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Public Interest Registry, ICANN Extend Deadline
LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Public Interest Registry (PIR) have mutually agreed to a 30-day extension of ICANN's time to review PIR's submissions. Also, ICANN will be requesting further information from PIR. The agreement can be found here.
This is an update to ICANN's Announcement on 11 January 2020.
Register for ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars
LOS ANGELES – 14 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN67 Prep Week, which features a series of nine webinars to prepare the community ahead of the Community Forum in March.
To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 14 February 2020 to receive joining instructions. You may also submit questions during the registration process.
ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars Schedule
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

16:00 UTC | ICANN Open Data Platform

Overview of the ICANN Open Data Platform and planned soft launch at ICANN67

18:00 UTC | ICANN67 Health, Safety, and Security Overview
20:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update

ICANN's FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget
ICANN's FY21-25 Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

16:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update

Registrar & Registry Compliance Update
Contractual Compliance Audit Update

21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Webinar

Update on GNSO projects and activities, including Policy Development Process (PDP) work, projected timelines, and current challenges

Thursday, 20 February 2020

16:00 UTC | Policy Briefing

Updates on current work across ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees

18:00 UTC | Global Stakeholder...
Attend Informational Webinar on ICANN’s Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget
LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking community input on its draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget. Tomorrow, 14 January, is the last opportunity to attend an informational webinar that offers an overview of the draft plans to aid in understanding and participation.
To participate, simply click on the link below at the time of the webinar.

14 January 2020 at 16:00 UTC https://icann.zoom.us/j/257109807

The webinars are recorded and links will be published on the Community Finance Wiki.
The draft Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 is intended to serve as an overarching, holistic view of the activities ICANN org is undertaking, or will undertake, in support of its FY21–25 Strategic Plan. It is not a replacement for ICANN org's annual operating plans, it is intended to complement them through a comprehensive overview of how ICANN will carry out its mission over the next five years. The draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget defines and describes ICANN's planned activities in FY21, and the anticipated funding sources and levels. Click here for more information on how to share your feedback.
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...
Chris Mondini Appointed ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels
LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Chris Mondini has been appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for the Brussels, Belgium office. He reports to Sally Costerton, Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement.
In his new role, Mondini will oversee ICANN org's operations in the region and will continue to lead ICANN org's Global Business Engagement initiatives worldwide. He brings an ideal mix of engagement and managerial experience to this role, along with language skills.
Mondini currently serves as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America. During his nearly eight-year tenure at ICANN org, he has worked in several ICANN offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Mondini joined ICANN org as Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and was a founding member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team upon its formation. This experience enabled Mondini to build an extended network of colleagues and stakeholders around the world.
Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world's largest corporate corruption cases, while working with non-governmental organizations and business organizations on ways to mitigate corruption risks....
Update on Proposed Acquisition of Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Ethos Capital
On 20 December 2019, PIR submitted confidential responses to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) request for additional information regarding the proposed acquisition of PIR by Ethos Capital. PIR has provided to ICANN a redacted version for publication. ICANN received a revised version of the submission on 10 January 2020. The document can be found here.
ICANN68 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program Application Now Open
LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has begun accepting applications for its Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program for ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program aims to facilitate in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN Public Meetings and eligible ICANN events.
Grants of up to USD 750.00 per family are available for ICANN Public Meeting participants who are bringing children and will incur expenses associated with babysitting and/or local childcare services. There will be no on-site meeting or conference-sponsored childcare services during ICANN68.
The deadline to apply for the ICANN68 grant is Wednesday, 4 March 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application is available here.
For more information on the program, click 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.
Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report
Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report

LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2020 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) invites the community to participate in a webinar on its draft report [PDF, 1.60 MB]. There are two options to participate:

