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ICANN Publishes Attendance Statistics For Johannesburg Meeting

ICANN59_Johannesburg_logoThere were 1,353 people attending the recent ICANN meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 59th, with over one-third (498) listing their region as Africa. This compares to the previous meeting, ICANN58 held in Copenhagen, Denmark, where there were 2,089 checked-in participants, with 1,012 listing their region as Europe.

For the African meeting, one-third (33%) were first-time attendees compared to 31% in Copenhagen.

Other stats from the meeting, with Copenhagen statistics in brackets, were:

  • 236 sessions held, for a total of 423 hours (348 sessions held, for a total of 642 hours)
  • Top three sessions by attendance:
  1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its Potential Impact: Looking for Practical Solutions
  2. Cross-Community Discussion on Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) Policy Requirements
  3. Who Sets ICANN’s Priorities?
  • 39,729 schedule website page views
  • 8.2 terabytes of data as network traffic (9 terabytes).

For the Copenhagen meeting there were also:

  • 2,094 unique mobile app visits
  • 78,587 schedule website page views.

Click on this link to download the full ICANN59 Community Feedback report [PDF, 734 KB].

Click here to download the full ICANN59 By the Numbers report [PDF, 6.06 MB].

ICANN Publishes Findings of ICANN59 Community Feedback and By the Numbers Reports

ICANN59_Johannesburg_logo[news release] Today (24 July), ICANN published the results of the ICANN59 participant survey, and the technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. There are two reports – the Community Feedback report and the By the Numbers report. These reports summarize our findings from ICANN‘s second Public Forum Meeting of the new meeting strategy. These reports are part of ICANN‘s commitment to transparency.

By the Numbers Report highlights include:

  • 1,353 checked-in participants, with 498 listing their region as Africa
  • 33% of attendees participating for the first time
  • 236 sessions held, for a total of 423 hours
  • Top three sessions by attendance:
    1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its Potential Impact: Looking for Practical Solutions
    2. Cross-Community Discussion on Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) Policy Requirements
    3. Who Sets ICANN‘s Priorities?
  • 39,729 schedule website page views
  • 8.2 terabytes of data as network traffic

Our goal is to improve on the feedback and statistics we collect, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make.

Click on this link to download the full ICANN59 Community Feedback report [PDF, 734 KB].

Click here to download the full ICANN59 By the Numbers report [PDF, 6.06 MB].

If you have questions, please email: meetings@icann.org

About ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – 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 news release was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2017-07-24-en

Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Johannesburg for ICANN’s 59th Public Meeting, and 10th Meeting in Africa

ICANN59_Johannesburg_logoICANN will hold its 59th Public Meeting in the Johannesburg Sandton Convention Center from 26-29 June 2017. This meeting is ICANN‘s second ever Policy Forum, which is focused on policy work and outreach. It is also the tenth time an ICANN meeting will be held in Africa, a continent of great online potential.

Hosted by the ZA Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA), the meeting will bring together global and regional Internet stakeholders for four days, to develop policy related to the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

One of the highlight topics of ICANN59 for media is the Key Signing Rollover (KSK Rollover). ICANN is in the process of performing a Root Zone DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) KSK rollover to replace the top-level cryptographic keys used in DNSSEC, which will happen on the 11th October 2017. This is another reason for attending ICANN59, the last ICANN meeting before the rollover takes place, as a step towards raising awareness about this important change.

During the meeting there will also be a public presentation launching the final report of the Africa Domain Name System market study commissioned by ICANN. The report highlights the strengths and weaknesses in the Domain Name Service (DNS) sector in Africa and develops recommendations on how to advance the industry to better utilize the opportunities available and address identified challenges.

ICANN59 is also the third meeting since the IANA Stewardship Transition, and a platform for the new empowered community that has taken over the reigns of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. So another topic of interest is the Empowered Community. Through this mechanism, the global Internet community, through ICANN‘s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers.

