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WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System: Request for Proposal

Fri, 16 May 2014 - 23:20
16 May 2014

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to assist ICANN in the development, operation, and maintenance of the WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System.

Every year, millions of individuals, businesses, organizations and governments register domain names. Each one must provide identifying and contact information which may include: name, address, email, phone number, and administrative and technical contacts. This information is often referred to as "WHOIS data."

ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) requires ICANN to "implement measures to maintain timely, unrestricted and public access to accurate and complete WHOIS information…" To do that, registrars and registries provide public access to data on registered names. Anyone can use WHOIS to search the databases and identify the registered name holder or "registrant" of a generic domain name.

The WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System ("Accuracy Reporting System") is a project mandated by ICANN's Board of Directors that will:

  • Proactively identify potentially inaccurate gTLD WHOIS contact data through random sampling;
  • Forward potentially inaccurate records to gTLD registrars for investigation and follow-up;
  • Publicly report on the resulting actions; and
  • In future iterations, enable ICANN's Contractual Compliance Department to examine the potential accuracy of Whois data in the course of enforcement of Whois accuracy obligations of registrars and registries;

to encourage improved accuracy. More information on WHOIS is available here.

ICANN is seeking proposals through this RFP from vendors or service providers that can perform one or more of the functions for the Accuracy Reporting System. ICANN expects that it will likely contract with several vendors to perform the wide range of services called for in this RFP.

The goals of the Accuracy Reporting System are to:

  • Provide transparency into the accuracy of generic domain name WHOIS records
  • Derive data to inform changes to the WHOIS policy
  • Determine whether recent contractual changes (such as those relating to WHOIS validation and verification) and policy changes (such as the new consensus policy requiring "thick WHOIS") result in measurable increases in accuracy levels
  • Enhance ICANN's contractual compliance activities through access to automated tools to examine certain data elements included in WHOIS records.

The objective of this RFP is to identify one or more vendors to provide services, software or data to support ICANN's development of the Accuracy Reporting System, to provide the following functionality, as described in greater detail in the RFP:

  • WHOIS Parser – to standardize the format of WHOIS data records collected from gTLD registrars and registries;
  • Global Validation and Verification Services – to examine WHOIS contact data, including postal address, email, telephone and registrant identity;
  • Study Design and Delivery Services – to define the parameters of the statistical analysis to be deployed in the Accuracy Reporting System, and to perform the defined statistical analysis study and reporting services; and
  • Visual Communication Services – to create and design innovative visual communication solutions to display the complex statistical data output from these ongoing studies in a user-friendly manner.

For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please see http://whois.icann.org/sites/default/files/files/online-accuracy-reporting-rfp-16may14-en.zip [ZIP, 2.09 MB].

Activity Dates RFP published 16 May 2014 Participants to provide intent to respond to RFP by emailing whois-rfp@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 21 May 2014 Participants submit any questions using Q&A Excel template by emailing whois-rfp@icann.org by 22 May 2014 ICANN to respond to questions by 29 May 2014 Participant RFP proposals due by emailing whois-rfp@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 6 June 2014 Target for evaluation and vendor presentations Mid June Target for contract finalization (includes contracting and award to participant) July Target for Project Kick-off Meeting in ICANN's Los Angeles Offices July 15 Development of Accuracy Reporting System July-Aug Data Gathering & Analysis Aug Pilot Report Published Sept Community Feedback on Pilot Report Oct Modifications to Accuracy Reporting System Oct – Nov Launch of Accuracy Reporting System December 15, 2014

 

Proposals should be submitted to <whois-rfp@icann.org> by 23:59 UTC on 6 June 2014. Submissions must be provided using supplied templates, supplemented by additional information, as necessary.

ICANN FY13 Form 990

Fri, 16 May 2014 - 00:22
15 May 2014

ICANN filed its Form 990 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on May 13, 2014 in compliance with the extended due date of May 15, 2014. The Form 990 is the United States return for organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. ICANN continues to provide accountability and transparency regarding its financial results and the filed Form 990 is available on the "Financial Information for ICANN" page of the ICANN.org site and is also included in this announcement.

