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Month: January 2018

An Information Transparency Initiative Update: The Content Audit & ICANN Taxonomy

As you may recall from our September 2017 blog, the Information Transparency Initiative’s (ITI) primary goals are: improving www.icann.org content findability in all six U.N. languages, creating content governance, & building new technical infrastructures to enforce governance & enable improved content findability. The ICANN Board approved ITI at its September 2017 meeting in Montevideo. Read the Board Resolution about ITI here.
ITI officially kicked off this month in Los Angeles with a series of planning sessions aimed at reinforcing the project’s objectives and mapping out the first six months of its implementation.
This is an important project for the ICANN community, Board, & organization. We are committing significant time & resources to get this right, & we also need your help. ITI’s success depends on your feedback.
Over the next 24 months, we will be posting monthly blogs to this site that will outline the upcoming ITI work, and how you can provide…

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit an expression of interest and/or recommend candidates for ICANN’s key leadership positions. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the world to help shape the Internet’s technical coordination & policy development. The deadline to submit your application is 19 March 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
We are inviting applications & recommendations for the following positions:
Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors Two representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from Europe & one from the North America region One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Two members of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

Currently, the eight NomCom selected Board members are: Maarten Botterman, Cherine Chalaby, Sarah Deutsch, Avri Doria,…

The GNSO’s New Motto: Be prepared!

It’s a new year, & for the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), that means a new approach to getting things done. Alongside five major Policy Development Processes (PDPs), we have GNSO members participating in three Cross Community Working Groups (CCWGs), four Implementation Review Teams (IRTs), & four ICANN Specific Reviews. Some of these are just getting started, other people are mid-stream, & other people are nearing completion. We have come to consider an enormous workload as just business as usual. Even so, this year we’re going to attack it more strategically.
The GNSO Council is getting together for a face-to-face meeting from 29-31 January in Los Angeles, California. We are seizing an opportunity to think critically about “big picture” issues & questions that simply don’t fit in the typical 15-minute agenda timeslots. By the end of the meeting, we hope to better understand our role under the new bylaws & have plans for…

Request for Proposal: Rights Protection Mechanisms Survey

LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking to identify one or more suppliers qualified to develop & conduct survey(s) to assess the use and effectiveness of Sunrise & Trademark Claims Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs). These RPMs are services provided through ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) for trademark owners.
RPMs refer to those policies and processes developed to provide workable mechanisms for trademark owners to either prevent or remedy certain unauthorized use of their trademarks in the domain name system. The Sunrise service provides priority access to rights holders to request domain names associated with their trademark(s). The Trademark Claims service provides notification to: (a) a potential domain name registrant attempting to register a domain name that matches a trademark record entered into the TMCH, & (b) a rights holder after registration of a matching domain name.
As Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs have not been subject to policy review to date, no comprehensive, publicly available data currently exists that measures their effectiveness. By surveying the specific respondent groups identified by the ICANN community as most affected by Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs, ICANN aims to assist the community to evaluate the efficacy of these RPMs, as well as bolster ICANN’s data collection efforts related to the RPMs.
For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 86 KB].
Indications of interest are to be received by emailing RPMs.Survey-rfp@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 09 March 2018 using ICANN’s sourcing tool, access to which may be requested via the same email address above. …

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Status of Model Selection & Webinar

My last blog of 12 January focused on three proposed interim models for collecting registration data and implementing registration directory services in preparation for the 25 May 2018 enforcement date for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I will requested input on the models which, along with input from community discussions on this topic, will contribute 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. We are pleased to report that we have received written inputs from many parties, which we began reviewing shortly after receipt & have posted to this webpage, along with community feedback & questions on both the proposed models & the legal analysis. The request for feedback also triggered vibrant and engaging dialogues within the community, as well as requests…

Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 2 February

LOS ANGELES – 25 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (“ICANN”) today announced that it will hold a webinar on 2 February from 1530 to 1630 UTC to provide an update on data protection/privacy activities related to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The webinar will focus on ICANN’s three proposed interim models for collecting registration data & implementing registration directory services published [PDF, 623 KB] earlier this month.
In order to facilitate international participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, & Spanish. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. During the course of the webinar, participants may submit questions using the chat function in Adobe Connect. We will make every effort to answer the questions during the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be made available for future reference.
The community is encouraged to provide input on the proposed models [PDF, 623 KB] by 29 January 2018. Please send your feedback to gdpr@icann.org.
More information on ICANN’s data protection/privacy activities is available here.
Webinar Details & How to Attend
Date: 2 February 2018
Time: 1530 – 1630 UTC
Join via Adobe Connect (please send dial-in requests to gdpr-questions@icann.org)
View Dial-in Information
Participant Codes:
English – Participant Code: 9001 Français – Participant Code: 9002 Español – Participant Code: 9003 中文 – Participant Code: 9004 Pусский – Participant Code: 9005 العربية – Participant Code: 9006 Português – Participant Code: 9007
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure & unified international 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…

