Special Interest Forums on Technology (SIFT)
Welcome to ICANN's new online discussion platform, called Special Interest Forums on Technology (SIFT).
This platform provides an ad hoc forum for the ICANN community and organization (org) to engage in technical discussions and review contributions by interested technical participants on emerging technologies and trends related to the Internet's identifier system. This includes domain names and the Domain Name System (DNS), IP addresses, autonomous system numbers, and various protocol parameter assignments.
The overall goals of a SIFT are:
- Promote knowledge sharing between participants on the evolution of Internet identifier technologies
- Provide fact-based presentations to ICANN staff, leadership, and ICANN community on newly-emerging topics and technologies that are relevant to ICANN's mission
SIFT membership is open to anyone interested in topics related to the internet unique identifiers technologies. Participants may include:
- ICANN community
- ICANN Board members
- ICANN org staff
- Technical experts with interest in SIFT topics.
ICANN's Technical Engagement team will provide logistic support to SIFT discussions as necessary and as appropriate.
How it Works
All topics will primarily be discussed on the main SIFT public mailing list (email@example.com). When a topics gain enough momentum and interest whereby they require a more substantive and ongoing discussions, such topics may become their own dedicated SIFTs with a separate mailing list (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc.). Each SIFT and mailing list (hosted by ICANN) will operate and organize voluntarily and independently of each other. ICANN will support open access to SIFT mailing list archives. SIFT participants will also be able to conduct ad hoc and informal meetings during ICANN events, if needed. Some topics discussed in various SIFTs may also be used as content for emerging identifiers sessions at ICANN public meetings.
ICANN org will provide necessary logistic support to SIFTs when and where needed (e.g., for teleconferences, public presentations, or in other venues and circumstances). We expect all participants on the mailing list to adhere to the ICANN Expected Standards of Behavior. This will ensure participation to remain open and professional. To learn more, please click here.
Choosing SIFT Topics
Any participants of the mailing list will be able to propose a topic for discussion either directly framed as specific question or work in cooperation with the ICANN org's support team, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) to frame their topic
The Scope of SIFTs
Participants in SIFT discussions have no unifying activities outside of planned meetings. SIFT discussions do not contribute to policy making or policy making discussions, although some SIFT members may also participate in these activities. SIFTs do not take positions for, or on behalf of, any component of the ICANN ecosystem.
The activities and work of each SIFT are open to the public.
SIFTs have no formal authority. The effectiveness of a SIFT discussion is limited by the quality of information shared by its members.
The Wiki page, has drafts of its foundational documents. We invite you to subscribe to the general mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) and join the conversation.
You may join the general discussion mailing list here.
Please visit the SIFT-dedicated wiki page for more information here.
Feel free to contact email@example.com if you have any questions related to the launch of SIFT.
ICANN's mission is rooted in the core Internet identifier technologies, such as addresses, domain names, autonomous system numbers, among others, which enable the Internet to work. This requires the ICANN organization (org) and the community to regularly discuss and research technical issues that are relevant to the resiliency, security, and interoperability of the Internet. While work on standards development takes place at different venues and forums other than ICANN meetings, it is clear from the participation in ICANN's public engagements, the technical community would benefit from a platform within the ICANN ecosystem where it can openly discuss and engage on emerging technical topics related to the management of the Internet's Identifier system.
ICANN Strategic Goal (3.2b) calls for "Mechanisms [to be] established with which ICANN assesses new technologies and, when appropriate, embraces them." SIFT discussions constitute one of these mechanisms. They help monitor trends and inform the ICANN community on emerging technologies that may impact the security and stability of the Internet.