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Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC

Please RSVP via this form. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 9 March 2015.

The GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session returns on 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC and we are pleased to invite you to participate. These informal sessions provide an ideal opportunity for participants to ask questions about the GNSO Policy Development Process and the specifics of taking part in a Working Group.

Of course, even though the open house sessions are intended for newcomers, anyone interested in brushing up their knowledge or looking for an opportunity to engage with others interested in GNSO policy development activities are welcome.

On the RSVP form, participants will be able to select items of interest chosen from three currently available categories:

  1. Policy Development A-Z
  2. Communication tools (Adobe Connect room, Working Group wiki, mailing list, observer/member status)
  3. Topics of Interest (Specific speakers to be invited for quick briefs).

Join us to learn more about the GNSO and about how you can effectively participate in ICANN!

Please RSVP via this form. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 9 March 2015.


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