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 focuses 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,
also held sessions throughout the week.
many sessions earlier in the week had offered a primary focus on WHOIS/GDPR
(European data protection regulation) issues, Thursday’s sessions in Panama
City covered a greater variety of topics. In addition to a smaller number of
GDPR-related meetings, two sessions of the Review of Rights Protection
Mechanisms in All gTLDs Working Group (RPM WG) were held, along with a session
for the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures (SUB PRO) Working Group. ICANN also
presented a cross-community session on geographic names at the top level.
Finally, returning to topics affected by GDPR, ICANN closed the meeting with a
high interest session on the Registration Directory Services (RDS) / WHOIS 2
Review. The day offered a lighter schedule for the GNSO, which held its traditional
brief wrap-up session, and the GAC, which issued its ICANN 62 Communiqué
earlier in the day.
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