[AFRI-Discuss] Fwd: Read stakeholder experiences of COVID-19, learn about DNS security efforts, and get the latest updates on ICANN
Abdeldjalil Bachar Bong
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Mon May 18 15:31:20 UTC 2020
ABDELDJALIL BACHAR BONG
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"HOUSE OF AFRICA"
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Subject: Read stakeholder experiences of COVID-19, learn about DNS security
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ICANN Board Withholds Consent for PIR Change of Control
After a thorough evaluation process, the ICANN Board is withholding consent
to the request for a change of control of the Public Interest Registry
(PIR). Read more about the decision
from ICANN Board Chair Maarten Botterman, and find the full Board
A Glimpse at Stakeholder Experiences During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, we reached out to some of our
stakeholders in Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East,
and Africa to learn about their experiences and hear their thoughts. Follow
account to see more of the stakeholder experiences during COVID-19.
“COVID-19 changed the way we work as many businesses closed down or reduced
their working hours, coupled by the activation of no travel and work from
home policies. Many technological solutions emerged to deal with public
problems. This reveals that the technology is up to the challenge of
supporting a large remote workforce, which could result in everyone feeling
more connected to each other than before.”
Senior Manager of Internet Policy Analysis, NTRA Egypt
Egypt - 8 April 2020
“Hoster.by is taking all possible measures to ensure the safety of its
employees and business continuity. Part of our team has been working
remotely as we had already examined all the risks posed by remote work. We
are providing for the health and safety of our employees who cannot work
remotely, such as customer support and technical support team members.
As the .BY registry and a strong brand, we are attentive to each our
client, and we try to alleviate the panic with personalized approaches and
planned complex solutions at hoster.by.”
Sergey Povalishev, hoster.by
Belarus - 26 March 2020
“COVID-19, fortunately to date has not taken toll on our staff in the sense
of a reported case and to this extent we touch wood and hope none of our
staff members will be infected. Whilst we are excited by what I consider
good news, we seem to be slowly encountering a situation of social
loneliness due to the lockdown, and we need to be ready to deal with its
negative impacts. At the same time I believe we are standing at the
pedestal of great things to come and how we conduct our business. Since the
lockdown, our staff has been able to deal with the customer queries with
great ease and enthusiasm, and to that we say thumbs up.”
Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR/RA
South Africa - 14 April 2020
“From a technical standpoint, we have not experienced any problems due to
COVID-19 at Registro .it despite of the sharp increase in Internet traffic.
We have specifically developed a DNS organization for the ccTLD .it, based
on an anycast architecture to ensure the maximum resilience of our
services. This anycast architecture exploits both a third-party service and
a proprietary infrastructure of sixteen nodes, carefully positioned around
the world to intercept the Internet traffic in order to guarantee the
responsiveness and the reliability of ccTLD.it DNS.
The impact of COVID-19 on the society and economy reflected also on domain
name registrations. At the end of March, we received more than one thousand
registrations related to COVID-19, and we are working closely with the
public authorities to prevent abuses associated with these domain names.”
Marco Conti, Registro .it
Italy - 8 April 2020
The DNSSEC Implementation Relaunch in Finland
By Juhani Juselius, Chief Specialist, Traficom
For almost two decades, .FI has been taken care of by a relatively small
but highly motivated team at the Finnish Transport and Communications
Agency Traficom, a team that believes in secure and up-to-date technology.
As part of that vision, .FI-root was signed in 2010 and the registration
system was updated in 2011 in order to provide Domain Name System Security
Extensions (DNSSEC) for the second level. From the very beginning, it was
obvious to us that we did not want to charge any extra fees for this
important add-on service.
During the following years, we raised awareness via several activities such
as presentations, media interviews, targeted events, user trainings,
meetings with registrars, and master's theses supervision. I am quite sure
that our message reached its target, and relevant people learned about
However, not much happened after all, despite all of our efforts in raising
awareness. At the end of 2018, I was not aware of any .FI registrar
offering DNSSEC for their customers: Only 1 percent of domains were signed,
and none of the three big ISPs were validating Internet traffic in Finland.
Those were very depressing numbers, especially when compared to the success
of DNSSEC in the other Nordic countries.
At the beginning of 2019, we asked our colleagues at the National Cyber
Security Center for an opportunity to attend their meeting with the Finnish
ISPs and talk about DNSSEC. In that meeting, we asked a question: "In your
opinion, what should we do in order to boost DNSSEC usage in Finland?" They
gave us the clearest answer so far: "We see DNSSEC as an important addition
to security, but we don't want to do it alone. If it breaks something, our
customers will switch to a non-DNSSEC supporting operator. We will
implement DNSSEC if we don't need to do it alone." That was it! So simple.