ICANN meetings are an excellent opportunity for those interested in getting involved to learn how they can join and have an impact. There are important voices represented via different structures at ICANN from across the globe. Here in Africa, structures such as AFRALO, the home of individual Internet user community for the African region, African Government Advisory Committee representatives including South African Government, observer International Governmental Organizations like ATU, and other businesses in the region like AFICTA help represent the region’s diverse voice. This is what makes ICANN‘s multistakeholder model a success, the mixture of voices from around the globe.

As Africa continues to increase its online presence, ICANN hopes that more new users will participate in the ICANN community to ensure their continent’s unique perspective is reflected in DNS policies.

The ICANN Meeting Strategy is also shaped in a way to accommodate this model: ICANN meetings are held three times a year, in different regions around the world, to give all interested stakeholders an opportunity to interact with the rest of the community in person.

Event Information:

  • Journalists who are unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to participate remotely. Details for remote participation in any of the sessions can be found here.
  • All ICANN59 attendees (including journalists) are required to register either on-site or here.
  • For more details on ICANN59, please visit: https://meetings.icann.org/en/johannesburg59
  • The full schedule of ICANN59 events and meetings is available at https://schedule.icann.org/

You can also download the ICANN59 Mobile App, which is available in the App Store, Google play, Windows Store and BlackBerry World.

This ICANN news release was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/advisory-2017-06-16-en

South African Registrars Push For Second Level .ZA Domains

ZA Central Registry ZACR logoAt a recent conference in South Africa, there was a push among registrars for allowing second level registrations of .za domain names.

Currently registrations under .za are at the third level, for example .co.za. But at the recent iWeek conference ZA Domains’ Jade Benson said he thought the country was ready for the introduction of second level domains for the South African ccTLD, according to a Business Live report.

The South African interest in second level registrations follows their introduction in .uk and .nz in 2015 and their approval to be introduced in .au following a consultation.

According to Business Live, Domain Name Authority (Zadna) CEO Vika Mpisane said a shift to second level registrations wouldn’t happen without the registry’s blessing.

“Mpisane cited a survey that Zadna conducted in 2010, which showed that people were satisfied with the use of .co.za. The respondents were not keen on an additional domain name such as .za. Mpisane says Zadna would run another survey to determine whether an additional domain name was necessary.believes there is no need to run another survey, because there is enough support for the introduction of .za.”

But Benson doesn’t see the need for another survey and the domain industry believes the survey is out of date. “The sooner it is implemented the better,” Benson said.

“Variety is the spice of life, and typically consumers who cannot find their desired .co.za domain would look to international registrars to purchase a .com or similar,” says Benson. “.za domains would provide them with an alternative opportunity to find their desired domain name and ensure that small business and consumers are supporting local businesses.”

Lucky Masilela, the CEO of ZACR, a non-profit organisation, says the price of new domain names needs to be addressed to make it affordable to switch to or add the .za.

“For us it’s not about making money,” he says. “We are positioning it for future use and giving people more choice.”

Shorter extensions may find more favour. Wayne Diamond from domains.co.za says that from a brand-building perspective, the .za has “fantastic potential”.

“We need to stay relevant and need to make future-proof decisions and [introducing .za] follows on what other countries have done,” he says.

In South Africa there has also been the introduction of three city gTLDs – .capetown with 4,780 registrations, .joburg (3,620) and .durban (2,590). There are some in the South African domain industry such as Benson who believe they have been a failure.

ZACR has struggled to achieve a higher number of sales for new domains, mostly because of a “monopoly within the market and exorbitant pricing”, said Benson according to the report. However Masilela said as there are fewer registrars who sell the gTLDs compared to the .co.za, this has limited their potential.

