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  • ICANN Installs Root Server Cluster in Singapore 16/09/2020
    I am pleased to update our community on the installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) cluster in Singapore. This new cluster will help to increase the root server capacity for the Asia Pacific region and bolster the resiliency of the entire Root Server System. What is an IMRS cluster? There are 13 root […]
  • A Roadmap for Success: ICANN Affiliate PTI Publishes First Strategic Plan 15/09/2020
    Today, we published the first Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) strategic plan, the last step in fulfilling the implementation plan outlined in the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition by the cross-community working group. To view the strategic plan, click here. For those who might not be aware, as part of the IANA stewardship transition, […]
  • ICANN Extends Coronavirus-Related Travel and Meetings Guidance to 31 December 15/09/2020
    I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during these unprecedented times. We appreciate all the work our community is undertaking, despite the limitations as a result of COVID-19. I would like to share with you that ICANN org has updated its travel and meetings guidance due to the continued pandemic. Our team […]
  • What's New on the RDDS Roadmap? 10/09/2020
    As part of an effort to keep the community informed about the evolution of policy and management of registration data, new information about the ICANN org's ongoing projects related to Registration Data Directory Services (RDDS) has been published. This roadmap, which is updated bi-annually, shows RDDS activities in advance of ICANN Board consideration, implementation following […]
  • ICANN OCTO Publications: Supporting Technical Engagement 08/09/2020
    ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is tasked with the formidable mission: to help improve the technical posture of ICANN in the world. As part of this mission, the OCTO team creates and publishes a portfolio of research papers and technical briefings intended for our diverse technical community. Technical Briefings and White Papers […]
  • Chair’s Blog: Board Priorities Ahead of September Remote Workshop 08/09/2020
    This week, the Board will be meeting remotely from 9 to 11 September to discuss and deliberate on several pressing issues. While the present circumstances continue to disrupt how the Board normally meets and conducts its business, it’s important that we keep our momentum and continue to make meaningful progress toward our goals and established […]
  • Working Toward a More Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Ecosystem 01/09/2020
    The Domain Name System Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group (DSFI-TSG) is now well underway and has completed its first major milestone: finalizing its charter and scope. Attacks on the DNS rarely impact only one actor in the Internet ecosystem and many attacks can be realized due to multiple threat vectors. As a result, the […]
  • 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom): An Update on the Selection Process 31/08/2020
    In May 2020, we shared an update on the 2020 NomCom’s progress with selecting qualified candidates for open ICANN leadership positions. At that time, we advised that the COVID-19 pandemic would require us to revise our timeline. As you know, we normally would have announced the candidates for open leadership positions by now. Due to […]
  • An Update on the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review 20/08/2020
    In March 2019, the Board took action on the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) Final Report. In a subsequent blog, former Board Chair Cherine Chalaby explained how the Board considered the CCT-RT Final Recommendations and provided context for the Board's decision to carry out phased implementation. Since the Board action, work […]
  • Public Comment on the GNSO New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Working Group Draft Final Report Now Open 20/08/2020
    On behalf of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) New generic top-level domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group (WG), we are pleased to announce the publication of our draft Final Report and the start of the Public Comment period. The draft final report is a culmination of the multi-year working group […]

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  • The Digital Services Act and Why the Architecture of the Internet Must Be Preserved 18/09/2020
    Earlier this year, as part of the European Digital Strategy, the European Commission announced a Digital Services Act package to develop new and revised rules to harmonize and deepen the Single Market for digital services. As a part of that initiative, it also initiated a public consultation to scope the specific issues that may require regulatory intervention. […]
  • Making Connections to Make a Difference at the 2020 Chapter Workshops 18/09/2020
    Each year during Chapter Workshops, representatives from across the Internet Society come together to advance their shared vision of an open and trusted Internet for everyone. They gather elbow-to-elbow on five different continents, sharing experiences and exchanging local, regional, and global perspectives. These annual workshops are a meeting ground for Internet Society Chapters, project leads, […]
  • What Will the Internet Look Like in 2030? New Grants Program for Researchers Studying the Future of the Internet 16/09/2020
    From the environment to the economy, the Internet is reshaping and disrupting several sectors of our society. What might future patterns of disruption look like? How will these changes affect all of us, particularly those on the margins of society? What new solutions can we generate today, to address the challenges of tomorrow? At the […]
  • Member News: Kyrgyzstan Chapter Focuses on Online Resources for Schools 15/09/2020
    Library access: The Kyrgyzstan Chapter of the Internet Society has started work on version 2.0 of its ilimBox project, an online educational platform for teachers and students. The ilimBox device, now powered by the Raspberry Pi 4, will include new educational videos, audio, and text resources. IlimBox is a digital library for schools and public […]
  • The Week in Internet News: Microsoft Warns of Cyberattacks on U.S. Election 14/09/2020
    Hackers vs. the election: Microsoft has warned that hackers from Russia, China, and Iran are targeting U.S. election systems, The Hill reports. The tech giant is seeing increasing efforts to hack into the Donald Trump and Joe Biden presidential campaigns. A Russian hacking group called Strontium has targeted more than 200 organizations, political campaigns, and parties over […]
  • How Peering and Infrastructure Development Improved Connectivity in Kenya, Speeding Economic Growth 11/09/2020
    The country can become a continental digital leader with strengthened Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). In January this year, Internet users in Kenya reached 22.86 million, a 16% jump from 2019. A leap that was made with no major impact on network quality and speed, and no increase in connectivity costs. Between 2012 and now, the […]
  • How Do We Ensure the Internet Grows and Improves? Start with the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit 09/09/2020
    The Internet has been revolutionary for human progress. Bit by bit, byte by byte, it has come to underpin modern life. For those of us online today it is hard to imagine (or remember) a world where the Internet was not the fabric of our social lives, education, entertainment, innovation, and culture. But what makes […]
  • This Week in Internet News: India Bans 118 Apps From Chinese Companies 07/09/2020
    Eyes on you: A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a National Security Agency program that collected call data from millions of U.S. residents was illegal, The Hill reports. The call metadata collection program, exposed by Edward Snowden, was suspended in 2015. The court ruled that the bulk collection of phone records violated laws requiring […]
  • Chapter Leaders Worldwide Make the Case for Strong Encryption 03/09/2020
    What makes a great leader? Earlier this year, 473 Chapter Members participated in the 2020 Chapters Training Program. The Internet Society kicked off the program with a lot of hope and excitement. This was an opportunity to harness the power of us – our global community – to incubate innovative ideas and tomorrow’s Internet leaders. The […]
  • Don’t Forget Cybersecurity on Your Back-to-School List 02/09/2020
    This opinion piece was originally published in Dark Reading. School systems don’t seem like attractive targets, but they house lots of sensitive data, such as contact information, grades, health records, and more. Schools are starting to reopen around the country – some physically, some virtually, and some a hybrid of the two. As a result, the […]