Why a Business Digest?
This Digest is designed to serve as a non-exhaustive review of highlights of the International
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Public Meeting relevant to a variety
of businesses stakeholders affected by ICANN’s work, presented in business friendly
language. Please provide feedback and comments to the ICANN Business Engagement
Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to keep interested businesses informed about ICANN’s work, Internet governance
and the business world’s participation, this business digest is complemented by two online
spaces meant to inform and exchange ideas on an ongoing basis with interested business
leaders: the Twitter feed @ICANN4biz and the LinkedIn group ICANN for Business. Feel free
to join, participate, debate, engage, and provide feedback.
Another way to learn about the work of ICANN is through infographic guides. A selection of
helpful infographics can be found at page 13 of this Business Digest.
The ICANN 50 public meeting took place in London, 22-26 June 2014. With almost 4,000
online registrations and 3,115 checked-in participants, the event was the biggest meeting in
This was the first ICANN meeting that was held in London, and the city’s status as a global
business hub reflected in impressive private sector participation numbers in the meeting: 621
participants self-identified as belonging to the business sector, and 210 of them were
attending an ICANN meeting for the first time.
These participation numbers were due to an array of factors, including the ongoing discussion
revolving around the United States’ government announcement of plans to transition
stewardship of the IANA functions - the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority that ICANN
coordinates - to the global multistakeholder community, and the organization of a few side
events in conjunction with the London meeting:
The Commonwealth Domain Name System (DNS) Forum 2014
The second At-Large Summit (ATLAS II)
The High-Level Government Meeting hosted by the UK government
Here are a few key takeaways from the meeting:
As was to be expected, much of the discussion during the meeting centered on the
IANA stewardship transition process and the enhancement of ICANN’s
With the New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Program in its implementation
phase, name collision issues, TLD universal acceptance, and WHOIS were among the
main topics of discussion. ICANN 50 was the place for applicants and new registries
to discuss the evolution of the New gTLD Program with staff and hear about success
stories and business plans by new gTLD applicants.
Domain name industry related groups formed on the sidelines of ICANN are
spearheading new ways of interacting with the organization.
With the conclusion of the NETmundial meeting and the High Level Panel on Global
Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms the debate around Internet
governance is now focused on how to implement the lessons learned from those
ASCII – American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ATLAS II – Second At-Large Summit
BGC – The Boston Consulting Group
BCUC – Business and Commercial Users Constituency
BRG – Brand Registry Group
DNA – The Domain Name Association
ccTLD – Country code Top Level Domain name
CSG – Commercial Stakeholder Group
CTO – Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
DNS – Domain Name System
DNSSEC – Domain Name System Security Extensions
EWG – Expert Working Group
GAC – Governmental Advisory Committee
GDD – Global Domain Division
GNSO- Generic Names Supporting Organization
gTLD – Generic Top-Level Domain name
IANA – Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
IDN – Internationalized Domain Name
IPC – Intellectual Property Constituency
ISPCP – Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency
LINC – Lebanon Internet Center
NTIA – National Telecommunications and Information Agency
SSAC – Security and Stability Advisory Committee
For more help with Acronyms in this report, please see the ICANN Generic Names Supporting
Organization (GNSO) Acronym Helper.
Local Beginnings: Spotlight on London and the Region
The ICANN 50 opening ceremony included addresses from Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture,
Communications and Creative Industries of the United Kingdom, Baroness Rennie Fritchie,
Chair of Nominet, and Rt. Honorable Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales.
Mr. Vaizey shared some insights on how the UK government is making the country and
environment for the Internet to thrive: tax relief for innovators and entrepreneurs, coupled
with roll out of super fast broadband connection make the UK digital economy count for
more than 8% of the total country GDP – more than any other G20 country.
Baroness Fritchie also discussed the thriving UK digital economy. Launched in 1985, Nominet
is the oldest country code registry, and it is host to the online presence of more than 3 million
UK businesses. In order to cater to the tech savvy audience among the 36 million Britons who
use the Internet every day, Nominet opened registrations for shorter .UK domain names (as
opposed to .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, or .ME.UK). Registrations for .UK names reached the 50,000
mark in the first 24 hours of availability – the very first one being famous comedian Stephen
Fry - and 100,000 by July 3rd
First Minister Jones thanked ICANN and Nominet for the possibility to build a Welsh home
online with the new gTLDs .WALES and .CYMRU which will support ‘brand Wales’ and boost
recognition overseas helping to attract inward investment, promote Welsh exports and grow
the Welsh economy. He also announced plans by the Welsh government to introduce fast
broadband to 96% of households and the installment of an Internet Exchange point in
Here are some other interesting Internet figures about London and the UK:
The Internet economy currently accounts for around 8.3% of British GDP according to
the Boston Consulting Group’s study, The Connected World. Not only is this a larger
percentage than any other G20 nation, but this figure is expected to hit 12.4% by
2016 making the Internet economy larger than almost any other single economic
sector including financial services, construction, and education.
