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Greetings from Panama City

David Olive, Elder Vice President, Policy Development, extends a warm welcome to everyone attending ICANN62, the third Policy Forum & the first in the Latin American & Caribbean region. ICANN62's intensive program was organized by ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees – & features four days of outreach, cross-community, & high interest sessions. Olive points to what promises to be a highlight of the meeting – the presentation of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This annual award recognizes an ICANN community member whose outstanding service in multiple roles across the community has exemplified the values of collaboration, cooperation, & consensus building. The presentation of the 2018 Multistakeholder Ethos Award will take place at the welcome session on Monday morning at 08:30 in CC Foyer. Click here to watch the video. …

Community Onboarding Pilot Program ICANN62 Update

ICANN62 marks the conclusion of the ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program (COP). In Panama City, Panama, 20 individuals from eight community groups came together on 24 June to take stock of the progress to date and discuss plans for how each individual community group will carry its own “onboarding” for new participants, moving forward.
For those less familiar with the COP, here are some details. The program aimed to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates through mentorship, knowledge, & experience-sharing.
The pilot followed a two-pronged approach to accomplish this goal; first, agreeing on the need to create, update & refine onboarding materials as needed to ensure that newcomers would have access to information that is easily understood & can guide them through ICANN processes. We then paired one or two newcomers from each participating community with more experienced ICANN community members. The exchanges between these groups proved invaluable in helping…

Welcome to ICANN’s First Policy Forum in Latin America & the Caribbean

Welcome to Panama City, a city both historical & modern, situated where the Atlantic meets the Pacific. We are honored to host the intercontinental Internet community in this city for ICANN62, the first ICANN Policy Forum to be held in the region.
Over the course of four days of meetings, we will focus on current policy development work. I encourage you to take advantage of the shorter meeting & fewer number of sessions to make your voices heard & to learn more about the work of other constituencies.
The ICANN62 Policy Forum is also a great opportunity for our regional community to expand its involvement in policy development relating to the Domain Name System, & its participation in ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Through these and other groups, the ICANN community develops policies using a bottom-up, transparent, and multistakeholder model. For this model to work, we need as many world stakeholders…

The Independent Review Process Implementation Oversight Team (IRP-IOT) Draft Recommendations

Open Date: 22 June 2018 Close Date: 10 August 2018 Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Categories/Tags: Accountability Brief Overview: The Independent Review Process Implementation Oversight Team (IRP-IOT) is seeking further public comments on the Time for Filing rule (Updated Supplementary Procedure rule #4, Time for Filing). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccwg-acct-jurisdiction-recs-2018-06-22-en

ICANN org Republishes Reserve Fund Replenishment Strategy Public Comment Report

LOS ANGELES – 22 June 2018 – ICANN org has republished its Report of Public Comments on “ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy” to include public comments and their corresponding responses that were inadvertently omitted from the original 30 May 2018 posting.
The report can be found here: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reserve-fund-replenishment-2018-03-06-en
While the topics in the omitted comments were addressed in the initial publication because other commenters raised the same topics, ICANN org has republished a complete report including all comments received & responses to those comments.
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and 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 world. ICANN was formed in…

SSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 21 June 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN’s Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), has published its assessment report.
Read the report [PDF, 761 KB].
Your comments on the report are encouraged & can be sent to mssi-secretariat@icann.org until 23:59 UTC on 20 July 2018.
Analysis Group will present the assessment report and host a community discussion at ICANN62 in Panama City on Wednesday, 27 June at 14:15 – 15:15 UTC (9:15 – 10:15 EST). The community is invited to attend the presentation & contribute to the feedback process. More details, including remote attendance information, can be found here.
Webinar
In addition to the session at ICANN62, Analysis Group will host a webinar on Thursday, 12 July at 20:00 UTC, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback & ask questions. To request dial-in information for the webinar, please send an email…

Initial Report on the Protections for Certain Red Cross Names in all gTLDs – Policy Amendment Process

Open Date: 21 June 2018 Close Date: 31 July 2018 Originating Organization: GNSO Categories/Tags: Policy Development Brief Overview: Obtain community input on proposed recommendations for amending prior consensus recommendations with respect to the reservation protection of ICRC, IFRC, & National Societies, as instructed by the GNSO Council. This is the IGO-INGO Working Group’s Initial Report. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/red-cross-protection-initial-2018-06-21-en

