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Call for Expressions of Interest: ICANN 2021 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect
LOS ANGELES – 29 May 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.
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 Bylaws states, "It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the...
Register for ICANN68 Prep Sessions
LOS ANGELES – 28 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the ICANN68 Prep Sessions schedule. A total of eleven webinars will help prepare the community ahead of the Virtual Policy Forum being held from 22-25 June 2020.
To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 5 June 2020 to receive instructions on how to join. You may also submit questions during the registration process. 
ICANN68 Prep Sessions Schedule
Monday, 8 June 2020

12:00 and 22:00 UTC | Interpretation Platform Kick-off Webinar

A demonstration of the interpretation platform. This will be an opportunity for the ICANN community to test the interpretation platform that will be used at ICANN68.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update

ICANN's FY21 Operating Plan and Budget
ICANN's FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan

Thursday, 11 June 2020

16:00 UTC | Universal Acceptance Annual Strategic Action Plan Webinar

Progress update on Universal Acceptance Steering Group's (UASG) FY20 action plan
Universal Acceptance Steering Group's (UASG) FY21 goals

Monday, 15 June 2020

16:00 UTC | Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model Webinar
Tuesday, 16 June 2020

07:00 UTC | ICANN Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group Roleplay for Fellows (for ICANN68 Fellows only)

This...
ICANN and FIRST Sign Memorandum of Understanding on DNS Threats Mitigation
LOS ANGELES – 22 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, Inc. (FIRST). The MoU aims to strengthen the relationship between ICANN and FIRST and enhance its collaborative efforts to support a safer, more secure, and resilient Domain Name System (DNS). These efforts are of interest to both parties and target important issues such as domain names used for abuse and security threats to the DNS. The agreement was signed by FIRST President and CEO Serge Droz and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby.
"The role of the ICANN community, Board, and organization in maintaining a secure, stable, and unified system of identifiers for the Internet has always been important, but at this time, when reliance on the Internet has skyrocketed, our work with FIRST is vital." — Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO.
Over the last few years, the cybersecurity and ICANN communities have centered discussions around identification of and mitigation efforts for domain name abuse and security threats to the DNS that affect millions of Internet users around the world. Through the MoU the organizations will advance their shared objective of helping the incident response community increase its understanding of the Internet's system of...
ICANN Announces Successful String Evaluation for Israel IDN ccTLD
LOS ANGELES – 19 May 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the successful completion of String Evaluation of the proposed Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) country code top-level domain (ccTLD) string for Israel. Details of the evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion.
The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its Annual General Meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:

The script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin.
The languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory.
A specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external Domain Name System (DNS) Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

Preparation (by the requester in the country or territory): Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be...
Save The Date for ICANN68 Prep Sessions
LOS ANGELES – 18 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that ICANN68 Prep Sessions will take place between 8-18 June 2020.
ICANN68 Prep Sessions will prepare the community ahead of ICANN68 Virtual Policy Forum in June. More details including the full Prep Sessions schedule and a registration link will be available soon. Please check ICANN68 Prep Sessions page for the current schedule.
ICANN Prep Sessions are established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, increase awareness of current topics of importance, and enhance briefings and readout sessions conducted around an ICANN Public Meeting.
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 and PTI Publish U.S. Tax Returns for Fiscal Year Ending 30 June 2019
LOS ANGELES – 13 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published several returns required by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Franchise Tax Board, and California Attorney General's office for non-profit organizations for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2019.
The Form 990, the U.S. tax return that non-profit organizations exempt from income taxes are required to file, was timely filed for ICANN and PTI pursuant to section 501(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code:

View Form 990 for ICANN for FY19 (titled "2018")
View Form 990 for PTI for FY19 (titled "2018")

The California CA-199 and CA RRF-1 returns, which non-profit organizations are required to file, were timely filed for ICANN and PTI with the appropriate government offices, including the California Franchise Tax Board and the California Attorney General's office:

View CA-199 for ICANN for FY19 (titled "2018")
View RRF-1 for ICANN for FY19 (titled "2018")
View CA-199 for PTI for FY19 (titled "2018")
View RRF-1 for PTI for FY19 (titled "2018")