83% of UK households now have access to the Internet. 73% of adults bought goods
and services online in 2013, almost 20% more than in 2008.
According to research by the accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, London's Tech
City has topped the chart for new business generation in the UK, launching over
15,000 startups in the last year alone. Research by Oxford Economics predicts that
London’s digital tech sector is expected to create an additional £12 billion ($20 billion)
of economic activity and 46,000 new jobs in the UK capital over the next decade.
Research by South Mountain Economics forecasts that over the next decade,
London’s digital tech sector is expected to grow at an average rate of 5.1 % per year,
a faster rate than Silicon Valley.
The ICANN Europe team organized a session to discuss the ongoing development of an
ICANN Engagement Strategy for Europe.
The business engagement team worked closely with the regional engagement team and
regional representatives of the CSG constituencies to conduct strategic outreach and
preparation for the meeting. You can listen to the pre-ICANN 50 webinar for business
newcomers, designed to explain what happens at an ICANN meeting and which business
sector constituencies are active in policy development, here.
Welcome Ceremony and President’s Opening Session Roundup
The ICANN 50 opening ceremony saw the intervention of a variety of speakers and guests.
Common themes of their addresses were the appreciation of the advancements brought to
the multistakeholder model by the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet
Governance (NETmundial) and the recent processes ignited by the US National
Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) announcement of plans to transition
stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community.
ICANN Board Chair Steve Crocker opened the
ceremony and took the time to acknowledge the
work of the ICANN community, and to specifically
thank Raul Echeverria and Lesley Cowley for their
roles as Executive Director of the Latin America and
Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) and
CEO of Nominet respectively. Avri Doria was also
presented with the first ICANN Multistakeholder
Ethos Award, an accolade that recognizes those
ICANN participants who have deeply invested in
consensus-based solutions and the importance of
ICANN's multistakeholder model to Internet
Additionally, Dr. Crocker applauded the work of the Accountability and Transparency Review
Team 2 (ATRT2) and announced that the Board would pass a resolution adopting all the
recommendations included in the report. Finally, Crocker also talked about the WHOIS
Review process and acknowledged the work of the Expert Working Group (EWG) on gTLD
Directory Services, whose final report was published days before the start of the London
meeting, on June 6th, and which will undergo an extended period of examination.
The main speakers at the ceremony were Ed Vaizey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries of the United Kingdom and Baroness
Rennie Fritchie, Board Chair of Nominet, the .UK Internet registry. As previously mentioned
the Rt. Honorable Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, also took the stage.
Other guests that addressed the opening ceremony included:
Imad Hoballah, Board Member of the Lebanon Internet Center (LINC)
Dr. Hoballah described the achievements of LINC. This multistakeholder, bottom-up
organization launched on 3 June 2014, and it is tasked with managing the Lebanese
ccTLD .LB, as well as developing and improving the local Internet network, and
building the capabilities of local society in this growing industry.
Lu Wei, Minister of Cyberspace Affairs Administration of China
Minister Lu shared some of the impressive statistics about Chinese Internet
penetration and digital economy growth: more than 600 million users, 1.2 billion
mobile users, 500 million Weibo users, 500 million WeChat users, 4 million websites,
e-commerce turnover of £1 trillion which contributes to more than 10% of the
country’s economic growth. The minister also voiced support for participation of all
stakeholders in Internet governance.
ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé provided an update on ICANN’ operations, which
mainly covered five points:
1. IANA Transition
On 14 March 2014 NTIA announced its intent to transition stewardship of the IANA functions
to the global multistakeholder community. NTIA asked ICANN, as the IANA functions
contractor and global coordinator for the DNS, to convene a multistakeholder process to
develop a proposal for the transition. The result of this process was the publication of a
Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps on 6 June 2014. This document established
the creation of a Coordination Group composed of 27 members from 13 parts of the Internet
community to determine the best course forward to transition IANA stewardship functions.
