We will soon convene for the ICANN77 Policy Forum. ICANN77 is the eighth Policy Forum, and the first Policy Forum in North America.
ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees have taken the lead in organizing the four-day event. The ICANN community will continue its work preparing for the next round of applications for the New Generic Top-Level Domain Program. There will also be technical sessions about Domain Name System (DNS) abuse mitigation and DNS Security Extensions. Additionally, the ICANN Board will provide an update on the search process for the next ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.
As we approach the start of this Policy Forum, I encourage you to visit the ICANN77 website. Here, you can register and find important information about travel, hotel, transportation, health, and safety. You can also review the materials from Prep Week, which featured 12 webinars to help the ICANN community and public prepare for work sessions. I also recommend reading the ICANN77 Policy Outlook Report.
A global community of stakeholders and participants with different backgrounds and points of view help coordinate and support the unique identifiers of the Internet. The Internet functions for everyone because everyone is invited to help make it work. Consensus policies developed through the multistakeholder model are highly effective and have the greatest legitimacy.
Thank you to all of you for making the considerable commitment of time and effort to attend this ICANN Public Meeting. No matter if you are an ICANN regular, an occasional participant, or a newcomer, I encourage you to actively engage in this Policy Forum.