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Accountability and Transparency Review: Survey Available for Community Input
LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) has published a survey for community input.
Click here to take the survey now.
The aim of this survey is to collect opinions from individuals in the ICANN community on ICANN's accountability and transparency, and to help the ATRT3 Review Team to identify areas which require improvement and could benefit from a recommendation.
The Review Team has published a separate survey to collect opinions from groups in the ICANN community. Following the close of both surveys on 13 September 2019 at 23:59 UTC, the ATRT3 Review Team will evaluate responses as input to its draft final report.
The survey questions are available in PDF format here (for reference purposes only).
Background
The Accountability and Transparency Review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community."
Learn more about the ATRT3 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...
ICANN 2019 Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Selections
LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2019 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce selections for ten leadership positions.
ICANN Board of Directors


Mandla Msimang

Africa


Ihab Osman

Africa


Maarten Botterman

Europe



Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors


Lise Fuhr

Europe



At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)


Dr. Abdulkarim Oloyede

Africa


Justine Chew

Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands


Carlos Raul Gutierrez

Latin America / Caribbean Islands



Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council


Marie-Noémie Marques

Europe



Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council


Thomas (Tom) Dale

Contracted Parties House

Asia / Australia / Pacific Islands


Carlton Samuels

Non-Contracted Parties House

Latin America / Caribbean Islands




Those selected will begin their terms after the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting 2-7 November 2019 in Montréal, Canada.
Profile of Applicants
The 2019 Nominating Committee received 127 applications from 42 women and 85 men during its nomination period from 17 January 2019 to 22 March 2019.
The regional breakdown of this year's applicants was:

56 from Africa
35 from Asia,...
ICANN Mentors Young Leaders in Asia Pacific
SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 15 August 2019 – The Internet of tomorrow might well be influenced by 53 young people from the Asia Pacific region who are meeting this week to learn about a wide range of subjects relating to Internet governance.
They are attending the fourth Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) now taking place in Seoul, South Korea from 12 – 16 August. The five-day academy is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). APIGA aims to improve participants' understanding of how the Internet works, the "bottom-up consensus building" model of Internet governance, and how they can take part in shaping the evolution of the Internet for the next generation.
"Developing the leaders of tomorrow is critical to strengthening the diversity of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer. "Events such as APIGA are key to achieving this goal, and ensuring that today's students are equipped to shape the future of the Internet tomorrow."
APIGA has been successful in nurturing relationships with alumni that remain involved in the Internet governance ecosystem, including ICANN. Today, it is recognized as a premier platform in the Asia Pacific region for youth engagement on Internet governance issues.
Since its inaugural launch in 2016, 124 young adults...
ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report and ICANN66 Statements of Interest Are Now Available
LOS ANGELES – 08 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the publication of its ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report [PDF, 356 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 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.
The New Fellowship Program Approach also mandates the publication of Statements of Interest (SOI) from incoming fellows before and during each ICANN Public meeting. SOIs from ICANN66 fellows are now available here and will continue to be accessible until the end of this 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...
Registration Now Open for 2019 LAC DNS Forum
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 31 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that registration for the 2019 LAC DNS Forum is now open. The forum will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 August 2019 during LACTLD's DNS Week and .PR's 30th anniversary celebration.


Event:
2019 LAC DNS Forum


When:
22 August 2019, 09:00–17:00 (AST)


Where:
Hyatt Place Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Registration:
http://lacdnsforum.lat/


The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy, and technical professionals interested in debating Domain Name System (DNS)-related issues with a focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The forum also provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders to engage and network with global key players and experts in the field.
The forum 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
Registrants
DNS experts
gTLD applicants
Regional TLD organizations
IT and Internet businesses
Entrepreneurs
Legal and intellectual property firms