ICANN's FY13 Form 990 is now posted [PDF, 1.36 MB] and is available to the community. The Community is invited to review ICANN's Form 990 and to provide commentaries and/or questions.

Report: Supporting the Domain Name Industry in Underserved Regions

Wed, 14 May 2014 - 22:17
14 May 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 14 May 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Contracted Party Agreements
  • Reviews/Improvements
  • Participation
  • Purpose (Brief):

    This is a report about supporting the domain name industry in underserved regions, prepared by ICANN staff for public comment. Public comments on this report will be used to determine next steps to support the domain name industry in underserved regions.

    Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/dns-underserved-14may14-en.htm

I* Post-NETmundial Meeting Statement

Tue, 13 May 2014 - 23:24
13 May 2014

Leaders of the organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure (loosely referred to as "I* leaders") met on 25 April in São Paulo, Brazil following the NETmundial meeting. During the 1-day I* leaders meeting, the group considered a range of issues where dialogue among Internet technical organizations is useful.

In particular, the group highlighted that the NETmundial meeting has energized the multistakeholder discussions and model in a positive fashion. The leaders highlighted the importance of open, collaborative, bottom-up processes across meetings and organisations dealing with the Internet.

During the meeting, the group reflected on a number of other topics as well:
  1. Transition of NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions (http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/iana/transition) and review of ICANN accountability processes;
  2. The announcement made by ICANN CEO of the launch of a process to review and improve ICANN's own oversight/accountability mechanism and how it is complementary to the IANA function's stewardship evolution process.
  3. Upcoming Internet Governance meetings including the Internet Governance Forum (http://www.intgovforum.org) and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (http://www.internetsociety.org/plenipotbackground)
  4. Coordination of experiences, plans and resources to further deploy DNSSEC via the ccTLD community
  5. Identification of issues and players to further enable adoption of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) toward accelerating their adoption in communities that don't use the Latin Character sets

The group bade farewell to Raúl Echeberría, CEO of LACNIC and Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer of the Internet Society.

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)
  • Tim Berners-Lee, Director, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

GNSO Video Site Launches

Mon, 12 May 2014 - 22:33
12 May 2014

The GNSO website is currently undergoing some changes to improve its user friendliness and accessibility. One of the new features on the site is a new GNSO video page: http://gnso.icann.org/en/news/videos. Over time, this new page will act as a source for media clips on a variety of topics and information of value to the ICANN community generally as well as specific topics directed to those specifically interested in the generic top level domain names space.

ICANN Staff have already begun posting video clips on the page. The first postings on this new page are aimed at improving the understanding of the GNSO and its policy work and to broaden its outreach to the wider Internet community. During the coming days and weeks, a number of new videos featuring the GNSO Council Chair, Jonathan Robinson, will be uploaded and we invite you to share these with members of your community.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions about this ongoing project or ideas of what subjects you would like to see covered in the future, please contact policy-staff@icann.org.

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2015 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect

Fri, 09 May 2014 - 17:51
9 May 2014

ICANN is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2015 Nominating Committee (NomCom) – that of the 2015 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.

In September 2013 the ICANN Board appointed "Cheryl Langdon-Orr as the 2014 Nominating Committee Chair and Stéphane Van Gelder as the 2014 Nominating Committee Chair-Elect." (See http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolutions-28sep13-en.htm#2.a)

In accordance with the Bylaws, "[i]t is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair." See Article VII, section 3.4. Accordingly, while it is anticipated that the 2014 NomCom Chair Elect will succeed to the role of 2015 NomCom Chair, in support of continuous improvement in its accountability and transparency the NomCom will evaluate the performance of the current NomCom leadership, and the results of that evaluation will be available to the Board Governance Committee before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on 2015 NomCom leadership. Specifically, the NomCom will be undertaking 360 degree reviews of its Chair and its Chair-Elect, which typically consists of input from an immediate circle of colleagues – top down, bottom up and peer-to-peer, and in this case will consist of interviewing other NomCom leadership, NomCom members, as well as designated NomCom staff. These 360 degree reviews will be conducted by an independent third party provider. The BGC will utilize the outcomes of these reviews in their processes leading up to the Board's formal appointment of the 2015 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.

The NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN's supporting organizations (SOs) and advisory committees (ACs) in accordance with ICANN's Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN's Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual Meeting.

The Chair-Elect is a position created within the Bylaws as an outcome of the independent review of the NomCom. The Chair-Elect position is not a replacement of the Advisor to the NomCom Chair, and is not intended to fill an advisory role. Rather, the Chair-Elect will receive the benefit of training while serving alongside the Chair, gaining skills and knowledge to be applied for the Chair-Elect's anticipated succession into the role of the Chair.

Candidates for Chair-Elect should possess the same skills as candidates for the Chair.

Position Description

This position blends time management and negotiation skills with the practical aspects of conducting a world-wide search for individuals to fill various ICANN leadership positions. The NomCom Chair will be called on to schedule, organize and lead numerous in-person and telephonic meetings with a large committee of community members. The NomCom Chair is also responsible for managing the candidate identification and statement of interest process, with other committee members, and for managing the due diligence to be performed on nominated candidates, in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any retained outside firm(s). Throughout all NomCom activities, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that all NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed, and that all required documentation and reports are prepared in a timely fashion and provided to the proper parties as necessary.

Skills and Experience

To properly serve as the NomCom Chair, the selected individual must have:

  1. adequate time available to undertake the role;
  2. excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members;
  3. a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates;
  4. experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN;
  5. strong organization and leadership skills;
  6. ability to remain unbiased;
  7. no conflicts of interest, and
  8. a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN Bylaws relating to the NomCom (see http://www.icann.org/general/bylaws.htm#VII).
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Please see attached for a Listing of the NomCom activities.
  2. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired.
  3. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom.
  4. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report.
  5. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed.
  6. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including:
    1. Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates.
    2. Conducts outreach with ICANN Constituencies, ACs and SOs (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others.
    3. With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during NomCom process
    4. Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities.
  7. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN website.
  8. Ensures NomCom records are properly established, maintained and archived.
Eligibility Exclusion

No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair or Chair-Elect.

Expenses

All reasonable travel expenses and administrative costs incurred as a result of performing the duties as NomCom Chair or Chair-Elect in accordance with ICANN's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN of valid receipts and invoices.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to NomComChair2015@icann.org no later than 10 June 2014.

For more information about the NomCom see http://nomcom.icann.org/

FY15 Draft Operating Plan and Budget

Fri, 09 May 2014 - 01:13
8 May 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 8 May 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Operations-Finances
  • ICANN Board/Bylaws
Purpose (Brief):

Join us in creating ICANN's annual operating plan and budget for FY15, which describes planned activities for the year ahead (from 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015). These activities are based on ICANN's strategic objectives, fiscal year priorities and community input. The draft FY15 Operating Plan and Budget document will be posted for public comment from 8 May – 1 July.

ICANN is seeking general feedback as well as feedback on the focus areas, objectives, goals, portfolios, projects and budget allocations. Your feedback is important to help ensure we have a clear roadmap for the year ahead.

  • Draft FY15 Operating Plan and Budget [PDF and WORD] – this document provides an overview of the FY15 budget, and the Operating Plan consisting of descriptions for goals, objectives, portfolios and selected projects.
  • Draft FY15 Budget by portfolio and cost category [PDF and Excel] – use this document to view the breakdown of the categories of costs by portfolio.
  • Selected FY15 Projects by portfolio [PDF and Excel]: use this document to view a selection of projects that contribute to each portfolio.
  • FY15 SO/AC additional budget requests as approved by the Board [PDF and Excel].
Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/op-budget-fy15-08may14-en.htm

New gTLD Auctions Updates – First Auction Confirmed

Thu, 08 May 2014 - 23:40
8 May 2014

ICANN has updated the Auction Schedule for New gTLD applicants with strings in contention sets. The schedule now lists the participants confirmed for the first Auction on 4 June 2014, and the rescheduling of some sets based on requested postponements.

When Applicants were issued Intent to Auction notifications, they were given an option to postpone the Auction under one of the following circumstances:

  • All members of the contention set request the Auction be postponed

    Or

  • Any applicant in a contention set requests deferment of the Auction until the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework (the Framework) has been finalized.

