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Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – PHASE 2
Open Date:
7 February 2020
Close Date:
23 March 2020


Originating Organization:
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)


Categories/Tags:

Contracted Party Agreements
Policy Development
Privacy
Top-Level Domains



Brief Overview:
This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – Phase 2. The Phase 2 EPDP Team is tasked with evaluating a System for Standardized Access/Disclosure of non-public gTLD registration data ("SSAD").
The EPDP Team will hold a webinar on Thursday, 13 February at 14:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of the Initial Report as well as more information on how to submit Public Comments. If you would like to sign up for the webinar, please email gnso-secs@icann.org.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/epdp-phase-2-initial-2020-02-07-en
Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
LOS ANGELES – 7 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended its application deadline for ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) leadership positions. The new deadline is Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).
The NomCom is accepting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region.
One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

Application Deadline and Process
Candidates must submit applications through the online candidate portal.
For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 25 February 2020, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms through the online candidate portal. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered.
Candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com after creating an account. In addition, candidates can...
Invitation to Join Webinar on Draft Report from SSR2 Review Team
LOS ANGELES – 4 February 2020 – The second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team invites the community to participate in a webinar on its draft report [PDF, 1.01 MB]. This periodic review is mandated to examine ICANN's commitment to enhance the operational stability, reliability, resiliency, security, and global interoperability of the Internet identifiers that ICANN coordinates. The SSR2 Review Team will present an overview of the key findings and recommendations in its draft report. Participants will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions.
There are two options to participate:

10 February 2020 at 21:30 – 22:30 UTC
13 February 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00 UTC

Participation instructions are available here.
The draft report is available for Public Comment until 23:59 UTC on 4 March 2020.
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.
ICANN Receives Letter from California Attorney General Regarding .ORG Change of Control
LOS ANGELES – 30 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California (CA-AGO) has requested information from ICANN regarding the proposed transfer of Public Interest Registry (PIR) from the Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos Capital in order to "analyze the impact to the nonprofit community, including to ICANN".
ICANN received the letter last week, and is fully cooperating with the Attorney General's request for information. ICANN is subject to regulation by the CA-AGO, which is responsible for supervising charitable organizations in California. ICANN is a California public benefit, nonprofit corporation. ICANN and PIR have agreements in place regarding PIR's operation of the .ORG registry and other registries (PIR Registry Agreements).
This afternoon, after initial discussions with the CA-AGO, ICANN is publicly posting the Attorney General's letter. ICANN also is providing formal notice to PIR, pursuant to the terms of the PIR Registry Agreements, because the CA-AGO has requested that ICANN provide information that PIR designated as confidential.
In addition, the CA-AGO has asked for more time, surpassing the current ICANN deadline to review the proposed change of control of the PIR Registry Agreements that is currently set as 17 February 2020. Accordingly,...
ICANN66 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report Now Available
LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the publication of its ICANN66 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report [PDF, 390 KB]. The report, authored by fellows, provides information on their pre-meeting activities, meeting highlights, and plans to stay involved.
The Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report is part of the New Fellowship Program Approach, an initiative aimed at increasing program transparency and providing the community with more data and information on the activities of the ICANN fellows. These  reports will be published after every ICANN Public Meeting.
Read past reports and visit the Fellowship Program webpage to learn more.
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.
ICANN Launches Dr. Tarek Kamel Award and Opens Nomination for ICANN Community Excellence Award
LOS ANGELES - 27 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a new award, the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building. This award recognizes ICANN community members for significant efforts in developing capacity in areas related to ICANN's mission.
Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building
The award is established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an Internet pioneer known for his contributions to global Internet governance. At the time of his passing, Kamel was ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement.
This annual award will be presented to one individual during ICANN's Annual General Meeting, held in the fourth quarter each year. The ideal recipient will have:

Contributed significantly to national, regional, or global capacity-development programs related to ICANN's mission.
Developed capacity-building programs that positively influenced the multistakeholder and diversified participation at ICANN.