The annual LAC DNS Forum was first held in 2013 and is jointly organized by the...
Updated Request for Proposal: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1
LOS ANGELES – 22 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a contractor to perform the research, analysis, and writing necessary to produce Study 1 of the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP).
Name collision refers to the situation where a name that is defined and used in one namespace may also appear in another. Users and applications intending to use a name in one namespace may attempt to use it in a different one, and unexpected behavior may result where the intended use of the name is not the same in both namespaces.
The ICANN Board asked the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to study the impact of name collisions and advise the Board on their effects and possible mitigation. In response, SSAC started the NCAP effort and designed Study 1, the first of three name collision studies intended to address the Board's request.
The scope of NCAP Study 1 is larger than usual work undertaken by SSAC, so the ICANN organization's Office of the CTO (OCTO) is facilitating the work and is engaging a contractor to perform Study 1.
More details about NCAP and Study 1 can be found in a document written by SSAC entitled SSAC Proposal for the Name Collision Analysis Project (Revised by ICANN Office of the CTO).
For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 340 KB]....
ICANN67 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
LOS ANGELES – 18 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening the application round for the ICANN Fellowship Program taking place at the ICANN67 Public Meeting from 7-12 March 2020 in Cancún, Mexico. The deadline to apply is 18 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 1 November 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
Mentoring newcomers
Assisting our regional leaders
Becoming...
The Annual ICANN APAC Space Survey is Now Open
SINGAPORE – 15 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the APAC Space Survey, which will remain open until 1 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Your input will help to make the APAC Space more relevant to the Asia Pacific (APAC) community, and improve the APAC Space as a platform that fosters community discussion.
If you are from the APAC region, we invite you to take the survey now: https://survey.clicktools.com/app/survey/go.jsp?iv=3pm87mkw6ubxy
The APAC Space is the APAC community's "practice ground" for discussions on ICANN-related topics such as the ICANN policy development processes, ICANN reviews, and the Domain Name System (DNS) industry. The purpose is to foster a platform for our community to network, interact, and discuss relevant issues, as well as encourage participation in ICANN-related work.
A community-led initiative, the APAC Space is held bi-monthly via web conference, or face-to-face during ICANN Meetings. You can join the APAC Space mailing list by emailing subscribe@apacspace.asia.
For more information, please go to https://community.icann.org/display/GSEAPAC/APAC+Space.
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...
ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN66
LOS ANGELES – 12 July 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN66, to be held in Montréal, Canada, from 2 to 7 November 2019.
The 11 individuals are currently engaged in studies in North American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and international security. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.
An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy and Internet governance.
The individuals selected as ICANN66 NextGen participants are:


Abdeali Hatim Saherwala
York University, Toronto


Akshay Broota
University of Colorado Boulder


Lukas Paul Bundonis
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


Diler Cavdar
Berkeley Law School


Josh Gold
University of Toronto


Austin Bollinger
Grand Rapids Community College


Kushagra Bhargava
University of Southern California


Arjun Sanya
University of Toronto


Ariane Nakpokou Houessou
HEC Montréal


Lilia Dawn Herdegen
Ferris State...
GNSO Policy Development Process on IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration
Open Date:
11 July 2019
Close Date:
20 August 2019


Originating Organization:
Policy Development Support


Categories/Tags:
Policy Development


Brief Overview:
Purpose: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on certain final policy recommendations from the Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process on IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms.
Current Status: The GNSO Council approved PDP Recommendations 1-4 during its meeting on 18 April 2019. The GNSO Council did not approve PDP Recommendation 5 which therefore does not form part of this public comment proceeding.
Next Steps: The ICANN Board is expected to meet to discuss taking action on the four approved recommendations following the close of this public comment proceeding.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/igo-ingo-crp-recommendations-2019-07-11-en
Third Version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-3) Released
LOS ANGELES – 10 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the release of the third version of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR-3). These rules define a set of criteria for determining valid Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels for the Root Zone of the Domain Name System (DNS) and their variant labels.
A total of 16 scripts, out of the 28 scripts identified in the Maximal Starting Repertoire, are now integrated in the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR). The first version (RZ-LGR-1), released in March 2016, integrated the Arabic script. The second version (RZ-LGR-2), released in August 2017, integrated five more scripts, including Ethiopic, Georgian, Khmer, Lao and Thai. RZ-LGR-3 integrates 10 additional scripts: Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Telugu, and Tamil. Armenian and Cyrillic script proposals have also been completed but have been deferred from integration until related script proposals are also finalized. The remaining scripts will be included in the future releases of RZ-LGR, as relevant proposals become available.
These label generation rules have been defined by the respective community-based Generation Panels and evaluated and integrated by the Integration Panel after the public comment period, following the Procedure to...
Request for Proposal: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1
LOS ANGELES – 9 July 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking to identify a contractor to perform the research, analysis, and writing necessary to produce Study 1 of the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP).
Name collision refers to the situation where a name that is defined and used in one namespace may also appear in another. Users and applications intending to use a name in one namespace may attempt to use it in a different one, and unexpected behavior may result where the intended use of the name is not the same in both namespaces.
The ICANN Board asked the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to study the impact of name collisions and advise the Board on their effects and possible mitigation. In response, SSAC started the NCAP effort and designed Study 1, the first of three name collision studies intended to address the Board's request.
The scope of NCAP Study 1 is larger than usual work undertaken by SSAC, so the ICANN organization's Office of the CTO (OCTO) is facilitating the work and is engaging a contractor to perform Study 1.
More details about NCAP and Study 1 can be found in a document written by SSAC entitled SSAC Proposal for the Name Collision Analysis Project (Revised by ICANN Office of the CTO).
For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 331 KB]....
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