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Tech@ICANN54 – Your Roadmap to Dublin’s Technical Sessions

17 October 2015
By Adiel AkploganAdiel Akplogan

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:

    1. How it works: Internet Standards Setting

Sun, 18 October 2015 - 09:30 to 11:00 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/sun-how-internet-standards

    1. How it works: Internet Networking

Sun, 18 October 2015 - 11:15 to 12:45 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/sun-how-internet-networking

    1. How it works: Domain Name Registry Protocols

Date: Sun, 18 October 2015 - 14:00 to 15:30 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/sun-how-dns-registry-protocols

    1. How it Works: Root Server Operations

Sun, 18 October 2015 - 15:45 to 17:15 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/sun-how-root-server-ops

    1. Tech Working Group (CLOSED)

Date: Sun, 18 October 2015 - 09:00 to 10:15 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/sun-tech

    1. Tech Day

Mon, 19 October 2015 - 10:00 to 18:00 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/mon-tech

    1. 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
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/tue-rssac-work-i

    1. ISPCP

Tue, 20 October 2015 - 13:30 to 16:30 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/tue-ispcp

    1. ASO/NRO Join Board meeting

Tue, 20 October 2015 - 16:45 to 17:45 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/tue-board-nro-aso

    1. SSAC Join Meeting with the Board (CLOSED)

Tue, 20 October 2015 - 18:15 to 19:15 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/tue-board-ssac

    1. NRO/ASO Workshop

Wed, 21 October 2015 - 09:15 to 10:30 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/wed-aso-nro

    1. RSSAC Joint Session with ICANN Board (CLOSED)

Wed, 21 October 2015 - 10:00 to 11:00 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/wed-board-rssac

    1. RSSAC Public Session

Wed, 21 October 2015 - 14:00 to 15:00 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/wed-rssac

    1. Internet Health Indicator

Wed, 21 October 2015 - 15:30 to 16:45 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/wed-internet-health-indicators

    1. DNS Anti-Abuse Workshop for Businesses

Wed, 21 October 2015 - 16:00 to 19:00 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/wed-dns-anti-abuse-businesses

    1. SSAC Public Meeting

Thu, 22 October 2015 - 08:00 to 09:00 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/thu-ssac

    1. gTLD Registry Operational workshop (CLOSED)

Thu, 22 October 2015 - 12:00 to 13:15 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/thu-registries-ops

    1. ICANN L-Root Server Copy Program Workshop (CLOSED)

Thu, 22 October 2015 - 09:30 to 16:30 IST
https://meetings.icann.org/en/dublin54/schedule/thu-l-root-server

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.

Authors

Adiel Akplogan

Adiel Akplogan

VP, Technical Engagement
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