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Countdown to ICANN58: Copenhagen

28 February 2017
By Akram Atallah


In less than two weeks, the Internet community will gather in the Danish capital of Copenhagen for ICANN58. One of the oldest capitals in Europe and a hotbed of tech innovation, Copenhagen offers something for everyone – from history to art to food and more. Against the backdrop of this beautiful city, the Global Domains Division (GDD) will be offering a multitude of sessions that we encourage you to attend. A full list of sessions can be found here, but to highlight a few:

On Sunday, 12 March, you will have the opportunity to participate in a Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Workshop, which will consist of technical working sessions on issues such as programming criteria, communications strategy review and email address internationalization (EAI) engagements. Also on the UA front is a public forum on Wednesday, 15 March, which will offer updates from the UASG as well as an opportunity for community engagement.

On Monday, 13 March, join us for New gTLD Program Reviews, an interactive session that will offer updates on the progress of several reviews, including competition, consumer trust and consumer choice (CCT), root server stability as well as rights protection mechanisms. In addition to updates, there will be discussion on policy recommendations and next steps. Additionally, on Wednesday, 15 March you can learn more about "Thick" WHOIS Policy updates related to the new gTLDs. Later that same day, you can also attend a multi-session on the IDN Program Update, where community contributors will update attendees on their great progress to date.

Another hot topic is the upcoming key signing key (KSK) rollover. Internet service providers (ISPs), enterprise network operators and others who have enabled DNSSEC validation are encouraged to attend Root Key Signing Key Rollover: Changing the Keys to the Domain Name System on Tuesday, 14 March. Members of ICANN's technical team will provide an update on the rollover, offer guidance on how to prepare and answer community questions.

ICANN58 promises to be a lively and engaging week! If you will be attending in person and have questions we can answer, feel free to stop by the GDD Information booth or reach out to your engagement manager to schedule a meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen. Safe travels!


Akram Atallah

Former President, Global Domains Division