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Month: December 2017

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 11 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & 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 & 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…

What’s New with Reviews?

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 & 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 & 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, & 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 & parking, & 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 & 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 & Transparency Review (ATRT3) Competition, Consumer Trust, & Consumer Choice Review (CCT) Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Security, Stability, & Resiliency of the DNS (SSR2)
Organizational Reviews assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees fulfill their purpose & whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve their effectiveness. These reviews are led by independent examiners. Input to…

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Guidance on Proposed Model Submissions Now Available

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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & operational processes for all. Those models will be published on ICANN’s website & 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 & questions from the community since the first…

ICANN61 Confirmed for Puerto Rico

The ICANN Meetings team recently visited Puerto Rico to assess the recovery progress made since Hurricane Maria, & 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, & while we can imagine some minor inconveniences, the convention center & 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 & 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 & 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. …

ICANN to Participate at the 12th Internet Governance Forum 2017 in Switzerland

This month, members of the ICANN community, Board, & 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 International 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 intercontinental 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 & 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 am encourage you to attend. Göran Marby, ICANN CEO & President, & 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 & exchange views with ICANN’s leadership. Below…

Minutes | Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) Meeting

OEC Attendees: Khaled Koubaa – Chair, Avri Doria, Lito Ibarra, George Sadowsky, Leon Sanchez & Matthew Shears
Executive and Staff Attendees: Samantha Eisner, Negar Farzinnia, Larisa Gurnick, Lars Hoffmann, Göran Marby, Wendy Profit, Laena Rahim & Theresa Swinehart
The following is a summary of discussions, decisions, & actions identified:
Agenda – The Chair established the agenda for the meeting & gave an overview of items to be discussed.

At-Large Review Mapping Document – In relation to the ICANN At-Large Review Final Report by ITEMS Worldwide (“Final Report”) and At-Large Review Recommendations Feasibility Assessment & Initial Implementation Plan (“Feasibility Study”). The Final Report was submitted on 3 May 2017. The At-Large Review Working Party (“RWP”), in cooperation with the ALAC & RALO leadership, reviewed the Final Report & developed the Feasibility Study. On 21 September 2017, a representative from the independent examiner, ITEMS Global, shared an overview of the findings & recommendations with the OEC,…

Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Becky Burr (Chair), Maarten Botterman, Ron da Silva, Ram Mohan, and Lousewies van der Laan
Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby
ICANN Organization Attendees: Susanna Bennett (SVP & Chief Operating Officer), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Board Training & Content Elder Manager), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Manager, Board Operations), & Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)
The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken, and actions identified:
Review of Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Statements – The BGC noted that pursuant to its Charter, it is responsible for “review[ing] the annual conflicts of interest forms required from each Directors & Liaisons & shall consider any and all conflicts of interest that may arise under the Conflicts of Interest Policy.”  The Committee reviewed the summary of conflicts of interest disclosures for 2018.  The BGC agreed that the summary should be distributed to the full Board for review prior…

Agenda | Board Governance Committee (BGC)

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 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…

China Tops Patent, Trademark, Design Filings in 2016

Geneva, December 6, 2017PR/2017/814
Go to: Patents | Trademarks | Industrial designs
World filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total for the United States of America, Japan, the Republic of Korea & the European Patent Office.
Videos: Highlights Video | Press conference Video (watch on YouTube) Innovators around the global filed 3.1 million patent applications in 2016, up 8.3% in a seventh straight yearly increase, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. China received about 236,600 of the nearly 240,600 additional patent filings, accounting for 98% of total growth. Trademark applications jumped by 16.4% to about 7 million, & worldwide industrial design applications grew by 10.4% to almost 1 million – both also driven by growth in China.

The latest figures charting a rise in demand for intellectual property rights confirm a decade-long trend, where developments in China increasingly leave their mark on the international totals.
WIPO DG Francis Gurry

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (left) and Chief Economist Carsten Fink at the press launch of the Worldwide Intellectual Property Indicators report (Photo: WIPO/Berrod).”The latest figures charting a rise in demand for intellectual property rights confirm a decade-long trend, where developments in China increasingly leave their mark on the global totals,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “China is increasingly amongst the leaders in international innovation & branding.”
In figures

2015
2016
Growth (%)
Patent applications
2,887,300
3,127,900
8.3%
Trademark applications
6,013,200
6,997,600
16.4%
Industrial design applications
872,600
963,100
10.4%
For the first time, WIPO has collected data on geographical…

Reminder: Register for 7 December Q&A on the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update

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 & CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board.
You are invited to attend a question & answer (Q&A) call on 7 December at 1700 UTC to ask any questions on this report. Please click here to register & receive the instructions for joining the call. If you are unable to access the form, please email us your full name & an email address to be registered.
The call is recorded & 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 & transparency efforts and are…

