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  • Assisting Registrants in Areas Affected by Hurricane Maria
    on November 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

    We have recently heard from community members that registrants affected by Hurricane Maria may be unable to renew their domain name due to ongoing issues with the electric power grid and telecommunications infrastructures in the Caribbean and surrounding areas. This means these registrants risk losing their domain name due to circumstances beyond their control. To help these individuals, ICANN approved Hurricane Maria and other similar natural disasters as extenuating circumstances under RAA section 3.7.5.1. This means that registrars now have the flexibility to extend the registration renewal period for individuals in affected areas. We hope that registries will support this action and that registrars will consider this option when reviewing renewal delinquencies from these regions. The devastating impact of Hurricane Maria also highlights the need for a broader policy to protect registrants when they are unable to renew their domains as a result of natural disasters or other extraordinary circumstances. We encourage the community to consider this topic during policy development discussions. We continue to join the rest of the world in extending good thoughts for a speedy recovery for those affected by Hurricane Maria. […]

  • ICANN Fellowship Program: Taking Stock of the Past and Looking Towards the Future
    on November 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Anyone familiar with the ICANN Fellowship Program will tell you about the wide range of benefits that it has brought to the ICANN community. It was formed a decade ago with the goal of bringing people to ICANN from underserved and underrepresented communities around the world. The program's footprint is highly visible. ICANN fellows fill a number of leadership positions across the ICANN community, are members of the ICANN Board of Directors and ICANN Organization, and many community participants have come to ICANN through the program. Since 2007, over 640 people have been awarded a fellowship, representing a wide diversity of gender, background, region, experience, and expertise. Who are the fellows and where do they come from? Fellowships have been awarded to participants from 133 countries. The region with the greatest number of fellows is Latin America and the Caribbean, followed by Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Applicants from North America and some additional European countries became eligible only recently, starting with ICANN55. Overall, from the data available, 33% of fellows are female and 67% are male (only male/female self-declarations have been available to fellows to date). Almost three-quarters of all fellows come from three sectors: civil society, governments and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), and academia. This pattern is consistent across all regions. If you'd like more details, take a look at the recent ICANN Fellowship Program 10-year Survey [PDF, 981 KB]. This survey provides valuable insight into the roles that fellows play in the ICANN Community. It shows that while the program has achieved a great deal already, there is some progress to be made towards increasing the participation of fellows in most areas of ICANN's work. For example: 69% (218) of respondents said that they are engaged with their respective ICANN's regional team; 30% (96) are involved in developing a regional strategy. 62% (198) are currently involved in a community, as illustrated in the graph (right). (Survey participants could select multiple options.) 39% (125) are active contributors, leaders, or ambassadors. The survey defines 'active contributors' as engaged and active in the community; 'leader' as currently holding, or having held, a leadership position within the community; and 'ambassador' as a current or former leader, a mentor to newcomers, or regularly engaged and actively learning and teaching others. Further, 31% (67) are members or observers who have joined a community or group. Looking Towards the Future While we celebrate the successes of the past, it is also time to plan for the future. Over the past few months, we have been looking at how the ICANN community can further increase the success of the program in the future, particularly in light of ICANN's new mission and goals. As ICANN continues to evolve, the Fellowship Program must keep a steady pace. This will require a careful review of what works and what needs to improve. We look forward to engaging with the community over the coming weeks and months in a broad consultation that defines the program's vision for the future and empowers it to prioritize based on identified needs. […]