German Regional Court to Revisit Ruling in Injunction Proceedings on Request to Preserve WHOIS data

LOS ANGELES – 21 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) was informed today that the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany, has decided to revisit its ruling in the injunction proceedings that ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group.
On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court’s initial decision to reject ICANN’s application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought a court order requiring EPAG to reinstate collection of administrative & technical contact data for new domain name registrations.
Upon receipt of an appeal, the Regional Court has the option to re-evaluate its decision that is being appealed, or affirm its decision & immediately forward the matter to the Higher Regional Court for consideration of the appeal.
In this instance, the Regional Court has decided to revisit its initial decision and has asked EPAG to comment on ICANN’s appellate…

How the ITI Technical Infrastructure Works

We’ve blogged previously that the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI) is a foundational project that aims to establish content governance and rebuild our underlying technical infrastructure. These key foundational deliverables will improve how we manage all of our content. ICANN’s new technical infrastructure will eventually power our internal & external content platforms, including https://icann.org & the Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee (SO/AC) websites. This infrastructure includes a new document management system (DMS) & a new content management system (CMS). The specific platforms we are using are Alfresco, the DMS, & dotCMS, the CMS.
There is a lot of behind-the-curtain engineering effort that goes into achieving these goals. To help you better understand the planning & implementation that goes into a project of this size, I’d like to provide you with a peek behind that technical curtain.
Allow me to illustrate this effort using the journey of one piece of content from creation to…

ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index

LOS ANGELES – 20 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN published an update to the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta), which presents statistics & trends related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
View the Health Index [PDF, 2.86 MB]
The gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) was first published in July 2016. ICANN plans to publish these statistics twice a year to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable & trusted. A community Advisory Panel is working with ICANN to refine the Index in preparation for publishing version 1.0.
About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure & unified worldwide 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…

Outreach & Engagement Leading into ICANN 62

As the ICANN community comes together in Panama for ICANN62, the Engagement team is planning a series of events for local stakeholders & with regional partners. ICANN is hosting a LAC-i Roadshow event in collaboration with IPANDETEC on 22 June. Our partners will be hosting the LACTLD Legal and Policy Workshop in Panama from 21-23 June, followed by their 20th anniversary celebration. ICANN org will be supporting training for public safety stakeholders in Panama, conducting a capacity development workshop for Government Advisory Committee members and supporting outreach for Business Constituency members. Recently, the ICANN International Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) team supported a visit by ICANN CEO Göran Marby & CTO David Conrad to the Russian Federation. Read more about that trip. The team also participated in many events recently, including Internet Day in El Salvador; CITEL in Peru; the IX Regional Forum in Brazil; LACNIC29 in Panama; the Middle East DNS…

Important Changes Coming to The Way You Use Adobe Connect

As you know, issues were reported with Adobe Connect (AC) during ICANN61 in Puerto Rico and we later restored service. The way you access closed Adobe Connect sessions is changing so that the rooms are more secure. Room administrators or meeting organizers will apply these changes to closed sessions soon. Here is what you need to know. As a reminder, there are two types of Adobe Connect rooms: open rooms & closed rooms. Since open rooms are open by definition, there is no issue to speak of. However, to ensure content & conversations are secure, there will be changes to all closed Adobe Connect rooms. When entering a closed room, you will be REQUIRED to enter a 6-digit passcode. Your room administrator or meeting host will send you the passcode over the next few weeks. If you fail to provide the passcode, you will not be able to enter the…

Sensibilisation et participation en vue de la 62e réunion de l’ICANN

La communauté de l’ICANN se réunit au Panama pour la 62e réunion de l’ICANN ; parallèlement, l’équipe de participation prépare une série d’événements pour les parties prenantes locales et avec des partenaires régionaux. Le 22 juin, l’ICANN accueillera l’événement LAC-i Roadshow en collaboration avec IPANDETEC. Nos partenaires accueilleront l’atelier LACTLD portant sur les questions juridiques et de politique à Panama du 21 au 23 juin, suivi de leur 20e anniversaire. L’ICANN org soutiendra une formation des parties prenantes de la sécurité publique au Panama, organisera un atelier de renforcement des capacités pour les membres du Comité consultatif gouvernemental et appuiera la sensibilisation des membres de l’Unité constitutive des utilisateurs commerciaux.
Récemment, l’équipe de l’ICANN en charge de la relation avec les parties prenantes mondiales (GSE) a soutenu la visite de Göran Marby, président directeur général de l’ICANN, et de David Conrad, directeur de la technologie, à la Fédération de Russie. Plus…

