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Chair's Blog: Preview of March ICANN Board Workshop

1 March 2022

In the lead-up to ICANN73, my ICANN Board colleagues and I will meet virtually for our second Board Workshop of the year, from 3-6 March. After a productive Board Workshop in January, we will progress key work and prepare for our upcoming meetings with the Community during the ICANN73 Community Forum.

As the Board meets ahead of our first ICANN Public Meeting of the year, the central focus will be on preparing for our discussions with the Community at ICANN73. We look forward to interacting with you on how we can continue to improve our ways of working together. The Board suggested to Community groups to use our joint sessions during ICANN73 to provide input on key priorities for ICANN's work in 2022 and how we continue to work on enhancing ICANN's effectiveness and efficiency as we move from the intention of any proposed recommendations to implementation.

I want to share with you our agenda for this workshop. I look forward to engaging with you virtually on these topics and more at ICANN73 and encourage you to sign up to attend if you have not already done so here.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Our first day will open with Matthew Shears leading the Board through an extended session focused on Strategic Outlook Trend Identification. During this time, we will collectively identify and review new and evolving trends in our ecosystem that could impact ICANN's work and our strategic plan. Then, Becky Burr will facilitate a session where the ICANN Organization will present recent trends in government and intergovernmental organization (IGO) activity that could potentially impact the management of the unique identifiers. The Board will discuss how these initiatives might interact with ICANN's work.

Friday, 4 March 2022

On Friday, we will have two key sessions to prepare for ICANN73, shepherded by James Galvin: a Policy Briefing session and a session to prepare the Board for its joint meetings with ICANN Advisory Committees, Supporting Organizations, constituency groups, and stakeholder groups. This is an important opportunity for the Board to review the questions submitted by the ICANN Community for ICANN73 so that our discussions at the meeting can be as productive as possible when we meet. The day will end with Danko Jevtović and Avri Doria leading a session dedicated to an update on the status of the recommendations identified as "pending" from the second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review (SSR2) as well as a discussion on a proposal to defer the start of the third SSR review.

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Göran Marby will open on Saturday with a presentation on the Domain Name System (DNS) Security Threat Mitigation Program. This session will include an overview of the current community landscape in mitigating DNS abuse. Following a short break, Matthew Shears will guide the Board in continuing the prioritization exercise started at the January Board Workshop that examined the Board's FY22 Work Plan against the Strategic Plan to ensure that the Board progresses its work accordingly. Saturday will end with Becky Burr leading a session on the policy recommendations for the System for Standardized Access/Disclosure (SSAD), in preparation for the next dialogue with the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

On the final day of our workshop, we will start with Avri Doria leading a session dedicated to the review of the Operational Design Phase (ODP) on the New Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy recommendations. We will receive an update on the ODP project, resourcing, and first set of assumptions. The last part of the workshop will be dedicated to preparation for the ICANN73 Public Forum and Board Meeting on 10 March. As with all our Board Workshops, I will close with a feedback session where we evaluate the effectiveness of this specific Board workshop and discuss ways that we can continue to improve how we meet and work to make the best use of our time together.

As always, we will follow up after the Board Workshop with a blog to share the progress the Board made during this time together. I anticipate that much of this work will also be discussed during the ICANN73 Public Meeting, and I look forward to meeting with the Community virtually to continue our work in support of ICANN's mission together.


Maarten Botterman

Maarten Botterman

ICANN Board Member