Register for ICANN66 Prep Week Webinars

LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN66 Prep Week, which features a series of seven webinars to prepare the community ahead of its Annual General Meeting in November.

To attend any of the below webinars, please register here by 11 October to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process. All registered attendees will receive participation details days before the webinar dates.

ICANN66 Prep Week Webinars Schedule

Monday, 14 October 2019
16:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Update: What to Expect at ICANN66

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
16:00 UTC | ICANN66 Plenary Session: DNS Abuse
23:00 UTC | Pre-ICANN66 Contractual Compliance Update

Wednesday, 16 October 2019
16:00 UTC | ICANN66 Plenary Session: Evolution of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model
23:00 UTC | Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Update

Thursday, 17 October 2019
12:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Update
16:00 UTC | Pre-ICANN66 Policy Update

All webinars be in English. Materials from the Pre-ICANN66 Policy Update will also be available in French. Recordings and materials will be posted here.

Prep Week was established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, as well as increase awareness of plenary topics, foster deeper conversations and enhance briefings and readout sessions.

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.

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (cct-rt) Accepted Recommendations – Plan for Implementation and Next Steps

Open Date: 11 September 2019 Close Date: 21 October 2019
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives
Categories/Tags: Specific Review, competition, consumer trust, consumer choice, new gTLDs
Brief Overview:
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On 1 March 2019, the ICANN Board took action on the Final Recommendations produced by the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) – see https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-03-01-en and directed ICANN org to "develop and submit to the Board a plan for the implementation of the accepted recommendations".

The Board resolution called for the plan to be completed and provided to the community for consideration no later than six months after Board action. The plan for implementation provides an overview of implementation activities to be undertaken, where possible, highlights dependencies, and enumerates resources requirements (if any). It sets out the approach for future implementation of the six CCT-RT recommendations the Board resolved to accept and assembles estimates that are directional for understanding.

Community input is requested to determine whether the path suggested by ICANN org to implement the six Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) recommendations the Board resolved to accept on 1 March 2019 is reasonable in the context of the intent of CCT-RT. Additionally, community feedback is invited on the next steps for accepted recommendations.

In exercising its fiduciary duty, the Board intends to consider the proposed plan for implementation as well as community feedback received on the proposed path forward and considerations specific to each recommendation. Once the community input adequately considered, the ICANN Board will direct ICANN org to produce a detailed implementation plan that results in the implementation of recommendations 1, 17, 21, 22, 30, 31, including any adjustments the input received through the public comment proceeding may potentially prompt. Further implementation details, including resources availability, scheduling, will be supplemented with specific details and budget plans once the implementation steps are underway.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cct-rt-implementation-plan-2019-09-11-en

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN67 Is Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 9 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began accepting applications for the NextGen@ICANN program from regional university students interested in participating in the ICANN67 Public Meeting. ICANN67 is scheduled to be held in Cancún, Mexico from 7 March to 12 March 2020.

The application window will remain open until 18 October 2019. Successful candidates will be announced 6 December on the ICANN website. For more information, 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.

Join the Webinar on ICANN’s FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget and 5-Year Operating and Financial Plan

LOS ANGELES – 9 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the ICANN community to participate in a webinar on the planning process for the FY21 Operating Plan and Budget and FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan. There are two options to participate:

The ICANN Planning Team will discuss the timeline and process for the FY21 Operating Plan and Budget, and the FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Community participation in ICANN's planning process is a cornerstone of transparency and accountability to the global multistakeholder community. ICANN thanks all community members who contribute to this important process.

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.

First ICANN Managed Root Server Instance Installed in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China – 3 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in Shanghai, China.

A root server is a name server for the Domain Name System (DNS) root zone. Root servers respond to DNS lookup requests made by DNS resolvers generally operated by Internet service providers. When the request is a query about the root zone itself, the root server will respond authoritatively with the answer. For all other queries, the root server will respond with either a referral to the appropriate top-level domain (TLD) name server or an error response (e.g. to indicate a non-existent TLD). Each root server is made up of a number of machines at multiple locations. These machines are known as instances.

An instance makes use of an Internet traffic routing technique known as "anycast" that allows all the root server's instances to have the same two IP addresses (an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address) and to serve the same DNS content, including information about the name servers for TLDs. Increasing the number of instances improves the overall fault tolerance of the DNS, bolsters the resilience against certain types of cyber threats such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and can reduce the response time that local Internet users experience during DNS queries.

The installation of the Shanghai instance is a joint activity between ICANN, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), and the local community. Shanghai Telecom supplied the equipment necessary for the installation and the bandwidth needed to support the instance.

"We appreciate CNNIC's efforts to host this IMRS instance. This commitment improves root zone DNS service, and augments the technical stability and resiliency of the DNS in the region," said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer.

Contrary to common misconception, root servers do not control the Internet. The operation of an instance also does not provide any mechanism to alter content of the DNS. Any modification of root zone content will be mitigated by a part of the DNS protocol known as the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and if an instance fail to respond to a query, resolvers will ask the same question to another instance or root server.

