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Month: January 2018

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

LOS ANGELES – 23 January 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding three public sessions & 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:
Participant Code: 5542211258
Additional access numbers:
For more information about the Los Angeles workshop & other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to
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 & 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. …

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 & the various commitments it has accumulated over the years, from the IANA Functions, technical work, and policy development support to ICANN meetings, reviews, and 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) and 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:

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 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 & 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: Worldwide Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domain names 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 and 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 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-3-Overview and Rationale [PDF, 1.1 MB]. Link:

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 and 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 worldwide 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 and 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.
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…

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 and registrars because of the new…

Potential Data Exposure in ICANN RFP System Resolved

LOS ANGELES – 12 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Names & 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 and transparency….

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