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Second Version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-2) Released

ICANN is pleased to announce that the second version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-2) has been released. RZ-LGR comprises of rules which define a set of criteria for determining valid Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels for the DNS Root Zone and their variant labels.

The first version (RZ-LGR-1), released in March 2016, integrated the Arabic script. RZ-LGR-2 integrates five additional scripts, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai. These label generation rules have been defined by the respective community-based Generation Panels and evaluated by the Integration Panel, following the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels [PDF, 1.4MB].

As additional script proposals for the RZ-LGR are developed and meet the requirements for integration, new versions of the RZ-LGR will be released. Further mechanisms are being investigated for determining how the variant labels may be allocated to those who have applied for top-level domains.

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.

August 17, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: ICANN Designated Agent for Registrar Data Escrow Services

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow (RDE) agent(s) suitable to provide RDE services to accredited registrars.

In 2007, the ICANN organization began implementing an RDE program that required accredited registrars to regularly deposit a back-up copy of gTLD registration data with the ICANN organization, through its arrangement with ICANN organization’s designated Registrar Data Escrow agent, or alternatively, an ICANN-approved RDE agent pursuant to the terms of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and the Registrar Data Escrow Specification.

Since the program launched, the industry has grown. Regulations have changed and, in turn, needs have evolved. Registrars are located throughout the world; thus, the ICANN organization will be considering RDE agents with the capability to offer broad global or multiregional support.

The objective of this request for proposal (RFP) is to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow agent(s) suitable to support the ICANN organization and its accredited registrars in their selection of designated agents across the ICANN organization regions.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 225 KB].

Indications of interest should be emailed to RrDataEscrowServices-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 06 Oct 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN organization sourcing tool may be requested via the same email (RrDataEscrowServices-RFP@icann.org).

August 17, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: Human Rights Impact Assessment RFP

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent internal Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of ICANN’s organizational operations.

The HRIA is intended to review ICANN organization’s internal operational commitment to respect human rights, including mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve global business operations. The findings will enhance the transparency of internal operations and optimize planning and budgeting necessary to meet the ICANN organization’s continued commitment to respect human rights.

The HRIA is scheduled to take place from 20th October 2017 through 15 March 2018.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF 421 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing HRIA-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 18:00 PDT on 8 September 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

August 15, 2017   No Comments

Request for Proposal: PTI Service Organization Control Audits

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking a provider to conduct information systems audits mandated by the various contracts between the ICANN organization and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Regional Internet Registries (RIR). The audits are also part of the contract between the ICANN organization and its affiliate, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI).

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 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions; domain names, number resources, and protocol parameter assignments.

The objective of this request for proposal (RFP) is to select an independent audit firm to examine the security, process integrity and availability of the controls created as part of the Trust Services Criteria for the SOC 2® and the SOC 3®. The defined audit periods are 1 October 2017 through 30 September 2018 for the SOC 2® and 1 December 2017 through 30 November 2018 for the SOC 3®.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 545 KB].

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing PTI.SOC2nSOC3.Audits-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 18:00 PDT on 8 September 2017 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above.

August 11, 2017   No Comments

“Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” Report Available for Public Comment

LOS ANGELES – 9 August 2017 – ICANN today announced the publication of the report, “Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” [PDF, 2.23 MB]. The study was requested by the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCTRT). In defining the parameters of the study, the CCTRT sought to measure rates of common forms of abusive activities in the domain name system, such as spam, phishing, and malware distribution. The study aims to compare rates of these activities between new and legacy gTLDs, as well as employs inferential statistical analysis to measure the effects of DNSSEC, domain parking, and registration restrictions on abuse rates using historical data covering the first three full years of the New gTLD Program (2014 – 2016).

Comment on the report.

ICANN commissioned the study on behalf of the CCTRT in order to inform the review team’s work. It was conducted by researchers from SIDN and the Delft University of Technology.

The report is available for public comment through 19 September 2017. The CCTRT will review public comments on the study’s findings and incorporate them into their final report as they deem appropriate.

