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  • New WHOIS ARS Report (Phase 2 Cycle 6) Now Available
    on June 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 15 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) Phase 2 Cycle 6 Report. The data analyzed in this report is from January 2018. This is a follow-up to previous ARS Reports which have been published semi-annually since December 2015. Read the Report. The report explores both the syntax and operability accuracy of WHOIS records in generic top-level domains (gTLDs) as compared to the requirements of the 2009 and 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAAs). It also examines the leading types of nonconformances, trends, and comparisons of WHOIS accuracy across gTLD types, ICANN regions, and RAA versions. (Note: The data analyzed in this report was completed prior to the adoption of the Temporary Specification.) The ICANN org developed accuracy tests to answer questions about the syntax (format and content) and operability (e.g., does an email sent to the email address provided in the WHOIS record go through?) of a sample of WHOIS records. Then, using statistical methods, syntax and operability accuracy estimates were provided for the population of domains in gTLDs as a whole, as well as for several subgroups of interest. Key Findings (data as of January 2018) The analysis found that: Nearly all WHOIS records contained information that could be used to establish immediate contact: In 98 percent of records, at least one email or phone number met all operability requirements of the 2009 RAA. Approximately 92 percent of email addresses, 60 percent of telephone numbers, and 99 percent of postal addresses were operable (see Table 1 below for more information). Table 1: Overall gTLD Operability Accuracy by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval) Email Telephone Postal Address All Three Accurate All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 92.3% ± 0.5% 59.5% ± 0.9% 98.9% ± 0.2% 55.5% ± 0.9% In terms of syntax accuracy, approximately 99 percent of email addresses, 92 percent of telephone numbers, and 88 percent of postal addresses were found to have met all the requirements of the 2009 RAA (see Table 2 below for more information). Table 2: Overall gTLD Syntax Accuracy to 2009 RAA Requirements by Contact Mode (95 percent confidence interval) Email Telephone Postal Address All Three Accurate All Three Contacts (Registrant, Technical, Administrative) Accurate 99.7% ± 0.1% 92.1% ± 0.5% 88.3% ± 0.6% 82.2% ± 0.7% The report also shows a breakdown of accuracy rates by ICANN region (see Figure 1 below for more information). Figure 1: Overall gTLD Syntax and Operability Accuracy by ICANN Region Next Steps Results included in the report will be provided to ICANN's Contractual Compliance team, which will assess the types of errors found and follow up with registrars on potentially inaccurate records. If WHOIS inaccuracy and/or format complaints are created from the WHOIS ARS data, ICANN Contractual Compliance will issue tickets in accordance with the Contractual Compliance Approach and Process [PDF, 292 KB]. Compliance provides updates on a quarterly basis, which include updates on WHOIS ARS tickets and can be found here. In response to ICANN community requests, the ICANN org now publishes additional metrics on the WHOIS ARS Contractual Compliance Metrics page here. The ICANN org will begin work on the next WHOIS ARS report in July 2018, with a targeted publication date of December 2018. Learn more: General information on WHOIS Previous WHOIS ARS Reports Pilot Study Report [PDF, 1.5 MB] About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – 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. […]

  • ICANN Appeals German Court Decision on GDPR / WHOIS
    on June 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 13 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today appealed a decision by the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany not to issue an injunction in proceedings that ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. The appeal was filed to the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Germany. ICANN is asking the Higher Regional Court to issue an injunction that would require EPAG to reinstate the collection of all WHOIS data required under EPAG’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. The Regional Court in Bonn rejected ICANN’s initial application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought to require EPAG to collect administrative contact and technical contact data for new domain name registrations. If the Higher Regional Court does not agree with ICANN or is not clear about the scope of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ICANN is also asking the Higher Regional Court to refer the issues in ICANN’s appeal to the European Court of Justice. ICANN is appealing the 30 May 2018 decision by the Regional Court in Bonn as part of ICANN’s public interest role in coordinating a decentralized global WHOIS for the generic top-level domain system.  “We are continuing to seek clarity of how to maintain a global WHOIS system and still remain consistent with legal requirements under the GDPR,” said John Jeffrey, ICANN’s General Counsel and Secretary. “We hope that the Court will issue the injunction or the matter will be considered by the European Court of Justice.” Background: On 25 May 2018, ICANN filed the injunction proceedings against EPAG. ICANN asked the Court for assistance in interpreting the GDPR in an effort to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN sought a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data. The intent was to assure that all such data remains available to parties who demonstrate a legitimate purpose to access it, and to seek clarification that under the GDPR, ICANN may continue to require such collection. ICANN filed the proceedings because EPAG had informed ICANN that as of 25 May 2018 when it sells new domain name registrations, it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information. EPAG believes collection of that particular data would violate the GDPR. ICANN’s contract with EPAG requires that information to be collected. EPAG is one of over 2,500 registrars and registries that help ICANN maintain the global information resource of the WHOIS system. ICANN is not seeking to have its contracted parties violate the law. Put simply, EPAG's position spotlights a disagreement with ICANN and others as to how the GDPR should be interpreted. On 30 May 2018, the Court determined that it would not issue an injunction against EPAG. In rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the administrative and technical data for new registrations. However, the Court did not indicate in its ruling that collecting such data would be a violation of the GDPR. Rather, the Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement or security problems). The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion. ICANN appreciates and understands the dilemma of EPAG in trying to interpret the GDPR rules against the WHOIS requirements, but if EPAG's actions stand, those with legitimate purposes, including security-related purposes, law enforcement, intellectual property rights holders, and other legitimate users of that information may no longer be able to access full WHOIS records. In addition to the court proceedings, ICANN is continuing to pursue ongoing discussions with the European Commission and the European Data Protection Board to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services. 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. […]

