Automated Transcripts from Zoom at ICANN65

As you know, ICANN moved to Zoom as its web conferencing solution and we are pleased with the positive feedback we have received about this new system. One of the most welcome developments about Zoom has been the introduction of its automatic transcription feature. You may have noticed this feature while watching a Zoom recording, with the text of the transcript scrolling in time with the meeting audio.

This feature is powered by Otter.ai, an AI solution which partnered with Zoom for transcription. I mention this not as an advertisement but rather as a disclaimer. These automatic transcripts should be treated as a useful tool in reviewing recorded content quickly, but by no means should these transcripts be read as the official record. The Zoom transcriptions are entirely machine-transcribed and accessible quickly following the conclusion of a recording (usually within a few hours). This is different from ICANN's more accurate official transcriptions, which are produced by a human but not available quite as fast.

After some discussion and debate, we decided to enable automatic transcriptions in Zoom for ICANN65. To reiterate, we are enabling this feature to provide a measure of convenience and these transcriptions should be treated as a quick version of the recordings. ICANN’s Language Services team will continue to provide the official record of public sessions and these official records will be made available along the same timelines as in previous meetings.

Welcome to ICANN65

It’s my pleasure to welcome you back to Marrakech, Morocco, for ICANN65. I am pleased to return to the site of my first ICANN Public Meeting (ICANN55), especially considering how much has changed since that time. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made as a community, and to come together to plan for ICANN’s future.

ICANN65 is a Policy Forum. Policy meetings are shorter in duration, and more focused on providing the community with time for meaningful discussions, robust debate, and policy work. There is no Opening Ceremony or Public Forums, so I recommend taking a look at the public schedule, to see the kinds of sessions you might want to join.

For those of you joining us remotely, ICANN65 will also be the first ICANN Public Meeting conducted using Zoom as our remote participation (RP) platform, instead of Adobe Connect. I’m confident that you’ll find Zoom easy to use, and ICANN org is here to help make sure that the transition is seamless. Please contact us with your thoughts and feedback once you’ve had a chance to experience the new platform.

Whether you’re joining us in-person or remotely, I encourage you to download and read the most recent ICANN CEO Report to the Board. It was published shortly after the ICANN Board’s Istanbul Workshop in May. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of what each department within the Org is working on, and it’s a great way to come up to speed before the start of the meeting. Similarly, ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby’s preview of the Marrakech Board Workshop provides excellent insight into the Board’s priorities and goals for the meeting.

Over the past three years, I’ve been privileged to be a part of such a dedicated, passionate community, and have been able to bear witness to the power of ICANN’s multistakeholder model. While the issues have evolved, our goal remains the same. As we come together in Marrakech, I encourage you all to work in that same spirit of collaboration.

I look forward to meeting with many of you during our time in Morocco. My team will be there to help and support in any way we can, so please reach out if there’s anything we can do.

Safe travels to you all.  

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The majority of domain investors will have come across a domain owned by Digimedia at some point while navigating the web. Lead by founder Scott Day and president Jay Chapman, Digimedia started registering and acquiring an expansive portfolio of highly valuable domain names in the late 1990s.

Today, the portfolio holds several thousand premium names that are largely monetized via Digimedia’s own custom parked pages. The company has also made their fair share of mammoth domain sales...

Top 10 Domains Owned by Digimedia: Bed.com, Inn.com, Cook.com...

Join the ICANN Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment Open Session at ICANN65

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The ICANN Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment will hold an open session at ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco on 24 June 2019 at 17:00 local time. This session provides an opportunity for the Working Group to engage with the community and to provide a status update on the Working Group's current and planned activities.

The Board is committed to enabling a culture of trust and mutual respect in efforts to prevent harassment in ICANN's multistakeholder community.

The Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment was formed by the ICANN Board to oversee a review of the community's understanding of the existing Community Anti-Harassment Policy and the procedures and practices that follow from it. The group's work is also aimed at increasing the community's awareness of the Policy and examining the processes that are followed after a harassment complaint has been made.

