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  • Tec Monterrey and the Fourth LAC DNS Forum
    on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Some say the key to sustainable development is the knowledge economy. A place that exemplifies this idea in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region is Monterrey, Mexico. The city is home to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education – also known as Tec. This educational leader promotes knowledge, from creation to application, for the whole scientific spectrum. One area is Internet services, and it is not by chance that NIC.mx is proudly located in Monterrey. On 16 November, we had the privilege to visit Monterrey to run the Fourth LAC Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, hosted by NIC.mx. ICANN supported the forum, along with the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the Public Interest Registry (PIR). We engaged with the local community by including the forum in the Monterrey's Entrepreneurship Festival incmty.com, a yearly gathering for technology professionals, startups, investors, and researchers. Our partners organized the agenda around four pillars: DNS ecosystem and market trends Domain name usage best practices DNS security Entrepreneurship in the Internet This approach was a success, with attendees lining up before each session to get seats, and asking well-informed questions in the discussions. You can review the program on the LAC DNS Forum's permanent website (yes, great news!), prepared as a courtesy by NIC.mx. Also, take some time to watch our video recordings and download presentations from the YouTube channel. Many thanks to our Board Members; ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) and Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR) team; community members; and business leaders for helping to deliver a memorable LAC DNS Forum. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Monterrey Tec for the warm welcome and for the opportunity to share ideas for an innovative and secure DNS environment. We learned a lot with all of you and look for your participation in the 2018 LAC DNS Forum. […]

  • What’s New with Reviews?
    on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    ICANN Reviews are one of several important accountability mechanisms that help demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments. There are many ways you can get involved and share your input to Reviews. Learn about the latest participation opportunities below. Specific Reviews assess the performance of the ICANN organization in key areas pertaining to its core function and make recommendations to improve future performance. These reviews are led by community review teams. Help Shape the Future of the New gTLD Marketplace The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has published new sections of its draft report for public comment. The new sections include findings and recommendations related to Domain Name System (DNS) abuse and parking, and costs of the New gTLD Program to trademark holders. Join the webinar on Monday, 18 December 2017 at 16:00 UTC to learn about the new sections, and visit the public comment page to share your input. The public comment period will close on 8 January 2018. Contribute to the Development of the Review Operating Standards The draft ICANN Operating Standards for Specific Reviews documents standards and criteria that will guide how reviews are conducted. Visit the public comment page to share your input. The public comment period will close on 15 January 2018. Bookmark the new Specific Review wiki landing pages to stay up-to-date with news and opportunities to participate: Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review (CCT) Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS (SSR2) Organizational Reviews assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve their effectiveness. These reviews are led by independent examiners. Input to the RSSAC2 Review Do you have improvement ideas for the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)? Interisle, the independent examiner conducing the second RSSAC Review, has published a short survey for community input, which will close on 27 December 2017. Take the survey here. To learn more about ICANN Reviews visit: https://go.icann.org/2nyW3az. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update: Guidance on Proposed Model Submissions Now Available
    on December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    We are writing to update you on our progress since our last blog. Today we published more details on how to submit a proposed model for providing registration directory services and meeting other data retention requirements while remaining compliant with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we move ahead, we outline below our planned next steps for receiving and assessing those models, which will enable us to be compliant with the law. We look forward to receiving the proposed models from all community members, submitted in response to the 2 November 2017 Statement from Contractual Compliance. The statement indicated ICANN org would consider deferring action against any gTLD registry or registrar for noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the handling of registration data. The guidance we just published provides full details on what to include in the proposals, such as how the model accommodates existing contractual obligations, while reconciling them with the GDPR. As a reminder, submission of a model does not guarantee approval or temporary deferral from contractual obligations. Göran Marby, our president and chief executive officer, has emphasized that finding a path forward to ensure compliance with the GDPR, while maintaining access to registration directory services to the greatest extent possible, is a high priority. When possible, we encourage the community to work together to align its models prior to submission. Fewer models will ease the impact on end-users and operational processes for all. Those models will be published on ICANN's website and shared with Hamilton, the European law firm engaged to assist ICANN org, for their consideration. By the end of this calendar year, we plan to publish a second iteration of the legal analysis by Hamilton. This second iteration of the legal assessment takes into consideration additional inputs and questions from the community since the first iteration [PDF, 1.13 MB]. The community discussions, the work by Hamilton and relevant proposals will inform the publication of models for compliance with the GDPR as well as with our contracts. As noted in our prior blog, we will solicit public comment on these proposed models, which ICANN org will consider before settling on a decision. Recently, we also received a letter [PDF, 110 KB] from the Article 29 Working Party, which is published on our correspondence page. This communication is also useful for the community to consider and will factor into our work. As previously noted, in parallel, the Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Working Group is working to provide recommendations on the next generation of WHOIS, which will provide the long-term solution to ensure compliance with the GDPR as well as other local data privacy laws. We look forward to receiving input and continuing to engage with the ICANN community as we work together to address the GDPR's impact on ICANN's contracts and registration directory services. We will keep you posted via these blogs, and provide up-to-date correspondence and other documents on our Data protection/Privacy Issues page. […]

