and
  • Assess the extent to which prior Accountability and Transparency Review recommendations have been implemented and the extent to which implementation of such recommendations has resulted in the intended effect.


ATRT3 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 support travel guidelines.


Review Team members will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Participate in creation of charter documents for the Review Team;
  • Select appropriate performance indicators and benchmarks;
  • Consider public, ICANN Organization 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, in accordance with ICANN procurement practices;
  • Provide timely updates to the community on the status of the Review Team’s work;
  • Analyze findings;
  • Draw conclusions based on findings, develop useful, feasible and implementable 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 Report of the Review Team;
  • Designate several Review Team members to participate in the implementation planning work that follows the delivery of the Final Report of the Review Team and Board action on the recommendations.

Skills and Experience

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

  • Performance assessment and audits
  • Good governance and board performance
  • Performance measurement
  • Process improvement
  • Knowledge of recognized frameworks for organizational excellence
  • Principles of accountability applicable to organizations broadly similar to ICANN

Desired Attributes

Applicants should possess the following professional and personal attributes:

  • Commitment and time to participate
  • 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
  • Good communication skills using multiple methods and tools

Methodology, Budget and Support

ICANN will provide the Review Team with a clearly articulated review budget. Throughout the Review, the Review Team will periodically report on its progress related to planned schedule and budget.

ICANN organizational support will be made available to the Review Team. Support will include assistance with project management, organization of work, documents and activities, and 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 [PDF, 277 KB].


The ICANN Bylaws stipulate that “The Accountability and Transparency Review shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years measured from the date the previous Accountability and Transparency Review Team was convened.” That would mean that the Call for Volunteers would take place no later than 4 October 2017. However, prior to the incorporation of this review into the ICANN Bylaws, several events took place leading up to ICANN’s current commitment to launch the Call for Volunteers for ATRT3 in January 2017.

The information presented below provides an overview of events leading up to this Call for Volunteers.

  • October 2012Call for Volunteers for the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).
  • February 2013 – Review Team (ATRT2) announced.
  • December 2013 – ATRT2 issued Final Report [PDF, 3.46 MB] and Recommendations.
  • June 2014 – the ICANN Board of Directors accepted all twelve ATRT2 Recommendations and directed the President and CEO of ICANN, through his designee(s), to proceed with the implementation – Resolution 2014.06.26.14. For more information on the status of the implementation activities, please visit the ATRT2 Implementation Wiki.
  • July 2015 – In response to community concerns about workload, the ICANN Board delayed the start of ATRT3 until July 2017 via Resolution 2015.07.28.09. Note that under the Affirmation of Commitments, reviews were on a shorter cycle.
  • January 2016 – In response to concerns raised by The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) about delaying ATRT3 until July 2017, ICANN noted [PDF, 469 KB] that the Call for Volunteers to form the ATRT3 Review Team will be launched in January 2017.
  • August 2016 – the Co-Chairs of the Cross Community Working Group on ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) wrote [PDF, 118 KB] to the ICANN Board, presenting possible options of how to combine Work Stream 2 (WS2) efforts and the ATRT3 work, to avoid work duplication. The co-Chairs took this step because as the IANA Stewardship Transition was being completed, and the ICANN Community was engaged in WS2 to address remaining issues, many of the WS2 topics were related to issues expected to be addressed in the ATRT3, i.e. accountability and transparency.
  • October 2016 – The ICANN Board responded [PDF, 439 KB] that, “It is not up to the Board to dictate the scope of this important community review. While we share the concerns raised of avoiding duplication of resources, it is essential that the broader ICANN community have a voice in determining how the ATRT3 should be scoped in alignment with the Bylaws. The Board and the ICANN Organization stand ready to support the community’s direction.”
  • December 2016 – the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs contacted the SO/AC Chairs, proposing a limited scope for ATRT3 as well as a reduced-size Review Team. They suggested that, if the broader ICANN Community agrees with the proposal and rationale, the SO/AC chairs issue a public statement or a letter to the ICANN CEO and Board Chair that explains why a limited scope is appropriate and indicate the level of support among the ICANN community for this limitation. ICANN organization is not aware of any collective community response to the CCWG-Accountability Co-Chair’s note.

Additional Materials


If you have any questions, please send an email to:

January 31, 2017   No Comments

BCEC Announces the Final Slate of ICANN Board Director Candidates Selected by the At-Large Community

The optional Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) petition process in the ICANN Board Director selection did not result in a successful petition to add names to the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC) Slate of Candidates and this stage of the process has now concluded.

As such, the Final Slate of Candidates, who were selected by the BCEC and will go forward to the next stage of the selection process organized by the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC), are (listed in alphabetical order of the last name):

  • Alan Greenberg (Canada)
  • Leon Felipe Sanchez Ambia (Mexico)

Expressions of Interest (EoIs) of the Final Slate of Candidates

You may view the EoIs (with personal and private information removed) of the Final Slate of Candidates HERE.

Next Steps

In the coming weeks, before the start of the final election, the BMSPC will organize activities and mechanisms that facilitate interactions between the At-Large Community Members and the Final Slate of Candidates. The methods of interaction will incorporate input from ALAC Members, RALO members, and the Final Slate of Candidates themselves. The BMSPC will announce the planned interactions in due course.

In accordance with the selection timeline, the first round of voting in the final election will be initiated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. Any internal RALO decision making processes, such as confirming the electorates and directing RALO Chairs’ votes in the final election, should be conducted and completed before 21 February. The selection process is planned to be completed by Friday, 21 April 2017, with the announcement of the successful Candidate on that date.

Background Information

For background information of the ICANN Board Director Selection Process, please visit the At-Large Board Member Selection workspace.

Any questions regarding the process should also be directed by email to They will be answered as quickly as possible.

On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC)

Heidi Ullrich, Ariel Liang, Terri Agnew, and Yesim Nazlar
At-Large Board Member Selection Program Admin Staff

January 30, 2017   No Comments

Reference Japanese Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Second Level

Open Date: 27 January 2017 Close Date: 8 March 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Second-Level Domains
Brief Overview: ICANN has developed reference Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) tables in machine readable format, called Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs) for the Second Level, to facilitate Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) and the Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP) for the relevant gTLDs. At this time reference Japanese language LGR for the second level (XML, HTML) is being released for public comment for addition to this repository.

January 27, 2017   No Comments

Webinar On the GNSO’s Policy Development Process On Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms for International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations

You are invited to an interactive webinar on 7 February 2017 at 14:00 UTC, to discuss the preliminary recommendations just published for public comment by the Working Group for the GNSO Policy Development Process on access by International Governmental Organizations’ (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organizations’ (INGO) access to domain name dispute resolution processes. The public comment period for the Working Group’s Initial Report ( closes on 1 March 2017.

During this webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following a brief presentation of the Working Group’s preliminary recommendations by the Working Group co-chairs. Attendees will learn about the Working Group’s initial proposals for:

  • Whether to modify the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) or the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) process to address the specific needs of IGOs and INGOs;
  • How an IGO may demonstrate standing to file a complaint under the UDRP or URS in the absence of trademark rights;
  • A Policy Guidance document to clarify the scope of application of the UDRP and URS to IGOs; and
  • Considerations relating to possible claims of jurisdictional immunity by IGOs in appeals from UDRP and URS determinations.


Date – 7 February 2017
Time – 1400 UTC for 60 minutes

How to Join:

Please sign up here or send an email to confirming your participation.

The webinar will be conducted in English. A recording and transcript will be posted on the GNSO website following the webinar.

January 27, 2017   No Comments