Proposal for Korean Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 25 January 2018 Close Date: 17 March 2018 Originating Organization: Worldwide Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domain names Brief Overview: The Korean community has formed the Korean Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a Proposal for Korean Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (Proposal [XML, 547 KB] & Proposal Documentation [PDF, 4.25 MB]). As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal is being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Korean GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Korean GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/korean-lgr-2018-01-25-en

Minutes | Board Technical Committee Meeting

Board Member & Liaison Attendees: Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Akinori Maemura, Ram Mohan, Kaveh Ranjbar (Chair), George Sadowsky, Matthew Shears, & Jonne Soininen.ICANN Organization Attendees: Adiel Akplogan (VP Technical Engagement), Susanna Bennett (Chief Operating Officer), David Conrad (Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer), Steve Conte (Office of the CTO Programs Director), John Crain (Chief Security, Stability & Resiliency Office), Dan Halloran (Deputy General Counsel), Aaron Jimenez (Board Operations Senior Coordinator), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director Board Operations), Matt Larson (VP Research, Office of the CTO), Cathy Petersen (Manager, Office of the CTO), Wendy Profit (Manager, Board Operations), Erika Randall (Associate General Counsel), Ashwin Rangan (SVP Engineering & Chief Information Officer), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Elder Coordinator),and Samuel Suh (VP, IT ICANN Organization & Board Solutions Delivery).The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken, & actions identified:Agenda – The Chair established the agenda for the meeting & gave an overview…

Accountability Indicators Feedback – 1 October to 31 December 2017

In August 2017, we launched the Accountability Indicators initiative as a reflection of ICANN’s work towards accountability & transparency. The dynamic and interactive Accountability Indicators web page helps you track our progress against our strategic objectives by allowing you to explore different dimensions of what we do.
As an example of our efforts to better communicate our progress with our stakeholders, we have developed various projects & steps to improve accessibility to feedback and information. In October, we published a report on the first month’s feedback, deployed an integrated feedback mechanism, & started featuring a story about Accountability Indicators on social media every month.
Where We Are Today
We are happy to see that the page’s traffic has risen steadily, however, this growth in traffic has not been met by a similar increase in feedback. This situation could mean that you are happy with what you find on the website.
Your Feedback Is Important
We…

Chair’s Blog: A Preview of the Los Angeles Workshop

The new year is finally upon us, & I'm hope we are all rested & ready for the challenges that lie ahead. I’m am currently in Washington, D.C., meeting with ICANN stakeholders & community members, on my way to Los Angeles for the next Board Workshop.   This time around, we will be doing the workshop a little differently. Unlike previous workshops, we will be meeting for an additional day at the beginning, which will be for the Board only. We’ll be using this extra time to discuss important topics, such as preparing a consultation paper on the replenishment of the reserve fund & understanding the trends in the China domain name registration market. Starting on Friday, 2 February, the Board Committees will meet to conduct their regular business. Ahead of the workshop, the Board Technical Committee will be meeting & holding a public session, tomorrow, 24 January. I’m…

ICANN Board to Hold Three Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Los Angeles Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 23 January 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding three public sessions and a Board Meeting during its upcoming workshop in Los Angeles, California, which will be taking place from 1-5 February 2018.
The agenda of the sessions is provided below.
Date Time (UTC) Session 3 February 21:30 – 22:30 Community work on geo names as top-level domain names 3 February 23:45 – 01:15(+1) FY19 Draft Budget Review 4 February 17:00 – 18:00 Board FY18 Priorities 4 February 21:15 – 21:30 Public Board Meeting

The sessions will be in English only. The format for each will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect.
Adobe Connect Link: https://participate.icann.org/opencommunity/
Participant Code: 5542211258
Additional access numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=5542211258&num=1-605-475-5606
For more information about the Los Angeles workshop & other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2018-board-meetings.
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 globe. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the globe. …

The Draft FY19 Operating Plan & Budget

Each year, preparing our proposed budget for the next financial year is one of the most important responsibilities ICANN organization has as a not-for-profit operating in the public interest.
Long-term financial planning & fiscal responsibility is important, & the ICANN org, the Board, & the community must work together on both. A critical part of this process is that the budget goes through public comment & that you, the community, have the opportunity to provide feedback & inform the budget before it is finalized.
ICANN’s mission and the various commitments it has accumulated over the years, from the IANA Functions, technical work, & policy development support to ICANN meetings, reviews, & community needs, have meant an increased workload for the ICANN org & an increased amount of personnel & other resources to meet that workload.
Historically, the budget has been able to accommodate an increased workload, thanks to continued growth in funding.
Now, however,…

