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Country Code Top-Level Domains Can Now Participate in ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System

LOS ANGELES – 19 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators will now be able to actively participate in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system.

ICANN’s DAAR system is used to study and report on domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries. The data is obtained from a curated list of Domain Name System (DNS) reputation providers.

Now, ccTLD operators can pull their own aggregated DAAR data via the Monitoring System Application Programing Interface (MoSAPI). The MoSAPI interface allows registry operators to retrieve information collected by the ICANN Service Level Agreement Monitoring (SLAM) system. While ccTLD operators will not be subject to the SLAs the SLAM system monitors, using MoSAPI will allow a consistent interface for all registries participating in DAAR. The aggregated data counts security threats broken down by threat type (e.g., phishing, botnet command and control, malware distribution, and spam) per TLD. These data sets will be similar to those of the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are currently provided via MoSAPI. Having access to such data will enable ccTLD operators to monitor the DAAR security threat levels per threat type per month in the same way as gTLD operators.

The ICANN organization invites all ccTLD operators to participate in the DAAR project to promote a greater understanding of DNS abuse across the global DNS. To participate, ccTLD operators should send a request to globalsupport@icann.org to begin the process.

More Information

For additional discussions regarding DAAR project data sharing and any other measurement of DNS security threats and abuse related topics please join the DNS-Abuse-Measurements mailing list.

DAAR webpage: https://www.icann.org/octo-ssr/daar.

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.

November 19, 2019   No Comments

ICANN68 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 15 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN68. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN68 is a Policy Forum. The meeting will be held from 22–25 June 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The deadline to apply is 15 December 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 24 February 2020 on https://icann.org/.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN’s work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in the ICANN community and other Internet governance entities within the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities, including:

  • Writing articles and blogs
  • Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking
  • Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
  • Joining working groups
  • Mentoring newcomers
  • Assisting our regional leaders
  • Personal leadership development

For more information, please visit this page.

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.

November 15, 2019   No Comments

Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors

LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2019 – ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) are invited to nominate one individual each (total of seven) to serve as a mentor in the ICANN Fellowship Program.

Mentors will serve a term that includes three consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, beginning with ICANN68. They will provide extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned fellows, as well as complete a survey after each meeting.

Mentors are expected to follow Fellowship Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities for fellows. They also play an important role to help fellows actively participate in ICANN’s work. Mentors will receive travel funding support.

It should be noted that mentors cannot serve on the Fellowship Program’s Selection Committee at the same time they are serving as mentors.

For more information on the guidelines and expectations for mentors, please read about the program here.

The SOs/ACs should first select their respective Fellowship Program mentor by 31 January 2020, and notify fellowshipconsultation@icann.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered.

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.

November 13, 2019   No Comments

2022 ICANN Public Meeting – Community Forum Location Announced

MONTREAL, Canada – 7 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been selected as the location for the first ICANN Public Meeting of 2022. ICANN73 will be held from 5-10 March 2022 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. The San Juan meeting will represent the North America region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central part of ICANN’s multistakeholder model, and provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, negotiating business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization.

Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are an important opportunity for individuals and representatives from ICANN’s various stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend either in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone, and registration is free.

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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.

November 7, 2019   No Comments

ICANN66 Montréal GAC Communiqué Now Available

MONTRÉAL, CANADA – 6 NOVEMBER 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting at ICANN66 issued the Montréal Communiqué.

It is available for review here. Previous GAC Advice and past communiqués are available at https://gac.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.

November 6, 2019   No Comments

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN67 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 40 individuals from 33 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico, from 7-12 March 2020.

To view the selected candidates, click here.

The chosen participants represent all sectors of society, including government, academia, business, technical, security, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, civil society, and end user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN’s work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. The ICANN organization received 357 applications for the ICANN67 Fellowship Program.

To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click 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.

November 1, 2019   No Comments

Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers

Open Date: 1 November 2019 Close Date: 13 December 2019
Originating Organization: IANA
Categories/Tags:
  • Operations/Finance
  • Security/Stability
Brief Overview: We are seeking feedback on our proposal for how future Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) changes are made. We are proposing a predictable approach by establishing a standard KSK rollover process and interval.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposal-future-rz-ksk-rollovers-2019-11-01-en

November 1, 2019   No Comments

ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19

LOS ANGELES – 29 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Audited Financial Statements, accompanied by unqualified audit reports from BDO LLP, the independent auditors.

