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  • A recap of our 2017 LAC-i-Roadshows
    on December 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    The LAC+i Roadshow, a project of the Latin America and the Caribbean Strategy, travels across the region to do outreach on key topics related to the critical infrastructure of the Domain Name System (DNS). The regional ICANN community holds four roadshows per year for each of the following sub-regions: the Caribbean, the Andean Region, South America and Mexico/Central America. Download our infographic for a quick overview of our 2017 LAC-i-Roadshows. […]

  • Our Communications in Latin America and the Caribbean During 2017
    on December 13, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This blog is becoming a tradition! It's interesting to see how far we have come by reading our previous blogs: 2015 LAC Communications highlights and 2016 LAC Communications highlights. For the third year in a row, as the year comes to an end, we are happy to share our accomplishments with you. This time, we created an infographic so that instead of reading about our progress and milestones, you can visualize them. Download our 2017 LAC Communications infographic – I hope you like it! Also, be sure to stay tuned for our 2017 LAC Year in Review report, which we will launch soon. This report will highlight more of our work in Latin America and the Caribbean (read the 2016 LAC Year in Review). […]

  • Tec Monterrey and the Fourth LAC DNS Forum
    on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Some say the key to sustainable development is the knowledge economy. A place that exemplifies this idea in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region is Monterrey, Mexico. The city is home to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education – also known as Tec. This educational leader promotes knowledge, from creation to application, for the whole scientific spectrum. One area is Internet services, and it is not by chance that NIC.mx is proudly located in Monterrey. On 16 November, we had the privilege to visit Monterrey to run the Fourth LAC Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, hosted by NIC.mx. ICANN supported the forum, along with the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the Public Interest Registry (PIR). We engaged with the local community by including the forum in the Monterrey's Entrepreneurship Festival incmty.com, a yearly gathering for technology professionals, startups, investors, and researchers. Our partners organized the agenda around four pillars: DNS ecosystem and market trends Domain name usage best practices DNS security Entrepreneurship in the Internet This approach was a success, with attendees lining up before each session to get seats, and asking well-informed questions in the discussions. You can review the program on the LAC DNS Forum's permanent website (yes, great news!), prepared as a courtesy by NIC.mx. Also, take some time to watch our video recordings and download presentations from the YouTube channel. Many thanks to our Board Members; ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) and Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR) team; community members; and business leaders for helping to deliver a memorable LAC DNS Forum. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Monterrey Tec for the warm welcome and for the opportunity to share ideas for an innovative and secure DNS environment. We learned a lot with all of you and look for your participation in the 2018 LAC DNS Forum. […]