13 January 2020 at 20:00 UTC
14 January 2020 at 12:00 UTC

Dial-in instructions are available here.
The ATRT3 will present an overview of the key findings, suggestions, and recommendations in its draft report. Participants will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions.
The draft report is available for Public Comment until 23:59 UTC on 31 January 2020.
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 Verisign Announce Proposed Amendment to .COM Registry Agreement
LOS ANGELES and RESTON, Va. – Jan. 3, 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign, Inc. (Verisign), the registry operator of the .COM top-level domain (TLD) today announced that they have reached a proposed agreement to amend the .COM Registry Agreement (RA). In addition, ICANN and Verisign announced a new proposed framework for working together on initiatives related to the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the form of a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two organizations.
Together, these agreements fulfill commitments that ICANN and Verisign made in 2016 when they previously amended the .COM RA. The new terms, which are now open for public comment, will enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the DNS; provide limited and transparent pricing flexibility for .COM registry services; and standardize the .COM RA by including certain technical and reporting requirements based on terms in other registry agreements between ICANN and the registry operators of other TLDs.
Verisign's operation of the .COM TLD is governed by two separate agreements: the .COM RA, and the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2016, Verisign and ICANN formally agreed that if and when the Department of Commerce and Verisign made changes to the Cooperative...
Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement
Open Date:
3 January 2020
Close Date:
14 February 2020


Originating Organization:
Global Domains Division


Categories/Tags:
Contracted Party Agreements


Brief Overview:
ICANN organization is posting proposed Amendment No. 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement between ICANN and VeriSign, Inc. (Verisign) for public comment. Verisign is the registry operator of the .COM top-level domain.
ICANN org and Verisign have reached preliminary agreement on an amendment to the .COM Registry Agreement, as well as a framework for working together on additional initiatives related to enhancing the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System in the form of a proposed binding Letter of Intent between the two organizations.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/com-amendment-3-2020-01-03-en
Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2024-2028 and Revised Dates in 2022
Open Date:
2 January 2020
Close Date:
11 February 2020


Originating Organization:
Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN Meetings


Categories/Tags:
Events/Conferences


Brief Overview:
ICANN is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held in 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028, and the revised dates for ICANN75, Annual General Meeting in 2022.


Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/icann-meetings-dates-2020-01-02-en
Proposed Final Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group
Open Date:
23 December 2019
Close Date:
14 February 2020


Originating Organization:
New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group, chartered by the ASO, ALAC, ccNSO, GNSO, GAC, SSAC and RSSAC


Categories/Tags:
Operations / Finance


Brief Overview:
This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the proposed Final Report of the new gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) and more specifically the following questions:

Do you support the CCWG's recommendation in relation to the preferred mechanism(s)? If no, please provide your rationale for why not.
Do you have any concerns about the updates the CCWG has made compared to the Initial Report, in response to the Public Comment forum? If yes, please specify what changes concern you and why?
Is there any further information you think the CCWG should consider, that it hasn't considered previously, in order to finalize its report for submission to the Chartering Organizations?

The CCWG is tasked with providing guidance on a framework to disburse the funds generated from auctions of last resort in 2012 application round of the new gTLD Program. According to the CCWG's charter, the objective of the group is to develop a proposal(s) for consideration by the chartering organizations: Address Supporting Organization (ASO), the At-Large Advisory Committee...
Request for Proposal: IMRS Cluster (Singapore) Network Connectivity
LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking one or more vendors to provide Internet access for a new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) location in Singapore.
As part of the service provided to the Internet community, ICANN operates one of the 13 root servers of the Internet, the IMRS, also known as "L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET".
The ICANN organization has established the need to continue to expand the IMRS by installing a cluster in Singapore, resulting in increased root server capacity for the Asian region and resulting in increased resiliency of not just the IMRS, but the entire Root Server System.
For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please click here [PDF 226 KB].
Indications of interest must be emailed to IMRSCluster.Sing.NWConnectivity-RFP@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 10 January 2020. Complete proposals must be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 31 January 2020 using the ICANN org sourcing (RFP) tool. Access to the tool will be granted after receipt of an indication of interest to the email address above.
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...
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