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GDD Industry Summit | 9-11 May 2017

GDD Industry Summit | Madrid | 8 - 11 May 2017 | Register Now!

The GDD Industry Summit provides contracted parties an opportunity to engage and address issues of mutual interest and importance. This forum enables direct and one-on-one interaction with members of ICANN's GDD team. It is not a typical ICANN meeting nor is it solely intended for discussions of policy.

More than 400 participants from 49 countries attended the 2016 GDD Summit in Amsterdam. Participants included gTLD, brand and geo registries, ICANN-accredited registrars, gTLD resellers, gTLD hosting providers and registry service providers.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Learn from real-world experience of other registries, registrars, resellers and hosting providers.
  • Find solutions to issues relevant to your company.
  • Stay ahead of emerging and ongoing operational challenges.
  • Get quality face-to-face time with ICANN staff.
  • Network with other registries, registrars and supporting businesses.


Expanded agenda [PDF, 179 KB] now available (as of 28 April 2017).

Madrid [PDF, 56 KB] – Fun Facts & About Madrid.


Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 53 73 00

GDD Summit Notes and Action Items [PDF, 826 KB]
30 May 2017

Sessions and Presentations

9 May 2017

Recording Time Links to Adobe Connect Recordings Download Presentation PDFs
1:13:08 GDD Organization Mission and Vision Presentation [PDF, 4.4 MB]

Service & Policy Implementation (Session 1 of 2)

  • Data Privacy/Protection Issues: An opportunity for registries and registrars to discuss data protection issues, including European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  • Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP): This session will offer an opportunity to discuss RDAP implementation plans for a mutually acceptable path forward.
Presentation [PDF, 272 KB]

Roundtable with ICANN Compliance & Consumer Safeguards Team

  • This session will offer an opportunity to discuss ICANN compliance-related issues and processes with the ICANN organization, as well as a discussion of the role of the Complaint Officer.

Review of ICANN Process Documentation Initiative

  • This initiative looks at existing processes and associated roles and responsibilities to provide added clarity within the ICANN organization, decision points, roles and responsibilities, with the goal of identifying and addressing areas where there may be an impasse
Presentation [PDF, 2.3 MB]

10 May 2017

Recording Time Links to Adobe Connect Recordings Download Presentation PDFs
Breakout Sessions:  
0:58:23 Dividing up topics to discuss for Q & A  
1:25:10 Engaging with ICANN and GDD for New Registries (Brand Registries Focused) Presentation [PDF, 2.5 MB]
Breakout Sessions:  
0:3:57 Breakout Sessions – Divide up Presentation [PDF, 311 KB]
1:13:20 Registries Breakout Sessions  
1:38:20 Registrars Breakout Sessions Presentation [PDF, 512 KB]
0:16:57 Breakout Sessions – Reconvene  
0:54:31 Service & Policy Implementation (Session 2 of 2)  

11 May 2017

Recording Time Links to Adobe Connect Recordings Download Presentation PDFs
0:58:29 Breakout Session - Avalanche Botnets and How to Handle them. (Recording Available on Request)  

Breakout Session Brand TLDs

  • What is Working in the Market and the Importance of Internal Stakeholder Engagement
Presentation [PDF, 3.3 MB]

DNS Primer

  • The DNS Primer will provide a brief introduction to how the DNS works, including definitions of important terms and concepts, as well as a description of the DNS resolution process.
Presentation [PDF, 1.9 MB]
  Event Wrap-Up Presentation [PDF, 3.0 MB]
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Thank You GDD Summit Sponsors!

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The GDD Industry Summit gives sponsors an opportunity to increase their visibility with members of the global Domain Name System marketplace. For details on sponsorship opportunities, check out our brochure [PDF, 192 KB].

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Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."