ICANN’s 55th Meeting takes place this week in Marrakech, Morocco. ISOC-NY, in partnership with Civic Hall, will host a NYC remote hub for the two Public Forum sessions. The hub will be fully interactive, with 2-way video, and refreshments will be supplied. This is an important opportunity to participate in the Internet Governance process at a critical time in ICANN’s development – not just the finalization of the IANA transition, casting off the reins of the US Government, but also other critical issues, such as the further advancement of the TLD expansion, what to do with the millions of revenue from same, how to resolve the conflicts between privacy and transparency in determining a new WHOIS framework, and much more. The issues will be broadly defined at thefirst Public Forum session (Noon-1:30pm EST Monday March 7) where there will be some time for clarifying questions, and then fully discussed at the second Public Forum session (8:30am-11am Thursday March 10). You will be able to address the entire ICANN Plenary from the remote hub. Please join us at Civic Hall and have your say!
Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) member Avri Doria is the recipient of the inaugural ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award, which she received in June 2014 at ICANN50 in London. Video of the award ceremony is below.
On Friday March 14 2014 the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it had invited ICANN to make a multistakeholder-derived proposal to take over responsibility for the “IANA functions“, i.e. management of the Internet’s root zone, when the current contract ends in 2015. In response Internet technical organizations, including the Internet Society, issued the following statement:
Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress
The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government’s announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.
The roles on policy development processes of the Internet technical organizations and ICANN’s role as administrator of the IANA functions, remain unchanged
The transition of the US Government stewardship has been envisaged since the early days of IANA functions contract. This transition is now feasible due to the maturity of the Internet technical organizations involved in performing their respective roles related to the IANA functions, and ICANN will facilitate a global, multi-stakeholder process to plan for the transition.
The strength and stability of the IANA functions within the above organizations (which make up the Internet technical community) are critical to the operation of the Internet. The processes around the IANA functions have always been carefully specified in the communities that our organizations represent. The IANA functions are faithfully administered by ICANN. We are committed to continuing our proven, community-driven processes as we engage in this transition. Our communities are already considering proposals to progress the transition.
Our organizations are committed to open and transparent multi-stakeholder processes. We are also committed to further strengthening our processes and agreements related to the IANA functions, and to building on the existing organizations and their roles. The Internet technical community is strong enough to continue its role, while assuming the stewardship function as it transitions from the US Government. Continue reading →
There will be two Internet Society meetings in conjunction with ICANN45 in Toronto. All members are welcome to participate, either in person or online. Online participation comprises of a webex conference (with an alternative phone bridge), plus an additional live text transcription and video webcast. Toronto is on the same time as NYC.
ISOC-NY would like to congratulate Sébastien Bachollet of ISOC France on his election as the At-Large selected ICANN Board Member. Sébastien will occupy seat #15 beginning at the end of the 2010 ICANN Annual General Meeting to be held in Cartagena, Colombia in December 2010.
At the March ICANN meeting in Nairobi CEO Rod Beckstrom endorsed the proposals, citing increased attacks on the DNS system.
The Internet Society (ISOC) has filed comments stating that 1) there is no evidence of a sudden increase in attacks, increased vulnerability or inadequacy of current arrangements, and 2) that ICANN has jumped the gun with its proposals which are not necessarily within its purview. Indeed it is suggested that ICANN did not even gain the full backing of its own supporting organizations and advisory committees before making the proposals, and this is backed up by the comments of At-Large Advisory Committee Chair Cheryl Langdon-Orr.
ISOC recommends that the proposals be tabled while further consultation is made with the many institutional, national and regional organizations, including existing CERTs, that are already involved in maintaining DNS stability.
ISOC believes it is vital to rely on the Internet model to get the best result. The Internet model relies on open, bottom-up, freely accessible, public, multi-stakeholder, and knowledge-based processes for both technology and policy development. Continue reading →
On Oct 1 2009 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) entered a new era as its Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with the US Government expired and it became an independent global organization. In this forum we will examine the processes, currently in flux, of how we the people will get to participate in this new paradigm.
Members of ISOC-NY attended ICANN’s gTLD Implementation Consultation session at the Millennium Hotel in NYC last Monday July 13.
ICANN’s Implementation Recommendation Team presented their report on how disputes over trademarks in the new domains be handled. There were also presentations on new developments in DNS security, and scaling the root server system. Attendee’s comments and questions, both oral and written, were solicited.
Some video is after the jump. More will be added. Also find links to related articles etc below. Continue reading →
Paul Twomey, soon to end his term as CEO of ICANN, recently spoke with the SF Chronicle. He discusses many current issues including TLD expansion, the coming end to the Joint Project Agreement with the US Govt, and the transition to IPv6. Article | Audio.
Many alterations/additions have been made in provisions for “community-based” and “geographic name” applicants that will be of particular interest to potential applicants for a .nyc TLD. In particular details of ‘comparative evaluation’ procedures for competing applications are enumerated, as are the processes for individual or community based objections to applications.
Initial application fees will be $185,100. Notably, those repeating applications from the 2000 round will get a $86,000 discount.
An edited version of some relevant provisions is below.
ICANN is raising awareness of a recently discovered vulnerability in the domain name system (DNS). This includes releasing an FAQ and an online tool for domain operators to test their domains.
Due to the distributed nature of the DNS, no one organization can implement a fix for this vulnerability. It requires the cooperation of all name server operators and DNS software vendors. However, ICANN sees an important goal in spreading awareness of the need to update Internet infrastructure to cope with the threat. The organization has been undertaking significant outreach efforts to top-level domain operators to advise them on the issue. It has also prepared an FAQ and online domain testing tool to raise awareness of the problem, and to encourage network operators to rectify or update their servers.