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Notice of Preliminary Determination To Grant Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request for NAMEWEB BVBA

Fri, 21 March 2014 - 15:32
21 March 2014

ICANN has made a preliminary determination that it is prepared to grant a data retention waiver request submitted by Registrar NAMEWEB BVBA under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA"). Section 2 of the Data Retention Specification (the "Specification") of 2013 RAA provides that prior to granting any exemption under the Specification, ICANN will post its determination on the ICANN website for a period of thirty (30) calendar days.

Pursuant to Section 2 of the Specification, NAMEWEB BVBA submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") on the basis of NAMEWEB BVBA's contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Specification violates applicable law in Belgium.

The Waiver Request cited Article 5 of Chapter 2 of the Belgium Act of 8 December 1992 on the protection of privacy in relation to the processing of personal data. That article provides as follows (the following is an unofficial English translation from Dutch):

Article 5.

Personal data may be processed only if:

  1. the data subject has unambiguously given his consent;
  2. the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract;
  3. the processing is necessary for the compliance with an obligation to which the data controller is subject by or by virtue of law, decree or ordinance;
  4. the processing is necessary in order to protect a vital interest of the data subject;
  5. the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the data controller or in a third party to whom the data are disclosed;
  6. the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the data controller or by the third party to whom the data are disclosed, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject.

The King may specify, by royal decree deliberated upon in the Council of Ministers and after having taken advice from the Commission for the protection of privacy, in such cases the conditions under f) shall not be considered fulfilled.

The Waiver Request was accompanied by a letter from the Article 29 Working Party dated 8 January 2014 regarding European Data Protection Directive 94/46/EC and asserted that the Belgian law cited is an almost direct translation into Dutch of the European Directive. The Waiver Request also cited the previous waiver granted by ICANN to OVH SAS on the basis of French law.

Following receipt of the Waiver Request, and in accordance with the 2013 RAA, ICANN through its legal counsel and NAMEWEB BVBA discussed the matter in good faith in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the matter.

The outcome of those discussions is that NAMEWEB BVBA is seeking a waiver with respect to Sections 1.1.1 through 1.1.8 of the Specification that seeks to reduce from two years to one year the period for which these specified data elements must be retained after the Registrar's sponsorship of the Registration ends.

ICANN has determined on a preliminary basis that it is prepared to grant the data retention waiver request. ICANN is posting this preliminary determination for a period of thirty (30) days to seek feedback and input from the community on the proposed data retention waiver. After the thirty (30) day period following this posting has expired, ICANN will consider all feedback and input received before making a final determination on whether to grant the Waiver Request.

The scope of the proposed waiver would be to permit NAMEWEB BVBA to maintain the information specified in Sections 1.1.1 through 1.1.8 of the Specification for the duration of its sponsorship of the Registration and for a period of one (1) additional year thereafter rather than two (2) additional years thereafter. In all other respects the terms of the Specification would remain AS-IS.

The specific change to the Specification would be that, for the duration of the Waiver, the retention requirement of Paragraph 1.1 of the Data Retention Specification be changed from "two additional years" to "one additional year."

If ICANN does make a final determination to grant the Waiver Request sought by NAMEWEB BVBA, the provisions of Section 3 of the Specification would apply to similar waivers requested by other registrars located in the same jurisdiction. Section 3 of the Specification provides as follows:

If (i) ICANN has previously waived compliance with the requirements of any requirement of this Data Retention Specification in response to a Waiver Request from a registrar that is located in the same jurisdiction as Registrar and (ii) Registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's agreement to grant such wavier, Registrar may request that ICANN to grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request, in which case Registrar may thereafter make an Wavier Request pursuant to Section 2 of this Data Retention Specification.

A public comment period will remain open until 23:59 UTC, 21 April 2014. Public comments will be available for consideration by ICANN staff and the ICANN Board.

