Analysis Group Selected to Conduct the SSAC Review

LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) has contracted Analysis Group to conduct an independent review of the Security & Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC).
Selection of the Independent Examiner
The selection of an independent examiner is performed in accordance with ICANN’s procurement process. All submitted proposals were carefully evaluated against selection criteria developed in collaboration with the SSAC, including:
Technical knowledge & expertise. Knowledge and understanding of ICANN. Methodology. Independence, including no conflict of interest.

SSAC Organizational Review
The purpose of this review, according to ICANN’s Bylaws, Section 4.4,  is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure &, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. This review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders.  Finally, the SSAC Review will…

Executive Team Update

I’m want to extend my warmest wishes & heartfelt thanks to Duncan Burns, Elder Vice President of Global Communications & Managing Director, Washington D.C. Office, who has decided to leave the ICANN organization at the end of March, after ICANN61. In the nearly five years since Duncan joined ICANN, he has made significant contributions to the ICANN org in the areas of Communications, in his role on the Executive Team, in overseeing Language Services, U.S. Government Relations, & the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI), among other projects. While we evaluate how to best handle Duncan's responsibilities, his number two, Gwen Carlson, Elder Director, will run Communications and Language Services & help ensure a smooth transition. Chris Mondini, ICANN's Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America and Global Business Engagement, will lead our U.S. Government engagement activities during this time. In addition, David Conrad, Elder Vice President & Chief Technology Officer,…

The South Asian Eleven – Progress on Supporting IDNs in Scripts from the Region

We recently traveled to South Asia to initiate & support community-driven efforts for developing the Internet’s Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR), which will further enable a multilingual internet. This included meetings for Neo-Brahmi, Sinhala & Thaana Generation Panels.
We started our series in the Maldives, where we were hosted by the Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM) for a two-day engagement on the domain name system and cybersecurity. Next on the agenda was a day of training on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), as well as the purpose & design of RZ-LGR. This training was attended by members of Computer Society of Maldives, the Dhivehi Academy and local experts working on Thaana – the Maldivian script -software.

Participants explained how the Thaana script is fairly regular in its use of consonants & vowel marks to write Dhivehi [PDF, 154 KB] language in a right-to-left direction. Interestingly, we also learned that the community mixes…

ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Asia GAC Members

SINGAPORE – 15 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Underserved Regions Working Group, announced today the first capacity-development workshop for Asia GAC members & representatives, to be held from 24–25 February 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the support of Nepal’s Department of Information Technology.
Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology, Nepal, will give the opening remarks. Almost 20 government representatives from 11 economies in Asia will attend the workshop.
In rapidly developing Asia, expected home to the next billion Internet users, challenges remain in ensuring adequate & secure Internet access. Barriers to participation in ICANN include a lack of human resources & knowledge about the Domain Name System (DNS).
The workshop, which aims to address these challenges, will feature key ICANN policy topics & the relevant GAC & cross-community working groups. Topics will include:
Understanding the…

Domain name Federal Register: Started February 20, 1998

    On July 1, 1997, The President directed the Secretary of Commerce to privatize, increase competition in, & promote international participation in the domain name system. Domain names are the familiar and easy-to-remember names for Internet computers (e.g. “”). They map to unique Internet Protocol (IP) numbers (e.g., that serve as routing addresses […]


