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05/30/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/30/2024 07:34

Chair’s Blog: Recap of the May Board WorkshopTripti Sinha

This month, several of my Board colleagues and I had the pleasure of attending the Contracted Parties Summit, which was held in Paris following the May Board Workshop.

The summit provided a valuable opportunity to engage with ICANN's contracted parties, to celebrate the tremendous progress made in the past year to address Domain Name System abuse, and to gain insights on the most important issues facing registries and registrars. Moreover, the chairs of both the Registrars Stakeholder Group (RrSG) and the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) led a special public session during the Board Workshop that provided an overview of the latest trends and challenges in the domain industry.

During the workshop, which took place 3-5 May, the Board advanced several areas of work, including:

New gTLD Program: Next Round: The Board reviewed the recommendations from the Phase 1 Final Report of the Generic Names Supporting Organization's (GNSO) Expedited Policy Development Process on Internationalized Domain Names and discussed some considerations. These include implementation planning and coordination with other efforts, such as dependencies with the next round of the New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program. The Board will continue its discussion following the workshop as it prepares to take action on the recommendations.

The Board discussed potential approaches to implementing registry voluntary commitments and resolving contention sets in the next application round. We appreciate the input on these matters submitted by the At-Large Advisory Committee, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and the GNSO's Business Constituency, Intellectual Property Constituency, Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency, Noncommercial Stakeholder Group, RrSG, and RySG. We also thank the Address Supporting Organization, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, the Root Server System Advisory Committee, and the Security and Stability Advisory Committee for responding to the Board's request for community consultation while declining to provide input.

WSIS+20: The Board received an update on ICANN's approach to coordinating efforts ahead of next year's 20-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), including the WSIS+20 Outreach Network, and the latest developments at the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations that have the potential to impact ICANN's mission.

Strategic Plan: The Board reviewed the draft strategies for fiscal years (FY) 2026-30 and offered suggestions to enhance the strategies. The Board Strategic Planning Committee is now finalizing the draft strategies and plans to share them with the community at ICANN80.

AI: ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer shared an overview of artificial intelligence technology, with a particular focus on its potential uses at ICANN. The Board discussed the problems that can be caused by large language models providing inaccurate information.

The workshop concluded with a Regular Board Meeting, during which the Board adopted the GAC's advice in the ICANN76 Communiqué on intergovernmental organization protections and took action on the advice issued through its ICANN79 Communiqué.

Additionally, the Board adopted the ICANN Operating and Financial Plan for FY25-29, the FY25 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget, and the FY25 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Operating Plan and Budget. The Board directed the ICANN organization to provide the Board with periodic updates on the progress made to reach a sustainable run rate of expenses as soon as possible.

Next, my Board colleagues and I are looking forward to participating in the ICANN80 Policy Forum. Be sure to register. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Tripti Sinha

ICANN Board Chair
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Tripti Sinha

ICANN Board Chair

Tripti Sinha is Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the Division of Information Technology. She leads Advanced Cyber Infrastructure and Internet Global Services (ACIGS) and the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX). She has over three decades of progressive experience in Internet and Cyber-Infrastructure technologies. Her wide-ranging experience includes leadership positions in engineering, operations, finance, governance, advocacy and policy. In her current role, she is the chief executive of the MAX, which operates a high-performance regional research and education (R&E) 100G network for advanced cyber-infrastructure services and research. She is also responsible for UMD's High Performance Computing service and strategy. Tripti is active internationally as the executive and operational head of UMD's global operation of DNS root services. She previously served as Co-Chair of ICANN's Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) from 2015-2018.

In the United States, she is very involved in the Internet2 community on activities related to the US national R&E Internet backbone. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of The Quilt whose mission is to provide advocacy for research and education networking on the US national agenda. She has served on many other non-profit and private sector technology advisory boards.

Tripti has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and did graduate work in Computer Science at the University of Maryland. She was born in India and lives in the United States. As a child and young adult, she moved back-and-forth between the USA and India which gave her an appreciation for global pluralism. She is proficient in English and Hindi, and has an understanding of Punjabi, Urdu and the ancient Sanskrit language. Tripti has a keen interest in Information and Communication Technology innovation, entrepreneurship, governance and policy, and international affairs. Tripti was nominated to serve on the ICANN Board of Directors by the Nominating Committee in 2018. Her term will expire at the Annual General Meeting 2024.