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Draft Implementation Plan for the WHOIS Online Accuracy and Reporting System

Tue, 11 March 2014 - 21:16
11 March 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 11 March 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • WHOIS
  • Accuracy
  • Statistics
Purpose (Brief): The Draft Implementation Plan describes ICANN's proposed design for the new WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System. Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/whois-accuracy-reporting-11mar14-en.htm

Preliminary Issue Report on Access by IGOs and INGOs to the Curative Rights Protections of the UDRP and URS

Mon, 10 March 2014 - 23:51
10 March 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 10 March 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Policy Processes
Purpose (Brief):

To obtain community input on the Preliminary Issue Report requested by the GNSO Council concerning possible amendments to the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and Uniform Rapid Suspension procedure, to enable access to them by protected International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/igo-ingo-crp-prelim-10mar14-en.htm

Bulk Transfer of Domain Names from ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com to EnCirca, Inc.

Mon, 10 March 2014 - 17:56
10 March 2014

ICANN has authorized the bulk transfer of gTLD domain names from ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com to EnCirca, Inc. due to compliance actions taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com.

The affected gTLD registries have processed the bulk transfers. Former registrant-customers of ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com should receive notices from EnCirca, Inc. advising of the transfer. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to EnCirca, Inc. (for contact details see http://www.internic.net/registrars/registrar-455.html or visit their website directly here: http://www.encirca.com/). Additional information about these bulk transfers is provided below.

FAQs Q. Why were these transfers authorized by ICANN?

A. The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) of ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com was terminated, effective 20 January 2014.

As a result, ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations. ICANN authorized bulk transfers pursuant to the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy to ensure that the registrant-customers of this registrar would not be harmed by their registrar's discontinued ability to manage the registrations.

Q. How was the gaining registrar selected?

A. ICANN followed its De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/drt/dartp-11jul13-en.pdf [PDF, 129 KB]) to identify a gaining registrar for the gTLD names formerly managed by the de-accredited registrar. Through this process, EnCirca, Inc. was identified.

Q. Will EnCirca, Inc. attempt to contact the affected registrants? What should customers of this de-accredited registrar do now?

A. Former customers of ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com should receive a notice of the transfer and instructions for continued management of their names from EnCirca, Inc. Affected customers who do not receive notices from EnCirca, Inc. should contact EnCirca, Inc. by using the contact information provided at http://www.internic.net/registrars/registrar-455.html.

Q. Do registrants have to pay a fee for the bulk transfer?

A. No, there is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer. Unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, the registration terms will not be extended by a year. Accordingly, it is important to contact EnCirca, Inc. if your registration will expire soon in order to maintain your registration.

Q. What if affected registrants want to select a different registrar?

A. Registrants will continue to be able to transfer their registrations to other registrars under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (see http://www.icann.org/en/transfers/). Note that EnCirca, Inc. may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer, at its discretion. This 60-day period is permissible under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and is intended to help protect registrants. The registrant may need to renew names that will expire during the first 60 days following the transfer to EnCirca, Inc. by using the details provided above.

Q. How will ABSYSTEMS INC dba yournamemonkey.com customers know if a message purportedly from EnCirca, Inc. is legitimate?

A. The message from EnCirca, Inc. should direct you to its website or refer you to other contact information provided above. For general advice about avoiding phishing email messages, you may also wish to refer to the materials prepared by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (see http://www.antiphishing.org/resources/overview/avoid-phishing-scams).

ICANN Publishes Quarterly Financial Report (Q2) for Fiscal Year 2014

Fri, 07 March 2014 - 23:11
7 March 2014

ICANN achieves another milestone in its financial accountability and transparency, with the publication of its quarterly (Q2) financial statements report. You can click here [PDF, 738 KB] to look at the financial statements for the first half (July through December) of ICANN's fiscal year 2014.

All financial reports can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/financials

Bulk Transfer of Domain Names from Asadal, Inc. to Gabia, Inc.

Thu, 06 March 2014 - 02:11
5 March 2014

ICANN has authorized the bulk transfer of gTLD domain names from Asadal, Inc. to Gabia, Inc. due to compliance actions taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of Asadal, Inc.

The affected gTLD registries have processed the bulk transfers. Former registrant-customers of Asadal, Inc. should receive notices from Gabia, Inc. advising of the transfer. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to Gabia, Inc. (for contact details see http://www.internic.net/registrars/registrar-244.html or visit their website directly here: https://www.gabia.com/). Additional information about these bulk transfers is provided below.

FAQs Q. Why were these transfers authorized by ICANN?

A. The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) of Asadal, Inc. was terminated, effective 1 March 2014.

As a result, Asadal, Inc. is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations. ICANN authorized bulk transfers pursuant to the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy to ensure that the registrant-customers of this registrar would not be harmed by their registrar's discontinued ability to manage the registrations.

Q. How was the gaining registrar selected?

A. ICANN followed its De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/drt/dartp-11jul13-en.pdf [PDF, 129 KB]) to identify a gaining registrar for the gTLD names formerly managed by the de-accredited registrar. Through this process, Gabia, Inc. was identified.

Q. Will Gabia, Inc. attempt to contact the affected registrants? What should customers of this de-accredited registrar do now?

A. Former customers of Asadal, Inc. should receive a notice of the transfer and instructions for continued management of their names from Gabia, Inc. Affected customers who do not receive notices from Gabia, Inc. should contact Gabia, Inc. by using the contact information provided at see http://www.internic.net/registrars/registrar-244.html.

Q. Do registrants have to pay a fee for the bulk transfer?

A. No, there is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer. Unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, the registration terms will not be extended by a year. Accordingly, it is important to contact Gabia, Inc. if your registration will expire soon in order to maintain your registration.

Q. What if affected registrants want to select a different registrar?

A. Registrants will continue to be able to transfer their registrations to other registrars under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (see http://www.icann.org/en/transfers/). Note that Gabia, Inc. may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer, at its discretion. This 60-day period is permissible under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and is intended to help protect registrants. The registrant may need to renew names that will expire during the first 60 days following the transfer to Gabia, Inc. by using the details provided above.

Q. How will Asadal, Inc. customers know if a message purportedly from Gabia, Inc. is legitimate?

A. The message from Gabia, Inc. should direct you to its website or refer you to other contact information provided above. For general advice about avoiding phishing email messages, you may also wish to refer to the materials prepared by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (see http://www.antiphishing.org/resources/overview/avoid-phishing-scams).

UPDATED: WEBINAR - Opportunities and Challenges to Keep up with the Internet of the Future - Everything You Need to Know About the ICANN Meeting in Singapore

Thu, 06 March 2014 - 00:46
5 March 2014

Updated: 10 March 2014

Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Time: 04:00-05:00 UTC (time converter: http://goo.gl/oCTLer)

Please join ICANN Vice Presidents Yu-Chuang Kuek and Christopher Mondini for a pre-ICANN 49 webinar for business participants.

For people in the business world new to the ICANN Community, this webinar will serve as an introduction to ICANN, its Commercial Stakeholder Group, and the upcoming ICANN 49 public meeting in Singapore.

Presenters include:

  • Steve DelBianco - Executive Director, NetChoice
  • Peter J. Dernbach - Partner, Winkler Partners
  • Maemura Akinori - General Manager, Internet Development Department, Japan Network Information Center

To RSVP and learn how to access the webinar, please follow this link: http://goo.gl/eTjiux

Publication of One World Trust Report on ICANN Accountability Benchmarks and Metrics

Wed, 05 March 2014 - 00:33
4 March 2014 BACKGROUND

One World Trust (OWT) has submitted an independent assessment and measurement recommendations to ICANN. OWT was contracted to assist with developing a means to measure ICANN's accountability performance over time, as well as relative to other (broadly) similar organizations. This effort is part of ICANN's commitment to accountability and continuous improvement, and also responds to Accountability and Transparency Review Team advice. These measures also will:

  • Illustrate and communicate how ICANN is meeting its global accountability obligations;
  • Help ICANN benefit from learning how other international organizations are accountable to their stakeholders; and
  • Continue to enhance ICANN's accountability (and transparency, which is viewed as a part of accountability).

