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ICANN Draft Five-Year Strategic Plan (FY16 – FY20)

Wed, 09 April 2014 - 21:47
9 April 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 9 April 2014 Categories/Tags:
  • Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategy
  • Operating Plan and Budget
Purpose (Brief): Public comment is invited on the Draft ICANN Five–Year Strategic Plan (FY16–FY20) [PDF, 1.10 MB] through May 2014. Built on community input received throughout an extensive, public strategy conversation, the Draft Strategic Plan proposes a new Vision, reiterates ICANN's existing Mission, and describes five focus areas with Strategic Objectives and Goals. Each goal includes proposed, strategic outcomes, risks, measures and phasing over five years. ICANN is seeking general feedback, as well as input on the proposed measurable outcomes for the Focus Area Goals. Your comments will help inform the final ICANN Five–Year Strategic Plan. Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/stratplan-draft-09apr14-en.htm

Call for Public Input: Transition of NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions

Wed, 09 April 2014 - 20:47
9 April 2014

Draft Proposal Based on Initial Community Feedback of the Principles, Mechanisms and the Process to Develop a Proposal to Transition NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions…. More »

ICANN Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance's Submission to NETMundial

Tue, 08 April 2014 - 18:38
8 April 2014 Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on: Date: 8 April 2014 Categories/Tags: Internet Governance Purpose (Brief):

To obtain feedback from the wider ICANN Community on the Contribution to NETMundial from the ICANN Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance.

Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/ccwg-ig-netmundial-08apr14-en.htm

The IANA Functions Explained – New ICANN Infographic

Mon, 07 April 2014 - 20:30
7 April 2014

Click here [PDF, 3.51 MB] to download the new IANA Functions Infographic. This new guide explains how these core functions allow you and everyone around the globe to utilize the Internet.

RDS Risk Survey and Webinar: How will a Proposed Next Generation Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace Whois Impact You? (Available Until 15 May 2014)

Fri, 04 April 2014 - 19:16
4 April 2014

The Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG) invites you to participate in its recently launched Registration Directory Service (RDS) Risk Survey.

If you provide or use gTLD domain name registration data (today known as Whois), please consider responding to this survey to share your unique perspective on potential risks and benefits associated with the EWG's proposed RDS, should ICANN choose to implement such as system to replace Whois.

Today, anyone can query Whois to identify the organization or individual responsible for an Internet domain name, known as a Registrant, along with their postal address, email address, and telephone number. The EWG was asked to re-examine the purpose and provision of this information, envisioning a clean-slate approach to meet global Internet community needs with greater privacy, accuracy, and accountability. The EWG's proposed next generation RDS would collect, validate and disclose registration information for permissible purposes only, with some values remaining public and others being gated – that is, returned only to authorized users with legitimate purposes.

At this point, the RDS is simply a proposal being refined by the EWG for ICANN Board and community consideration. If you are one of the many different individuals, businesses, and other organizations that consume Whois data today, or a domain name Registrant, Registrar, or Registry that provides Whois data today, please participate in this survey. This survey is a chance to tell the EWG about the risks and benefits that the recommended RDS might have for YOU.

All risks and benefits identified through this survey will be published in aggregated, anonymized form and used by the EWG to refine its recommendations and as input to a full risk assessment.

RDS Risk Survey attributes:
  • RDS Risk Survey Availability Date: 15 March 2014
  • RDS Risk Survey address: http://tiny.cc/risk-ewg-survey
  • RDS Risk Survey Close Date: 15 May 2014, 23:59 UTC

To read more, you may download a printable PDF [PDF, 1.93 MB] before returning to http://tiny.cc/risk-ewg-survey to take the on-line survey. Translated versions of this survey will also be available shortly.

To learn more about this survey, please join the EWG for this interactive online workshop: How will Next Generation Registration Directory Services impact you?

Date: Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Time: 19:00-20:30 UTC (time converter: http://tinyurl.com/n9rsmfx)

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014

Time: 12:00-13:30 UTC (time converter: http://tinyurl.com/ouzekzx)

Additional details on the interactive online workshop are available here.

You may also learn more about the proposed next generation RDS at any time by:


In December 2012, ICANN announced the creation of an Expert Working Group (EWG) on next generation gTLD Registration Directory Services, as a first step in fulfilling the ICANN Board's directive to help redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data. The EWG's findings are expected to serve as a foundation to help the GNSO create a new global policy for the provision of gTLD registration data.

A significant milestone was reached on 24 June 2013 with the publication of the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG)'s Initial Report and FAQs, opening a consultation period with the ICANN community. The Initial Report [PDF, 1.70 MB] enumerated the users, purposes, data elements, recommended principles and features, and proposed model to guide the development of a next generation Registration Directory Service (RDS) to replace Whois.

Prior to the ICANN Meeting in Buenos Aires, the EWG published its Status Update Report [PDF, 2.26 MB] to highlight the EWG's thinking on these and many other key issues. It also provides a great deal more detail on the analysis that lay behind the Initial Report [PDF, 1.70 MB].

