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ICANN: Establishment of the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul

ICANN logoToday [12 Jan], the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and ICANN announced the establishment of a partnership center known as the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul.

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.


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.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:

ICANN Seoul meeting briefing note highlights new gTLD delays and IDN fast track approval

ICANN has published a briefing note for their latest meeting, the 36th international public meeting, held in Seoul, South Korea. There were 1,207 attendees from 111 countries that debated a wide range of issues such as generic Top Level Domains and internationalised domain names.The briefing note summarises some of the key discussions and what were the outcomes such as the approval of the fast track for IDNs by the board on the final day of the meeting (Friday), which will see a limited number of IDNs introduced into the internet’s root, possibly before the end of 2009.The introduction of new gTLDs was also another hot discussion point with the third version of the Applicant Guidebook, as well as a range of other papers and explanatory memoranda being produced for discussion at the meeting.The introduction of new gTLDs was delayed, again, with ICANN staff revising the deadline to the opening application date for new gTLDs. Instead of giving a date, or quarter, the launch date will be dependent on community efforts to find solutions to the overarching issues. This approach prompted some in the community to argue that ICANN needed to demonstrate its determination to the process.The result at the end of the week was a compromise solution, approved in a Board resolution, that asked staff to look into how to introduce a system for allowing “expressions of interest” to be shown in new gTLDs. That process may allow for likely demand to be gauged and provide useful data to move some discussions from theoretical to pragmatic.The Applicant Guidebook is out to public comment until 22 November.Issues that relate to the introduction of new gTLDs were also key discussion points. These included trademark protection, malicious conduct such as phishing, malware, the distribution of illegal content and so on and outstanding concerns that arose from demand and economic analysis studies.Other issues were security and stability, strategic planning, the Affirmation of Committments, GNSO improvements and independent reviews.To read more on the briefing note and to see in more detail what happened at the meeting in Seoul, see: