Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data Begins Work
LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2018 -- The Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data (TSG-RD) began its work this week. The group is made up of 10 invited members with expertise in the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), distributed authentication/authorization technologies, systems architecture, design-thinking and other relevant topics. The group is coordinated by Ram Mohan, the CTO of Afilias and the former Security and Stability Advisory Committee liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors. The group will explore technical solutions for providing third parties access to non-public data via RDAP.
The particular technical implementation approach the group will study was described during a data protection/privacy update webinar held 8 October. That possible approach would place ICANN in the position of determining whether a third-party's query for non-public registration data ought to be approved to proceed. If approved, ICANN would ask the appropriate registry or registrar to provide the requested data to ICANN, which in turn would provide it to the third party. If ICANN does not approve the request, the query would be denied. This group's work will not interfere with community efforts to develop an RDAP profile prior to deployment of the protocol. In addition, this effort does not replace the community's policy development process. ICANN is...
NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN65 Is Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 10 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the application round for those interested in participating at the ICANN65 Meeting in Marrakech through the NextGen Program. The Meeting will take place from 24 June to 27 June 2019.The application round will remain opened until 11 January 2019. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 08 February 2019. For more information, click here.
IANA Functions Customer Survey Results Available
Los Angeles – 6 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the results of its annual survey which measures customer satisfaction of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. Results of the 2018 survey, which accounts for transactions completed between September 2017 and August 2018, reported 96 percent of respondents being "satisfied" or "very satisfied."
View Customer Survey Findings [PDF, 3.47 MB]
The IANA Functions Customer Survey measures perception of satisfaction in relation to documentation quality, process quality, transparency, timeliness, accuracy, reporting and courtesy. In the 2018 survey, customers identified accuracy as the most important measure of performance for the sixth consecutive year, and 96 percent reported satisfaction on that metric. Notably, overall satisfaction ratings across all of the performance categories were the highest ever this year.
While the results of the survey are consistently positive, ICANN continues to explore opportunities for improvement. For instance, some respondents expressed concerns regarding the resolution of customer service issues. To help address this,  a post-interaction survey was recently launched where customers can provide immediate feedback regarding the services, with resources dedicated to reviewing and responding in a timely manner.
Work Track 5 on Geographic Names at the Top Level - Supplemental Initial Report of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process
Open Date:
5 December 2018
Close Date:
22 January 2019

Originating Organization:

Policy Development

Brief Overview:
This public comment proceeding is being opened in order to obtain input on the Supplemental Initial Report of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Working Group (PDP WG) focused on Work Track 5. The PDP is chartered to evaluate what changes or additions need to be made to existing new gTLD policy recommendations. Work Track 5 focuses on one specific issue within the Working Group's charter, the topic of geographic names at the top level. The Working Group issued its first Initial Report, containing the output of the Working Group on the Overarching Issues as well as preliminary recommendations and questions for community feedback from Work Tracks 1-4, on 3 July 2018. This Supplemental Initial Report contains outputs from Work Track 5 only, which started later than the other PDP Work Tracks and has therefore operated on a different timeline.

ICANN’s Report on the Five Years of the LAC Strategy Highlight Increased Regional Engagement
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 4 December 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published "Five Years of the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Strategy," [PDF, 6.91 MB] highlighting the milestones achieved by the LAC community.
The LAC region's participation in ICANN processes grew tremendously in the last five years. What started as few stakeholder meetings during ICANN Public Meetings, grew into formalized sessions during those meetings, including the LAC Space and the newly formed LAC Session on PDPs. Similarly, the level of awareness about ICANN improved significantly, due to regional events and outreach efforts that encouraged the participation of new voices in the region.
Contributions from LAC community members opened the path for the creation of initiatives like Centro de Emprendimiento e Internet de América Latina y el Caribe and Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean, and the establishment of LAC regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a result, the vibrant regional community continues to grow and participate in ICANN processes.
The ICANN org LAC team would like to thank all the community members who contributed to the development of the strategy 2013-2017. Learn more about the LAC Strategy for 2018-2020 here [PDF, 1.41 MB].
ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Reviews
LOS ANGELES – 4 December 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities for community input and participation to announce below.
Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement.

