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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 and 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 & collaboration that substantiate ICANN’s multistakeholder model; Facilitator of dialogue & open discussion in a fair & 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 and 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 and ICANN Sign Memorandum of Understanding at GSMA Mobile Globe 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 Worldwide Congress being held this week in Barcelona. The MoU aims to enhance collaboration & 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, & 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 and 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 & 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 and 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, & I will 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 and 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 Domain names

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, and unified international 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 & unified worldwide 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 world, grasp ICANN processes & 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…

ICANN Webinar: Replenishment Strategy for the Reserve Fund

LOS ANGELES – 23 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) organization will host a webinar on 1 March 2018 from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on the Replenishment Strategy for the ICANN Reserve Fund followed by a question & answer period.
Below are the details for the webinar. If you are unable to participate in this webinar, it will be recorded & posted to the community wiki for future viewing or additional questions. The ICANN finance team looks forward to your participation & invites you to share this information with other community members who wish to learn more about the ICANN Reserve Fund
Webinar Details & How to Attend
Date: 1 March 2018 Time: 17:00 – 18:00 UTC (Click here to view time zone converter) Join via Adobe Connect
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the…

Analysis Group Selected to Conduct the SSAC Review

LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) has contracted Analysis Group to conduct an independent review of the Security & Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC).
Selection of the Independent Examiner
The selection of an independent examiner is performed in accordance with ICANN’s procurement process. All submitted proposals were carefully evaluated against selection criteria developed in collaboration with the SSAC, including:
Technical knowledge & expertise. Knowledge & understanding of ICANN. Methodology. Independence, including no conflict of interest.

SSAC Organizational Review
The purpose of this review, according to ICANN’s Bylaws, Section 4.4,  is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure &, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. This review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders.  Finally, the SSAC Review will…

Executive Team Update

I’m want to extend my warmest wishes & heartfelt thanks to Duncan Burns, Senior Vice President of Intercontinental Communications & Managing Director, Washington D.C. Office, who has decided to leave the ICANN organization at the end of March, after ICANN61. In the nearly five years since Duncan joined ICANN, he has made significant contributions to the ICANN org in the areas of Communications, in his role on the Executive Team, in overseeing Language Services, U.S. Government Relations, & the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI), among other projects. While we evaluate how to best handle Duncan's responsibilities, his number two, Gwen Carlson, Elder Director, will run Communications and Language Services & help ensure a smooth transition. Chris Mondini, ICANN's Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America and Worldwide Business Engagement, will lead our U.S. Government engagement activities during this time. In addition, David Conrad, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer,…

The Accessible Books Consortium: what it means for publishers

February 2018
By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO
Since its launch in June 2014, the WIPO-led Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has been working to boost access to publications for people who are blind or visually impaired. The aim is for publishers around the globe to produce works that are “born accessible” so that they can be used directly by both sighted & print-disabled readers.
Michiel Kolman, Senior Vice-President of Information Industry Relations at Elsevier (Netherlands) & current President of the Worldwide Publishers Association (IPA), & Hugo Andreas Setzer, CEO of Manual Moderno (Mexico) & IPA Vice-President, share their views on what this aspect of the ABC’s work means for publishers.
“When it comes to accessible publishing the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is the way forward,” says IPA President Michiel Kolman (Photo: Vadmary / iStock / Getty Images Plus).Why is the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) important? Michiel Kolman: When it comes to accessible publishing…

Signal piracy: a threat to Asia-Pacific broadcasters

February 2018
By Seemantani Sharma, Legal & Intellectual Property Services Officer, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is the world’s largest broadcasting union, serving an audience of around 3.5 billion people in approximately 72 countries. Its primary objective is to bring together the public service broadcasters & national broadcasting organizations of one of the world’s most diverse group of countries. Its membership stretches from Turkey in the west to Samoa in the east, & from Mongolia in the north to New Zealand in the south. ABU membership is also open to commercial broadcasters, provided they are national in character & produce a substantial amount of their own programming.
Signal piracy is adversely affecting traditional regional broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region & inadequate legal remedies to tackle the problem are undermining their long-term future (photo: Vertigo3d / iStock / Getty Images Plus).The countries that make up the ABU’s membership…