The first face-to-face meeting of the Coordination Group took place in London from 17-18
July 2014 at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.
The IANA functions stewardship transition process is interrelated with discussions about
enhancing ICANN accountability. On 6 May 2014, ICANN published a document for public
comment, initiating the discussion on Enhancing ICANN Accountability. This Accountability
Process is envisioned to be coordinated by the ICANN Accountability Working Group,
comprised of community members as well subject-matter experts in a range of areas.
Visit the NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition microsite for resources and
information about the process.
Read the transcript or listen to the recording of the ICANN 50 sessions:
Enhancing ICANN Accountability
Transition of NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions
2. Globalization and Hardening of ICANN’s Organization and Operations
Fadi laid out the key strategy points for
globalizing ICANN which include expanded
outreach and service channels, engagement
touch-points, and community-driven
A clear success story of ICANN’s operations
globalization is the Contractual Compliance
department, which now offers 24-hour
support across the globe, in 9 languages, and
with standardized processes.
Other key points tackled by the CEO were:
3. Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services,
4. Evolution of Global Domain Division, and
5. Internet Governance.
These topics are covered more in-depth elsewhere in the digest.
Global Domain Division Operations
The work of the Global Domain Division (GDD) of ICANN is important to companies who have
applied for new gTLDs, and also to those companies contemplating applying for one in a
future round. Companies contemplating evolving their online presence by registering new
names under gTLDs available to them also follow their work closely.
With over 300 new gTLDs delegated to the root of the Internet, the London meeting provided
a venue for applicants and new registries to discuss the evolution of the New gTLD Program
with ICANN staff, and to hear about best practices for running registries. For the first time
GDD had an information booth at the meeting locations as a single gathering spot to help
attendees connect with appropriate GDD team members and schedule appointments.
For a brief description of each session, read the blog post, “ICANN 50: London – Global
Domains Division (GDD) Sessions” by Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains
Learn More: GDD and the New gTLD Program
ICANN hosts a variety of webinars on New gTLD Program topics. View the
recordings, listen to the audio and/or download the presentations and Q/A
documents. You can also find out when upcoming webinars will take place.
Get the most current information on the New gTLD Program, including Contracting
New gTLD Program Statistics
A snapshot of applications as they pass through Program phases. Updated weekly.
Topics of particular interest include: new gTLDs success stories, universal acceptance of all
TLDs, and name collision. Each of these topics is described below.
New gTLD Stories
While most sessions at ICANN meetings are concentrated on policy and operational matters,
the session on New gTLD Stories served the purpose of having a candid discussion with new
gTLD applicants about their vision around their TLDs, business plans, challenges, and the
future of the domain name industry in general.
Speakers included Dirk Krischenowski of dotBERLIN, Jordyn Buchanan from Google, and
David Green from KPMG.
For the private sector, some of the takeaways from the discussions are that new gTLDs
create the opportunity to increase visibility, deepen brand recognition and build trust
TLD Universal Acceptance
From the start of the Internet through 2000 the number of TLDs was small and the format of
domain names was simple. All domains ended with one of a number of common endings like
.COM or a two-letter country code like .DE. Since 2001, new types of domains have been, and
are being, introduced:
ASCII TLDs of more than 3 letters long (think of .INFO); and
since 2010, TLDs comprised of non-Latin characters (such as ".рф").
Additionally, with the ICANN Board's approval of the new gTLD program in 2011 the door has
opened for more frequent additions of legitimate top-level domains.
Software developers concerned with speed, safety and user friendliness have made choices
that restrict new names being used through, for example, limiting the top-level domains a
user can specify via drop-down box or including a static list of what is considered to be a valid
top-level domain. Given these checks "burned into the code" and the less frequent updates,
new names face acceptance problems.
The cooperation of software vendors, open source tool developers, Internet services
providers, web site developers and others is required so that these new TLDs are available to
all that would use them. There are three concerns to address:
Removing the "false positive" in filters preventing the use of new TLDs,
The ability to render (see and write) all names in the native script,
Achieve the intended level of safety and convenience in a rapidly changing DNS.
To this end, on 18 June 2014 ICANN published a roadmap for the Universal Acceptance
Initiative, which is open for public comment until 8 August 2014.
Learn More: Universal Acceptance
TLD Universal Acceptance public session at ICANN 50
Public comment page for the Universal Acceptance of TLDs Draft Roadmap.
