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  • Chair's Blog: A Preview of the Panama Board Workshop
    on June 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

    We are less than two weeks away from ICANN62 in Panama City, Panama. That means the Board is once again getting ready for another workshop, which will be held from 22-24 June, right before the meeting. If you’ll recall, we reorganized our last workshop in Vancouver to allow for more time to discuss the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, so this upcoming workshop will give us an opportunity to reconvene on some of the issues we set aside when we last met. We’ll be holding quite a few public sessions, as well as a public Board meeting. You can find out how to dial-in to these listen-only sessions here. On Friday, 22 June, the first day of the workshop, we’re going to start off with a dialogue with Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, and then jump into a discussion about the current status of GDPR. This will include an update on progress made in resolving the outstanding items outlined in the Appendix of the Temporary Specification. After lunch, Akinori Maemura will be leading a public session on recommendations for implementation of Internationalized Domain Name variant top-level domains. Following that session, Ram Mohan and Kaveh Ranjbar, along with David Conrad, will be providing an update on potential strategies to increase the resilience of the L-root. Avri Doria will then be leading a session on the status of the new generic TLD (gTLD) subsequent procedures policy work in the GNSO. As the gTLD Policy Development Process is getting close to making a recommendation about the possible launch of another round of new gTLD applications, it’s important that the Board discuss and start considering what its input might be. Afterwards, Becky Burr will spearhead a session on the status of work on the new Independent Review Process system, followed by a session on the Board’s communications strategy, which will be led by Lousewies Van der Laan. Saturday, 23 June, is packed with public sessions, so I highly encourage you to review the schedule and see which ones you might be interested in listening to. We will start the day with a public Board meeting, and then Avri and the Policy Development team will be briefing the Board on some of the hot topics that will be discussed during ICANN62 to ensure we are prepared. Maarten Botterman will then lead the second public session of the day, which will be an update on the status of deliverables related to the Board’s FY18 priorities, such as replenishing the ICANN org’s Reserve Fund and measuring the community’s satisfaction with the Board. The third public session of the day will be led by Khaled Koubaa and will be an update on the long and short-term options for streamlining the various ICANN reviews, a topic which is currently out for public comment. Following this, Maarten will hold a session on identifying our FY19 priorities. Becky Burr will then be joining him to host a session to discuss the Board’s inputs into the new gTLD auction proceeds work. During the final public session of the day, led by Matthew Shears, the Board Working Group on Internet Governance will be briefing the full Board about the upcoming potential policy issues that may have an impact on ICANN. The day will end with our feedback session, where we discuss how the workshop went and look for ways to improve upon the efficiency and effectiveness during the next iteration. The last day of the workshop, Sunday, 24 June, will be dedicated to strategic planning, as well as a roundtable with the chairs of ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, which Göran, Chris Disspain, and I plan to attend. Given the wide range of issues that we’ll be addressing during the workshop, I expect that this will be an intense and productive three days. I look forward to having you join us for our public sessions, as well as seeing many of you during the meeting. […]

