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ICANN Announces Successful String Evaluation for the European Commission and Laos IDN ccTLDs
LOS ANGELES – 5 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced two successful completions of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) strings for the European Commission (in Greek), requested by EURid; and Laos, requested by Lao National Internet Center (LANIC). Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion.
The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:

The script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
The languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and
A specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external Domain Name System (DNS) Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

Preparation (by the requester in the country or territory): Community...
Adopted FY20 Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update To Take Effect on 1 July 2019
LOS ANGELES – 4 June 2019 – The FY20 Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update was adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board on 3 May. As the ICANN's Empowered Community did not raise a petition to reject any of the approval decisions, the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget will take effect on 1 July 2019. Click here to view these documents.
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 contributed to this important process.
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.
Non-Contracted Party House (NCPH) Election Procedures for Board Seat #14
Open Date:
3 June 2019
Close Date:
24 June 2019

Originating Organization:
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

GNSO Operating Procedures

Brief Overview:
This public comment proceeding seeks input on the Non-Contracted Parties House's (NCPH) proposed election procedures for Seat #14 on the ICANN Board of Directors. Under Section 11.3(f)(ii) of the ICANN Bylaws, the NCPH has the responsibility of selecting a representative to fill Board Seat #14. The procedures were jointly developed by the Stakeholder Groups comprising the NCPH to address the Board Seat appointment process and for inclusion as an Annex to the GNSO Operating Procedures.

ICANN and PTI Publish U.S. Tax Returns for Fiscal Year Ending 30 June 2018
LOS ANGELES – 31 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their U.S. tax returns for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018.
Form 990 is the U.S. tax return for non-profit organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

View Form 990 for ICANN for FY18
View Form 990 for PTI for FY18

ICANN and PTI filed the IRS Form 990, the California CA-199 and CA RRF-1 returns with the appropriate government offices (the Internal Revenue Service "IRS" and California Franchise Tax Board "FTB") for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018, on 14 May 2019, in compliance with the extended due date of 15 May 2019.
Additionally, ICANN filed for the first time a newly-required Form 990-T. This return applies to U.S. tax-exempt organizations due to new tax regulation in the U.S. effective January 1, 2018. For ICANN, certain parking facilities costs have become subject to taxation as a result of this new regulation.
All of these U.S. tax forms can be found at the following web pages where ICANN and PTI publish financial information.
ICANN's Financial Page
PTI's Financial Page
The publication of ICANN and PTI's financial information is part of an ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency. The community is invited to review these tax...
Call for Expressions of Interest for 2020 | Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect
Los Angeles – 24 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.
In September 2018, the ICANN Board appointed J. Damon Aschraft as the 2019 NomCom Chair and Cheryl Ann Miller as the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2018-09-16-en#1.e.) In the Spring of 2019, Ms. Miller stepped down from the position as Chair-Elect. Thereafter, in May 2019, the ICANN Board appointed Jay Sudowski as the NomCom Chair-Elect for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-05-03-en#1.h.)
Article 8, section 8.3(d) of the Bylaws states, "It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair." While it is anticipated that the 2019 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2020 NomCom Chair, in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency, the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership, and the results of that evaluation will be available to the Board Governance Committee (BGC) before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on the 2020 NomCom leadership....
ICANN Publishes a Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025
LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025.
View the Revised Draft Plan [PDF, 199 KB].
This Revised Draft Strategic Plan reflects comments received during a public consultation held between December 2018 and February 2019 on the Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025, and at a public session held at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan.
A summary of how comments were considered in the Revised Plan is available in a document that lists, sorted by contributor, comments received and ICANN organization's responses. The summary document can be found on the Strategic Plan Public Comments proceedings page.
The Public Comment process and session at ICANN64 yielded helpful and specific clarifications, but no fundamental substantive changes or feedback. Therefore, as a next step, the Revised Draft Plan will be presented to the ICANN Board in June 2019 for consideration and adoption. The affordability of this Strategic Plan will be considered as part of the Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan currently under development.
Strategic Planning at ICANN
Strategic planning is a fundamental part of ICANN's governance, mandated by the organization's Bylaws. The five-year strategic plan is a core element of ICANN's threefold planning process cycle,...
Get Ready for ICANN65 Prep Week
LOS ANGELES –23 May 2019– Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN65's Prep Week. The Prep week will feature eight webinars, including updates on several community-led projects. This initiative aims to streamline the pre-ICANN Public Meeting experience to enable more substantive conversations during sessions, increase awareness of cross-community and high-interest topics, and enhance briefings and readout sessions.
Register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 7 June 2019.
All registered attendees will receive participation details days before the webinar dates.
Tuesday, 11 June