TLD Universal Acceptance Home
This community wiki page will be updated to reflect the history and progress on this
topic. To submit questions or contribute additional material that may be helpful in
further work on this, please send an email to email@example.com.
Companies and their network operators should be aware that their internal networks may be
affected by the delegation of new gTLDS, if networks have been configured in a way that
makes them susceptible to Name Collision. A name collision occurs when an attempt to
connect to a name extension used in a private name space (e.g., on an internal network, use
of a non-delegated Top-Level Domain or a short, unqualified name) results in a query to the
public DNS. When the administrative boundaries of private and public namespaces overlap,
searches for Internet addresses may generate unintended or harmful results.
In May 2013, ICANN commissioned a study to explore the scope and risk of name collision in
relation to new gTLDs. A series of proposals and public comment periods followed, resulting
in the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan, the selection of a lead for creating
a "Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework," in cooperation with the
community, and the publication of Alternate Path to Delegation Reports for all but 25 new
gTLD strings. The alternate path to delegation gives applicants the possibility to proceed
without waiting for their Name Collision Occurrence Assessment by adopting conservative
collision mitigation measures and initially blocking a selection of domains while the
assessment is conducted.
On 26 February 2014, ICANN published an independent report by JAS Advisors titled
“Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions.” The report offered a set of concrete
recommendations on how to mitigate potential risks of domain name collisions. The JAS
report was open for Public Comment until 21 April 2014.
On 10 June 2014, ICANN announced the publication of the final "Mitigating the Risk of DNS
Namespace Collisions Phase One" report, which incorporated public comments on the
original documents as well as recommendations from the Security and Stability Advisory
Committee (SSAC) SAC066 Report: SSAC Comment Concerning JAS Phase One Report on
Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions.
This final iteration of the report was discussed during a public session at ICANN 50 and will be
submitted to the New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) of the ICANN Board for approval.
Learn More: Name Collision
Name Collision information and resources hub on the ICANN website.
Contact GDD-Communications@icann.org to receive the Name Collision Information
Security & Stability Matters
The SSAC held their public session on June 26. Patrik Fältström, SSAC Chairman, discussed
their latest report: SAC066: SSAC Comment Concerning JAS Phase One Report on Mitigating
the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions. He also discussed the work of the SSAC Work Party
on the IANA functions stewardship transition.
On 11 June 2014 the SSAC published a comment on the JAS Phase One Report "Mitigating
the risk of DNS Namespace Collisions: A Study on Namespace Collisions in the Global
Internet DNS Namespace and a Framework for Risk Mitigation." The SSAC comment
identifies eight issues and makes recommendations in relation to each of them. The following
recommendations fall into two categories: those related to operational considerations, and
those related to strategic considerations.
You can read a detailed report on the recommendations in the latest ICANN Policy Update.
Companies can help enhance security of the Internet by deploying Domain Name System
Security Extensions (DNSSEC), because these extensions are more effective when universally
implemented. Registries, registrars, registrants, hosting companies, software developers,
hardware vendors, government, businesses and agencies with an Internet presence, and
Internet technologists and coalitions all have responsibility for the success of this massive
By implementing DNSSEC, you can:
Help mitigate the risk of your customers becoming victims of cyber crime.
Help protect your brand and customers.
Maintain customers’ trust and loyalty.
Attract and retain security-focused customers.
Protect your core business by enhancing trust in the Internet.
Build your reputation as an organization that is on the forefront of Internet security
and cares about protecting customers.
Open the door to using the DNS for new types of secure data transactions1
The SSAC conducted its usual sessions on the DNSSEC:
DNSSEC for Everybody -- A Beginner's Guide
For a complete list of SSAC Reports and Advisories click here.
See more on the Verisign website: https://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/innovation/dnssec/dnssec-
Domain Name Industry Developments
Brand Registry Group
The Brand Registry Group (BRG) held a public session on Sunday 22 June 2014. The session
was designed to introduce the membership organisation to current ‘.brand’ applicants and
those awaiting the second round of gTLDs. Members of the BRG, who must meet a set
criteria (including ownership of trademark rights and the intent at time of application to run
the applied for string as a ‘.brand’ and not sell open registrations at the second level), include
Alibaba, Amazon, BBC, Deloitte, Gucci, LEGO Juris, Microsoft, Philips, Richemont, Shell,
Virgin Enterprises and Yahoo!. The session was a venue to discuss issues such as
Specification 13, which the BRG played a crucial role in defining and drafting, membership,
and the nature of the Group’s relationship with ICANN.