The full Business Live report is available at:
http://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/digital/2016-10-03-the-raging-za-debate/

ICANN Announces Third 2018 Public Meeting For Barcelona

ICANN’s Board approved a proposal to hold their third public meeting for 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, at regular meeting of the board on 15 September.The meeting, to be ICANN’s 63rd public meeting, is scheduled for 20 to 26 October and follows the usual call for recommendations. There were several parties interested in holding the meeting, although ICANN doesn’t say how many in their announcement.The next ICANN meeting, the 57th public meeting, is to be held in Hyderabad, India from 3 to 9 November 2016.The scheduled meetings for 2017 are to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 to 16 March followed by Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 to 29 June and then Aby Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 28 October to 3 November.The locations for the first two public meetings in 2018 haven’t yet been announced but are scheduled for North America in March and then Latin America and the Caribbean in June.

Daily Wrap: ICANN Stops 9 New gTLDs, All In Africa and Donuts Get The .DOCTOR

ICANN new generic Top Level Domains logoThere were 17 new gTLD applications from Africa out of over 1,900 and ICANN has just culled nine of them as they had failed to go live within 12 months as specified in their contracts, according to a report in The Register.

The gTLDs in question, all brand gTLDs, were .naspers, .supersport, .mzansimagic, .mnet, .kyknet, .africamagic, .multichoice, .dstv and .gotv. The only company in Africa, the South African ZACR, was successful in applying for the .capetown, .durban and .joburg gTLDs. The .payu string, applied for by a Dutch company, is also in the same boat.

Another African applicant, .ummah from Ummah Digital of Gambia, was withdrawn in 2013, reported Domain Incite, while “the League of Arab States’ .arab and عرب. are both currently in pre-delegation testing, having signed ICANN contracts in November.”

And of course, .africa is an ongoing issue with one of the applicants, DotConnectAfrica, taking ICANN to court over the application process for the gTLD.

Meanwhile Donuts has emerged as the successful applicant for the .doctor gTLD. According to Domain Incite, “competing applicants Radix and The Medical Registry both withdrew their applications last week.”

As .ZA Passes One Million Registrations, Price Hikes Coming In March

South African registryThe registry fee, that is the fee charged to registrars, is set to jump on 1 March just as the South African ccTLD passes the one million registration mark.

Registering new or renewing existing co.za, org.za, net.za, and web.za domains are all set to cost more the ZA Central Registry has told its domain registrars according to a report in the South African technology news site My Broadband.

The report notes ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela said the wholesale price of registrations through their extensible provisioning protocol (EPP) system would become R45 ($3.90), while legacy registrations would increase to R90. Currently EPP costs R35, while legacy registrations cost R65.88.

These price increases were approved in November 2014, and were originally set to take effect on 16 February 2015, the report continues.

Further price increases to legacy registrations of R10 per year will be implemented annually from 1 March, until the price reaches R130 in 2019.

The increases follows ZACR announcing the number of .za domain names passed the one million registrations mark on 23 January.

“When the first .za domains were registered in 1992, few in the South African internet industry ever expected the total to ever go beyond 100 000, let alone ten times that amount. The one million milestone represents a great vote of confidence in the world class .za domain name system,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR, according to another report in Fin24.

ICANN Durban: Trademark Clearinghouse, Internal Networks Impact On New gTLDs and .AMAZON

ICANN Durban Meeting logoDomain Incite is reporting from the ICANN meeting in Durban, South Africa, that is underway this week and have put up a few interesting reports.

Interlisle Consulting was engaged to conduct a report on “clashes between applied-for new gTLD strings and non-existent TLDs that are nevertheless already widely used on internal networks,” something Verisign has been raising as an issue recently, reported Domain Incite.

The problem is for internal networks that use a currently non-existent TLD. The biggest source of hits of the new gTLDs is .home, which is likely to be coming from millions household modems, is likely to be a problem to sort out. Others, that may be coming from a range of sources, such as .ice, which “appears prominently on the list appears to be solely due to an electricity producer in Costa Rica, which ‘for some reason is blasting .ice requests out to the root’”.

In another report, Domain Incite reports that the Trademark Clearinghouse appears to be cutting it fine in getting underway.

In a session at the ICANN meeting, “executives from IBM and Deloitte, which are managing the Trademark Clearinghouse, laid out their go-live expectations.”

