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ICA on the Record at ICANN 53 Buenos Aires by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association

Philip Corwin imageICA Counsel Philip Corwin told ICANN’s Board of Directors that they needed to take responsibility, fully review, and “own” the recent decision by Global Domains Division (GDD) staff to try to insert Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) in legacy gTLD contracts up for renewal – and that any further alterations of the URS and other rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) created for the new gTLD program must be addressed through the standard policymaking process and not through an “implementation” route that excludes some stakeholders and bypasses full and deliberative consideration.

Corwin delivered his remarks at the Public Forum held at the end of the just concluded ICANN 53 meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. GDD staff maintained throughout the meeting that the registry operators for .Travel, .Cat and .Pro adopted the URS and other RPMs “voluntarily”, while many of those present at the meeting questioned how voluntary that decision could be when it was proposed by GDD staff as the starting point for contract renewal negotiations.

Allowing staff to pursue this course would create a series of precedents prejudicing negotiations for major legacy gTLDs like .Org, .Net and .Com when those contracts come up for renewal. It would also prevent a balanced community discussion of not only whether the URS should be applicable to these legacy gTLDs, but if it should be altered in any way. ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) recently filed comments regarding the RPMs that advocated providing domain transfer and not just suspension when a complainant prevails in a URS; lowering the burden of proof and thereby altering the original intent that the URS just be used for “slam dunk” cases; changing the elements that must be proved by the complainant to bad faith registration or use; and requiring the loser to pay for the proceeding. With those changes the URS would become “a UDRP on steroids” and almost surely replace the UDRP as the preferred mechanism for rights holders – especially as the filing fee is only $500, the registrant has a shorter time to reply and a much lower word limit, and there are no provisions to opt for a three-member panel or appeal to a national court. That can hardly be regarded as a balanced approach to rights protection.

The text on which Corwin’s oral remarks were based follows—


Good afternoon. I am Philip Corwin and this statement is made in my role as Counsel to the domain name investors and developers of the Internet Commerce Association.

When the Board met with the GNSO Council on Sunday you heard strong expressions of concern from many Councilors regarding the decision of GDD staff to propose that the PDDRP and especially the URS be the starting point for renewal of legacy gTLD registry agreements. That action amounts to repudiation of the common understanding during the development of the new gTLD RPMs that the decision as to whether they would apply to more than 140 million legacy gTLD domains would be reserved for a subsequent PDP — and that this action by GDD staff amounted to the creation of de facto Consensus Policy through the contracting process, in violation of the Bylaws.

Similarly, the comments filed in the just-closed forum for .Travel’s renewal were overwhelmingly against this action and in favor of stripping those RPMs out of that RA – and by extension, from the .Cat and .Pro RAs as well.

The concern of course is that the same staff who made the decision to propose these RPMs in the renewal contracts will be the ones to review and react to those comments.

Another concern is that GDD staff may already be planning to advocate turning the URS into a UDRP on steroids. On June 17th World Trademark Review reported that Senior Manager Fabien Betremieux told an audience in Hamburg, Germany that suggestions that the URS remedy would be transformed from domain suspension to transfer “will be considered in the next round”. We have not even received the policy staff Issues Report on the new gTLD RPMs, and no one on ICANN staff should be opining on what will be considered in the way of changes because that is for the community to decide through the policy process.

IP interests have suggested a variety of changes to the URS that would convert it from a narrow supplement to the UDRP to a complete substitute — in which domain registrants would have shortened reply periods, limited ability to respond, no option of a 3-mmber panel, and no appeals access to national courts. Certainly trademark interests must have adequate means to deal with true infringement, but their rights must be balanced against those of domain registrants.

So I have two requests of the Board:

First, we need a commitment that any further alterations of the new gTLD RPMs will be made through a standard PDP. We are far past the implementation details stage and it is now crystal clear that these decisions will implicate legacy gTLDs as well.

Second, if GDD staff ignores the overwhelming weight of comments and retains the URS in the final RAs for legacy gTLDs, you need to vote up and down on those RAs. You need to “own” that decision and in that way indicate whether you believe this GDD staff action is or is not acceptable.

Thank you.

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FY16 Operating Plan and Budget Adopted by ICANN Board at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires

ICANN 53 Buenos Aires meeting logoICANN is pleased to announce the adoption of the FY16 Operating Plan and Budget by the Board at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires.