Details about the award selection process will be available in May 2020.
Nomination Opens for ICANN Community Excellence Award
The Multistakeholder Ethos Award has been renamed the ICANN Community Excellence Award. ICANN is accepting nominations for this year's award, which will be presented at ICANN68 Kuala Lumpur in June...
Register Now to Participate in the 7th Middle East DNS Forum

ISTANBUL – 27 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced its Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) from 24-25 March this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, hosted by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
There are billions of Internet users of different cultures, languages, economic strata, and education levels. Much of ICANN's work, such as helping mitigate DNS abuse, or raising awareness about Internationalized Domains and Universal Acceptance, is towards protecting these users, and creating an environment that is welcoming for the next billion users. It is also an ICANN focus area to encourage participation, representation, and engagement from people all around the world, for whom access to one global Internet has much to offer.
The Forum features presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), and the policy discussions on developments on the DNS ecosystem, as well as the benefits of using the Arabic script on the Internet.
ICANN's Chief Technology Officer David Conrad will give a keynote on the DNS of Tomorrow discussing the current DNS landscape and ecosystem, emerging standards and challenges including the DNS Over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over TLS (DoT), and other technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G, and Smart Cities, and how they impact ICANN's...
Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Draft Report
Open Date:
24 January 2020
Close Date:
4 March 2020


Originating Organization:
SSR2 Review Team via Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)


Categories/Tags:
Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency


Brief Overview:
This Public Comment proceeding is on behalf of the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review Team (SSR2).
The SSR2 Review Team seeks to solicit input on its draft report. The report contains findings and recommendations in four key areas:

Implementation and impact of recommendations from the first SSR review.
Key stability issues within ICANN.
Security, stability, and resilience of the Domain Name System (DNS).
Future challenges.




Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssr2-rt-draft-report-2020-01-24-en
Public Interest Registry, ICANN Extend Deadline
LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Interest Registry (PIR) have mutually agreed to a 30-day extension of ICANN's time to review PIR's submissions. Also, ICANN will be requesting further information from PIR. The agreement can be found here.
This is an update to ICANN's Announcement on 11 January 2020.
Register for ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars
LOS ANGELES – 14 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN67 Prep Week, which features a series of nine webinars to prepare the community ahead of the Community Forum in March.
To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 14 February 2020 to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process.
ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars Schedule
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

16:00 UTC | ICANN Open Data Platform

Overview of the ICANN Open Data Platform and planned soft launch at ICANN67

18:00 UTC | ICANN67 Health, Safety, and Security Overview
20:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update

ICANN's FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget
ICANN's FY21-25 Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

16:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update

Registrar & Registry Compliance Update
Contractual Compliance Audit Update

21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Webinar

Update on GNSO projects and activities, including Policy Development Process (PDP) work, projected timelines, and current challenges

Thursday, 20 February 2020

16:00 UTC | Policy Briefing

Updates on current work across ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees

18:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder...
Attend Informational Webinar on ICANN’s Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget
LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking community input on its draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget. Tomorrow, 14 January, is the last opportunity to attend an informational webinar that offers an overview of the draft plans to aid in understanding and participation.
To participate, simply click on the link below at the time of the webinar.

14 January 2020 at 16:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/257109807

The webinars are recorded and links will be published on the Community Finance Wiki.
The draft Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of its FY21–25 Strategic Plan. It is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans, it is intended to complement them through a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission over the next five years. The draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY21, and the anticipated funding sources and levels. Click here for more information on how to share your feedback.
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...
Chris Mondini Appointed ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels
LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Chris Mondini has been appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for the Brussels, Belgium office. He reports to Sally Costerton, Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement.
In his new role, Mondini will oversee ICANN org's operations in the region and will continue to lead ICANN org's Global Business Engagement initiatives worldwide. He brings an ideal mix of engagement and managerial experience to this role, along with language skills.
Mondini currently serves as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America. During his nearly eight-year tenure at ICANN org, he has worked in several ICANN offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Mondini joined ICANN org as Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and was a founding member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team upon its formation. This experience enabled Mondini to build an extended network of colleagues and stakeholders around the world.
Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world's largest corporate corruption cases, while working with non-governmental organizations and business organizations on ways to mitigate corruption risks....
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