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Month: December 2017

A Look Back at Our Africa Engagement in 2017

As the year comes to an end, we wanted to reflect on milestones achieved with the support of you, our community. Your dedication, relentless effort, & collaboration with us, ensured that the 2017 flagship events & meetings were not only successful, but also seamless.
2017 saw new initiatives that helped increase the capacity and awareness of specific stakeholder groups and promoted their meaningful participation in ICANN and the wider Internet Governance ecosystem. We also developed better collaboration with the regional economic blocks in Africa, participating in ECOWAS, CRASA, SATA, EACO & AUC meetings to further our regional engagement with governments.

Key Highlights of 2017

The First Capacity Building Workshop: In January, ICANN held the first high level Government Advisory Committee (GAC)’s workshop. It marked the culmination of our long planning & coordination efforts with various GAC members, the GAC Underserved Regions Working Group & the Government Engagement team. The workshop was the first of its kind & is now a model for other ICANN regions. Göran Marby attended this meeting during his inaugural visit to the region, as President and CEO of ICANN.org.
Workshop for the West Africa Telecommunication Regulators Assembly (WATRA): Inspired by the GAC workshop, WATRA requested a similar workshop for its members. It took place on 25 and 26 April. The event was hosted by the Liberian Telecommunication Authority & drew 82 participants. Africa Internet pioneers Prof. Nii Quaynor & Prof. Alex Corenthin were among the speakers.
Africa Internet Summit (AIS) –[21 May to 2 June in Nairobi, Kenya]: This year saw a few key sessions.

ICANN DAY – This has become a signature day at the AIS, dedicated to introducing the community & newcomers to the current work at ICANN. Current topics covered this year were: KSK Rollover, ICANN registrar accreditation process & an overview of the policy development processes.
Internationalized Domain names…

Kim Davies Appointed VP, IANA Functions and President, PTI

LOS ANGELES – 15 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) announced today that Kim Davies, Director of Technical Services, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has been appointed to the position of Vice President, IANA Services & President, PTI.
Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers & maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible & effective manner.
Following Elise Gerich’s departure announcement, the ICANN organization, in conjunction with the PTI Board, conducted an extensive & exhaustive search for a replacement. The opening attracted a wide array of applicants, many of which were well qualified.
As VP of IANA Services, Davies will be reporting to the President of ICANN’s International Domains Division (GDD), Akram Atallah. “Kim was a natural choice for this position. He has a deep & wide understanding of both IANA…

A recap of our 2017 LAC-i-Roadshows

The LAC+i Roadshow, a project of the Latin America & the Caribbean Strategy, travels across the region to do outreach on key topics related to the critical infrastructure of the Domain Name System (DNS). The regional ICANN community holds four roadshows per year for each of the following sub-regions: the Caribbean, the Andean Region, South America and Mexico/Central America.
Download our infographic for a quick overview of our 2017 LAC-i-Roadshows.

Proposed Incremental Changes to the ICANN Meetings Strategy

Open Date: 14 December 2017 Close Date: 01 February 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Meetings Categories/Tags: Events / Conferences Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on proposed incremental changes to the current strategy for ICANN Public Meetings. The proposed changes were developed by community leaders during a call on 17 August 2017 & subsequently detailed in a report for the purposes of this consultation. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-changes-meetings-strategy-2017-12-14-en

ICANN Publishes Report of Public Comments on PTI & Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Draft FY19 Plans

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Report of Public Comments [PDF, 128 KB] on draft FY19 operating & budget plans for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). This detailed report includes responses to each of the 16 individual comments submitted. The report has been structured by comment theme & is accompanied by a sortable spreadsheet, to make it easier to find related comments & responses.
The PTI Board will consider PTI’s budget at its January 2018 meeting & the ICANN Board will consider IANA’s budget at its February 2018 meeting.
The Draft FY19 PTI and IANA operating plans and budgets documents are published here.
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Agenda | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,”IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “”a-z””. An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European “”0-9″”. The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed “”ASCII characters”” (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of “”Unicode characters”” that provides the basis for IDNs. The “”hostname rule”” requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the…

Preliminary Report | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

PTI Governance Items – Appointment of PTI President; Appointment of PTI Board Directors
Annual Meeting of the Member
Resolved (2017.12.13.02), the ICANN Board confirms that this meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Member of Public Technical Identifiers (“PTI”).
PTI President
Whereas, pursuant to Section 7.2 of the PTI Bylaws, ICANN as the sole member is authorized to appoint a President of PTI.
Resolved (2017.12.13.03), the ICANN Board, in its role as sole member of PTI, hereby appoints Kim Davies as the President of PTI, effective 1 January 2018. Elise Gerich will remain as the President of PTI through 31 December 2017.
PTI Board – Directors
Whereas, ICANN, in its role as sole member of PTI, has the obligation to appoint all members of the PTI Board in accordance with Article 5 of the PTI Bylaws.
Whereas, the PTI Bylaws, at Section 5.2.1, authorizes the PTI Board to have five Directors.
Whereas, ICANN, as the sole member of PTI,…

Special Meeting of the ICANN Board | Briefing Materials 1

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,”IDNs are domains that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “”a-z””. An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European “”0-9″”. The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domains, termed “”ASCII characters”” (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of “”Unicode characters”” that provides the basis for IDNs. The “”hostname rule”” requires that all domains of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the…

Minutes | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

PTI Governance Items – Appointment of PTI President; Appointment of PTI Board Directors
Annual Meeting of the Member
Resolved (2017.12.13.02), the ICANN Board confirms that this meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Member of Public Technical Identifiers (“PTI”).
PTI President
Whereas, pursuant to Section 7.2 of the PTI Bylaws, ICANN as the sole member is authorized to appoint a President of PTI.
Resolved (2017.12.13.03), the ICANN Board, in its role as sole member of PTI, hereby appoints Kim Davies as the President of PTI, effective 1 January 2018. Elise Gerich will remain as the President of PTI through 31 December 2017.
PTI Board – Directors
Whereas, ICANN, in its role as sole member of PTI, has the obligation to appoint all members of the PTI Board in accordance with Article 5 of the PTI Bylaws.
Whereas, the PTI Bylaws, at Section 5.2.1, authorizes the PTI Board to have five Directors.
Whereas, ICANN, as the sole member of PTI,…

Adopted Board Resolutions | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

PTI Governance Items – Appointment of PTI President; Appointment of PTI Board Directors
Annual Meeting of the Member
Resolved (2017.12.13.02), the ICANN Board confirms that this meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Member of Public Technical Identifiers (“PTI”).
PTI President
Whereas, pursuant to Section 7.2 of the PTI Bylaws, ICANN as the sole member is authorized to appoint a President of PTI.
Resolved (2017.12.13.03), the ICANN Board, in its role as sole member of PTI, hereby appoints Kim Davies as the President of PTI, effective 1 January 2018. Elise Gerich will remain as the President of PTI through 31 December 2017.
PTI Board – Directors
Whereas, ICANN, in its role as sole member of PTI, has the obligation to appoint all members of the PTI Board in accordance with Article 5 of the PTI Bylaws.
Whereas, the PTI Bylaws, at Section 5.2.1, authorizes the PTI Board to have five Directors.
Whereas, ICANN, as the sole member of PTI,…

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