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.

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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.

Media Contacts

Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Tel: +65 6816 1259
Mobile: +65 9113 2001
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.

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

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

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.

Spain’s Secretary of State for Digital Advancement Reinforces the Importance of Domain Names During ICANN63 Opening Ceremony

BARCELONA, Spain – 22 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) kicked off its 63rd Public Meeting (ICANN63) in Barcelona, Spain. From 20 to 25 October, over 2000 participants from across the world will discuss and debate policies regarding the Internet's system of unique identifiers as they participate in one of the meeting's 326 sessions. The event will also present an opportunity to celebrate ICANN's 20th anniversary.

Representing the Spanish Government, Francisco Polo, Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, expressed his thanks to ICANN for holding ICANN63 in Barcelona and congratulated ICANN on its 20th anniversary. He remarked on the essential role of domain names in the digital world, and recognized the work done by ICANN and professionals of the DNS industry. "Your task, all of you, is fundamental for us because a domain name is more than just a simple name," said Polo. "A domain name is the basis of the Internet. If the internet was a building, domain names would be the structures of that building. They would be the windows, the doors, and the walls. Without them, we would not be able to find themes and people within that building. We wouldn't have rooms, nor stairs or lifts. Without domain names, we would be lost."

David Cierco, Director General of Red.es, also congratulated ICANN on the important work the community has done over the past twenty years, adding, "Keep it up. Keep on working as you have been to date, bringing together different views in the global Internet community. This is a very hard task, but at the end of the day, we have a stable, secure, and interoperable Internet."

In his speech, ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby thanked everyone that has been involved in ICANN since its establishment, and remarked on the path ahead. "As we look to the future, let us never forget that ICANN's technical remit is specific and focused, but that we cannot and must not become complacent or operate in a silo," said Chalaby. "We will therefore evolve with the Internet's technical evolution. We will follow closely advancements in technology and assess their impact on ICANN so that our role as the trusted guardian of the Internet's unique identifiers remains relevant and effective."

ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby talked about major issues ICANN has been tackling in the past months. He highlighted the importance of ICANN's multistakeholder model as it leaves behind twenty years, stating "We're not a government. We're nothing like anyone else. We're a pure multistakeholder model where we solve problems that no one has encountered before in world history. And we do that by consensus, by bottom-up, by discussions, and by agreeing. This is one of the world's biggest peace projects in practice."

The Opening Ceremony will be followed by the day-long High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM), which is being attended by ministers, government representatives, and delegations from around the world. The meeting will serve as a platform for discussions related to the Internet governance ecosystem, ICANN's work, wider digital issues of global interest, and the role that governments play in these areas.

ICANN63 is being hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Business, through the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, and Red.es, a public corporate entity responsible for managing the Internet Domain Name Registry for the country code ".es" and developing programs to stimulate the digital economy.

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 sessions such as workshops, forums, and meetings on the development and implementation of policies related to the Internet's system of unique identifiers.

More Information is available at:

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Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
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.

News Release: Board Approval of KSK Roll

LOS ANGELES – 18 September 2018 –The Board of Directors for the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved plans for the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) - the Internet's address book.

During a 16 September meeting in Belgium, the ICANN Board passed a resolution, directing the organization to proceed with its plans to change or "roll" the key for the DNS root on 11 October 2018. It will mark the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010.

"This is an important move and we have an obligation to ensure that it happens in furtherance of ICANN's mission, which is to ensure a secure, stable and resilient DNS" said ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby. "There is no way of completely assuring that every network operator will have their 'resolvers' properly configured, yet if things go as anticipated, we expect the vast majority to have access to the root zone."

Some Internet users might be affected if the network operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not prepared for the roll. Those operators who have enabled the checking of Domain Name System Security Extensions or DNSSEC information (a set of security protocols used to ensure DNS information isn't accidentally or maliciously corrupted) are those who need to be certain they are ready for the roll.

"Research shows that there are many thousands of network operators that have enabled DNSSEC validation, and about a quarter of the Internet's users rely on those operators," said David Conrad, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer. "It is almost certain there will be at least a few operators somewhere across the globe who won't be prepared, but even in the worst case, all they have to do to fix the problem is, turn off DNSSEC validation, install the new key, and reenable DNSSEC and their users will again have full connectivity to the DNS."

The changing of the DNS root key was originally scheduled to happen a year ago, but plans were put on hold after the ICANN organization found and began analyzing some new, last-minute data. That data dealt with the potential readiness of network operators for the key roll.

An analysis ultimately led the organization to believe it could safely proceed with the changing of the key. As a result, the organization, after consultation with the community, developed a new plan that recommends putting the new key into use exactly one year after originally scheduled. In the intervening time, the organization has continued extensive outreach and investigations on how to best mitigate risks associated with the key change.

The ICANN Board, during its 16 September meeting, passed a resolution (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2018-09-16-en) approving the plan, and with that, the ICANN org has set in motion its plans to change key at 4PM UTC on 11 October 2018.

