The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Legal Information Site
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Webinar: Proposed Updates to Draft Operating Standards

LOS ANGELES – 19 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the community to attend one of two webinars. The purpose of these webinars is to highlight proposed updates to the draft Operating Standards in several key areas. The presentation will be identical for both one-hour webinars, scheduled as follows:

  • Webinar 1: 04 October 2018: 16:00 UTC [local time]
  • Webinar 2: 05 October 2018: 00:00 UTC [local time]

Webinar agenda:

  • Overview of proposed updates to the Operating Standards
  • Community Q&A
  • Next steps toward publication of Operating Standards

To participate, please request a calendar invitation by sending an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org and indicating which webinar you will join. If you do not indicate a preference you will receive invites for both webinars.

The overview document and webinar slides will be posted to the wiki here ahead of the webinar. Recordings of the webinars will also be posted to the wiki page once available.

Background Information

The ICANN Bylaws call for the development of Operating Standards to provide guidance to review teams to conduct Specific Reviews efficiently and effectively.

The ICANN organization is in the process of modifying the Draft Operating Standards based on public comments received on the October 2017 draft and on the Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews. Best practices and process improvements from Specific Reviews that were launched and/or conducted under the new Bylaws1 are also being incorporated in the updated draft.

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.


1 Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review (CCT); the second Security, Stability and Resiliency Review (SSR2), and the second Registration Directory Service Review, formally WHOIS Review (RDS-WHOIS2)

September 19, 2018   No Comments

German Appellate Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data

LOS ANGELES – 17 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced a German High Court has ruled against ICANN’s plea to reconsider the Court’s own decision. ICANN has been pursuing a preliminary injunction from the German Court to require EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar (that is part of the Tucows Group) to continue to collect elements of WHOIS data, as required under ICANN’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement, which permits the registrar to sell domain name registrations for generic top-level domains.

ICANN received a ruling from the German Higher Regional Court in Cologne (“Appellate Court”) last week, that rejected ICANN’s request for review (“plea of remonstrance”) filed by ICANN on 17 August 2018. ICANN’s plea was filed to continue the immediate appeal in the ICANN v. EPAG injunction proceedings. ICANN initiated such proceedings against EPAG, to seek assistance in interpreting the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. The Appellate Court again has determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG.

In making its ruling, the Appellate Court found that the preliminary injunction proceeding does not provide the appropriate framework for addressing the nature of the contractual disputes at issue, and that a decision in preliminary proceedings does not appear to be urgently needed. Again, the Appellate Court did not address the merits of the underlying issues with respect to the application of GDPR as it relates to WHOIS.

ICANN is continuing to evaluate its next steps in light of this ruling, including possible additional filings before the German courts, as part of its public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system.

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.

September 17, 2018   No Comments

ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Updated Selections

LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2018 – The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee announces that Danko Jevtovic will begin a three-year term with the ICANN Board of Directors at the conclusion of ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain.

This is an update to the ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee’s 2 August announcement introducing selections for leadership positions within ICANN, after the Committee was informed by Lousewies van der Laan that, due to unforeseen family obligations, she is unable to extend her service to the Board after this current term.

The three 2018 Nominating Committee selectees for the ICANN Board of Directors are:

Rafael Ibarra

Rafael Ibarra
Latin America / Caribbean Islands

Tripti Sinha

Tripti Sinha
North America

Danko Jevtovic

Danko Jevtovic
Europe

The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN’s leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN’s overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. Selectees should meet the following basic criteria:

  • Integrity, objectivity, and sound judgment.
  • Support decision-making within groups.
  • Ability to work effectively in English.
  • Understanding of ICANN’s mission and operation.
  • Commitment to ICANN’s success.
  • Experience in world affairs.
  • Ability to contribute to cultural, professional, and geographic expertise.
  • Willingness to work long and hard, generally as volunteers, for the global public trust.

To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit http://nomcom.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.

September 16, 2018   No Comments

Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September 2018

LOS ANGELES – 13 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it will hold a webinar on 26 September 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 UTC to provide an update on recent ICANN data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Participants are encouraged to email questions prior to the call via email to gdpr@icann.org. We will also hold a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. A full recording of the webinar will be published on icann.org for future reference.

More information on ICANN’s data protection/privacy activities is available here:

Webinar Details & How to Attend:

Date: 26 September 2018
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect
View Dial-in Information

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.

September 13, 2018   No Comments

Request for Proposal: DNSSEC KSK Management Tools

LOS ANGELES – 12 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), is soliciting proposals to identify a provider that will develop and maintain software for its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) that will replace the existing Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Key Signing Key (KSK) Management Tools. These tools comprise a critical component of the delivery of the IANA functions by PTI. The selected provider, in coordination with PTI, will be responsible for all aspects of development and implementation including design, programming, testing and configuration. All deliverables must be created under formal guidelines with comprehensive documentation. The software will be published under an open source license and must incorporate industry best practices with documented test cases that will be shared with the Internet community.