ICANN Draft FY19 Operating Plan & Budget & Five-Year Operating Plan Update

Open Date: 19 January 2018 Close Date: 08 March 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Organization Categories/Tags: Operations/Finance Brief Overview: Focusing on ICANN’s commitment to the multistakeholder model, ICANN’s Draft FY19 Operating Plan & Budget & the current year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan are provided for community discussion and public comment. ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents. The documents incorporate improvements on previous years based on regular interaction with the ICANN community & reflect FY19’s planned accomplishments towards the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the ICANN Board in October 2014. Please review the 6 documents below (see section III) & participate in the public comment process. Please review the documents in the order provided. More information The organization will hold a webinar on 26 January to provide an overview of the documents & answer any questions. Click here for more information. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fy19-budget-2018-01-19-en

What’s New with ICANN Reviews

Provide Your Input on the Assessment Report for the NomCom2 Review
Have you interacted with the Nominating Committee? If so, please share your input on the Nominating Committee Review assessment report to help improve this important body. Join the NomCom2 Review Working Party (RWP) for calls scheduled for 20:00 UTC on 25 January or 20:00 UTC on 1 February. To participate, please contact mssi-secretariat@icann.org. You can also visit the NomCom2 Wiki Workspace Page for a recording of the recent webinar on the assessment report conducted by the independent examiner, Analysis Group.
Share your input on Review Operating Standards by 2 Feb 2018
Provide your input to shape how Specific Reviews will be conducted in the future. The deadline to submit your public comment on the Operating Standards for ICANN Specific Reviews has been extended to 23:59 UTC on Friday, 2 February. The goal of the Operating Standards (see Section 4.6), which are mandated…

IANA Functions Customer Survey Results Available

LOS ANGELES – 18 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Name & Numbers (ICANN) published the results of an annual survey that measures the perception of satisfaction among Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions customers regarding the services they receive. This survey is the first completed since the ICANN organization affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) started performing IANA functions on behalf of the ICANN org and accounts for transactions completed between September 2016 & August 2017.
The IANA Services Customer Survey measured satisfaction in relation to documentation quality, process quality, transparency, timeliness, accuracy, reporting, & courtesy. In the 2017 survey, customers identified accuracy as the most important measure of performance for the fifth consecutive year. Notably, 94 percent of respondents reported being satisfied with the accuracy of their transactions. Timeliness & process quality, were identified as the second & third most important measures by customers, both stayed consistent with the previous year with 89 percent satisfaction.
View the IANA Services Customer Satisfaction Survey Report [PDF, 1.33 MB].
While the results of the survey are generally positive, the ICANN org continues to explore opportunities for improvement, including on the survey format & methodology. In response to conversations with key stakeholders within the community, an option to select “not applicable” was added to each question in the survey and open-ended questions were introduced to better capture feedback. There were also improvements to capture the geographical location of the IANA functions customers, & to further segment the top-level domain (TLD) operators.
“Over the years we have refined our approach to surveying our customers, & we’ve received increasing feedback that it can be difficult to recall the details of their PTI interactions up to a year later. This feedback has prompted us to start planning to survey our customers shortly after our interactions, to obtain more…

Maximal Starting Repertoire version 3 (MSR-3) for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)

Open Date: 17 January 2018 Close Date: 26 February 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: ICANN is releasing for public comment version 3 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-3: HTML, XML). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-2 & adds three code points each to the repertoires of Han & Latin scripts. Under the Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels [PDF, 772 KB], the MSR is the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels which are developing the proposals for relevant scripts for the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR). The contents of MSR-3 & the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-3-Overview & Rationale [PDF, 1.1 MB]. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/msr-3-2018-01-17-en

Implementation of the Consensus Policy for Protection of Certain Specific IGO & INGO Identifiers for All gTLDs

LOS ANGELES – 16 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) today announced that all ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) contracted parties must implement the new Consensus Policy concerning the protection of certain specific names of intergovernmental organizations (IGO) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) identifiers in all gTLDs. This Consensus Policy relates only to those identifiers specifically approved by the ICANN Board in April 2014 following the conclusion of a Policy Development Process conducted by the Generic Names Supporting Organization. It does not include IGO & INGO identifiers for which Board approval is still pending or for which GNSO policy work remains ongoing.
Contracted parties will have until 1 August 2018 to complete implementation of the new requirements for certain specific names of IGOs, the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), & the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC). For INGOs, the implementation period will be 12 months from the release of the INGO Claims Systems Specification which is currently under development by ICANN org.
The protections within this policy pertain to specific names of certain IGOs, INGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC, according to the recommendations adopted by the ICANN Board. The policy requires registry operators to withhold the specified names from registration for IGOs, the IOC, & the RCRC at the second-level and provides an exceptions procedure for registration. For INGOs, the policy requires claims notices at the second-level.
Additional information is available at the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization working group & IGO/INGO implementation review team wiki pages.
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…

