Eye on ICANN 63 - October 24, 2018

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

ICANN 63, the final of the three global ICANN meetings held in 2018, was 2018’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the longest of ICANN’s three rotating meeting styles. The AGM format presented an extremely robust schedule, including numerous working group sessions and traditional Constituency Day, which was held on October 23. In addition, the AGM offered 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, held meetings throughout the conference. Assorted groups of stakeholders also had opportunities to meet with the ICANN Board, and the AGM schedule offered two public forum sessions, on Monday and Thursday, in which attendees were able to present questions to the Board on several predetermined topics.

On Wednesday, October 24, ICANN offered a variety of sessions, including the GNSO Council Open Meeting, the next working group meeting of the EPDP for the Temporary Specification of Registration Data, an update from the ICANN Contractual Compliance department. The GAC also held working sessions to draft its Communiqué, the document offering advice to the ICANN Board that was published before the end of the Barcelona meeting. Please reach out to us at internet@winterfeldt.law if you are interested in receiving a summary and analysis of key takeaways from these sessions, as presented on Wednesday, October 24 in Barcelona.

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