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.
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.
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.
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the select sessions listed above, as presented on June 27 in Panama City.