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  • Implementation of the Consensus Policy for Protection of Certain Specific IGO and INGO Identifiers for All gTLDs
    on January 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 16 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that all ICANN generic top-level domain (gTLD) contracted parties must implement the new Consensus Policy concerning the protection of certain specific names of intergovernmental organizations (IGO) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGO) identifiers in all gTLDs. This Consensus Policy relates only to those identifiers specifically approved by the ICANN Board in April 2014 following the conclusion of a Policy Development Process conducted by the Generic Names Supporting Organization. It does not include IGO and INGO identifiers for which Board approval is still pending or for which GNSO policy work remains ongoing. Contracted parties will have until 1 August 2018 to complete implementation of the new requirements for certain specific names of IGOs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC). For INGOs, the implementation period will be 12 months from the release of the INGO Claims Systems Specification which is currently under development by ICANN org. The protections within this policy pertain to specific names of certain IGOs, INGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC, according to the recommendations adopted by the ICANN Board. The policy requires registry operators to withhold the specified names from registration for IGOs, the IOC, and the RCRC at the second-level and provides an exceptions procedure for registration. For INGOs, the policy requires claims notices at the second-level. Additional information is available at the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization working group and IGO/INGO implementation review team wiki pages. 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. […]

  • Potential Data Exposure in ICANN RFP System Resolved
    on January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 12 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today disclosed a potential data exposure with JAGGAER (formerly SciQuest), the software as a service (SaaS) tool used for sourcing suppliers via competitive bidding processes such as Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Two suppliers made ICANN aware of the issue on 4 December 2017. ICANN logged a severity 1 problem with JAGGAER immediately, and the vendor resolved the problem within 48 hours. The issue occurred in a module called Sourcing Director, which is used for administering RFPs. Each RFP has a Question and Answer (Q&A) Board where RFP participants can post questions for the ICANN RFP team. Only the ICANN RFP team sees the questions while they are unanswered. ICANN posts the answer publicly, but the identity of the asker is not revealed on the website. The exposure occurred if RFP participants downloaded the page as a file extract. The extract listed the names of the entities that asked questions. We recognize that the problem undermined the expected confidentiality of those asking questions and potentially gave RFP bidders the names of some of their competitors. As soon as ICANN learned of the problem, we reposted all questions and answers as if they came from ICANN, so the names of those asking questions no longer appeared in the file extract. This problem was not limited to ICANN. JAGGAER has verified that it was introduced on 10 November 2017 with the JAGGAER 17.3 upgrade that contained an enhancement to the Q&A file format. Because most people view the Q&A Board without file extraction, ICANN believes the data exposure was minimal. Bidders in three RFPs may have been affected, and they have already been informed of the issue. ICANN is making this information public as part of our commitment to openness and transparency. If you have any questions or feedback, please email globalsupport@icann.org and put "JAGGAER Data Issue" in the subject line. 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. […]

  • Establishment of the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul
    on January 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

    SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 12 January 2018 – Today, the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the establishment of a partnership center known as the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul (the "Center'). This initiative elevates KISA and ICANN's partnership, established in November 2013 with the signing of the KISA-ICANN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Per the objectives of the MOU, the Center will provide an avenue to foster dialogue and mutual understanding between KISA, ICANN as well as the wider Korean and regional Internet community. The Center will facilitate ICANN's engagement with Korean and regional stakeholders; and carry out cooperation programs in collaboration with ICANN and other Internet Governance Organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA). This initiative enhances KISA's involvement to engage the wider Internet community as it commits its staff and resources to the Center. The Center's staff will remain as KISA's employees and report directly to KISA. They are in charge of the Center's activities, working directly with the ICANN APAC regional office, and any other partners. Korean stakeholders can continue to reach ICANN in their local language directly via korea.liaison@icann.org. The contact details of the Center are as follows: Seoul Internet and DNS Engagement Center 11F Platinum Tower 398 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu Seoul 06619 Republic of Korea Phone: +82 2 405 6592 Fax: +82 2 405 6593 About KISA KISA is a government agency dedicated to promoting Internet and information security and contributing to Korea's Global Competitiveness. KISA has set 'Internet Promotion' for the future and 'Information Security' for our safety as its primary tasks, and is focusing on enhancing the information security capacity of Korea's ICT industry while expanding global cooperative partnerships based on the K-ICT Security Development Strategy, in order that these twin pillars may serve as the core competencies of the future Korea in equal and harmonious measure. KISA, founded in 2009 through a merger of three separate organizations, is dedicated to developing Korea's Internet industry and information security capabilities. As an Internet and security promotion agency armed with global competitiveness, KISA will maintain its commitment to creating a safe and happy Internet world. 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 Response to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities
    on January 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is aware of the Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) security vulnerabilities that were widely reported on 3 January 2018. To date, ICANN has observed no indications of attempts to exploit these vulnerabilities by targeting online systems or services operated by ICANN or Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Meltdown and Spectre are affecting a range of computer processors. As is the case for most organizations, ICANN's IT infrastructure uses systems affected by these vulnerabilities. We are working to address these issues as quickly as possible by applying the relevant patches and updates made available by vendors. The ICANN Information Technology team continuously monitors our systems for any evidence of attempts to compromise the services we provide and the systems used to provide them. ICANN will continue to track these issues and will provide updates if any significant changes occur. 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. […]

  • Nominating Committee Review: Assessment Report Released and Forthcoming Webinar
    on January 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

    LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review, has published its assessment report. Read the report [PDF, 378 KB]. The goal of the assessment report is to achieve a maximum agreement between the wider ICANN community and the independent examiner as to which areas of the NomCom work well and which may benefit from improvements. No recommendations are included in the assessment report. Recommendations will be included in the final report, expected for publication in June 2018. Community Outreach On 18 January, Analysis Group will host a webinar on the assessment report, during which participants will have the opportunity to provide initial feedback and ask questions. In addition to the webinar, the NomCom Review Working Party (RWP) will hold two public calls, during which the ICANN community is invited to contribute to the feedback process with the RWP and the independent examiner. If you would like to participate in these call, scheduled for 25 January 20:00 UTC and 1 February 20:00 UTC, please contact mssi-secretariat@icann.org. Webinar Details & How to Attend Date: 18 January 2018 Time: 20:00 – 21:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter) To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive the dial-in information. A recording will be made available on the NomCom Review wiki. Background An independent review of the NomCom review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and is part of ICANN's commitment to its own evolution and improvement, accountability and transparency. Analysis Group was selected to perform the review and began its work in June 2017. The purpose of the NomCom review is to determine (i) whether the NomCom has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether the NomCom is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders. This review will also assess whether the improvements resulting from the last review (2007-2010) were effective. The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with identifying and selecting individuals for ICANN leadership positions. The ICANN Bylaws call for the NomCom to make a specified number of appointments to the ICANN Board of Directors, the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization Council and the At-Large Advisory Committee. Additional Resources Visit the NomCom Review wiki for Review status updates, recordings of past meetings, and opportunities to participate Visit the NomCom Review page on ICANN.org to view documents associated with essential milestones, outputs and final deliverables. 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. […]

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