众所周知,互联网的发展和扩张源于成千上万志愿者的严谨工作。他们编制了能够确保全球互用性的技术标准和规范。这项工作大部分是由互联网工程任务组 (Internet Engineering Task Force, IETF) 完成的。他们通过每年 3 次见面会和网络完成这项艰巨的工作。
今年,ICANN 将于 3 月 18 日至 23 日与谷歌公司 (Google) 一起在伦敦 (London) 举办 IETF 第 101 届会议。IETF 会议将汇集大约 1000 名志愿技术专家。 在为期一周的会议中,他们将讨论如何推进制定新的拟定标准和规范的工作,以及如何改进和改善现有标准/规范。在过去几届会议中,一场“黑客马拉松 (Hackathon)”的会前活动赢得了众多的关注。在“黑客马拉松”中,来自全球各地几十名编程人员和工程师们在为期两天的活动中专注开发能够实施具体互联网标准或规范的应用程序并排除故障,这项工作包括使用现有和未来的域名系统 (DNS) 标准。这一会前活动通过实际“运行代码”的方式展示 IETF 标准和规范的实际实施情况。
对于 ICANN 来说,通过赞助或联合举办 IETF 的会议使得我们能够继续展示我们对该组织的流程和成千上万志愿者的工作表示信任。 他们为 IETF 做出贡献,帮助编制一套强大的标准和规范,支持构建一个我们共同企盼的安全、稳定和富有弹性的互联网。ICANN 的使命在于对现有互联网唯一标识符的顺利管理进行协调。这一职能源于 IETF 界定的互联网协议 (IP) 规范。支持 IETF 的工作使得 ICANN 能够确保通过技术合作,履行我们的一部分使命,即支持“同一个世界,同一个互联网”。
ICANN 机构内部多位成员都参加了 IETF 的工作并做出了贡献。我们的团队成员目前在 15 份以上互联网文件起草的过程中充当作者或联合作者。许多草案文件都处在不同的工作组讨论流程之中。许多草案文件也将在伦敦会议上进行发布。
IETF 第 101 届伦敦会议将是我们与 IETF 社群进行交流的一个绝佳机会,将讨论新兴的技术问题和解决方案,供进一步审核或实施。近期的会议还讨论了一些与协议规范加密、DNS 的供应能力和第 6 版互联网协议 (IPv6) 相关的话题。
ICANN 总裁兼首席执行官马跃然 (Göran Marby) 将在星期三召开的全体大会上发表简短演讲。我们还预计现居伦敦的 ICANN 董事会主席谢林·查拉比 (Cherine Chalaby)、以及 ICANN 董事会和社群内的其他成员将参加本次会议。 如果您将参加 IETF 第 101 届会议,并希望深入了解 ICANN,请随时访问 ICANN 展台。
ICANN 还于 2014 年(在同一酒店)主办了 IETF 第 89 届伦敦会议,并赞助了多次近期会议,其中包括:IETF 于 2017 年 11 月在新加坡召开的第 100 届会议。
如需了解更多有关 IETF 第 101 届会议的信息,请查看:。 …

Supporting Standards that Ensure an Open and Interoperable Internet

The Internet as we know it today owes its development and scalability to the meticulous work of thousands of volunteers who develop technical standards & specifications that ensure global interoperability. This work is mostly done by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), both online & three times a year during face-to-face meetings around the world. This year, ICANN is cohost with Google of the 101st meeting of the IETF in London from 18–23 March. IETF meetings gather about a thousand volunteer technologists. For a week, they discuss to advance their work on new standards or specifications candidates, & ways to improve or evolve existing ones. Over the past few meetings, a pre-event Hackathon has gained significant momentum. During the Hackathons dozens of coders & engineers from around the worldwide work for two days to develop & debug applications that implement specific Internet standards or specifications which often includes work…

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Latest Developments

My last blog of 25 January focused on the input received on the three proposed interim models for collecting registration data & implementing registration directory services in preparation for the 25 May 2018 enforcement date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As you’ll recall, input on the models which, along with feedback requested from community discussions on this topic, are contributing to the assessment of each potential option. From those inputs, either variations or modifications to one of these models, each of which includes a tiered/layered access approach to WHOIS data, will be identified.
As we shared during the webinar on 2 February, we are reviewing this input, & have shared a preliminary non-paper [XLSX, 14 KB] and graphic [PDF, 730 KB] representation of the models. The webinar, together with the community discussions, are providing very useful input to the evolving iteration of an interim compliance model.
In parallel…

Draft Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests

Open Date: 14 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: The ICANN organization is seeking comments on a draft procedure [PDF, 327 KB] for ICANN to consider changes to Specification 12 of Community generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements. The guiding principles of the procedure would permit a community gTLD registry operator to seek modifications to Specification 12 without removing the Community Registration Policies, excessively broadening or narrowing registrant eligibility and/or name selection requirements or resulting in significant negative impact to the TLD Community. This draft procedure is the result of collaboration between the Community gTLD Change Request Process Working Group & the ICANN organization, with input provided by members of the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG). This Public Comment proceeding follows the steps outlined in guidance [PDF, 245 KB] provided…

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update & Register for the Q&A Call on 22 February

LOS ANGELES – 14 February 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) published its FY18 Q2 Stakeholder Update for the quarter ending 31 December 2017. Göran Marby, President & CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board have prepared an executive summary highlighting key updates from the report. Read the report & the executive summary here.
You are invited to attend a question & answer (Q&A) call on 22 February at 17:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to ask any questions about this report. To join the call, please register here. If you are unable to access the form, please register by sending an email to with your full name and email address.
The call will be recorded & open for all to attend, with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings in all languages will be posted on ICANN’s Quarterly Reports…