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  • Chair's Blog: A Wrap-Up of the Genval Board Workshop
    on September 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Last weekend, the ICANN Board met in Genval, Belgium, to hold our fifth workshop of calendar year 2018. Four incoming Board members were able to join us: Merike Kaeo, Danko Jevtovic, Nigel Roberts, and Tripti Sinha. On Friday, 14 September, Ram Mohan kicked off the workshop with a session on strategic planning. During that session, the Board reviewed the feedback on the strategic outlook work, including the input from the community on trends that could impact the future of ICANN. We talked about our approach, our vision, engaging with the community, and how we see the timing of the development of the strategic plan unfolding. In the afternoon we held Board committees’ sessions for the Board’s Governance, Organizational Effectiveness, and Technical Committees. Then we all attended an engagement event held at ICANN's regional office in Brussels, where we met local stakeholders and thanked them for their time and contributions to ICANN. On Saturday morning,15 September, Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, began the day, as we do at each workshop, with a dialogue regarding his key priorities for the organization. He also led an extensive conversation with the Board on the status of the .AMAZON applications, which was the subject of a Board resolution in our public Board meeting on Sunday morning. Then, Göran and Becky Burr held a GDPR-related discussion about the status of current work, including topics around a possible unified access model, which would seek to provide a unified approach for how parties with a legitimate interest would access non-public WHOIS data. Chris Disspain and León Sanchez provided an update on the Generic Name Supporting Organization's (GNSO) Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. We discussed how the EPDP team is following a challenging work program, and that its upcoming face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles will be an important milestone to demonstrate progress on the development of an Initial Report and recommendations. Avri Doria led a session about the most recent developments concerning second level protections for International Governmental Organization (IGO) acronyms. The GNSO is close to completing the IGO-INGO Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Development Process (PDP). The GNSO Council acknowledged receipt of a final report from the working group but has not yet voted on the recommendations. Inconsistencies remain between the PDP Working Group’s recommendations and GAC advice issued to date on the topic of curative rights protections for IGOs. On Saturday afternoon, David Conrad led a robust discussion around Domain Abuse Activity Reporting, followed by a demonstration of the progress made to-date on the Information Transparency Initiative. Then Göran facilitated a discussion on how ICANN org should navigate incoming requests from contracted parties, when ongoing community work could result in a process change that might impact the request. Akinori Maemura led a session about the KSK Rollover, which was the subject of a resolution in our public Board meeting the following day. We had a beneficial in-depth discussion, exploring the concerns expressed as a result of the public comments and advice received, given the potential impact of the rollover. Ram then hosted a session where the Board discussed the ICANN org's recommendations for the strategy to reduce effects of security attacks on the root server system managed by ICANN. In our final session of the day, Akinori, and Ron da Silva led a discussion of the Board's response to concerns raised by the Numbers Resource Organization and Regional Internet Registries about how to effectively participate in ICANN. On Sunday morning, 16 September, we began the day with a public Board meeting, as we usually do. We passed resolutions with regards to: The KSK Rollover; Response to the GAC advice from the Panama Communiqué; Further consideration of the .AMAZON applications; Appointing a new member of SSAC; Convening the first IANA Naming Function Review; Appointment of 2019 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect; and The renewal of the .COOP Registry Agreement. For more details on the workshop, including the full text of the resolutions from the public Board Meeting, please see the Board Page. After our public Board Meeting Becky Burr led a session aimed at reviewing the results of the Board's 360-degree review. On Sunday afternoon, Maarten Botterman and Becky facilitated an ongoing discussion about disbursement mechanisms for auction proceeds. They provided the Board with an update on current community work, and the planned initial report from the Cross-Community Working Group on Auction Proceeds. We then held a meeting where we finalized the Board’s FY19 operational priorities, led by Maarten. You can expect an update on these in a blog ahead of ICANN63. At the end of the day, Becky led a discussion regarding the Board's leadership roles and the slates for the various committees and working groups, ahead of the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona. I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona for ICANN63. […]