The implementation of the accountability framework, metrics and benchmarks is an important step in evolving ICANN's performance measurement discipline. This process is aligned with broader measurements of performance being implemented as part of ICANN's Management System to support continuous improvement.

One World Trust is an independent, UK-based organization that conducts research, develops recommendations and advocates for reform to make policy and decision-making processes in global governance more accountable to the people they affect.

SUMMARY

OWT's "ICANN Accountability and Transparency Metrics and Benchmarks: Consultancy Report," is available here [PDF, 752 KB]. Their work consisted of several elements:

  1. Review of the accountability principles promoted by four international accountability standard setting initiatives;

  2. Qualitative analysis of ICANN's policies and practices through desk research and interviews with key stakeholders and staff (list available in Appendix C), for insight into ICANN's current accountability strengths and challenges, as well as gathering ideas about how the metrics and benchmarks might work; and

  3. Analysis of the accountability policies and practices of three multi-stakeholder, international non-profit organizations, to establish their current level of accountability in comparison with ICANN, and identify useful learning opportunities.

OWT provided a framework and practical suggestions for metrics within each of the six dimensions of Accountability (see Accountability Framework below), and recommended that ICANN staff determine specific metrics, including appropriate targets. This work will be integrated with the development of organization-wide performance metrics as part of ICANN's Management System, which will include: Key Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators used to plan and measure performance against the Fiscal Year 2015 Operational Plan and Budget; and trend lines demonstrating performance over time illustrated with Executive Dashboards.

OWT found that ICANN has performed well in comparison with other, similar organizations, and they suggested some areas where ICANN accountability could be improved. These recommendations will be considered in conjunction with the recommendations [PDF, 3.46 MB] of the Accountability & Transparency Review Team (ATRT2) and will be implemented, as appropriate.

NEXT STEPS

Next steps will include a community briefing and discussion at the ICANN Singapore meeting as part of the "Management System Linkage" session, and additional presentations and discussions, as needed, to gather community input.

ICANN recognizes that this is the beginning of an improved process of continuous improvement and evolution, and in line with OWT's recommendation, staff will begin the implementation with a "pilot," including a selection of accountability metrics to illustrate reporting mechanisms and to collect community feedback. Revisions will then be considered and a long-term implementation plan developed.

We welcome your feedback, ideas and questions. Please send your communications to accountabilitymetrics@icann.org.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

Community briefing and consultation on ICANN Accountability & Transparency Metrics & Benchmarks at ICANN48 in Buenos Aires, November 2013

IRTP Part D PDP WG Initial Report Public Comment Opened

Mon, 03 March 2014 - 22:45
3 March 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 3 March 2014 Categories/Tags: Policy Processes Purpose (Brief):

This Public Forum invites comments on the Initial Report on the IRTP Part D PDP. The Report provides 12 preliminary recommendations to the six questions that this PDP Working Group (WG) was charted with. Please note that the WG is seeking public comment especially on Charter questions B and C to help inform its final recommendation.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/irtp-d-initial-03mar14-en.htm

IDN Variant TLDs – LGR Procedure Implementation – Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 1 is Now Open for Public Comment

Mon, 03 March 2014 - 20:09
3 March 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 3 March 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Internationalized Domain Names
  • IDN
  • IDN Variant TLD
  • new gTLD
Purpose (Brief):

As first deliverable under the "Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone With Respect to IDN Labels" [PDF, 772 KB] (the Procedure), ICANN is releasing for public comment version 1 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-1). The contents of MSR-1 and the detailed rationale behind its development are described in "Maximal Starting Repertoire – MSR-1-Overview and Rationale" [PDF, 398 KB].

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/msr-03mar14-en.htm

Ashwin Rangan to Join ICANN as New Chief Innovation and Information Officer

Mon, 03 March 2014 - 19:49
3 March 2014

Veteran business leader Ashwin Rangan has joined ICANN as its first Chief Innovation and Information Officer. Rangan assumes the new role on March 3, 2014 and will report directly to President and CEO Fadi Chehadé.

"We want to tap into Ashwin's expertise in the IT arena in support of our on-going focus on operational excellence and internationalization," said Chehadé'. "In addition, we think Ashwin's experience will make him a very valuable resource as we expand our technical services to the ICANN community."