Postponements granted as a result of unanimous agreement among all members of the contention set have resulted in deferral of two auctions. The updated schedule postponements requested based on the Framework have only been granted for those sets previously scheduled for the first Auction: those contention sets that requested a postponement for this reason from the first Auction have been moved to the second Auction. Should the Framework not be finalized by the confirmation deadline (21 days prior to an Auction) for the second auction, additional deferrals will be issued. In the updated schedule those contention sets marked with an asterisk (*) have been granted postponements.

The two applicants confirmed for the first Auction have received their confirmations from ICANN. Applicants will receive a notification from ICANN confirming their Auction date at least 21 days prior to the Auction. As Auctions are the method of last resort, Applicants may self-resolve a contention set up to 7 days prior to the Auction.

Auction Date Advancement

Additionally, ICANN is introducing the opportunity for applicants to request that their Auction be advanced – scheduled for a date earlier than originally scheduled. Similar to a request for postponement, an advancement of the auction date requires all members of the contention set to submit the request. To request advancement, the Application's primary contact must submit the Advancement Request form [PDF, 216 KB] via a case in the Customer Portal at least 45 calendar days prior to the new desired Auction date.

Auction Rules

ICANN has issued a new version of the Auction Rules [PDF, 291 KB] to address several potential issues. One of the more notable changes addresses the eligibility requirements for participating in Auctions. In an effort to prevent any undue disruptions to the Auction Schedule, the following condition has been removed from the eligibility requirements in paragraph 8:

d) Finalized any and all change requests

Because all applications that are in contention sets have passed Evaluation, ICANN believes that in most cases, there is no reason to delay an Auction merely because a change request has been filed, and that the evaluation and processing of the change request generally should proceed independently and in parallel with the Auction timeline. ICANN reserves the right not to send Intent to Auction notices and/or not to proceed with an Auction if a change request by one or more applicants in the Contention Set is pending, but believes that in most instances the Auction should proceed without further delay.

Auctions Bidder Training

Finally, ICANN is pleased to announce the availability of new Bidder Training materials. Power Auctions has prepared three brief training videos to help Bidders prepare for an Auction including videos covering account set-up prior to an Auction, the Auction process, and Post Auction activities. The Videos are posted on the video tutorial page, and are also available via the Auctions landing page.

For more information, please visit the Auctions webpage.

Notice of Potential Grant of Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request

Wed, 07 May 2014 - 22:17
7 May 2014

Blacknight Internet Solutions Ltd. ("Blacknight") submitted a data retention waiver request under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA") on the basis of its contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Specification violates applicable law.

The Waiver Request was accompanied by a legal opinion from Irish counsel asserting that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Specification violates Ireland Data Retention Acts 1998 – 2003.

Following receipt of the Waiver Request, and in accordance with the 2013 RAA, ICANN, through its staff and legal counsel, and Blacknight, through its staff and legal counsel, 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 Blacknight is seeking a waiver with respect to Sections 1.1.1 through 1.1.8 of the Specification that would reduce from two years to one year the period for which those specified data elements must be retained after the Registrar's sponsorship of the Registration ends, and is seeking a waiver with respect to Sections 1.2.1 through 1.2.3 of the Specification that would reduce from 180 days to 90 days the period for which those specified data elements must be retained following the relevant interaction.

ICANN is posting Blacknight's proposed waiver 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 Blacknight 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, and to maintain the information specified in Sections 1.2.1 through 1.2.3 of the Specification for a period of 90 days after the relevant interaction rather than for 180 days 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 Section 1.1 of the Data Retention Specification be changed from "two additional years" to "one additional year" and the retention requirement of Section 1.2 of the Data Retention Specification would be changed from "one hundred eighty (180) days" to "ninety (90) days."

If ICANN does make a final determination to grant the Waiver Request sought by Blacknight, 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, 7 June 2014. Public comments will be available for consideration by ICANN staff and the ICANN Board.

