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ICANN71 to be Held as Virtual Policy Forum
LOS ANGELES – 11 March 2021 – Today, the Board of Directors for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that ICANN71 will be held as a Virtual Public Meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICANN71 Policy Forum was scheduled to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, from 14-17 June 2021. The meeting dates will remain the same. Read the Board resolution and supporting rationale here.
Several barriers remain to holding and appropriately planning in-person international meetings. These include ongoing restrictions on international travel, limited flight availability, physical distancing requirements, risks posed to the local host community, and the possibility of a resurgence resulting in further lockdowns.
This action was taken in consideration of the ongoing consultation with the community and ICANN organization (org) to refine support for the key policy development efforts the community undertakes at ICANN Public Meetings. The Board looks forward to receiving the final outputs from that consultation as soon as is feasible, to allow for their application as early as the planning for ICANN71.
"Above all, the health and safety of the ICANN community, Board, and staff are the most important considerations for our Public Meetings," said Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair. "As of now, there are still too many...
Register Now to Participate in the 7th Middle East Virtual DNS Forum
ISTANBUL – 11 March 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the resumption of the seventh Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF), postponed last year. The event, organized by ICANN and hosted by the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), will be held virtually from 5-7 April this year.
The Forum features presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from the growing demand for Domain Name System (DNS) security, opportunities and challenges in the domain name industry, and the importance and 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 emerging technologies' potential impact on the DNS.
To register and view the full agenda, please click here.
For more information or inquiries, please contact meac.swg@icann.org.
The Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) was created to help support the regional domain name industry. This initiative was part of ICANN's Engagement Strategy in the Middle East for 2013-2016, created by the regional community in 2013. The Forum is aimed at increasing regional stakeholders' knowledge of the Domain Name System. Since its...
Initial Report on the Third ccNSO Policy Development Process (ccPDP3): Retirement of ccTLDs
Open Date:
3 March 2021
Close Date:
14 April 2021


Originating Organization:
ccNSO


Categories/Tags:
Policy Development, Top-Level Domains, Security/Stability


Brief Overview:
The purpose of this Initial Report is to seek community response and input on the following two (2) questions:

To expedite the ccNSO decision-making on the proposed recommended policy for the Retirement of ccTLDs, it is proposed to separate Part 1 (on the Retirement of ccTLDs) from Part 2 (on Review Mechanism). Are there any concerns separating the two policy development efforts: Retirement of ccTLDs (Part 1) and Review Mechanism (Part 2)?
Related, are there any major concerns with respect to the proposed recommendation for the retirement policy, which have not been raised before or are inadequately addressed in the final paper?



Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccpdp3-1-retirement-cctlds-2021-03-03-en
Proposal for Korean Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules - Second Public Comment
Open Date:
2 March 2021
Close Date:
15 April 2021


Originating Organization:
Global Domains and Strategy (GDS)


Categories/Tags:
Top-Level Domains


Brief Overview:
The Korean community has formed the Korean Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a proposal for Korean Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR). As per the LGR Procedure, the proposal is posted for a second Public Comment to allow those who have not participated in the Korean GP to make their views known. Based on the community feedback from the first Public Comment proceeding, the GP has further updated the proposal (Proposal, Supporting Document, and Appendices) and is being released for a second round of Public Comment. Based on the feedback, the Korean GP will finalize and submit the proposal for integration into the root zone.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/lgr-proposal-korean-script-2021-03-02-en
ICANN72 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
LOS ANGELES – 1 March 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening the application round for the ICANN Fellowship Program taking place at the ICANN72 Annual General Meeting from 23-28 October 2021 in Seattle, USA. The Fellowship Program application window will remain open until 30 March 2021, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 21 June 2021 on https://icann.org.
If ICANN72 is held virtually, the Fellowship Program will also be held virtually.
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 in ICANN's bottom-up policy development process...
Schedule for ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum Now Available
LOS ANGELES – 1 March 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released the schedule for the ICANN70 Community Forum, 22-25 March 2021. Initially planned for Cancún, Mexico, the meeting will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registration is required to view the schedule. Details and information about remote participation tools, including interpretation, can be found here. Important note: ICANN70 will be held in the UTC -5 (Chetumal) time zone of Cancún.
ICANN70 is the fourth virtual ICANN Public Meeting. Developed in collaboration among cross-functional ICANN org teams and community groups, the schedule includes sessions designed to advance the community's policy and technical work.
Reminder: ICANN70 Prep Week will take place from 8-11 March 2021. The Prep Week session schedule is available here. You can read more information about Prep Week 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...
ICANN Terminates Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with Net 4 India Limited
LOS ANGELES – 26 February 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the termination of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with Net 4 India Limited as a result of its failure to cure multiple breaches of the RAA. The termination notice can be found here.
For information about the next steps in the termination process, please go 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.
2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Extends Deadline to 29 March
LOS ANGELES – 23 February 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) announced today that it has extended the deadline for ICANN leadership applications to 29 March 2021, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).
Open Leadership Positions
The NomCom invites interested individuals to apply for key leadership positions within ICANN. Those selected will work with accomplished colleagues from across the globe, helping to shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.
The NomCom is accepting applications for the following positions:

Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
Three regional representatives for the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one each representing the Africa region; Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region; and Latin America and Caribbean region
Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council – one representing the Contracted Parties House and one representing the Non-Contracted Parties House
One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council

How to Apply
Applications for open positions are due on 29 March 2021, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Additional information about the selection process and the application portal can be found here. Those selected will make a valuable...
ICANN70 Prep Week Schedule Now Available
LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the ICANN70 Prep Week schedule to help the community prepare for the upcoming ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum, which will be held 22 – 25 March 2021.
There will be ten sessions from 8 – 11 March 2021. To attend any of the sessions, please register for ICANN70. After registering, you will receive two emails:

A registration confirmation
An email with login information for the schedule

Once you log into the schedule, you will be able to sign up for ICANN70 Prep Week sessions. Please note that for security purposes, participation links will be posted 24 hours prior to the session start times. The session schedule will display in your local time, based on the time set on your device used to view the website.
ICANN70 Prep Week Schedule






Date and Time

Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Session


Monday, 8 March 2021

09:00-10:00 EST
Global Stakeholder Engagement Update


Monday, 8 March 2021

10:30-12:00 EST
What to Expect During ICANN70: A Guide for Newcomers


Tuesday, 9 March 2021

10:30-12:00 EST
Planning Update


Tuesday, 9 March 2021

14:30-16:00 EST
Generic Names Supporting Organization Council Policy Update


Wednesday, 10 March 2021

09:00-10:00...
ICANN Publishes FY21 Q2 Unaudited Financial Results
LOS ANGELES – 15 February 2021 – On 10 February 2021, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published its unaudited financial results through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. The ICANN financials are available here.
In addition, on 1 February 2021, Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published its unaudited financial results through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. The PTI financials are available here.
ICANN remains in a strong financial position despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Through December 2020, ICANN's actual funding is in line with prior years. Moreover, expenses have been lower than prior years primarily due to travel restrictions. Please see both sets of financials for more details.
ICANN and PTI publish quarterly financials in an effort to be transparent and accountable. The financial results have been published quarterly for many years but the accompanying announcement is a new measure meant to create more awareness of the results, which are usually posted 45 days after the quarter end.
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...
IANA Naming Function Review: Recommendation for an IANA Naming Function Contract Amendment
Open Date:
10 February 2021
Close Date:
22 March 2021


Originating Organization:
ICANN organization, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)


Categories/Tags:
Reviews/Improvements


Brief Overview:
Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding has been opened on behalf of the ICANN organization (ICANN org) to prepare the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Naming Function Review (IFR) Final Report for ICANN Board consideration. The IFR is an evaluation of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) performance of the IANA naming function against the contractual requirements in the IANA Naming Function Contract and the IANA Naming Function SOW. The IFR Review Team's Recommendation 4 (page 5 of the IFR Final Report [PDF, 2.2MB]) calls for an amendment to Article 7, Section 7.1 (a) of the IANA Naming Function Contract.
Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Article 18.6 (iv), there must be "public comment on the amendments that are under consideration by the IFRT through a public comment period that complies with the designated practice for public comment periods within ICANN."
Current Status: Recommendation 4 of the IFR Final Report [PDF, 2.2MB] outlines an amendment to the IANA Naming Function Contract. The IFR Review Team (IFRT) is seeking community input.
Next Steps: Pursuant to ICANN Bylaws Section 18.6 (b)(i), IFR Recommendations requiring a contract...
EPDP Phase 2 Policy Recommendations for Board Consideration
Open Date:
8 February 2021
Close Date:
30 March 2021


Originating Organization:
ICANN org


Categories/Tags:
Policy Development, Privacy, Top-Level Domains


Brief Overview:
Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on a subset of final policy recommendations of the Generic Names Supporting Organization Expedited Policy Development Process on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP) – Phase 2. Specifically, this Public Comment proceeding is seeking input on a set of final recommendations that relate to a proposed System for Standardized Access/Disclosure to non-public domain name registration information ("SSAD").
Current Status: The GNSO Council approved the policy recommendations during its meeting on 24 September 2020.
Next Steps: Following this Public Comment proceeding and operational assessment, the ICANN Board is expected to take action on the approved policy recommendations.
Your Comment: Your submission, including your name, will be published in the Public Comment archive on ICANN org's website. If you have any questions regarding Public Comment, please contact public-comment@icann.org.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/epdp-2-policy-recs-board-2021-02-08-en
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