The idea of DNSSEC (re)Launch Day was born.
There were two main components in our DNSSEC Launch Day campaign. The first
one was a campaign website with a public list of registrars and ISPs
committed to implementing DNSSEC by the date of Launch Day. This was
important to convince participants that they were not alone in implementing
DNSSEC. The second component was to get publicity. First, there were some
articles in professional online media, but the real game-changer was a one
and half page article in the main national newspaper, the Helsingin
Sanomat: “DNSSEC and its low adoption rate in Finland.
The article was straightforward, and it made people wake up.
At the end of 2019, there were at least 250 registrars offering DNSSEC to
their customers, 2 percent of domains were signed (low, but doubled in
number), and the validation rate exceeded 90 percent, one of the highest in
the world. In addition, our DNSSEC training session in cooperation with
ICANN became very popular after the campaign, as people got interested in
DNSSEC implementation more than ever before.
A Virtual “ICANN Month” for Students at Lodz University
With all face-to-face interactions with our community suspended due to the
COVID-19 crisis, engagement with stakeholders poses a new type of
challenge: How do we adapt our engagement to these new circumstances?
Our good partner in Poland, The University of Lodz (UoL), adapted quickly
to the new situation by opening their virtual doors for ICANN. Through this
initiative, which we called the “ICANN Month”, we delivered online lectures
to the students of Social Sciences Doctoral School at UoL for three
consecutive weeks in April 2020. Each lecture attracted 25 to 50 students.
ICANN Month was comprised of three lectures by ICANN org members. Patrick
Jones opened the series by presenting on “Managing Identifiers and Domain
Name System Privacy in an Insecure World”. He was followed by Adam Peake,
who presented on ICANN and the Internet, touching upon the fundamental
importance of the DNS and global multistakeholder policy. Lastly, Gabriella
Schittek delivered a talk on ICANN, new generic top-level domains, and its
rights protection mechanisms. The students were also invited to participate
in ICANN via programs such as NextGen and Fellowship, and introduced to the
ICANN Learn platform.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the University of Lodz, and Joanna
Kulesza from At-Large leadership for the openness and flexibility that made
the ICANN Month possible.
Should there be an interest in organizing similar activities for your
institution in Europe, please contact Gabriella Schittek at
gabriella.schittek at icann.org.
“The DNS in the Time of COVID-19” Webinar Attracts 210 Participants
On 9 April, the Global Stakeholder Engagement team in Europe, led by Chris
Mondini, organized the webinar “The Domain Name System in the Time of
COVID-19: A Technical Perspective”
in collaboration with ICANN’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer
(OCTO). The webinar was attended by 210 participants from Europe and beyond.
Moderated by Chris Mondini, the webinar featured presentations by the Vice
President of Research Matt Larson, and Chief Security, Stability, and
Resiliency Officer John Crain with their observations of DNS resiliency and
other COVID-19 related issues. They also discussed highlights from
observations of DNS queries, along with news on community-based efforts to
address DNS abuse. The webinar called on participants to join the ongoing
efforts to combat DNS abuse.
If you’ve missed this webinar, you can still watch it here
You can send feedback or questions to our OCTO team at octo at icann.org, and
share ideas for future assemblies at engagement at icann.org.
A Reflection on the Post-COVID-19 Work in Eastern European and Central Asia
By Mikhail Anisimov, Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern
Europe and Central Asia
My ICANN journey as an org member started on 16 March 2020, around the time
when COVID-19 was becoming a global crisis. As the world began facing one
of the toughest challenges in modern history, all planned activities came
to a halt. Face-to-face meetings and community gatherings are now no longer
viable in the foreseeable future. As a result, we are looking at different
ways to continue our work.
When I was training for long distance running fifteen years ago, my trainer
had advised this: If I had to slow down, it would be a good opportunity to
look around and see where I am, and check how others are doing. Now that we
all have to slow down, there is time to look around, and at our community.
For us at ICANN, we will continue engaging with you, and raising awareness
about ICANN’s work via the remote tools available to us.
Although many regional events have been postponed, the preparations
continue for the ones later on in the year. Organizers are still discussing
agendas and potential speakers. Currently, it seems things will get busy as
of September. But until then, we can look at what work we have to do now,
prioritize the regional needs in light of the new situation, and continue
to work together.
