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Kim Davies Appointed VP, IANA Functions and President, PTI

LOS ANGELES – 15 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that Kim Davies, Director of Technical Services, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has been appointed to the position of Vice President, IANA Services and President, PTI.

Public Technical Identifiers (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.

Following Elise Gerich’s departure announcement, the ICANN organization, in conjunction with the PTI Board, conducted an extensive and exhaustive search for a replacement. The opening attracted a wide array of applicants, many of which were well qualified.

As VP of IANA Services, Davies will be reporting to the President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD), Akram Atallah. “Kim was a natural choice for this position. He has a deep and wide understanding of both IANA and PTI, which he has cultivated during his long tenure as Director of Technical Services,” said Atallah. “I’d also like to extend our gratitude to Elise, who was pivotal in establishing the IANA Department as an example of reliability and customer service.”

In this role, Davies will be responsible for ensuring that the IANA functions are performed in a secure, stable, and efficient manner with a commitment towards operational excellence. As President of PTI, he will also serve as one of the five directors on the PTI Board.

“The IANA team has worked hard to establish themselves as a leader within the technical community,” said Davies. “As we move forward, I want us to focus on continuing to optimize our business process and solidifying the community’s confidence in our ability to deliver on the services we provide.”

Davies will be assuming the role starting 1 January 2018, following Gerich’s official departure from the organization.

Davies joined the organization in 2005, serving as Manager of Root Zone Services and Technical Liaison prior to his role as Director of Technical Services. Prior to joining ICANN, he worked as Technical Policy Advisor at the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, and has been involved in various facets of the ICANN community since the mid-1990s.

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.

December 15, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN published an update to the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta), which presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

View the Health Index [PDF, 2.65 MB]

The gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) was first published in July 2016. ICANN plans to publish these statistics twice a year to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted. A community Advisory Panel is working with ICANN to refine the Index in preparation for publishing version 1.0.

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.

December 14, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Publishes Report of Public Comments on PTI and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Draft FY19 Plans

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Report of Public Comments [PDF, 128 KB] on draft FY19 operating and budget plans for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). This detailed report includes responses to each of the 16 individual comments submitted. The report has been structured by comment theme and is accompanied by a sortable spreadsheet, to make it easier to find related comments and responses.

The PTI Board will consider PTI’s budget at its January 2018 meeting and the ICANN Board will consider IANA’s budget at its February 2018 meeting.

The Draft FY19 PTI and IANA operating plans and budgets documents are published here.

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.

December 14, 2017   No Comments

Proposed Incremental Changes to the ICANN Meetings Strategy

Open Date: 14 December 2017 Close Date: 01 February 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Meetings
Categories/Tags: Events / Conferences
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on proposed incremental changes to the current strategy for ICANN Public Meetings. The proposed changes were developed by community leaders during a call on 17 August 2017 and subsequently detailed in a report for the purposes of this consultation.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-changes-meetings-strategy-2017-12-14-en

December 14, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Organization Publishes Reports on the Review of the Community Priority Evaluation Process

LOS ANGELES – 13 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published three reports on the review of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) process (the CPE Process Review). The CPE Process Review was initiated at the request of the ICANN Board as part of the Board’s due diligence in the administration of the CPE process. The CPE Process Review was conducted by FTI Consulting Inc.’s (FTI) Global Risk and Investigations Practice (GRIP) and Technology Practice, and consisted of three parts: (i) reviewing the process by which the ICANN organization interacted with the CPE Provider related to the CPE reports issued by the CPE Provider (Scope 1); (ii) an evaluation of whether the CPE criteria were applied consistently throughout each CPE report (Scope 2); and (iii) a compilation of the reference material relied upon by the CPE Provider to the extent such reference material exists for the eight evaluations which are the subject of pending Reconsideration Requests that were pending at the time that ICANN initiated the CPE Process Review (Scope 3).

FTI concluded that “there is no evidence that the ICANN organization had any undue influence on the CPE Provider with respect to the CPE reports issued by the CPE Provider or engaged in any impropriety in the CPE process” (Scope 1) and that “the CPE Provider consistently applied the criteria set forth in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook [ ] and the CPE Guidelines throughout each CPE” (Scope 2). (See Scope 1 report [PDF, 159 KB], Pg. 3; Scope 2 report [PDF, 312 KB], Pg. 3.)