Throughout his career, Rangan has driven global expansion and been at the forefront of innovation through skillful implementation of IT infrastructure and management.

"This is an exciting opportunity, I am looking forward to working with ICANN during its international expansion and to help the organization strive to serve the needs of its global community," said Ashwin Rangan.

Rangan previously served as the Chief Information Officer for a variety of companies, including Edwards Lifesciences, MarketShare, Walmart Inc., and Rockwell Semiconductors.

Rangan, who will be based in ICANN's Los Angeles hub office, holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering in Mumbai, India. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil.

WEBINAR: ICANN Strategy Panels – Draft Reports

Fri, 28 February 2014 - 17:54
28 February 2014

Join the Strategy Panel Chairs for an update and interactive discussion.

Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Time: 15:00-16:30 UTC (time converter: http://tinyurl.com/l458x7v)

Vint Cerf, Nii Quaynor, Beth Noveck and Paul Mockapetris invite you to join them on Tuesday, 11 March at 15:00-16:30 UTC (time converter: http://tinyurl.com/l458x7v) for an overview of the draft recommendations and report they respectively released earlier this month for public comment:

  • ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem – Draft Report [PDF, 2.14 MB];
  • Public Responsibility Framework – Draft Report;
  • ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation – Draft Report [PDF, 424 KB] (Proposals compiled here);
  • Identifier Technology Innovation – Draft Report [PDF, 1.76 MB].

The Strategy Panels serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters. Advisory in nature, ICANN Strategy Panels' quintessential objective is to inform and support the development of ICANN's new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan.

The Chairs wish to walk you through their panel's preliminary recommendations and to seek your input, as panels fine-tune their report and bring their work to a conclusion. This webinar will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Your feedback and contributions are key to this project and will be carefully considered. Note that panels also welcome input sent via their publicly archived mailing lists (see http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/strategy-panels-25feb14-en.htm for full reference). Comments are invited through 30 April 2014.

Webinar Details

The webinar will be run in an Adobe Connect room with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. The session will be conducted in English.

Participants will be given the opportunity to offer comments and to ask questions during the Q&A section. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you cannot join the live session, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting.

Please register via email to alice.jansen@icann.org by Monday, 10 March 2014 – 23:59 UTC to receive the dial-in details. A reminder with log-in and dial-in details will be sent to you prior to the call.

Independent Report Maps Possible Way Forward in Mitigating Domain Name Collisions

Wed, 26 February 2014 - 12:30
26 February 2014

An independent report commissioned by ICANN, Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions, has offered a set of concrete recommendations on how to mitigate potential risks of domain name collisions.

Click here to download the full report » [PDF, 322 KB]

Click here to submit comments on the report »

A name collision occurs when an attempt to resolve a name used in a private name space results in a query to the public Domain Name System (DNS).

"This report takes an in-depth look at the collision issue and the potential risks and impacts, and gives us some very clear advice aimed at how to help system operators detect and mitigate those risks," said Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division. "The next step is to seek input from our community on the report's findings."

The report stressed that name collisions are nothing new and that any issues that arise from expansion of the Top-Level Domains (TLDs) under ICANN's New gTLD program would resemble those that occur in other parts of the DNS. But the report noted that expanding the number of TLDs will not fundamentally or significantly increase the risks of name collisions.

Specifically, the study outlines a set of recommendations on how ICANN and the TLD operators should handle the issue of name collisions in the expanding TLD space:

  • ICANN should require new TLD registries to implement and publish a 120-day controlled interruption zone monitored by ICANN immediately upon delegation in the root zone. 
    • After the 120-day period, there shall be no further collision-related restrictions on the TLD.
  • ICANN should have emergency response processes to analyze and act upon reported problems that present "clear and present danger to human life".
  • ICANN and others in the community should continue to collect and analyze data relating to the root servers and to the controlled interruption.
  • The Top-Level Domains .corp, .home and .mail should be permanently reserved.

The report is posted for public comment until April 21, 2014.

