ICANN Invokes Process to Protect Registrants
LOS ANGELES – 15 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced it has terminated the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with registrar Alpnames Limited (IANA #1857), effective immediately.
The RAA was terminated after the ICANN organization determined that Alpnames was no longer performing required registrar functions as specified in the agreement. These functions include allowing existing registrants to renew domain name registrations and processing new registrations. 
ICANN org has invoked the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (DARTP) to enable the successful transition of the names to an ICANN-accredited registrar and protect registrants. Once the gaining registrar is identified and confirmed, it will be listed on the Bulk Transfers page. 
The time required to complete the transfer process varies by the number of registrations with the terminated registrar. ICANN org will work to facilitate the transfer of registrations to the gaining registrar as expeditiously as possible. Once the transfer of registrations has been completed, the new registrar will contact registrants with information on how to access and maintain their domain name registrations.
All domain name registrants are encouraged to visit this page for important information about managing their domain names.
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ICANN64 Kobe GAC Communiqué
KOBE – 14 March 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN64 issued its Kobe Communiqué.
It is available for review here.

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.
ICANN66 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
LOS ANGELES – 11 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching an application round for candidates interested in participating in the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN66 will take place from 2-7 November 2019 in MontrĂ©al, Canada. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful applicants will be announced on 2 July 2019 on https://icann.org/.
ICANN Fellowship Program
The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.
Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities:

Writing articles and blogs
Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking
Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
Joining working groups...
ICANN 2018 LAC Year in Review Report Shows Engagement Growth
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 8 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Year in Review report [PDF, 5.28 MB] detailing the contributions and achievements of ICANN's LAC community. Compiled by ICANN organization's LAC regional team, the Report highlights growth last year made possible by collaboration with the regional and global community.
In 2018, the LAC community participated in programs key to implementation of our renewed five-year LAC Strategy, our roadmap for regional outreach. Today, initiatives like the Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean (VDECC), post-ICANN Public Meeting readouts, and the LAC-i-Roadshows are actively engaging hundreds of new stakeholders in the LAC region in ICANN's ecosystem.
In 2018, the LAC team prioritized providing regional stakeholders with tools to facilitate greater participation in ICANN's policy development processes (PDPs) and other policy discussions. The Report outlines a number of new projects launched with that goal in mind, including improved sessions on PDPs at ICANN meetings and the LAC PDP Experiences series.
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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...
ICANN Announces Successful String Evaluation for Bahrain IDN ccTLD
LOS ANGELES – 6 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful completion of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) string for Bahrain. Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion.
The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) 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 consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which...
GNSO Council Adopts EPDP Final Report on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data


LOS ANGELES – 4 March 2019 – Today, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council voted to approve all of the policy recommendations in the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team's Final Report on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Final Report will now be submitted to the ICANN Board for consideration. The EPDP Team has been chartered to determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become an ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or with modifications.
The EPDP Team's Final Report includes 29 policy recommendations that broadly address the following areas:

Purposes for processing data.
Data elements for collection, transfer, and retention.
Data elements for public display.
Data elements to be redacted.
Changes and/or review of current ICANN Consensus Policies.
Update to reasonable requests for the lawful disclosure of data.
Continued course for an implementation bridge, or how contracted parties may handle the policy recommendations and Temporary Specification requirements following its expiration and before EPDP policy recommendations are officially implemented.

In developing its Final Report, the EPDP Team reviewed all public comments received on its Initial Report and incorporated changes where the Team believed warranted.
Public Comment
The GNSO Council has submitted the EPDP Team's...
Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2

