Eye on ICANN 63 - October 25, 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 washeld on October 23. In addition, the AGM offered several presentations on high-interest topics and cross-community panels, with a continued focus onWHOIS/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 representativesthat 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 included two public forum sessions, on Monday and Thursday, inwhich attendees were able to present questions to the Board on several predetermined topics.

On Thursday, October 25, ICANN concluded its Barcelona meeting with a public meeting of the ICANN Board, along with the second public form session of the conference. Other miscellaneous sessions of interest included an engagement session with the WHOIS/RDS Review Team and a Registry Operator Roundtable. 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 Thursday, October 25 in Barcelona, or to discuss any other details from ICANN 63.

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