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....
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,...
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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)...
23 May 2019
9 August 2019
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.
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 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.
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...
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...
15 May 2019
30 June 2019
ICANN: Global Domains Division
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.
SINGAPORE – 14 May 2019 – Applications for the 4th Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) 2019 are now open until 7 June 2019.
APIGA is a 5-day capacity development workshop targeted at, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate students from universities and tertiary educational institutions in the Asia Pacific (APAC). Anyone between the age of 18 and 35 from the region interested in Internet governance issues is welcome to apply. Now in its fourth year, participants will delve into Internet governance issues, the multistakeholder process, and ICANN through an interactive learning experience.
APIGA 2019 will be held in Sejong Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12-16 August 2019. APIGA is co-hosted by ICANN and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), and is jointly conducted by local, regional, and global organizations involved in Internet governance work.
For more information on APIGA and to apply, click here.
Successful applications from the Asia Pacific region will receive full Fellowship.
For a glimpse of what goes on at APIGA, read the APIGA 2018 blogpost here.
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...
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 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is a part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative 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.
In addition, the New Fellowship Program Approach involves published Statements of Interest (SOI) from the incoming fellows before and during the meeting. SOIs for ICANN65 fellows are available here and will continue to be available until the end of this meeting.
Visit the Fellowship Program webpage to learn more and to read past reports.
The ICANN organization welcomes suggestions on how to improve future post-meeting reports. To share your suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FY20 Operating Plan and Budget were the result of 11 months of collaboration between the ICANN org, the community, the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board, and the ICANN Board's Finance Committee. These documents include:
An overview of the key elements, cross-functional projects, and activities contained in the FY20 Operating Plan.
A summary of six work modules planned for FY20 and a breakdown of the Operating Plan with the budget organized by strategic goal.
A high-level five-year overview on ICANN's progress implementing its Strategic Plan.
A detailed breakdown of the budget for each portfolio and project.
These documents will go into effect after the Empowered Community have time to consider if it will raise a petition rejecting the Budget, Operating Plans, or the Five-Year Operating Plan Update. Find more information on the Empowered Community...