Specification 13 is an amendment to the 2013 Reigstry Agreement that provides limited
accommodations to registry operators of TLDs that qualify as “.Brand TLDs.” For example, a
.Brand TLD would not face the same requirements as other registries related to their
relationship with registrars. As many as one-third of all new gTLD applications might qualify
as .Brand TLDs.
Learn More: BRG Specification 13
ICANN Updates Specification 13 Process and Application Form
Summary and Analysis of Specification 13 Public Comments
Update on Registry Agreement Specification 13
Read the blog posts by Cyrus Namazi, VP, Domain Name System (DNS) Industry
Engagement for ICANN.
Specification 13 FAQ
Domain Name Association
The Domain Name Association (DNA) is the first‐ever industry trade group to represent the
interests of the entire domain name industry and will promote, advance and support the
common interests of the industry with regards to the provisioning, expanded adoption and
use of domain names. The DNA membership is diverse in terms of geography and in terms of
business segments and expertise represented.
During the ICANN 50 meeting, Kurt Pritz, Executive Director of the DNA, and Adrian Kinderis,
Chairman of the DNA, together with various members of the association representing
different sectors, gave a presentation to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of
ICANN. The purpose of the session was to introduce the Association as a valuable source of
industry information, marketplace information, technical information, to inform policy
discussions. The main topics that were covered in the meeting were trademark protection
and the IANA stewardship transition.
You can follow the DNA on slideshare and twitter or visit the DNA website and the
accompanying educational website www.whatdomain.org.
The ICANN 50 GAC Communiqué was issued on 26 June 2014.
The GAC affirmed its commitment to engaging with the current processes dealing with
transition of US Government stewardship of IANA and strengthening ICANN accountability
by expressing the intention to nominate members for participation respectively in the
coordination group and working group.
Other main topics covered in the Communiqué include:
Specific new gTLDs applications, particularly controversial strings such as
.WINE/.VIN, .SPA, and .AFRICA.
Protection of IGOs/INGOs names, specifically for the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Protection of geographic names in future new gTLD processes.
Communication of public interest-related issues of WHOIS.
Human rights and democratic values.
A detailed analysis of the GAC Communiqué can be found in the ICANN 50 Report by the
Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR).
You can read the entire document here: London GAC Communiqué.
To view the content of all other GAC meetings click here.
Internet Governance Landscape
With the work of the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of the Internet
Governance (NETmundial) and of the High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and
Governance Mechanisms now over, the ICANN meeting served as an opportunity to reaffirm
the processes and principles affirmed through these efforts, which promote a distributed
Internet cooperation ecosystem.
An Internet Governance session was held to have a dialogue on preparations and priorities for
the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14)
in Busan, and the WSIS Review Process and other relevant events.
One of the panelists in the session was Anne Bouverot, Executive Director of the GSM
Association (GSMA), the association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to
supporting the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone
system. She noted how the future of the Internet and mobile are interconnected. She
encouraged and welcomed more collaboration between the two ecosystems. Ms. Bouverot
also expressed strong support towards the globalization of the IANA stewardship functions.
As always, the GNSO Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG) and its constituencies held active
discussions on an array of ICANN topics. The CSG represents the views of business users and
connectivity providers; its mission is to ensure ICANN policy and ICANN contracts are
consistent with the development of an Internet that is a safe place for business-to-business
and business-to-consumer transactions and communications to take place based on high
levels of business, user and consumer confidence.
In an almost unprecedented demonstration of multistakeholder consensus, during the ICANN
50 Public Forum all the GNSO groups and constituencies unanimously endorsed a joint
statement in support of the creation of an independent accountability mechanism "that
provides meaningful review and adequate redress for those harmed by ICANN action or
inaction in contravention of an agreed upon compact with the community." You can read the
full statement here.
Commercial and Business Users Constituency (BC)
The BC meeting featured an in depth discussion and review of the final Report of the EWG on
gTLD Directory Services with Susan Kawaguchi, member of the BC and the EWG. Sr. Director
of the ICANN Project Office Carole Cornell stopped by to discuss how her team is working to
deliver ICANN's strategic objective of organizational excellence and the method used to
document processes, develop success factors, set targets, and produce management
information dashboards. The final part of the session was centered on the topics of the IANA
functions stewardship transition and enhancing ICANN’s accountability. Open issues about
new gTLDs were also of utmost importance for the BC during the meeting’s week,
particularly name collision and sunrise periods.