  • Increasing the Asia Pacific Community’s Participation in the Multistakeholder Model, Part 2
    on November 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    In an earlier blog, I wrote about why our Asia Pacific (APAC) community needs to participate in ICANN. To do that, we need to understand the multistakeholder model, which is applied from the bottom-up, not the top-down. In this blog, I will illustrate how this model works with an example closer to home. Bottom-Up Governance in Action: The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) To give you some background, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum where policy discussions take place on issues related to Internet governance. For the uninitiated, learn more about the IGF here. A regional version of the IGF, the APrIGF serves as a platform for discussion, exchange, and collaboration with the aim of advancing Internet governance development in the APAC region. What many people don't know is that the APrIGF is convened from the bottom-up by – you guessed it – multistakeholders. Following the global IGF's lead, members of the Internet community in the APAC region felt the need for a platform in the region for Internet-related discussions. In 2010, an open process began that resulted in the creation of a regional IGF, and the APrIGF has convened every year since. A self-organizing group called the Multistakeholder Steering Group (MSG) "governs" the APrIGF. Membership is open to anyone from the region, and includes representatives from different stakeholder groups. Everything at the APrIGF is done on a volunteer basis, and in the MSG no one person or organization dominates the discussions. In the beginning, the MSG came together and by consensus settled on a few "rules," including how it is structured: the operating principles and election procedures that govern how it chooses its leadership. The MSG meets periodically (on conference calls mostly) to plan and organize each year's APrIGF. It agrees to more rules as required, such as the process for organizations to bid to host an APrIGF; or the formation of a program committee to determine how to evaluate workshop proposals that will shape the agenda of the year's APrIGF. So the APrIGF is a group of interested stakeholders coming together to work on issues or to solve problems related to the Internet from the bottom-up. That, in my view, is the multistakeholder approach. The size of the MSG has grown over the years, and so has the participation and depth of conversation at the APrIGF. The most recent APrIGF meeting held in Bangkok saw over 500 attendees from 45 economies in the region. ICANN: Another Model of Multistakeholder Internet Governance ICANN is another example of a platform where an open collection of global stakeholders from different groups – including academia, business, technical experts, civil society, governments, and end users – convene based on an open, bottom-up process. As I highlighted in Part 1 of this blog, in ICANN, the discussions focus largely on Internet domain names. How does the multistakeholder approach in ICANN work? Any interested stakeholder can participate. Stakeholders can represent themselves, their organizations, their governments, or other stakeholder groups. Stakeholders are publicly accountable. Participants have agreed on operating procedures, and to participate effectively, it helps to understand them. Participants are the ones who raise issues or problems. They work from the bottom-up to develop the necessary processes to take issues forward. Much of the work takes place through conference calls, which help to broaden participation. In addition, ICANN hosts three Public Meetings per year, held in different regions of the world. At these meetings, stakeholders meet face-to-face. Our next ICANN Public Meeting will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 10–15 March 2018. I hope that this blog has helped you better understand the governance and participation model of ICANN. Your involvement is key; if we are not involved, our region's voices will not be heard. Come join us and help shape the future of the Domain Name System. Our focus at the APAC regional office is to facilitate your participation. If you are interested but don't know how to start, email us at apachub@icann.org. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Activity Recap
    on November 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    We have just returned from a very busy ICANN60 meeting in Abu Dhabi, where there were many productive community discussions focused on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We want to provide you with a brief recap of these dialogues, recent developments and what's next in terms of the legal analysis. As you'll recall from previous blogs on this topic, we are taking the following steps to determine the GDPR's scope of impact: We published a Personal Data Use Matrix based on contributions from stakeholders, and we commissioned a legal analysis from European law firm Hamilton to assess the data in the matrix and answer other questions related to the legislation's impact. At ICANN60 we published a statement from Contractual Compliance on the ability of registries and registrars to comply with their WHOIS and other contractual requirements. Moving forward, we shared in Abu Dhabi our plan for the next phase of the Hamilton legal analysis, which will incorporate questions from the community, and will inform the publication of 2-3 models for compliance with the GDPR, as well as our contracts. We plan to solicit your input on these models in the coming months. Also at ICANN60, at the cross-community session on the GDPR many of the discussions revolved around the continued availability of WHOIS, including changes that may be required in light of the legislation. We also heard concerns from registries and registrars about their ability to comply with contractual agreements with ICANN and the GDPR, as well as topics such as looking beyond WHOIS to include registration data more broadly, including data required to be escrowed and retained under ICANN's contracts. If you weren't able to attend, you can listen to an audio recording of the session. Given that enforcement of the GDPR will become effective on 25 May 2018, these discussions and progress on the legal analysis are important to the contracted parties' ability to comply with GDPR from that day onwards without breaching their agreements with ICANN. Göran Marby, our president and chief executive officer, made it clear during the meeting, including at several stakeholder sessions, that finding a path forward to ensure compliance with the GDPR while maintaining WHOIS to the greatest extent possible is a high priority. In this regard, as was also shared at ICANN60, the ICANN org is working with external legal counsel, Hamilton, on the next iteration of the legal analysis. This includes ultimately identifying potential models that address both GDPR and ICANN compliance obligations.  As also noted above, at ICANN60 ICANN Contractual Compliance published a statement indicating that it would defer taking action against any registry or registrar for noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the processing of personal data under certain conditions. We encourage you to read the full statement here. To be clear, we will defer enforcement on a temporary basis during this period of uncertainty. We also want to clarify that submission of a model does not mean that it will qualify for deferral or that any deferral granted will be permanent. ICANN is currently considering the process for reviewing deferral submissions.  The sharing of models is also an important contribution to feed into subsequent iterations of analysis from the Hamilton law firm. In parallel the Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group is working on the next generation of WHOIS, which includes privacy requirements. The outcome of this PDP will be the long-term solution to ensure consistency with the GDPR as well as other local data privacy laws. If you are interested in participating in the Registration Directory Services PDP, or follow the progress of the Working Group, please visit their wiki page. We also have heard that you want to understand what the ICANN org is doing to make sure it complies with the new regulation. We continue to assess the data we collect from internal and external sources as we determine how to comply with the GDPR as an organization. This includes data from community members such as statements of interest, funded traveler requests and other non-registration information. We will continue to apprise the community of our efforts on our Data Protection/Privacy Issues page, just as we know that many of you are already working on your own efforts to address compliance with the law, just like ICANN org. What's Next Here's where we are now: At ICANN60, we listened to the discussions and captured questions that were posed by the community. We will provide these questions, along with questions based on our own understanding of the issues, to Hamilton to help inform the next iteration of the legal analysis [PDF, 253 KB]. As a part of this, we will ask Hamilton to tailor and supplement the questions as needed to help ensure the scope of the analysis is appropriate. A list of those questions is published here. As noted above, we anticipate that the next phase of the Hamilton analysis will help clarify possible models for compliance by all parties. As noted in the contractual compliance statement, we strongly encourage contracted parties to submit their models so we can also share them with Hamilton to incorporate in their follow-up legal analysis. Other stakeholders in the community may also propose models to be considered as part of the discussion. This feedback is essential to helping inform next steps and how to move forward, including finding a model or models that fulfill obligations for both the GDPR and ICANN compliance. We will provide additional information including detailed guidance regarding the process and eligibility as it evolves. To submit a model, email globalsupport@icann.org. On a related note, we are encouraged to know that various contracted parties are discussing the possibility of aligning models prior to submission. We commend this effort. Fewer models will ease the impact on end-users and operational processes for all of us including the contracted parties themselves. We will continue to engage with the multistakeholder community, data protection authorities, and other parties including law enforcement and the intellectual property community. In closing, we understand that there is more work to be done, including understanding the precise impact of the GDPR on ICANN's contracts. Let's keep the lines of communication open and work together towards a solution. […]