This ICANN65 session follows our previous discussion with a cross-section of interested community members during ICANN64. All community members are welcome to attend the session at ICANN65 to learn more about the Working Group's priorities:

ICANN Community Anti-Harassment Policy

Raising awareness and improving understanding of the existing Community Anti-Harassment Policy is a key priority. We will discuss critical drivers of the policy, such as purpose and guiding principles.

Role of the ICANN Ombuds Office

The ICANN Board, the organization, and the Ombuds Office continue to work together to secure an environment of mutual respect, support and collegiality for ICANN's global community. The Office of the Ombudsperson will highlight its role and responsibilities and outline the complaint procedure process.

Anti-Harassment Awareness-Raising Campaign

At ICANN64, the Board Working Group agreed with community members on the importance of launching a broad anti-harassment awareness campaign in collaboration with ICANN org. We have made good progress on efforts to highlight existing processes and procedures and providing information on how to report harassment.

Standards of Behavior and Changing the Culture within the ICANN Community

ICANN has existed for over 20 years and its culture continues to evolve. Although globally distributed, the ICANN community operates under a set of shared goals, beliefs, and practices. When engaging in ICANN, the Expected Standards of Behavior guide and define appropriate interactions between all ICANN participants. Promoting an environment of mutual respect, support, and collegiality for everyone in ICANN's global community requires a discussion on where we are today and what changes may need to be made for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Best Practices Research on Anti-Harassment Implementation

Preliminary research has been carried out by ICANN org to provide a common understanding of what constitutes best practices among similarly situated organizations' implementation of anti-harassment policies. Areas of focus include ongoing education, awareness, and outreach.

As a next step, we invite interested community members to review this initial research and provide any feedback in writing to anti-harassment@icann.org by 20 July 2019. We look forward to finalizing this source document as our work moves into the next phase.

Post ICANN65 Baseline Awareness Survey

All community members using the "ICANN Meetings" application on their smart phone or tablet will be invited to complete a short survey at the conclusion of ICANN65. The purpose of the survey is to better understand the current level of awareness across the community about existing Community Anti-Harassment Policy and procedures that relate to standards of behavior and anti-harassment. The survey results will serve as a baseline to measure the success of future efforts and to inform any potential next steps. When prompted, please do take a minute to complete the survey to share your thoughts – we want to hear from you.

It's our sincere hope that ICANN65 attendees will join this session and participate in this collaborative effort.

Looking Ahead to ICANN65

Big Discounts for Domains, Hosting, SSL and more

In a few days, the ICANN community will gather in Marrakech, Morocco for ICANN65. This will be the fourth Policy Forum and the second to be held in the African region.

The Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees have taken the lead in organizing the program for the four-day meeting. Mornings will be dedicated to outreach and advancing policy and advice development work. You can prepare by reading the Pre-ICANN65 Policy Report. Afternoons will feature cross-community and high interest topic sessions exploring a variety of issues, including: Policy Aspects of DNS over HTTPS (DoH), DNS over TLS, and Related Issues; Evolving the Effectiveness of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model; Impacts of EPDP Phase 1 Recommendations on Other ICANN Policies and Procedures; and Policies Around Universal Acceptance.

The Policy Forum format means there will be no opening ceremony, public meeting of the ICANN Board, or public forum sessions at ICANN65. With fewer days and a focused agenda, the scheduled sessions will enable deeper discussions into some of the most pertinent policy issues at hand. Other reference materials from ICANN65 Prep Week are available here. Networking receptions each night will allow participants to interact outside of working sessions. We also hope you will join us at the presentation of the Multistakeholder Ethos Award on Monday, 24 June, concluding a community-driven selection process.

A global community of stakeholders and participants with different backgrounds and points of view help coordinate and support the Internet’s unique identifiers. The Internet functions for everyone because everyone is invited to help make it work. Consensus policies developed through the multistakeholder model are highly effective and have the greatest legitimacy. The Policy Forum provides an ideal platform for this work.

