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ICANN Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Cyber Alliance
LOS ANGELES – 16 June 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). The MoU aims to bolster the relationship between ICANN and the GCA and enhance their collaboration in support of an efficient and resilient Domain Name System (DNS). These efforts are of interest to both parties and target important issues, such as security threats to the DNS.
"For ICANN org and GCA to work together on research and increasing awareness of the different forms of DNS abuse is something that makes complete sense. As we join forces, we will leverage each other's strengths to support and protect our unique communities which, in the end, make up one single, global community" – Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO.
"GCA shares ICANN's vision of secure Internet infrastructure, and we are proud to partner with ICANN to achieve that. We all depend on the DNS, therefore improving the security and privacy DNS provides can extend across the Internet to protect everyone, especially including vulnerable communities." – Philip Reitinger, GCA President and CEO.
Security threats to the DNS affect millions of Internet users and are a primary concern for both organizations. The MoU is intended to advance the organizations' shared objective of supporting...
Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Final Report
Open Date:
16 June 2020
Close Date:
31 July 2020

Originating Organization:
ICANN Organization – Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Reviews/Improvements, Accountability/Transparency

Brief Overview:
On 1 June 2020, the third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) submitted its final report to the ICANN Board.
The report is now issued for Public Comment to inform Board action on the ATRT3's final recommendations.
Per the Bylaws (Section 4.6(a)(vii)(C)) the Board shall consider the final report within six months of receipt, i.e. by 1 December 2020. The Board will consider a feasibility analysis and impact assessment of the implementation of recommendations, which will take into account initial cost and resource estimates and dependencies with other ongoing efforts within the community, and the report of the Public Comment submissions received. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that were approved and provide written rationale for the decision if any recommendations are not approved.
The ATRT3 Final Report contains five recommendations with regard to ICANN accountability and transparency in the following areas:

Prioritization of review and Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (WS2) recommendations...
APIGA 2020 Cancelled Due to COVID-19
SINGAPORE – 16 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) today announced that the fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) will not be held in 2020.
The joint decision to cancel this year's APIGA was made due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The primary concern for ICANN and KISA is the health and safety of the Asia Pacific (APAC) community and that of their staff.
ICANN and KISA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, and hope to resume APIGA next year.
APIGA is an annual five-day capacity-development program for APAC youth leaders interested in Internet governance issues and its related activities. It is co-hosted by ICANN and KISA, with support from regional partners such as the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), DotAsia, and the Internet Society (ISOC) Asia Pacific Bureau.
For more about APIGA, please visit its Community Wiki page.

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....
ICANN69 to be Held as Virtual Public Meeting
LOS ANGELES – 11 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that the ICANN Board of Directors has made the decision that the ICANN69 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was to be held in Hamburg, Germany, will not proceed as an in-person meeting. Instead, the Board has directed the ICANN org to coordinate with the ICANN community on the best way forward for ICANN69 to meet the expected outcomes of an ICANN AGM and support the community's ongoing policy advice and development work, despite being unable to meet in person.
The meeting, scheduled for 17-22 October, will be the third time ICANN will hold a Virtual Public Meeting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ICANN67, originally scheduled for Cancún, Mexico, was held as a virtual meeting, as will the upcoming ICANN68, originally scheduled for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The health and safety of the ICANN community is always a top priority, and as such, convening ICANN69 as an in-person meeting is not expected to be feasible by its scheduled date. While progress has been made to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, there are still several barriers remaining that prevent holding large international meetings, such as ICANN's Public Meetings. These include ongoing restrictions on international travel, diminished flight availability, challenges in obtaining visas, physical...
Enhancing the Effectiveness of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model – Next Steps
Open Date:
4 June 2020
Close Date:
2 August 2020

Originating Organization:
ICANN org, Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Governance, Evolving, Multistakeholder Model

Brief Overview:
One of the Board's high-priority topics for 2020 is to continue working on the "Enhancing the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model" initiative, building on the work that the community has completed to date. The objective of the "Enhancing the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model – Next Steps" paper is to build upon existing work taking place across the ICANN community to holistically address the community-identified priority topics and enhance the effective and efficient functioning of ICANN's multistakeholder model. This paper describes work currently underway, identifies gaps in those efforts that would benefit from inclusion in this effort, and suggests a path toward addressing each of those gaps, including proposed work processes or mechanisms, how they may be applied, and which groups may be best positioned to lead those efforts.
The Board is seeking the community's input on the following: the work plan; the remaining work areas, and the evaluation mechanism.

Register for ICANN68 Prep Sessions (Update)
This Announcement is an update to a previous Announcement published on 28 May 2020.
LOS ANGELES – 2 June 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced live interpretation for multiple ICANN68 Prep Sessions.
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. 
The ICANN Open Data Program Update scheduled for Tuesday 16 June 2020 has been cancelled. Q&A with ICANN Org Executive Team on Thursday 18 June 2020 has been moved from 18:00 UTC to 19:00 UTC. The revised schedule is as follows:

Date / Time

Monday, 8 June 2020
12:00-13:00 and 22:00-23:00 UTC
Interpretation Platform Kick-off Webinar
Six U.N. languages

Tuesday, 9 June 2020
16:00-17:00 UTC
ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update

Thursday, 11 June 2020
16:00-17:00 UTC
Universal Acceptance Annual Strategic Action Plan Webinar

Monday, 15 June 2020
16:00-17:00 UTC
Enhancing the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model – Next Steps
Six U.N. languages

Tuesday, 16 June 2020
07:00-08:30 UTC
ICANN Policy Development (PDP) Working Group Roleplay for Fellows (for ICANN68 Fellows only)

Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Strategic Plan for FY2021-2025
Open Date:
1 June 2020
Close Date:
14 July 2020

Originating Organization:
Global Stakeholder Engagement


Brief Overview:
Purpose: The purpose of this Public Comment proceeding is to seek input from the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) ICANN community on the draft document for the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025.
Current Status: The draft strategy has been agreed upon by the LAC Strategy Council, and is now open for Public Comment.
Next Steps: Comments submitted will be discussed and assessed amongst the LAC Strategy Council. Relevant comments will be added when developing the final strategy document. Once the final strategy document is ready an Action Plan will be developed.

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