  • Engagement Efforts with Local Stakeholders in Moscow
    on June 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN, was in Moscow, Russia, from 22-24 May for a series of meetings with the Russian Internet community. He was joined by David Conrad, Chief Technology Officer, and Tarek Kamel, Senior Vice President for Government and IGO Engagement, and myself. This was the ICANN organization's first high-level visit in over five years. It was also Göran's first visit to Moscow and Eastern Europe and Central Asia region as a whole, as ICANN President and CEO. The delegation learned firsthand about the community's priorities and discussed how to foster local participation in ICANN. During the trip, the delegation met with the local Domain Name System (DNS) community. A working meeting was organized with the Coordination Center for National Domains, .RU/.РФ, Russian ccTLD registry, which runs .RU, the ninth TLD and the fifth ccTLD by the zone size, and .РФ - the biggest IDN. We had a rewarding Q&A session with members of the local ccTLD and gTLD DNS market and security firms partnering with the ccTLD. Both were hosted by the Russian Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC), a digital business association that brings together over 150 local market players. Throughout the meetings, Göran emphasized that engagement with diverse communities is an essential part of the global ICANN strategy. Cyrillic is one of the most popular non-Latin scripts on the internet, and local internationalized ccTLD (.РФ) and gTLDs (e.g. .москва, .рус, .дети) are successful. He added that "Russia plays an important role in the digital world, and we would welcome more engagement from the Russian Internet community and more expertise from this country in the global ICANN ecosystem." David also participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, presented a lecture at the Higher School of Economics on the ICANN technical mission and spoke at Yandex's conference about the root server system and its evolution (see the recording from 1:28 here). We held meetings with the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Telecom and Mass Communications, a member of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the President's Executive Office representatives overseeing the digital agenda. In both meetings, we had an open exchange of ideas. ICANN confirmed its commitment to the security and stability of the global DNS. During the trip, the Coordination Center for national domains .RU/.РФ, one of our long-standing and most active partners for ICANN engagement in the region, confirmed that it will host the third Eastern European DNS Forum (EEDNSF) in Moscow at the end of 2018. Previously held in Ukraine and Belarus, the EENDSF aims to bring together the local DNS community in the region and we are happy to see Russia take over the baton and invite the community to join us there. The many dialogues we held have provided a good basis for further cooperation with various stakeholders in Russia, including the DNS industry and cybersecurity organizations on DNS abuse prevention and mitigation, as well as further communication, capacity building and mutual data exchange. At the same time, this visit to the region is part of our outreach to drive increased participation in ICANN through better understanding of its interests and priorities. Our collective success demands deeper engagement and innovation as we set the regional agenda for the coming years in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. […]

  • Fourth Annual 2018 GDD Industry Summit Recap
    on June 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

    During the third week of May, the Global Domains Division (GDD) of the ICANN organization held its fourth annual Industry Summit in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. This year's Summit comprised of 410 attendees from over 32 countries, with dozens more participating remotely. The Summit was followed with the Registration Operation Workshop (ROW), an informal industry get-together sponsored by ICANN and Verisign. The primary purpose of the Summit is to provide a forum for ICANN's contracted parties to discuss issues of mutual interest and importance, share best practices, and meet one-on-one with members of the ICANN org. Several ICANN executives, including Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, and Akram Atallah, President of GDD, as well as a few ICANN Board members, attended this year's event and actively engaged with participants. The two and one-half day event was kicked off with the broadcast of the community webinar to discuss the proposed temporary specification for registration data that was under consideration by the ICANN Board at the time. Sessions then began in three topical tracks. This year many sessions were led by community members, with ICANN org staff taking a less active role in the presentation of content. Unsurprisingly, the most active topic was the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and its pending 25 May 2018 enforcement date. Many of the sessions had a GDPR focus, including both the operational and technical aspects of implementing the Temporary Specification. The technical track sessions proved to be very popular, with participants actively proposing and discussing ideas. Many of the discussions featured small breakout groups to analyze particular issues and bring back the outcome to the broader audience. During the Contractual Compliance sessions, registrar and registry participants discussed with members of ICANN org's Contractual Compliance team the approach to be taken while contracted parties work on implementing the temporary specification. There were several sessions dedicated to .BRANDs and how to market TLDs. Case studies of success and failure were shared along with marketing ideas specific to premium names. The event ended with a wrap-up session facilitated by the chairs of the gTLD Registries and Registrar Stakeholder Groups, which included open comments and questions between audience members and senior GDD staff. We have published the results of the participant survey intended to help us continue to improve future GDD Industry Summits. The survey results and comments during the wrap-up session indicate that the multi-track format was a positive improvement. We've already received requests for a tech-ops track at the next Summit and potentially around ICANN tri-annual meetings as well. I'm very pleased with how the Summit has evolved into a major event that complements the tri-annual ICANN meetings. Community input has contributed to pre-determining that the 2019 location will be in the Asia-Pacific region with 2020 returning to Europe. The 2019 GDD Summit will be co-locating with the following events; Registration Operations Workshop (ROW), ICANN DNS Symposium, and DNS OARC. An event of this size and magnitude requires early planning and a significant amount of coordination. I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who made this Summit possible. A special thanks to the Registries and Registrar Stakeholder Groups' planning committee and other participants from the community who helped in planning and moderating several sessions and the ICANN meetings and IT support teams, whose many contributions and team-oriented spirit make it all possible. If you're interested in learning more about the GDD Industry Summit, please see the posted agenda or listen to the Adobe recordings of the sessions at https://www.icann.org/gddsummit. […]