View the ICANN FY19 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 473 KB]

View the PTI FY19 Audited Financial Statements [PDF, 226 KB]

In support of a continued commitment to accountability and transparency, these documents are posted to the ICANN Current Year (FY19) Financial Information page and the Financial Information for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) page.

In addition, the following documents are also being published on ICANN.org: the FY19 Report on Board Expenses [PDF, 33 KB], the ICANN FY19 Annual Report [PDF, 9.3 MB], and the FY19 Funding by Source.

In accordance with the Section 22.3 of ICANN’s Bylaws, and Section 9.8 of PTI’s Bylaws, these financial statements must be posted within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year, or by 1 November 2019.

ICANN invites the community to review the FY19 Audited Financial Statements. Please submit questions and comments to: planning@icann.org.

About 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. Mainly, PTI is responsible for the operation of the IANA functions:

Domain Names

Number Resources

Protocol Parameter Assignments

Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) was incorporated in August 2016 as an affiliate of ICANN, and, through contracts and subcontracts with ICANN, began performing the IANA functions on behalf of ICANN in October 2016.

Learn more about the delivery of the IANA services at iana.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 29, 2019   No Comments

Implementation Plan for the GNSO Consensus Policy Relating to the Protection of Certain Red Cross Names

Open Date: 23 October 2019 Close Date: 12 December 2019
Originating Organization: GDD
Categories/Tags: Consensus Policy Implementation
Brief Overview: This public comment forum is intended to gather community feedback on the proposed policy changes related to the 191 full names of the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which are to be placed into the Reserved Names List. This new consensus policy is intended to supplement the previously-adopted Protection of International Governmental Organization (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Identifiers in All gTLDs Policy by which the specific terms Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Lion & Sun and Red Crystal were withheld from registration.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/red-cross-names-implementation-2019-10-23-en

October 23, 2019   No Comments

Call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the At-Large Board Member Position 2019-2020 Cycle

LOS ANGELES – 21 October 2019 – On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC), the At-Large community is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from individuals who wish to serve as an ICANN Board Director. The selected candidate will serve a 3-year term starting at the end of ICANN69, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 17-22 October 2020.

Background

Seat number 15 of the ICANN Board of Directors is dedicated to a member selected by the At-Large community. This seat is currently occupied by León Sánchez, who assumed the position at the end of ICANN60 (2017 AGM). His 3-year term will be completed at the closing of ICANN69 (2020 AGM), and he will be eligible for re-appointment.

Pursuant to Section 19 of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) Rules of Procedure (RoP), the At-Large community began the selection process for the next Board Director in September 2019, with the appointment of the Chairs and Members of the BCEC and the Board Member Selection Process Committee (BMSPC).

The BCEC is responsible for outlining candidate requirements and expectations; calling for, identifying, and evaluating applications; and compiling the initial slate of candidates. The BMSPC oversees the entire selection process, including the development of the selection timeline and the election process.

Both groups have regionally balanced membership and operate in accordance with a strict code of conduct and confidentiality, where applicable. For more information, please visit the At-Large Board Member Selection Home – 2019-2020.

In accordance with the ALAC Rules of Procedure (RoP), Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs) may petition to have a candidate added to the slate. The BCEC is expected to finalize its selection by the end of 2019. Following the publication of the BCEC slate, unsuccessful applicants may opt to have their candidacy considered by the five RALOs.

The overall selection process will conclude by Wednesday, 22 April 2020. The successful applicant will be announced on or before that date.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) Form

Interested individuals should begin the process by reviewing the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements 2019-2020 and the At-Large Board Member Candidate Reference Links & Resources. In particular, please ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements detailed under “Additional Bylaws Qualifications” on the At-Large Board Member Candidate Requirements page.

Those interested and are eligible should email BCEC Staff to briefly indicate their interest. Upon receipt, At-Large staff will provide access to an online EoI Form for completion. Specifically, applicants are requested to name three (3) to four (4) referees who are willing, at short notice, to provide a written reference for their candidacy when contacted by the BCEC and At-Large staff.

The deadline for submitting an EoI Form for the BCEC’s consideration is 23:59 UTC on Monday, 11 November 2019.

Please email the BCEC Staff if you have more questions.

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 21, 2019   No Comments