A fresh look at the Olympic properties

February 2018
By Carlos Castro, Head of Copyright & Content Affairs, International Olympic Committee
The Olympic Games are the most popular event in the intercontinental. In February, billions of spectators from across the world will tune into three weeks of spectacular sporting action during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. From February 9 to 25, those familiar symbols that we associate with the Olympic Games will have the eyes of the globe upon them.
The Torch Relay is one of the biggest and most emblematic aspects of the Olympic Games. It seeks to inspire people with the Olympic values & generate excitement in the build-up to the Olympic Games. Before it arrived at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018, the Olympic flame was carried by 7,500 torchbearers across more than 2,000 kilometers (photo: Korean Government / Alamy Stock Photo).The intellectual property (IP) system…

eSport: everything to play for

February 2018
By Stephen Townley and Annie Townley of Active Rights Management Limited, London, United Kingdom
The Intercontinental Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared that eSport, or competitive video gaming, could be considered a sporting activity. That is a momentous decision. eSport is an important way of reaching young people & a vitally important market for media businesses, game producers & sports themselves. There is everything to play for.
But the issues at stake are not clear cut. Is eSport really sport? What are the potential benefits & challenges for the sports industry of recognizing eSport? & – crucially – what are the implications in terms of intellectual property (IP)?
Traditional sport has a problem: media fragmentation – the increasing choice & consumption of content across different media – is changing the way sports fans wish to receive & engage with sport content. eSport offers great opportunities to attract & retain a globe following,…

Blockchain & IP law: a match made in crypto heaven?

February 2018
By Birgit Clark, Baker McKenzie, London, United Kingdom
Blockchain & related distributed ledger technologies have been a hot topic recently, with multiple industries exploring their possibilities & new blockchain use cases emerging almost every day. But how might these technologies be used in the context of intellectual property (IP) law & practice?
Blockchain & related distributed ledger technologies are a hot topic, with new use cases emerging almost every day (photo: Rick_Jo / iStock / Getty Images Plus).What is blockchain?
Blockchain technology has become famous as the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin & Ethereum. In its basic form it is an open ledger of information that can be used to record & track transactions, & which is exchanged and verified on a peer-to-peer network. Blockchain & other distributed ledger technologies create a trustworthy & transparent record by allowing multiple parties to a transaction to verify what will be entered onto…

A toast to Ya Kun’s IP-driven success

February 2018
By Emma Barraclough, freelance journalist
Ya Kun is a Singapore-based coffee & toast chain with outlets across Asia. Executive chairman Adrin Loi explains how intellectual property (IP) has been central to the business’s expansion.
When Adrin Loi’s father left the southern Chinese province of Hainan Island on a junk destined for Singapore 90 years ago, it’s unlikely that he ever imagined that his family would one day preside over a café empire with more than 100 outlets in a dozen markets in East and South-East Asia. Fifteen-year-old Loi Ah Koon began working on a Hainanese coffee stall in the downtown district of his new homeland. Soon he opened his own outlet serving coffee, tea, toast and soft-boiled eggs to the traders & boatmen who worked in the area. When he married, his wife began producing her own kaya, a jam-like paste made from egg & coconut, & Ah Koon began to import coffee beans…

Can the monkey selfie case teach us anything about copyright law?

February 2018
By Andres Guadamuz, Elder Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
On July 2011, British photographer David Slater travelled to a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, to take pictures of the local wildlife. Once there he followed a troop of monkeys, trying to get a few unique pictures. Mr. Slater claims that he was specifically looking for a very close shot of a monkey’s face using a wide-angle lens, but the monkeys were obviously shy, & didn’t allow him to get too close. While he managed to take a few pictures, he didn’t get the shot he was looking for. He claims he placed his camera on a tripod as the monkeys were curious about the equipment, & clicked a few shots.  The first pictures they took were of poor quality. He claims he then changed the camera settings & that one monkey in particular,…

Grumpy Cat: the feline who grew a business empire with IP rights

February 2018
By Anca Draganescu-Pinawin, IP Counsel, Novagraaf, Switzerland
There once was a cat with such a look of disgruntlement on her face that one day in September six years ago, her owner’s brother felt compelled to take a picture & post it on reddit for all to see. She looked so grumpy! The cat very quickly became an Internet sensation. As P.G. Wodehouse would have put it, anyone could see that, if not actually disgruntled, she looked far from being gruntled. Many people made memes from the picture: they took it, added a funny caption, and posted it on the Internet for others to have a laugh and share before watching other cat videos, flicking through pictures of kittens, or otherwise carrying on with their lives. 
& so was born the most famous cat in the world: Grumpy Cat.
Now the grumpy cat’s owner, a waitress toiling away in a restaurant, and…

The South Asian Eleven – Progress on Supporting IDNs in Scripts from the Region

We recently traveled to South Asia to initiate & support community-driven efforts for developing the Internet’s Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR), which will further enable a multilingual internet. This included meetings for Neo-Brahmi, Sinhala & Thaana Generation Panels.
We started our series in the Maldives, where we were hosted by the Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM) for a two-day engagement on the domain name system and cybersecurity. Next on the agenda was a day of training on Internationalized Domains (IDNs), as well as the purpose & design of RZ-LGR. This training was attended by members of Computer Society of Maldives, the Dhivehi Academy and local experts working on Thaana – the Maldivian script -software.