LOS ANGELES –1 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is looking for expressions of interest to chair Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The EPDP Team recently completed its Phase 1 work and is expected to commence planning for Phase 2 at ICANN64 meeting in Kobe, Japan. During Phase 2, the EPDP Team will work on a system for standardized access to non-public registration data, topics identified in the annex to the Temporary Specification, as well as a number of carry over items from Phase 1.
The GNSO Council is looking to appoint a neutral Chair to the EPDP Team. With such an important issue under consideration, significant responsibility comes with the role to ensure the success of deliberations.
The EPDP Team is expected to have regular calls, although it may be necessary to hold calls more frequently if need arises. Additionally, the EPDP Team may have face-to-face meetings in order to meet the required milestones of the EPDP. The EPDP Team is expected to start developing the work plan for Phase 2 at ICANN64 in Kobe for which the GNSO Council may provide further guidance.
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.
To express interest...
ICANN Submits Application to International Telecommunications Union for ITU-D Sector membership
LOS ANGELES – 28 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has applied for sector membership to the Telecommunication Development Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-D).
"In order to effectively fulfill ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems, ICANN must participate in discussions where its mission may be impacted," said Göran Marby, President & CEO, ICANN. "After many years of successful collaboration and engagement with the ITU, we look forward to sector membership, as it could allow ICANN to help meet our responsibility and desire to lend our technical expertise to help ensure any deliberations are considered and informed with a full technical understanding of the consequences that they may have for the future of the Internet."
The ITU-D fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication equipment and networks in developing countries. As it relates to ICANN, the ITU-D spends significant efforts on matters regarding Internet development, with special attention to international public policy matters and capacity building efforts.
Since ICANN's formation in 1998, it has operated within a specific remit as a...
Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN65 Fellowship
LOS ANGELES – 28 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 34 individuals from 32 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24-27 June 2019.
The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end user groups.
The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.
The ICANN organization received 57 applications for the ICANN65 Fellowship Program.
Click this link to see the list of selected candidates. To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click here.
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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...
David Conrad to Oversee IANA Services and Public Technical Identifiers
LOS ANGELES – 25 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that David Conrad has been appointed to oversee Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) Services and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). David will maintain his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ICANN, as well as a member of the ICANN Executive Team.
"As CTO, David and his team play a critical role in executing ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifiers," said Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN. "Delivering IANA services is an important part of what keeps the Internet running smoothly. David is a natural fit to oversee these synergistic functions, particularly given his current CTO role and having previously served as the General Manager of IANA Services."
"I've had the pleasure of working with David for many years and have always been rewarded by his perspective and support," said Kim Davies, Vice President, IANA Services, and President, PTI. "Moving the oversight of the IANA functions under David is a logical choice and allows us to align more closely with other technical activities his team undertakes."
"I'm delighted to rejoin the team that provides IANA services and PTI, as well as continue my role as CTO at ICANN," said Conrad. "I look forward to the...
ICANN Calls for Full DNSSEC Deployment, Promotes Community Collaboration to Protect the Internet
LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) believes that there is an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure.
In the context of increasing reports of malicious activity targeting the DNS infrastructure, ICANN is calling for full deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across all unsecured domain names. The organization also reaffirms its commitment to engage in collaborative efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems.
As one of many entities engaged in the decentralized management of the Internet, ICANN is specifically responsible for coordinating the top-most level of the DNS to ensure its stable and secure operation and universal resolvability.
On 15 February 2019, in response to reports of attacks against key parts of the DNS infrastructure, ICANN offered a checklist of recommended security precautions for members of the domain name industry, registries, registrars, resellers, and related others, to proactively take to protect their systems, their customers’ systems and information reachable via the DNS.
Public reports indicate that there is a pattern of multifaceted attacks utilizing different methodologies. Some of the attacks target the DNS, in which unauthorized changes to...
Cyrus Namazi Appointed to Senior Vice President of ICANN's Global Domains Division
LOS ANGELES – 21 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Cyrus Namazi has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), and a member of the Executive Team. Namazi reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.
"I have seen first-hand that Cyrus has the knowledge, leadership, and management skills required to effectively lead the Global Domains Division, particularly as the domain name industry continues to grow and mature," said Marby. "I also look forward to his continued contributions as a member of the ICANN Executive Team."
Marby went on to note that with the appointment of Namazi to this new position, ICANN is discontinuing the search for a President of GDD.
"I'm pleased to lead such a strong team, and I am personally committed to delivering outstanding levels of service to our global stakeholders," said Namazi. "We will do this by being responsive, collaborative, and proactively looking for ways to improve our service delivery and address new challenges that may arise in the ever-changing domain name landscape."
The Global Domains Division was initially established in 2013 to handle the increase in scale resulting from the New gTLD Program and to ensure ICANN's operational excellence. Since joining ICANN in 2013,...

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