We look forward to welcoming you in Marrakech. No matter if you are an ICANN regular, an occasional participant, or a newcomer, I encourage you to actively engage in ICANN65. Safe travels and see you soon.

ICANN and NASSCOM Collaborate on Internet Innovation Research

Technical research results are expected to contribute to global Internet standards

DELHI, India – 18 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and India's National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today announced a joint collaboration on research and engagement activities that will foster innovation in Internet identifier technologies. 

ICANN and NASSCOM's Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things (NASSCOM COE-IOT) have established a partnership center, known as the Internet Identifier Innovation Center, which will drive collaborative activities as laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by both parties in June 2018.

"We are excited about this collaboration, as NASSCOM COE-IOT has an extensive network within the industry and academia. This is ICANN's first partnership center focused on technical research, and we anticipate that it will contribute to ICANN's technical remit in ensuring the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems," said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer.

"This collaboration provides a structure for us to jointly identify research projects, particularly in new technologies related to the Internet's system of unique identifiers," Conrad continued. "The teams began research on the Domain Name System (DNS) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) last year. This first research project focuses on testing the use of the DNS to update IoT firmware, studying how the proposed technology could scale outside a lab environment. This work is nearing completion and will contribute to a proposal in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) documenting the mechanism."

The project team is comprised of ICANN technical experts, NASSCOM's COE-IOT team, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad team, and participants from India's Education and Research Network (ERNET).

Besides being a major information technology and telecommunications powerhouse, India has a fast-growing Internet ecosystem, with close to 560 million Internet users1 today and exponential growth expected. India also leads the world in IPv6 adoption, with 56.8 percent of all connections being made over IPv62. This environment provides a robust ecosystem to test new technologies.

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM said, "This is the first collaboration of its kind, and with our combined resources we hope to witness significant innovation and development in the DNS and Internet space to support billions of IoT devices in the coming years. As a country, India can further strengthen its potential as an innovation hub through more investments in research and strategic collaborations. It is our global initiatives and relationships that will pave the road ahead and create an ecosystem that nurtures co-creation and innovative systems. We are confident that we will usher in a new wave of innovation and intelligence in the country with this association."

The Internet Identifier Innovation Center will also conduct engagement activities such as:

  • Raising awareness of the research projects and promoting partnerships within the Indian technical community
  • Providing ICANN readouts, community discussions and capacity-development workshops to strengthen active participation in ICANN's policy-making processes
  • Facilitating participation of ICANN and NASSCOM members in outreach activities to further strengthen engagement with the wider community and providing support for the multistakeholder governance model of the Internet

A key pillar in ICANN's International Office Strategy is to establish strategic relationships that support specific stakeholder needs and ensure ICANN is active in matters that impact ICANN's mission. ICANN has established partnership centers in Egypt, Korea, and Paraguay to reach more stakeholders around the world. The Internet Identifier Innovation Center is the latest addition.

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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

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 - 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 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.

About NASSCOM

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM®) is the premier trade body and chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India and comprises of over 2800-member companies including both Indian and multinational organisations that have a presence in India. Guided by the vision of the country to adopt and integrate digital technologies, NASSCOM believes in enabling a digital transformation in the country through technology. NASSCOM aims to position the country as a global hub for innovation and co-creation by imbibing the ideology of 'Think Digital, Think India', to drive focus towards emerging technologies, digitally skilling talent and ensuring the pace of transformation in the country meets the global standard. NASSCOM's membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs over 4 million professionals.

For further information please contact:

Arnab Bhattacharya | Kabir Bhargava

NASSCOM Press Office – Genesis BCW

+91 7838311985 | +91 7291961901

arnab.bhattacharya@genesis-bcw.com | kabir.bhargava@genesis-bcw.com

Kavita Doshi

NASSCOM

+91 120 4990200

kavita@nasscom.in

About NASSCOM COE-IOT

NASSCOM COE-IOT, in association with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Education and Research Network (ERNET), is providing data-driven decision making, enhancing academic capacities, supporting imperative skills and cultivating talent development. The COE-IOT aims to serve as a platform for intelligence-sharing and technology collaboration between stakeholders, to build collective capabilities for the industry and country in the cutting-edge areas of data science and artificial intelligence. It provides high-end technology, field expertise, and curated programs to augment capabilities across academia, enterprises, government, innovators and advanced start-ups. 