What's Next?

The EWG is now completing its research and information gathering phase before delivering its final recommendations to the ICANN Board. The RDS Risk Survey is one of several research efforts undertaken being the EWG to ensure that its final recommendations are supported by facts and informed by current practices and input from all those potentially impacted by any next generation system to replace Whois.

The EWG expects to complete its recommendations in 2014, informed by Community feedback and in-depth analysis of selected areas, including the responses to this RDS Risk Survey. The EWG plans to deliver its final report to the ICANN Board in June 2014.


If questions arise about the RDS Risk Survey, please contact us at Risk-EWG-Survey@icann.org.

Update from the 2014 Nominating Committee Chair

Tue, 01 April 2014 - 20:57
1 April 2014

Interested in being considered for a Leadership Position by the 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom)? Your "Candidacy Application Request form" needs to have been received and therefore, formally initialised, by our closing deadline. That deadline is TODAY, 23:59 UTC on 1 April 2014.

This year, the NomCom has introduced a new application procedure designed to make it easier to apply. Here are some answers to questions you might have about this new procedure.

Q. I've sent off my "Candidacy Application Request form" from the NomCom website, now what happens?

A. Providing the Candidacy Application Request form step is taken any time before the deadline of 23:59 UTC on 1 April 2014, staff will acknowledge its receipt and then prepare a personalised and dedicated application form space for you to complete a 'pro-forma' Statement of Interest form. This contains about six or so questions/ sections. You will receive a link and log on credentials (unless you already have them) to complete the form. Sufficient time is being provided for you to complete the Statement of Interest step of the process even if you initialise the process right up to the deadline. The deadline for providing the NomCom with your completed application form is 23:59 UTC on 7 April 2014.

Q. I have received my link and log on but have not yet completed all the form sections. Does this have to be done before 23:59 UTC on 1 April 2014?

A. As long as you have initialised the process before 23:59 UTC on 1 April 2014, you have until 23:59 UTC on 7 April 2014 to complete the next step.

Q. This is very different to what has happened previously isn't it?

A. Yes. This new system now allows applicants to save and edit their application (previously all needed to be done in a single session) before submitting the completed form. The set of questions presented is also reduced to only the section a candidate is interested in. The new system also allows for easier cut and paste of externally prepared documents, and materials including images, videos presentations web links to third party Bio and CV sites etc.


Cheryl Langdon-Orr … (CLO)
Chair of the 2014 ICANN Nominating Committee

Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for London Meeting

Mon, 31 March 2014 - 16:04
31 March 2014

42 fellows from 34 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 50th Public Meeting in London, 22-26 June 2014. Sixteen of the fellows are alumni from at least one of the past 21 programs, 21 are first-time attendees to an ICANN meeting, and 5 have attended meetings in past but are fellows for the first time. The fellows represent all sectors of society including civil, government, academia, business, not-for-profit and user groups. The country code supporting groups are also represented.

Here is the list of selected fellows:

  • Adrian Quesada Rodriguez – Costa Rica – Academic / NCUC
  • Ahlam Abu-Jadallah – Jordan – Government
  • Aida Mahmutović – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Not For Profit
  • Aleksandar Ichokjaev – The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Academic
  • Amal Al-Saqqaf – Yemen – Academic
  • Amparo Arango – Dominican Republic – Government
  • Arsene Tungali Baguma – The Democratic Republic of the Congo – End User
  • Dina Barakat – Egypt - Government
  • Dusan Popovic – Serbia – Academic / ccNSO
  • Dwi Simanungkalit – Indonesia – Government / GAC
  • Edwin Opare – Ghana – Government
  • Elena Tric – Romania – Not For Profit
  • Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui – Nuie – Not For Profit / At Large
  • Etuate Cocker – Tonga – Academic
  • Ganeswar Sahoo – India – Academic / NCUC
  • Hafedh Al Yahmadi – Tunisia – N/A
  • Hania Sabbidin El Dimassi – Lebanon – N/A
  • Ibrahim Alfayoumi – Palestine – N/A
  • Inga Cucer – Republic of Moldova – Government
  • Jesus Rivera – Bolivarian Republic Of Venezuela – Government / ccNSO
  • Kartik Kulkarni – India – Not For Profit
  • Marilia Maciel – Brazil – Academic / NCUC
  • Maritza Yesenia Aguero Miñano – Peru – End User
  • Martin Pablo Silva Valent – Argentina – Business / NCSG
  • Mohamed Adas – Palestine – End User
  • Mwendwa Kivuva – Kenya – Academic / Registry and Registrar
  • Nabil Benamar – Morocco – Academic / At Large
  • Natalie Rose – Jamaica – Academic / At Large
  • Oarabile Mudongo – Botswana – Not For Profit
  • Oleksandr Tsaruk – Ukraine – Government
  • Omar Mansoor Ansari – Afghanistan – Business
  • Paul Muchene – Kenya – Business / At Large
  • Pauline McFadzean – Belize – Business / Registry
  • Rao Naveed Bin Rais – Pakistan – Academic
  • Ridha Guellouz – Tunisia – Not For Profit
  • Roger Oteng Baah – Ghana – Business / IETF
  • Shabnam Shafiei – Islamic Republic of Iran – End User
  • Shakeel Ahmed – Pakistan – Not For Profit
  • Timur Hasanov – Tajikistan – Business / Registry
  • Victoria Rosca – Republic of Moldova – Government
  • Xiaohui Zhang – China – Not For Profit / IPC
  • Yusif Amadu – Ghana – Academic

