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SSAC2 Review Survey Available for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 19 April 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2), has published a survey for community input. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with SSAC or have suggestions for ways to improve it.
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The survey will close on 18 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC. Following the close of the survey, Analysis Group will evaluate responses received along with input received via interviews & other forums as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in July 2018.
A periodic review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is…

What I’ve Learned in a Year of Complaints

In March 2017, the ICANN Complaints Office was established, and I was named the ICANN org Complaints Officer. Since we started accepting submissions in May 2017, we have received 858 from around the world. Of those 858, 22 were complaints regarding the ICANN org, and 836 were submissions related to other processes. It’s been a really interesting & rewarding year. I spent a lot of time establishing the process, navigating the submissions, &, of course, addressing the complaints & issues underlying them. The 22 complaints about the org led to improved processes, & truly added opportunity and value for the org to research, analyze, and improve upon its work, all in a transparent manner. Above all, this has been a learning experience, and I’ve gained additional insight into how the org & the community can work together to improve ICANN. The org made improvements to several processes as a result…

Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-Year Scheduled Maintenance Is Overdue!

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2018 – The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce that the ICANN Domain Name System (DNS) Symposium (IDS 2018) will be held Friday, 13 July 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It takes place back-to-back with this trimester’s conference of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF 102). The theme for IDS 2018 is “Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-year scheduled maintenance is overdue.”
The Domain Name System is well into its thirties. The DNS began as an exercise to improve the scaling properties of mapping host names on the ARPANET to Internet addresses, & to help decentralize email box names. In thirty years, we have evolved from the early experimentation & implementation of the formative domain name standards to a distributed name resolution system with millions of name servers that process billions…

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: Soliciting Community Input on Article 29 Guidance

Following another busy week for our team focused on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are writing to recap the latest milestones. On Thursday, we a received a letter [PDF, 400 KB] from the Article 29 Working Party where they provided recommendations on ICANN org’s Interim Model for Compliance [PDF, 922 KB] with ICANN’s agreements and the GDPR. In my reply [PDF, 313 KB] to Article 29 I again emphasize the need for additional time to further develop & implement the model, including a moratorium on enforcement until our model is in place.
Allow me to reiterate that ICANN recognizes the importance of the GDPR & its goal of protecting personal data, but also notes the importance of balancing the right to privacy with the need for information.
While we continue our work to understand, clarify and address the Article 29 Working Party’s recommendations & make any necessary adjustments…

ICANN Receives Data Protection/Privacy Guidance from Article 29 Working Party

LOS ANGELES – 12 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that it has received a letter from the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) [PDF, 400 KB] that provides guidance on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & its impact on the collection, retention and publication of domain name registration data and the WHOIS system. ICANN organization’s response to the letter from the Article 29 Working Party will be published shortly here.
“We appreciate the guidance provided by the Article 29 Working Party on this important issue & have accepted an invitation to meet with the WP29 Technology Subgroup in Brussels on 23 April for further discussions,” said Göran Marby, ICANN president and CEO. “However, we are disappointed that the letter does not mention our request for a moratorium on enforcement of the law until we implement a model. Without a moratorium…

ICANN Organization’s Report on the Draft FY19 Budget Operating Plan Now Due 24 April

LOS ANGELES – 11 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the ICANN organization’s response to the public comments received in the Draft FY19 Operating Plan & Budget has been moved from 12 April to 24 April. This will allow the ICANN org & the Board to have the appropriate time to provide thoughtful and detailed responses.
The ICANN org has received valuable & substantive comments from the public comment proceeding & wishes to thank everyone for your contributions in this important planning process.
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 each other. ICANN helps coordinate & support these unique…

Initial Report on Review of the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Charter

Open Date: 11 April 2018 Close Date: 1 June 2018 Originating Organization: ccNSO & RySG Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements Accountability/Transparency Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: The Customer Standing Committee (CSC) was established on 1 October 2016 & has been operating in accordance with a Charter that was developed by the Cross Community Working Group IANA Transition (CWG). The ICANN Bylaws (section 17.3) & CSC Charter include a provision that the first review of the Charter of the CSC needs to be conducted one year after the first meeting of the CSC. The CSC Charter Review Team seeks your comment & input on its findings & proposed amendment of the CSC Charter, as included in its Initial Report. Link:

Accountability Indicators Feedback – January to March 2018

We launched the Accountability Indicators seven months ago demonstrating ICANN Organization’s continuing commitment to improve accountability & transparency. It is a dynamic & interactive WEB PAGE that helps you track our progress against our strategic objectives by exploring various dimensions of our activities.
In previous blog posts we talked about the feedback from the community and how we are engaging through regular use of social media with the community about these accountability measurements.
Feedback in FY18 Q3
In the most recent quarter, we received feedback on the metric we published in Goal 1.1 relating to remote participation usage for ICANN Public Meetings. The feedback is about whether we could show the breakdown of on-site & off-site participation. Our Meeting Planning Operations team appreciates the feedback and is planning to look into the feasibility of generating this breakdown to help further improvements.
New Version (v1) in May 2018
Next month, we are working towards a version update…

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: An ICANN Update & Most Frequently Asked Questions

Since my last blog, we’ve heard from many, both inside & outside our community, about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on WHOIS. I have received questions from many of you & I think these topics may be interesting for a wider audience. As I write this, I am eagerly awaiting information from the Article 29 Working Party.
The GDPR’s impact on the domain name space remains a hot topic & here [PDF, 22 KB] are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions. It is also important to remember that the changes ICANN has proposed to WHOIS are meant to make ICANN & our contracted parties compliant with the new laws on a temporary basis. Ultimately, it will be the ICANN community policy development processes that recommend the necessary changes to policies guiding registration directory services.
Some recent news reports indicate that ICANN is taking…

ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 10 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN Reviews below. Reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need community input to help ICANN deliver on its commitments.
Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) fulfill their purpose & whether any change in structure or operations is needed.
Provide your Public Comment on the NomCom2 Review Draft Final Report Click here to share your public comment, learn about the current status of the review, & next steps. Please share your feedback by 7 May 2018 23:59 UTC [local time] Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Organizational Reviews & links to background information.

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the…

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