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Webinar on New gTLD Auction Proceeds Discussion Paper on Wednesday 7 October at 13.00 UTC

On 8 September, ICANN Staff published for public comment, a Discussion Paper on the auction proceeds arising from the 2012 new generic top-level domain name program. The discussion paper can be found here.

This discussion paper aims to capture the information and input on this topic to date as well as outlining the potential questions and issues that need to be addressed in any subsequent work on new gTLD Auction Proceeds. The paper calls for broad, open and inclusive public comment and encourages participation from all sectors, regions and levels of engagement with the ICANN community. Engagement in the topic is also welcomed from those who do not necessarily participate in regular ICANN community work.

In order to assist any interested parties in the preparation of their comments, a webinar has been scheduled on Wednesday 7 October at 13.00 UTC. The webinar will be introduced by Jonathan Robinson, Chair of the Council of ICANN's generic names body (the GNSO) and the introduction will also include remarks on the topic from the Chair of ICANN's board of directors, Dr Steve Crocker. The introduction will then be followed by an overview of the discussion paper and provide an opportunity for questions and answers. Please note that the webinar is not intended to collect any formal input, but as noted above, is intended to assist interested parties in their preparation of input to the discussion paper via the public comment forum.

Please note, recognizing that the original closing date of the public comment period coincided with the start of the ICANN meeting in Dublin and that several requests for additional time have been received, the public comment forum deadline has been extended to 8 November 2015.

The webinar will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio and it will be recorded and transcribed. In order to participate, please reply via email to the GNSO Secretariat ( to receive the call details. We will send you an e-mail reminder before the event with login and dial-in details. Please DO NOT reply to any other ICANN staff members e-mail addresses regarding this webinar.

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