Country Code Top-Level Domains Can Now Participate in ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System

LOS ANGELES – 19 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operators will now be able to actively participate in the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) system.

ICANN's DAAR system is used to study and report on domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries. The data is obtained from a curated list of Domain Name System (DNS) reputation providers.

Now, ccTLD operators can pull their own aggregated DAAR data via the Monitoring System Application Programing Interface (MoSAPI). The MoSAPI interface allows registry operators to retrieve information collected by the ICANN Service Level Agreement Monitoring (SLAM) system. While ccTLD operators will not be subject to the SLAs the SLAM system monitors, using MoSAPI will allow a consistent interface for all registries participating in DAAR. The aggregated data counts security threats broken down by threat type (e.g., phishing, botnet command and control, malware distribution, and spam) per TLD. These data sets will be similar to those of the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are currently provided via MoSAPI. Having access to such data will enable ccTLD operators to monitor the DAAR security threat levels per threat type per month in the same way as gTLD operators.

The ICANN organization invites all ccTLD operators to participate in the DAAR project to promote a greater understanding of DNS abuse across the global DNS. To participate, ccTLD operators should send a request to globalsupport@icann.org to begin the process.

More Information

For additional discussions regarding DAAR project data sharing and any other measurement of DNS security threats and abuse related topics please join the DNS-Abuse-Measurements mailing list.

DAAR webpage: https://www.icann.org/octo-ssr/daar.

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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.

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Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors

LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2019 – ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) are invited to nominate one individual each (total of seven) to serve as a mentor in the ICANN Fellowship Program.

Mentors will serve a term that includes three consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, beginning with ICANN68. They will provide extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned fellows, as well as complete a survey after each meeting.

Mentors are expected to follow Fellowship Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities for fellows. They also play an important role to help fellows actively participate in ICANN's work. Mentors will receive travel funding support.

It should be noted that mentors cannot serve on the Fellowship Program's Selection Committee at the same time they are serving as mentors.

For more information on the guidelines and expectations for mentors, please read about the program here.

The SOs/ACs should first select their respective Fellowship Program mentor by 31 January 2020, and notify fellowshipconsultation@icann.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered.

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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.

ICANN66 Montréal GAC Communiqué Now Available

MONTRÉAL, CANADA – 6 NOVEMBER 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting at ICANN66 issued the Montréal Communiqué.

It is available for review here. Previous GAC Advice and past communiqués are available at https://gac.icann.org.

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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.

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Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN67 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 40 individuals from 33 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico, from 7-12 March 2020.

To view the selected candidates, click here.

The chosen participants represent all sectors of society, including government, academia, business, technical, security, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, civil society, and end user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community. The ICANN organization received 357 applications for the ICANN67 Fellowship Program.

To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click here.

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.

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Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers

Open Date: 1 November 2019 Close Date: 13 December 2019
Originating Organization: IANA
Categories/Tags:
  • Operations/Finance
  • Security/Stability
Brief Overview: We are seeking feedback on our proposal for how future Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) changes are made. We are proposing a predictable approach by establishing a standard KSK rollover process and interval.
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposal-future-rz-ksk-rollovers-2019-11-01-en
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DRAFT PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets

Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 27 November 2019
Originating Organization:

Finance

Categories/Tags:
  • Operations/Finance
  • Accountability/Transparency
Brief Overview:

Focusing on ICANN's commitment to the multistakeholder model, the ICANN organization seeks public comment on the operating plan and budgets for delivering the IANA functions. This is comprised of two components — the Draft FY21 Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Operating Plan and Budget and the Draft FY21 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Operating Plan and Budget. The PTI Operating Plan and Budget outlines the activities to deliver the core IANA functions and associated operational activities to enhance systems and processes. The IANA Operating Plan and Budget is comprised of these PTI activities, plus additional programs and costs associated with overseeing and delivering the IANA functions performed by ICANN in its role as the IANA Functions Operator that are not borne directly by PTI.

ICANN seeks structured feedback on the plans described in these documents.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-pti-iana-fy21-op-budget-2019-10-14-en
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Proposed Changes and new Additions to the IANA SLAs for ccTLD Creation and ccTLD Transfers

Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019
Originating Organization:

ICANN

Categories/Tags:

IANA Naming Function Contract, ICANN/PTI Contract, PTI, IANA SLAs, ccTLD creation, ccTLD transfer, SLA Change Process

Brief Overview:

Purpose: As required by the IANA Naming Function Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the purpose of this public comment proceeding is to obtain community input on a proposed change to one SLA and three proposed new SLAs which would define expectations of request processing timeliness for ccTLD creation and ccTLD transfers. If adopted, the changed SLA and new requirements will be added to the performance metrics as defined in the Service Level Agreements for the IANA Naming Functions Contract. The ccTLD delegation and transfer process is designed to assign or re-assign a ccTLD to a manager, taking into account a number of technical and public interest criteria. There is currently a single measurement of staff processing time for ccTLD delegation and transfer requests, representing the cumulative time the request is being processed by the IANA team for the life of a request. However, the processing time for this type of request varies greatly from several weeks to several months. the CSC and PTI determined that perhaps identifying new SLAs that measure these transactions in a totally different manner is necessary.

Current Status: According to the Process for Amending the IANA Naming SLAs, the Customer Standing Committee and PTI have agreed upon the new metrics, and now seek community consultation through this public comment process.

Next Steps: Feedback from this public comment period will be considered for the final SLA recommendation.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-sla-for-cctld-creation-transfer-2019-10-14-en
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Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Final Report

Open Date: 8 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN Organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvement
Brief Overview:

In its Final Report, the Registration Directory Service Review Team assessed the extent to which prior Directory Service Review recommendations have been implemented and whether the implementation has resulted in the intended effect. The review team also assessed the effectiveness of the then current generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promotes consumer trust, and safeguards registrant data. The report contains 22 recommendations, covering requests for more and better data collection, policy issues to be addressed by the community, a correction of the ICANN Bylaws, and suggested reforms relating to transparency and data collection within ICANN Contractual Compliance. The recommendations were adopted with full consensus from the Review Team.

Per the ICANN Bylaws, each final report of a review team shall be published for Public Comment in advance of the Board's consideration. The Public Comment process on the Final Report was started on 8 October 2019 and is expected to close on 25 November  2019. To review the Final Report and provide your feedback, click here.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rds-whois2-rt-final-report-2019-10-08-en
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ICANN Releases Community-Wide Survey Findings on Age Diversity and Participation

LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its Age Diversity and Participation Survey. It contains data and analysis drawn from 380 community respondents who were surveyed between 10 March and 19 April 2019.

The survey report offers insights into the community's perceptions of age diversity, potential and perceived barriers to participation, and its support for initiatives to enhance age diversity.

You can find the report here: go.icann.org/agesurvey  

The ICANN organization is committed to promoting greater diversity and supporting broad, inclusive participation. The topic of gender diversity is next on the agenda for the ICANN community. The Age Diversity and Participation Survey report provides useful data and findings to guide these future discussions.

The report is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Please email any feedback or questions to agesurvey@icann.org.

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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.

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Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2020 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for nominations for the 2020 Leadership Program, scheduled for 5–6 March in Cancún, Mexico, just prior to the ICANN67 Public Meeting.

The Leadership Program helps current and incoming leaders better understand the complexities of ICANN, while also helping to develop the facilitation skills of participants.

Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organization, Advisory Committee, or stakeholder group.

Please register here by Friday, 15 November 2019, 23:59 UTC. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Cancún but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days a participant is involved in the program.

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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

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