Blacknight's Waiver Request and supporting documents are available here: Blacknight Data Retention Waiver Request and Supporting Materials [PDF, 1.73 MB]

Comments can be posted to: comments-blacknight-07may14@icann.org

Comments can be viewed at: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-blacknight-07may14/

Enhancing ICANN Accountability

Tue, 06 May 2014 - 20:40
6 May 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 6 May 2014 Categories/Tags: Transparency/Accountability Purpose (Brief):

As announced at ICANN's March 2014 Public Meeting in Singapore, ICANN is initiating a discussion on Enhancing ICANN Accountability. This discussion will look at how ICANN remains accountable in the absence of its historical contractual relationship to the U.S. Government and the perceived backstop with regard to ICANN's organization-wide accountability provided by that role. While closely related to the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition, this is a separate process.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/enhancing-accountability-06may14-en.htm

Board Member Compensation

Sat, 03 May 2014 - 05:59
2 May 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 2 May 2014 Categories/Tags: ICANN Board/Bylaws Purpose (Brief):

To seek public comment on Recommendations about Board member compensation, including the proposed Bylaws revisions that would allow non-voting Board liaisons to accept compensation if approved by the voting Board members.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/bylaws-amend-compensation-02may14-en.htm

Webinar: Briefing About the Upcoming Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

Wed, 23 April 2014 - 23:06
23 April 2014

Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2014 Time: 13:00-14:00 UTC (time converter: http://goo.gl/4hjOpb)

You are invited to a webinar regarding the upcoming Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). This briefing will provide the GNSO community with information about the GNSO review process, collect feedback from the community and answer questions concerning this process.

The webinar will be recorded and available for those who may not be able to join the session live.

Review of Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

The objective of the Review is to examine organizational effectiveness of the GNSO, including its structure components (GNSO Council, GNSO Working Groups, GNSO Stakeholder Groups and Constituencies). The review will be tightly scoped based on objective and quantifiable criteria provided to the independent examiner.

The work methods are expected to include the examination of documentation, records and reports; outcomes from the 360 Assessment; and limited interviews. The 360 Assessment is an online mechanism to collect and summarize feedback from members of the GNSO community — a "self-review" relative to objective and quantifiable criteria. Interested members of other ICANN organizations, Board and staff also may offer feedback. Relevant assessments of the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team 1 regarding the GNSO policy development process will be factored into the review.

GNSO and community participation

Involvement of the GNSO community as well as input and participation from the broader community are important components of this review process.

As discussed in GNSO Council meetings, the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) is requesting that a GNSO Review Working Party be assembled to function as a liaison between the GNSO, the independent examiner and the SIC, to provide input on review criteria and the 360 Assessment, coordinate interviews and objectively supply clarification and responses to the draft findings and recommendations. Once a final report is issued and the Board takes action on it, as appropriate, the GNSO Review Working Party is expected to coordinate with the GNSO community to prepare an Implementation Plan and champion implementation of improvement activities. More information about this will be provided shortly.

Review Criteria

Objective and quantifiable criteria will cover the following areas:

  • Achievement of mission, compliance with agreed upon rules and processes
  • Accountability and transparency to the public
  • Membership processes and participation
  • Structural support toward achievement of mission
  • Governance and management: effectiveness of execution
  • Quality and evaluation/measurement of outcomes
  • Communication
  • Effectiveness of implementation of prior review recommendations
Webinar Details

Please join the webinar on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 13:00-14:00 UTC (time converter: http://goo.gl/4hjOpb). The webinar will be recorded and available for those who may not be able to join the session live.

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

Please register via email to matt.ashtiani@icann.org by Tuesday, 6 May 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.

Webinar Materials

Wednesday, 7 May 2014:

Update on Root Zone LGR Generation Panel Formation

Wed, 23 April 2014 - 15:40
23 April 2014

ICANN is pleased to announce significant progress in the formation of Generation Panels for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR). Generation Panels are community panels that will establish the rules that define, for a given script, which code points are permitted for use in U-Labels in the Root Zone, which labels are variants of each other and, where variants exist, whether such variant labels are deemed allocatable for the Root Zone.

