Proposal for Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules
Open Date:
20 February 2019
Close Date:
18 April 2019

Originating Organization:
Global Domains Division

Top-Level Domains

Brief Overview:
The Hebrew community has formed the Hebrew Script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed a Proposal for Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (Proposal and Supporting Document). As per the LGR procedure, this proposal is being posted for public comment to allow those who have not participated in the Hebrew Script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Hebrew Script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone (RZ-LGR)

Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
LOS ANGELES – 19 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended its application deadline for ICANN and PTI leadership positions. The new deadline is Friday, 22 March 2019 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
The NomCom is accepting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region.
Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

New Application Process and Deadline
There is a new online candidate portal that has replaced the previous platform. After creating an account, candidates will receive an automated email from either or For additional questions, please contact NomCom Staff Support at
For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 22 March 2019, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms on the new online...
Alert Regarding Published Reports of Attacks on the Domain Name System
LOS ANGELES – 15 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it is aware of several recent public reports regarding malicious activity targeting the Domain Name System (DNS). We have no indication that any ICANN organization systems have been compromised, and we are working with relevant community members to investigate reports of attacks against top-level domains (TLDs). For some reporting on this issue, please refer to these sources:

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Emergency Directive 19-01: “Mitigate DNS Internet Tampering”, 22 January 2019.

“Why CISA Issued our first Emergency Directive”, United States DHS CISA blog, 24 January 2019.

“Global DNS Hijacking Campaign: DNS Record Manipulation at Scale”, FireEye, 9 January 2019.

“Widespread DNS Hijacking Activity Targets Multiple Sectors”, Crowdstrike blog, 25 January 2019.

“Statement on man-in-the-middle attack against Netnod”, Netnod statement, 5 February 2019.

“Revisiting How Registrants Can Reduce the Threat of Domain Hijacking”, Verisign blog, 11 February 2019.

“.nl not affected by global domain hijacking campaign”, Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland blog, 15 February...
ICANN64 Prep Week
ICANN org is piloting a new initiative called Prep Week to consolidate all pre-ICANN Public Meeting webinars into one week. Starting with ICANN64, Prep Week will streamline the pre-meeting experience, so deeper conversations can be had in the ICANN meeting sessions.
There are four webinars scheduled for ICANN64 Prep Week. The org will present updates on the community's work.
Wednesday, 27 February
16:00 UTC | Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Webinar. Topics include:

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025
The latest update and progress on various ICANN Reviews
The next steps on WorkStream 2 recommendations

Wednesday, 27 February
23:00 UTC | Contractual Compliance Update Webinar. Topics include updates on:

Registrar compliance
Registry compliance
The Registry Contractual Compliance Audit underway

Thursday, 28 February
16:00 UTC | Policy Update Webinar. Topics include updates on activities of various Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees.
Thursday, 28 February
23:00 UTC | Finance/Operating Plan and Budget Planning Webinar. Topics include:

Key dates in the ICANN Planning process and cycle
An overview of the ICANN64 Finance/Planning Session

Please register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 22 February 2019.
The webinars will be in English...
Call for Expressions of Interest for Independent Financial Expert to ICANN Board Audit Committee
LOS ANGELES – 12 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking expressions of interest to serve as an external independent Financial Expert to the ICANN Board Audit Committee.
ICANN's Board Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing the annual financial report of ICANN's operations and financial position and overseeing ICANN's internal financial and accounting controls and procedures. To continue to improve controls and procedures, the Board Audit Committee adopts many of the best practices used by private company audit committees. One practice is the use of an external volunteer to serve as an independent consultant to the Board Audit Committee to provide financial expertise, advice and assistance on questions related to ICANN's financial statements (the "Financial Expert to Audit Committee").
Currently, the ICANN Board Audit Committee is seeking to fill this opening as soon as possible. It is not expected that the Financial Expert will attend every Audit Committee meeting but will serve at the pleasure of the Audit Committee to discuss or analyze issues as appropriate.
Key responsibilities, qualifications and expectations of the Financial Expert include:
Key Responsibilities

Be available to attend Board Audit Committee meetings (typically four to six per year) telephonically or as agreed upon, in person...
ICANN Announces Selected Participants For NextGen@ICANN65
LOS ANGELES – 8 February 2019 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the names of the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen program at ICANN65, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24 to 27 June 2019.
An independent selection committee selected successful candidates by reviewing their current field of studies and interest in the Internet ecosystem's ongoing work on global policy and Internet governance.
These 12 individuals are currently engaged in studies in African universities in the fields of computer science, law, and information technology. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.
ICANN65 NextGen selected candidates:

Innocent Adriko
Uganda Institute of Info and Comms Technology

Eileen Nay Kwipoya
Technical University of Kenya

Vallarie Wendy Yiega
University of Nairobi School of Law

Souad Abidi
Higher school of computer science ESI-Alg

Levy Syanseke
University of Zambia

Sulaimon Moriam Omowunmi
University of Ilorin

Nour El Houda Zouabi
Campus Universitaire El Manar

Saffie Bobb
American International University West Africa

Cynthia Jade Makory
Kenya School of Law

Adisa Bolutife
University of Lagos...
Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 4 (MSR-4) Released
LOS ANGELES – 7 February 2019 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the fourth version of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-4). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-3 and adds three code points to the repertoire of Latin script and 12 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 [PDF, 771 KB], 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 the MSR-4 Overview and Rationale [PDF, 800 KB] document. MSR-4 covers 28 scripts: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han, Hangul, Hebrew, Hiragana, Kannada, Katakana, Khmer, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Myanmar, Oriya, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Thaana, Tibetan and Thai. For these scripts, MSR-4 contains 33,511 code points short-listed from 97,973 PVALID/CONTEXT code points of Unicode version 6.3.
MSR-4 defers code points that are already encoded in later releases of Unicode and will make these available after their reference tables for IDNA 2008 are published. In addition, the Integration Panel...
Recommendations for Managing Internationalized Domain Name Variant Top-Level Domains Published
LOS ANGELES – 5 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) today announced the release of the Recommendations for Managing Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variant Top-Level Domains (TLDs) as a collection of six documents. These recommendations have been developed by the ICANN organization with community feedback received during the Public Comment period.

IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Executive Summary [PDF, 70 KB]
IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Motivation, Premises and Framework [PDF, 391 KB]
IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Recommendations and Analysis [PDF, 382 KB]
IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Rationale for RZ-LGR [PDF, 497 KB]
IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Risks and their Mitigation [PDF, 230 KB]
IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Appendices (A: Definitions, B: Use of ROID, C: Limiting Allocated Variant TLDs) [PDF, 530 KB]

While the Internet community has often expressed a need for IDN variant TLDs, appropriate technical details and procedures have not been in place to support these. The ICANN Board resolved on 25 September 2010 that "no variants of gTLDs will be delegated ... until appropriate variant management solutions are developed." Subsequent work by the ICANN org and the community on the analysis of issues for Arabic [PDF, 1.06 MB], Chinese [PDF, 2....
ICANN Publishes the First Monthly Report on Generic Top-Level Domain Security Threats
LOS ANGELES – 4 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the first monthly report providing statistics and insight into security threats to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). This report of the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System provides the first in an ongoing series of domain name security threat reports which will be released on a monthly basis. This release is accompanied by a context document explaining the methodology behind the DAAR System. Monthly reports from previous months (January 2018 through Dec 2018) will be published before the end of February 2019.
DAAR was created in response to community requests for neutral, reliable, persistent, and reproducible data from which security threat and abuse analyses could be performed. The DAAR project has produced a system using a published and community-vetted methodology for studying and reporting domain name registration and security threat behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. The overarching purpose of DAAR is to aggregate and analyze security threats as monitored by the publicly-available domain reputation providers and report findings to the ICANN community. This data can be used to facilitate informed policy decisions.
DAAR provides only gTLD registry reports at the moment. More detailed registrar portfolio...
ICANN's Security Stability and Resiliency (SSR) Team Responds to Public Input on Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) Reviews
LOS ANGELES – 1 February 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a summary of the public input on the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) methodology. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer Security, Stability, and Resiliency (OCTO-SSR) Team carefully reviewed the recent public input submissions from the ICANN community and provided responses where relevant.
DAAR was designed to provide the ICANN community with reliable, persistent, and reproducible data from which security threat (abuse) analyses could be performed.
To foster confidence in the DAAR system, the ICANN organization has engaged two independent experts to review the methodology paper, comment on the threat data, and experiment with the reporting system.
To further incorporate community opinion on DAAR and the independent reviews, ICANN org asked for public input between 20 July 2018 and 24 August 2018. The findings and recommendations from the reviewers and parties who provided input will be considered in the final drafting of the methodology paper and future modifications to the DAAR system.
Below are links to the DAAR methodology paper, reviews, and public input:

ICANN org's DAAR methodology paper [PDF, 876 KB]
Review by Marcus Ranum [PDF, 459 KB]
Review by John Bambenek [PDF, 377 KB]
Public input by Paul Vixie [PDF, 36 KB]
Public input by...
2021 ICANN Public Meeting – Annual General Meeting Location Announced
LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Seattle, Washington, US, has been selected as the location for the ICANN Public Meeting in 2021. ICANN's 72nd Public Meeting will be held from 23-28 October 2021 at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle.
ICANN will announce the meeting locations for ICANN70 and ICANN71 soon. The ICANN72 Annual General Meeting location was announced out of sequence due to contractual obligations.
ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the world. The Seattle meeting will represent the North America region. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN's multistakeholder model because they 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 comprising more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to the ICANN policy development process. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.
More Information

Board Resolution on ICANN72 location
ICANN Meetings website (https://meetings.icann...
ICANN Releases its Third Report on Global Legislative and Regulatory Developments
31 January 2019 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released its third report on global legislative and regulatory developments [PDF, 403 KB], highlighting a limited list of recent and pending legislative and regulatory initiatives on privacy/data protection and cybersecurity across the world. The report is a continuation of the initiative launched last year to identify legislative efforts across the globe early-on, to raise awareness within ICANN, and consider potential impacts.
Moving forward, the global legislative and regulatory developments reports will be published three times a year, parallel to the publishing of the ICANN Organization Report to the Board.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has provided feedback on the previous two reports. We look forward to hearing from you about any high-impact developments in the e-privacy and cybersecurity ecosystem that should be tracked in future reports. You can send your comments and/or information about new developments in your region to
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and...

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