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Month: February 2018

Supporting Standards that Ensure an Open & Interoperable Internet

The Internet as we know it today owes its development and scalability to the meticulous work of thousands of volunteers who develop technical standards & specifications that ensure global interoperability. This work is mostly done by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), both online & three times a year during face-to-face meetings around the world. This year, ICANN is cohost with Google of the 101st meeting of the IETF in London from 18–23 March. IETF meetings gather about a thousand volunteer technologists. For a week, they discuss to advance their work on new standards or specifications candidates, & ways to improve or evolve existing ones. Over the past few meetings, a pre-event Hackathon has gained significant momentum. During the Hackathons dozens of coders and engineers from around the globe work for two days to develop and debug applications that implement specific Internet standards or specifications which often includes work…

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Latest Developments

My last blog of 25 January focused on the input received on the three proposed interim models for collecting registration data & implementing registration directory services in preparation for the 25 May 2018 enforcement date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As you’ll recall, input on the models which, along with feedback requested from community discussions on this topic, are contributing 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.
As we shared during the webinar on 2 February, we are reviewing this input, & have shared a preliminary non-paper [XLSX, 14 KB] & graphic [PDF, 730 KB] representation of the models. The webinar, together with the community discussions, are providing very useful input to the evolving iteration of an interim compliance model.
In parallel…

Draft Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests

Open Date: 14 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018 Originating Organization: Worldwide Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contracted Party Agreements Brief Overview: The ICANN organization is seeking comments on a draft procedure [PDF, 327 KB] for ICANN to consider changes to Specification 12 of Community generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Registry Agreements. The guiding principles of the procedure would permit a community gTLD registry operator to seek modifications to Specification 12 without removing the Community Registration Policies, excessively broadening or narrowing registrant eligibility and/or name selection requirements or resulting in significant negative impact to the TLD Community. This draft procedure is the result of collaboration between the Community gTLD Change Request Process Working Group & the ICANN organization, with input provided by members of the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG). This Public Comment proceeding follows the steps outlined in guidance [PDF, 245 KB] provided…

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update & Register for the Q&A Call on 22 February

LOS ANGELES – 14 February 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) published its FY18 Q2 Stakeholder Update for the quarter ending 31 December 2017. Göran Marby, President & CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board have prepared an executive summary highlighting key updates from the report. Read the report and the executive summary here.
You are invited to attend a question & answer (Q&A) call on 22 February at 17:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to ask any questions about this report. To join the call, please register here. If you are unable to access the form, please register by sending an email to icann.communications@icann.org with your full name & email address.
The call will be recorded & open for all to attend, with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings in all languages will be posted on ICANN’s Quarterly Reports…

Secretary's Notice on FY19 IANA Operating Plan & Budget | Secretary's Notices of Approval of FY19 IANA Operating Plan & Budget

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,”IDNs are domains that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “”a-z””. An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European “”0-9″”. The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed “”ASCII characters”” (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of “”Unicode characters”” that provides the basis for IDNs. The “”hostname rule”” requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the…

Chair’s Blog: The Los Angeles Workshop Recap

With about a month left before many of us gather in Puerto Rico, I wanted to share with you an overview of the most recent Board workshop. Washington, D.C. Visit

On my way to Los Angeles for the Board workshop, I'm stopped in Washington, D.C. for a few days to meet with stakeholders from the region. I will met with some representatives of civil society & think tanks at the Center for Democracy & Technology, and with business stakeholders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to our hosts, & those who came and asked questions. I am very much appreciated our productive conversations. With the ICANN org staff, I held introductory meetings with relevant U.S. House & Senate staffers & with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to discuss ICANN & answer any questions people might have. I'm was also able to spend time with the…