Additionally, ICANN filed the Form 990-T for 2018 and an amended Form 990-T for 2017 related to certain parking facilities.
The publication of ICANN and PTI's financial and tax information is part of ICANN's fundamental commitment to...
ICANN76 Community Forum Location Announced
LOS ANGELES – 12 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Cancún, Mexico has been selected as the location for the ICANN76 Community Forum, which will be held from 11-16 March 2023 at the Cancun International Convention Center (CICC). ICANN is grateful for the continued support of the Mexican Local Host Committee for the event.
ICANN holds three Public Meetings each calendar year in different regions around the world. The Cancún, Mexico meeting will represent the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central part of ICANN's multistakeholder model, and provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, negotiating business deals, and interacting with other members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization.
Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are an important opportunity for individuals and representatives from ICANN's various stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend either in-person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.
More Information

ICANN Board Resolution on ICANN76 meeting location: https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2020-05-07-en
ICANN Meetings website:...
Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1: Proposed Final Report
Open Date:
8 May 2020
Close Date:
17 June 2020


Originating Organization:
Office of the CTO


Categories/Tags:
Security/Stability


Brief Overview:
This Public Comment proceeding seeks community input on the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 Report.



Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ncap-1-proposed-final-report-2020-05-08-en
ICANN Posts Adopted FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and FY21 Budget
LOS ANGELES – 08 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the Board of Directors adopted ICANN's FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and FY21 Budget. Before the Plan or Budget can take effect on 1 July 2020, ICANN's Empowered Community now has an opportunity to consider whether it will reject either or both of these documents.
The FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan demonstrate how ICANN org will implement the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025 that was adopted by the ICANN Board in June 2019. The FY21 Operating Plan and Budget reflects the planned activities for 01 July 2020 through 30 June 2021. In addition, the plans adopted take into account the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on ICANN org's current and planned work. The operating and budget documents include:


Highlights and a summary of changes to the original draft plans posted for public comment on 20 December 2019, compared to the current adopted plans, including new assumptions and financial projections.


An overview of the 15 Operating Initiatives and how ICANN org will achieve the objectives and goals set out in the ICANN Strategic Plan.


A detailed breakdown of the 35 functional activities that are necessary to operate the organization and overall work that ICANN org performs.


The adopted FY21 Budget


The...
Proposal for Malayalam Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules – Second Public Comment Proceeding
Open Date:
7 May 2020
Close Date:
17 June 2020


Originating Organization:
Global Domains Division


Categories/Tags:
Top-Level Domains


Brief Overview:
The Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel (NBGP) was formed by nine communities that use scripts derived from the Brahmi script. NBGP has developed Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) proposals for Bangla, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu scripts. The Malayalam LGR proposal (LGR and supporting documentation) is being updated to address an inconsistency involving the conjunct "nta" and adjust the cross-script variants with Myanmar and Georgian scripts. As per the LGR Procedure, the updated proposal is being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the NBGP to make their views known. Based on feedback received, the NBGP will finalize the proposal for its evaluation and integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.



Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/lgr-proposal-malayalam-script-2020-05-07-en
Register to Join: Special Meeting of the ICANN Board and FY20 Board Operational Priorities Webinar
LOS ANGELES – 6 May 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is inviting the community to join the ICANN Board for its upcoming Special Board Meeting on 7 May 2020 from 18:30-19:30 UTC. This meeting will be directly followed by an informational webinar regarding the Board's Fiscal Year 2020 operational priorities. The Board meeting agenda can be found here.
Please click here to register for the Special Board Meeting and webinar; registration is required to attend.
More information about the ICANN Board is available 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.
ccNSO PDP3: Initial Proposals for Process to Retire ccTLDs
Open Date:
5 May 2020
Close Date:
10 July 2020


Originating Organization:
ccNSO


Categories/Tags:

Policy Development
Top-Level Domains



Brief Overview:
The ccNSO Policy Development Process 3 (PDP3) working group, tasked with developing and proposing policy for the retirement of country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs), is seeking input and feedback from the broader community on its proposed process to retire ccTLDs, when the country code is removed from list of country codes in the ISO 3166 standard. The Interim Paper is the first step in documenting the recommended policy for the retirement process of ccTLDs. After closure of the Public Comment period, the working group will review the comments received and take into account in developing a final set of policy recommendations.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ccnso-pdp3-retire-cctlds-2020-05-05-en
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