To learn more about these issues relevant to all businesses with a presence on the Internet,
visit www.bizconst.org contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC)
The IPC session included a number of briefings from ICANN staff on topics ranging from
contractual compliance, to implementation of the New gTLD Program, and preparations for
the upcoming GNSO review. The session concluded with discussions on improvements
needed for the next new gTLD round to better protect intellectual property, IPC outreach to
potential new members, pending matters before the GNSO council, and drafting of the joint
statement referenced above on ICANN independent accountability. The IPC also held a
members-only meeting in London and participated actively in all meetings of the CSG.
You can learn more about the IPC and its work by visiting www.ipconstituency.org.
Internet Service Provider & Connectivity Providers Constituency (ISPCP)
The ISPCP addressed a number of developments, including its ongoing concerns about name
collisions, universal acceptance of TLDs, and the implications of IDN Variant TLDs. The
session also included discussion on the transition of the stewardship of IANA functions,
ICANN accountability, and Internet governance.
Outreach activities were also part of the ISPCP meeting agenda, specifically plans to hold
events within major international gatherings such as the World Congress on Information
Technology 2014 (WCIT 2014) to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico at the end of September, as
well as Futurecom 2014 in São Paolo, Brazil in October.
To read more about ISPCP activities, visit www.ispcp.info or contact email@example.com.
Commonwealth Domain Name System (DNS) Forum 2014
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) hosted the Commonwealth
DNS Forum 2014 in collaboration with ICANN, the UK domain name registry Nominet and
the Public Interest Registry, operators of the .ORG domain. The Forum was designed to help
the stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to examine issues such as the economic
potential of the domain name industry, issues surrounding local content generation and
utilization, opportunities for investment and innovation, and the role of multistakeholder
partnerships to develop public policy.
The second At-Large Summit (ATLAS II) was held 21-26 June 2014 in London. The goal of
ATLAS II was to provide the opportunity for 153 At-Large Structure (ALS) representatives—
many of whom have never attended an ICANN meeting—to experience an ICANN public
meeting, to learn the issues, and to work together with other end users on topics that they
have chosen to address. The theme for ATLAS II was "Global Internet: The User Perspective"
and read the ATLAS II Final Declaration here.
You can learn more at atlas.icann.org.
High-Level Government Meeting
110 representatives of 75 governments as well as representatives from 11 intergovernmental
organizations participated in a High-Level Government Meeting hosted by the UK
government on Monday 23 June 2014. The event was meant as a way for high-level
government officials to have a space to discuss and fully understand ICANN-related issues.
You can watch a video of the highlights of the Meeting here.
EWG on gTLD Directory Services
Broadly speaking, WHOIS and registration services refer to information that is maintained
and made publicly available on people or organizations that register for domain names. In
December 2012, ICANN announced the creation of an EWG on next-generation gTLD
registration directory services, as a first step in fulfilling the ICANN Board’s directive to help
redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data.
The Final Report of the EWG on gTLD Directory Services was published on 6 June 2014. In it,
the EWG proposes an unprecedented "paradigm shift" to a next generation Registration
Directory Service (RDS).
Learn More: EWG
Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services Final Report Overview
EWG Final Report Discussion Session
EWG Lead Facilitator Jean-Francois Baril talks about the Final Report on the Next
Generation Registration Directory Service.
Stay Connected and Engage
Fellowship Application Round for ICANN 52 Marrakech
The ICANN Fellowship Program seeks participants from developing regions and countries of
the world, in order to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who will
become the voice of experience in their regions. The program will start accepting applications
for the ICANN 52 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on 8 August 2014, and we encourage
participation of people from the private sector: apply here. This application period will remain
open until 19 September 2014.
ICANN Online Learning Platform
ICANN Learn was launched during ICANN 48. This free and open online learning platform is
meant to provide a space to provide introductory information for new participants and to
share institutional knowledge, in order to increase the base of informed ICANN stakeholders.
ICANN Learn needs input and feedback to ensure the platform is as useful as possible.
Go to learn.icann.org, create an account, enroll in a few courses, and start learning.
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Helpful Infographics (click to enlarge)
IANA Functions Trademark Protection
Domain Name Industry