Request for Proposal: EBERO Services
LOS ANGELES – 17 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced it is seeking one or more partners to provide Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) services. The ICANN organization's EBERO program is intended to ensure protection of registrants in the event of a registry failure. Ensuring the successful transfer of a failing generic top-level (TLD) aligns with the ICANN org's objective to support a healthy, stable, and resilient unique identifier ecosystem and is consistent with its mission and bylaws.
There are currently three EBERO service providers who have partnered with the ICANN org to provide 24/7 on-call, emergency services in the event of a gTLD registry operator failure.
Since the original Request for Information (RFI) in 2011, the industry has significantly matured. The ICANN org seeks to align the requirements of an EBERO service provider with its understanding of the market for emergency back-end registry support services. Additionally, as part of its procurement policy to periodically review vendor contracts, the ICANN org is conducting an open RFP. This means that in addition to prospective new providers, the existing EBERO service providers will also be required to submit proposals in order to be eligible to continue as an EBERO service provider.
The primary objective of this RFP is to identify...
Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors
LOS ANGELES – 16 October 2018 – ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) are invited to nominate one individual each (total of 7) to serve in the capacity of mentor for the ICANN Fellowship Program.
Mentors will serve for three (3) consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, starting with ICANN65. They are expected to provide extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned fellows and to complete a survey after each meeting.
Mentors are expected to follow program guidelines to help ensure consistency in the provision of capacity development opportunities for fellows. They will also play an important role in enabling and facilitating the active participation of fellows in ICANN's work. Mentors will receive travel funding support.
For more information on the guidelines and expectations for mentors, please visit this link.
Each of the seven (7) SOs/ACs should indicate their chosen Fellowship Program Mentor by 14 December 2018 via email to fellowshipconsultation@icann.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered.
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....
Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2019 Charing Skills Program
LOS ANGELES – 16 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for registrations for the 2019 Chairing Skills Program (CSP). The CSP addresses the chairing skill challenges that ICANN community contributors can face when taking up the responsibility of leading a working group or stakeholder group. It is essentially a peer-coaching program that focuses on new ICANN Chairs that wish to be coached by their peers. For more information please click here.
The registration deadline is Friday, 21 December 2018, 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The registration form can be found here. The Chairing Skills Program does not provide financial support for travel to Kobe.
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.
The Hebrew Script Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)
LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the formation of the Generation Panel to develop root zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Hebrew script.
Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, the Hebrew script community has submitted to ICANN the Proposal for Generation Panel for Hebrew Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 141 KB]. The ICANN organization reviewed the proposal, including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 771 KB] are fulfilled. In particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules.
"On behalf of ICANN we are grateful to the Hebrew script community for volunteering to develop the Hebrew script LGR proposal for the root zone, and we are also thankful for the institutional support being provided by ISOC chapter of Israel." said Cyrus Namazi, Vice President of Global Domains Division at ICANN.
With composition and work plan approved, the Hebrew script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure, the starting point of any Generation Panel's work is the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR), with its third version (MSR-3 [PDF, 1.10 MB]) released on 28...
First Root KSK Rollover Successfully Completed
LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has determined that the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) has been completed with minimal disruption of the global Internet. It was the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010.
After evaluation of the available data, there does not appear to be a significant number of Internet end-users who have been persistently and negatively impacted by the changing of the key.
The few issues that have arisen appear to have been quickly mitigated and none suggested a systemic failure that would approach the threshold (as defined by the ICANN community) to initiate a reversal of the roll. In that context, it appears the rollover to the new Key Signing Key, known as KSK 2017, has been a success.
At this point, there are no indications it is necessary to back out of the rollover and ICANN will now proceed to the next step in the rollover process: revoking the old KSK, known as KSK 2010 during the next key ceremony in the first quarter of 2019.
"This successful exercise of the infrastructure necessary to roll the root zone's key has demonstrated it is possible to update the key globally," said David Conrad, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer. "It also provided important insights that will help us...
Second Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC2): Draft Public Report Released for Public Comment and Webinar
Open Date:
15 October 2018
Close Date:
3 December 2018


Originating Organization:
Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)


Categories/Tags:
Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency


Brief Overview:
Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC2), has published its draft final report for public comment. Analysis Group will present the draft final report to the community during ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain, and during a webinar on 20 November 2018 at 21:00 UTC.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssac-review-final-2018-10-15-en
Participate in Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Reviews at ICANN63
LOS ANGELES – 11 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities at ICANN63 for community input and participation around strategic planning, operating standards and Specific and Organizational Reviews. Please see below:
Sunday, 21 October 2018:

SSR2 Face-to-Face Meeting
Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team as they hold day one of their face-to-face meeting. 8:30 – 17:30 CET, Room 120. Learn more.

NomCom Review: Implementation Planning Team Public Meeting
Join the NomCom implementation planning team for an overview of the work of the implementation planning team to-date and share input and feedback before the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan is finalized. 10:30 – 11:45 CET, Room 134. Learn more


Monday, 22 October 2018:

SSR2 Review Team Engagement Session
Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team during this engagement session and share your input with the review team as it continues its fact-finding phase and develops initial findings and recommendations. 9:45 – 10:45 CET, Room 111/112. Learn more.

SSAC Review: Review Working Party Public Meeting
Join the independent examiner who will provide an overview of recommendations made in the draft final report of the second Security and Stability Advisory...
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) Final Report Now Available for Public Comment
LOS ANGELES – 10 October 2018 - The Final Report and Recommendations [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review has been published for public comment.
On 8 September 2018 the CCT Review Team submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. Informed by multiple studies, research, and data gathering initiatives, as well as input from the ICANN community and ICANN Board, the review team produced a final report that examines the extent to which the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has promoted competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice in the domain name system. The review team report also assesses the effectiveness of the safeguards ICANN has implemented to mitigate issues related to the introduction of new gTLDs, and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process. The report contains 35 recommendations, covering requests for more and better data collection, policy issues to be addressed by the community, 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...
Request for Proposal: ICANN Meetings Shipping and Logistics
LOS ANGELES – 9 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals from suppliers qualified to provide global shipping and logistics services for the tri-annual ICANN meetings. The intent is to identify a qualified shipping and logistics supplier that will be responsible for managing all aspects of shipping ICANN's equipment to and from various global meeting locations.
Expertise in international shipping and logistics is necessary to ensure the successful temporary import of our equipment and that critical deadlines for delivery are met. Logistics may include carnet document management, import and customs clearance, regional temporary storage logistics, and timely pickup/delivery logistics to multiple cities each year.
For an overview of the RFP including the timeline, please click here [PDF, 104 KB].
Indications of interest are to be received by emailing ShippingandLogistics.RFP@icann.org, following which access will be provided to ICANN's sourcing tool (SciQuest/Jaggaer). Responses to the RFI should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 29 October 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool.
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...