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  • Our Communications in Latin America and the Caribbean During 2017
    on December 13, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This blog is becoming a tradition! It's interesting to see how far we have come by reading our previous blogs: 2015 LAC Communications highlights and 2016 LAC Communications highlights. For the third year in a row, as the year comes to an end, we are happy to share our accomplishments with you. This time, we created an infographic so that instead of reading about our progress and milestones, you can visualize them. Download our 2017 LAC Communications infographic – I hope you like it! Also, be sure to stay tuned for our 2017 LAC Year in Review report, which we will launch soon. This report will highlight more of our work in Latin America and the Caribbean (read the 2016 LAC Year in Review). […]

  • Tec Monterrey and the Fourth LAC DNS Forum
    on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Some say the key to sustainable development is the knowledge economy. A place that exemplifies this idea in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region is Monterrey, Mexico. The city is home to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education – also known as Tec. This educational leader promotes knowledge, from creation to application, for the whole scientific spectrum. One area is Internet services, and it is not by chance that NIC.mx is proudly located in Monterrey. On 16 November, we had the privilege to visit Monterrey to run the Fourth LAC Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, hosted by NIC.mx. ICANN supported the forum, along with the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), and the Public Interest Registry (PIR). We engaged with the local community by including the forum in the Monterrey's Entrepreneurship Festival incmty.com, a yearly gathering for technology professionals, startups, investors, and researchers. Our partners organized the agenda around four pillars: DNS ecosystem and market trends Domain name usage best practices DNS security Entrepreneurship in the Internet This approach was a success, with attendees lining up before each session to get seats, and asking well-informed questions in the discussions. You can review the program on the LAC DNS Forum's permanent website (yes, great news!), prepared as a courtesy by NIC.mx. Also, take some time to watch our video recordings and download presentations from the YouTube channel. Many thanks to our Board Members; ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) and Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR) team; community members; and business leaders for helping to deliver a memorable LAC DNS Forum. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Monterrey Tec for the warm welcome and for the opportunity to share ideas for an innovative and secure DNS environment. We learned a lot with all of you and look for your participation in the 2018 LAC DNS Forum. […]

  • What’s New with Reviews?
    on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    ICANN Reviews are one of several important accountability mechanisms that help demonstrate how ICANN delivers on its commitments. There are many ways you can get involved and share your input to Reviews. Learn about the latest participation opportunities below. Specific Reviews assess the performance of the ICANN organization in key areas pertaining to its core function and make recommendations to improve future performance. These reviews are led by community review teams. Help Shape the Future of the New gTLD Marketplace The Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has published new sections of its draft report for public comment. The new sections include findings and recommendations related to Domain Name System (DNS) abuse and parking, and costs of the New gTLD Program to trademark holders. Join the webinar on Monday, 18 December 2017 at 16:00 UTC to learn about the new sections, and visit the public comment page to share your input. The public comment period will close on 8 January 2018. Contribute to the Development of the Review Operating Standards The draft ICANN Operating Standards for Specific Reviews documents standards and criteria that will guide how reviews are conducted. Visit the public comment page to share your input. The public comment period will close on 15 January 2018. Bookmark the new Specific Review wiki landing pages to stay up-to-date with news and opportunities to participate: Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review (CCT) Registration Directory Service Review (RDS-WHOIS2) Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the DNS (SSR2) Organizational Reviews assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve their effectiveness. These reviews are led by independent examiners. Input to the RSSAC2 Review Do you have improvement ideas for the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)? Interisle, the independent examiner conducing the second RSSAC Review, has published a short survey for community input, which will close on 27 December 2017. Take the survey here. To learn more about ICANN Reviews visit: https://go.icann.org/2nyW3az. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update: Guidance on Proposed Model Submissions Now Available
    on December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

    We are writing to update you on our progress since our last blog. Today we published more details on how to submit a proposed model for providing registration directory services and meeting other data retention requirements while remaining compliant with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we move ahead, we outline below our planned next steps for receiving and assessing those models, which will enable us to be compliant with the law. We look forward to receiving the proposed models from all community members, submitted in response to the 2 November 2017 Statement from Contractual Compliance. The statement indicated ICANN org would consider deferring action against any gTLD registry or registrar for noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the handling of registration data. The guidance we just published provides full details on what to include in the proposals, such as how the model accommodates existing contractual obligations, while reconciling them with the GDPR. As a reminder, submission of a model does not guarantee approval or temporary deferral from contractual obligations. Göran Marby, our president and chief executive officer, has emphasized that finding a path forward to ensure compliance with the GDPR, while maintaining access to registration directory services to the greatest extent possible, is a high priority. When possible, we encourage the community to work together to align its models prior to submission. Fewer models will ease the impact on end-users and operational processes for all. Those models will be published on ICANN's website and shared with Hamilton, the European law firm engaged to assist ICANN org, for their consideration. By the end of this calendar year, we plan to publish a second iteration of the legal analysis by Hamilton. This second iteration of the legal assessment takes into consideration additional inputs and questions from the community since the first iteration [PDF, 1.13 MB]. The community discussions, the work by Hamilton and relevant proposals will inform the publication of models for compliance with the GDPR as well as with our contracts. As noted in our prior blog, we will solicit public comment on these proposed models, which ICANN org will consider before settling on a decision. Recently, we also received a letter [PDF, 110 KB] from the Article 29 Working Party, which is published on our correspondence page. This communication is also useful for the community to consider and will factor into our work. As previously noted, in parallel, the Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Working Group is working to provide recommendations on the next generation of WHOIS, which will provide the long-term solution to ensure compliance with the GDPR as well as other local data privacy laws. We look forward to receiving input and continuing to engage with the ICANN community as we work together to address the GDPR's impact on ICANN's contracts and registration directory services. We will keep you posted via these blogs, and provide up-to-date correspondence and other documents on our Data protection/Privacy Issues page. […]

  • ICANN61 Confirmed for Puerto Rico
    on December 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

    The ICANN Meetings team recently visited Puerto Rico to assess the recovery progress made since Hurricane Maria, and are pleased to reconfirm San Juan as the location for ICANN61. The meeting will be held from 10-15 March 2018. We recognize that Puerto Rico is still in the recovery phase, and while we can expect some minor inconveniences, the convention center and supporting hotels are fully operational and eager to host our event in March. We have been assured that our presence in San Juan will support economic recovery on the island. We are grateful for the ongoing support Governor Ricardo Antonio Rosselló and his staff have offered to ensure a successful ICANN61. We encourage anyone traveling to Puerto Rico from outside of the United States to review applicable visa requirements and apply as soon as possible if one is necessary. More information can be found at https://meetings.icann.org/en/sanjuan61#travel. Hotel booking links will be posted by 15 December 2017 at https://meetings.icann.org/en/sanjuan61#travel. […]

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