ICANN Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update - Correction
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ICANN Organization


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Operations/Finance


Brief Overview:
On 17 December 2018, ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and the current year update to the Five-Year Operating Plan were posted for public comment.
The five budget documents are located in section III of the Public Comments (see link below).
In the Draft FY20 Five Year Operating Plan Update document on page 25, under goal 2.3, the FY20 information was unintentionally omitted. We have corrected the document and re-published it. You can find the updated document using the link below. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.


Public Comment Link:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/fy20-budget-2018-12-17-en
ICANN Board Reaffirms Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted this week to reaffirm the "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data" for an additional 90 days. The full text of the Board's resolution is available here.
Under the procedures for adopting Temporary Policies outlined in the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the Board must reaffirm the adoption every 90 days, and may continue to do so for no more than a year.
The Temporary Specification was originally approved by the Board on 17 May 2018, and was reaffirmed by the Board on 21 August 2018 and 9 November 2018. The Temporary Specification establishes temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
For more information and to follow the latest updates, please visit the dedicated Data Protection/Privacy issues page.
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...
Community Dialogues on Consumer Safeguards
LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a recording of a recent discussion on consumer safeguards in the Domain Name System (DNS). The recording, presentation [PDF, 1.0 MB], and supplementary documents are now available.
The meeting, held on 11 January 2019, in Washington, D.C., was intended to gauge local interest in holding a community-wide dialogue on consumer safeguards topics, such as DNS infrastructure abuse, at a future ICANN meeting. Nearly 50 ICANN community members participated and concluded that a sub-group of the participants should attempt to draft an agenda for a community-wide dialogue at a future ICANN meeting.
If you have additional input on these topics as well as the safeguards summary document, please send it to Jamie Hedlund, Senior Vice President for Contractual Compliance & Consumer Safeguards at jamie.hedlund@icann.org, or Bryan Schilling, Consumer Safeguards Director at bryan.schilling@icann.org.
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...
ICANN Board Creates Working Group on Anti-Harassment
LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment was created by the Board in resolution 2019.01.16.01 to oversee a review of the community's understanding of the existing Community Anti-Harassment Policy and the procedures and practices that follow from it.
The working group is a subset of the ICANN Board. Any recommendations it develops shall be presented to the entire Board for review and consideration.
Suggestions for improvements to existing procedures and practices in the implementation of the current Anti-Harassment Policy will be informed through dialogue and in consultation with the community.
The members of the working group are: Becky Burr, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Manal Ismail, Merike Kaeo, and Tripti Sinha. Sarah Deutsch will serve as Chair of the working group.
The Board is committed to enabling a culture of trust and mutual respect in efforts to prevent harassment in ICANN's multistakeholder community.
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...
ICANN Publishes Documents Regarding the Implementation of the Procedure for Release of Two-Character Labels
LOS ANGELES - 22 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) org published two documents regarding ICANN organization’s procedure for the release of two-character labels at the second level. These documents were prepared to provide additional background information for an ongoing discussion between the ICANN Board and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) regarding the GAC’s advice on two-character country codes at the second-level, including its most recent advice in the GAC Barcelona Communiqué.
The first document details the specific steps taken by the ICANN org leading up to the release of two-character labels in November 2016. This document also responds to specific questions raised by the GAC regarding the release.
Click here to download the ICANN Organization Memo on the Implementation of the Procedure for Release of Two-Character Labels and Standard Measures to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes [PDF, 395 KB]
The second document is a historical overview of two-character labels at the second level. The overview includes actions taken by both the ICANN Board and org based on GAC Advice. The document also includes an appendix of communications between the ICANN Board, org and the GAC during the development of the procedure for release of two-character labels.
Click here to download the Historical...
Opportunities to Participate: ICANN Reviews
LOS ANGELES – 22 January 2019 – 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.

Comment on the updated Operating Standards for Specific Reviews. The Operating Standards aim to ensure that ICANN's Specific Reviews are conducted in a transparent, consistent, efficient, and predictable manner, while supporting the community's work to derive the expected benefit and value from review processes. The Operating Standards are subject to the relevant provisions in the ICANN Bylaws that govern Specific Reviews (see Article IV, Section 4.6). To share your input before the 11 February 2019 close date, please click here.

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

Read the Nominating Committee [PDF, 515 KB] and Root Server System Advisory Committee [PDF, 466 KB] Review Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plans in response to the final reports...
The Middle East Domain Name System (DNS) Forum Returns to Dubai


ISTANBUL – 21 January 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the 2019 Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, will take place from 20-21 February. This will be the second time that Dubai has hosted the MEDNSF.
The sixth MEDNSF will feature international and regional field experts and industry stakeholders who will discuss the latest developments and issues in the global and regional domain marketplace. The forum will also have panel discussions and presentations on topics of interest to the regional community in an effort to strengthen the DNS industry in the Middle East.
Some of the key topics of this year's program are:

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Universal Acceptance (UA) with a focus on domain names and email addresses in Arabic script.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
New generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and future expansion.
DNS operations and security.
Case studies on emerging trends in the DNS.


Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair, will be in attendance along with leading regional and global experts from the technical, policy, and legal fields of the DNS industry.
For the first time, the MEDNSF will be held in conjunction with...

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