  • ICANN to Participate at the 12th Internet Governance Forum 2017 in Switzerland
    on December 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This month, members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization will be in Geneva, Switzerland, participating in the 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). It seems only fitting to point out that Geneva is where the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – which initiated the IGF – took place back in 2003. It is also the home of the IGF Secretariat. The event will take place from 18 to 21 December 2017 at the Palais de Nations. Since its inception, the IGF has evolved to become a unique and important platform for global dialogue on the development of the Internet, involving stakeholders from the wider Internet community. The IGF will afford ICANN an opportunity for bilateral discussions with a range of stakeholders from around the world. This year, as in previous years, ICANN will engage in dialogue through a number of sessions, either as participants or through organized ICANN sessions. Key topics of discussion will be: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Multistakeholder governance in the Domain Name System (DNS) Emerging identifier technologies and how they may play a role in the evolution of the Internet, including in the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IOT) Voice of civil society in ICANN We will hold our customary ICANN Open Forum, which I encourage you to attend. Göran Marby, ICANN CEO and President, and Cherine Chalaby, Chair of the ICANN Board, will brief participants on areas ICANN is addressing. These include the community's preparatory work for a potential new application process for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and an update on the effect of the implementation of GDPR legislation in Europe. This will be an interactive session where IGF participants will be able to engage in an open dialogue and exchange views with ICANN's leadership. Below are the main ICANN sessions at the IGF. Date Time Title 17 December 15:00–16:30 How Digital activists are shaping the evolution of the Internet: the voice of civil society in ICANN 17 December 16:30–18:00 The DNS and Emerging Identifiers (including DOA) 19 December 09:00–10:30 Multistakeholder governance of the Domain Name System, lessons learned for other IG issues (WS76) – CCWG IG Session. 19 December 16:10–17:10 ICANN Open Forum: ICANN – Looking ahead: - Challenges and Opportunities (OF50) ICANN community members have organized or will take part in other workshops, forums, and sessions. For more information, see the IGF website. On the ground, the Government Engagement team, led by Tarek Kamel, will be coordinating the involvement of ICANN in this significant event. We look forward to seeing you there soon! […]

  • ICANN61 Confirmed for Puerto Rico
    on December 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

    The ICANN Meetings team recently visited Puerto Rico to assess the recovery progress made since Hurricane Maria, and are pleased to reconfirm San Juan as the location for ICANN61. The meeting will be held from 10-15 March 2018. We recognize that Puerto Rico is still in the recovery phase, and while we can expect some minor inconveniences, the convention center and supporting hotels are fully operational and eager to host our event in March. We have been assured that our presence in San Juan will support economic recovery on the island. We are grateful for the ongoing support Governor Ricardo Antonio Rosselló and his staff have offered to ensure a successful ICANN61. We encourage anyone traveling to Puerto Rico from outside of the United States to review applicable visa requirements and apply as soon as possible if one is necessary. More information can be found at https://meetings.icann.org/en/sanjuan61#travel. Hotel booking links will be posted by 15 December 2017 at https://meetings.icann.org/en/sanjuan61#travel. […]

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  • Nomination Period Opens For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN62 | Nominations Close 19 March 2018
    on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    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: 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; 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 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 […]

  • Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program
    on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    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. […]

  • .WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program
    on December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Los Angeles – 8 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. […]

  • Webinar: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review New Sections of Draft Report
    on December 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 7 December 2017 – On 18 December 2017, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) will host a webinar on the new sections of its Draft Report. The Draft Report was posted on 7 March 2017 [PDF, 4.94 MB], and the new sections made available for public comment on 27 November 2017. During the webinar, members of the CCT Review Team will provide a briefing on the new sections, which contain draft findings and recommendations pertaining to Domain Name System abuse, costs to trademark holders, domain name parking, and consumer choice. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions directly to the Review Team. The CCT Review Team is examining the extent to which the introduction or expansion of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has promoted competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The Review Team is also determining the effectiveness of the safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from the introduction of new gTLDs and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process. A recording will be made available on the CCT Review Team wiki. Webinar Details & How to Attend Date: 18 December 2017 Time: 16:00 – 17:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter) To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive the dial-in information. In order to facilitate global participation, language services will be available in five UN languages. Agenda CCT Mandate & Timeline DNS Abuse Rights Protection Mechanisms "Parked Domains" Next Steps Additional Resources Visit the CCT wiki for up-to-date information on the work of the Review Team as well as news and opportunities to participate. Visit the CCT page on ICANN.org to view documents associated with essential milestones, outputs and final deliverables. The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.6. 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. […]

  • Reminder: Register for 7 December Q&A on the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update
    on December 5, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Last week we published our latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update for the period ending 30 September. You can view the report on the ICANN website as well as an Executive Summary recording from Göran Marby, President and CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board. You are invited to attend a question and answer (Q&A) call on 7 December at 1700 UTC to ask any questions on this report. Please click here to register and receive the instructions for joining the call. If you are unable to access the form, please email us your full name and an email address to be registered. The call is recorded and open for all to attend with live interpretation provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings will be posted on the ICANN website. These calls were set up to enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency efforts and are a great way for you to stay informed on what the ICANN organization has done in line with ICANN's mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable. 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. […]