ICANN69 Begins 13 October
I am delighted to welcome you to the third and most ambitious ICANN Virtual Public Meeting to date, the ICANN69 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Originally scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany, this meeting is now being held virtually in the Central European Time zone (UTC+2). ICANN69 will showcase the community's ongoing policy advice and development. This meeting's community-selected plenary topics are:
- Domain Name System Abuse: Consideration of the Issues
- The Domain Name Business: Everything You Want to Know, Ask, or Discuss
- WHOIS Changes Under GDPR: Impact to End-Users and Public Safety
What's New for ICANN69?
First, there will be a live virtual Welcome Ceremony on Monday 19 October. Second, we are piloting an effort to live stream five sessions on YouTube: three plenary sessions, the Welcome Ceremony, and the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the Board. For more information on this effort, please read this blog. Third, there are three dedicated Community Days taking place from 13 to 15 October, allowing community structures to advance their work.
You must register in advance to access information and the participation links to the nearly 100 content-rich sessions. There will be many outreach sessions like social breakout sessions and virtual coffee breaks hosted by both the community and org to connect with new stakeholders. Of course, simultaneous interpretation will be provided for many sessions via the remote participation and interpretation platforms used during ICANN68. More details on remote participation can be found here and on the ICANN meetings page.
I would like to also take this opportunity to thank all in the community who have provided the support and expertise necessary to plan ICANN69; as well as to the many org staff, working remotely in diverse time zones to support the meeting. Thanks to the ingenuity of the ICANN community, Board, and org, we have been able to embrace creative ways to advance our work.
I look forward to seeing you online!