On Tuesday June 23 2015 the Internet Society held a Chapters & Members Meeting at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting was a chance for members and Chapter representatives to interact with ISOC staff, leaders and ISOC Board Trustees as well as learn more about upcoming opportunities for engagement, and included an “Interactive substantive programme” with remote participation, which was also be webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel. Video is below.
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The 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN 53) is taking place June 21-25 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Remote participation/webcast is available via Adobe Connect. Live english transcription plus 7 languages of audio streams are also available. Buenos Aires, Argentina is on ART, one hour ahead of NYC (UTC+5)
What: ICANN 53
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
When: June 21-25 2015
Full schedule: http://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/schedule-full
The Middle East DNS Forum is taking place Monday/Tuesday March 9-10 2015 at TAG University in Amman, Jordan. This first edition of the forum is expected to be the building block for future annual forums. The end target of having such an annual forum is to spread the message around and introduce interested parties to the key players in the industry, thus leading to a stronger domain name industry in the region. Remote participation is available via an Arabic audio stream, plus video and English audio via Adobe Connect. Amman is 6 hours ahead of NYC (UTC+2)
What: Middle East DNS Forum
Where: TAG University, Amman Jordan
When: Monday/Tuesday March 9-10 2015
Adobe Connect: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/dnsforum/
Arabic Audio: http://stream.icann.org:8000/ar-dnsforum.m3u
On Tuesday February 10 2015 the Internet Society held a Chapters & Members meeting in conjunction with ICANN 52 in Singapore. All ISOC members and staff of member organizations were invited to attend, either in person or online. After introductions there was a lengthy and lively discussion on the tradeoffs between security and privacy on the Internet. Remote participation was available via webex. Video/audio of the live webcast is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/xFRlRW-2aqw
Download video: http://firstname.lastname@example.org (1GB)
Download audio: http://email@example.com (76MB)
Transcribe on AMARA: http://amara.org/en/videos/KgDHcRqdSOzP/
Twitter: #isoc + #icann52
The 52nd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN 52) is taking place February 9-12 2015 at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore. Remote participation/webcast is available via Adobe Connect. Live english transcription plus 7 languages of audio streams are also available. Singapore is on SGT, thirteen hours ahead of NYC (UTC+8)
What: ICANN 52
Where: Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore
When: February 9-12 2015
Full schedule: http://singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule-full
The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) tasked with developing to produce a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the Domain Name System (DNS) has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment. While emphasizing that the proposal is “interrelated and interdependent ” on results of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (“CCWG-Accountability”), the group proposes the following elements for the transition:
- The current operational performance of the IANA Naming Functions is generally satisfactory to its direct customers, and the community generally believes that the current NTIA oversight arrangement has been successful in ensuring the accountability of the IANA Functions Operator in that role. As such, the objective of the CWG is largely to replicate the roles played by the NTIA in the execution and oversight of the IANA Naming Functions as faithfully as possible, while acknowledging that certain changes will be required to contractual terms and arrangements that are particular to contracts entered into with the U.S. government.
- The CWG does not believe that there is a reason to transition the IANA Naming Functions outside of ICANN concurrent with the IANA Stewardship Transition. Maintaining this part of the status quo implies that the new arrangements post-transition should provide the possibility of replacing ICANN as the IANA Functions Operator at a later date, including by means of a Request for Proposal (RFP) or other tender process.
- The proposed replacement solution should not seek to create another ICANN-like structure with associated costs and complexities.
- The proposal should not seek to replace the role of the ICANN multi-stakeholder community with respect to policy development for the Names Community, nor to affect existing TLD policies or how they are currently applied by the IANA Functions Operator.
- The existing separation between ICANN as a policy body and ICANN as the IANA Functions Operator needs to be reinforced and strengthened.
The group outlines a 4 part structure:
- Contract Co. – This primary function of this entity (likely a non-profit corporation) is to be signatory to the contract with the IANA Functions Operator. This entity should be lightweight and have little or no staff.
- Multistakeholder Review Team (MRT) – The MRT would be a multi-stakeholder body with formally selected representatives from all of the relevant communities (exact composition TBD). The operation of the MRT would be based on the concept of maximum public transparency. The responsibilities of the MRT will include:
- Developing the detailed contract terms for the agreement between Contract Co. and the IANA Functions Operator, based on the key contract terms proposed as part of this proposal and set forth as Annex 3
- Making key decisions for Contract Co. (e.g., whether or not to enter into a rebidding (RFP) process for the operation of the IANA Naming Functions)
- Conducting the IANA Functions Operator Budget Review
- Addressing any escalation issues raised by the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) including the possibility of engaging in enforcement
- Performing certain elements of administration (including periodic performance reviews) currently set forth in the IANA Functions Contract and currently being carried out by the NTIA
- Managing a re-contracting or rebidding (RFP) process for the operation of the IANA Functions, both as an enforcement option and as part of a regular rebidding procedure
The CWG is in the process of discussing whether there is an additional enforcement role for the MRT related to policy implementation by the IANA Functions Operator; specifically, whether the MRT should be able to commence a proceeding before the Independent Appeals Panel.