The document is the result of many months of collaborative work between the community, staff and Board Finance Committee members and includes:

  • Highlights of the ICANN Operations (excluding the New gTLD Program)
  • Highlights of the New gTLD Program
  • An overview of ICANN‘s FY16 Budget, combining ICANN Operations and the New gTLD Program.
  • The detailed Operating Plan as per the management system:
  • Planned portfolios of activities that support the achievement of the goals and objectives set forth in the ICANN Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016-2020 and Five-Year Operating Plan, with detailed descriptions.
  • Appendix with the detailed list of projects, for each portfolio, with the project-level budgeted costs by category (Appendix 1) and summary of changes from Draft FY16 Operating Plan and Budget (Appendix 4)

ICANN thanks all community members who contributed to the improvement and finalization of this document.

Please click the links below to view the documents.

FY16 Operating Plan and Budget [PDF, 1.74 MB]

FY16 Operating Plan and Budget [DOCX, 2.1 MB]

FY16 Budget by Portfolio [PDF, 167 KB]

FY16 Budget by Project [PDF, 1.15 MB]

FY16 Budget by Project and Portfolio [XLSX, 159 KB]

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ICANN: Indian Government Declares Support for Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance at ICANN53

[news release] Indian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced today India’s support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, during the opening ceremony of ICANN’s 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires.”The Internet must remain plural. It must be managed by a multistakeholder system,” said Prasad. “Not only do we support multistakeholderism, but also we encourage multistakeholderism itself to embrace all geographies and all societies. We will partner with you all to make this a reality. We must work toward this new form of digital democracy.”On March 14, 2014, the United States Government announced its intent to transition its stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community. Minister Prasad’s statement of support marks not only an important milestone for the transition, but also speaks to the continued success of the multistakeholder model.”Today, with India joining this group of countries that openly support the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, we increase our ranks significantly, said ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé. “The decision that was made by India is a significant decision.”Also during the opening ceremony, NIC.AR Director Gabriel Brenta discussed how NIC.AR incorporated the multistakeholder model into their business operations, stating, “Some years ago, we decided to make NIC.AR to go through a change. And that change was in line with the developments that were taking place all over the world. What our administration was doing in terms of domain names, we wanted to reflect all those changes, all those improvements, all those developments in what we believe has been our duty since then.”ICANN also announced the winners of the 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos award – community leader Cheryl Langdon Orr and Africa Internet pioneer Nii Quaynor. The award is given to members of global Internet community who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the multistakeholder model.More than 1,400 members of the global Internet community will meet over the course of the week, both in-person and remotely, to discuss and debate the future of ICANN and Internet governance. The meeting’s 300+ sessions are a continuation of the community’s dedication to a global, secure, stable and resilient Internet, and their hard work in ensuring the success of the IANA stewardship transition.”People have put enormous effort to make this multistakeholder effort go, and thank you. Thank you all for this effort. It will be recorded in history,” said Chehadé.Those unable to attend ICANN53 in person are highly encouraged to participate remotely. Details for doing so can be found for any of the sessions listed at https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/schedule-full.

Stakeholder Proposals to Come Together at ICANN Meeting in Argentina by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling

Lawrence E Strickling NTIA imageNext week, hundreds of members of the Internet stakeholder community will attend ICANN’s 53rd meeting in Argentina. As I head to Buenos Aires, one of NTIA’s top priorities continues to be the transition of NTIA’s role related to the Internet Domain Name System. Since we announced the IANA stewardship transition in March 2014, the response of the stakeholder community has been remarkable and inspiring. I thank everyone for their hard work.

The meeting in Buenos Aires will be pivotal, as the community finalizes the components of the transition proposal and determines what remains to be done. The three stakeholder groups planning the transition of the individual IANA functions have made great progress. I congratulate the Cross Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions for finishing its draft proposal and look forward to this work stream reaching closure. The other two stakeholder groups – the Internet Engineering Task Force, which is shepherding the protocol parameter proposal, and the five Regional Internet Registries, which collaborated on the numbering proposal – finished their proposals earlier this year.

Now the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) must combine these proposals into a consolidated transition proposal and then seek public comment on all aspects of the plan. ICG’s role is crucial, because it must build a public record for us on how the three customer group submissions tie together in a manner that ensures NTIA’s criteria are met and institutionalized over the long term.

