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ICANN Extends Call for Expressions of Interest: Standing Panel for ICANN's Independent Review Process
LOS ANGELES - 23 July 2020 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking Expressions of Interest for panelists to serve on the omnibus Standing Panel for ICANN's Independent Review Process (IRP). The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is extended to 31 August 2020 at 23:59 UTC.
Candidates for the IRP omnibus Standing Panel should review the Expressions of Interest document before submission. The document includes the following information:

Panel Position Description
Required or Highly Preferred Skills
Required or Highly Preferred Experience
Time Commitment
Compensation and Selection

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to: IRP-Standingpanel-EOI2020@icann.org
Background on ICANN's IRP
ICANN's IRP is a form of arbitration, which provides for independent third-party review of ICANN actions alleged by an affected party to be inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws. The IRP is an essential accountability mechanism to hold the ICANN Board and organization (org) accountable. The seating of a Standing Panel to hear these claims is an important component to achieve consistent, binding outcomes.
ICANN is committed through its Bylaws to a role for the ICANN community in identifying the final composition of the Standing Panel slate. ICANN org has and continues to consult with the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and...
Nomination Opens for Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building
LOS ANGELES – 20 July 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened a one-month nomination period for the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building.
ICANN first introduced the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building in January to recognize ICANN community members for significant efforts in developing capacity in areas related to ICANN's Mission. The award was 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 awarded to one individual during ICANN's Annual General Meeting, held in the fourth quarter each year. The ideal recipient will have at least five years of:

Significant contributions to national, regional, or global capacity-building programs related to ICANN's Mission.
Developing capacity-building programs that positively influenced the multistakeholder model and diversified participation at ICANN.

In addition:

All nominations must include detailed information and documentation to demonstrate the nominee's fulfilment of the award criteria.
Any ICANN community member or ICANN community group (e.g., Supporting Organization (SO), Advisory...
The Eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum 2020 Goes Virtual
ISTANBUL – 6 JULY 2020 – The eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which was to be held in Dakar Senegal under the auspices of Senegal Network Information Centre with the support of the government of Senegal, will now be held virtually. This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting, scheduled for 27-28 July 2020, is an annual open event for stakeholders in the domain name industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the Africa Registrar Association (AfRegistrar), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
This year, the Africa DNS Forum has been restructured to adapt to the virtual platform, with a total of four sessions that will be spread over a two-day period. Each session will be two hours long and will cover thematic topics focused on policy, technical, and marketing, as well as emerging issues under the current pandemic and other emergencies.
Holding this meeting virtually will provide the opportunity to test the resilience of the infrastructure in the region. Remote participation will be available through Zoom and live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. To register and learn more about the Africa DNS Forum, please click here.
The first edition of the Forum was held in Durban, South Africa in 2013. Since then the model has been replicated in the Latin America and the...
First ICANN Managed Root Server Instance Installed in Palau
SINGAPORE – 2 July 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in the Republic of Palau (Palau).
The installation of the first Palau instance is a joint effort between ICANN and the Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC). PNCC supplied the equipment necessary for the installations and the bandwidth needed to support the instance.
"We appreciate the joint effort by PNCC to host the IMRS instance. This commitment improves root zone Domain Name System service, and augments the technical stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System in the region," said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer.
"Having an IMRS instance in Palau should not be considered a PNCC accomplishment," said Leo Ben Teriong, PNCC Chief Executive Officer. "It is an advancement in the quality of experience that every Internet user in Palau will benefit from, as we continue to build our Republic of Palau hand-in-hand."
ICANN manages more than 165 IMRS instances around the world, most of which are hosted by third parties. There are now 22 IMRS instances installed in Oceania, located in Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Solomon Islands.
Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Version 4 (RZ-LGR-4)
Open Date:
29 June 2020
Close Date:
11 August 2020

Originating Organization:
Global Domains Division

Top-Level Domains

Brief Overview:
The Integration Panel (IP) has successfully evaluated the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) proposals for Bangla and Chinese scripts, as well as the updated proposal for Malayalam script. These proposals were finalized and submitted by the respective Generation Panels (GPs), following their release for Public Comment. The IP has integrated these proposals, along with other scripts already integrated into the third version of the Root Zone LGR (RZ-LGR-3), to develop the fourth version of the Root Zone LGR (RZ-LGR-4). As per the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels, the RZ-LGR-4 is being released for Public Comment to gather community feedback for its finalization. RZ-LGR will be used to determine valid top-level Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) labels and their variant labels.

Webinar Invitation: Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Final Report
LOS ANGELES – 29 June 2020 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) invites the community to participate in a webinar on its Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB]. There are two opportunities to participate:

15 July 2020 at 15:30-16:30 UTC
16 July 2020 at 07:00-08:00 UTC

During the webinar, the ATRT3 will present an overview of the recommendations in its Final Report and answer questions. Details on how to attend are available here.
The ATRT3 Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB] contains five recommendations with regard to ICANN accountability and transparency in the following areas:

Prioritization of review and Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (WS2) recommendations.
Amending Specific and Organizational Reviews.
Accountability and transparency relating to Strategic and Operational Plans including accountability indicators.
Public input.
Assessment of the implementation of ATRT2 recommendations.

