ICANN 51 Starts Today In Los Angeles (What To Watch For)

icannICANN 51 (12-16 October) starts today in Los Angeles and will last until Thursday. Up until Friday 1900 people had registered for ICANN 51. 3115 people participated in ICANN 50 in London.

The official venue for ICANN 51 is the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. It is situated on the West Side of Los Angeles, California, adjacent to Beverly Hills.

On Monday, 13 October, following the welcoming ceremony, there will be a special session in which the leaders of ICANN’s various advisory committees and supporting organizations will gather to explore the hot issues facing the ICANN community.

Following that session, the Global Domains Division (GDD) will provide an update on the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program and other related topics.

Monday afternoon’s program will also include “All Things WHOIS: Now and in the Future,” to raise awareness on the complex issue of how information on registrants — those who register for domain names — is maintained and made publicly available.

Thursday’s program will cover some headline issues: On 16 October, community-led sessions on Enhancing ICANN Accountability and the IANA Stewardship Transition Process are on the morning agenda. As you likely know, the U.S. Government has announced its desire to transition the stewardship of the technical Internet functions known as the IANA to the global multistakeholder community; the community has risen to the occasion, and is working toward a proposal. Enhancing ICANN Accountability, a related developmental process, will be getting underway and we encourage you to participate.

Following these topics on Thursday, everyone is invited to the Public Forum. This is ICANN’s “open microphone” session where the ICANN Board of Directors engages directly on questions or comments from anyone in the community, including many who will be joining the meeting via remote video hubs around the world.

Here is the complete ICANN51 Schedule.

Main sessions of interest
Below is a general guide to some of the high interest sessions taking place during the ICANN 51 Meeting. Schedules and locations may change, so always check online for the most up-to-date information at: http://la51.icann.org/en/.
Sunday
10:00 – 17:00 Newcomers’ Track Sessions (Beverly Hills)
Monday
08:30 – 10:00  Welcome Ceremony and President’s Opening
10:30 – 12:00  SO/AC-Led High Interest Topic Session
13:15 – 14:15  Global Domains Division Update (Santa Monica)
14:00 – 15:30  All Things WHOIS – Now and in the Future
15:00 – 16:15  Update on Next Round of New gTLDs (Santa Monica)
16:00 – 17:15  ICANN Accountability & Governance Cross Community Group Meeting
(Los Angeles)
17:00 – 18:30  DNSSEC for Everybody (Pacific Palisades)
Tuesday
Stakeholder and Constituency Day
08:30 – 09:30  Board with At-Large
09:45 – 10:45  Board with ccNSO
11:15 – 12:15  Board with Commercial Stakeholders
13:00 – 14:00  Board with Registries
14:15 – 15:15  Board with Registrars
15:45 – 16:45  Board with Non-commercial Stakeholders
17:00 – 18:00  Joint Meeting of the GAC and ICANN Board
Wednesday
08:00 – 09:30 GAC Open Forum (Plaza Pavilion)
08:30 – 09:45  Strategic and Operating Planning
10:30 – 12:00  RSSAC and Caucus Information Session
16:30 – 18:15  2015 and Beyond: Internet Governance Update
13:00 – 15:00  GNSO Public Council Meeting Part 1 (Beverly Hills)
18:30 – 20:30  NARALO Outreach Event (Olympic)Thursday
08:30 – 09:45  Enhancing ICANN Accountability
10:00 – 10:30  Nominating Committee Public Meeting (Westwood)
10:00 – 12:00  Community Discussion with the IANA Transition Coordination Group
13:30 – 17:00  Public Forum
17:00 – 18:30 Public Board Meeting

SUNDAY SESSIONS PREVIEW

At-Large Advisory Committee & Regional Leadership Working Session
Time: 0900-1800
Location: Olympic Room
This is a meeting of the At-Large Advisory Committee and the Regional At-Large Organization leaders to hear updates from key staff and to discuss At-Large policy and process issues. This day-long session will cover a variety of topics including: global stakeholder engagement, ICANN accountability and transparency, and ICANN and Human Rights.
At-Large is the name for the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN.
This session is available in English, French and Spanish.
Newcomer Day Session
Time: 1000-1200, 1330-1700
Location: Beverly Hills
If you are new to the ICANN community, new to the ICANN meeting week, or returning to ICANN after a period of time away and in need of a refresher, this day is for YOU! The Newcomer Day Program is a series of informative, interactive discussions about ICANN and the Internet ecosystem held in a casual atmosphere led by staff and community members.
This session is available in English, French and Spanish. Participate remotely via the virtual room.

