On behalf of the ICANN Board and Organization (Org), we would like to welcome you to ICANN76, which is taking place this week online and in Cancún, Mexico.
ICANN76 is ICANN's first Public Meeting of 2023, and our first hybrid Community Forum since 2019. More than 1,400 participants are registered to attend the meeting in person, while approximately 600 are registered to attend virtually. And with more than 220 sessions on the schedule, it's clear that the Community is ready to get to work on key ICANN projects and initiatives, including Universal Acceptance, Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), and the next round of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
ICANN Community Forums are designed to include time for the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees to conduct internal work, as well as for cross-community interactions and plenary sessions on topics of broad interest. Notably, the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) will be participating in ICANN76, making it the first time the group has joined an ICANN Public Meeting in four years. The ASO will also present during an informational session about number resources.
On Monday, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) will discuss the WHOIS Disclosure System, which the ICANN Board recently approved. The session will focus on data protection laws and related policy concerns, including the accuracy of registration data. Also on Monday, the Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization will kick off its 2023 General Assembly, which will include a panel discussion on the Latin American impact on the ICANN ecosystem.
The following day, a Country Code Names Supporting Organization policy development process working group will present its latest proposal for selecting IDN country code top-level domains during a policy update session. Then the Root Server System Advisory Committee will present an informational session on the Domain Name System, the role of root zone operators, and more.
On Wednesday, the Security and Stability Advisory Committee will give a presentation on its work and invite questions from the public. In the afternoon, the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council will hold a public meeting, which will allow Community members to provide input on the topics the Council discusses.
These are just a few session highlights from the ICANN Community groups. The Community has also organized a plenary session on how to encourage multistakeholder participation in the World Summit on the Information Society review process. ICANN Org has scheduled a Q&A session with the Executive team, and will reprise its popular plenary session to update the Community on the latest geopolitical developments. In addition to the Public Forum and public Board Meeting, the Board has planned a listening session to solicit the Community's input as we begin our search for ICANN's next CEO.
We are anticipating another productive and inclusive hybrid meeting, and we would like to thank the Community for your hard work in making it possible. Whether you are attending in person or online, see you at ICANN76!