About ERNET

ERNET, the Indian National Research and Education Network (NREN) under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has expertise of over a decade in running IPv6 infrastructure and DNSSEC for supporting research and education community. ERNET established the first Internet and the first IPv6 network in India and has been involved in research in the areas of future network technologies including in IoT and cutting-edge areas of ICT. Visit www.ernet.in for further details.

1 Source: Top 20 Countries with Highest Number of Internet Users

2 Source: IPv6 Adoption by Country

Missed Connections! A New Kind of Buy It Now Domain Names

Missed Connections is paying homage to my favorite (for comical reasons) section of Craigslist. According to Wikipedia, this is what it is:

“A type of personal advertisement which arises after two people meet but are too shy or otherwise unable to exchange contact details.”

As a sales team, we have a lot of success in selling domain names. There are also situations where the buyer inquiries on a domain, negotiates a great price, then doesn’t pay.

The negotiations are done, the seller has set a purchase price but then the buyer either had a change of heart, is still considering it, too many cooks in the kitchen, dragging their feet and I’m sure many more reasons they didn’t pay yet. So it sits… but not any longer! Snooze you lose!

It dawned on me after seeing a client let a name drop, then seeing it sell for more than the listed price they had on it for over five years that investors might be interested. Even end users! These are good names and all have shown buyer interest.

This is our first go at it, so I called a few sellers, got their approval and I thought we would advertise these buy now prices on the following names as Missed Connections. All prices are in USD. If you are interested in purchasing one of the domains at the price stated below, I highly suggest you visit the domain name directly, make a new inquiry (fill out the Uniregistry contact form) and in the message box note the price and this article.

This is not a starting point, and there will not be negotiations. It is first come, first serve. The sellers are not obligated to sell these names to you if they decide to have a change of heart or sold it already.

I think we can have some fun with this. Everyone hates it when a buyer does not pay. Let’s make that connection and put a positive spin on this and see what happens.

Domain Accepted Price
SodaFountain.com SOLD
Kibbutz.com $10,000
BusSales.com $12,000
MarijuanaTea.com $6,000
Moleskins.com $5,000
DecorCanada.com $2,500
CraftGirls.com $5,000
BocaTile.com $4,000
HealthyLiving.ca $3,000
BenefitsCard.com $4,000
GenesisMedicalResearch.com $3,000
GardenRoom.com $5,000
Specifications.com $8,000
ShopExpress.net $2,000
Cofe.co.uk $2,000
Viib.com $10,000
FashionMarketing.com $15,000
CustomApparel.com $23,000
Gump.com $25,000
RegalBeagle.com $3,000
TheFoundery.com $5,000
UniqueBirthdayGifts.com $9,000
Xgao.com $10,000
BreakingBread.com $10,000
BattleBus.com $5,000
3PR.com $5,000
SeatSocial.com $2,000
Eoch.com $10,000
InfraredPhotography.com $10,000
WeddingOnABudget.com $5,000
FlamingoTravel.com $6,000
Africare.com $10,000
HorizonTravel.com $5,000
CareerPaths.com $10,000
EliteCleaning.com $3,000
RepairAnywhere.com $6,600
FashionPros.com $5,000
EvGreen.com $2,500
PeiProperties.com $2,700
TicketInc.com $5,000
TherapyDog.com $10,000
Lexys.com $7,500
StaffYou.com $6,000
VipYacht.com $3,000
BootStrappers.com $5,000
Avocats.com $24,000
PlantMedicine.com $12,000
SavingTips.com $6,000
Dispensario.com $8,500
Grundbuch.com $7,400
TurningTheTables.com $3,000
SeparateWays.com $3,000
Nirvana.ca $2,000
IDecide.com $8,000
BarbequeCatering.com $3,500
Chapter11.com $25,000
TileMurals.com $1,200
SpiderBite.com $10,000
GreasySpoons.com $2,500
Carnivores.com $7,900