  • The Sixth Africa DNS Forum to take place in Cotonou, Benin
    on June 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    ISTANBUL – 14 June 2018 – On 3-5 July, the sixth Africa DNS Forum will take place under the theme “Building a Sustainable Domain Name Industry in Africa” in Cotonou, Benin. The Forum is co-organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), and AfRegistrar. It will be hosted by the Regulatory Authority of Communications Electronics in Benin (ARCEP). This year's forum follows on the success of the preceding forums, held in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015), Marrakech, Morocco (2016), and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2017). Over the past six years, the Africa DNS Forum has become an important annual event, bringing together regional players and world experts in the DNS field to share experiences, best practices, and provide updates on developments in the domain industry. This year's three-day event builds on the takeaways from the previous one, and addresses key issues that directly concern the regional industry. Among this year's topics are data protection and privacy, registry and registrar platform development, Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance initiatives in Africa, and investment opportunities in the Africa DNS industry. Moreover, on 6 July, the African Internet community will celebrate 20 years of Internet Governance in Africa. Representatives of ICANN leadership as well as the Internet pioneers of Africa will come together for the celebrations in Benin, twenty years after the first African Internet Governance Forum was held in Benin in 1998. The anniversary will be marked by a day-long event themed “An Efficient Governance of Internet in the Service of Africa Development.” Representatives of ICANN, Internet Society (ISOC), local governmental authorities, United Nations Development Programme, Internet pioneers of Africa, and more will be partaking in the event. For more information on the event, visit www.internethistory.africa. The first week of July will allow the regional Internet stakeholders to celebrate and reflect back upon the journey of the Internet in Africa, and discuss ways to improve the Internet penetration rates, online business opportunities, and participation in the global Internet Governance across the continent. We look forward to both events that will give us the opportunity to once again convene with our African stakeholders. For registration and more information on the Africa DNS Forum, visit www.dnsforum.africa. About ICANN ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. […]

  • Call for Expressions of Interest for 2019 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect
    on June 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Los Angeles – 13 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2019 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2019 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. In September 2017, the ICANN Board appointed Zahid Jamil as the 2018 NomCom Chair and J. Damon Ashcraft as the 2018 NomCom Chair-Elect. (https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2017-09-23-en - 1.d.) Article 8, section 8.3(d) of the Bylaws states, “It 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.” While it is anticipated that the 2018 NomCom Chair-Elect will become the 2019 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 (BGC) before it makes a recommendation to the full Board on the 2019 NomCom leadership. These reviews will be conducted by an independent third party provider and will consist of interviewing other NomCom leadership, NomCom members, and designated NomCom staff. The BGC will utilize the outcomes of these reviews in their processes leading up to the Board's formal appointment of the 2019 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, a position created as a result of an independent review of the NomCom, 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 worldwide 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: adequate time available to undertake the role; excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members; a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates; experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN; strong organization and leadership skills; ability to remain unbiased; no conflicts of interest, and 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#article8). Specific Duties and Responsibilities Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including: Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates. Conducts outreach with ICANN Stakeholder groups, Constituencies, Advisory Committees and Supporting Organizations (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others. With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during the NomCom process. Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel's office and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN org's website. 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 org (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 org's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN org upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN org of valid receipts and invoices. Expressions of Interest Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to NomComChair2019@icann.org no later than 2 July 2018. A suggested form for submitting an Expression of Interest is available here [PDF, 953 KB] For more information about the NomCom see http://nomcom.icann.org/ 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. […]

  • Proposed Renewal of .COOP Sponsored Registry Agreement
    on June 11, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Open Date: 11 June 2018 Close Date: 27 July 2018 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Contract Party Agreements Brief Overview: ICANN org is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2007 Registry Agreement for .COOP, which is set to expire on 22 November 2018. The renewal proposal is a result of bilateral discussions between ICANN org and dotCooperation LLC, the Registry Operator for the .COOP top-level domain (TLD). Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/coop-renewal-2018-06-11-en […]

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