Accountability & Governance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Published By ICANN

On 14 August ICANN posted the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance: Process and Next Steps. Since posting, ICANN received some questions that are compiled here together with items perhaps useful to be addressed for the community. These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are to assist in your understanding of this process and of the ways you can participate, and will be updated to be responsive to community questions during the process. The FAQs and other process resources also can be found on a new Community Wiki space.

The Accountability Process ICANN has launched is critical to the successful transition of the IANA Functions Stewardship from the US Government to the Internet’s multistakeholder community.

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ICANN Asking For Comments On 2-Character Domain Names for .SOHU, .IMMO, .SAARLAND, .CLUB

ICANN has opened a comment period to obtain community input on the proposed amendments to the Registry Agreements of several registry operators: .SOHU, .IMMO, .SAARLAND, .CLUB.

The proposals requess the release of all two-character ASCII labels that do not appear on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 list and for which there is no corresponding government or country-code operator.

The proposed Amendments are to implement a new registry service, submitted through the Registry Services Evaluation Process (RSEP), that would permit the introduction of two-character domain names for registration in the new gTLD namespace. Continue reading

24 More New gTLDs Have Been Delegated: .diet, .hosting, .property, .gifts, .restaurant, .wales

ICANN has announced that 24 more New gTLDs have been delegated for a total of 370 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the latest 24 new gTLDs:
.diet, .hosting, .property, .gifts, .restaurant, .wales, .healthcare and .realtor.

contracting-overview-960x480-15aug14-enBelow are the key Contracting statistics, as of 15 August 2014:

For the Week Ending: 15 August 2014

Number of Applications Invited to Contracting: 3
Number of Responses to Contracting Invite Received: 39
Number of Registry Agreements Sent to Applicants: 6
Number of Registry Agreements Executed: 2

Number of Requests for Exemption to the Code of Conduct Posted for 30-day Comment: 0
Number of Code of Conduct Exemptions Granted: 0

Number of Applications for Specification 13 Posted for 30-day Comment: 3
Number of Specification 13 Granted: 0

Here are the 370 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:

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ICANN Announces Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group Members

As described in the 14 August 2014 posting of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps, four respected individuals with backgrounds in academia, governmental relations, global insight, and the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), will form the Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group.

Selected by ICANN‘s President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, members of the Public Experts Group will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisors to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisors will contribute research and advice, as well as bring perspectives on global best practices to enrich the discussion, all while engaging with a broader network of accountability experts from around the world.

The members of the Public Experts Group are: Continue reading

ICANN To Give Governmental Advisory Committee More Power

ICANN is posting for public comment proposed Bylaws revisions that would incorporate a higher voting threshold for the Board to determine not act consistently with the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee. Currently, the Bylaws require a simple majority of the Board (50% + 1) to vote to act consistently a piece of advice from the GAC. The proposed amendments to the Bylaws would require 2/3 of the voting members of the Board to vote to not act consistently with a piece of GAC advice. Continue reading

ICANN 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

The ICANN 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for six leadership positions within ICANN, listed below for each ICANN body, in alphabetical order by family name.

Also the Non-Contracted Parties House (NCPH) has selected Markus Kummer to succeed Bill Graham for Seat 14 on the ICANN Board.

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ICANN Orders Bulk Transfer of Domains from Registrar to

ICANN has authorized the bulk transfer of gTLD domain names from Sdn Bhd to Pty Ltd. due to the non-renewal of Sdn Bhd’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

The affected gTLD registries have processed the bulk transfers. Former registrant-customers of Sdn Bhd should receive notices from Pty Ltd. advising of the transfer. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to Pty Ltd. (for contact details see or visit the website directly at Additional information about these bulk transfers is provided below. Continue reading

Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance

ICANN today published Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance – Process and Next Steps, a document that describes the process to examine how, from an organizational perspective, ICANN‘s accountability mechanisms should be strengthened to address the absence of its historical relationship with the US Government including looking at strengthening existing accountability mechanisms. On 14 March 2014, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition its stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to the global stakeholder community, which would end its contractual relationship with ICANN that has existed since 1998. That historical relationship has been perceived as a backstop with regard to ICANN‘s organization-wide accountability.

Last spring, when the community began its initial discussions on the task of transitioning NTIA‘s stewardship of the IANA Functions, the community raised the broader topic of the impact of the change on ICANN‘s accountability. What emerged was a commitment to launch a second process – parallel but interrelated with the IANA stewardship transition process – to do this work. Continue reading

Updated New gTLD Auction Schedule From ICANN

The New gTLD Auction Schedule is updated as of 11 August 2014. This version is updated to reflect the 2015 Auction Dates for January, February, and March. Also reflected is the finalization of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework as it pertains to the Auction Schedule. Because the Framework is now finalized, postponement requests on this basis will no longer be accommodated.

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New ICANN Infographic: The IANA Functions

ICANN released a new IANA Functions Infographic which explains how the core IANA functions allow users like you to access the Internet. The revised infographic incorporates feedback from the community. Continue reading