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    • Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review
      on April 26, 2018 at 7:00 am

      LOS ANGELES – 26 April 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent examiner that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the ccNSO. This includes, but is not limited to assessments of: Whether the ccNSO has a continuing purpose within the ICANN structure; How effectively the ccNSO fulfils its purpose and whether any change in its structure or operations is desirable to improve the ccNSO's effectiveness; and The extent to which the ccNSO as a whole is accountable to its organizations, committees, constituencies, and stakeholder groups. The review is scheduled to take place from August 2018 through July 2019. For a complete overview and timeline for the RFP, please see here [PDF, 107 KB]. Indications of interest must be emailed to: ccNSOReview-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 24 May 2018 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the sourcing tool may be requested via the same email address as above. Background According to the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO is responsible for: Developing and recommending to the Board global policies relating to country-code top-level domains; Nurturing consensus across the ccNSO's community, including the name-related activities of ccTLDs; Coordinating with other ICANN Supporting Organizations, committees, and constituencies under ICANN; Nominating individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board; and Other responsibilities of the ccNSO as set forth in the Bylaws. For more information about the ccNSO, visit the website. 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 Publishes Staff Report of Public Comments on ICANN's Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget
      on April 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

      LOS ANGELES - 25 APRIL 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the Staff Report of Public Comments on ICANN's Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget, and an associated update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. The report was based on the public comment proceeding that ran from 19 January to 8 March. The report can be accessed here [PDF, 1.01 MB]. The FY19 Operating Plan and Budget documents will be finalized and posted mid-May, at the time they are proposed to the Board for adoption. This is so you can see the exact documents that the Board will consider for adoption around 30 May. ICANN recognizes and thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation is important for ICANN's long-term planning and budget process. 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. […]

    • SSAC2 Review Survey Available for Community Input
      on April 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

      LOS ANGELES – 19 April 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2), has published a survey for community input. The aim of the survey is to collect input from those who have interacted with SSAC or have suggestions for ways to improve it. Take the survey The survey will close on 18 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC. Following the close of the survey, Analysis Group will evaluate responses received along with input received via interviews and other forums as input to its assessment report. The assessment report is expected to be posted for community consultation in July 2018. Background A periodic review of the SSAC is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.4. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the SSAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure and, if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness. The review will also determine if the SSAC is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations, and other stakeholders. Analysis Group was selected to conduct the SSAC2 Review in February 2018. As do all Organizational Reviews, the SSAC2 Review is following a two-phased approach, in which the independent examiner first completes its assessment and then makes recommendations to address the findings noted during the assessment. This approach contributes to more useful and relevant recommendations by providing an opportunity for the community and the independent examiner to discuss what works and what needs improvement before the independent examiner develops recommendations to address the observed situations. Learn more about the SSAC2 Review. About SSAC The SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational, administrative, and registration matters. SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly. Learn more about SSAC. 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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

    • Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-Year Scheduled Maintenance Is Overdue!
      on April 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

      LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2018 – The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce that the ICANN Domain Name System (DNS) Symposium (IDS 2018) will be held Friday, 13 July 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It takes place back-to-back with this trimester's conference of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF 102). The theme for IDS 2018 is "Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-year scheduled maintenance is overdue." The Domain Name System is well into its thirties. The DNS began as an exercise to improve the scaling properties of mapping host names on the ARPANET to Internet addresses, and to help decentralize email box names. In thirty years, we have evolved from the early experimentation and implementation of the formative domain name standards to a distributed name resolution system with millions of name servers that process billions of queries daily. The DNS runs exceptionally well – most users think of it as rock solid. But perhaps the system could be made healthier, or could be improved to support further innovation. What if we put the DNS through a scheduled maintenance with the kind of full diagnostic assessment routinely recommended for high-performance vehicles? For IDS 2018, we are extending an invitation to members of the research, academia, and operational communities. We'd like you to share experiences, data, or innovative thinking on how we might improve the DNS, or how we might foster innovation by adapting the DNS to support emerging identifier needs. Symposium topics include: Transport issues such as DNS over Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and protocols for DNS beyond User Datagram Protocol (UDP). Operational issues related to the DNS's maturity level, such as those stemming from scaling or protocol complexity. Security issues relating to confidentiality, integrity, and authentication. Role of the DNS in Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDOS) incidents and mechanisms for mitigation. Use of the DNS for new applications and new useful DNS data types. Emerging identifier systems and their competition and coexistence with the DNS. We are soliciting proposals for presentations. Please send a one-paragraph description of your proposed topic to ids-proposals@icann.org by 1 June 2018. For more information, including schedule and venue information, please visit: https://www.icann.org/ids. 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 Receives Data Protection/Privacy Guidance from Article 29 Working Party
      on April 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

      LOS ANGELES – 12 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that it has received a letter from the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) [PDF, 400 KB] that provides guidance on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on the collection, retention and publication of domain name registration data and the WHOIS system. ICANN organization’s response to the letter from the Article 29 Working Party will be published shortly here. “We appreciate the guidance provided by the Article 29 Working Party on this important issue and have accepted an invitation to meet with the WP29 Technology Subgroup in Brussels on 23 April for further discussions,” said Göran Marby, ICANN president and CEO. “However, we are disappointed that the letter does not mention our request for a moratorium on enforcement of the law until we implement a model. Without a moratorium on enforcement, WHOIS will become fragmented and we must take steps to mitigate this issue. As such, we are studying all available remedies, including legal action in Europe to clarify our ability to continue to properly coordinate this important global information resource. We will provide more information in the coming days.” A moratorium on enforcement action by DPAs would potentially allow for the introduction of an agreed-upon accreditation model and for the registries and registrars to implement the accreditation model in conjunction with the measures in the agreed final interim compliance model. It will also allow for reconciliation between the advice ICANN has received from its Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Article 29 Working Party. Unless there is a moratorium, we may no longer be able to give instructions to the contracted parties through our agreements to maintain WHOIS. Without resolution of these issues, the WHOIS system will become fragmented until the interim compliance model and the accreditation model are implemented. A fragmented WHOIS would no longer employ a common framework for generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration directory services. Registries and registrars would likely implement varying levels of access to data depending on their interpretations of the law. “In parallel, we will carefully consider this advice, along with all of the input we have received from the multistakeholder community, before making changes to the current iteration of the proposed interim model,” Marby continued. “As a part of this, we will explore all options as we continue dialogues with DPAs and the interested parties that comprise the multistakeholder community.” It’s important to balance the right to privacy with the need for information. While ICANN recognizes the importance of the GDPR and its goal of protecting personal data, parts of the ICANN community have noted the negative impact of a fragmented WHOIS. For example, it will hinder the ability of law enforcement to get important information and the anti-spam community to help ensure the Internet protects end-users. It will also: Protect the identity of criminals who may register hundreds of domain names specifically for use in cyberattacks; Hamper the ability of consumer protection agencies who track the traffic patterns of illicit businesses; Stymie trademark holders from protecting intellectual property; and Make it significantly harder to identify fake news and impact the ability to take action against bad actors. These are just a few examples from a long list of potentially adverse scenarios. Marby also requested that the DPAs include ICANN in any proceedings relating to WHOIS, and asks that it be included in all discussions and actions of the privacy regulators with the other WHOIS data controllers. He also said that ICANN org is continuing its efforts to prepare for implementation of a new model. Additional information on ICANN’s data protection/privacy activities, including legal analyses, proposed compliance models, and community feedback is published here.   We encourage the community to provide feedback and continue our dialogues on future activities. You may share your views with us via email at gdpr@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 formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]