17 December 2020
15 February 2021
ICANN Organization Functions: Planning
Planning, Finance, FY22-26 Operating & Financial Plan, (FY22-26 O&FP), FY22 Operating Plan & Budget, (FY22OP&B)
The purpose of this Public Comment proceeding is to seek community input on the draft FY22-FY26 Operating & Financial Plan, and the draft FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.
Launched in 2014, the ICANN Community Excellence Award recognizes ICANN community members who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed substantively to the ICANN multistakeholder model.
The ideal recipient(s) will have:
Participated in the ICANN community for at least five years.
Served in multiple ICANN working groups or committees.
Collaborated with more than one Supporting Organization (SO) and/or Advisory Committee (AC) in a significant capacity.
Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of ICANN community members appointed by the SO/AC chairs using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria:
Demonstrated ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN stakeholders with the aim of building consensus.
Facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner, through the spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy, and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests.
Demonstrated additional support for the ICANN multistakeholder...
The EC updated the SCCs to incorporate changes needed in light of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to address issues identified in the European Court of Justice's Schrems II decision. Schrems II invalidated the EU-US privacy shield, a commonly used mechanism for transferring personal data from the EU to the United States. It also raised questions about safeguards that must be implemented to transfer personal data across borders in compliance with the GDPR.
ICANN org's response to the public consultation, which closed today, highlights positive attributes in the draft SCCs. It requests clarifications and identifies broader challenges with cross-border data transfers post-Schrems II.
Both the draft SCCs and the European Data Protection Board's (EDPB) recent recommendations 01/2020, on measures that supplement transfer tools to ensure compliance with the EU level of protection for personal data, will impact the development of the System for Standardized Access/Disclosure recommended by ICANN's Expedited Policy Development Process Phase 2 Team.
The MoU aims to leverage both parties' vision of a secure and resilient Internet infrastructure to support and protect the unique communities which make up one single, global community.
Much of ICANN's work, such as helping to mitigate DNS security threats, data privacy, Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), and Universal Acceptance, are intended to protect the DNS from security threats that affect millions of Internet users and are a primary concern for both organizations. The MoU is intended to advance the organizations' shared objective of supporting activities in the areas of developing the Domain Name Industry, supporting the use of IDNs, and promoting the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Read the full Memorandum of Understanding here.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on...
3 December 2020
22 January 2021
Policy Development, Privacy, Top-Level Domains
Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on a subset of final policy recommendations of the Generic Names Supporting Organization Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP) – Phase 2. Specifically, this Public Comment proceeding is seeking input on a set of final recommendations that relate to topics from the EPDP's Phase 1 (which have also been referred to as "priority 2 topics"); the recommendations related to the System for Standardized Access/Disclosure ("SSAD") are NOT included in this Public Comment proceeding and will be part of a future Public Comment proceeding.
Current Status: The GNSO Council approved the policy recommendations during its meeting on 24 September 2020.
Next Steps: The ICANN Board is expected to take action on the approved policy recommendations.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest to serve on the IRP Community Representatives Group is Friday 4 December 2020 at 23:59 UTC. The IRP Community Representatives Group is expected to represent a diversity of stakeholders and interests and comprise between seven and fifteen members. Collectively, the IRP Community Representatives Group must possess:
Experience in selecting board members or similar officers, appointees with fiduciary duties, or service on a nominating committee for such selections.
Experience working with recruitment firms and managing vendors.
Relevant organizational and process experience (e.g., the ability to understand and evaluate the standing panelist criteria and responses, which includes legal and arbitration experience)....
The week of activities will include an entire day for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) community, two policy, technical and business days, and two days dedicated to interactive exchanges.
2020 LAC Domain Names Week
23 to 27 November 2020
Virtual Event (Zoom platform)
The LAC Domain Names Week brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues. The forum also provides an opportunity to engage and network with key players and experts in the field.
The event 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
Regional TLD organizations...
Interested SOs/ACs should select their respective Fellowship Program mentor and Selection Committee representative by 31 January 2021 and notify firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered.
Mentors generally must plan on a time commitment of approximately 30-40 hours before, during, and immediately after each ICANN Public Meeting. This includes extensive pre-meeting preparation, on-site support for their assigned fellows, and post-meeting reporting.
Each mentor will serve a term that includes three consecutive ICANN Public Meetings, beginning with ICANN72.
Mentors are expected to follow Fellowship Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities for fellows and to help fellows actively participate in ICANN's work.
Mentors will receive travel funding support (if applicable).
Members should plan on...
LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a neutral chair for the remaining Phase 2A work of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data.
Candidates interested in serving in this role should review the Expressions of Interest document before submitting their application. The document details the role description, required skills and experience, time commitment, and selection process. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest has been extended to 23 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC.
There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported by the ICANN org. Please note that face-to-face meetings are currently paused due to pandemic travel restrictions.
Background on EPDP Phase 2A
The two remaining topics that are part of Phase 2A...
RZ-LGR-4 integrates 18 scripts, adding Chinese and Bangla scripts in this version, in addition to Arabic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Thai. These rules were developed using the proposals submitted by the Generation Panels (GPs) formed for these scripts, which were finalized after Public Comment proceedings. The Armenian and Cyrillic script proposals have also been completed by the respective GPs but have been deferred from integration by the Integration Panel until proposals for related scripts are also finalized.
RZ-LGR development follows the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels. A total of 28 scripts have been identified in the Maximal Starting Repertoire for inclusion in RZ-LGR. The remaining scripts will be included in future releases of RZ-LGR as relevant proposals become available from the...
Candidates interested in serving this role should review the Expressions of Interest document before submission. The document details the role description, required skills and experience, time commitment, and selection process. The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest has been extended to 23 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC.
There will be no compensation associated with the role of the EPDP Team chair; however, travel associated with any face-to-face meetings may be supported by ICANN org. Please note, face-to-face meetings are currently paused due to pandemic travel restrictions.
Background on EPDP Phase 2A
The two remaining topics that are part of Phase 2A will be:
Legal vs. natural persons
Feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized...
27 October 2020
08 December 2020
Office of the CTO
Engagement/Participation and Security/Stability
ICANN's Office of the CTO is soliciting review of its recommendations for DNS root name service strategy and implementation.