ICANN Hires Domain Name Policy Expert to Head Engagement in China

Beijing, China… Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Jian-Chuan Zhang has been appointed as the Head of China and will join the organization on 17 April 2017.

Zhang will replace his predecessor Song Zheng and join the Global Stakeholder Engagement team in Asia Pacific. He will be operating out of the ICANN Beijing Engagement Centre.

"I would like to thank Song for his service in ICANN over the past three years, where he played a key role in starting the Beijing Engagement Centre's operations. During this time, we have seen significant growth in the Chinese multistakeholder community's participation in ICANN," said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director, ICANN Asia Pacific hub.

"I am confident that Jian-Chuan will be able to contribute to the APAC hub team, and to facilitate our Chinese multistakeholder community's participation. It is important that all stakeholders have a voice in ICANN policy and advice development. I'm sure Jian-Chuan will be able to take our existing engagement with China to the next level."

Zhang joins ICANN from KNET, where he currently serves as Senior Researcher and Director of Public and Policy Affairs. In this role, Zhang actively participated in ICANN consensus policies development including topics such as Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. He was also involved in the proposal discussions for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition.

Zhang began his career in China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC), which formed his roots in the domain name industry. He has a Master of Arts in Public Management/Policy from Renmin University of China and a PhD in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.

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Media Contacts

ICANN

Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Tel: +65 6816 1259
Mobile: +65 9796 5500
Email: liana.teo@icann.org

Fiona Aw
Global Communications Coordinator
Tel: +65 6816 1264
Mobile: +65 9113 6621
Email: fiona.aw@icann.org

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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

For more information, please visit: www.icann.org

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Denmark’s Minister of Culture Remarks on the Success of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model

Copenhagen, Denmark…

ICANN's 58th public meeting, taking place from 11 to 16 March in Copenhagen, Denmark, has attracted more than 2500 registered participants. The meeting, hosted by the Danish Business Authority and the Danish Internet Forum, is being held six months after the IANA Stewardship Transition, a milestone in the history of ICANN's multistakeholder community. Stakeholders from around the world, including people from businesses, governments, academia, and civil society, have convened in Denmark to discuss various topics such as the next steps after the IANA Stewardship Transition, enhancements to ICANN's accountability and the new generic top level domain (gTLD) program.

At the opening ceremony, Denmark's Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, commented on the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN's multistakeholder model, stating "The IANA Stewardship Transition only happened because the whole ICANN community, and that is you, was able to work together and to develop proposals that received a very broad support. It was, indeed, a masterpiece and showcase for how the multistakeholder model can function and deliver sustainable results."

Chairman of DIFO and DK-Hostmaster, Professor Henrik Udsen, also commented on the importance of this model. "Like ICANN, DIFO is based on a multistakeholder model, ensuring that all interest of the Danish Internet society is represented in the continuing efforts to make the .dk zone attractive and security," said Udsen. "We believe that this multistakeholder model both at a national and international level is a vital component in creating robust solutions to the many challenges we face."

ICANN's President and CEO, Göran Marby, stressed the importance of diversity with respect to the future Internet users, saying "To be able to support the next generation of Internet users, we need to be diverse enough to understand the nodes going forward." 

ICANN Board Chair, Dr. Stephen Crocker, remarked on the importance of working together globally to maintain the Internet. "We're all different parts of one entity united by a common purpose to help maintain an amazing global network of networks," said Crocker. "If we do our mission well, we will facilitate communication and the flow of information around the globe, but the only way that we can do that is if we work together and the work that we do together is framed by compassion and respect."

At the ceremony, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer David Conrad announced the launch of a test bed for the upcoming Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover. "On 11 October 2017, relatively soon, we are going to be changing the root key signing key. Before that time, DNS operators, who have enabled DNSSEC validation, must update their configurations. So what we're announcing today is a test bed for DNS operators to determine the readiness to support automatic updates.."

ICANN is in the process of performing a Root Zone DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Key Signing Key (KSK) rollover. The KSK is used to cryptographically sign the Zone Signing Key (ZSK), which is used by the Root Zone Maintainer to DNSSEC-sign the root zone of the Internet's DNS. Maintaining an up-to-date KSK is essential to ensuring DNSSEC-signed domain names continue to validate following the rollover. Internet service providers, enterprise network operators and others who operate DNSSEC validation must update their systems with the public part of the new key signing key.

Those unable to attend ICANN58 in person are highly encouraged to participate remotely. Details for remote participation in any of the sessions can be found here.

Photos of the meeting can be found here.

BACKGROUND: Held three times a year, ICANN's public meetings convene members of the global, multistakeholder Internet community, made up of individual users, businesses, civil society, governments, research institutions and non-government organizations, to discuss issues impacting the Domain Name System (DNS) and develop relevant policies.

Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, U.K.
Tel: +44 7780947574
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 487 6254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

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Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority Contributes to Responsive and Resilient Internet with L-Root Instance in Marshall Islands

Majuro, Marshall Islands… The L-Root instance in the Marshall Islands has been successfully installed in Majuro, increasing the Domain Name System's (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

The launch of the L-Root server node is a joint operation between ICANN and Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (NTA), who supplied the equipment necessary for the installation of the new L-Root node. NTA also provided the colocation in their datacenter and the bandwidth needed for the node's operation.

"We are very happy to host the L-root node in the Marshall Islands. This will help to contribute to the security and stability of the Internet network, and improve the quality of the Internet for our Internet users. By creating greater redundancy in the DNS, we can improve the reliability of a fast and secure network for all users," said Thomas Kijiner, Jr., President & CEO of NTA.

"I am very pleased with our partnership with NTA. We have a very close working relationship with the Marshall Islands' key Internet stakeholders and I am happy to facilitate the deployment of the root server instance into the region," said Savé Vocea, ICANN's Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Australasia.

This cooperation signifies an effort between ICANN and NTA to enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS for Marshall Islands' Internet users and reduce the response time experienced when making some DNS queries.

"ICANN operates L-Root as a public benefit service for the global Internet and is pleased to expand L-Root with an instance in the Marshall Islands. We appreciate the tremendous efforts from NTA in hosting the L-Root as this commitment both improves root zone DNS service and augments the technical stability and resilience of DNS in the region," said Terry Manderson, Director of DNS Engineering at ICANN.

There are 13 "root" DNS servers, identified by the letters A through M — the "L" root server operated by ICANN being one. Computers typically communicate with each other using numeric addresses, while humans find it easier to use and remember names (for instance, users typically remember the domain name "ICANN.ORG" more easily than the Internet Protocol address, 2620:0:2d0:200::7). The DNS translates domain names into addresses and the root servers provide the pointers to the servers for top-level domains (the last part of domain names, for example, "ORG" in "ICANN.ORG").

Spreading the service that provides these pointers out geographically by duplicating the root servers leads to a more resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of users being taken offline by a problem or attack and reduces the time it takes to look up names on the Internet.

For more information about L-root, please visit www.dns.icann.org/.

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Media Contacts

ICANN

Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Tel: +65 6816 1259
Mobile: +65 9796 5500
Email: liana.teo@icann.org

Fiona Aw
Global Communications Coordinator
Tel: +65 6816 1264
Mobile: +65 9113 6621
Email: fiona.aw@icann.org

Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority

Thomas Kijiner, Jr.
President & CEO
Tel: +692 625 3862
Email: tkijiner@minta.mh

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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

For more information, please visit: www.icann.org

About Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (NTA)

Marshall Islands' National Telecommunications Authority is a private corporation with significant ownership by the National Government. It is the authorized sole provider of telecommunications services and is responsible for providing domestic and international voice, fax, data, and Internet services to and from the Marshall Islands.

For more information, please visit www.minta.mh

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Danish Minister of Culture and Board Chair of DIFO and DK-Hostmaster to Speak at ICANN58 in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark… Denmark's Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, and Chairman of DIFO and DK-Hostmaster, Professor, Henrik Udsen, will be speaking during the welcome ceremony of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN)'s 58th Public Meeting. The meeting, which is being held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, will take place from 11 to 16 March 2017. It is being hosted by both the Danish Business Authority and the Danish Internet Forum.

The meeting is being held six months after the IANA Stewardship Transition, which was a milestone in the history of ICANN's multistakeholder community. Stakeholders from around the world, including people from businesses, governments, academia, and civil society, will be convening in Denmark to discuss various topics such as next steps after the IANA Stewardship Transition, enhancements to ICANN's accountability and the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) program.

Göran Marby, ICANN's President and CEO, and Board Chair, Dr. Stephen Crocker, will also be speaking to attendees during the welcome ceremony.

We encourage members of the press to join in-person or remotely, as their remarks will provide a high-level overview of what is expected to occur throughout the meeting. Those who are unable to attend the Copenhagen meeting in person are encouraged to participate remotely via a live web stream. The details for connecting are provided below.

BACKGROUND: Held three times a year, ICANN's public meetings convene members of the global, multistakeholder Internet community, made up of individual users, businesses, civil society, governments, research institutions and non-government organizations, to discuss issues impacting the Domain Name System (DNS) and develop relevant policies.


Welcome Ceremony & Opening Session:

WHO: Mette Bock, Danish Minister of Culture, Professor Henrik Udsen, Board Chair of DIFO and DK-Hostmaster, Göran Marby, President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors

WHEN: Monday, 13 March, 09:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. CET (8:00 – 9:30 UTC)

WHERE: Hall 1, Bella Center Copenhagen

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the Welcome Ceremony via remote access.

  • A live webcast may be accessed at LINK.

Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, U.K.
Tel: +44 7780947574
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +1 202 733 7598
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

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