ICANN Newsletter North America

February 2022


ICANN Delivers Operational Design Assessment of

SSAD Recommendations

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ICANN org has published the Operational Design Assessment (ODA), which is the final deliverable for the System for Standardized Access/Disclosure (SSAD) to Nonpublic Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data Operational Design Phase (ODP). This marks the closure of the SSAD ODP. ICANN org engaged with the community throughout the ODP process to gather input and ensure transparency.


The SSAD is a mechanism proposed to centralize requests for nonpublic registration data outlined in recommendations 1 to 18 of the Final Report of the GNSO Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Phase 2. Due to the resource investment and complexity that would likely be required to implement the SSAD-related policy recommendations in a timely and predictable manner, the ICANN Board requested an ODP to inform its deliberations, including whether the recommendations are in the best interests of the ICANN community and ICANN.


Read the announcement here.


Register Now for ICANN73


Registration is open for the ICANN73 Virtual Community Forum, ICANN’s first Public Meeting of 2022, to be held 7–10 March 2022.


Register here.


ICANN org will publish the ICANN73 schedule on 14 February 2022 and registration is required to view the schedule. Those interested in attending the meeting are encouraged to visit the event website to learn more about the meeting's time zone, Prep Week (22–24 February 2022), and participation tools.


ICANN will continue to offer financial assistance to community members who have limited Internet capacity via the Internet Access Reimbursement Program. The application deadline is 18 February 2022.


Apply and learn more here. 

John Crain Promoted to ICANN org Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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John Crain is ICANN org’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He will lead the org’s Identifier, Research, Operations, and Security (IROS) team and oversee the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. 


Read the announcement here.

Apply Now for Key ICANN Leadership Positions


The ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications for leadership positions within ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs), the ICANN Board of Directors, and the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors.


Those selected will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.


Applications must be received by 11 March 2022 at 23:59 UTC.


To learn about the open leadership positions and requirements, and to apply, read the announcement here.

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Looking Ahead to ICANN’s Engagement Efforts in North America


We started the year strong and full of plans for a productive year of regional events. During January and February alone, we reached out to more than 340 people with a training series on Universal Acceptance in collaboration with the North America Regional At-Large Organization (NARALO) and a Virtual Discussion on Internet-related legislation in Canada in collaboration with the Internet Society, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and the Competitive Network Operators of Canada.


My regional team and I are planning events to continue the implementation of the North America regional engagement plan. This includes informational webinars, training sessions focused on important topics such as Universal Acceptance, North America Space sessions during ICANN meetings, and much more. As we did during the first two months of 2022, we will focus on collaborative projects and events with other organizations and community members this year. These partnership opportunities enrich our engagement activities and broaden our stakeholder reach. 


We sincerely hope 2022 is the year we reconnect with our community in person. Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a successful year ahead. Connect with us on social media or visit our engagement calendar regularly to stay tuned for announcements on upcoming events in our region.


Thank you!  

Naela Sarras, Vice President,

Stakeholder Engagement for North America, ICANN

ICANN North America Community Completes Training Series on Universal Acceptance


The North America Regional At-Large Organization (NARALO) partnered with the ICANN org and the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) to host a four-part training series on Universal Acceptance (UA). The four sessions, held from 20 January to 10 February, gathered interested stakeholders from Canada, the U.S., and beyond to learn about the technical aspects of UA and Email Address Internationalization (EAI). 


More than 225 people took the training. In addition to the technical aspects of UA and EAI, participants learned more about UA for Java Software and Application Developers and the life of a UA Ambassador. The North America effort follows in the footsteps of other regions. Regional UA training programs are collaborative efforts among ICANN org, community, and regional top-level domain organizations to raise awareness of UA challenges and highlight UA remediation efforts, as well as allow for engagement with key industry stakeholders.


All recordings and presentations are available here.

North America’s Virtual Event Calendar Kicks Off with a Look at Legislative Efforts in Canada

ICANN org hosted a virtual event on 26 January covering the state of play in Canada’s federal legislative body, including what types of legislation are being considered, why stakeholders should pay attention, and what to expect in 2022. Legal and technical experts were also on hand to discuss the potential effects of numerous pieces of legislation. 


More than 120 people participated in the event, which featured speakers from ICANN org, the Internet Society, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and the Competitive Network Operators of Canada. 


A recording of the session is available here.

ARIN to Host Virtual Fellowship Program Ahead of ARIN 49

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will host a Virtual Fellowship Program in conjunction with ARIN 49. This four-week virtual experience will provide focused interaction with the aim to develop relationships with seasoned technology professionals in the community as well as with ARIN staff and leadership. Fellows will be paired with an ARIN community mentor to guide them through the process and answer any questions they may have along the way. 


The program will be held from 5 April to 3 May 2022. During weekly sessions, fellows can expect to participate in breakout sessions, discuss the ARIN policy development process (PDP), and engage in networking opportunities. Fellows will be fully prepared to attend and participate in ARIN 49. 


Applications are due by Friday, 25 February 2022. 

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Nominations Close Soon for the 2022 ICANN Community Excellence Award

The nomination period for the 2022 ICANN Community Excellence Award will close on Monday, 21 March 2022 at 23:59 UTC. Each year, the ICANN Community Excellence Award recognizes ICANN community participants who substantively contribute to ICANN policy work and who are deeply invested in developing consensus-based solutions within the ICANN multistakeholder model. The recipient will be recognized during ICANN74.

Learn more about the nomination process and submit your nomination(s) here.

ccNSO Council Urges Members to Adopt New Governance Rules

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In January 2022, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council expressed its support for members to adopt new rules related to ccNSO internal governance. The proposed rules would replace the current governance rules in place since 2004. In 2021, a ccNSO working group held various consultations with members to identify issues and

propose revisions.

In order for the new rules to be adopted, an approval vote from at least 86 ccNSO members is required. Alejandra Reynoso (pictured above), ccNSO Chair, emphasized that the new rules would have a direct impact on the governance structure of the ccNSO, specifically on the roles of councilors and the relationship between Council and ccNSO members. Voting is scheduled to begin after ICANN73.

GNSO Council-ICANN Board Consultation on SSAD Started

On 27 January, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council and the ICANN Board began the formal consultation on the detailed findings of the System for Standardized Access/Disclosure (SSAD) Operational Design Phase (ODP). The ICANN Board and GNSO Council considered the financial sustainability of the SSAD and exchanged their perspectives regarding the Operational Design Assessment (ODA), the detailed analysis, and final product of the SSAD ODP.

To listen to the recording of the consultation session, please click here.



Supporting a Multilingual Internet through IDNs

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Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) give users around the world the ability to use domain names in their own local languages and scripts (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Thai, Russian, Vietnamese, etc.) Enabling the secure and stable use of IDNs is crucial to growing a multilingual Internet and digital inclusivity. To help track and highlight ongoing IDN work by the ICANN community and org, ICANN has published its first annual IDN Progress Report. The first edition covers three main areas of work: developing an IDN technical knowledge base, supporting IDN policy development and implementation, and IDN operations at ICANN org.

To view the full 2021 IDN Progress Report, click here.

ICANN Subsequent Procedures ODP: Introducing the

Work Tracks

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Learn about the nine work tracks we have established to organize work for the Subsequent Procedures (SubPro) Operational Design Phase (ODP). The purpose of the SubPro ODP is to inform the ICANN Board’s determination on whether the recommendations are in the best interests of ICANN org and the community.

The ODP will deliver an Operational Design Assessment (ODA) that outlines ICANN org’s approach to implementation, which the Board will review to determine its decision on the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Final Report.

Read the latest SubPro ODP Update blog here.

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