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Month: December 2017

Data Protection & Privacy Update – Plans for the New Year

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s a good time to assess where we are & where we are going with our work to address potential compliance issues with ICANN agreements with generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars in light of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
A Look Back at 2017
We started out by working with an ad hoc group of community volunteers to help us create & populate a matrix of user stories of the personal data that gTLD registries and registrars collect, transmit, or publish pursuant to ICANN agreements or policies. The purpose for collecting this information was to inform discussions about whether there are potential compliance issues under ICANN agreements with registries & registrars because of the new law, and to engage with data protection authorities.
We continued this work by facilitating discussions within the multistakeholder community during ICANN Public Meetings, blogs, & webinars.
Also, we…

ICANN Seeking Mentor for Global Indigenous Ambassador Program for ICANN61

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) announced a call for a volunteer to serve as a mentor for the Intercontinental Indigenous Ambassador Program during ICANN61.
ICANN announced the creation of the Worldwide Indigenous Ambassador Program in June 2017. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, which will be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities, as well as one mentor. Through the inclusion of a broader & more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the worldwide Internet community.
ICANN is now accepting applications for anyone interested in serving as a mentor for the two Global Indigenous Ambassadors during ICANN61. Mentors must be familiar with ICANN and At-Large, & have been active in one of the constituencies. Mentors must also meet a number of criteria listed on this webpage & follow the requirements for coaches as described in the ICANN Fellowship handbook.
The selected mentor will receive travel & hotel accommodations, as well as a per diem, for ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will be held from 10-15 March 2018.
The deadline for submitting applications is 8 January 2018. Applications are available here.
ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity!
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure & unified worldwide 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 & support these unique identifiers across the intercontinental. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. …

ICANN Publishes ICANN60 By the Numbers Report

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN60 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, & attendance statistics. This report summarizes our findings from ICANN’s second Annual General Meeting of the new meeting strategy. This report is part of ICANN’s commitment to transparency.
By the Numbers Report highlights include:
1,929 checked-in participants, with 718 listing their region as APAC 23% of attendees participating for the first time 407 sessions held, for a total of 696 hours 84,955 schedule website page views 116.6 terabytes of data as network traffic 13% of network traffic was Interrnet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a 3% increase from ICANN58 Copenhagen

Our goal is to improve on the statistics we collect, & to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, & informs the kinds of changes we need to make.
Click here to download the full ICANN60 by the Numbers Report [PDF, 8.23 MB].
If you have questions, please email: meetings@icann.org.
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, & unified intercontinental 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 & 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. …

Do You Have a Domain Name? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Part III – Having Issues Transferring Your Domain Name?
One of the primary purposes of ICANN’s Transfer Policy is to provide you with the option to freely move your domain name from one registrar to another. In our last blog, we explained how to do this. If you still have problems making a transfer, here is some information on why you might be encountering issues and some additional information on what you might be able to do about it.
The first thing you should know is that there are a few instances when your registrar cannot transfer your domain name, such as if it is the subject of an ongoing Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy (TDRP) or Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) proceeding. Your registrar also cannot transfer your domain name if it is subject to a court order. Additionally, as we explained in the last blog,…

New Report Presents Syntax & Operability Accuracy of WHOIS Data in gTLDs

LOS ANGELES – 19 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) Phase 2 Cycle 5 Report. This is a follow-up to previous ARS Reports which have been published semi-annually since December 2015.
Read the Report.
The report explores both the syntax and operability accuracy of WHOIS records in generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) as compared to the requirements of the 2009 & 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAAs). It also examines the leading types of nonconformance, trends, & comparisons of WHOIS accuracy across gTLD types, ICANN regions, & RAA versions.
The ICANN org developed accuracy tests to answer questions about the syntax (format and content) & operability (e.g., does an email sent to the email address provided in the WHOIS record go through?) of a sample of WHOIS records. Then, using statistical methods, syntax & operability accuracy estimates were provided for the population of domain names in gTLDs as a whole, as well as for several subgroups of interest.
Key Findings
The analysis found that:
Nearly all WHOIS records contain information that can be used to establish immediate contact: In 98 percent of records, at least one email or telephone number meets all operability requirements of the 2009 RAA. Approximately 94 percent of email addresses, 67 percent of cellphone numbers, & 98 percent of postal addresses were operable (see Table 1 below for more information).