  • An Update on the Nominating Committee Review
    on September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The implementation planning phase of the second Organizational Review of the Nominating Committee (NomCom) is underway. The Implementation Planning Team (IPT) invites you to take a look at the first scorecard report of our progress, which we have just published here. We intend to publish the scorecard to the wiki page when new milestones are reached, so, please check back on a regular basis or simply 'watch' the page to receive automatic updates. The IPT is reviewing the recommendations in the independent examiner's final report [PDF, 630 KB] to complete a Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan (FAIIP). This includes an analysis of each recommendation for usability and prioritization, provisional budget implications, anticipated resources and the proposed implementation timeline. The independent examiner's assessment of implementation of recommendations from the previous NomCom Review has been published to the wiki here. The completed FAIIP, together with the final report, will be delivered to the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) of the ICANN Board. The OEC will then make its recommendations to the Board on next steps. Join us at ICANN63 The IPT plans to meet face-to-face at ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain. We will provide an overview of our work to-date and invite feedback and input before the FAIIP is finalized. All interested community members are welcome to attend. Remote participation will be available. Look for our session on the ICANN63 schedule when it is published. If you will not be at ICANN63 but would like to provide feedback or comments to the IPT, you may do so by sending an email to mssi-secretariat@icann.org. Your email will be shared with the IPT via its publicly archived mailing list. […]

  • Keep Up with EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    on September 10, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data kicked off its first meeting on 1 August 2018. Due to the expedited timeline, the EPDP Team agreed to meet for two hours, twice a week. We are aware that keeping up with this fast-moving EPDP may prove challenging, particularly for non-members. Therefore, we plan to utilize a variety of communication channels and platforms for the ICANN community to follow the EPDP's progress to respond to different needs. Below is a summary of the types of ongoing updates you can expect. Announcements & Blogs We will keep the ICANN community informed of important milestones and key activities of the EPDP Team via announcements and blogs published on ICANN.org. These updates could include notifications of open or closed public comment periods and official statements from the EPDP Leadership Team. GNSO Council Updates Rafik Dammak, the GNSO Council Liaison to the EPDP Team, provides weekly updates on the team's progress to the GNSO Council, which acts in the role of the policy manager of GNSO PDPs. You may access these updates via the EPDP wiki workspace or the EPDP page on the GNSO website. ICANN Global Newsletters Subscribe to the monthly ICANN Global Newsletters. Each newsletter will feature EPDP content providing you with a summary of the EPDP Team's progress. ICANN63 Communications About a month before ICANN63 begins, a wide array of communications programs and materials will be launched to provide a detailed overview of the policy development activities. The EPDP efforts will be featured in the following ICANN63 communications: Pre-ICANN63 GNSO Policy Briefing (check previous editions here) Pre-ICANN63 Policy Report (check previous editions here) Pre-ICANN63 Policy Webinar During ICANN63, the daily meeting newsletter and ICANN YouTube channel will also provide timely updates about the EPDP sessions. Dedicated EPDP Webinars The EPDP Leadership, in collaboration with ICANN's policy development support staff, plans to hold one or more dedicated webinars about the EPDP. These webinars aim to provide you with details and insights into the EPDP Team's work, as well as opportunities to ask questions. The timing and frequency will depend on the EPDP Team's progress. Watch for future webinar announcements on ICANN.org. Social Media Follow @ICANN_GNSO on Twitter! In addition to tweets about the agenda and audiocast to follow our EPDP Team meetings 'live', you will also be alerted to EPDP communications promoted via the other channels noted above. We sincerely hope the ICANN community will take advantage of these opportunities to closely follow the EPDP and get involved! To learn more about participation as an observer, read the July announcement on ICANN.org. About EPDP On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board adopted the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. This is an interim measure to bring existing WHOIS obligations in line with requirements of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. This also triggered the GNSO Council to undertake a policy development process to confirm, or not, the Temporary Specification as a Consensus Policy within 12 months of its implementation effective date (25 May 2018). The GNSO Council agreed that an EPDP provides the best opportunity to meet this timing requirement. To determine the proposed path forward, a Drafting Team was formed, consisting of Council leadership and interested Council members. The Drafting Team developed an Initiation Request [PDF, 390 KB] for an EPDP and a proposed EPDP Team Charter. During its meeting on Thursday, 19 July 2018, the GNSO Council passed the motion to initiate the EPDP and to adopt the EPDP Team Charter [PDF, 523 KB]. […]