Data Protection/Privacy Update: Seeking Community Feedback on Proposed Unified Access Model

Today we’re sharing for discussion the draft Framework Elements for a Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS Data [PDF, 93 KB]. At a high-level, it provides a process for how third parties may access non-public WHOIS data.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the ICANN community for their hard work & valuable inputs that led us to the adoption of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Temp Spec). The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) also recognized these community efforts & said it “expects ICANN to develop & implement a WHOIS model which will enable legitimate uses by relevant stakeholders, such as law enforcement, of personal data concerning registrants in compliance with the GDPR, without leading to an unlimited publication of those data.” Just as we all worked together to agree on tiered/layered access, which is a major change to the WHOIS services, your contributions…

New WHOIS ARS Report (Phase 2 Cycle 6) Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 15 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) Phase 2 Cycle 6 Report. The data analyzed in this report is from January 2018. This is a follow-up to previous ARS Reports which have been published semi-annually since December 2015.
Read the Report.
The report explores both the syntax & operability accuracy of WHOIS records in generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as compared to the requirements of the 2009 and 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAAs). It also examines the leading types of nonconformances, trends, & comparisons of WHOIS accuracy across gTLD types, ICANN regions, & RAA versions. (Note: The data analyzed in this report was completed prior to the adoption of the Temporary Specification.)
The ICANN org developed accuracy tests to answer questions about the syntax (format & content) & operability (e.g., does an email sent to the email address…

Chair’s Blog: A Preview of the Panama Board Workshop

We are less than two weeks away from ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama. That means the Board is once again getting ready for another workshop, which will be held from 22-24 June, right before the meeting. If you’ll recall, we reorganized our last workshop in Vancouver to allow for more time to discuss the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, so this upcoming workshop will give us an opportunity to reconvene on some of the issues we set aside when we last met. We’ll be holding quite a few public sessions, as well as a public Board meeting. You can find out how to dial-in to these listen-only sessions here. On Friday, 22 June, the first day of the workshop, we’re going to start off with a dialogue with Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO, & then leap into a…