Table 1: Overall gTLD Operability Accuracy by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval)
  Email Cellphone Postal Address All Three Accurate All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 93.8% ± 0.4% 66.9% ± 0.8% 98.4% ± 0.3% 63.4% ± 0.9%

In terms of syntax accuracy, approximately 99 percent of email addresses, 90 percent of wire numbers, & 89 percent of postal addresses were found to meet all…

President’s Corner: Finances & Planning for the Next Two Years

One of my personal priorities for my role in ICANN is continuing to improve ICANN org’s efforts to be transparent, accountable & accessible. In this spirit, I will am sharing something the Executive Team & I have been spending a lot of time lately, & an area of great focus for us in the coming year. By now I'm hope you have also read the blog by Cherine on this topic.
As I mentioned in the recent Quarterly Stakeholder Call, we saw slower funding in the first quarter of FY18 by $1m versus our approved budget, with lower domain name registrations than planned. So, we assume the FY18 funding could remain flat compared to FY17’s funding, instead of the growth budgeted in FY18. We need to make some changes to address that. And, at the same time, we are currently planning for the next two years out – FY19 &…

Chair’s Blog: Year End & Well Wishes

I’m am writing to you from the 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), in Geneva, Switzerland, where I'm here with some of my Board colleagues & members of the ICANN community engaging with the broader Internet governance community. Thematic issues that can impact our technical mandate are being discussed here. These issues include privacy & data protection, jurisdiction, intellectual property, cyber security and many more. We are represented in those discussions, so that our points of view are considered as policies, legislations & priorities are formed around the globe. If you are at the IGF, please join us for an ICANN Open Forum session; you can find more details about our participation here. In this blog, I'm want to provide you with an update on some outstanding items & our final Board meeting of the year as December wraps up. ICANN Reserve Fund As you…

ICANN Office of the Ombudsman 2017 Annual Report

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2017 – Herb Waye, ICANN Ombudsman, is pleased to announce the publication of the ICANN Office of the Ombudsman 2017 Annual Report.
View the report.
The report is available in all official ICANN languages. If you have any questions for the Ombudsman, contact him at ombudsman@icann.org.
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, & 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 globe. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the worldwide. …

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Response from Legal Firm Hamilton to Community Questions Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2017 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (“ICANN”) today published a memo from the Hamilton law firm, which provides responses to questions raised by the community regarding generic top-level domain name (gTLD) registration directory services & the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This memo is the second in a series [PDF, 253 KB] of memoranda that will address these matters. Read the memo here [PDF, 577 KB].
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified intercontinental 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 globe. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community…

Update on the Root KSK Rollover Project

The ICANN org is today announcing that it will not roll the root zone KSK in the first quarter of 2018.
We have decided that we do not yet have enough information to set a specific date for the rollover. We want to make clear, however, that the ICANN org is committed to rolling the root zone KSK and we will continue to discuss this important process with the community, gather their feedback and give all interested parties advance notice of at least one calendar quarter when we set the date for the rollover.
Furthermore, we are soliciting input from the community to help determine, if possible, appropriate objective criteria to measure the possible negative impact of the root KSK rollover on Internet users, & acceptable values for those criteria before a rollover. This is in accordance with the bottom-up, multi-stakeholder model that has been so successful for ICANN policy development.
On 27 September 2017, the ICANN org announced it was postponing the root zone KSK rollover for at least one quarter, leaving open the possibility the root KSK rollover might occur in the first quarter of 2018. We have since realized that our analysis & preparation will require additional time.
In a previous post, we described our analysis of recursive resolver trust anchor configuration information reported using the protocol defined in RFC 8145, Signaling Trust Anchor Knowledge in DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC). Our analysis revealed that about 4% of the approximately 12,000 DNSSEC-validating resolvers reporting during the month of September 2017 were configured with only KSK-2010 (the shorthand for the current root KSK) & would have been unable to resolve DNS queries after the rollover occurred.
The ICANN org’s decision to postpone the rollover was based on the concern that we did not understand why those resolvers were not properly configured, & we needed…

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