  • What’s New with Reviews?
    on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    ICANN Reviews are one of several important accountability mechanisms that help demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments. There are many ways you can get involved and share your input to Reviews. Learn about the latest participation opportunities below. Specific Reviews assess the performance of the ICANN organization in key areas pertaining to its core function and make recommendations to improve future performance. These reviews are led by community review teams. Help Shape the Future of the New gTLD Marketplace The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has published new sections of its draft report for public comment. The new sections include findings and recommendations related to Domain Name System (DNS) abuse and parking, and costs of the New gTLD Program to trademark holders. Join the webinar on Monday, 18 December 2017 at 16:00 UTC to learn about the new sections, and visit the public comment page to share your input. The public comment period will close on 8 January 2018. Contribute to the Development of the Review Operating Standards The draft ICANN Operating Standards for Specific Reviews documents standards and criteria that will guide how reviews are conducted. Visit the public comment page to share your input. The public comment period will close on 15 January 2018. Bookmark the new Specific Review wiki landing pages to stay up-to-date with news and opportunities to participate: Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review (CCT) Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS (SSR2) Organizational Reviews assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve their effectiveness. These reviews are led by independent examiners. Input to the RSSAC2 Review Do you have improvement ideas for the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)? Interisle, the independent examiner conducing the second RSSAC Review, has published a short survey for community input, which will close on 27 December 2017. Take the survey here. To learn more about ICANN Reviews visit: https://go.icann.org/2nyW3az. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update: Guidance on Proposed Model Submissions Now Available
    on December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    We are writing to update you on our progress since our last blog. Today we published more details on how to submit a proposed model for providing registration directory services and meeting other data retention requirements while remaining compliant with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we move ahead, we outline below our planned next steps for receiving and assessing those models, which will enable us to be compliant with the law. We look forward to receiving the proposed models from all community members, submitted in response to the 2 November 2017 Statement from Contractual Compliance. The statement indicated ICANN org would consider deferring action against any gTLD registry or registrar for noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the handling of registration data. The guidance we just published provides full details on what to include in the proposals, such as how the model accommodates existing contractual obligations, while reconciling them with the GDPR. As a reminder, submission of a model does not guarantee approval or temporary deferral from contractual obligations. Göran Marby, our president and chief executive officer, has emphasized that finding a path forward to ensure compliance with the GDPR, while maintaining access to registration directory services to the greatest extent possible, is a high priority. When possible, we encourage the community to work together to align its models prior to submission. Fewer models will ease the impact on end-users and operational processes for all. Those models will be published on ICANN's website and shared with Hamilton, the European law firm engaged to assist ICANN org, for their consideration. By the end of this calendar year, we plan to publish a second iteration of the legal analysis by Hamilton. This second iteration of the legal assessment takes into consideration additional inputs and questions from the community since the first iteration [PDF, 1.13 MB]. The community discussions, the work by Hamilton and relevant proposals will inform the publication of models for compliance with the GDPR as well as with our contracts. As noted in our prior blog, we will solicit public comment on these proposed models, which ICANN org will consider before settling on a decision. Recently, we also received a letter [PDF, 110 KB] from the Article 29 Working Party, which is published on our correspondence page. This communication is also useful for the community to consider and will factor into our work. As previously noted, in parallel, the Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Working Group is working to provide recommendations on the next generation of WHOIS, which will provide the long-term solution to ensure compliance with the GDPR as well as other local data privacy laws. We look forward to receiving input and continuing to engage with the ICANN community as we work together to address the GDPR's impact on ICANN's contracts and registration directory services. We will keep you posted via these blogs, and provide up-to-date correspondence and other documents on our Data protection/Privacy Issues page. […]

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  • Kim Davies Appointed VP, IANA Functions and President, PTI
    on December 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that Kim Davies, Director of Technical Services, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has been appointed to the position of Vice President, IANA Services and President, PTI. Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet's unique identifiers and maintaining the trust of the community to provide these services in an unbiased, responsible and effective manner. Following Elise Gerich's departure announcement, the ICANN organization, in conjunction with the PTI Board, conducted an extensive and exhaustive search for a replacement. The opening attracted a wide array of applicants, many of which were well qualified. As VP of IANA Services, Davies will be reporting to the President of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD), Akram Atallah. "Kim was a natural choice for this position. He has a deep and wide understanding of both IANA and PTI, which he has cultivated during his long tenure as Director of Technical Services," said Atallah. "I'd also like to extend our gratitude to Elise, who was pivotal in establishing the IANA Department as an example of reliability and customer service." In this role, Davies will be responsible for ensuring that the IANA functions are performed in a secure, stable, and efficient manner with a commitment towards operational excellence. As President of PTI, he will also serve as one of the five directors on the PTI Board. "The IANA team has worked hard to establish themselves as a leader within the technical community," said Davies. "As we move forward, I want us to focus on continuing to optimize our business process and solidifying the community's confidence in our ability to deliver on the services we provide." Davies will be assuming the role starting 1 January 2018, following Gerich's official departure from the organization. Davies joined the organization in 2005, serving as Manager of Root Zone Services and Technical Liaison prior to his role as Director of Technical Services. Prior to joining ICANN, he worked as Technical Policy Advisor at the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, and has been involved in various facets of the ICANN community since the mid-1990s. 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 Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index
    on December 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that ICANN published an update to the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta), which presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs). View the Health Index [PDF, 2.65 MB] The gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) was first published in July 2016. ICANN plans to publish these statistics twice a year to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted. A community Advisory Panel is working with ICANN to refine the Index in preparation for publishing version 1.0. 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. […]