  • Transparency of Security Efforts in ICANN
    on November 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Security vulnerabilities in systems are an unfortunate fact of life. The Engineering and Information Technology team in the ICANN org is working hard on many fronts to protect and enhance the security of our systems. From time to time events occur that result in specific and focused security-related activity that can impact the ICANN org and/or community. Because of our commitment to openness and transparency, we are disclosing the following two events to the community. To our current knowledge, neither of these incidents resulted in any compromise of ICANN data. Intermedia Email Services Issue The ICANN org outsources email services to a cloud services provider, Intermedia. On 21 August 2017, the ICANN org Information Technology (ICANN IT) department discovered an issue with the client administrative control console for Intermedia-hosted email services. ICANN IT immediately notified Intermedia, conducted a thorough investigation of the issue, and determined that no breach of ICANN Board, org, or community data had occurred as a result of this issue. On 22 August 2017, Intermedia, following its own rapid incident response process, applied remediation. Apache Struts Jakarta Multipart Parser Vulnerability On 18 September 2017, the ICANN org conducted a review of internally managed ICANN services and after a preliminary evaluation, found none to be affected by the Apache Struts Vulnerability (CVE-2017-5638). We also initiated a process to contact our externally managed service providers to obtain their assessments of the impact of this issue. We have currently received reports that 16 services are unaffected, and are awaiting responses from our vendors regarding the remaining services. In light of these two disclosures, we have identified the need to formalize our procedures for appropriately disclosing events like these in the future. We have begun the work of defining this process. When that effort is complete, we will communicate the new transparency guidelines to the community. If you have any questions or feedback, please email me directly: terry.manderson@icann.org […]