Progressing the IANA functions into 2018

The last few years have been a period of intense focus on ICANN & the IANA functions — which are the management of key services including updating the DNS root zone, allocating intercontinental Internet Protocol address blocks to Regional Internet Registries, and assigning protocol parameters such as private enterprise numbers. With the U.S. government stepping away from its stewardship role over the IANA functions, & the Internet community coming together to form a replacement multistakeholder stewardship model, the priority within ICANN’s team that performs these functions has stayed focused on stable & dependable service delivery.
Now, a little over a year after the transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions, we have a number of data points to reflect upon how we’ve performed. Most tangible of these measurements is our just completed annual customer survey, which we conducted for the sixth year. This year’s results have provided clear indications that…

Register Now: Pre-ICANN61 Policy Open House – 1 March 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions for an upcoming webinar:
Pre-ICANN61 Policy Open House Thursday, 1 March 2018 10:00 & 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
The webinar will run in English and will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Recordings of the sessions will be made available here.
Please register via this form by 26 February 2018!
In this interactive 60-minute open house, the focus will be an active question & answer session with the Policy Development Support Team. To ensure that your questions about policy activities are addressed during the session, the Policy Team invites you to submit your questions through the registration form or email them to policyinfo@icann.org.
To assist with your preparation for this webinar and for ICANN61, the “Pre-ICANN61 Policy Report” & “Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN61 Edition” will be published by Monday, 26 February 2018. Please…

Call for Experts to Study the Application of Root Zone Label Generation Rules

LOS ANGELES – 8 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is forming a technical group to study how to apply the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) for the Internationalized Domains (IDN) country code top-level domain names (ccTLDs) and IDN generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). The study group will be composed of technical subject matter experts on IDNs and the RZ-LGR from the Supporting Organizations (SOs), the Advisory Committees (ACs) & the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). The ICANN Board will consider recommendations developed by this study group to determine next steps.
Expert’s nominations should be emailed to IDNProgram@icann.org by 28 February 2018
Background
IDN TLDs have been a priority for the ICANN Board for several years, based on the input from the community. The variant labels for IDN TLDs have been an important component for some script communities. Therefore, in 2010, the ICANN Board asked the ICANN org…

Agenda | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,”IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “”a-z””. An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European “”0-9″”. The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed “”ASCII characters”” (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of “”Unicode characters”” that provides the basis for IDNs. The “”hostname rule”” requires that all domains of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the…

Approved Board Resolutions | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board

Confirmation of Reserve Fund Target Level
Whereas, the Board and ICANN organization posted for public comment an updated rationale & target level for the ICANN Reserve Fund.
Whereas, the Board Finance Committee (BFC) has reviewed the comments submitted through the public comment process, the responses provided by ICANN org, & the changes to the rationale for the Reserve Fund suggested as a result of public comments.
Whereas, certain comments received require further analysis to determine the extent by which they should lead to additional changes, including submitted comments relative to Public Technical Identifiers/IANA functions and comments relative to a separate policy for the Reserve Fund.
Whereas, further work has been planned to develop governance provisions for the Reserve Fund & actions to replenish the Reserve Fund to the target level.
Resolved (2018.02.04.09), the Board adopts the recommended changes to the ICANN Investment Policy that include an updated rationale for the Reserve Fund & confirms the…

Announcing Draft Plan For Continuing With The KSK Roll

A formal ICANN public comment period has been opened to receive community input on a draft plan [PDF, 93 KB] to proceed with the KSK rollover project. This comment period will run until 1 April 2018 and we are eager to receive any & all comments.
The plan calls for rolling the root zone KSK on 11 October 2018 (one year later than originally planned), continuing extensive outreach to notify as many resolver operators as possible, & publishing more observations of the RFC 8145 trust anchor report data. Additional details are contained within the plan.
In addition, we are planning a session at ICANN61 in Puerto Rico, to further discuss the plan & obtain additional feedback.
The draft plan follows our posting in late December, in which the ICANN organization announced next steps in the process to resume the root KSK rollover project. We described our efforts to track down the operators of…

Plan to Restart the Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Process

Open Date: 1 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018 Originating Organization: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Categories/Tags: Security/Stability Brief Overview: ICANN seeks community review of a plan to roll the root KSK for the Domain Name System (DNS) on 11 October 2018, including further study & publicizing of the upcoming rollover. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ksk-rollover-restart-2018-02-01-en

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