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ICANN History Project Explores the Early Days of ICANN

LOS ANGELES – 19 October 2017 – ICANN is pleased to announce the unveiling of the second track of the ICANN History – The Early Days of ICANN.

The ICANN History Project captures stories from those who shaped ICANN’s past and its evolution over time. We’re presenting the project through thematic tracks so you can delve into the topics that interest you most.

The first track of the project focuses on ICANN’s relationship with the United States Government. The second track focuses on the early days of ICANN – events leading up to the organization’s formation, including its earliest years of operation.

To learn more, visit www.icann.org/en/history/early-days. There, you’ll find an interactive timeline and video interviews with key figures such as ICANN’s first CEO, Mike Roberts; ICANN’s first Board Chair, Esther Dyson; and some of the first members of the ICANN community and organization.

If you want to contribute your own memories of ICANN’s early technical, legal, political, business, and structural evolution, please send us a link to your blogs, videos, or pictures via Twitter using the hashtag #ICANNHistory.

If you have any questions, please email us at history@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 – 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.

October 19, 2017   No Comments

Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Implementation Guidelines – Second Public Comment

Open Date: 19 October 2017 Close Date: 10 December 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 October 2015 to review the current version (3.0) of the IDN Implementation Guidelines, last updated in 2011. The WG updated the Guidelines and conducted the first public comment on them in March 2017. Based on the feedback received from the community, the WG has further updated the draft guidelines. The WG is releasing the latest draft version of the IDN Implementation Guidelines 4.0 [PDF, 316 KB] to get general feedback as well as response to some specific queries highlighted in this draft. Based on responses, the WG will finalize the Guidelines.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/idn-guidelines-2017-10-19-en

October 19, 2017   No Comments

Operating Standards for ICANN’s Specific Reviews

Open Date: 17 October 2017 Close Date: 15 January 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives
Categories/Tags: Operating Standards, Specific Reviews
Brief Overview: The goal of the Bylaws-mandated Operating Standards (see Section 4.6) is to provide for a transparent and consistent review process by documenting rules and procedures. Please note, most procedures detailed in the draft Operating Standards are either based on existing best practices, or on processes that have been adapted from comparable procedures already in existence elsewhere within ICANN. This draft has been prepared taking into account best practices from past and current reviews, and community input received throughout several public consultations. There will be a webinar held on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 21:00 UTC to provide context to the latest draft and allow for an initial Q&A session.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reviews-standards-2017-10-17-en

October 17, 2017   No Comments

Proposal for Cyrillic Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 17 October 2017 Close Date: 6 December 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division
Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains
Brief Overview: The Cyrillic script community has formed the Cyrillic script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a Proposal for the Cyrillic Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (Proposal [XML, 19 KB] and Proposal Documentation [PDF, 1.23 MB]). As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal is being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Cyrillic script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Cyrillic script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cyrillic-lgr-2017-10-17-en

October 17, 2017   No Comments

WHOIS 2016 Annual Report Shows Implementation of the 2012 WHOIS Review Team’s Recommendations Completed

Today, ICANN published the 2016 Annual Report [PDF, 1.0 MB]. The Report shows that implementation of all 16 recommendations from the 2012 WHOIS Review Team has been completed.

A second Registration Directory Services (RDS) Review Team has been convened. One of the things that this Review Team will assess is the implementation of the 2012 Review Team’s recommendations. This report will serve as an additional input to their work. Visit their wiki page to follow their work and participate in discussions as an observer.

As this report marks the completion of the implementation, it will be the last Annual Report. Moving forward, we will provide the community with updates on RDS activities via blog posts. Look for an RDS update blog post coming soon.

October 12, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Releases Findings from a Community-Wide Survey on Gender Diversity and Participation

LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the detailed report containing data and analysis from the recent Gender Diversity and Participation Survey. The survey was open to the ICANN community from 9 June – 8 July 2017. A total of 584 individuals participated in the survey.

The survey report provides a question-by-question analysis of the survey data and gives proposed data-driven recommendations for the community to consider. The findings offer insights into current perceptions of gender diversity in the community, potential and perceived barriers to participation, and the community’s support for initiatives to enhance gender diversity.

