March 15, 2018

WIPG's Eye on ICANN 61 in San Juan - Thursday, March 15, 2018

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The 61st international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took place this past week, from March 10-15, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Several Winterfeldt IP Group team members attended ICANN 61.

ICANN 61, the first of three global meetings that will take place in 2018, was framed as a community forum meeting, the traditional meeting format ICANN used for many years before switching to a rotating schedule of three different meeting styles. The San Juan meeting featured a robust schedule of sessions for 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. The meeting also offered sessions covering a number of specific policy development initiatives, updates on and working sessions for cross- community work streams, stakeholder and constituency organizational and outreach activities, and opportunities for a wide variety of community-wide discussions on key topics of broad interest.

The final day of the conference, Thursday, March 15, offered an assortment of working group meetings and concluding sessions on various policy initiatives, as well as a few informational sessions presented by ICANN staff. ICANN also held the second of its two public forum sessions for the San Juan meeting, featuring extensive discussion surrounding the GDPR compliance matters that have been highlighted throughout meeting.

Please reach out to us at if you are interested in receiving a summary and analysis of key takeaways from the Thursday, March 15 sessions at the close of ICANN 61 in San Juan, or if you would like to discuss any other takeaways from ICANN 61.

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