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Register Now: Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar – 12 June 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two webinar sessions to assist with the community's preparations for the ICANN62 Policy Forum:

Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

The webinar will run in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. The presentation materials will be translated into Spanish, and posted following the Webinar with the recordings of the sessions here.

Please register via this form by 11 June 2018!

In this 90-minute webinar, the Policy Development Support Team will summarize the key policy activities taking place across the ICANN community. The Team will also answer your questions about ongoing community policy and advisory work and discuss what to expect at the ICANN62Policy Forum. To ensure that your questions about policy activities are addressed during the session, the Policy Team invites you to submit your questions through the registration form or by email to

To assist with your preparation for this webinar and for ICANN62, the "Pre-ICANN62 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN62 Edition" will be published by Tuesday, 5 June 2018. Please be sure to download and review these materials beforehand for helpful background on policy activities and topics that the Policy Development Support Team will cover during the webinar, such as:

  • The cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN62:
    • Geographic Names at the Top-Level (Work Track 5)
    • Update from the Registration Directory Service-WHOIS2 Review Team
    • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance, Access to WHOIS and Accreditation
    • The expected Initial Report from the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group
    • Presentation of the Final CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations
  • The various policy development processes underway in the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO):
    • Retirement of Country Code Top-Level Domains
    • Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs
    • Next steps in relation to Registration Directory Services policy work
    • Curative Rights Protections for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations
    • New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
    • Regional Internet Registry policy development activities
  • Advisory Committee activities within the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC):
    • Organizational Review of the At-Large community: Next steps, implementation, and ALAC sessions during ICANN62
    • GDPR and Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover discussions
    • At-Large discussion on new gTLDs and Work Tracks 1-5
    • Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) Policy Hot Topics
    • GAC discussions on .amazon, IGO protections and 2-character codes at the second level
    • Board-GAC GDPR consultations
    • RSSAC statement on the distinction between RSSAC and Root-Ops (RSSAC033)
    • SSAC work concerning name collisions
  • Other topics of note:
    • Organizational Review of the ASO
    • ccNSO sessions on disaster and recovery and business continuity, ccNSO members meeting sessions, and Tech Day.
    • GAC onboarding initiatives
    • Report from the RSSAC May 2018 Workshop (RSSAC034)

To complement this Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar, the GNSO Policy Development Support Team will host, with the Council leadership and Policy Development Process (PDP) working group chairs, a GNSO policy-focused webinar on Monday, 18 June 2018 at 21:00 UTC for 90 minutes. This webinar is intended to serve as a replacement for the previously-offered GNSO PDP updates provided during the GNSO weekend sessions and will assist the community in preparing for GNSO policy-related discussions at ICANN62. If you would like to participate in the GNSO Policy Webinar, please register here.

The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN62!


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