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  • ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program Call for Nominations by SOs/ACs
    on November 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 20 November 2017 – ICANN has issued a call for nominations by the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) to the Community Onboarding Pilot (COP) Program for ICANN61. The COP seeks to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates through mentorship and knowledge and experience sharing. Nominations are due no later than Friday, 15 December 2017, 23:59 UTC. Additional details can be found here. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]

  • Recommendations on ICANN Jurisdiction
    on November 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 14 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018 Originating Organization: Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (CCWG-Accountability, WS2) Categories/Tags: Accountability; Jurisdiction Brief Overview: This public comment proceeding seeks community input on the Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on jurisdiction. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability, WS2 as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the CCWG-Accountability, Work Stream 1 (WS1). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/recommendations-on-icann-jurisdiction-2017-11-14-en […]

  • Recommendations to Improve ICANN Staff Accountability
    on November 13, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 13 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018 Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Categories/Tags: Staff Accountability; Accountability Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on ICANN Staff Accountability. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/accountability-recs-2017-11-13-en […]

  • Recommendations to Improve ICANN's Office of Ombudsman (IOO)
    on November 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Open Date: 10 November 2017 Close Date: 22 December 2017 Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Categories/Tags: Office of Ombuds Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on the ICANN Ombuds Office (IOO). These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ioo-recs-2017-11-10-en […]

  • ICANN Global Indigenous Ambassador Program Accepts Applications
    on November 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 8 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the opening of applications for the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program. Two Indigenous Ambassadors will be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities to attend ICANN61. Applicants must be members of unserved or underserved tribal or native communities and meet the ICANN Fellowship Program criteria. Selected participants will receive travel, hotel, and per diem for the ICANN61 Conference in Puerto Rico, to be held 10-15 March 2018. "ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents." Said Loris Taylor, President & CEO, Native Public Media, "This is an exciting opportunity for two Indigenous Ambassadors to learn about ICANN and the At-Large Community, representing the best interests of Internet end users." The deadline for submitting applications is 17 November 2017. Access your application here: Global Indigenous Ambassador Application ICANN wants participants to learn as much as possible during ICANN61. As part of the program, Indigenous Ambassadors will: Work with an indigenous mentor for the duration of the conference. Attend the ICANN Newcomer meeting with a Public Responsibility Support team representative who will facilitate the session to ensure inclusion. Participate in the Fellowship morning sessions for the duration of the conference to gain an understanding of and experience with ICANN and the multistakeholder community. Participate in the newcomer Onboarding Program both prior to coming to ICANN61 and during ICANN61. Submit a detailed report within 30 days after the conference – describing activities and assessing the Ambassador's experience. These reports help ICANN evaluate future Fellowship efforts. This round of the program will launch at around the ICANN60 Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. In the previous round, applications for ambassadors, which was expanded to global indigenous communities, were received from nearly all continents. The two ICANN60 Ambassadors are from the United States and Bolivia, and the Indigenous Mentor is from Brazil. ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity! About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world. […]