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ICANN67 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 18 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening the application round for the ICANN Fellowship Program taking place at the ICANN67 Public Meeting from 7-12 March 2020 in Cancún, Mexico. The deadline to apply is 18 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 1 November 2019 on https://icann.org.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants 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 fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in 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

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.

July 18, 2019   No Comments

The Annual ICANN APAC Space Survey is Now Open

SINGAPORE – 15 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the APAC Space Survey, which will remain open until 1 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Your input will help to make the APAC Space more relevant to the Asia Pacific (APAC) community, and improve the APAC Space as a platform that fosters community discussion.

If you are from the APAC region, we invite you to take the survey now: https://survey.clicktools.com/app/survey/go.jsp?iv=3pm87mkw6ubxy

The APAC Space is the APAC community’s “practice ground” for discussions on ICANN-related topics such as the ICANN policy development processes, ICANN reviews, and the Domain Name System (DNS) industry. The purpose is to foster a platform for our community to network, interact, and discuss relevant issues, as well as encourage participation in ICANN-related work.

A community-led initiative, the APAC Space is held bi-monthly via web conference, or face-to-face during ICANN Meetings. You can join the APAC Space mailing list by emailing subscribe@apacspace.asia.

For more information, please go to https://community.icann.org/display/GSEAPAC/APAC+Space.

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.

July 15, 2019   No Comments

ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN66

LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019.

The 12 individuals are currently engaged in studies in North American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and international security. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy and Internet governance.

The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are:

Adham M Sahloul Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Abdeali Hatim Saherwala York University, Toronto
Akshay Broota University of Colorado Boulder
Lukas Paul Bundonis Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Diler Cavdar Berkeley Law School
Josh Gold University of Toronto
Austin Bollinger Grand Rapids Community College
Kushagra Bhargava University of Southern California
Arjun Sanya University of Toronto
Ariane Nakpokou Houessou HEC Montréal
Lilia Dawn Herdegen Ferris State University
Shreya Richharia University of Southern California

The individuals selected as ICANN66 ambassadors are:

João Pedro Damas Martin ICANN63
Jaewon Son ICANN64
Stefan Filipovic ICANN63

Click here for more information about the NextGen 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.

July 12, 2019   No Comments

GNSO Policy Development Process on IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration

Open Date: 11 July 2019 Close Date: 20 August 2019
Originating Organization: Policy Development Support
Categories/Tags: Policy Development
Brief Overview:

Purpose: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on certain final policy recommendations from the Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process on IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms.

Current Status: The GNSO Council approved PDP Recommendations 1-4 during its meeting on 18 April 2019. The GNSO Council did not approve PDP Recommendation 5 which therefore does not form part of this public comment proceeding.

Next Steps: The ICANN Board is expected to meet to discuss taking action on the four approved recommendations following the close of this public comment proceeding.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/igo-ingo-crp-recommendations-2019-07-11-en

July 11, 2019   No Comments

Third Version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-3) Released

LOS ANGELES – 10 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the release of the third version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-3). These rules define a set of criteria for determining valid Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels for the Root Zone of the Domain Name System (DNS) and their variant labels.

A total of 16 scripts, out of the 28 scripts identified in the Maximal Starting Repertoire, are now integrated in the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR). The first version (RZ-LGR-1), released in March 2016, integrated the Arabic script. The second version (RZ-LGR-2), released in August 2017, integrated five more scripts, including Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai. RZ-LGR-3 integrates 10 additional scripts: Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Telugu, and Tamil. Armenian and Cyrillic script proposals have also been completed but have been deferred from integration until related script proposals are also finalized. The remaining scripts will be included in the future releases of RZ-LGR, as relevant proposals become available.

These label generation rules have been defined by the respective community-based Generation Panels and evaluated and integrated by the Integration Panel after the public comment period, following the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels [PDF, 1.4 MB].

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.

July 10, 2019   No Comments

Request for Proposal: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1

LOS ANGELES – 9 July 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a contractor to perform the research, analysis, and writing necessary to produce Study 1 of the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP).

Name collision refers to the situation where a name that is defined and used in one namespace may also appear in another. Users and applications intending to use a name in one namespace may attempt to use it in a different one, and unexpected behavior may result where the intended use of the name is not the same in both namespaces.

The ICANN Board asked the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to study the impact of name collisions and advise the Board on their effects and possible mitigation. In response, SSAC started the NCAP effort and designed Study 1, the first of three name collision studies intended to address the Board’s request.

The scope of NCAP Study 1 is larger than usual work undertaken by SSAC, so the ICANN organization’s Office of the CTO (OCTO) is facilitating the work and is engaging a contractor to perform Study 1.

More details about NCAP and Study 1 can be found in a document written by SSAC entitled SSAC Proposal for the Name Collision Analysis Project (Revised by ICANN Office of the CTO).

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 331 KB].

Indications of interest should be emailed to NCAP-Study1-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 30 July 2019 using ICANN’s sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN org sourcing tool may be requested via the same email.

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.

July 9, 2019   No Comments

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN66 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 2 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 35 individuals from 32 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN66 Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada, from 2-7 November 2019.

To view the selected candidates, click here.

The chosen participants represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, academia, business, technical, security, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, 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 454 applications for the ICANN66 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.

July 2, 2019   No Comments

Proposed Definition of Name Collisions and Scope of Inquiry for the Name Collisions Analysis Project

Open Date: 2 July 2019 Close Date: 12 August 2019
Originating Organization: The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
Categories/Tags: Security and Stability
Brief Overview:

As part of the project plan for the name collision analysis project (NCAP), the SSAC would like to seek public input on the definition of name collision and scope of inquiry for the name collision analysis project.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-definition-name-collisions-2019-07-02-en

July 2, 2019   No Comments

ICANN65 Marrakech GAC Communiqué

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – 27 JUNE 2019 – Today, the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN65 issued its Barcelona Communiqué.

It is available for review here.

June 27, 2019   No Comments

2019 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Honors Kurt Pritz

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – 24 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2019 Multistakeholder Ethos Award is long-time member of the ICANN community, Kurt Pritz.

The selection panel of representatives from ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Pritz’s dedication to ICANN’s multistakeholder model and his ability to achieve consensus among groups with disparate views and priorities.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed in a substantive way to policymaking within the ICANN ecosystem.

Pritz recently chaired a working group mandated to resolve one of the most significant issues in the ICANN community, a replacement framework for WHOIS. In addition to his work with the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Temporary Specification for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data, Pritz has also participated in other ICANN working groups and Policy Development Processes such as the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process.

Pritz is a management consultant. He is a former ICANN organization employee, serving in a number of senior roles between 2003 and 2012.

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.

June 24, 2019   No Comments