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Register Now: Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House – 11 October 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two open house sessions to assist with the community`s preparations for the ICANN63 Annual General Meeting:

Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House
Thursday, 11 October 2018
10:00 and 19:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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

Please register via this form by 8 October 2018!

In this interactive 60-minute open house, the focus will be an active question and answer session with the Policy Development Support Team. 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 email them to We will endeavor to address specific questions received about current policy and advisory work in ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees during the open house.

We suggest that you download and review the "Pre-ICANN63 Policy Report" and "Generic Names Supporting Organization Policy Briefing: ICANN63 Edition" in preparation for the open house and ICANN63. These materials will be published by Thursday, 4 October 2018 and provide helpful background on policy activities and topics that the Policy Development Support Team will discuss during the open house, such as:

  • Overview of the cross-community discussions that will take place at ICANN63:
    • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data
    • Innovation in Top-Level Domains
  • 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), such as:
    • Policy work on the retirement of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)
    • Progress on the ccNSO study about the use of emoji as second level domains
    • Policy review on Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)
    • Policy development work reviewing trademark rights protection mechanisms in all gTLDs
    • Status of policy recommendations on curative rights protections for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations (IGO/INGOs)
    • Policy development work on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures
    • Report on the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group
    • Improvements to the GNSO policy development process (PDP 3.0)
    • 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), including:
    • Implementation of the organizational review of the At-Large community
    • At-Large Summit (ATLAS) III
    • High Level Governmental Meeting at ICANN63 (HLGM)
    • RSSAC recommendations on Anonymization Processes for Source Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses for Future Analysis
    • RSSAC, SSAC & Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC) statements regarding ICANN`s Updated Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Plan
    • SSAC work concerning name collisions
  • Other topics of note:
    • Organizational review of the ASO, RSSAC, and SSAC
    • Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Effectiveness Review

The Policy Development Support Team looks forward to helping the ICANN community prepare for ICANN63!

Please register via this form by 8 October 2018!


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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