In addition to the ICG transition proposal, the final submission to NTIA must include a plan to enhance ICANN’s accountability. Given that the draft proposal of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability will be a major focus of the discussions next week in Argentina, I would like to offer the following questions for stakeholders to consider:

  • The draft proposes new or modified community empowerment tools. How can the Working Group on Accountability ensure that the creation of new organizations or tools will not interfere with the security and stability of the DNS during and after the transition? Do new committees and structures create a different set of accountability questions?
  • The draft proposal focuses on a membership model for community empowerment. Have other possible models been thoroughly examined, detailed, and documented?  Has the working group designed stress tests of the various models to address how the multistakeholder model is preserved if individual ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees opt out?  Similarly, has the working group developed stress tests to address the potential risk of capture and barriers to entry for new participants of the various models? Further, have stress tests been considered to address potential unintended consequences of “operationalizing” groups that to date have been advisory in nature?
  • The draft proposal suggests improvements to the current Independent Review Panel (IRP). The IRP has been criticized for its own lack of accountability. How does the proposal analyze and remedy existing concerns with the IRP?
  • In designing a plan for improved accountability, should the working group consider what exactly is the role of the ICANN Board within the multistakeholder model?  Should the standard for Board action be to confirm that the community has reached consensus, and if so, what accountability mechanisms are needed to ensure the Board operates in accordance with that standard?
  • The proposal is primarily focused on the accountability of the ICANN Board. Has the Working Group also considered if there need to be accountability improvements that would apply to ICANN management and staff or to the various ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees?

All of these questions require thoughtful consideration prior to the community’s completion of the transition plan. Similar to the ICG, the Working Group on Accountability will need to build a public record and thoroughly document how the NTIA criteria have been met and will be maintained in the future.

As the plans take final shape, I hope the community starts to focus on the matter of implementation of its recommendations. Have the issues of implementation been identified and addressed in the proposal so that the community and ICANN can implement the plan as expeditiously as possible once we have reviewed and accepted it?  This is an important issue right now because after the Buenos Aires meeting, NTIA will need to make a determination on extending its current contract with ICANN, which expires on September 30, 2015. Last month, I asked both the ICG and the Working Group on Accountability for an update on the transition planning, as well as their views on how long it will take to finalize and implement the transition plan if it were approved.  Keeping in mind that the community and ICANN will need to implement all work items identified by the ICG and the Working Group on Accountability as prerequisites for the transition before the contract can end, the community’s input on timing is critical and will strongly influence how NTIA proceeds with the contract extension. I look forward to hearing from everyone in Buenos Aires.

At this key juncture, it is timely to not only take stock of all the work that has occurred, but also what lies ahead. I recognize that some stakeholder groups have finalized their proposals and are anxious to move forward. But NTIA will only review a comprehensive plan that includes all elements, and we must let the multistakeholder process run its full course. In that same spirit, I urge all global stakeholders – community members, ICANN Board members, and ICANN staff  – to work together constructively to complete this final stage of the transition. The commitment by the global community to develop a consensus proposal that meets NTIA’s conditions and improves ICANN’s accountability is a testament to the power of the multistakeholder model.

This post was sourced from the NTIA website here.

ICANN: Second Latin American and Caribbean DNS Forum Will Take Place in Buenos Aires, Argentina

LAC DNS ForumThe second edition of the LAC DNS Forum is a gathering place for industry, Internet policy and technical players. It will take place on 19 June in Buenos Aires and continues with the proposal originated in 2013 to promote a regional space for debate on DNS-related issues.

When: June 19, 2015

Where: Sheraton Hotel Retiro

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the domain name industry and the business opportunities it can provide, as well as to engage and network with key players and experts in the field. Target audience includes ccTLD and gTLD Registries and Registrars/Resellers, Registrants, DNS Experts, gTLD Applicants, Regional TLD Organizations, IT and Internet businesses, legal and IP firms, amongst others.

The objectives of the forum are the following:

  • Raise awareness about DNS issues in the Internet industry, with a focus on business – commercial opportunities and security and stability concerns.
  • Discuss the value, opportunities and challenges of domain names in a changing technical and business environment.
  • Enhance the understanding of regional Internet industry players and entrepreneurs about the value of promoting local content and local Internet-working initiatives.
  • Promote the participation of regional players in the technical and policy forums of the region and globally (LACNIC, LACNOG, IETF, ICANN, LACTLD, etc)

The LAC DNS Forum is open to all interested participants and is free of charge.

More information: http://lac-dns.net.ar/EN/index.php

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ICANN: ICG – Fifth Face-to-Face Meeting and Working Session at ICANN 53 Buenos Aires

ICANN 53 Buenos Aires meeting logoThe IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will be holding its next face-to-face meeting on Thursday 18 June and Friday 19 June from 09:00 – 17:00 in Buenos Aires.
(Time zone conversions here: Day 1 – bit.ly/1SU4gwy, Day 2 – bit.ly/1dcNk3v).

