[registration-issues-wg] Fwd: [ALAC-Announce] ICANN News Alert -- DISCUSSION: Reviewing New gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Jan 21 17:30:36 UTC 2016

Hello all,

this could be of special interest to members of this WG.
Kindest regards,


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Subject: 	[ALAC-Announce] ICANN News Alert -- DISCUSSION: Reviewing New
gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse
Date: 	Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:46:18 +0000
From: 	ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org>
To: 	'alac-announce at atlarge-lists.icann.org'
<alac-announce at atlarge-lists.icann.org>

ICANN News Alert
ICANN <http://www.icann.org/>

    News Alert



    DISCUSSION: Reviewing New gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse

20 January 2016

ICANN is currently engaged in data collection on DNS abuse and
mitigation efforts implemented as part of the New gTLD Program. Members
of the community and general public are invited to join ICANN on 28
January 2016 in an open discussion on the topic. This work will help
inform the efforts of the review team examining the effects of the
Program on Competition, Consumer Choice, and Consumer Trust
<https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/reviews/cct>, which will assess the
safeguards in the Program as part of its work.

The goals of the discussion are to help formulate a definition of DNS
abuse, brainstorm methods for measuring abuse, and gather qualitative,
experiential input on whether safeguards to mitigate DNS abuse in new
gTLDs have been effective. The discussion will be structured around 4
central topics, which participants are encouraged to consider prior to

*Topic 1*: Which activities do you consider to be DNS abuse? If you
could put forth a globally accepted definition of DNS abuse, what would
it be? This definition should be broad enough to cover various malicious
uses of the DNS.

*Topic 2*: What are the most effective methods to measure the prevalence
of abusive activities in the DNS?

*Topic 3*: As part of the New gTLD Program, ICANN introduced safeguards
[PDF, 128 KB] to mitigate potential DNS abuse in new gTLDs (listed
below). How can we measure the effectiveness of these safeguards?

 1.  Vetting registry operators
 2.  Requirement for DNSSEC deployment
 3.  Requirement for Thick WHOIS records
 4.  Prohibition of "wild carding"
 5.  Removal of orphan glue records
 6.  Centralization of Zone file access
 7.  Abuse contact and documented anti-abuse policy requirements for
    registries and registrars
 8.  Availability of expedited registry security request process
 9.  High-security zone verification

*Topic 4*: What has been your experience, personally or on behalf of an
organization, with these safeguards? Please tell us:

  * Which were and/or were not effective? How so and why do you believe
    they were or were not effective?
  * Are there safeguards that should have been included but were not?

Any remaining time will be open for questions and related discussion.


      /Discussion Details & How to Attend/

ICANN will hold two discussions to enable participation in all regions.
Use the time zone converter
<https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html> to determine
local times.

*Date*: 28 January 2016

  * *Discussion 1*: 02:00 - 03:30 UTC
  * *Discussion 2*: 16:00 - 17:30 UTC

*Join Online*: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/gdd
*Join the Teleconference*: Download numbers now
[PDF, 89 KB]. *Passcode*: 144 144 2688

These discussions will be conducted in English. Recordings will be
published at: https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/reviews/dns-abuse.

        Register to Attend or Participate via Questionnaire

Want ICANN to remind you about the event? Register to attend the
discussion and we'll send you an email with participation information.
Unable to attend, but want to contribute? Give us the OK to send you a
questionnaire so you can tell us about your experiences. Visit:


      /Further Information/

ICANN's New gTLD Program has enabled hundreds of new top-level domains
to enter into the Internet's root zone since the first delegation
occurred in October 2013. Comprehensive reviews
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/reviews> of the program have begun and
will cover a variety of topics including competition, consumer trust and
choice (CCT), security and stability, rights protection and other areas.
Along with commissioning third-party analyses, ICANN is capturing
stakeholder experiences regarding operation of the New gTLD Program and
its effects on the domain name industry. Lessons learned as a result of
these efforts will help shape future rounds of the program.

      /Suggested Reading/

  * "Mitigating Malicious Conduct," ICANN, New gTLD Program Explanatory
    [PDF, 128 KB], (3 October 2009).
  * New gTLD Program Review page: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/reviews

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