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Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House Registration

Pre-ICANN58 Policy Open House
Monday, 6 March 2017
10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC

Please register via this form by 3 March 2017!

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions for 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 focus of each open house session is an active question and answer session with the Policy Development Support Team.

The new format will feature:

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 registration form and via email at

The Policy Team will provide brief overviews and answer questions regarding current work within each Supporting Organization and Advisory Committee:

  • Address Supporting Organization (ASO)
    • Address Supporting Organization Address Council Annual Meeting
    • Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Numbering Services Review Committee Meeting
  • Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
    • Implementation of the Processes and Mechanisms Related to The Empowered Community
    • Interim Report Cross-Community Working Group: Framework for Use of Country and Territory Names as Top Level Domains open for Public Comment
    • Policy Development Process regarding the retirement of country code Top Level Domains and the development of a review mechanism for the decisions on delegation, revocation and retirement of country code Top Level Domains
  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
    • Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Processes (including new generic Top Level Domain Subsequent Procedures, the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All generic Top Level Domains, the Next-Generation Registration Directory Service (RDS) to Replace WHOIS, the International Governmental Organization (IGO)-International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms)
    • Non-Policy Issues (such as Generic Names Supporting Organization Review Implementation, Bylaws updates and Generic Name Supporting Organization Standing Selection Committee)
    • Cross-Community Working Groups (including new generic Top Level Domain Auction Proceeds and Use of Country & Territory names as Top Level Domains)
  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and At-Large Community
    • The At-Large Review
    • The work of the At-Large Structures Criteria and Expectations Taskforce
    • At-Large and Work Stream 2 Issues
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
    • Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent national names & Protection of International Governmental Organization acronyms
    • Accountability Work Stream 2 Issues
    • Input to Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Development Process on Subsequent Procedures for new generic Top Level Domains and Registration Directory Services
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
    • [RSSAC023]: History of the Root Server System
    • [RSSAC024]: Key Technical Elements of Potential Root Operators
    • [RSSAC025]: Root Server System Advisory Committee October 2016 Workshop Report
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Update
    • [SAC091]: Security and Stability Advisory Committee Comment on Identifier Technology Health Indicators (20 January 2017)
    • [SAC090]: Security and Stability Advisory Committee Advisory on the Stability of the Domain Namespace (22 December 2016)
    • [SAC089]: Security and Stability Advisory Committee Response to ccNSO Comments on SAC084 (12 December 2016)

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!

Please register via this form by 3 March 2017!

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