Generation Panels will be formed for each script, but are in different stages of formation based on the activity of the communities that they serve:

  • To date, the Arabic Script Generation Panel is fully formed and operational. The Panel convened in person at the ICANN 49 in Singapore.
  • Members of the Chinese community have submitted a formal proposal to form the Chinese Generation Panel, which is currently under review by ICANN.
  • A group of volunteers interested in forming the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel is actively recruiting members. Interested parties should view the Call for Participation [PDF, 72 KB].
  • There has been significant activity in the Cyrillic, Korean, and Japanese scripts communities. Various community members have taken the initiative and led efforts in forming Generation Panels.
  • Other script communities have not yet formed Generation Panels. If you are interested in establishing a Generation Panel, view the Call for Generation Panels to develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules [PDF, 149 KB].
Other ways to participate:

Before the Generation Panels can begin their work, the maximal set of code points from which the Generation Panels can construct their Label Generation Rules must be defined. The Integration Panel has defined this maximal set of code points in the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-1), which is currently available for public comment. The comment period is open until 30 April 2014, and the reply period is open from 1 May 2014 to 21 May 2014. To review the MSR-1 and submit your comments, access here the public comment forum.

For additional information, view the July 2013 announcement of the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. Inquiries and expressions of interest may be sent to idntlds@icann.org.

Request for Proposal for Review of Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

Tue, 22 April 2014 - 23:20
22 April 2014

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.

As part of ICANN's ongoing commitment to its evolution and improvement, Article IV – Section 4 of ICANN's Bylaws contains provisions for "periodic review of the performance and operation of each Supporting Organization, each Supporting Organization Council, each Advisory Committee (other than the Governmental Advisory Committee), and the Nominating Committee."

These periodic reviews present ICANN structures with opportunities for continuous improvement through consistent application of compliance review principles to objectively measure performance relative to specific and quantifiable criteria developed by ICANN based on the unique nature of its structures. The resulting implementation of improvements and the systematic means of measuring performance and validating effectiveness of implementation are of utmost importance to the ongoing legitimacy of ICANN.

The GNSO is the policy-making body responsible for generic top-level domains, such as .COM, .NET, and .ORG. Its members include representatives from generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) registries, gTLD registrars, intellectual property interest, Internet service providers, businesses and non-commercial interests. The GNSO strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition.

Given the significant increases in the number and nature of the generic Top Level Domains resulting from the recent launch of the New gTLD Program, the upcoming review of the GNSO is of critical importance to the ICANN community. ICANN is planning to start the review on 1 July 2014, with an anticipated duration of 6 months, and is seeking qualified providers to conduct the review in a timely and efficient manner.

For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please see http://www.icann.org/en/news/rfps/rfp-gnso-review-22apr14-en.zip [ZIP, 672 KB].

Activity Dates RFP published 22 April 2014 Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFP 30 April Participant proposals due by 13 May Target for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 19 May (May 19-23) Target for Final evaluations and selection of vendor (includes contracting and award to participant) 10 June Board appointment of independent reviewer 26 June Estimated start of implementation 1 July Final Report 15 January 2015

Nomination Period Opens for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award

Mon, 21 April 2014 - 17:25
21 April 2014 First Award Targeted for ICANN Public Meeting in London
Nominations Close 17 May 2014

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's new Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award will recognize ICANN participants who have deeply invested in consensus-based solutions, recognized the importance of ICANN's multistakeholder model of Internet governance, and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN's organization and its community.

The nomination period for community nominees opens today, 21 April 2014 and closes on 17 May 2014.

Community members interested in submitting a nomination are invited to send an email to ethosaward2014@icann.org including:

  • Name of nominee.
  • Community of nominee.
  • Reasons for nomination.

Please note that the reasons outlining the candidate's merit for the nomination may be as brief or as long as required.

Candidates for this inaugural step of the program development will demonstrate at least five years of participation in the ICANN Community. Both individuals and organizations are eligible for the award.

A panel of community members is being gathered to help review all community nominations and determine the best candidates for the first awards. The decisions of the panel will be made based on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated multistakeholder volunteer service via working groups or committees.
  2. Demonstrated spirit of collaboration through engagement with other community members with the aim of consensus building.
  3. Demonstrated facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair, cordial and collegial manner.
  4. Demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness.

Please submit your nominations via email to ethosaward2014@icann.org.

Award recipient(s) will be announced this June at the ICANN Public Meeting in London.

