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The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum is Turning Five Years Old in Ankara

ISTANBUL – 9 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is organizing the fifth edition of the Middle East DNS Forum. The event, hosted by the Information & Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), will take place on 25 & 26 April in Ankara, Turkey.
The Middle East DNS Forum brings together field experts and affected parties to discuss the latest developments in the globe domain marketplace & ways to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East. Internationalized Domain names, EU General Data Protection Regulation, Universal Acceptance & the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) are among this year’s key discussion topics.
The DNS forum offers participants opportunities to:

Network with other stakeholders and experts
Discuss various business, technical and policy aspects of the domain industry
Develop a better understanding of ICANN’s work so that they can play a bigger role in shaping the future of Internet
Learn about new approaches…

ICANN Publishes ICANN61 By the Numbers Report

LOS ANGELES – 9 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN61 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. This report summarizes our findings from ICANN’s third Community Forum of the new meeting strategy. This report is part of ICANN’s commitment to transparency.
By the Numbers Report highlights include:
1,565 checked-in participants, with 604 listing their region as North America 36% of attendees participating for the first time 342 sessions held, for a total of 630.5 hours 167,907 schedule platform page views, a 198% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi 11,106 gigabytes of data as network traffic 14% of network traffic was Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a 1% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi

Our goal is to improve on the statistics we collect, & to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater…

ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN62

LOS ANGELES – 6 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN62, to be held in Panama City, Panama, from 25 to 28 June 2018.
The 15 individuals are currently engaged in studies in Latin American universities in the fields of computer science, law, & human rights. In addition, five individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.
An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy & Internet governance.
The individuals selected as ICANN62 NextGen participants are:

Cristina De Los Ángeles Morales
Universidad Centroamericana

Élisson Diones Cazumbá Cerqueira
Pinto Federal Institute of Bahia

Gustavo Diógenes de Oliveira Paiva
Universidade Federal do…

Supporting Community Policy & Advice Work – A Few Key Indicators

Earlier this week, the Policy Development Support Department published the Post-ICANN61 Policy Report. The report captures decisions & outcomes from the work of the three Supporting Organizations (SOs) and four Advisory Committees (ACs) at the San Juan meeting this past March. The report also looks ahead & suggests additional resources to enable sustained community engagement on important issues.
At ICANN61, the Dept. supported over 180 community sessions – & the work continues. Through the third quarter of FY18, we have supported over 900 teleconferences totaling over 1,000 hours. There have also been over 17,000 mailing list exchanges. These are good indicators of the intensity of community work.

As the community and its workload grow, the Policy Development Support Department is ready to support ongoing activity & assist with the community’s prioritization efforts. Our Dept. consists of subject matter & secretariat experts located around the globe. We are organized into teams to…

Join the Webinar on the Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

LOS ANGELES – 3 April 2018 – Join a webinar about the Draft Final Report [PDF, 496 KB] of the second Review of the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom2), hosted by the independent examiner, Analysis Group.
Current Status: On 27 March 2018, Analysis Group published its Draft Final Report for public comment. The Draft Final Report contains both an assessment of the Nominating Committee and recommendations for improving its operations*. This public comment proceeding follows the publication of the Assessment Report, which included findings that were discussed with the community via several consultations.
Next Steps: The Draft Final Report will be available for public comment for 41 days. Input received from this public comment & webinar will be considered by Analysis Group for inclusion in the Final Report, which is expected to be published in June 2018.
Webinar Details & How to Attend

Date: 10 April 2018
Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC [local time]
To participate, please…

CCWG-Accountability WS2 Final Report

Open Date: 30 March 2018 Close Date: 11 May 2018 Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Categories/Tags: Accountability Brief Overview: Purpose: This Public Comment seeks community input on whether there are any inconsistencies1 between the various sets of recommendations within the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability’s (CCWG-Accountability) final report from its Work Stream 2 (WS2). The CCWG-Accountability WS2 final report is a compilation of eight reports generated through individual sub-groups of the CCWG-Accountability, each of which has already been the subject of public comment. These eight reports are on the topics identified at Section 27.1. of the ICANN Bylaws2, which defined WS2. Current Status: At its 9 March 2018 face-to-face meeting at ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the CCWG-Accountability completed its approval of each of the sub-group reports for inclusion within the WS2…

Annual IANA Functions Audits Validate ICANN Systems Controls

LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) has completed audits of the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Registry Assignment & Maintenance Systems (RAMS) & the Root Zone Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) services provided as part of the IANA functions. Intercontinental accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted the audits for the period of 1 October 2016 through 30 November 2017.
For the fifth consecutive year, a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 audit of PTI’s RAMS shows that the ICANN organization has the appropriate controls in place to ensure the security, availability, & integrity of IANA request processing.
For the eighth consecutive year, SOC 3 certification has been achieved for the management of the DNSSEC root key signing key, which is the trust anchor of the domain name system. The SOC 3 certification demonstrates that effective security controls are maintained to manage the root key…

Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 3 (MSR-3) for the Development of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone

LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the third version of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-3). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-2 & adds three code points each to the repertoires of Han and Latin scripts. Under the Procedure to Develop & Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels [PDF, 72 KB] , the MSR is the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels which are developing the proposals for relevant scripts for the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR). The contents of MSR-3 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-3-Overview & Rationale [PDF, 242 KB]. The RZ-LGR is a mechanism for determining valid IDN top-level domain labels & their variant labels.
MSR-3 covers the following 28 scripts: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari,…

Data Protection/Privacy Issues Update: Discussion with Article 29 Working Party

I want to provide you with an update on our most recent discussions with the Article 29 Working Party regarding the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & its impact on the collection, retention & publication of domain name registration data & the WHOIS system. Today we had a good conversation with representatives from the technology subgroup of the Article 29 Working Party on these points. Our discussion today focused on a follow up from our previous calls, & to make ICANN org available to answer questions on ICANN's Proposed Interim Compliance Model [PDF, 922 KB] (the "Cookbook"). We outlined the steps we had taken subsequent to the last call & highlighted the continued collection of additional inputs from our community. We also discussed the timing & next steps for obtaining advice for ICANN and its contracted parties. We heard clearly from the representatives that they understood the issues…

ICANN Requests DPA Guidance on Proposed Interim Model for GDPR Compliance

LOS ANGELES – 28 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (“ICANN”) has requested European data protection authorities (DPAs) provide specific guidance on the organization’s Proposed Interim Compliance Model [PDF, 922 KB] as it relates to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In letters to each of the 28 European member states’ DPAs and the European Data Protection Supervisor, ICANN asks the authorities to “help ICANN & the domain name registries & registrars to maintain the world WHOIS in its current form, through either clarification of the GDPR, a moratorium on enforcement or other relevant actions, until a revised WHOIS policy that balances these critical public interest perspectives may be developed & implemented.”
Absent this specific guidance, the integrity of the international WHOIS system & the organization’s ability to enforce WHOIS requirements after the GDPR becomes effective will be threatened.
ICANN is concerned that continued ambiguity…

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