Until next time folks,

Jeffrey M. Gabriel
@JeffreyMGabriel

Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Marrakech for ICANN’s 65th Public Meeting

Take Control of Your Domain Names

ISTANBUL - 17 June 2019 - The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 65th Public Meeting in the Palmeraie Conference Center Marrakech from 24-27 June 2019. This meeting is ICANN's fourth Policy Forum, focused solely on policy work and outreach. It is also the twelfth ICANN meeting to be held in Africa, and the third meeting in Morocco.

Hosted by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT), the meeting will bring together global and regional Internet stakeholders to develop policies related to the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).

The ICANN65 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Ceremony is among the highlights of ICANN65. Launched five years ago, this special award honors members of the ICANN community who have made outstanding contributions to ICANN's multistakeholder model of Internet governance. The Multistakeholder Ethos Award will mark the first day of ICANN65.

Among other highlights of ICANN65 will be discussions on the policy aspects of Universal Acceptance (UA) and Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) and the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, the effectiveness of ICANN's multistakeholder model, as well as technical topics such as current issues in cybersecurity, DNS over HTTPS (DoH), and DNS over TLS (DoT).

Members of the press are encouraged to join in-person or remotely via a live web stream. Additionally, you can contact ICANN's Communications team for interviews and/or briefings on ICANN65 events. More information on remote participation and media contacts is available below.

ICANN meetings provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in getting involved in Internet governance to learn how they can join and have an impact. Global voices have many avenues represented at ICANN through different structures to ensure local perspectives are taken into account in the policy making process. Some of these structures are based in Africa, helping reflect the African perspective in ICANN's policy making processes. The African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO), the African Governmental Advisory Committee representatives (including the Moroccan Government), observer International Governmental Organizations such as the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), and Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AFICTA) are among the regional bodies that represent Africa's diverse voices.

ICANN Public Meetings are held three times a year in different regions, enabling community members from around the globe to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions, such as workshops, forums, and meetings on the development and implementation of policies related to the Internet's system of unique identifiers.

Event Information:

You also can download the ICANN Meetings Mobile App available in the App Store and Google Play.

Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 031 3505
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 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 and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Draft Final Report of The Second Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review (ccNSO2)

Open Date: 17 June 2019 Close Date: 4 August 2019
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements
Brief Overview:

Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review (ccNSO2), has published its draft final report for public comment. Meridian Institute will present the draft final report to the community during ICANN65 on 26 June 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco, and during a webinar on 10 July 2019 at 19:00 UTC.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-final-report-ccnso2-2019-06-17-en

ICANN to Launch a Pilot Childcare Grants Program for its Community

ICANN is making it easier for community members with children (up to 12 years old) to attend ICANN meetings in person by launching the Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program.

Starting with ICANN66, the Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada, eligible community members can apply for a grant of up to USD 750.00 per family. The grant is intended to offset childcare costs that might otherwise deter a community member from attending an ICANN public meeting.

We understand that the public meetings are an integral part of ICANN's work and we want to make sure as many people as possible have an opportunity to participate.

This new pilot program is designed to give ICANN meeting attendees a number of childcare options, including the ability to choose their own childcare provider. ICANN will conduct research before each meeting and make available a list of possible local childcare providers from which to choose.

Each community member will be able to decide which provider(s) best meets their needs. ICANN is not in a position to sanction or recommend specific childcare providers. There will be no sponsored childcare services on-site, although all efforts will be made to identify childcare providers as close in distance to the ICANN meeting venue as possible.

For anyone interested, applications for the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada will open on 1 July 2019 and must be submitted by 11:59 pm UTC on 3 September 2019.

For more information and details about the program and how to apply, please visit: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/community-childcare-grants

We will make on-going assessments of this pilot program to be sure that it affords the intended benefits in the best manner possible. We are excited at the opportunity to support our community and their families and look forward to launching this program.