Eye on ICANN 63 - October 20, 2018

The 63rd international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is taking place this week, from October 20-25, in Barcelona,Spain. Several members of Winterfeldt IP Group are attending ICANN 63.

ICANN63, the final of the three global ICANN meetings held in 2018, is 2018’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the longest of ICANN’s three rotating meeting styles.The AGM format presents an extremely robust schedule, including numerous working group sessions and the traditional Constituency Day, which will be held on October 23. In addition, the AGM will offer several presentations on high-interest topics and cross-community panels, with a continued focus on continue to focus on WHOIS/GDPR (European data protection regulation) issues.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, will hold meetings throughout the conference. Assorted groups of stakeholders will also have the opportunity to meet with the ICANN Board, and the AGM will also have two public forum sessions in which attendees will be able to present questions to the Board on several predetermined topics.

During an Annual General Meeting, the weekend activities that take place before the official Opening Ceremonies on Monday typically focus on working groups, as well as closed meetings to allow stakeholder groups and constituencies to prepare for the public meetings that will be held later in the week. Please reach out to us at internet@winterfeldt.lawif you are interested in receiving a summary and analysis of key takeaways from select sessions, including , including various issues relating to procedures for subsequent rounds of new gTLDs and the first Barcelona meeting of the Expedited Policy Development Process Working Group on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (EPDP), presented on Saturday, October 20 in Barcelona.

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