• Board Blog: A Preview of the Los Angeles Board Workshop January 16, 2020
    It’s amazing how quickly time flies! The new decade is finally upon us, and after a well-deserved break, we’re ready to pick up where we left off in 2019. As you have become accustomed, we share with you our plans for the workshop, and we look forward to sharing our findings shortly after. Last year, […]
  • Preparing for Universal Acceptance in Wuzhen, China January 7, 2020
    (Top) ICANN org engaging the Chinese community in discussions on UA and IDNs in Wuzhen. (Bottom, from left) Newly appointed UA Ambassador Zhijiang Liu with ICANN org's Sarmad Hussain and Jian-Chuan Zhang. Universal Acceptance (UA) is a requirement for a truly multilingual Internet, one in which users around the world can navigate in their local […]
  • Open Call for Community Members to Join the New Africa Strategy Working Group January 7, 2020
    We would like to invite interested members of the ICANN community to join the new Africa Strategy Working Group. ICANN's Africa Strategy is the cornerstone of all engagement efforts in the region. Prepared by the regional ICANN community, it serves as a road map for ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Africa team. Participating in groups […]
  • Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model: The Work Plan and Way Forward December 23, 2019
    Over the years, ICANN’s multistakeholder model (MSM) has evolved, addressed important issues, and developed policies for the Internet’s domain name and numbering resources. During the development of ICANN’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025, the ICANN community raised a number of challenges concerning its effectiveness, efficiency, and overall functioning. That community feedback was the basis […]
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Looking Back on 2019 and Planning for 2020 December 20, 2019
    2019 was full of engagement activities within Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We continued building awareness and promoting ICANN's mission to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. Working together with our stakeholders, we focused on developing the Domain Name System (DNS) and fostering regional participation in ICANN and its policymaking processes. Capacity […]
  • Status Update on .AMAZON Applications – The Next Steps December 19, 2019
    An important final step for all domain name applications is delegation. ICANN org is signing three Registry Agreements and Specification 13 Amendments from Amazon EU S.à r.l. (Amazon corporation) for top-level domains (TLDs) .AMAZON, .亚马逊, and .アマゾン. These signed agreements represent the next steps toward the delegation of the TLDs to the root zone. To […]
  • Chair’s Blog: Looking Ahead to 2020 December 19, 2019
    On behalf of the Board, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication in support of fulfilling ICANN’s mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. 2019 has been a year of change, as are most years. Since the first message was sent over the […]
  • Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure Improvements December 17, 2019
    Over the last several months, the ICANN organization and the gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) have been working together to make improvements to the Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) that will improve transparency without materially changing the procedure. The scope of the changes was deliberate, as the Registry Agreements (RAs) utilizing the PICDRP […]
  • .ORG Update December 9, 2019
    The proposed acquisition of Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Ethos Capital was announced on 13 November 2019 by the parties and the Internet Society (ISOC). This announcement has raised many questions. In light of this, we want to be transparent about where we are in the process. On 14 November 2019, PIR formally notified ICANN of the […]
  • Enhancing ICANN’s Investment Policies December 4, 2019
    During ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada, the Board adopted a resolution to include sustainability investment criteria in ICANN's Investment Policies. These sustainability criteria cover Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. It helps further reduce risk, lead to comparable performance returns, and is consistent with ICANN's Investment Principles. After a thorough assessment, the Board Finance Committee (BFC) […]
  • Chair's Blog: ICANN66 Meeting & Board Workshop November 22, 2019
    With ICANN66 now behind us, I want to thank you for your participation, whether you attended in-person or joined us remotely. Our time in Montréal was very productive, and I continue to be impressed by the dedication and passion of both the ICANN community and the ICANN organization (org). I want to take a moment […]
  • ICANN Takes DNS Discussions to the 14th Internet Governance Forum November 19, 2019
    The Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019. Members of the ICANN Community, Board, and organization will participate in the event, hosted by the Government of Germany at Estrel Congress Center. This year's theme, "One World. One Net. One Vision." intersects […]
  • Recognizing Our Community November 8, 2019
    Community-driven work is at the core of ICANN's mission. Our community spends countless hours in working groups within ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and other groups, including the Customer Standing Committee, the Empowered Community Administration, and the Nominating Committee. Collectively, these community groups develop, advise on, and refine policies and processes that ensure the security, […]
  • A Blog About Leadership November 7, 2019
    As ICANN66 comes to an end, so does an era. Nearly a decade ago, the Nominating Committee appointed Cherine Chalaby to serve on the ICANN Board of Directors. Since that time, ICANN has changed tremendously, becoming a trusted partner in the Internet governance ecosystem and bringing new stakeholders into our global community. Throughout it all, […]
  • ¡Hola México! ICANN is Ready for ICANN67 in Cancún November 6, 2019
    As we close 2019 with ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada, we now focus on the new year for ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico.  It has been 10 years now since we had an ICANN meeting in Mexico. We are glad that our vibrant community will have the opportunity to visit the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region […]
  • Canada’s Contribution to the Growth of the ICANN Community November 5, 2019
    Canada has been instrumental in the development of the ICANN community. It is home to one of the first country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and was one of the first members of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). As the home country of ICANN66, this is the perfect time to reflect on the history of Canada’s […]
  • Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Montréal, Canada November 4, 2019
      Montréal, the second most populated city in Canada, has an old-world charm that embraces both history and modern culture. As the ICANN community gathers for the Annual General Meeting, read on to learn more about this culturally diverse city hosting our work this week. 1. It’s the birthplace of what’s generally thought to be […]
  • Welcome to ICANN66! November 3, 2019
      Bonjour! Welcome to ICANN’s 66th Public Meeting, which is being held in Montréal, Canada. ICANN’s last Public Meeting held in Canada, ICANN45 in Toronto, was back in 2012. Quite a lot has changed since then. ICANN Public Meetings are a vital part of the multistakeholder process. Much of the work we do happens digitally, […]
  • Meeting Our Commitments to Accountability and Transparency: An Information Transparency Initiative Update October 31, 2019
    As you’re aware, ICANN has commitments to and requirements for accountability and transparency. Current and easy-to-find information in all six U.N. languages is a vital part of achieving those commitments. ICANN.org is one of the avenues where we demonstrate and meet those obligations. It is our publicly-facing system of record for policies and Bylaws. We […]
  • Discontinuing Support for ICANN-Rooms Hotel Networks October 31, 2019
    ICANN has decided to use the hotel's own Wi-Fi networks rather than creating ICANN's service set identifiers (SSIDs) at the hotel sites. The hotel manages and brands in-room Wi-Fi networks that appear as ICANN networks using a SSID; however, ICANN does not manage, own, or control these networks. Therefore, continuing to offer it as an […]


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