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ICANN 51: Los Angeles – Global Domains Division (GDD) Sessions

29 September 2014
By Akram Atallah

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The Global Domains Division has grown steadily over the past year and so has our presence at ICANN meetings. During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, we're offering a record number of public sessions – 14 – and many meetings with community groups related to ICANN's role in the domain name industry, maintaining a secure, stable and resilient Internet, and fostering a truly inclusive, global Internet. A comprehensive list of sessions is provided below.

Additionally, we're expanding the size and scope of our Global Domains Division booth to better accommodate the needs of our contracted parties and those with a general interest in the GDD. Come by the booth to have your questions answered, get immediate customer service support or set up an appointment with one of our subject matter experts. Our customer service team will be onsite and ready to help you.

Hosting ICANN 51 in Los Angeles is particularly exciting for the GDD because October 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the first new gTLD delegations from the most recent wave of the New gTLD Program. Last year at this time, there were only 22 top-level domains. Today, we have well over 400! One of the central topics of the meeting will be the New gTLD Program Reviews and Assessments and next steps toward a subsequent round of new gTLDs.

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles. Safe travels!

GDD Sessions at ICANN 51: Los Angeles

(Listed in chronological order)

  • IANA Department – Who, What, Why?
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 10:30 to 12:00 PDT
    Just what does it mean to be the IANA functions operator? An approachable session aimed at outlining the scope of the role and busting a few of the myths circulating in the community. We'll explain the types of requests the IANA department processes and the procedures used to fulfill them.

  • Global Domains Division Update
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 13:15 to 14:15 PDT
    The Global Domains Division (GDD) has collaborated with the community to achieve many significant milestones in the last year, including the delegation of the first new gTLD a year ago October. In this session, we will provide an update on the progress within IANA, Domain Name Services and Industry Engagement, Security, Stability and Resiliency, and the New gTLD Program. We'll also and discuss opening the doors for a new round of gTLD applications.

  • Update on Next Round of New gTLDs
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 15:15 to 16:30 PDT
    There has been continuing interest in the expansion of the gTLD ecosystem, and one of the questions most often posed is "When will the next application round commence?" Join this session for an update on the next steps and estimated timeframes for a new phase of additional choice and competition on the Internet.

  • New gTLD Program Update
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 16:45 to 18:00 PDT
    Getting a New gTLD online is no mean feat. This session gives an overview of program progress, incorporating the latest figures, and provides insight and guidance as to how applications can complete the process with minimal delay.

  • IDN Program Update
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 08:30 to 09:45 PDT
    Internationalized Domain Names have the potential to truly open up the Internet to hundreds of millions of people around the world. We will provide a status update on the IDN Program and discuss the next steps that will ensure their success.

  • IDN Root Zone LGR (Workshop)
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 10:00 to 11:15 PDT
    An engaging workshop intended to showcase community efforts to implement LGR Procedure for current and potential Generation Panel members. The workshop will also discuss how Generation Panels of related scripts should coordinate with each other going forward.

  • Name Collision
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 10:00 to 11:15 PDT
    The NGPC approved the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework on 30 July 2014 that puts new requirements on registries to mitigate name collision issues. This session explains what registries are expected to implement, and discuss feedback from those in the community on their experiences so far. It also aims to clarify any points of confusion – such as how RPMs can be treated in relation to this new Framework and how both sets of requirements can be adhered to simultaneously.

  • Registry Services Update
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 11:30 to 12:30 PDT
    Learn the ins and outs of the Registry Services team and how it supports current and prospective gTLD Registries with their operational needs. We will cover account management, updates on key services provided to registries (e.g., RSEP, contract assignment, etc.) and information on current registry engagement activities. There will also be Q&A to close the session.

  • Rights Protection Mechanisms: User Feedback Session
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 13:30 to 14:45 PDT
    ICANN put in place robust Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) for the roll out of the New gTLD Program. One year later, we are gathering feedback from IP stakeholders, trademark rights holders, registries and registrars who have used the Trademark Clearinghouse and Claims service, the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system, and the Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures (PDDRPs). This vital feedback will help inform forthcoming reviews of the RPMs.

  • DNS Risk Framework
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 15:00 to 16:15 PDT
    The ICANN staff is moving forward with implementation of the Risk Framework as prepared by Westlake Governance and presented at the London ICANN meeting. ICANN staff will give an overview of the methodology that they intend to apply to investigate the twenty three identified risks and to define related mitigations mechanisms. The session will be held jointly between ICANN's Enterprise Risk department and the Identifier Systems Security, Stability and Resiliency group.

  • GDD Service Delivery, Customer Service & SLAs
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 15:00 to 16:15 PDT
    The GDD Operations team will discuss service delivery and customer service functions that impact contracted parties, particularly registries and registrars. The session will also touch on target service levels and service level agreements, as well as plans for ongoing operational improvements. The session closes with a Q&A.

  • Universal Acceptance
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 16:30 to 17:45 PDT
    With the New gTLD Program well underway, the concept of Universal Acceptance is once again the focus of much attention. The concept is simple: no one should face technical barriers in accessing TLDs from web browsers, email clients or other software, on any operating system. However, arriving at Universal Acceptance poses quite a challenge! This session outlines ICANN's proposed roadmap for implementation of this initiative.

  • Thick WHOIS Implementation (Working Session)
    Date/Time: Thursday, 16 October 2014 – 08:30 to 09:45 PDT
    This hands-on working session will allow the ICANN Thick WHOIS Implementation Team to review the status of key tasks, deliverables and timelines with the Implementation Review Team.

  • Deploying the IETF's WHOIS Replacement
    Date/Time: Thursday, 16 October 2014 – 10:30 to 11:45 PDT
    What is the future of WHOIS? It's the Registry Data Access Program, and it's on its way. Find out more about what this means for you and the Internet community as a whole. We'll also provide information on how you can take part in shaping the future of registry directory services by contributing to the RDAP roadmap.


Akram Atallah

Former President, Global Domains Division