Key Findings:

  • The amount of “compromised” (i.e. “hacked”) domains appear higher in legacy gTLDs
  • The amount of “maliciously registered” (i.e. domains registered for malicious purposes) appear higher in new gTLDs
  • Registration restrictions appear to have an impact on reduced abuse rates
  • Abuse counts—or absolute number of abused domains—show relatively constant and higher levels of abuse in legacy gTLDs and an upward trend of abuse in new gTLDs
  • With some exceptions and spikes, rates of phishing and malware domains in new gTLDs, which are based on an “abused domains per 10,000” ratio, tend to be lower than in legacy gTLDs. Phishing and malware trends in new and legacy gTLDs appear to be converging to similar levels by the end of 2016
  • Privacy and proxy service-associated domains do not appear to correlate with abnormally high levels of abuse

August 9, 2017   No Comments

Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Review Final Report

Open Date: 08 August 2017 Close Date: 06 September 2017
Originating Organization: ASO
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview: The purpose of this public comment proceeding is to solicit and collect feedback on the ASO Review Final Report by ITEMS International.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/aso-review-final-2017-08-08-en

August 8, 2017   No Comments

ICANN61 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 04 August 2017 – Today, ICANN opened the Fellowship program application round for individuals interested in attending ICANN61. The Public Meeting takes place from 10–15 March 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The deadline to apply is 15 September 2017. Successful candidates will be announced on 1 December 2017 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, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

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

  • 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
  • Becoming leaders themselves

Click here for more 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.

August 4, 2017   No Comments

ICANN Seeking Mentor for Global Indigenous Ambassador Program

LOS ANGELES – 27 July 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a call for a volunteer to serve as a mentor for the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program.

ICANN announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program in June 2017. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, which will be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities. Through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community.

ICANN is now accepting applications for anyone interested in serving as a mentor for the two Global Indigenous Ambassadors. Mentors must be familiar with ICANN and At-Large, and have been active in one of the constituencies. Mentors must also meet a number of criteria, which are listed on this webpage, as well as follow all of the requirements for coaches as described in the ICANN Fellowship Program’s handbook for coaches.

The selected mentor will receive travel and hotel accommodations, as well as a per diem, for ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which will be held from 28 October – 3 November 2017.

The deadline for submitting an application has been extended to 3 August 2017. Applications are available here.

ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity!

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 1, 2017   No Comments

Extended Deadline: Request for Proposal for the SSAC Organizational Review

The deadline has been extended for the Request for Proposal for the Independent Review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). The new deadline is 21 Aug 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

The provider should have technical knowledge or experience with security matters with the Internet technical community and the operators and managers of critical DNS infrastructure services; demonstrate an understanding of the SSAC’s charter and its Operational Procedures [PDF, 420 KB]; demonstrate knowledge of the technical areas covered by the SSAC’s charter, including security and integrity of the Internet’s naming and address allocation systems.

The objective of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of SSAC. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • An assessment of the implementation state of SSAC’s prior review;
  • An assessment of whether SSAC has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure;
  • An assessment of how effectively SSAC fulfills its purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve effectiveness; and
  • An assessment of the extent to which SSAC as a whole is accountable to the wider ICANNcommunity.

The review is scheduled to take place from October 2017 through July 2018. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 608 KB]

Indications of interest are to be received by emailing SSACReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 21 Aug 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address as above.

Background

According to the ICANN Bylaws, the role of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (“Security and Stability Advisory Committee” or “SSAC”) is to advise the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet’s naming and address allocation systems. It shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. To communicate on security matters with the Internet technical community and the operators and managers of critical DNS infrastructure services, to include the root name server operator community, the top-level domain registries and registrars, the operators of the reverse delegation trees such as in-addr.arpa and ip6.arpa, and others as events and developments dictate. The SSAC shall gather and articulate requirements to offer to those engaged in technical revision of the protocols related to DNS and address allocation and those engaged in operations planning.
  2. To engage in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and to advise the ICANN community accordingly. The SSAC shall recommend any necessary audit activity to assess the current status of DNS and address allocation security in relation to identified risks and threats.
  3. To communicate with those who have direct responsibility for Internet naming and address allocation security matters (IETF, RSSAC (as defined in Section 12.2(c)(i)), RIRs, name registries, etc.), to ensure that its advice on security risks, issues, and priorities is properly synchronized with existing standardization, deployment, operational, and coordination activities. The SSACshall monitor these activities and inform the ICANN community and Board on their progress, as appropriate.
  4. To report periodically to the Board on its activities.
  5. To make policy recommendations to the ICANN community and Board.

August 1, 2017   No Comments

Effective Date of the Approved Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement

LOS ANGELES – 31 July 2017 – As of today, the 2017 Global Amendment to the base New gTLD Registry Agreement is effective. This follows a 60-day notice provided by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization to all affected registry operators on 01 June 2017 and announced here to the community. The 2017 Global Amendment [PDF, 669 KB] was approved by eligible registry operators and the ICANN Board according to the terms of the contract.

For additional reference materials and details of the process, please visit ICANN’s Global Amendment webpage as well as the Registry Agreements webpage.

July 31, 2017   No Comments