  • Chair's Blog: A Preview of the Genval Board Workshop
    on September 6, 2018 at 7:00 am

    From 14-16 September, the ICANN Board will be convening in Genval, Belgium, a town just south of Brussels, to hold our fifth workshop of calendar 2018. Much like our Vancouver workshop and Panama City workshop, the Board will be covering quite a lot of ground within a rather short amount of time. We'll be discussing a wide range of key topics ICANN org and the community are tackling, such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the upcoming Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK Rollover). We'll also be holding a public Board meeting, which I highly encourage you to join if you can. Information about how to dial-in to this listen-only session is available here. During every Board workshop, we dedicate time to strategic thinking, which affords us an opportunity to discuss ICANN's long-term goals and priorities. On Friday, 14 September, Ram Mohan will start off the workshop with a three-hour strategy session. During that session, the Board will complete its analysis of the trends that could impact the future of ICANN; those trends are the ones that the community identified and prioritized during the Strategic Outlook and Trend sessions that were conducted by ICANN org in San Juan and Panama City. We'll then be holding consecutive sessions for three of the Board's committees – the Board Governance Committee (BGC), the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC), and the Board Technical Committee (BTC) – followed by an engagement event held at ICANN's regional office in Brussels. On Saturday morning, 15 September, we'll begin the day meeting with Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, for a dialogue regarding his key priorities for the organization. Göran will then be joined by Becky Burr for a GDPR-related discussion about the status of the current work to develop a possible unified access model, which will provide a process for how third parties will be able to access non-public WHOIS data. Chris Disspain and León Sanchez will follow with an update on the Generic Name Supporting Organization's (GNSO) Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. Avri Doria will then take over to lead a session about curative rights in gTLDs and the outcomes of the GNSO's policy development process. It's important for the Board to be well versed on this issue before the GNSO votes on the final report and passes its recommendations to the Board. On Saturday afternoon, we will commence with a status report on the Information Transparency Initiative and Domain Abuse Activity Reporting, followed by discussion, led by Göran, about how ICANN org should navigate incoming requests from contracted parties, when ongoing community work could result in a process change that might impact the request. After a short break, Akinori Maemura will be leading a session about the KSK Rollover, which will be aimed at assessing the various comments provided by the RSSAC, SSAC, and RZERC, reviewing the org's final recommendations, and understanding both the risks and rewards associated with the rollover. Ram will then be hosting a session where the Board will discuss the org's recommendations for the strategy to Reduce Effects of Attacks on the Root System. In our final session of the day, Akinori and Ron da Silva will be leading a review of the Board's response to concerns raised by the NRO and Regional Internet Registries about how to effectively participate in ICANN. On Sunday morning, 16 September, which is the final day of the workshop, we'll be holding a public Board meeting, followed by a session led by Becky Burr aimed at reviewing the results of the Board's 360-degree review. On Sunday afternoon, Maarten Botterman will start by leading a session where the Board will finalize its FY19 operational priorities, building on the progress made during our Panama City workshop. Becky will then join him to lead our ongoing discussion about disbursement mechanisms for auction proceeds, as well as providing an update on current community work and the planned initial report from the Cross-Community Working Group on Auction Proceeds. We'll finish off the workshop with a closed Board session, where Becky and myself will be shepherding a discussion regarding the Board's leadership roles, as well as the slates for the various committees and working groups, in preparation for the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona. As I said, we have got quite a lot to cover and discuss, but I'm positive this will be yet another successful and fruitful Board workshop. […]