ICANN Launches the FY19 SO/AC Additional Requests Budget Process

LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) launched the FY19 Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee (SO/AC) Additional Budget Request Process. An official email communication and post on the Finance Community Wiki marked the start of the process.
The email and webpage contain information on submission deadlines and deliverables referencing the following three documents:

FY19 Community Additional Budget Requests Process description & timeline for the FY19 Community Additional Budget Request Process
Principles that govern ICANN’s request assessment work
FY19 Community Requests Template

Please see the FY19 Community Additional Budget Requests Process page available here.
Please email any questions you may have to planning@icann.org & check the Finance Community Wiki for updates.
We look forward to your continued engagement on the SO/AC Additional Requests Budget Process for FY19. About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, & unified worldwide Internet. To reach another person on the Internet,…

ICANN Participation in Intercontinental Conference on Cyberspace 2017

The Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) brings governments, the private sector, & civil society together to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, work towards enhancing capacity building, and discuss norms for responsible behavior in cyberspace. The GCCS emerged from the London Process in 2011 – where the British Government realizing the need for nations, civil society and the private sector to meet periodically to discuss governing behavior in cyberspace, mooted the idea of this periodic meeting. India hosted the fifth GCCS in New Delhi from 23-24 November 2017. The event was well attended by global Internet governance policy makers and governments. According to the hosts, close to 4,000 delegates from 124 nations, including 33 ministerial delegations, participated at this event. The meeting’s themes were: Cyber for Digital Inclusion Cyber for Growth Cyber for Security Cyber for Diplomacy
I’m participated at GCCS, along with Board members Maarten Botterman & Matthew Shears, & my colleagues at ICANN Org Veni Markovski, Nigel Hickson & Samiran Gupta. ICANN’s participation in this meeting was to ensure that our narrow remit in cyberspace is understood by policy makers. We also engaged in meaningful bilateral meetings with the United Kingdom, United States of America, Egypt, Mauritius, Israel, & India. Maarten, Veni, Samiran and I will spoke at various sessions at the GCCS. The key trending conversations included worldwide cooperation in cyber security, inclusive growth, & the emergence of new technologies in the Internet space. It was significant to hear India’s affirmation of ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance. This was mentioned by the Indian Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in his closing address. India’s Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, too reiterated India’s support to the multistakeholder model. As more people come online and Internet technologies develop further, it remains important for nations,…

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN61 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 December 2017 – Today, ICANN announced 60 individuals from 49 countries who were selected to participate in ICANN’s Fellowship program during ICANN61. This meeting will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 10–15 March 2018.
These successful candidates represent many sectors of society, including; civil, government, country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, parts of the business community, technical, security, & end user groups.
The Fellowship program seeks to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents with priority given to candidates currently living in underserved & underrepresented communities around the globe, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, expertise, and/or have established financial need. An independent selection committee assessed the 488 applications received for this meeting.
Click the following link to see the list of selected candidates & learn more about the Fellowship program: http://www.icann.org/en/about/participate/fellowships
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure,…

Agenda | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC)

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 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…

Tracking the value of intangibles

December 2017
By Toby Boyd, Communications Division, WIPO
What is intellectual property (IP) worth? A new report from WIPO includes fresh evidence. Lead author Carsten Fink, WIPO’s Chief Economist, explains.
The latest Globe Intellectual Property Report examines the role of intangible capital in globe value chains. What exactly does that mean and why is it important? Let’s start with worldwide value chains. These days, products are manufactured all over the intercontinental & production is international. Your smartphone, for example, includes lots of different components made in factories in different parts of the intercontinental. Some microprocessors may be made in the Republic of Korea, the screen may be made in the United States, other parts elsewhere, and then they may all be sent to another factory in China for assembly & packing before being shipped off to retailers &, ultimately, consumers.
The idea of the worldwide value chain basically relates to the production process, from…

Perspectives on access to medicines and IP rights

December 2017
By John Zarocostas, freelance journalist
On average, people around the world are living significantly longer than their grandparents. In part, this is thanks to innovation in vaccines & to medicines reaching increasing numbers of patients. But as people live longer & new medical breakthroughs create even greater opportunities for new treatments, many governments find their limited resources spread ever wider. Against this backdrop, the issues of access to medicines & intellectual property (IP) have become hotly contested topics.  Two leading experts give their views on these issues. Thomas B. Cueni (right), Director General at the Worldwide Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), offers an industry perspective on the hurdles to access and the challenges that lie ahead in the search for innovative healthcare solutions.
The high cost of medicines is straining health budgets in all countries. What is the way forward?
Thomas Cueni: I understand concerns surrounding the cost of…

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