Public Comment Invited: Proposal for the Use of Mandatory Policy Advisory Boards for Regulated Industry Sector and Consumer-Trust-Sensitive New gTLD Strings

Fri, 21 March 2014 - 14:40
21 March 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 21 March 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level Domains
  • Contracted Party Agreements
Purpose (Brief): The purpose of this public comment period is to obtain feedback and collect broader community input into the further development of the PAB model, and to which TLD strings it may best apply. Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/pab-new-gtld-strings-21mar14-en.htm

ICANN Expands Global Stakeholder Engagement Team

Thu, 20 March 2014 - 17:29
20 March 2014

Click here to watch an interview with Michael Yakushev: English | Русский

ICANN has announced new developments to enhance its Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) efforts, with the creation of two new leadership positions and the hiring of two new regional Vice Presidents.

"ICANN is expanding its global presence, giving us the opportunity to reach stakeholders at every corner of the globe," said Sally Costerton, Senior Advisor to the President, Stakeholder Engagement. "As we expand, it is crucial that we have experienced and effective leadership in key regions to allow these stakeholders to engage with us."

Michael Yakushev takes the role of Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe. Michael is an experienced Internet lawyer who, prior to joining ICANN, worked for a variety of international technology companies, including Microsoft, SAP, PayPal and Mail.ru. Veni Markovski, who previously held this role, will be moving to New York to assume the role of Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement. In this new role, Veni will, amongst other responsibilities, work closely with United Nations (UN) agencies and the missions to the UN.

Assuming the role of Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Europe is Jean-Jacques Sahel. Jean-Jacques previously held senior policy and regulatory positions at Skype, Microsoft, and in government. His predecessor, Nigel Hickson, will be moving to Geneva to take on the role of Vice President of Intergovernmental Organizations (including the UN) and International Organizations.

"ICANN will implement a more focused engagement plan with governments and IGOs in the coming months," said Tarek Kamel, Senior Advisor to the President on Government Engagement. "These organizational changes are vital to support our efforts to get closer to our global stakeholders."

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To download a high-resolution photo of Veni Markovski, go here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/icann/8228649382/

To download a high-resolution photo of Michael Yakushev, go here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/icann/13288524154/

To download a high-resolution photo of Nigel Hickson, go here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/icann/8225204991/

To download a high-resolution photo of Jean-Jacques Sahel, go here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/icann/13288512834/

Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) is a team of people appointed to demonstrate ICANN's commitment to international participation and the efficacy of its multi-stakeholder environment. It works with the community and staff to achieve the goal of better representing ICANN's regions and facilitating the organization's engagement with and responsiveness to these regions. To learn more about the GSE team, visit: http://www.icann.org/en/about/staff/gse

Audio Files, Transcripts from Community Calls with ICANN Board Chair and CEO

Thu, 20 March 2014 - 02:06
19 March 2014

Were you unable to join the community call with ICANN Board Chair Steve Crocker and ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé on Saturday? Don't worry that you missed out, because an audio file and transcript is available online now.

Just under 300 ICANN community members and staff joined the quickly-scheduled call at 14:00 UTC on Saturday, 15 March to learn more about the US government's announcement the day before that it would turn over stewardship of certain Internet technical functions to the global community.

"It's been a long path leading to [this day]," Crocker said. "And it will be a long path from here. To borrow words from Churchill, this is the 'end of the beginning.'"

"This is a moment to celebrate," Chehadé said. "Unfortunately, we have to move very quickly into the responsibility this entails. This decision puts us now in an important light. The entire world is watching. We must engage everyone."

The community call was scheduled with short notice, due to the unexpected release of the announcement ahead of schedule.

Audio File [MP3, 14.0 MB]

Transcript [PDF, 172 KB]

Annual Independent Audit RFP

Tue, 18 March 2014 - 18:45
18 March 2014

ICANN is issuing today a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify audit firms interested in performing ICANN's annual independent audit.

Full information is given in the RFP which can be found here [PDF, 548 KB].

RFP activities schedule at a glance: Requests for Proposals issued by ICANN 18 March 2014 Written responses due 2 April 2014 Selected firm published 31 May 2014

Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress

Fri, 14 March 2014 - 22:19
14 March 2014

The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government's announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.