GDD Sessions at ICANN 51: Los Angeles

(Listed in chronological order)

  • IANA Department – Who, What, Why?
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 10:30 to 12:00 PDT
    Just what does it mean to be the IANA functions operator? An approachable session aimed at outlining the scope of the role and busting a few of the myths circulating in the community. We’ll explain the types of requests the IANA department processes and the procedures used to fulfill them.
  • Global Domains Division Update
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 13:15 to 14:15 PDT
    The Global Domains Division (GDD) has collaborated with the community to achieve many significant milestones in the last year, including the delegation of the first new gTLD a year ago October. In this session, we will provide an update on the progress within IANA, Domain Name Services and Industry Engagement, Security, Stability and Resiliency, and the New gTLD Program. We’ll also and discuss opening the doors for a new round of gTLD applications.
  • Update on Next Round of New gTLDs
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 15:15 to 16:30 PDT
    There has been continuing interest in the expansion of the gTLD ecosystem, and one of the questions most often posed is “When will the next application round commence?” Join this session for an update on the next steps and estimated timeframes for a new phase of additional choice and competition on the Internet.
  • New gTLD Program Update
    Date/Time: Monday, 13 October 2014 – 16:45 to 18:00 PDT
    Getting a New gTLD online is no mean feat. This session gives an overview of program progress, incorporating the latest figures, and provides insight and guidance as to how applications can complete the process with minimal delay.
  • IDN Program Update
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 08:30 to 09:45 PDT
    Internationalized Domain Names have the potential to truly open up the Internet to hundreds of millions of people around the world. We will provide a status update on the IDN Program and discuss the next steps that will ensure their success.
  • IDN Root Zone LGR (Workshop)
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 10:00 to 11:15 PDT
    An engaging workshop intended to showcase community efforts to implement LGR Procedure for current and potential Generation Panel members. The workshop will also discuss how Generation Panels of related scripts should coordinate with each other going forward.
  • Name Collision
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 10:00 to 11:15 PDT
    The NGPC approved the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework on 30 July 2014 that puts new requirements on registries to mitigate name collision issues. This session explains what registries are expected to implement, and discuss feedback from those in the community on their experiences so far. It also aims to clarify any points of confusion – such as how RPMs can be treated in relation to this new Framework and how both sets of requirements can be adhered to simultaneously.
  • Registry Services Update
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 11:30 to 12:30 PDT
    Learn the ins and outs of the Registry Services team and how it supports current and prospective gTLD Registries with their operational needs. We will cover account management, updates on key services provided to registries (e.g., RSEP, contract assignment, etc.) and information on current registry engagement activities. There will also be Q&A to close the session.
  • Rights Protection Mechanisms: User Feedback Session
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 13:30 to 14:45 PDT
    ICANN put in place robust Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) for the roll out of the New gTLD Program. One year later, we are gathering feedback from IP stakeholders, trademark rights holders, registries and registrars who have used the Trademark Clearinghouse and Claims service, the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system, and the Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures (PDDRPs). This vital feedback will help inform forthcoming reviews of the RPMs.
  • DNS Risk Framework
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 15:00 to 16:15 PDT
    The ICANN staff is moving forward with implementation of the Risk Framework as prepared by Westlake Governance and presented at the London ICANN meeting. ICANN staff will give an overview of the methodology that they intend to apply to investigate the twenty three identified risks and to define related mitigations mechanisms. The session will be held jointly between ICANN‘s Enterprise Risk department and the Identifier Systems Security, Stability and Resiliency group.
  • GDD Service Delivery, Customer Service & SLAs
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 15:00 to 16:15 PDT
    The GDD Operations team will discuss service delivery and customer service functions that impact contracted parties, particularly registries and registrars. The session will also touch on target service levels and service level agreements, as well as plans for ongoing operational improvements. The session closes with a Q&A.
  • Universal Acceptance
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 – 16:30 to 17:45 PDT
    With the New gTLD Program well underway, the concept of Universal Acceptance is once again the focus of much attention. The concept is simple: no one should face technical barriers in accessing TLDs from web browsers, email clients or other software, on any operating system. However, arriving at Universal Acceptance poses quite a challenge! This session outlines ICANN‘s proposed roadmap for implementation of this initiative.
  • Thick WHOIS Implementation (Working Session)
    Date/Time: Thursday, 16 October 2014 – 08:30 to 09:45 PDT
    This hands-on working session will allow the ICANN Thick WHOIS Implementation Team to review the status of key tasks, deliverables and timelines with the Implementation Review Team.
  • Deploying the IETF‘s WHOIS Replacement
    Date/Time: Thursday, 16 October 2014 – 10:30 to 11:45 PDT
    What is the future of WHOIS? It’s the Registry Data Access Program, and it’s on its way. Find out more about what this means for you and the Internet community as a whole. We’ll also provide information on how you can take part in shaping the future of registry directory services by contributing to the RDAP roadmap.
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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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