In the presentation, “IBM and Deloitte said that they hope to have a Sunrise sandbox ready for registry testing by the end of July, with a production environment live by August 9 and Claims following a month later.”

And in another Domain Incite report, “the Governmental Advisory Committee has agreed to file a consensus objection against Amazon’s application for .amazon.”

“The objection came at the behest of Brazil and other Latin American countries that claim rights to Amazon as a geographic term, and follows failed attempts by Amazon to reach agreement.” And it appears the objection sounds the death knell for the online retailer’s application.

ICANN: Milestone: First Registry Agreements Executed – Internet Users Will Soon Be Able To Navigate The Web In Their Native Language

ICANN Durban Meeting logoOn the opening day of ICANN47 Durban, ICANN signed the first four Registry Agreements with new gTLD applicants. This is a historic moment in the New gTLD Program, which is drawing ever nearer to delegation of the first new gTLDs and the upcoming expansion of the Internet.

All four signed Registry Agreements are for the operation of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). Two of the Registry Agreements are for strings in Cyrillic, one in Arabic and one in Chinese. Once these and other IDN strings are delegated and become operational, it will mark the first time that people will be able to access and type in a website address for generic Top-Level Domains in their native language. This will expand the Internet not just in the number of generic Top-Level Domains available, but also in the overall accessibility for all people across the globe.

The four signed Registry Agreements are listed below and the will soon be posted on the ICANN.org website.

  • International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.’s شبكة , the Arabic for “Web or Network”
  • Core Association’s онлайн, Russian for “Online”
  • Core Association’s сайт, Russian for “Web site”
  • Spring Fields, LLC 游戏, Chinese for “Game”

Invitations to begin the Contracting Process will continue on a rolling basis, by prioritization number, for applications that are not subject to any outstanding items that can or do impact eligibility (learn more).

Applicants wishing to sign a Registry Agreement prior to resolution of certain outstanding issues that may affect the terms of the Agreement, such as GAC Advice, Rights Protection Mechanisms requirements and Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Proceedings, will need to sign the Supplement to the Registry Agreement allowing ICANN to update executed Registry Agreements to potentially address these unresolved issues.

Read Akram Atallah’s Blog Post »

Learn more about Contracting »

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-15jul13-en

ICANN’s Durban Meeting Kicks Off with Signing of New Registrar and Registry Agreements

[news release] The first group of Internet Registries and Registrars has signed new agreements with ICANN, bringing new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) into the home stretch of going live online.”This is a huge accomplishment,” said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO. “We can see the last mile before the first new TLD is activated in the Internet’s root.”Chehadé made the comments during a ceremonial signing at the opening session of ICANN’s 47th Public Meeting in Durban, South Africa.Three companies signed the Registry Agreement (RA) while five others signed the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), including Registrars from Senegal, Australia, France and the U.S.Registries operate Top-Level Domains. Registrars are the entities through which domain names are registered.The three registries applied for Top-Level Domain Names using language characters in Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic.During his remarks, Chehadé also acknowledged Nelson Mandela, the renowned former South African leader who is now hospitalised. Chehadé said Mandela’s philosophies should act as guiding principles in the Internet ecosystem.”We must realise we are inherently interdependent and thus must learn to be conciliatory and Africa defines that, as does Madiba [Mandela’s clan name],” said Chehadé. “We need to maintain that Madiba spirit.”Dr. Elham Ibrahim, the African Union’s Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy told the attendees, “The Internet is one of the greatest public gifts of the 20th century.””African domain names will bring financial, economic and sociocultural benefits to Africa,” said Ibrahim.In referring to ICANN during a video address, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, said there needs to be a “goal of working together by cultivating a relationship based on collaboration and cooperation.””In a fast moving, rapidly evolving environment there are not permanent or even long term solutions,” said Touré. “What works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. We need open on-going dialogue.”ICANN’s Durban meeting will continue through Thursday, July 18.