The roles on policy development processes of the Internet technical organizations and ICANN's role as administrator of the IANA functions, remain unchanged.

The transition of the US Government stewardship has been envisaged since the early days of IANA functions contract. This transition is now feasible due to the maturity of the Internet technical organizations involved in performing their respective roles related to the IANA functions, and ICANN will facilitate a global, multi-stakeholder process to plan for the transition.

The strength and stability of the IANA functions within the above organizations (which make up the Internet technical community) are critical to the operation of the Internet. The processes around the IANA functions have always been carefully specified in the communities that our organizations represent. The IANA functions are faithfully administered by ICANN. We are committed to continuing our proven, community-driven processes as we engage in this transition. Our communities are already considering proposals to progress the transition.

Our organizations are committed to open and transparent multi-stakeholder processes. We are also committed to further strengthening our processes and agreements related to the IANA functions, and to building on the existing organizations and their roles. The Internet technical community is strong enough to continue its role, while assuming the stewardship function as it transitions from the US Government.

Participating Leaders
  • Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO African Network Information Center (AFRINIC)
  • Barrack Otieno, Manager, The African Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD)
  • Paul Wilson, Director General Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)
  • Don Hollander, General Manager Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD)
  • John Curran, CEO American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
  • Peter Van Roste, General Manager, Council for European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR)
  • 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)
  • Carolina Aguerre, General Manager, Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD)
  • Axel Pawlik, Managing Director Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
  • Jeff Jaffe, CEO World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Administrator of Domain Name System Launches Global Multistakeholder Accountability Process

Fri, 14 March 2014 - 21:59
14 March 2014

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today launched a process to transition the role of the United States Government relating to the Internet's unique identifiers system. 

ICANN's announcement comes on the heels of an historic announcement today by the U.S. Government stating that it is ready to transfer its stewardship of the important Internet technical functions to the global Internet community. The U.S. Government's current responsibilities to be transitioned include the procedural role of administering changes to the Domain Name System's (DNS) to the authoritative root zone file - the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the unique identifiers registries for Domain names, IP addresses, and protocol parameters. 

In doing so, the U.S. recognized ICANN's maturation in becoming an effective multistakeholder organization and requested that ICANN convene the global community to develop the transition process from of the U.S. stewardship to a global community consensus-driven mechanism.

"We are inviting governments, the private sector, civil society, and other Internet organizations from the whole world to join us in developing this transition process," said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN's President and CEO. "All stakeholders deserve a voice in the management and governance of this global resource as equal partners."

Independent of the U.S. transition, the roles of the Internet technical organizations, including ICANN's role as administrator of the Internet's unique identifier system, remain unchanged. The Internet's Unique Identifier functions are not apparent to most Internet users, but they play a critical role in maintaining a single, global, unified and interoperable Internet.

"Even though ICANN will continue to perform these vital technical functions, the U.S. has long envisioned the day when stewardship over them would be transitioned to the global community," said Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, ICANN's Board Chair. "In other words, we have all long known the destination. Now it is up to our global stakeholder community to determine the best route to get us there."

"The global multistakeholder process is defined by inclusion, and it will take some time to make sure that we obtain all of the necessary inputs," said Chehadé. "By the time the current contract with the U.S. Government expires in September 2015, we will have a defined and clear process for global multistakeholder stewardship of ICANN's performance of these technical functions."

The first community-wide dialogue about the development of the transitional process will begin March 23-27 during ICANN's 49th Public Meeting, in Singapore. All global stakeholders are welcome to participate in person or remotely.

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to OVH SAS

Wed, 12 March 2014 - 21:19
12 March 2014 DATA RETENTION WAIVER
OVH SAS

OVH SAS ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") on the basis of Registrar's contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Data Retention Specification in the 2013 RAA violates applicable law in France.

