Eye on ICANN 62 - June 26th, 2018

The 62nd international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is taking place this week, from June 25-28, 2018, in Panama City, Panama. Several members of Winterfeldt IP Group are attending ICANN 62

ICANN 62, the second of three global meetings that will take place in 2018, is framed as a policy forum meeting, the shortest of ICANN’s three rotating meeting styles. The policy forum format focuses on cross-community collaboration, with a much more limited number of meetings of individual constituencies and stakeholder groups. The Panama City meeting agenda includes a number of working group sessions, presentations on high-interest topics, and cross-community panels, with a goal of sharing viewpoints from different facets of the stakeholder community. The GNSO Council (the body that develops global domain name policy) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the body of over 175 country and territory representatives that advises the ICANN Board, are continuing their series of sessions throughout the week.

Tuesday’s sessions in Panama City kept the focus on WHOIS/GDPR (European data protection regulation) issues, including a panel presentation to the GAC on GDPR and two cross-community panels on this topic. The GNSO also convened an all-day working session to discuss the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. Although sessions were shorter than the lengthy meetings held during a traditional ICANN Constituency Day, Tuesday’s sessions did include closed and open meetings of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC).

Please reach out to us at internet@winterfeldt.law if you are interested in receiving a summary and analysis of key takeaways from the select sessions listed above, as presented on June 26 in Panama City.

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