主席博文:巴拿马董事会工作坊预告

距离在巴拿马共和国巴拿马城召开 ICANN 第 62 届会议还有不到两周的时间了。这意味着董事会要再次准备另一项工作坊会议,该会议将于 6 月 22 日至 24 日召开,恰好在 ICANN 会议之前。
如果您还记得, 我们重新组织了在温哥华举办的上一次工作坊,以便留出更多时间讨论欧洲通用数据保护条例 (GDPR) 和《gTLD 注册数据临时规范》提案,因此即将举行的工作坊将为我们提供机会,重新讨论上次会议上遗留的一些问题。我们将会举办多场公共会议,以及一场董事会公共会议。您可在此处了解如何拨入这些仅提供聆听模式的会议。
6 月 22 日星期五是工作坊的第一天,我们将先与 ICANN 总裁兼首席执行官马跃然 (Göran Marby) 开展对话,然后转入对 GDPR 最新实施状况的讨论。讨论将包含解决临时规范附录中未决事项的最新进展。
午餐过后,前村昌纪 (Akinori Maemura) 将主持召开一场公共会议,讨论关于实施国际化域名变体顶级域的建议。会议结束后,拉姆·莫罕 (Ram Mohan) 和卡菲·兰吉巴 (Kaveh Ranjbar) 以及戴维·康纳德 (David Conrad) 将介绍有关增加 L 根弹性的潜在战略的最新情况。然后,艾芙丽·多利亚 (Avri Doria) 将主持有关 GNSO 新通用顶级域名 (gTLD) 后续流程政策工作的会议。由于通用顶级域名 (gTLD) 政策制定流程已接近提出启动新一轮新通用顶级域名 (gTLD) 申请的建议,因此董事会讨论并开始考虑其意见很重要。之后,贝基·伯尔 (Becky Burr) 将带领举行关于最新独立审核流程系统工作状态的会议,随后露丝薇斯·范德朗 (Lousewies van der Laan) 将主持召开关于董事会沟通战略的会议。
6 月 23 日星期六将举行多场公共会议,所以我强烈建议您查看会议日程表,看看您可能有兴趣收听哪些会议。我们将通过召开一场董事会公共会议来开启新的一天。之后,艾芙丽与政策制定小组将向董事会介绍 ICANN 第 62 届会议期间将讨论的一些热门话题,确保我们做好准备。然后,马腾·博特曼 (Maarten Botterman) 将主持召开当天的第二场公共会议,讨论有关董事会 2018 财年工作重点交付成果的最新情况,例如补充 ICANN 组织的储备资金以及衡量社群对董事会的满意度。当天的第三场公共会议 将由哈立德·考巴阿 (Khaled Koubaa) 主持, 届时将介绍简化各种 ICANN 审核的长期和短期方案的最新进展,这也是正在征询公众意见的议题。
之后,马腾将主持召开会议,确定我们 2019 财年的工作重点。接下来,贝基·伯尔将与马腾一起主持会议,讨论董事会对新通用顶级域 (gTLD) 拍卖收益工作的意见。马修·希尔斯 (Matthew Shears) 将主持当天最后一场公共会议,董事会互联网治理工作组将向董事会全体成员介绍未来可能会对 ICANN 产生影响的潜在政策问题。我们的反馈会议将是当天的最后一场会议,届时我们将讨论工作坊的进展情况,并探索在下一次会议期间提高效率和效力的方法。
6 月 24 日星期日是工作坊的最后一天,将专门用于制定战略规划和举行圆桌会议,届时马跃然、克里斯·狄思潘 (Chris Disspain) 和我本人,以及 ICANN 支持组织和咨询委员会主席都将参加该会议。
鉴于工作坊期间我们将讨论一系列议题,我估计这必将是日程紧张但又富有成效的三天。希望大家积极参与我们的公共会议,也期待在会议期间与大家相见。 …

The Patent Cooperation Treaty at 40

June 2018
By Matthew Bryan, PCT Legal & User Relations Division, and Cathy Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO
Today inventors around the international have access to a system, known as the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which offers a cost-effective way to seek patent protection for their high-value technologies in multiple countries. That system, which has just celebrated its 40th year of operation, has become an essential component of the global patent system. Today, the PCT includes 152 member countries. In the words of WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, the PCT is a “truly a intercontinental system & a intercontinental treaty” that is at “the center of intercontinental patenting activity.”  
The world’s largest companies (see figure below), leading universities & research institutions & individual inventors use the PCT as a strategic option to seek patent protection in multiple countries, since a single global patent application filed under the PCT has legal effect in…

Diagnostics for the Real World: point-of-care diagnosis made easy

June 2018
By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO
In an ever more interconnected globe, the threat of infectious diseases is perhaps greater today than at any other point in human history. Controlling & preventing these diseases is a huge challenge – particularly in resource-poor regions of the globe – & one that requires early detection. A ground-breaking new point-of-care diagnostic tool, developed by Dr. Helen Lee and her group at Diagnostics for the Real Worldwide, offers healthcare workers in resource-poor environments an opportunity to effectively test, diagnose & treat patients within hours. Dr. Lee, who also established the Diagnostics Development Unit at University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, tells us more about the remarkable device & shares her views on innovation and intellectual property. How did you become an inventor?
I really became an inventor through necessity. My goal has always been to develop diagnostics that are simple, accurate, rapid, heat-stable…

Pioneering fog-harvesting technology helps relieve water shortages in arid regions

