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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 content findability in all six U.N. languages, creating content governance, and 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 globe 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, & others 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 & 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 & 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 domains 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 & 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 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 am 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 and 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 worldwide participation, interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and 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
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
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
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 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: International 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:

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, and 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 & 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

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

The new year is finally upon us, and I am hope we are all rested & ready for the challenges that lie ahead. I’m am currently in Washington, D.C., meeting with ICANN stakeholders and 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…

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