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Month: February 2018

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Seeking Input on Proposed Interim Model for GDPR Compliance

It has been a very busy couple of weeks since my last update in mid-February. Today I’m want to provide you with a brief recap of where we are & next steps.
As we entered 2018, we focused on developing & soliciting input on interim models for collecting registration data & implementing registration directory services to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & ICANN’s agreements with contracted parties. We subsequently published three ICANN-proposed models [PDF, 623 KB] that incorporated a tiered/layered access approach, & held a webinar to discuss & consider views on these models & alternatives proposed by members of the community.
We continued to engage with individuals & groups including constituencies, contracted parties, & data protection agencies to discuss the pros & cons of various models, as well as alternative options for a path forward. These discussions have been enlightening & fruitful. We are beginning to…

Reminder: Nomination Period for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Open

Nominations Close 19 March 2018
Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form
ICANN is pleased to remind community members that the nomination period for ICANN’s Multistakeholder Ethos Award will be open until 19 March 2018.
The ideal recipient(s) will have served in roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees & collaborated with more than one Supporting Organization and/or Advisory Committee in a significant capacity.
Candidates for the award will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN Community.
Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of community members appointed by the Chairs of each Supporting Organizations & Advisory Committees using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria:
Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both familiar & unfamiliar ICANN Stakeholders with the aim of consensus building and collaboration that substantiate ICANN’s multistakeholder model; Facilitator of dialogue & open discussion in a fair and collegial manner, through the spirit of…

LACTLD at ICANN Meetings This Year

A year full of challenges has started – requiring more & more of our commitment & participation. We are fortunate to be an active region & to have many opportunities to participate. LACTLD is pleased to be part of the council of ICANN's Latin America & Caribbean Strategic Plan. We have a busy agenda in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) community. There will be two ICANN Public Meetings in our region, both in countries with members of our organization. We took advantage of this situation & decided to accompany them with two of our three workshops. One of our goals is to strengthen & facilitate the participation of our ccTLDs, particularly in the processes of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). We will hold our Commercial Workshop alongside the ICANN61 meeting in Puerto Rico, on 8 & 9 March 2018. The agenda for this workshop is available here….

GSMA & ICANN Sign Memorandum of Understanding at GSMA Mobile Worldwide Congress

BARCELONA, Spain – 28 February 2018 – Today, the GSMA & the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Mobile Global Congress being held this week in Barcelona. The MoU aims to enhance collaboration and raise awareness about Internet governance issues that are of common interest to both organizations & their communities. The agreement was signed by GSMA Director General Mats Granryd & ICANN President & CEO Göran Marby.
Over the years, mobile networks have evolved to become a critical infrastructure for Internet services, especially in developing countries. The goal of the MoU is to advance the organizations’ shared objective of fostering the continuous expansion of interoperable networks & the deployment of information & communication technology. The document highlights cooperation on capacity building & policy exchanges. Joint activities include workshops, regional events, and ad hoc interactions on technical subject matter areas…

RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team Submits Terms of Reference and Work Plan

The Registration Directory Service Review Team (RDS-WHOIS2) developed and submitted its terms of reference & corresponding work plan to the ICANN Board to ensure that the team’s scope & timeline is consistent with the requirements of the ICANN Bylaws.1
As the team enters its fact-finding phase, we welcome community input on our planned approach.
Where will the review focus?
After carefully considering ICANN Bylaws for the RDS-WHOIS2 Review (Section 4.6(e)) & receiving input for a limited scope proposal from Supporting Organizations (SOs) & Advisory Committees (ACs), the review team agreed to the following scope:
The review team will: Evaluate the extent to which the ICANN organization has implemented each prior Directory Service Review recommendation. Assess, to the degree practical, the extent to which implementation of each recommendation was effective in addressing the issue identified by the prior review team, or generated additional information useful to management & evolution of WHOIS (RDS). Determine…

RSSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published

LOS ANGELES – 27 February 2018 – Interisle Consulting Group, the independent examiner performing the second review of the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) has published its assessment report.
Read the report.
The Review Work Party and the independent examiner will meet at ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ICANN community is invited to attend this session & contribute to the feedback process. The session will take place on 14 March at 17:30 – 19:00 UTC (13:30 – 15:00 AST). More details, including remote attendance information, are available here.
About the Assessment Report
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 RSSAC work well & 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 July 2018.

Minutes | Board Audit Committee (AC) Meeting

BAC Attendees: Sarah Deutsch, Akinori Maemura & Lousewies van der Laan (Chair).
BAC Member Apologies: Mike Silber.
Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby & Avri Doria.
ICANN Organization Attendees: Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer), Becky Nash (VP, Finance), John Jeffrey (General Counsel & Secretary), & Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel).
The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken & actions identified:
Recommendation for the Renewal of Independent Auditors – The BAC was presented with the recommendation to approve its current audit firm as ICANN’s independent auditors for the FY18 audit. The current firm has been engaged as ICANN’s independent auditor firm since FY14. The FY18 proposed audit work includes the ICANN consolidated financial statements, which includes Public Technical Identifiers costs. The Committee discussed the benefits of re-engaging the same firm for the FY18 audit. Specifically, the BAC discussed that the current firm is knowledgeable of PTI as they were the auditor firm last year…

Chair’s Blog: A Preview of the Puerto Rico Board Workshop

Just a month ago, the ICANN Board met in Los Angeles for our first workshop of calendar 2018, and we are already preparing to head to San Juan for what will surely be another productive workshop, from 9 to 11 March, followed by a busy ICANN61. Starting on Friday, 9 March, the Board Committees will meet to conduct their regular business. The Board Technical Committee will be holding a public session to provide an update of the activities of the Office of the CTO, and I'm hope you will be able to join them. On Saturday, 10 March, we will begin the day with our regular dialogue with Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, which we do at all of our workshops. We will hear about his current priorities & efforts, & then we’ll have an opportunity to discuss them with him. After that, Avri Doria will…

ICANN Board to Hold Two Public Sessions During Puerto Rico Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 26 February 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding two public sessions during its upcoming workshop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will be taking place from 9 – 11 March 2018, ahead of ICANN61. The Board will also hold a meeting on 15 March, the final day of ICANN61.
The agenda of the sessions is provided below.

Time (UTC)

9 March
20:15 – 21:15
Board Technical Committee

11 March
17:45 – 18:45
Revised IDN Implementation Guidelines focused on Second Level Domains

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 Puerto Rico workshop & other upcoming ICANN Board meetings, please go to
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, & unified intercontinental Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type…

Helping the Newcomers of the European Registrar Community Get Engaged in ICANN

Our stakeholders’ commitment & engagement is a key contribution to the fulfilment of ICANN’s mission of ensuring a stable, secure and unified global Internet. It is our responsibility as the ICANN organization to not only keep the current community members engaged, but also guide the newcomers in our community.
On 21 February, we conducted a pilot training themed “Get Engaged in ICANN – Seminar for Registrars” as evidence of our support for the new registrar community members. The daylong event took place in parallel with the Domain Pulse in Munich, Germany.
Over the past few years, we’ve been discussing this concept with the European registrar community & receiving their feedback. We learned that newcomers can find it challenging to enter the ICANN globe, grasp ICANN processes and issues, or even know how to start participating.
During the planning process of this pilot program, we reached out to representatives from the registrar community to…

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