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Pre-ICANN 55 Policy Update Webinar

Please RSVP via this form by 19 February 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 22 February 2016.

The ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the ongoing Transition of Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions and the ICANN Accountability efforts.

Updates will also be provided on topics from ICANN's Support Organizations and Advisory Committees:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and Regional Internet Registries (RIR) Activities
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Next-generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO): Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms in all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)  Policy Development Process
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Activity Update
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) review of criteria and expectations of At-Large Structures in parallel with the At-Large Review.
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO) Activities
  • Government Advisory Committee's (GAC): IANA Stewardship Transition – GAC Verdict on the CCWG Accountability report.
  • Government Advisory Committee's (GAC): Remaining issues with the New gTLD Program, in particular implementation of GAC Advice
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Advisories and Activity Update
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Activity Update

The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will be conducted in English. The webinar will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function in Adobe Connect.

Recordings of the webinars will be made available here. The Policy Development Support Team is always available to answer any questions via email at

Please RSVP via this form by 19 February 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 22 February 2016.

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