Minutes | Board Finance Committee (BFC) Meeting

Draft FY19 Operating Plan & Budget (OP&B) – The BFC discussed the current financial outlook for FY18, the three-year trend for funding and expenses, updates to the Five Year Operating Plan, & the planning process for the draft FY19 OP&B. Initially, the BFC discussed the three-year trend for funding & expenses and the current financial outlook for FY18. The Committee noted that funding is stabilizing & therefore expenses need to be brought in line accordingly. Currently, the FY18 funding forecast reflects a decrease of US$8.3 million due to lower transaction volumes of domain name registrations.  The FY18 expense forecast reflects decrease of US$6.3 million due to cost saving measures in the areas of hiring, travel, and other savings measures across the entire organization amounting to approximately three percent savings.  Next, the BFC reviewed the updates to the Five Year Operating Plan, which was established for years 2016 through 2020. The BFC…

Data Protection and Privacy Update: Seeking Community Feedback on Proposed Compliance Models

Happy new year to you all. We have kicked off 2018 by continuing our work on data protection & privacy issues. In particular, we are preparing for the 25 May 2018 enforcement date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As I’ve previously written, we are working to ensure compliance with this law while maintaining access to WHOIS to the greatest extent possible.
Our work in this area began when we asked the community for user cases & created a matrix of these different use cases about the personal data that gTLD registries & registrars collect, transmit or publish pursuant to ICANN agreements or policies. In the absence of a WHOIS policy, the user stories are essential for describing the many different uses of the WHOIS system. The matrix informed discussions about whether there were potential compliance issues under ICANN’s agreements with registries & registrars because of the new…

Potential Data Exposure in ICANN RFP System Resolved

LOS ANGELES – 12 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today disclosed a potential data exposure with JAGGAER (formerly SciQuest), the software as a service (SaaS) tool used for sourcing suppliers via competitive bidding processes such as Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Two suppliers made ICANN aware of the issue on 4 December 2017. ICANN logged a severity 1 problem with JAGGAER immediately, and the vendor resolved the problem within 48 hours.
The issue occurred in a module called Sourcing Director, which is used for administering RFPs. Each RFP has a Question & Answer (Q&A) Board where RFP participants can post questions for the ICANN RFP team. Only the ICANN RFP team sees the questions while they are unanswered. ICANN posts the answer publicly, but the identity of the asker is not revealed on the website.
The exposure occurred if RFP participants downloaded the page as a file extract. The extract listed the names of the entities that asked questions. We recognize that the problem undermined the expected confidentiality of those asking questions & potentially gave RFP bidders the names of some of their competitors. As soon as ICANN learned of the problem, we reposted all questions & answers as if they came from ICANN, so the names of those asking questions no longer appeared in the file extract.
This problem was not limited to ICANN. JAGGAER has verified that it was introduced on 10 November 2017 with the JAGGAER 17.3 upgrade that contained an enhancement to the Q&A file format. Because most people view the Q&A Board without file extraction, ICANN believes the data exposure was minimal. Bidders in three RFPs may have been affected, & they have already been informed of the issue.
ICANN is making this information public as part of our commitment to openness & transparency….

Establishment of the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul

SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 12 January 2018 – Today, the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) & the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the establishment of a partnership center known as the Internet & DNS Engagement Center in Seoul (the “Center’).
This initiative elevates KISA & ICANN’s partnership, established in November 2013 with the signing of the KISA-ICANN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Per the objectives of the MOU, the Center will provide an avenue to foster dialogue & mutual understanding between KISA, ICANN as well as the wider Korean & regional Internet community. The Center will facilitate ICANN’s engagement with Korean & regional stakeholders; and carry out cooperation programs in collaboration with ICANN & other Internet Governance Organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA).
This initiative enhances KISA’s involvement to engage the wider Internet community as it commits its staff & resources to the Center. The Center’s staff will remain as KISA’s employees and report directly to KISA. They are in charge of the Center’s activities, working directly with the ICANN APAC regional office, & any other partners.
Korean stakeholders can continue to reach ICANN in their local language directly via korea.liaison@icann.org.
The contact details of the Center are as follows:
Seoul Internet & DNS Engagement Center
11F Platinum Tower 398 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu Seoul 06619 Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 2 405 6592 Fax: +82 2 405 6593
About KISA
KISA is a government agency dedicated to promoting Internet & information security & contributing to Korea’s Worldwide Competitiveness. KISA has set ‘Internet Promotion’ for the future & ‘Information Security’ for our safety as its primary tasks, & is focusing on enhancing the information security capacity of Korea’s ICT industry while expanding worldwide cooperative partnerships based on the K-ICT Security Development Strategy, in order that these twin pillars may serve as the…