June 2018
By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO
When we think about sources of water, fog is not the first thing that springs to mind. But a pioneering new water technology called the CloudFisher® offers communities facing severe water shortages in arid & foggy coastal or mountainous regions an affordable & sustainable source of clean water.
CloudFisher® is a pioneering new water technology that offers communities facing severe water shortages in arid & foggy coastal or mountainous regions an affordable & sustainable source of clean water (photo: Courtesy of Aqualonis, GmbH).Developed by the German Water Foundation (WasserStiftung®), the technology is commercialized & implemented through Aqualonis, a Munich-based for-profit company headed by industrial designer Peter Trautwein, who is also responsible for the Water Foundation’s fog water extraction sector. The CloudFisher’s pioneering design, which takes fog-harvesting technology to a new level, is the brainchild of Mr. Trautwein with input from researchers at the Technical University…

IP Australia puts digital intelligence to work

June 2018
By Patricia Kelly, Director General, IP Australia
Not so long ago the average person’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) was framed by movies like The Terminator and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Skynet in The Terminator movies was the fictional AI platform that eventually gained self-awareness after it infiltrated millions of computer servers around the globe. In the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence, advanced humanoid robots capable of thought & emotion were developed as replacement humans. These movies used creative license to dramatize & give expression to people’s real fears: that computers would eventually become more intelligent than humans & would negatively change our world.
Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia has been leading her Organization’s drive to develop new, more efficient ways to deliver its services using artificial intelligence (photo: Courtesy of IP Australia).AI is changing our globe & like every jump in technology it has great benefits as well as…

Curaçao’s celebrates 125 years of trademark history

June 2018
By Martina Everts-Anthony, Ramses Petronia and Dedeona Maduro, Bureau for Intellectual Property, Curaçao
The small island of Curaçao lies some 65 kilometers north of the coast of Venezuela, has around 160,000 inhabitants, & boasts a sunny, warm climate all year round and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.
The small Caribbean island of Curaçao enjoys a long tradition of trademark protection. This year, it is celebrating 125 years of trademark history (photo:chrisuk1/ iStock / Getty Images Plus).You may also have heard of its world-famous blue liquor, the Blue Curaçao, made from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, which grows on the island.
But beyond its welcoming climate & heady liquor, Curaçao also enjoys a long tradition of trademark protection. This year, it is celebrating 125 years of trademark history, and the fact that it was one of the first within the region to establish a fully…

Emojis & intellectual property law

June 2018
By Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, California, & Gabriella E. Ziccarelli, Technology & IP attorney, Washington, DC, USA
*This article is based on a longer forthcoming paper by Prof. Goldman called Emojis & the Law.
Everyone loves emojis, & why not? They are a fun & an increasingly ubiquitous way for people to express themselves. But despite their superficial frivolity, emojis can raise potentially complex and serious legal issues, including novel and complicated questions about intellectual property (IP). This article surveys how United States IP law protects emojis, & why such protection may be problematic.
Photo: koya79 / iStock / Getty Images PlusWhat are emojis?
Emojis are small icons that people include in electronic communications to express an idea or an emotion. Emojis play a variety of communicative roles: they can function as a word substitute, a word complement (like the emphasis provided by an exclamation…

The public lending right & what it does

June 2018
By Jim Parker, Coordinator of the PLR International Network
The public lending right (PLR) is the legal right that allows authors and other right holders to receive payment from government to compensate for the free loan of their books by public and other libraries.
The public lending right (PLR) allows authors and other right holders to receive payment from government to compensate for the free loan of their books by public & other libraries. At a time when authors’ incomes from publishing are falling everywhere, PLR provides vital financial support (photo: tomsickova / iStock / Getty Images Plus).Maureen Duffy, writer & veteran of the authors that led to the right being introduced in the UK in 1979 after a twenty-year struggle, summarizes PLR as follows:
“First & foremost PLR upholds the principle of ‘no use without payment’. This is the basis for the concept of ‘fair remuneration’ which then carries over…

ICANN Appeals German Court Decision on GDPR / WHOIS

LOS ANGELES – 13 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today appealed a decision by the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany not to issue an injunction in proceedings that ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. The appeal was filed to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany.
ICANN is asking the Higher Regional Court to issue an injunction that would require EPAG to reinstate the collection of all WHOIS data required under EPAG’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN.
The Regional Court in Bonn rejected ICANN’s initial application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought to require EPAG to collect administrative contact & technical contact data for new domain name registrations.
If the Higher Regional Court does not agree with ICANN or is not clear about the scope of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ICANN is…

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