A precise agenda will become available closer to the meeting date. Topics likely to be covered include:

  • CWG names proposal pre-assessment
  • Planning for combined proposal assessment
  • Response to letter from NTIA regarding proposal finalization and implementation time frames
  • Planning for public comment period on combined proposal
  • Synchronization with CCWG-Accountability work
  • Future meeting/call planning and logistics

Observers are welcome to attend the session in-person. Information on remote participation and additional language streams will be posted on the following web pages:
Day 1 – https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/schedule/thu-icg
Day 2 – https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/schedule/fri-icg

In addition, the ICG will hold a working session on Thursday 25 June from 09:00 – 13:-0 ART (time zone conversions here: bit.ly/1IINsWp). This will be a working session to allow ICG members to discuss and wrap up items arising during the ICANN meeting week. More information on the session is available at https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/schedule/thu-icg-working.

For more information about the ICG and the IANA Stewardship Transition, please visit the NTIA IANA Functions’ Stewardship Transition Microsite.

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ICANN WEBINAR: Briefing on Final CWG-Stewardship Proposal

ICANN 53 Buenos Aires meeting logoFollowing Public Comment periods in December 2014 and April/May 2015, the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) has finalized its proposal and delivered it to SO/AC chartering organizations for approval.

Chartering organizations will deliberate during the ICANN53 meeting in Buenos Aires, with expected delivery of the proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) by 25 June 2015.

In order to brief the community on the contents of the final proposal, the CWG-Stewardship Chairs will host two identical briefing webinars on 11 June at different times to facilitate participation across time zones. The webinars will take place on:

  • 11 June from 06:00 – 07:30 UTC (time zone converter here)
  • 11 June from 13:00 – 14:30 UTC (time zone converter here)

Webinars will be conducted in English. Live interpretation services are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian. Interpretation services will be provided by advance request only, so please be sure to request language services when submitting an RSVP (details below). Language requests must be received by 9 June in order to adequately resource the webinars.

Webinar Details & How to Attend

The webinars will be run in an Adobe Connect room. If you are interested in attending the webinar and would like to receive dial-in details, please send an email to brenda.brewer@icann.org and indicate:

  • The time at which you would like to attend the webinar; and
  • Your language request (if needed). Live interpretation services are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Please note that the webinars will be recorded and transcribed. Subsequently the transcripts will be posted on the CWG-Stewardship Wiki here.

Further information

For further information about the CWG-Stewardship’s work, please see https://community.icann.org/x/37fhAg.

For further information about the ICG and the IANA Stewardship Transition, please see https://www.icann.org/stewardship


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What to Expect at ICANN 53: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

ICANN 53 Buenos Aires meeting logoSpeakers:

The ICANN global business engagement team and regional engagement team for Latin America and the Caribbean will be joined by representatives from the Commercial Stakeholder Group of the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization.

How to join:

You can listen to the webinar in English or Spanish, to RSVP and learn how to access the webinar please fill this form: goo.gl/forms/F0ahOAiGhk or send an email to businessengagement@icann.org including your name, email address, affiliation, and country.


  • The upcoming ICANN 53 public meeting in Buenos Aires and sessions of interest,
  • Opportunities to follow, participate and join work of business stakeholders in their various constituency groups and,
  • The latest topics in the Internet domain name and addressing systems.

When: Monday, 1 June 2015
15:00-016:00 UTC

Where: Adobe Connect

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Applicants Respond to Buenos Aires GAC Advice on New gTLDs

ICANN new generic Top Level Domains logoIn the GAC Buenos Aires Communiqué [PDF], the Governmental Advisory Committee (“GAC”) issued further advice to the ICANN Board of Directors regarding New gTLD applications. ICANN notified applicants and the community about the GAC’s advice on 11 December 2013, thus opening a 21-day applicant response period. Applicant responses have been made public.

These applicant responses to the Buenos Aires GAC Advice are now published here.

These responses will be forwarded to the ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee for consideration as it formulates its response to the GAC’s advice.

To download all responses, see newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/gac-advice/responses-consolidated-14jan14-en.pdf.

The Buenos Aires GAC Communiqué is available from here [PDF] while more information about the GAC Advice is available here. [PDF] (Module 3 of the Applicant Guidebook).