16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Update

23:00 UTC | ICANN65 Security Update
Wednesday, 12 June

16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Global Domains Division (GDD) – Community Briefing on Raising Awareness about Registrant Issues and Challenges

23:00 UTC | Update on Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance
Thursday, 13 June

16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Policy Team: Policy Updates

23:00 UTC | Nominating Committee Review Implementation Working Group Update
Monday, 17 June

16:00 UTC | ICANN Org FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Open Data Program Updates

21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)...
Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System
Open Date:
23 May 2019
Close Date:
9 August 2019

Originating Organization:


Brief Overview:
This Public Comment proceeding seeks feedback for evolving the governance of the Root Server System (RSS), including a proposed community-driven process. On 3 May 2019, the ICANN Board approved a resolution to begin Public Comment on this topic. ICANN org will prepare a summary report of the Public Comment proceeding for the consideration of the ICANN Board as it determines next steps.

Call for Volunteers: Implementation Review Team for Registration Data Policy Implementation
Los Angeles – 20 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking volunteers to participate in an Implementation Review Team (IRT) to assist in the implementation of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team's Phase 1 policy recommendations.
The IRT will:

Review the proposed implementation plan as drafted by ICANN org for consistency with the recommendations from the EPDP Team.
Assist where questions or clarifications from ICANN org are needed.
Advise on technical and operational details related to the implementation of the EPDP recommendations.

For this IRT, ICANN org is seeking volunteers, including current or former EPDP Team members that participated in the Team's Phase 1 work, who possess a deep understanding of the EPDP Team's policy recommendations and accompanying rationale. In addition, registry and registrar representatives responsible for implementing the policy requirements in relevant domain registration processes are encouraged to participate. All volunteers responding to this call are expected to understand the role and remit of the IRT for the implementation project.
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council approved an EPDP Team recommendation to informally convene the IRT and allow for the necessary planning to take place before the ICANN Board considered the EPDP Team's Final...
ICANN gTLD Registries and Registrars Required to Implement New Interim Registration Data Policy by 20 May 2019
LOS ANGELES – 17 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the implementation of the Interim Registration Data Policy for gTLDs which generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars (contracted parties) must implement by 20 May 2019.
ICANN org implemented the Interim Policy pursuant to the Board of Directors’ 15 May 2019 adoption of recommendations contained in the Final Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) developed by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). The Interim Policy maintains requirements for the contracted parties, as an interim Consensus Policy, from the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, which expires 20 May 2019, pending ICANN org’s implementation of the gTLD Registration Data Policy recommended by the EPDP team.
The ICANN Board accepted 27 of the 29 recommendations included in the EPDP team’s Final Report. Of the two recommendations not adopted in full, the Board identified portions of the recommendations that require further consultation with the GNSO.
Next Steps

Stage One: Effective 20 May 2019, contracted parties must continue to implement measures consistent with the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, as adopted by the Board on 17 May 2018.
Stage Two: This stage...
ICANN Organization Publishes First Human Rights Impact Assessment
LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its first internal Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). The report, which was developed by Löning – Human Rights and Responsible Business, assesses the human rights impacts of ICANN's daily operations.
The Löning team used well-established and respected human rights mechanisms to assess internal organizational processes and procedures in the areas of human resources, procurement, meetings, and security operations. They analyzed and mapped the impacts, prioritizing based on their severity and on ICANN org's ability to leverage change. The Löning team reported overall positive findings along with a set of actionable recommendations to improve the impacts of ICANN's daily operations. Areas of improvement include continuing efforts to raise awareness and train staff on specific issues, as well as formalizing good practices into policies.
ICANN's President and Chief Executive Officer, Göran Marby said, "I am personally committed to respecting the human rights of all ICANN org staff members. This assessment is not only good for the organization, it is also the right thing to do. We now have a clear picture of what we're doing well, and where there are opportunities for continuous improvement."
In the year since the assessment was conducted, ICANN org...
Study on Technical Use of Root Zone Label Generation Rules
Open Date:
15 May 2019
Close Date:
30 June 2019

Originating Organization:
ICANN: Global Domains Division

Top-Level Domains

Brief Overview:
Third version of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR-3) was released for public comment on 25 April 2019, integrating 16 script proposals out of the 28 scripts identified. As the RZ-LGR is being incrementally developed by the community, the RZ-LGR Study Group (SG) was constituted on the request of the ICANN Board to study technical considerations for utilizing the RZ-LGR to determine valid top-level domains (TLDs) and their variant labels in a harmonized manner. RZ-LGR-SG has completed its work and is releasing the Recommendations for the Technical Utilization of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules to seek feedback from the community. RZ-LGR-SG will take into account the community input to finalize the recommendations. The final recommendations will be presented to the ICANN Board for further consideration.

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