"This is the first root key change, but it won't be the last," said Matt Larson, Vice President of Research at ICANN and the organization's point person for the key roll. "This is the first time, so naturally we are bending over backwards to make certain that everything goes as smoothly as possible, but as we do more key rollovers in the future, the network operators, ISPs, and others will become more accustomed to the practice."

The primary source for information about the rollover is: http://www.icann.org/kskroll

Subscribe to the rollover discussion mailing list: https://mm.icann.org/listinfo/ksk-rollover

On social media use: #Keyroll

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Media Contacts

ICANN
Brad White
Director of Communications, North America.
Mobile: +1.301.365.3571
Email: brad.white@icann.org

ICANN
Alexandra Dans
Senior Manager of Communications, Latin America and the Caribbean
Mobile : +598 95 831 442
Email : alexandra.dans@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.

Sri Lankan Community Preparing for a Multilingual Internet Using Local Scripts

Colombo, Sri Lanka… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and local experts in policy, technical and linguistic fields convened in Colombo today to introduce the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) program and launch the Sinhala Generation Panel (GP). The launch signifies an exciting future where the local community contributes towards developing secure and stable access to the Internet in Sinhala.

The Asia Pacific region is linguistically diverse. Of the 6,800 languages in the world, about half of them or 3,500 are spoken in APAC. 21 of the top 30 most spoken languages in the world are used in the region. This diversity adds challenges to the Internet domain name space.

"IDNs are domain names represented by letters or characters from different scripts and writing systems. They offer the possibility of using the domain names in languages across the globe, including Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, Chinese, Hindi, and others. Thus, providing a truly multilingual Internet with greater flexibility and opportunities for billions of users," said Sarmad Hussain, ICANN's IDN Programs Director.

"The ability for Internet users to come online in their native languages and scripts is a significant development for the Internet. As Sinhala is a commonly used language in Sri Lanka, the work by the Sinhala GP will lay the groundwork for allowing complete domain names in the Sinhalese language," added Hussain.

The Sinhala GP comprises two Co-Chairs and a number of local community representatives from the policy, linguistic fields, as well as members with technical expertise in Sinhala language computing, Unicode and the Internet's domain name system.

Harsha Wijayawardhana, Co-Chair of the Sinhala GP, said, "We are all extremely excited about this new development. The Sinhala GP will work on developing root zone label generation rules for the Sinhala script. There will be significant technical work involved, such as developing the rules for computers to understand how to form correct top-level domain names in Sinhala script. Our efforts will help to form the basis for allowing complete domain names in the Sinhala language."

Earlier this week, members of the Sinhala GP attended a workshop to discuss the work plan and next steps. The Neo-Brahmi GP is also in Colombo this week. They are developing label generation rules for nine Neo-Brahmi scripts including Tamil, the other commonly used language in Sri Lanka. When both the Sinhala and Neo-Brahmi GPs' work are completed, Sri Lankans can look forward to accessing the Internet's domain name system using domain names in their scripts and languages.

Work has been completed by the respective GPs for the Arabic, Armenian, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai scripts, and is underway for many more, including Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Korean, and Latin scripts. ICANN is currently calling for volunteers to form GPs for these four scripts: Hebrew, Myanmar, Tibetan and Thaana.

Enabling a Multilingual Internet – Additional Information

In addition to developing rules to form valid top-level domains (TLDs) in the local script, many computing systems need to be upgraded as they do not recognize or appropriately process new domain names, primarily because the TLD or IDN may be more than three characters in length or in an alternate format. The same is true for email addresses that incorporate these new extensions.

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), supported by ICANN, is a community-led, Internet industry-wide initiative working on creating awareness and identifying and resolving problems associated with the universal acceptance of domain names. To learn more, or report an issue with Universal Acceptance, please visit www.uasg.tech.

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For more information on IDNs, please visit here.
For more information on UA, please visit here.

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 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 Discusses Future of the Internet in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today discussed the evolution of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) and its potential implication for Sri Lanka.

ICANN is currently overseeing one of the biggest changes ever in the history of the Internet with its New Generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) Program. This is driving the largest expansion of the DNS, promoting choice, competition and innovation for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

ICANN is also enhancing the usability of the Internet through the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). IDNs will enable the global community to use a domain name and access content in their native language or script.

Sri Lanka currently has an Internet penetration rate of approximately 32 percent, which is below the average penetration of 46.7 percent in Asia1. However, rapid rise in mobile broadband subscriptions can change that. According to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, mobile broadband subscriptions have risen from just over 90,000 subscriptions in 2009, to over 4 million in June 2017.

"The DNS' expansion will help provide for the growing Internet community in our region. In a time when everyone and everything is going digital, a website and domain name are essentials for every business, including people. We are seeing the Internet evolve as more people coming online can do so in their own languages," said Champika Wijayatunga, ICANN's Security, Stability and Resiliency Regional Manager. Wijayatunga is also responsible for the engagement and outreach in the South Asia markets, including Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, where Sinhalese and Tamil are commonly spoken languages, the IDN program will enable non-English speaking Sri Lankans to come online using their native scripts.