Participate in the face-to-face RDS-WHOIS2 Meeting in Brussels. The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is having a face-to-face meeting on 10-12 December 2018. At this meeting, the review team will analyze the public comments received and discuss how to finalize draft recommendations. For details, click here.
Contribute to the public comment on the CCT Final Report and Recommendations (deadline extended). The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is now seeking input on its Final Report [PDF, 4.9 MB] and recommendations. Please share your public comment by 11 December 2018.

Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs), Advisory Committees (ACs) and the NomCom fulfill their purpose and whether any changes in structure or operations are needed.

Participate in the ccNSO Review Survey. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with the ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve...
ICANN Announces Extension of the Public Comment for the CCT Final Report
LOS ANGELES – 29 November 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has been extended until Tuesday, 11 December 23:59 UTC.
This Public Comment proceeding is aimed at gathering community input on the CCT Review Team's Final Report and Recommendations.
The CCT Review Team was formed in January 2016 to assess the New Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Program in three areas: competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The review also assesses safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from both the introduction of new gTLDs, and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process. The review, required by Section 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws, examines to what degree the process of implementing the New gTLD Program was successful in producing desired results and achieving the stated objectives. The CCT Review Team analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data to produce recommendations for the ICANN Board to consider and adopt.
On 8 September 2018, the CCT Review Team submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. The Report was then issued for Public Comment to inform ICANN Board action on the CCT Review Team's final recommendations.
Per the Bylaws, the ICANN Board shall consider the report and public comments to...
ICANN Publishes ICANN63 By the Numbers Report
LOS ANGELES – 28 November 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN63 By the Numbers Report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics for the most recent ICANN Public Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The report summarizes the findings from ICANN's third Annual General Meeting of the current meeting strategy. The report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency and support for its multistakeholder model.
ICANN63 By the Numbers Report highlights include:

2,639 checked-in participants, with 1,440 listing their region as Europe.
41% of attendees participated for the first time.
338 sessions were held for a total of 596.5 hours.
1,073 attendees logged into the schedule website and mobile platform.
13,665 gigabytes of data as network traffic.
10% of network traffic was IPv6 (1% increase from ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama).

ICANN is committed to being responsive to the community's needs. Information from the data collected gives the ICANN organization greater insight into how to maximize attendee satisfaction and identify opportunities for improvement.
Click here to download the full ICANN63 By the Numbers Report [PDF, 6.73 MB].
Please send any questions to:
ccNSO Review Survey Available for Community Input
Los Angeles – 27 November 2018 – Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), has published a survey for community input.
Click here to take the survey now.
The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with ccNSO or have suggestions for ways to improve it. The survey is informed by learnings from Meridian Institute's research and interviews conducted to date.
Following the close of the survey on 21 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC, Meridian Institute will evaluate responses, along with input received via interviews and other forums, as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in February 2019.
As with all ICANN Organizational Reviews, the second ccNSO Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment.
The purpose of the Bylaws-mandated ccNSO Review is to determine (i) whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; (ii) how effectively the ccNSO fulfills its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and (iii) the extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is...
Two-Week Extension for the Public Comment Period on the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group
LOS ANGELES – 27 November 2018 – In order to ensure the community has sufficient time to respond, the public comment period for the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group has been extended to 11 December 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 4 (MSR-4) for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)
Open Date:
26 November 2018
Close Date:
10 January 2019

Originating Organization:
Global Domains Division

Top-Level Domains

Brief Overview:
ICANN is releasing for public comment version 4 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-4: HTML, XML). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-3 and adds three code points to the repertoire of Latin script and twelve code points to the repertoire of Myanmar script. Under the Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone with Respect to IDN Labels, the MSR is the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR) proposals for relevant scripts. The contents of MSR-4 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in MSR-4 Overview and Rationale document.

Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team
Open Date:
21 November 2018
Close Date:
21 December 2018

Originating Organization:


Contracted Party Agreements
Policy Development
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. The EPDP Team is tasked with evaluating the Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data (Temp Spec) and deciding whether it should become an ICANN Consensus Policy as is, or with modifications, while complying with the GDPR and other relevant privacy and data protection laws and regulations.
The EPDP Team will hold a webinar on Thursday, 29 November 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


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