Video: Details on the Globalization Advisory Groups

Wed, 26 February 2014 - 02:32
25 February 2014

On February 17, 2014, ICANN’s Board of Directors approved a resolution creating several Globalization Advisory Groups to support ICANN’s globalization efforts. In this video interview, Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisory to the President on Global Strategy, explains the rationale behind the creation of these Groups and how they will provide guidance on globalization issues.

Quick Look at Strategy Panel Recommendations - Provide Your Comments Today

Wed, 26 February 2014 - 01:59
25 February 2014

More than 40 diverse practitioners, subject matter experts and thought leaders have been working together since October 2013 as members of the ICANN Strategy Panels to support development of ICANN's strategic and operational future.

Strategy Panels are advisory in nature and report to the ICANN President and CEO. Their quintessential objective is to inform and support ICANN's planning process. As highlighted at the opening ceremony at ICANN's public meeting Durban (July 2013), the Strategy Panels' work and output is designed to be informative and will not go straight to implementation.

Each of the four panels has now published its draft recommendations, which are being translated into the five additional UN languages and are open for public comment. The recommendations are varied and wide-reaching, from partnering in a study to define an architectural vision for DNS in 2020 to organizing participants by topic rather than constituency groups to adapting ICANN's cultural to a multi-lingual and multi-cultural one. Highlights of recommendations by each panel are included below. For more information, please refer to each panel's draft report.

Identifier Technology Innovation Recommendations [PDF, 1.76 MB]
Email: itipanel@icann.org

  • DNS use in the infrastructure will continue to grow; DNS use in the User Interface (UI) is challenged by search-based alternatives, mobile interfaces, etc.
  • ICANN should publish more DNSSEC signed data for reserved labels, etc.
  • In cooperation with IETF et al, do a study to define an architectural vision for DNS in 2020.
  • Design & prototype open root publication.
  • Design a shared zone control system for the root.
  • Perform collision exercises to test the ease of implementing [ICANN 2013].

ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation Recommendations [PDF, 424 KB]
Email: msipanel@icann.org

  • ICANN should adopt an evolutionary approach that embraces experimentation and empirical evidence. The 16 proposals identified include the following:
    • Making all of ICANN's data freely available and downloadable in machine-readable formats.
    • Moving from stakeholder engagement to global engagement.
    • Using expert networks to provide oversight to ICANN officials.

Public Responsibility Framework Recommendations [PDF, 811 KB]
Email: prfpanel@icann.org

  • Streamlining of current ICANN public responsibility activities under a Public Responsibility Department (PRD).
  • Strengthening ICANN Regional Engagement Strategies.
  • Commissioning research to enhance understanding of links between Internet Governance and Development.
  • Exploring the establishment of an external foundation to operate in the philanthropic space.

ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem Recommendations [PDF, 1.78 MB]
Email: ioepanel@icann.org

  • Consolidation and simplification of root zone management.
  • Globalize, not internationalize, the structure of ICANN and its associated or related institutions.
  • ICANN develop tailored AOC documents to be used to establish bilateral or multilateral, documented relationships between and among ICANN and ecosystem partners that wish to participate.
  • Globalize the process for accountability within Internet ecosystem.

Share your thoughts today! We encourage you to review each draft report and provide your perspective by sending your comments to the email address for each panel's mailing list. Input will be welcome through 30 April 2014; all input sent to the mailing lists is publicly archived. Each panel will consider feedback received before finalizing their reports, so make your voice heard.

To support community consideration and input, an interactive webinar will be held in early March 2014. A public session also will be conducted at the upcoming ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore (March 2014). Details will be shared in due course. Public comments and output will help inform ICANN's strategic and operational plans.

ICANN Future Meetings Strategy

Tue, 25 February 2014 - 18:42
25 February 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 25 February 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Participation
  • Events/Conferences
Purpose (Brief): The purpose of this document is to help guide the Community through a proposed new strategy for the structure, purpose and locations of the ICANN public meetings to support broad, informed participation and reflect the functional, geographic, and cultural diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development and decision-making. Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/meetings-strategy-25feb14-en.htm

Update to BCG Study - Country-by-Country Analysis Now Available

Tue, 25 February 2014 - 01:15
24 February 2014

Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy, a report by Boston Consulting Group and commissioned by ICANN, ranked 65 different countries according to four different types of e-friction. The full analysis of each country's ranking is now available for download below.