ICANN hereby grants Registrar a limited waiver from compliance with certain provisions of the 2013 RAA on the following terms:

  1. ICANN agrees that, following Registrar's execution of the 2013 RAA, for purposes of assessing Registrar's compliance with the data retention requirement of Paragraph 1.1 of the Data Retention Specification in the 2013 RAA, the period of "two additional years" in Paragraph 1.1 of the Data Retention Specification will be deemed modified to "one additional year."

  2. In all other respects the terms of the Data Retention Specification will remain AS-IS. The waiver granted to Registrar applies only to the post-sponsorship period of retention of the data listed in the Paragraphs 1.1.1 through 1.1.8 inclusive of the Data Retention Specification, and it does not constitute a waiver of any other provisions of the 2013 RAA or other ICANN policies applicable to registrars. Without limiting the foregoing, nothing in this waiver limits Registrar's obligation to comply with Consensus Policies or Temporary Policies developed and adopted in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws ("ICANN Policies") or limits Registrar's obligation to comply with any amendment, supplement or modification of the 2013 RAA approved and adopted in accordance with the terms of the 2013 RAA ("RAA Amendments"). In the event of any inconsistency between this waiver and the terms of any ICANN Policy or RAA Amendment, the terms of the ICANN Policy or RAA Amendment will control.

  3. The waiver granted to Registrar shall remain in effect for the duration of the term of the 2013 RAA signed by Registrar.

Panel on Global Internet Cooperation & Governance Mechanisms Submits NETMundial Contribution Following Sunnylands Meeting

Tue, 11 March 2014 - 23:45
11 March 2014

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. – On March 7, the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms submitted a contribution to NETMundial following their second meeting to discuss guiding principles for a global Internet governance ecosystem at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California. Representing a diverse group of global stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations, the panel looks forward to feedback on its NETMundial contribution, available here.

"We hope that our contribution on Internet governance principles and still-evolving roadmap to operationalizing those principles will foster further discussion at NETMundial" said Vint Cerf, vice-chair of the panel. "Our goal is to achieve equitable stakeholder participation in bottom-up fashion so as to assure ecosystem legitimacy and continued Internet success. It has grown smoothly in the last few decades to serve more than 3 billion users and will have to handle several billion additional users and devices in the years to come."

During fruitful discussions facilitated by a team of experts at Sunnylands February 27 – 28, the Panel identified 11 strong Internet governance principles built upon a multistakeholder framework. The Panel's current and developing view on a roadmap forward to operationalize those principles includes:

  • New mechanisms to map issues to solutions are needed.
  • New localized mechanisms and national and regional Internet governance structures are needed.
  • ICANN needs to further globalize.
  • Global, regional, and national forums and dialogues on Internet governance issues must be strengthened.
  • Expert communities are needed to support Internet governance structures and mechanisms.
  • More empowerment, development, and tools are needed to enable Internet governance mechanisms and structures at the global, regional, and national levels.

"A core mission of Sunnylands is to bring world leaders together to facilitate international agreement and help develop solutions to important issues facing democratic institutions," said Geoffrey Cowan, president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and former dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. "We have been delighted to serve as a partner for the work of the Panel as it addresses the challenge of future Internet governance."

The Panel looks forward to receiving feedback from the NETmundial conference in São Paulo, Brazil April 23 – 24, 2014 and other forums. Its work will continue to evolve as the discussion advances towards delivering a comprehensive report with a roadmap for the evolution of Internet governance. A final Panel meeting will be hosted by the World Economic Forum in May 2014 in Dubai. The final report will be published in May 2014.

For more information about the Panel and its members, please visit: internetgovernancepanel.org.

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating entity. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands hosts high-level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world, including the recent official meeting between President Obama and President Xi of the People's Republic of China. In addition, Sunnylands offers programs through the Sunnylands Center & Gardens to educate the public about the history of Sunnylands, its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices. For more information please visit: http://sunnylands.org.

ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes. For more information please visit: http://www.icann.org.

The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. For more information please visit: http://www.weforum.org.

For more information on the Panel, please contact: Holli Holsan at Holli.Holsan@edelman.com.

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.