The DNSSEC KSK Management Tools are a set of software utilities to manage the KSK life cycle, including processing Key Signing Requests (KSRs) and generating Signed Key Responses (SKRs), as part of executing the Root Zone KSK ceremonies.

PTI seeks a well-qualified provider to develop and maintain this new software based on provided requirements, to provide ongoing maintenance and to develop potential future enhancements. This software will help improve the efficiency and resiliency of management of the Root Zone KSK, which can also be leveraged by other DNSSEC practitioners in their operations.

For an overview of the RFP including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 182 KB]

Indications of interest should be emailed to DNSSEC.KSK.Management.Tools-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 10 October 2018 using ICANN’s sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email above.

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.

September 12, 2018   No Comments

ICANN Board to Hold Public Board Meeting During Genval Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 6 September 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding a public Board meeting during its upcoming workshop in Genval, Belgium, which will be taking place from 14-16 September 2018.

The agenda of the meeting is provided below.

Date Time (UTC) Session
16 September 08:00 – 09:00 Public Board Meeting

The meeting will be in English only. The format will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/
Participant Code: 5542211258

Additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5542211258&num=1-605-475-5606

For more information about the Genval workshop and other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2018-board-meetings.

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.

September 6, 2018   No Comments

Participate Now in the Sunrise and Trademark Claims Survey

GNSO RPM PDP Working Group | Help Us Review Sunrise & Trademark Claims: Make Your Voice Heard

LOS ANGELES – 06 September 2018 – The Sunrise and Trademark Claims survey is now available for individuals interested in sharing their feedback about these Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs). The Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs were adopted as part of ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program. This feedback will be essential to the evaluation of these Rights Protection Mechanisms and ICANN’s data collection efforts related to them.

We invite you to take the survey if you or your company registered a domain name in new gTLDs, attempted to register a domain name in new gTLDs, or considered registering a domain name in new gTLDs.

Thank you in advance for your input!

What to Expect

Participants’ responses are voluntary and will remain anonymous and confidential.

Survey completion time is approximately 15 minutes.

The survey launches today and will run until Friday, 28 September 2018.

Registries, registrars, and trademark owners and representatives also have an opportunity to participate in the survey. Learn More

Background

The ICANN Organization commissioned Analysis Group, Inc., an external consulting firm, to develop and administer the survey in close collaboration with the Review of All RPMs for All gTLDs Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). The RPMs PDP Working Group is mandated to conduct the first-ever policy review of all existing RPMs.

RPMs refer to policies and processes developed to provide workable mechanisms for trademark owners to either prevent or remedy certain unauthorized use of their trademarks in the Domain Name System (DNS).

Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs are services provided through ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The Sunrise service provides priority access to rights holders to request domain names associated with their trademark(s). The Trademark Claims service provides notification to the rights holder after registration, allowing for immediate action if the domain registered is infringing rights. As Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs have not been subject to a policy review before, no comprehensive, publicly available data exists that measures the mechanisms’ effectiveness.

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.

September 6, 2018   No Comments

Next Steps On Reviews

Open Date: 05 September 2018 Close Date: 05 October 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, reviews timeline, Specific Reviews, Organizational Reviews, accountability and transparency
Brief Overview:

This consultation is seeking input from the community on next steps on reviews.

The proposal “Consultation Paper on Next Steps on Reviews” [PDF, 120 KB] intends to confirm the way forward with the community, based on ICANN organization’s understanding of the public comments received on the short-term and long-term options to adjust the timeline of reviews, and in coordination with the ICANN Board through the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). We are providing further opportunity for consultation due to the limited number of comments received, to confirm whether the responses received to date are broadly representative of the multistakeholder community views, and to harmonize divergence of opinions expressed by the responders.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reviews-next-steps-2018-09-05-en

September 5, 2018   No Comments

Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Draft Report & Recommendations

Open Date: 4 September 2018 Close Date: 4 November 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvement
Brief Overview: In its Draft Report [PDF, 2.94 MB], the Registration Directory Service Review Team assesses the extent to which prior Directory Service Review recommendations have been implemented and implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team also assesses the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust and safeguards registrant data. You are invited to provide comments on the review team’s draft recommendations and findings.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rds-whois2-review-2018-09-04-en

September 4, 2018   No Comments

Request for Information: ICANN Meetings Shipping and Logistics

LOS ANGELES – 31 August 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting information from vendors qualified to provide global shipping and logistics services for the tri-annual ICANN meetings. The intent is to identify a qualified shipping and logistics vendor that will be responsible for managing all aspects of shipping ICANN’s equipment to and from various global meeting locations.

Expertise in international shipping and logistics is necessary to ensure the successful temporary import of our equipment and that critical deadlines for delivery are met. Logistics may include carnet document management, import and customs clearance, regional temporary storage logistics, and timely pickup/delivery logistics to multiple cities each year.

For an overview of the RFI including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 106 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing ShippingandLogistics-RFI@icann.org, following which access will be provided to ICANN’s sourcing tool (SciQuest/Jaggaer). Responses to the RFI should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 21 September 2018 using ICANN’s sourcing tool.

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 31, 2018   No Comments