ICANN 67 - Cancun*

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Dates: March 7-12, 2020
Location: Virtual
Website: ICANN 67 (registration required)

ICANN 67 was held as a virtual community forum in March 2020. It was the first meeting to be fully virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The original host was Cancun, and the time zone for meeting scheduling was Eastern Standard Time. ICANN 67 had 1,752 attendees, 130 countries/territories represented, and 65 sessions.[1]



The GNSO held 19 sessions including GNSO policy development process (PDP) working group meetings, Stakeholder Group and Constituency work meetings, and a GNSO Council meeting.

  • The EPDP Team finalized its draft recommendations on Priority 2 topics:
  1. the display of information of affiliated vs. accredited privacy/proxy providers,
  2. data retention,
  3. city field redaction, and
  4. feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address. The EPDP Team included these recommendations in its Addendum

on Priority 2 items for Public Comment.[2]

  1. whether to allow closed generic top-level domains;
  2. Global Public Interest topics such as Mandatory Public Interest Commitments (PICs), Voluntary Public Interest Commitments, tentatively called Registry Voluntary Commitments (RVCs), DNS Abuse, and Verified TLDs; and
  3. Draft recommendations on GAC Advice and GAC Early Warning.
  • The Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs PDP working group reviewed the draft Phase 1 Initial Report, with 26 preliminary

recommendations, 17 specific community questions, and 24 proposals. The working group deliberated RPM-related recommendations of the Temporary Specification team and the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team.


The At-Large Community

  1. held two policy workshops on DNS Abuse and a cross-community roundtable on Cybersecurity and geopolitics in a multistakeholder environment,
  2. held policy workshop on DNS-over-TLS (DoT) and DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), and
  3. reviewed its At-Large Structure (ALS) Mobilization Plan.


The RSSAC held two work sessions to revise two RSSAC statements, “Identification of the Root Server Operators” and “Joining the Empowered Community.”


The SSAC held a DNSSEC and Security workshop, that discussed:

  • Key Signing Key (KSK) Rolls
  • DNS over HTTPS and DNS over TLS
  • DNSSEC via third-party DNS Providers

The SSAC also summarized for the public its publications since ICANN 66:

  • SAC109: The Implications of DNS over HTTPS and DNS over TLS
  • SAC108: SSAC Comments on the IANA Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers
  • SAC107: SSAC Comment to NIST on Quantum Cryptography Algorithms
  • SSAC2020-06: SSAC Public Comment on the Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group
  • SSAC2020-05: SSAC Public Comment on Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Draft Report

Finally, the SSAC gave updates on:

  • the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP),
  • DNS abuse,
  • a Scan of Threats to Internet Naming and Addressing,
  • the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, and
  • the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Draft Report.