Eye on ICANN 63 - October 23, 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.

ICANN 63, 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. In addition, the AGM will offer several presentations on high-interest topics and cross-community panels, with a continued 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, are meeting throughout the conference. A first public forum session, in which attendees were able to present questions to the Board on several predetermined topics, was held earlier in the week, with a second session to be held later.

On Tuesday, October 23, ICANN held its traditional Constituency Day, during which various groups of stakeholders met individually for assorted closed and public sessions. On Constituency Day, several of the groups also had the opportunity to meet with the ICANN Board and with several ICANN staff departments.Miscellaneous sessions included continued discussions of GDPR issues, including a meeting of the Public Safety Working Group, as well as a dedicated GAC session on GDPR. Please reach out to us at internet@winterfeldt.law if you are interested in receiving a summary and analysis of key takeaways from these select Constituency Day sessions from ICANN 63 in Barcelona.

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