We are hours away from the official start of ICANN54 in Dublin, Ireland, and the meeting agenda is packed with many exciting and interesting sessions. As we have seen with previous public meetings since the March 2014 announcement, the focus remains the IANA Stewardship Transition process, and Dublin will not be an exception. A significant amount of time is dedicated to community discussions on the accountability track, which is the last piece of this community driven process. We are paying close attention to their meetings to see what comes of it.
Fifteen years ago, I attended my first ICANN meeting, and as someone with a technical background, I focused on sessions that allowed me to connect with the technical community. I must admit that it's not always been obvious to identify those kinds of sessions. As I boarded a flight to Dublin, I thought it would be useful for newcomers with a technical background to have a quick overview of some of these sessions.
A few days ago, the agenda was rearranged to allow more time for the dialogue on Accountability, which has resulted, for instance, in the cancelation of the Ecosystem Coordination update that usually takes place after the Opening Ceremony (the session will be back to the agenda in Marrakech). Nevertheless, there will be more than 18 sessions that are of particular interest to the technical community.
These sessions will begin Sunday with the "How it Works" series we introduced during ICANN53 in Buenos Aires. Four "How it Works" sessions are scheduled, which cover topics such as How Internet Standards are set, How Internet Networking works, What is the Internet Registry Protocol and How Root Servers are operated.
On Monday, after the opening ceremony, Tech Day will showcase a lineup of interesting presentations and discussions on the technical coordination of and research being done on the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).
Two additional technical workshops are planed for Wednesday on the Internet Health Indicator (15:30 to 16:45 IST) and DNS Anti-Abuse for Businesses (16:00 to 19:00 IST).
The ASO (Address Supporting Organization), ISPCP (Internet Service Provider and Content Providers), SSAC (Security and Stability Advisory Committee) and RSSAC (Root Servers System Advisory Committee) will hold their regular working sessions, workshops and joint sessions with the Board. The SSAC and the RSSAC working sessions are closed, but both advisory groups will hold public sessions with the community on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you are not planning on attending ICANN54 in person, you can still follow most of the open sessions remotely. Details for connecting remotely are provided on the schedule page for each session.
Below, you'll find links information about the technical sessions:
How it works: Internet Standards Setting
Sun, 18 October 2015 - 09:30 to 11:00 IST
How it works: Internet Networking
Sun, 18 October 2015 - 11:15 to 12:45 IST
How it works: Domain Name Registry Protocols
Date: Sun, 18 October 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30 IST
How it Works: Root Server Operations
Sun, 18 October 2015 - 15:45 to 17:15 IST
Tech Working Group (CLOSED)
Date: Sun, 18 October 2015 - 09:00 to 10:15 IST
Mon, 19 October 2015 - 10:00 to 18:00 IST
RSSAC Working Session (CLOSED)
Tue, 20 October 2015 - 09:00 to 12:00
Tue, 20 October 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00 IST
Wed, 21 October 2015 - 11:00 to 12:00
Tue, 20 October 2015 - 13:30 to 16:30 IST
ASO/NRO Join Board meeting
Tue, 20 October 2015 - 16:45 to 17:45 IST
SSAC Join Meeting with the Board (CLOSED)
Tue, 20 October 2015 - 18:15 to 19:15 IST
Wed, 21 October 2015 - 09:15 to 10:30 IST
RSSAC Joint Session with ICANN Board (CLOSED)
Wed, 21 October 2015 - 10:00 to 11:00 IST
RSSAC Public Session
Wed, 21 October 2015 - 14:00 to 15:00 IST
Internet Health Indicator
Wed, 21 October 2015 - 15:30 to 16:45 IST
DNS Anti-Abuse Workshop for Businesses
Wed, 21 October 2015 - 16:00 to 19:00 IST
SSAC Public Meeting
Thu, 22 October 2015 - 08:00 to 09:00 IST
gTLD Registry Operational workshop (CLOSED)
Thu, 22 October 2015 - 12:00 to 13:15 IST
ICANN L-Root Server Copy Program Workshop (CLOSED)
Thu, 22 October 2015 - 09:30 to 16:30 IST
I encourage you to add some of these sessions to your calendar. You can add them via the meeting website, or with the brand new ICANN54 meeting app. To download the app, just search "ICANN54" on your device's app store.
I wish you all a very productive ICANN meeting! If you are newcomer, feel free to talk to any ICANN staff or the hundreds of volunteers and community leaders that will be more than happy to assist you as you navigate the different sessions.