- Customer Standing Committee (CSC) – While the exact composition is still to be determined, the CSC would primarily be made up of a number of representatives of registry operators, including ccTLD and gTLD registries. Input from the CSC would feed into and inform the work of the MRT. It is possible that the CSC would also include additional individuals with relevant expertise and/or liaisons (or representatives) from otherSO/ACs. The CSC would:
- Work with the MRT to establish Service Levels and Performance Indicators for the performance of the IANA Naming Functions
- Receive reports from the IANA Functions Operator including regular performance reports.
- Review these reports against established service levels and escalate any significant issues to the MRT
- Independent Appeals Panel (IAP) – The CWG recommends that all IANA actions which affect the Root Zone or Root Zone WHOIS database be subject to an independent and binding appeals panel. The Appeals Mechanism should also cover any policy implementation actions that affect the execution of changes to the Root Zone File or Root Zone WHOIS and how relevant policies are applied. This need not be a permanent body, but rather could be handled the same way as commercial disputes are often resolved, through the use of a binding arbitration process using an independent arbitration organization (e.g., ICDR, ICC, AAA) or a standing list of qualified people under rules promulgated by such an organization.
The CWG requests public comments on on some specific aspects of future root management process, including NTIA involvement, as well as an “alternative” proposal for ICANN itself to take over the IANA functions. Deadline for comments is December 22 2014
On Monday November 24 2014 ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé met with NYC community at the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Present were representatives of ISOC-NY, Connecting .nyc, New York Tech Meetup, Meetup, NameSpace, Access, and Google. First there was a progress reort on the .nyc TLD from Jeff Merritt of the Mayor’s Office and Jeff Neuman of Neustar, followed by some Q&A – much of it about the mechanics of the nexus requirements for registrants. In the second part Fadi Chehadi spoke briefly about the major challenges to ICANN and the multistakeholder model, including the IANA transition and the development of the NetMundial initiative. Fadi had just returned from the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, where he had received assurances from that country’s leadership of their continuing engagement with the global Internet and its evolving governance processes. Video is below, including a couple of highlights. A full index is available on YouTube.
Full video (83 mins)
China (3 mins)
NetMundial (5 mins)
ISOC, WEF, and the NetMundial Initiative (6 mins)
On Tuesday 14 October 2014, the Internet Society held a Chapters and Members meeting at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles. All ISOC members and staff of member organizations were invited to attend, either in person or online. Suggested topics: 1. Updates to the IANA transition process and an analysis; 2. What are our plans for participating at the ITU Plenipotentiary meeting at the end of October in Busan, Korea; 3. The role of ISOC leading both discussion and direct action supporting community consensus on these topics. Remote participation was available via the Internet Society livestream channel and webex. Video is below.
Plenipot matrix: http://www.internetsociety.org/doc/key-resolutions-and-issues-watch-2014-itu-plenipotentiary-conference
IANA Transfer mailing list: https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/listinfo/ianaxfer
The 51st meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN 51) is taking place October 12-16 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Remote participation/webcast is available via Adobe Connect. Live english transcription plus 7 languages of audio streams are also available. Los Angeles is on PDT, three hours behind NYC (UTC-8)
What: ICANN 51
Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles
When: October 12-16 2014
Full schedule: http://la51.icann.org/en/schedule-full
On Thursday October 16 2014 the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY), Connecting .nyc, and the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP) will host a Remote Hub for the 51st Meeting of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers aka ICANN 51, taking place in Los Angeles. The hub will be fully interactive, with 2-way video, and participate in 3 sessions. Plentiful refreshments will be supplied, courtesy of ICANN. Please register via ISOC-NY’s meetup, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: NYC Remote Hub for ICANN 51
Where: Blip Clinic Dumbo Outpost, 55 Washington St #321, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)
When: Thursday October 16 2014 11am-8pm EDT
1. Enhancing ICANN Accountability 11:30am-12:45pm EDT
2. Community Discussion with the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) 1pm-3pm EDT
3. Public Forum 4:30pm-8pm EDT
Twitter: #icann51 | #remotehub