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Helping the Newcomers of the European Registrar Community Get Engaged in ICANN

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Our stakeholders' commitment and engagement is a key contribution to the fulfilment of ICANN's mission of ensuring a stable, secure and unified global Internet. It is our responsibility as the ICANN organization to not only keep the current community members engaged, but also guide the newcomers in our community.

On 21 February, we conducted a pilot training themed "Get Engaged in ICANN – Seminar for Registrars" as evidence of our support for the new registrar community members. The daylong event took place in parallel with the Domain Pulse in Munich, Germany.

Over the past few years, we've been discussing this concept with the European registrar community and receiving their feedback. We learned that newcomers can find it challenging to enter the ICANN world, grasp ICANN processes and issues, or even know how to start participating.

During the planning process of this pilot program, we reached out to representatives from the registrar community to share ideas for the agenda. It became clear that our target community wanted to learn more about key topics that range from a general introduction to ICANN and the multistakeholder process to operational issues such as contractual compliance obligations, best practices, and data protection. On the basis of these community requests, we developed an inclusive day-long program.

Our goal was to not only introduce participants to ICANN, but also provide them with sufficient tools and insights to become active community members.

Registrars, both ICANN-accredited and non-accredited, were invited to attend the training. Remote participation was offered to those not in attendance.

ICANN organization staff, and experienced community members from Afilias, Blacknight, eco, Larsen Data and United Domains contributed to the training and extended an opportunity for the attendees to discuss the challenges they face.

Programs for other community groups are currently in their development stages. We will gradually launch these programs in 2018. We hope that this training serves as a kickstarter for similar ones across all regions. Stay tuned for updates!


    Timothy Kwadwo Asiedu  03:46 UTC on 05 March 2018

    Please I will be glad to follow - up on information on icann registrars so that eventually I can add to my business. Thank you.

    Peter Mason  17:53 UTC on 05 March 2018

    Any plans to conduct a similar event for registrars in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region? Who is the best contact to discuss arranging a similar event in APAC?

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