ICANN Response to Meltdown & Spectre Vulnerabilities

LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is aware of the Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 & CVE-2017-5715) & Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) security vulnerabilities that were widely reported on 3 January 2018. To date, ICANN has observed no indications of attempts to exploit these vulnerabilities by targeting online systems or services operated by ICANN or Public Technical Identifiers (PTI).
Meltdown & Spectre are affecting a range of computer processors. As is the case for most organizations, ICANN’s IT infrastructure uses systems affected by these vulnerabilities. We are working to address these issues as quickly as possible by applying the relevant patches and updates made available by vendors.
The ICANN Information Technology team continuously monitors our systems for any evidence of attempts to compromise the services we provide & the systems used to provide them. ICANN will continue to track these issues and will provide updates if any significant changes occur.
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified international 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. …

Nominating Committee Review: Assessment Report Released and Forthcoming Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review, has published its assessment report.
Read the report [PDF, 378 KB].
The goal of the assessment report is to achieve a maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community & the independent examiner as to which areas of the NomCom work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected for publication in June 2018.
Community Outreach
On 18 January, Analysis Group will host a webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback & ask questions.
In addition to the webinar, the NomCom Review Working Party (RWP) will hold two public calls, during which the ICANN community is invited to contribute to the feedback process with the RWP & the independent examiner. If you would like to participate in these call, scheduled for 25 January 20:00 UTC & 1 February 20:00 UTC, please contact mssi-secretariat@icann.org.
Webinar Details & How to Attend
Date: 18 January 2018 Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter) To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive the dial-in information.

A recording will be made available on the NomCom Review wiki.
Background
An independent review of the NomCom review is mandated by ICANN’s Bylaws and is part of ICANN’s commitment to its own evolution & improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review & began its work in June 2017.
The purpose of the NomCom review is to determine (I am) whether the NomCom has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness & (iii) whether the NomCom is accountable to its…

Call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Strategic Plan

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 10 January 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) announced a call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Strategic Plan. The volunteers will come from the LAC region and their work will focus exclusively on supporting the implementation of projects outlined in the LAC Strategic Plan.
What This Team Will Do
Each of the strategic plan’s projects will be assigned to a working group that will be responsible for its execution. The Implementation Committee will focus on suggesting community members to be assigned to each of these working groups.
The committee will also participate in the working groups by providing input on project documents (objective, scope, KPIs, indicators, etc.) and monitoring the progress of each project. The draft materials & all final work products will be documented on the LAC Strategy Wiki.
How to Join
If you are interested in joining the Implementation Committee of the LAC Strategic Plan, please sign up here. If you are having trouble accessing the form, please email rodrigo.saucedo@icann.org for assistance.
Next Steps
This call for volunteers will be circulated as widely as possible, with the purpose of ensuring broad representation and participation from the LAC Community. The deadline for submitting applications is 26 January 2018.
Per the request of the implementation committee, regular online meetings will be scheduled.
Background
In 2013, a steering committee, which was composed of representatives from the different communities & regional organizations that participate in the ICANN community, prepared the LAC Strategic Plan, which was presented during ICANN46 in Beijing, China. The plan was divided into four areas of interest, 22 objectives, & 75 projects.
In 2015, the committee met again in Montevideo to review the LAC Strategic Plan & evaluate its progress. During this meeting, the plan objectives were aligned with the ICANN…

Public Comment Period Extended: Operating Standards for ICANN’s Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Operating Standards for ICANN’s Specific Reviews [PDF, 692 KB] has been extended until Friday 2 February 23:59 UTC.
Comment on the draft Operating Standards.
The goal of the Bylaws-mandated Operating Standards (see Section 4.6) is to provide for a transparent & consistent review process by documenting rules & procedures. Please note, most procedures detailed in the draft Operating Standards are either based on existing best practices, or on processes that have been adapted from comparable procedures already in existence elsewhere within ICANN. The draft has been prepared taking into account best practices from past & current reviews, & community input received throughout several public consultations.
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure & unified international 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 world. …

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