One of the key pre-requisite is the formation of a Generation Panel (GP). Consisting of local experts from policy, technical and linguistic fields, the GP helps to determine rules to form valid top-level domains in the local script. The launch of the Sinhala GP today brings Sri Lankans one step closer to accessing the Internet's domain name system using domain names in their scripts and languages.

Jayantha Fernando, Program Director / Legal Advisor of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), was also present at the media briefing.

He said, "The Internet has become an integral part of our everyday life, and has created the opportunity for social and economic growth, resulting in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector becoming the 5th largest revenue earner for the Sri Lankan economy. The Sri Lankan government recognizes the importance of the Internet, and is supportive of an open, interoperable and secure Internet for all our citizens. It is in this context that we support this initiative and we hope that through this, more Sri Lankans can come online to enjoy the benefits of the Internet."

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For more information on the new gTLD program, please visit here.
For more information on IDNs, please visit here.

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 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.


1 Source: Internet World Stats

ICANN Appoints New Board Chair and Vice-Chair

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced a new leadership team to head the ICANN Board of Directors. Cherine Chalaby and Chris Disspain were appointed at the 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM), as the new Chair of the ICANN Board and Vice-Chair respectively, in Abu Dhabi.

ICANN's 60th Public Meeting (ICANN60), held in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries for the first time, featured a tribute to Dr. Stephen Crocker, who retired from the ICANN Board after this meeting.

Data protection and privacy rules, particularly the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, were a hot topic during the meeting. Many discussions across the community focused on gaining an understanding of the main concerns for various stakeholder groups and calls to action for ICANN org and Board. They also focused on  encouraging the community to continue discussions, and find a balanced path forward in the shorter term, including as part of related current policy work.

In addition, the community's policy and advice development work continued, and many community groups welcomed new leaders and participants.

The Nominating Committee first selected Chalaby to serve on the Board in December 2010. He was elected as the Vice-Chair in 2015, and is succeeding Crocker, who served as ICANN Board Chair since 2011.

The country code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) selected Disspain to join the ICANN Board in June 2011. He is an active ICANN community member and served as the Chair of ccNSO from 2004 to 2011.

"I'm deeply honored to be elected as the Board Chair," said Chalaby. "The Board had enough confidence in ICANN's maturity to elect me even though I do not come from the long and distinguished line of 'Masters of the Internet Universe.' I look forward to the future with great hope and enthusiasm, particularly to the partnership we will continue to build with the ICANN community."

"Cherine has been an excellent Vice-Chair over the past two years. This is evident from the unanimous support from all members of the Board in his election as the next Chair of the ICANN Board. I'm proud and excited and will work with him closely for a smooth and orderly transition of responsibilities," said Crocker.

The Board also welcomed new Board members León Sanchez (LAC), Matthew Shears (EMEA), Avri Doria (NA), Sarah Deutsch (NA), and Manal Ismail (Egypt) as the Governmental Advisory Committee Liaison to the Board. They replaced outgoing Stephen Crocker, Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Asha Hemrajani, Markus Kummer and Thomas Schneider.

A total of 1,910 participants attended 325 public sessions at ICANN60. It was the first time at an ICANN meeting for 704 of them. There were 277 attendees from the Middle East region.

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For more information about ICANN Board, please visit here.

For more information about ICANN60, please visit icann60.abudhabi

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Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel:+90 533 0313505
Email:
luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
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. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

Global Internet Stakeholders Convene in Abu Dhabi for ICANN60

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 30 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) kicked off its 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 28 October to 3 November, more than 2,500 regional and global participants are gathering for discussions about the policies regarding the Internet's system of unique identifiers. One of the key topics at ICANN60 is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The meeting is also an important forum for cross-community discussions on a number of ongoing projects in ICANN. The host of the meeting is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, spoke at the ICANN60 Opening Ceremony. Al Mansoori remarked, "The significance of this event stems from the fact that ICANN has always been the safety valve for the Internet world. With a four-billion internet penetration worldwide, we can touch the unique role of this organization in maintaining the momentum of the Internet". He added, "ICANN's functions, from registration management to dispute resolution and new top-level domains, have become so important that they cannot be missed."

Al Mansoori presented Dr. Stephen Crocker, ICANN Board Chair, with a gift in recognition of his lifelong efforts toward the development of the global Internet. Dr. Crocker, who is retiring right after ICANN60, reflected on ICANN's journey during his tenure. "My greatest source of pride when it comes to this organization is quite simply – that it works," said Crocker. "Furthermore, it works better and more inclusively than many ever thought possible. The security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System are in good hands. In the early days, it was called the 'ICANN experiment.' We don't hear that anymore, because the experiment has proven successful."

Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, named Crocker the recipient of 2017 Leadership Award in tribute to his tireless dedication to both ICANN and the wider Internet community. "Every year, the ICANN Leadership Award is given to outstanding individuals in our community who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to ICANN. It is an award for people who remain true to the community's core values, chosen by the ICANN org's Executive Team" said Marby. He added, "This year, there is no other choice, and I think you all will agree."

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

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Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About Dr. Stephen Crocker:

Dr. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) and laid the foundation for today's Internet.

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.