For Scope 3, FTI observed that two of the eight relevant CPE reports included a citation in the report for each reference to research. In the remaining six reports, FTI observed instances where the CPE Provider referenced research but did not include the corresponding citations in the reports. Except for one evaluation, FTI observed that the working papers underlying the reports contained material that corresponded with the research referenced in the CPE reports. In one instance, FTI did not find that the working papers underlying the relevant report contained citation that corresponded with the research referenced in the CPE report. However, based on FTI’s observations, it is possible that the research being referenced was cited in the CPE Provider’s working papers underlying the first evaluation of that application. (See Scope 3 report [PDF, 309 KB], Pg. 4.) The findings will be considered by the Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) when the BAMC reviews the remaining pending Reconsideration Requests as part of the Reconsideration process.

“The Board appreciates the community’s patience during this detailed investigation, which has provided greater transparency into the CPE evaluation process,” said Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the ICANN Board. “Further, this CPE Process Review and due diligence has provided additional facts and information that outline and document the ICANN organization’s interaction with the CPE Provider.”

For more information about the CPE process and the CPE Process Review, please visit https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe.

December 13, 2017   No Comments

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 11 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for registrations for the 2018 Leadership Program, to be held 7–9 March in San Juan, Puerto Rico, just prior to ICANN61. The program helps current and incoming leaders to better understand the complexities of ICANN and to develop facilitation skills. Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, or Stakeholder Groups.

The registration deadline is Friday, 5 January 2018, 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The registration form can be found here. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Puerto Rico, but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days of 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 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.

December 11, 2017   No Comments

Nomination Period Opens For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN62 | Nominations Close 19 March 2018

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN’s Multistakeholder Ethos Award. 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 ethosaward2018@icann.org.

Award recipient(s) will be announced in June 2018 at ICANN62 Panama City.

For more insights on the award program, please consult the ICANN Community Wiki.

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

December 11, 2017   No Comments

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 11 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for registrations for the 2018 Leadership Program, to be held 7–9 March in San Juan, Puerto Rico, just prior to ICANN61. The program helps current and incoming leaders to better understand the complexities of ICANN and to develop facilitation skills. Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, or Stakeholder Groups.

The registration deadline is Friday, 5 January 2018, 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The registration form can be found here. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Puerto Rico, but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days of 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 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.

December 10, 2017   No Comments

.WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program

Los Angeles – 7 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today designated an emergency interim registry operator for the generic top-level domain (gTLD) .WED.

An Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) may be temporarily activated if a gTLD registry operator reaches an emergency threshold of downtime for any of the five critical registry functions. These functions are: domain name system (DNS) resolution for registered domain names, operation of the shared registration system, operation of Registration Data Directory Services (e.g., WHOIS), registry data escrow deposits and maintenance of a properly signed zone in accordance with DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) requirements.

Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD.

The EBERO program is designed to be activated should a registry operator require assistance to sustain critical registry functions for a period of time. The primary concern of the EBERO program is to protect registrants by ensuring that the five critical registry functions are available. ICANN’s goal is to have the emergency event resolved as soon as possible.

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.

December 8, 2017   No Comments

.WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program

Los Angeles – 7 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today designated an emergency interim registry operator for the generic top-level domain (gTLD) .WED.

An Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) may be temporarily activated if a gTLD registry operator reaches an emergency threshold of downtime for any of the five critical registry functions. These functions are: domain name system (DNS) resolution for registered domain names, operation of the shared registration system, operation of Registration Data Directory Services (e.g., WHOIS), registry data escrow deposits and maintenance of a properly signed zone in accordance with DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) requirements.

Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD.

The EBERO program is designed to be activated should a registry operator require assistance to sustain critical registry functions for a period of time. The primary concern of the EBERO program is to protect registrants by ensuring that the five critical registry functions are available. ICANN’s goal is to have the emergency event resolved as soon as possible.

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.

December 8, 2017   No Comments