Regardless of which root server the resolvers are sending queries to, spreading more instances geographically leads to a more resilient, dispersed system that reduces the risk of Internet users being taken offline by a problem or attack. The increased distribution of instances also ensures that the turnaround time of a DNS query and response is as fast as possible, resulting in better experiences for Internet users.

The root name server system is comprised of over 1,000 instances operated by 12 independent organizations, including ICANN. Currently, ICANN manages more than 165 IMRS instances located all over the world, where most of which are hosted by third parties.

This is the third IMRS instance installed in China, and the first one located in eastern China. The other two instances are located in Beijing.

For more information about IMRS, please visit www.dns.icann.org/.

For more information about the global root server system, please visit www.root-servers.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.

Developing a Work Plan for the Evolution of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 27 August 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites the ICANN community to participate in a webinar on the next steps related to developing a work plan to further the community's work on evolving ICANN's multistakeholder model (MSM). This facilitated conversation will take place on 11 September 2019 at 2300 UTC and 12 September 2019 at 1600 UTC.

The facilitator, Brian Cute, will walk the community through the "Next Steps to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model" document that was recently opened for public comment. The public comment seeks community input on whether the issues highlighted in the document are already addressed or, if not, which group in the ICANN community should address the issue. This input will form the basis of a work plan to address the issues outlined in the public comment document.

Webinar Details

Date and Time Meeting Room Details

11 September 2019

2300 – 2400 UTC

Join via Zoom: https://icann.zoom.us/j/474494091
Meeting ID: 474 494 091

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abMeNpezpU

12 September 2019

1600 – 1700 UTC

Join via Zoom: https://icann.zoom.us/j/474494091
Meeting ID: 474 494 091

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abMeNpezpU

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.

EBERO Providers Selected: Continued Protections for Registrants

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LOS ANGELES – 26 August 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it has selected China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), and Nominet as its Emergency Back-end Registry Operator (EBERO) providers.

An EBERO provider is temporarily activated if a generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) operator is at risk of failing to sustain critical registry functions. Ensuring the availability of these functions protects registrants, also known as domain name holders, and provides an additional layer of protection to the Domain Name System (DNS), and industry ecosystem.

"CNNIC, CIRA, and Nominet all have the experience, staff, and systems required to execute an efficient transition should an EBERO event occur," said Cyrus Namazi, Senior Vice President of ICANN's Global Domains Division. "Their geographic diversity is also a benefit, enabling nearly continuous coverage across multiple time zones, and the ability to provide services in multiple regions in case of local disasters."

EBEROs have demonstrated years of experience in operating domain name services, registration data directory services and extensible provisioning protocol services. Additional requirements for the EBERO service are noted in the Request for Proposal published here.

Click here for more information about the EBERO Program.

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.

Accountability and Transparency Review: Survey Available for Community Input

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LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) has published a survey for community input.

Click here to take the survey now.

The aim of this survey is to collect opinions from individuals in the ICANN community on ICANN's accountability and transparency, and to help the ATRT3 Review Team to identify areas which require improvement and could benefit from a recommendation.

The Review Team has published a separate survey to collect opinions from groups in the ICANN community. Following the close of both surveys on 13 September 2019 at 23:59 UTC, the ATRT3 Review Team will evaluate responses as input to its draft final report.

The survey questions are available in PDF format here (for reference purposes only).

Background

The Accountability and Transparency Review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community."

Learn more about the ATRT3 Review 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.

ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report and ICANN66 Statements of Interest Are Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 08 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the publication of its ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report [PDF, 356 KB]. The report, authored by fellows, provides information on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved.

The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative aimed to increase program transparency and provide the community with more data and information on the ICANN fellows' activities. The report will continue to be published after every ICANN Public Meeting.

The New Fellowship Program Approach also mandates the publication of Statements of Interest (SOI) from incoming fellows before and during each ICANN Public meeting. SOIs from ICANN66 fellows are now available here and will continue to be accessible until the end of this meeting.

Read past reports and visit the Fellowship Program webpage to learn more.

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.

Registration Now Open for 2019 LAC DNS Forum

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 31 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that registration for the 2019 LAC DNS Forum is now open. The forum will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 August 2019 during LACTLD's DNS Week and .PR's 30th anniversary celebration.

Event: 2019 LAC DNS Forum
When: 22 August 2019, 09:00–17:00 (AST)
Where: Hyatt Place Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration: http://lacdnsforum.lat/

The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating Domain Name System (DNS)-related issues with a focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The forum also provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders to engage and network with global key players and experts in the field.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues related to the domain name industry and its potential business opportunities. The target audience includes:

  • Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars, and resellers
  • Registrants
  • DNS experts
  • gTLD applicants
  • Regional TLD organizations
  • IT and Internet businesses
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Legal and intellectual property firms

The annual LAC DNS Forum was first held in 2013 and is jointly organized by the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Public Interest Registry (PIR), and ICANN.

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.