In my new role, I look forward to working with you, our stakeholders across
Eastern Europe and Central Asia! Please do not hesitate to contact me at
mikhail.anisimov at icann.org for any questions or suggestions. I am here to
MEAC Regional Plan Receives Feedback through Public Comments
To align with ICANN’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan at the regional level, the
Middle East and Adjoining Countries Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG)
started work in October 2019 to develop a draft regional plan for the
Middle East, summarizing the engagement priorities for the region.
On 18 February 2020, the MEAC-SWG published the draft Middle East and
Adjoining Countries (MEAC) Regional Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 for Public
which remained open until 3 April 2020. Complementing these efforts to
receive community feedback on the regional plan, a webinar
was held on 18 March 2020, attended by 24 community members. The feedback
received during this webinar and public comments were summarized and
published in this staff report
on 17 April 2020.
Next steps involve the incorporation of community feedback into the work
towards finalizing the regional plan in May 2020. Then the MEAC-SWG will
work on the year 1 action plan, which will be released in June 2020, in
time to go into effect on 1 July 2020. This timeline might be affected due
to the COVID-19, but we will keep the community updated in the event of any
Interested in our work? Please write to us at meac.swg at icann.org.
ICANN67 Readouts in the Middle East
Following our first virtual public meeting ICANN67, two readout sessions
were organized in the Middle East: One for the Middle East region in
general, and one specifically for Turkey. These sessions complemented our
efforts in keeping the regional community updated and engaged in our work.
ICANN67 Readout Session for the Middle East was held on 23 March and
attended by 24 participants. The agenda
covered updates from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and
At-Large, Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP), the new gTLD
subsequent procedures PDP (SubPro), and Universal Acceptance. One key thing
to note, was the positive feedback on the success of ICANN67, even
exceeding some community expectations. You can find the recording here
ICANN67 Readout Session for Turkey
was somewhat different, with additional topics covered by ICANN org members
based in Istanbul. Some of these topics were Open Data Platform and
highlights from the Root Server System Advisory Committee. The webinar was
held on 22 April, with the participation of 39 people, out of which 19 were
local community members. The recording is available here
Interested in our future readout sessions and other activities? Join
list for the Middle East
or mailing list for Turkey
27 Years of Internet in Turkey
ISOC-Turkey celebrated the Internet’s 27th anniversary in Turkey by holding
a webinar in collaboration with ICANN and Bilgi University Information
Technology Law Institute. The event focused on how COVID-19 impacted the
local Internet with regards to social, legal, and technical frameworks. Our
Global Stakeholder Engagement team member in Istanbul, Seher Sagiroglu,
presented on the Domain Name System during the time of COVID-19 and its
We were pleased to be a part of this celebration and look forward to
further collaboration with the local community.
ICANN’s New Regional Plan for Africa in the Making
The work on ICANN’s Africa Regional Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 kicked
off in January 2020,. The draft document, an effort to align the regional
plan with ICANN’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025, has been
developed by the new African Strategy Working Group (ASWG 2020), and posted
for Public Comment
which will remain open until 10 June 2020.
Following the Public Comment period, we will consolidate the comments,
incorporate them into an updated strategy document, and formally launch the
final document on ICANN Africa Regional Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025 by
the end of June 2020.
This is the first time our regional plan is being developed fully remotely.
We would like to thank our committed and versatile community for this
ICANN67 Readout for Africa Attracts Over 50 Participants
The ICANN67 Readout Webinar for Africa took place on 2 April, opening the
ICANN67 Virtual Public Meeting experiences of African community members to
discussion. Some participants shared challenges to participating in the
virtual meeting, mainly those caused by the time zone difference.
Participants lauded ICANN org for the quick work in transforming ICANN67
into a virtual meeting, and the inclusion of French interpretation, which
provided inclusivity for many community members from Africa. In addition to
community feedback, several Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee
leaders gave updates and shared highlights from the meeting during the
There was an encouraging turnout with 59 participants, and we hope to see
many more of our community members attend our upcoming webinars. We
appreciate our community members for their active participation even in
these tough times.
For those who missed it, here
is the recording of the session.
Welcoming Paul Muchene to the ICANN Family
Paul Muchene has recently joined ICANN org as a Technical Engagement
Specialist, reporting to the Adiel Akplogan, Vice President for Technical
Engagement. Paul is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and will be working closely
with the GSE Africa team. He will support the regional efforts for
technical engagement and capacity development.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and is doing his
master’s in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
New Learning Opportunities Now Available
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