  • SSR2 Review Team Re-Starts, On-Boards New Members, Updates Terms of Reference
    on September 5, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The ICANN Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System Review Team (SSR2) reconvened after being paused since October 2017 and held an in-person meeting from 22-24 August. The review team has on-boarded new members, selected leadership, reviewed completed work to date, and updated its scope/terms of reference. We also are refreshing our workplan and outreach plan, and moving forward with our substantive work. The review team welcomes input on all of its activities via email to input-to-ssr2rt@icann.org (publicly archived list). As the review team continues its fact-finding phase and develops initial findings and recommendations, we encourage community input on our work. We plan to meet at ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, in October, and we look forward to discussions with community members there. Our August Meeting Objectives The primary objectives of the meeting were to onboard new members, select review team leadership, agree on means of working together productively to reach consensus, and agree on a scope of work/terms of reference for the review. A complete list of meeting objectives can be viewed here [DOCX, 55 KB], and a record of the meeting can be found here. The review team believes that it has successfully met all of these objectives and looks forward to tackling the work ahead and engaging with the ICANN community. The meeting was facilitated by Phil Khoury from Cameron. Ralph. Khoury Consulting Services, and supported by ICANN Staff. The review team thanks them all for their contributions to what was a productive meeting. Our New Members and Leadership Five new volunteers were appointed to the review team—Kimberly (KC) Claffy, Russ Housley, Scott McCormick, Rao Naveed bin Rais, and Laurin Weissinger. That brings the review team membership to 15. The full team membership list can be found here. All were in attendance at our August meeting held in Washington, D.C; 13 attended the meeting in-person, 2 attended remotely. The new members were successfully brought up to speed on the work of the review team to date. The review team decided on the following leadership structure: The Chair will be Russ Housley, and the Vice Chairs will be Denise Michel, Eric Osterweil, and Laurin Weissinger. Our Work The review team approved an updated scope/terms of reference, reviewed work to date, and is working on an updated workplan and communications/outreach plan. These all will be publicly posted on the Review Team's wiki, as well as sent to the ICANN Board and Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Our scope/terms of reference describe the focus of the review team's work, which is guided by ICANN's Bylaws, and includes a timeline of the review milestones, leadership and membership responsibilities, how we make decisions and conduct our work, and other guidelines. The review team intends to continue regular outreach and communications to keep the ICANN community apprised of progress towards milestones. How can people get involved in the SSR2 Review? Visit the Review Team's wiki for the latest news, updates, and opportunities to participate, including how to become a review team observer; share your expertise on SSR2 issues; and subscribe to the SSR2 mailing list for calendar invites, agendas, and "read only" access to mailing list exchanges. The Review Team will continue to reach out to the community at every key step, and we will soon provide more details in our updated outreach and communications plan. Here's our current timeline: By ICANN63: Workplan, Communications Plan, gathering & assessing facts During ICANN63 (Barcelona): Face-to-face (F2F) meeting, engagement with community By ICANN64: Gathering & assessing facts, creation of draft report During ICANN64 (Kobe): F2F meeting, presentation of draft report and engagement with community By ICANN65: Public comment period (40 days), comment resolution During ICANN65 (Marrakesh): Presentation of final report, engagement with community and final delivery of it to board […]

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  • Webinar: Proposed Updates to Draft Operating Standards
    on September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    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) […]

  • German Appellate Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data
    on September 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    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. […]

  • ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Updated Selections
    on September 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

    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 Latin America / Caribbean Islands Tripti Sinha North America 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. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September 2018
    on September 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    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. […]

  • Request for Proposal: DNSSEC KSK Management Tools
    on September 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    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. […]