Participants explained how the Thaana script is fairly regular in its use of consonants & vowel marks to write Dhivehi [PDF, 154 KB] language in a right-to-left direction. Interestingly, we also learned that the community mixes…

ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Asia GAC Members

SINGAPORE – 15 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Underserved Regions Working Group, announced today the first capacity-development workshop for Asia GAC members & representatives, to be held from 24–25 February 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the support of Nepal’s Dept. of Information Technology.
Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal, will give the opening remarks. Almost 20 government representatives from 11 economies in Asia will attend the workshop.
In rapidly developing Asia, expected home to the next billion Internet users, challenges remain in ensuring adequate & secure Internet access. Barriers to participation in ICANN include a lack of human resources & knowledge about the Domain Name System (DNS).
The workshop, which aims to address these challenges, will feature key ICANN policy topics & the relevant GAC & cross-community working groups. Topics will include:
Understanding the…

Domain name Federal Register: Started February 20, 1998

    On July 1, 1997, The President directed the Secretary of Commerce to privatize, increase competition in, & promote intercontinental participation in the domain name system. Domain names are the familiar & easy-to-remember names for Internet computers (e.g. “”). They map to unique Internet Protocol (IP) numbers (e.g., that serve as routing addresses on […]


众所周知,互联网的发展和扩张源于成千上万志愿者的严谨工作。他们编制了能够确保全球互用性的技术标准和规范。这项工作大部分是由互联网工程任务组 (Internet Engineering Task Force, IETF) 完成的。他们通过每年 3 次见面会和网络完成这项艰巨的工作。
今年,ICANN 将于 3 月 18 日至 23 日与谷歌公司 (Google) 一起在伦敦 (London) 举办 IETF 第 101 届会议。IETF 会议将汇集大约 1000 名志愿技术专家。 在为期一周的会议中,他们将讨论如何推进制定新的拟定标准和规范的工作,以及如何改进和改善现有标准/规范。在过去几届会议中,一场“黑客马拉松 (Hackathon)”的会前活动赢得了众多的关注。在“黑客马拉松”中,来自全球各地几十名编程人员和工程师们在为期两天的活动中专注开发能够实施具体互联网标准或规范的应用程序并排除故障,这项工作包括使用现有和未来的域名系统 (DNS) 标准。这一会前活动通过实际“运行代码”的方式展示 IETF 标准和规范的实际实施情况。
对于 ICANN 来说,通过赞助或联合举办 IETF 的会议使得我们能够继续展示我们对该组织的流程和成千上万志愿者的工作表示信任。 他们为 IETF 做出贡献,帮助编制一套强大的标准和规范,支持构建一个我们共同企盼的安全、稳定和富有弹性的互联网。ICANN 的使命在于对现有互联网唯一标识符的顺利管理进行协调。这一职能源于 IETF 界定的互联网协议 (IP) 规范。支持 IETF 的工作使得 ICANN 能够确保通过技术合作,履行我们的一部分使命,即支持“同一个世界,同一个互联网”。
ICANN 机构内部多位成员都参加了 IETF 的工作并做出了贡献。我们的团队成员目前在 15 份以上互联网文件起草的过程中充当作者或联合作者。许多草案文件都处在不同的工作组讨论流程之中。许多草案文件也将在伦敦会议上进行发布。
IETF 第 101 届伦敦会议将是我们与 IETF 社群进行交流的一个绝佳机会,将讨论新兴的技术问题和解决方案,供进一步审核或实施。近期的会议还讨论了一些与协议规范加密、DNS 的供应能力和第 6 版互联网协议 (IPv6) 相关的话题。
ICANN 总裁兼首席执行官马跃然 (Göran Marby) 将在星期三召开的全体大会上发表简短演讲。我们还预计现居伦敦的 ICANN 董事会主席谢林·查拉比 (Cherine Chalaby)、以及 ICANN 董事会和社群内的其他成员将参加本次会议。 如果您将参加 IETF 第 101 届会议,并希望深入了解 ICANN,请随时访问 ICANN 展台。
ICANN 还于 2014 年(在同一酒店)主办了 IETF 第 89 届伦敦会议,并赞助了多次近期会议,其中包括:IETF 于 2017 年 11 月在新加坡召开的第 100 届会议。
如需了解更多有关 IETF 第 101 届会议的信息,请查看:。 …

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