Click here to download » [PDF, 2.35 MB]

Read the full report, Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy » [PDF, 984 KB]

BCG issued the following press release on January 20th, 2014 »

Pre-Singapore ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation

Mon, 24 February 2014 - 23:32
24 February 2014

In order to participate and receive webinar details, please RSVP via email to the GNSO Secretariat (gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org) to receive the call details.

Whether you plan to participate in the upcoming ICANN meeting in Singapore, remotely or in person, you are invited to a quick reminder of the background and current status of each major policy issue currently under discussion in ICANN.

The ICANN Policy Staff will provide a briefing on Thursday 13 March at 12:00 UTC and Thursday 13 March at 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy issues across the different ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Among other topics, updates will be provided on:

  • Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part D
  • Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues
  • Framework of Interpretation working group
  • ASO activities in Singapore
  • ALAC policy advice statements since Buenos Aires
  • Finalization of GAC advice regarding new gTLDs
  • RSSAC restructure update
  • Recent SSAC advisories

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session, scheduled to run for 90 minutes, will be conducted in English only. The meeting will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you are not able to participate in either of the live sessions, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting. The policy staff is always available to answer any questions that you email to policy-staff@icann.org.

In order to participate and receive webinar details, please RSVP via email to the GNSO Secretariat (gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org). Please indicate which call you would like to join, Thursday at 12.00 UTC or Thursday at 19.00 UTC (to convert those times into your local time, see: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedform.html). We will send you an e-mail reminder before the event with log-in and dial-in details. Please DO NOT RSVP to any other ICANN staff members e-mail address.

Additional Call for Volunteers: New Working Group on Data & Metrics for Policy Making (non-PDP)

Fri, 21 February 2014 - 18:57
21 February 2014 In Brief

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council seeks volunteers to serve on a new Working Group (WG). The Data & Metrics for Policy Making WG will be tasked with exploring opportunities with respect to reporting and metrics recommendations that could better inform policy development via fact-based decision making, where applicable. The GNSO Council approved the WG's charter at its 23 Jan 2014 meeting and assigned a Council Liaison.

What This Team Will Do

The WG will research and deliberate the issues identified in the Final Issue Report on Uniformity of Reporting [PDF, 1.50 MB] and as defined in the Charter approved by the GNSO Council. Activities will include:

  • establishing a baseline of current practices and capabilities to problem reporting
  • evaluate previous PDP and non-PDP efforts and how metrics could have enhanced the WG process
  • review existing GNSO work product templates, like charters, issue reports, and final reports for possible enhancements to inform the PDP and non-PDP process
  • evaluate external data sources that may benefit the policy process such as abuse statistics or DNS industry related data and define a possible framework in how it may be accessed
  • prepare preliminary recommendations and obtain community input

The expectation of the WG is to produce a Final Recommendations Report addressing all community input and then submit it to the GNSO Council for their consideration and next steps, if any.

How This Team Will Work

ICANN WGs use transparent, open processes. The meetings of this WG will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to the public. The mailing list for the WG will be archived publicly and WG members are expected to submit Statements of Interest (SOI). The group will collaborate using a public workspace for draft materials and all final work products and milestones will be documented on the WG's project page. The WG is expected to follow the GNSO Working Group Guidelines [PDF, 350 KB].

How to Join

The GNSO Council invites interested parties to provide names of expected participants who can then be added to the WG mailing list. The WG will be open to anyone interested to join. Community members who wish to be invited to join the group should contact the GNSO secretariat (gnso.secretariat@icann.org).

Background

The 2010 Registration Abuse Policies Working Group (RAPWG) identified the Meta Issue: Uniformity of Reporting which it described as "need for more uniformity in the mechanisms to initiate, track, and analyze policy-violation reports." The RAPWG recommended in its Final Report that "the GNSO and the larger ICANN community in general, create and support uniform problem-reporting and report-tracking processes."

