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Save the Date: Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House

Monday, 6 March 2017
10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions of the Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House on Monday, 6 March 2017 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC.

The Policy Open House builds on the previous Policy Update Webinar and incorporates more interaction.

The new format will feature:

  • Decreased Duration | Two 60-minute sessions, rather than two 90-minute briefings
  • Interactive Format | A question and answer exchange with the Policy Team
  • Preparatory Materials | The Pre-ICANN58 Policy Report and Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process Briefings will be published one week prior to the open house

This improved structure will allow the ICANN community to ask questions about policy and advice development work taking place at ICANN58. The Policy Team also welcomes questions through the upcoming registration form and via email at policyinfo@icann.org. Registration begins on Monday, 27 February 2017.

The open house will run in English and will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. Recordings of the sessions will be made available here.

The Policy Team looks forward to assisting the ICANN community prepare for ICANN58!


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