June 28, 2018
Brian Winterfeldt

Eye on ICANN 62 - June 27th, 2018

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

ICANN 62, the second of three global meetings that will take place in 2018, was framed as a policy forum meeting, the shortest of ICANN’s three rotating meeting styles. The policy forum format focused on cross-community collaboration, with a much more limited number of meetings of individual constituencies and stakeholder groups. The Panama City meeting agenda included 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, held a series of sessions throughout the week.

Wednesday’s sessions in Panama City offered different arms of the ICANN community, including the GAC, GNSO, Contracted Party House (CPH) and Registrar Stakeholder Group, to continue to share perspectives on WHOIS/GDPR (European data protection regulation) issues. The day’s activities also included traditional ICANN sessions such as the GNSO Council and Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG) open meetings, as well as working sessions for the GAC to draft its usual Communiqué. In addition, the Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Working Group (RPM WG) held a meeting, and a high interest topic session was offered on the final CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 recommendations.

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 27 in Panama City.

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