  • Proposed Incremental Changes to the ICANN Meetings Strategy
    on December 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 14 December 2017 Close Date: 01 February 2018 Originating Organization: ICANN Meetings Categories/Tags: Events / Conferences Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on proposed incremental changes to the current strategy for ICANN Public Meetings. The proposed changes were developed by community leaders during a call on 17 August 2017 and subsequently detailed in a report for the purposes of this consultation. Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-changes-meetings-strategy-2017-12-14-en […]

  • ICANN Publishes Report of Public Comments on PTI and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Draft FY19 Plans
    on December 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Report of Public Comments [PDF, 128 KB] on draft FY19 operating and budget plans for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). This detailed report includes responses to each of the 16 individual comments submitted. The report has been structured by comment theme and is accompanied by a sortable spreadsheet, to make it easier to find related comments and responses. The PTI Board will consider PTI's budget at its January 2018 meeting and the ICANN Board will consider IANA's budget at its February 2018 meeting. The Draft FY19 PTI and IANA operating plans and budgets documents are published 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. […]

  • ICANN Organization Publishes Reports on the Review of the Community Priority Evaluation Process
    on December 13, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published three reports on the review of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) process (the CPE Process Review). The CPE Process Review was initiated at the request of the ICANN Board as part of the Board's due diligence in the administration of the CPE process. The CPE Process Review was conducted by FTI Consulting Inc.'s (FTI) Global Risk and Investigations Practice (GRIP) and Technology Practice, and consisted of three parts: (i) reviewing the process by which the ICANN organization interacted with the CPE Provider related to the CPE reports issued by the CPE Provider (Scope 1); (ii) an evaluation of whether the CPE criteria were applied consistently throughout each CPE report (Scope 2); and (iii) a compilation of the reference material relied upon by the CPE Provider to the extent such reference material exists for the eight evaluations which are the subject of pending Reconsideration Requests that were pending at the time that ICANN initiated the CPE Process Review (Scope 3). FTI concluded that "there is no evidence that the ICANN organization had any undue influence on the CPE Provider with respect to the CPE reports issued by the CPE Provider or engaged in any impropriety in the CPE process" (Scope 1) and that "the CPE Provider consistently applied the criteria set forth in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook [ ] and the CPE Guidelines throughout each CPE" (Scope 2). (See Scope 1 report [PDF, 159 KB], Pg. 3; Scope 2 report [PDF, 312 KB], Pg. 3.) For Scope 3, FTI observed that two of the eight relevant CPE reports included a citation in the report for each reference to research. In the remaining six reports, FTI observed instances where the CPE Provider referenced research but did not include the corresponding citations in the reports. Except for one evaluation, FTI observed that the working papers underlying the reports contained material that corresponded with the research referenced in the CPE reports. In one instance, FTI did not find that the working papers underlying the relevant report contained citation that corresponded with the research referenced in the CPE report. However, based on FTI's observations, it is possible that the research being referenced was cited in the CPE Provider's working papers underlying the first evaluation of that application. (See Scope 3 report [PDF, 309 KB], Pg. 4.) The findings will be considered by the Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) when the BAMC reviews the remaining pending Reconsideration Requests as part of the Reconsideration process. "The Board appreciates the community's patience during this detailed investigation, which has provided greater transparency into the CPE evaluation process," said Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the ICANN Board. "Further, this CPE Process Review and due diligence has provided additional facts and information that outline and document the ICANN organization's interaction with the CPE Provider." For more information about the CPE process and the CPE Process Review, please visit https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe. […]