On 16 June 2020, the ATRT3 Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB] was issued for Public Comment to inform Board action on the ATRT3's final recommendations. The Public Comment proceeding will close at 23:59 UTC on 31 July 2020.
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...
ICANN68 Governmental Advisory Committee Communiqué Now Available
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 27 June 2020 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued the GAC Communiqué – ICANN68 Virtual Policy Forum. It is available for review here.
Previous GAC advice and past communiqués are available at https://gac.icann.org.
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 Announces NextGen@ICANN69 Participants
LOS ANGELES – 26 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen@ICANN program for ICANN69 from 17-22 October 2020. ICANN69 was originally intended to be held in Hamburg, Germany, but has been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All NextGen@ICANN program activities for ICANN69 will be held virtually as well.
The 12 selectees attend universities in the European region, where they study computer science, law, and business. An independent committee selected the ICANN69 NextGen participants based on their current studies and interest in global policy and Internet governance.
ICANN69 NextGen@ICANN program participants:

Oier Albizuri Gomez
Mondragon University

Zokirov Ugli
Far Eastern Federal University

Marko Paloski
Ss.Cyril and Methodius University

Güllü Akcaova
Open Universiteit

Ferran Farré de Febrer
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Fabio Monnet
Université de Genève

Neli Odishvili
University of Georgia School of Law

Kris Shrishak Sridaran
Technical University Darmstadt

Mariam Tsiklauri
University of Georgia

Ares Jakupi
University for Business and Technology

Daniel Kalemi
American College of Thessaloniki

Lennart Schulze
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University...
Adopted FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and Adopted FY21 Budget Take Effect 1 July 2020
LOS ANGELES – 24 June 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and the FY21 Budget will take effect on 1 July 2020. Click here to view these documents. The ICANN Board adopted both documents on 8 May. ICANN's Empowered Community did not raise a petition to reject any of the approval decisions.
The Empowered Community is the mechanism through which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers. For more information on the Empowered Community, please click here.
Community participation and engagement in ICANN's planning process is a cornerstone of transparency and accountability to the public. The FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and FY21 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 (BFC). ICANN thanks all community members who participated in this important process and contributed to improving its outcome.
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....
ICANN Extends Call for Expressions of Interest for 2021 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect through 7 July 2020
LOS ANGELES – 22 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking Expressions of Interest for the Chair and Chair-Elect of the 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom).
The NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN's Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual Meeting.
The Chair-Elect, a position created as a result of an independent review of the NomCom, is not intended to fill an advisory role. Rather, the Chair-Elect will receive the benefit of training while serving alongside the Chair, gaining skills and knowledge to be applied for the Chair-Elect's anticipated succession into the role of the Chair.
Candidates for Chair-Elect should possess the same skills as candidates for the Chair, and recent experience on the NomCom for both positions is highly desirable.
In September 2019, the ICANN Board appointed Jay Sudowski as the 2020 NomCom Chair and Ole Jacobsen as the 2020 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2019-09-08-en#1.c.)
Article 8, Section 8.3(d) of the...
2020 ICANN Community Excellence Award Honors Olivier Crépin-Leblond
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 22 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2020 Community Excellence Award is Olivier Crépin-Leblond.
The Community Excellence Award honors members of the ICANN community who have invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed in a substantive way to policymaking within the ICANN ecosystem.
The selection panel of representatives from ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Crépin-Leblond's dedication to ICANN's multistakeholder model and long record of substantial contributions to the ICANN community. The panel noted his energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to engage across the diverse ICANN community contributed to his effective facilitation of community dialogues.
Crépin-Leblond is a former Chair and Vice Chair of ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee and Board member and former Chair of the European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO). He has participated in a number of key ICANN policy development processes and working groups and was a member of the 2010 Nominating Committee. Long active in the Internet governance ecosystem, he is the Chair of the United Kingdom chapter of the Internet Society, a founder and Board member of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), and the current co-Chair of the Cross-...
Domain Name Marketplace Indicators Published on the Open Data Platform
LOS ANGELES – 17 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the release of updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators through the ICANN Open Data Platform. The indicators reflect industry metrics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), with the aim of fostering greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace.
The launch of the Domain Name Marketplace Indicators within the Open Data Platform represents a key milestone as the new platform allows for improved access to, and presentation of, metrics and data. Through the Open Data Platform, users can now search, browse, view, and download available indicators, as well as utilize various analysis and visualization tools. For more information on how to register and use the platform, click here.
"The Domain Name Marketplace Indicators are an important resource that aims to provide reliable and pertinent information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace," said Theresa Swinehart, ICANN Senior Vice President of Global Domains Division (GDD) and Multistakeholder Strategy & Strategic Initiatives (MSSI). "Having these metrics available through the Open Data Platform will greatly enhance access, transparency, and increase their utility for the community."
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