  • Data Protection/Privacy Update: ICANN’s GDPR Efforts with Temporary Specification Now in Effect
    on June 5, 2018 at 7:00 am

    With the recently adopted Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data now in effect, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on what the ICANN organization is doing internally to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I also wanted to share some new information about our ongoing dialogue with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which has now become the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). With regard to our internal compliance efforts within the ICANN org, we have updated several of our policies, including the following policies that cover both the ICANN org and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI): An updated online Privacy Policy A revised Terms of Service A revised Cookies Policy A new Notice of Applicant Privacy (relating to data processed for employment applications) A revised New gTLD Program Personal Data Privacy Statement Links to the new online Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Cookies Policy have been placed on ICANN supported websites, including icann.org, as well as community-facing sites, such as the Community Wiki, atlarge.icann.org, gac.icann.org, and whois.icann.org, to name a few. Pop-up notifications, banners, and hard-coded text have been deployed on most of these sites to notify users of these recent changes. You can find all of these policies here. Over the next few weeks, acknowledgment or consent language regarding our data processing practices and Terms of Service is being placed on every fillable and downloadable form available across all ICANN org supported websites. We've also rolled out internal changes to the way we handle personal data, from data processing arrangements with vendors to our various personnel policies. As for our external activities, we recently published a letter from the European Commission's (EC) Directors Generals (Roberto Viola, DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology; Paraskevi Michou, DG Migration and Home Affairs; and Tiina Astola, DG Justice and Consumers) about our efforts related to the WHOIS services. We are pleased with the positive feedback they've provided regarding the Temporary Specification. In my response, I reiterated our appreciation of the Commission's ongoing facilitating role, and outlined the next steps now that the Temporary Specification has been adopted. We also appreciate the 27 May 2018 communication from the European Data Protection Board and its recognition of the work ICANN has undertaken with its stakeholders and contracted parties on GDPR as it applies to the WHOIS services. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the community and the relevant European data protection authorities, including the European Data Protection Board, as we seek further clarification on the law and work to develop a unified access model for providing continued access to full WHOIS data. This includes identifying opportunities for ICANN, beyond its role as one of the "controllers" with respect to WHOIS or its contractual enforcement role, to be acknowledged under the law as the coordinating authority of the WHOIS system. We will continue to keep the ICANN community updated on these discussions as they occur. As the ICANN Board is required to reaffirm the Temporary Specification 90 days after its adoption, we encourage ongoing community discussions and welcome your feedback at gdpr@icann.org. An announcement related to our recent legal activities related to the GDPR is published here. Be sure to visit our Data Protection/Privacy page for regular updates and an overview of our activities in this area. […]

  • Accountability Indicators Goes from Beta to Version 1
    on May 31, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Many of you provided constructive feedback since the beta release of our Accountability Indicators last August, which transformed the previous KPI Dashboard. This new platform better communicates our progress towards the strategic and operating plans, and demonstrates the organization's accountability and transparency. As of last Friday, 25 May, we released Version 1, which improves upon the Beta version in areas such as: Improved charts that further leverage new technology features, such as this example: Added new charts depicting additional functional progress, such as this example: An automated update process. which increases data accuracy and efficiency. Version 2 planning has already begun, with a focus on data-feed automation from ICANN's systems, alignment with the upcoming strategic plan, and continuous improvements. Your feedback is very important to helping us improve, and we look forward to hearing from you. […]

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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 2019. 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 […]