You can find the report and a one-page visual overview here: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gender-diversity-participation-survey-report-2017-10-11-en

The report and the visual overview are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The ICANN organization is committed to promoting greater diversity and supporting broad, inclusive participation. Next steps on the topic of gender diversity are up to the ICANN community. This report provides useful data and findings to guide these discussions.

Please email any feedback or questions to gendersurvey@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 12, 2017   No Comments

Join the ICANN webinar on Review Operating Standards

LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization will host a webinar on the draft Operating Standards, which will be released for public comment on 17 October. This Bylaw-mandated document has been compiled by the ICANN organization with community input (see below). It contains guidelines and best practices for ICANN’s four specific reviews.

During the 19 October webinar, the ICANN organization will provide an overview of the draft, explain the underlying principals, and highlight the existing review best practices and processes on which these draft Operating Standards are based. The aim of the session is to inform the community, answer questions, and provide an opportunity for some initial community feedback. The webinar is part of the wider community-outreach that includes a cross-community session on Review Operating Standards on Monday, 30 October (15:15 – 16:45) during ICANN60 and an extended public comment period that will remain open until 11 December 2017. Input received from the community will determine the timeline and finalization of the Operating Standards moving forward.

Webinar Details and How to Attend

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 21:00 UTC
To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive the dial-in information.

Webinar Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. The purpose of the Operating Standards and some underlying principals
  3. Overview of some key issues in the Operating Standards
  1. Setting of scope
  2. Selection of specific review teams
  • Q&A
  • Next steps
  • Community Input To-Date

    ICANN Bylaws call for the drafting of Review Operating Standards that “shall be developed through community consultation” (see Section 4.6). In order to facilitate community consultation on Review Operating Standards, the ICANN organization has held sessions for community input during ICANN57, ICANN58, and also conducted a webinar in February 2017.

    Background

    The purpose of the Operating Standards, once adopted, is to centralize existing operational best practices and to bring consistent rules, clarity, and transparency to ICANN’s four specific reviews: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review (CCT), The Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS Review (SSR), The Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT), and the Registration Directory Service Policy Review (RDS-WHOIS).

    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.

    October 12, 2017   No Comments

    ICANN Reserve Fund – Public Comment on Rationale and Target Level

    Open Date: 12 October 2017 Close Date: 30 November 2017
    Originating Organization: ICANN Finance
    Categories/Tags:
    • Accountability/Transparency
    • Strategy
    • Operations/Finance
    Brief Overview: ICANN’s Reserve Fund was established in 2007 with a target level of a minimum of 12 months of Operating expenses. Since then, the ICANN Organization and its risk profile have significantly evolved. An updated rationale for the existence of the Reserve Fund and for its target level is offered for public comment.
    Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reserve-fund-2017-10-12-en

    October 12, 2017   No Comments

    Deadline Extended for the NomCom2 Review Survey

    LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – The deadline for community input has been extended until Monday 6 November 23:59 UTC. The Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom2), announced this survey to collect input from those who have interacted with NomCom and/or have ideas for ways to improve it. Please share your input by taking the survey found at this link: http://nomcomsurvey.cloudssi.com/.

    Background

    The NomCom plays a critical role within ICANN. It nominates appointees to the ICANN Board, the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Councils, and the At-Large Advisory Committee. Organizational reviews are mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4. This organizational review will assess how effectively the NomCom is operating, how well it is achieving its purpose, and if it is accountable to the multistakeholder community.

    Next Steps

    Following the survey, the independent examiner will attend ICANN60 to conduct further review work. The draft final report of the independent examiner will be posted for public comment, and the review is expected to conclude by mid-2018.

    NomCom Resources

    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.

    October 12, 2017   No Comments

    Draft PTI and IANA FY19 Operating Plans and Budgets

    Open Date: 9 October 2017 Close Date: 26 November 2017
    Originating Organization: Finance
    Categories/Tags:
    • Operations/Finance
    • Accountability/Transparency
    Brief Overview:

    ICANN Organization seeks public comment on the Draft FY19 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget.

    Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-pti-iana-fy19-2017-10-09-en

    October 9, 2017   No Comments