ICANN received 202 fellowship applications for the London meeting. Applications for each meeting are assessed by an independent selection committee. Priority is given to applicants who meet minimum program requirements, are current residents of developing and least developed nations in the five ICANN regions, and who are interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, advisory committees or stakeholder groups.

Click here to find out more about the fellowship program and how to apply: http://www.icann.org/en/about/participate/fellowships

Singapore GAC Communiqué

Thu, 27 March 2014 - 15:08
27 March 2014

The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN 49 in Singapore has issued its Singapore Communiqué. It is available for review at Singapore GAC Communiqué [PDF, 417 KB].

".Africa" Signing Ceremony Held at ICANN 49

Wed, 26 March 2014 - 18:17
26 March 2014

At ICANN 49 in Singapore today Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD) and Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZA Central Registry (ZACR) participated in a symbolic signing ceremony that allows the new gTLD ".Africa" to proceed to delegation. This marks the first Registry Agreement signed between ICANN and an African gTLD registry operator. A contingency representing the African Union Commission, dotAfrica, and ZADNA (domain name authority of South Africa) were in attendance, as well as several ZACR and ICANN staff members.

175+ New gTLDs Delegated

Mon, 24 March 2014 - 08:00
24 March 2014

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced at ICANN 49 in Singapore that the number of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that have been delegated now tops 175. Recently delegated gTLDs include .NYC, .Cologne, .trade, 机构 (Chinese for "agencies/institutions"), .webcam and more.  View a video to learn more about the "new dots."

ICANN Seeks Public Comment on 2013 RAA Data Retention Specification Data Elements and Legitimate Purposes for Collection and Retention

Fri, 21 March 2014 - 15:56
21 March 2014

ICANN has been in discussions with a number of Registrars regarding data retention waiver requests (“Waiver Requests”) submitted under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA").  Some Registrars are seeking an exemption from certain collection and/or retention requirements under the Data Retention Specification (the "Specification") of the 2013 RAA.  Section 2 of the Data Retention Specification sets forth requirements regarding the written materials a Registrar must submit in support of its good faith determination that the collection and/or retention of any data element specified in the Specification violates applicable law, and provides that following notice to ICANN of the Waiver Request, ICANN and the applicable Registrar shall discuss the matter in good faith in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the matter. An update on the 2013 RAA and the data retention waiver process can be found here: http://blog.icann.org/2014/02/update-on-2013-raa-and-data-retention-waiver-process/

ICANN understands that personal data should be treated in accordance with applicable data protection laws, which generally permit gathering and retention of personal data for legitimate purpose(s).  ICANN also understands that the law may vary from country to country as to (i) what is considered a legitimate purpose, (ii) whether the personal data is adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the legitimate purpose for which they are collected and (iii) for how long certain data elements may be retained.  In other words, what is considered a legitimate purpose for collection of certain data in one country may not be considered a legitimate purpose in another country.  

During ICANN’s discussions in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the matter, some Registrars have requested that ICANN (a) clarify and better define certain data elements described in the Data Retention Specification that the Registrars maintain are not clearly defined; and (b) describe potentially legitimate purposes for collection and retention of each data element that would help provide guidance for Registrars both as to whether such elements may be lawfully collected, and, if so, for how long such elements might lawfully be retained..

In response to these requests from some Registrars, ICANN is posting for public comment a document seeking to clarify what is meant by certain data elements described in the Data Retention Specification and describing potentially legitimate purposes for collection and retention of those data elements.   That document can be found here [PDF, 116 KB]. The document will be posted for a period of thirty (30) days to seek feedback and input from the community on (i) whether the data elements are appropriately described, (ii) whether the cited purposes for collection and retention are appropriate and legitimate, and (iii) whether there are other potentially legitimate purposes for collection and retention of such data elements.  After the thirty (30) day period following this posting has expired, ICANN will consider all feedback and input received in connection with ICANN’s ongoing discussions to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of Waiver Requests.  In the interim, ICANN will continue its ongoing discussions to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of Waiver Requests with individual Registrars with the goal of granting additional Waiver Requests as and when appropriate.

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

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."


To download a high-resolution photo of Veni Markovski, go here:

To download a high-resolution photo of Michael Yakushev, go here:

To download a high-resolution photo of Nigel Hickson, go here:

To download a high-resolution photo of Jean-Jacques Sahel, go here:

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

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.


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.