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 51 in Los Angeles California

Fri, 18 April 2014 - 21:35
18 April 2014

The ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries of the world in order to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the multi-stakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond. Our current application round for participation in Los Angeles this coming October launches today and remains open until 30 May 2014 with successful candidates announced on the ICANN website 18 July 2014.

ICANN Begins Transition To New Website

Thu, 17 April 2014 - 22:27
17 April 2014

Click here to visit the new ICANN website »

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the beginning of a transition to a new ICANN.org website.

"We had three objectives for the new site: improve transparency of ICANN by making information easier to find, make it effortless for people to join the community and engage in the work, and lastly, to continue to support the established community with new tools," said Chris Gift, Vice President of Online Community Services.

"The new site is intended to allow those new to the organization to discover ICANN, the work being done and our role in the Internet governance ecosystem, as well as to allow those same people the opportunity to get involved in the ICANN community," said Gift. "With easier navigation, improved access to information, and new tools we can better support the organization's policy discussions. These new stakeholders and the established community have a site that is easier to navigate with accessible information and tools to support the organization's policy discussions."

Over the coming days, a percentage of ICANN.org users will be redirected to the new site and as the next two weeks progress, the number of users redirected will increase until all users are sent directly to the new site.

"We have thought through the process and we're being cautious in the way we move forward," said Chris Gift. "We will increase the amount of traffic to the new site roughly every other day until we are fully crossed over."

The new website was launched in beta relatively early in its development to encourage the ICANN community to become part of the development process. ICANN's development team adopted agile and lean development practices throughout the building stage &ndash where ideas were built then tested by users and their feedback fuelled the next iteration.

Please join Chris Gift and Anil Podduturi, Principal at Neo, on Thursday, 24 April at 18:00 UTC for a demonstration of the new ICANN.org. The public webinar will also include a Q&A session at the end.

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Public Webinar Details

Date/Time: Thursday, 24 April 2014 at 18:00 – 19:00 UTC

Adobe Connect Link: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/communications/

Telephone Access Numbers: International access numbers may be obtained here: www.adigo.com/icann. When asked to enter a Conference ID, please enter: 87324546#

Proposed Changes to the Inter-Registrar Policy (Watch the Video & Provide Comments)

Tue, 15 April 2014 - 01:14
14 April 2014

The public comment period for the IRTP-D Working Group's Initial Report closes on 25 April 2014 at 23:59 UTC.

For a rich media explanation of each of the Working Group's Charter questions, the following video provides an excellent summary. The detailed Initial Report containing the recommendations and background can be found here [PDF, 936 KB].

Whether you agree, dis-agree, or have suggested alternatives to the proposed recommendations, the Working Group will value and consider all input. Please see the Public Comment Announcement and submit your comments before the window closes on 25 April 2014.

Internationalized Registration Data Expert Working Group Interim Report Public Comment Opened

Tue, 15 April 2014 - 01:04
14 April 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 14 March 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Whois
  • Internationalized Registration Data
  • Expert Working Group
  • Domain Name Registration Data
Purpose (Brief):

This Public Forum invites comments on the Interim Report from Whois review team internationalized registration data expert working group. The Report proposes internationalization requirements for fourteen categories of data elements currently outputted by the various gTLD registration data directory services.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/ird-interim-14apr14-en.htm

IDN ccTLD Request From Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Successfully Passes String Evaluation

Mon, 14 April 2014 - 23:55
14 April 2014

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of.

Details of the successful evaluation are provided here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion#m

The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:

  • the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
  • the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and
  • a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

  • Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory): Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation. Requests are submitted through an online system together with additional material supporting the process at http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/.
  • String Evaluation: Requests are evaluated in accordance with the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s) criteria described above.
  • String Delegation: Requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. Requesters submit string delegation requests to IANA root zone management: root-mgmt@iana.org.

With this announcement, a total of 32 countries/territories requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 26 countries/territories (represented by 36 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying for, delegation of the string. Up-to-date numbers about the IDN Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track.

ICANN looks forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country-code domains for countries that meet the Fast Track Process requirements. ICANN will continue to accept new string evaluation requests in the Fast Track Process. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email idncctldrequests@icann.org for any inquiries for participation.