The GNSO Council recommended the creation of an Issue Report [PDF, 1.50 MB] to further research metrics and reporting needs in hopes to improve the policy development process. The report created by ICANN Staff outlined accomplishments regarding reporting and metrics by the Contractual Compliance function and it also reviewed other reporting sources that may be of relevance. The GNSO Council subsequently adopted the recommendation to form this non-PDP Working Group tasked with exploring opportunities for developing reporting and metrics processes and/or appropriate standardized methodologies that could better inform fact-based policy development and decision making. The GNSO resolution states:

Resolved,

The GNSO Council does not initiate a Policy Development Process at this stage but will review at the completion of the ICANN Contractual Compliance three-year plan expected for 31 December 2013 whether additional action is required;

The GNSO Council further approves the creation of a drafting team to develop a charter for a non-PDP Working Group to consider additional methods for collecting necessary metrics and reporting from Contracted Parties and other external resources to aid the investigation.

More information can be found on the GNSO Metrics & Reporting WG page.

Generation Panel for the Arabic Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules Seated

Fri, 14 February 2014 - 21:49
14 February 2014

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Arabic Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) has been seated.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules published on 11 July 2013, the Task Force on Arabic Script Internationalized Domain Names (TF-AIDN), a community-driven initiative of the Middle East Strategy Working Group (MESWG), has developed and submitted to ICANN, on 13 January 2014, the Proposal for Generation Panel for Arabic Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone [PDF, 772 KB] (LGR Procedure). ICANN staff has reviewed the proposal including panel composition and scope, to ensure that requirements set forth in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], and in particular the criteria set forth in the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules, are fulfilled.

ICANN would also like to use this opportunity to thank each of the members for offering their time and expertise to volunteer on the Arabic Script Generation Panel.

With composition and work plan approved, the Arabic Script Generation Panel will start its work on the label generation rules. According to the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], the starting point of any Generation Panel's work is the maximal set of code points defined by the Integration Panel as well as a set of Default Whole Label Variant Evaluation Rules. The full specification of Generation Panel's tasks can be found in the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB] in particular, Section B.3 "Variant Rule Generation Procedure".

ICANN will provide a central public location workspace on the project website where Arabic Script Generation Panel composition, work plan updates, public reports, contact details, and any other relevant information will be included.

As a reminder, and to highlight the importance of script community involvement required in the development of the IDN Root Zone LGR, we would like to reiterate the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. A successful development of the IDN Root Zone LGR depends on having Generation Panels for each script represented in the Root Zone. In the first stages of the IDN Root Zone LGR development and in addition to ongoing efforts with the Arabic script, Generation Panel formation is expected to cover following scripts: Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, and Georgian (i.e., scripts represented in existing applications from both New gTLD and IDN ccTLD Programs).

For further information on how to form a Generation Panel or to express individual or group statements of interest for the establishment of a Generation Panel, please refer to the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules and to the additional supporting documentation provided on the Root Zone LGR Project website.

Statement from the I* Leaders Coordination Meeting, Santa Monica, 14 February 2014

Fri, 14 February 2014 - 13:50
14 February 2014

Leaders of the organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure (loosely referred to as "I* leaders") met last week in Santa Monica, California, USA. During the 2-day meeting, they discussed activities underway and exchanged views and updates on a range of topics including:

There was discussion of the significant progress and momentum that has developed since our last meeting, and as well as the need for continued engagement of all stakeholders in evolution of the Internet ecosystem. The leaders were encouraged by the progress made in many areas, and note that there is a lot of work happening in our respective communities, driven by the participants and handled with the usual community processes.

The meeting also welcomed Kathy Brown, the incoming CEO of the Internet Society, and Carolina Aguerre as a representative of the ccTLD registry community.

Participating I* Leaders –
  • Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO African Network Information Center (AFRINIC)

  • John Curran, CEO American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

  • Paul Wilson, Director General Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)

  • Russ Housley, Chair Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

  • Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

  • Jari Arkko, Chair Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

  • Kathy Brown, President and CEO Internet Society (ISOC)

  • Raúl Echeberría, CEO Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC)

  • Axel Pawlik, Managing Director Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)

  • Jeff Jaffe, CEO World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

  • Carolina Aguerre, General Manager, LACTLD (association of ccTLD registry operators in Latin America and Caribbean)