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Register for ICANN68 Prep Sessions

This Announcement was updated on 2 June 2020.

LOS ANGELES – 28 May 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the ICANN68 Prep Sessions schedule. A total of eleven webinars will help prepare the community ahead of the Virtual Policy Forum being held from 22-25 June 2020.

To attend any of the webinars, please register here by Friday 5 June 2020 to receive instructions on how to join. You may also submit questions during the registration process. 

ICANN68 Prep Sessions Schedule

Monday, 8 June 2020
12:00 and 22:00 UTC | Interpretation Platform Kick-off Webinar

  • A demonstration of the interpretation platform. This will be an opportunity for the ICANN community to test the interpretation platform that will be used at ICANN68.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Operations Planning Team Update

  • ICANN's FY21 Operating Plan and Budget
  • ICANN's FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan

Thursday, 11 June 2020
16:00 UTC | Universal Acceptance Annual Strategic Action Plan Webinar

  • Progress update on Universal Acceptance Steering Group's (UASG) FY20 action plan
  • Universal Acceptance Steering Group's (UASG) FY21 goals

Monday, 15 June 2020
16:00 UTC | Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model Webinar

Tuesday, 16 June 2020
07:00 UTC | ICANN Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group Roleplay for Fellows (for ICANN68 Fellows only)

  • This session is targeted at engaging ICANN68 Fellows and supporting their learning journey to participate actively in ICANN's multistakeholder policy development process (PDP).
  • Fellows will roleplay as different stakeholder groups/constituencies to participate in a mock PDP Working Group work call.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020
16:00 UTC | ICANN Open Data Program Update

  • Overview of the ICANN Open Data Program
  • Update on the developments since Open Data Platform Launch v1.0

Wednesday, 17 June 2020
12:00 UTC | Pre-ICANN68 GNSO Webinar

  • Update on GNSO projects and activities, including PDP work, projected timelines, and current challenges

Wednesday, 17 June 2020
16:00 UTC | NomCom Review: Implementation Milestones

  • Update on implementation progress
  • Outreach on recommendations including Bylaws updates

Thursday, 18 June 2020
16:00 UTC | Policy Webinar

  • Updates on current work across ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees

Thursday, 18 June 2020
18:00 UTC | Q&A with ICANN Org Executive Team

All webinars will be conducted in English. The Policy Webinar will offer French and Spanish interpretation. During the Policy Webinar, participants have the opportunity to test the two-device interpretation service that will be used for ICANN68 Virtual Policy Forum. Instructions to use the interpretation service, recordings, presentation materials, and a pre-recorded webinar from the Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) team will be posted here.

ICANN Prep Sessions were established to help streamline the pre-meeting experience, increase awareness of current hot topics, and enhance briefings and readout sessions conducted around an ICANN Public Meeting.

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